Friday, March 26, 2010

You Are What You Eat

Two years ago our house became corn-syrup free after listening to a Nutritionist from my favorite local grocery store talk to parents of arthritic children. We learned about the detriment of this highly processed sweetner, thickner for our children but it also applied to us.
This past fall, Charlotte contracted e.coli 0157:h7 & we went diving into the pool of knowledge about animal agriculture. Now, we will never look at dinner the same way again.

And food has been a complete evolution for us & continues to be. If we are what we eat, then are we helping Charlotte control the inflammation in her body by feeding her anti-inflammatory foods? What are those? What foods cause inflammation?

I recently visited a natropath because I wasn't feeling that "connected" to my internist & my OB. I was feeling a little dismayed after getting a recent physical & having the dr. dismiss my commitment of weight loss by telling me that its all about less calories in... Oh but dont listen to her, she had just had a bag of cheetos for dinner (seriously. that's what she said.).

My new natropath immediately drew blood for food allergies because food intolerances can lead to endocrine problems (ie metabolism). And wouldn't you know it... all dairy, eggs & beans! I had been eating eggs daily (great source of protein) & cottage cheese! And cheese... But it didnt come as a surprise, I know how I feel after eating pizza... and frozen yogurt.... and...
So I am looking into new recipes, new meal plans & working with a nutritionist to map out the road ahead. Ya, its too much to do alone, I can use the help! She's showing me how to have more a "rotation diet" of getting carbs (grains) from different sources, how to view my meals, the wonderful world of nuts, seeds & berries (daily) & how to get my needed calcium from greens (collard greens & kale have become new best friend). And the continued learning & food evolution... just a continual education.
The connection between inflammation and heart disease, arthritis, and other chronic ailments has become increasingly clear. Many food allergies and poor dietary choices overstimulate the immune system and cause inflammatory responses that erode the body’s wellness and pave the path for ill health. Based on her naturopathic practice, Jessica Black has devised a complete program for how to eat and cook to minimize and even prevent inflammation and its consequences. The first part of the book explains the benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet with an accessible discussion of the science behind it. The second half contains 108 recipes. The author offers many substitution suggestions and includes a healthy ingredient tip with each recipe. Most of the dishes can be prepared quickly and easily by even novice cooks. A week of sample menus for summer months and another for winter are included, as well as a substitutions chart, allowing readers to modify their favorite recipes to increase their healing potential.

1 comment:

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

welcome to a lactose-free world! I haven't had dairy in 12 years. I used to miss it, but it's been so long I'm used to my soy now ;)

Glad you're working out those GI tract kinks---between the dairy thing and IBS, I'm almost down to bread and water. sigh.