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My Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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When faced with ovarian cysts and the possibility of cancer, I sprung into action and tightened up my “food game.”  Mind you, no one advised me to do this.  However, I consider diet to be an important aspect of my health and well-being.  (Is it me, or does it seem like diet is always the LAST thing to be addressed in the wake of a health issue in our society?)  Personally, I am 14 years into my holistic health journey, and it was one of the FIRST things that crossed my mind when my recent health drama unfolded.  I decided to be proactive with my food choices to ensure that my body was in the best possible condition to deal with whatever was going on inside of me.  A little inflammation in the body can indicate a healing response, and that’s okay.  But too much inflammation could indicate, or contribute to, a chronic problem, and lead to disease.  That said, here are some anti-inflammatory foods (in no particular order) that I have been consuming with conviction:

1.  Green Tea:  Heralded as one of the world’s healthiest beverages, it has been used medicinally for thousands of years.  This flavonoid-packed drink is often touted for its anti-aging, brain-boosting, and cancer-fighting capabilities.  I’ll drink to that!

2.  Garlic:  Hhhhhhhow do you like your gaaaaaaarlic, dahhhhhhhling???  I like mine sauteed with veggies; pressed and added to salads; sliced and eaten raw with hummus and crackers.  It’s a pungent, yet powerful, healing food.

3.  Ginger:  In addition to being an “upset tummy tamer,” this spicy root increases circulation.  When I order a “Green Giant” juice at my local Whole Foods Market, I add this to it.  Cheers!

4.  Turmeric:  Used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb, this member of the ginger family is what makes curries yellow.  I have been adding fresh turmeric to my green juices, such as the “Abundance” at Pomegranate Cafe.  And although I feel that fresh is best, I sprinkle the powder on my cooked kale and quinoa.

5.  Kale:  It’s the alpha and omega of dark, leafy greens, in my opinion.  I enjoy mine in salads, blended into smoothies, cooked with quinoa, and I love it in chip form.  All hail kale!

6.  Spinach:  One of my other go-to greens, it’s rich in vitamins and minerals.  I use it in my green smoothies, as a base for many salad recipes, and enjoy it sauteed with garlic.  Mmm!

7.  Other Cruciferous Vegetables:  These vitamin, mineral, and fiber-rich foods can help fight cancer as well.  In addition to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts are my personal faves.  They’re great in salads, and as side dishes.  Yes, please, and thank you!

8.  Almonds:  Rich in fiber, calcium, and vitamin E, I snack on these during the day.  Furthermore, I use almond milk in my smoothies, pour it on cereal, and drink it straight.  Aaaaah!

9.  Pineapple:  This tropical treat is loaded with vitamin C and bromelain.  For me, it’s a staple smoothie ingredient.  However, recently, I’ve been topping homemade pizzas with it.  Pssst…try it!

10.  Berries:  Gotta love these antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory gems!  I use them to make smoothies, and eat them by themselves.  When I mix them with a little So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk Yogurt, it helps to curb my desire for more decadent desserts.  Yum!

While my anti-inflammatory food consumption did not eliminate my cysts (I wish!), I do believe that it has boosted my immune system, nourished my body from the inside out, and helped tremendously with my healing process.

What are your favorite anti-inflammatory foods?

 

 

 

Cuckoo For Coconut!

I. have. a. problem.  (Admission is the first step…RIGHT?!?!)

I love all things coconut, and I don’t see an end to my obsession.  Some of the benefits of this tropical treat include:  fiber, vitamins, minerals, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and other healing properties.

Here are 5 of my favorite coconut products:

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1.  Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Wash by Alaffia:  I have a bottle in every shower at my house.  I use it as a shampoo, face and body wash.  Check it out in your Whole Foods HABA Department!

2.  So Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert:  So many flavors, so little time.  These frozen treats are great by themselves, or as an accompaniment to cake, cookies, or pie.  You can find this line in the frozen section at Whole Foods, natural food stores, and some supermarkets.

3.  Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:  This is a staple in my pantry, and I ration it out for food and cosmetic use.  Specifically, I use it for baking, stir frying, and moisturizing from head to toe.  Costco carries this “supa-sized” 78oz container.

4.  Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips:  Crispy and sweet, these are great for snacking, right outta the bag.  However, I specifically buy them to sprinkle on top of my chia seed pudding.  You COULD roast your own; but if you don’t have time, then TJ’s has you covered.

5.  Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water:  You can find this at natural food stores and supermarkets.  I drink it straight, or add a splash to a glass of water with fruit pieces.  I also use it as a base for my fruit smoothies.  It’s so hydrating!

One of the best ways to enjoy coconut is to crack open a fresh one, insert a straw, and drink the water.  Afterwards, you can scoop out the meat with a spoon and enjoy.  If you don’t want to DIY, then you can try your local Whole Foods Market.  There you can find fresh coconuts in the produce department, already cut, and ready to consume.  Stay nourished, my friends!

 

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