I love carbs! They're cheap and tasty. A bowl of cereal with 2% milk is my favorite go-to snack. Sugar cereals have never been my favorites. My palate usually migrated to bran cereals, oat based cereals, and anything with raisins. Toast or sandwiches are also super yummy to me. We have purchased only whole grain organic breads and cereals which has been an improvement in terms of health but I have still eaten too much of that stuff. Organic whole grains doesn't replace the nutrition that lots of veggies, fruits, and healthy proteins can provide.
In the last few months I've been experimenting to see if this whole "food as medicine" thing is legit. I've had days where I ate mostly veggies and fruits or days where I ate lots of sugar foods and grains. Here are some conclusions I've come up with:
- Whole wheat doesn't bother me as long as I only have one serving a day.
- Refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup is the enemy!
- Greens like chard & kale are soothing on my stomach.
- Protein at every meal is extremely important, especially at breakfast time.
- Ground flax helps me poop. This is a very good thing!
- The more caffeine I consume, the more tired I become.
- Too many carbs in a day aggravates my IBS & Endometriosis symptoms.
- Fermented foods are wonderfully neutral on my body.
Now I don't at this point know if changing my diet will eradicate all my symptoms and pain, but I'm going to keep exploring and moving towards a more healthy diet featuring higher quantities of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. My intake of carbs needs to be limited and refined sugars must be banished. Of course organics are the ideal, but as an RN recently told me in an email, it's "better to eat a lot of whole foods and vegetables, even if they're conventionally grown, than to try and buy organic produce but have to fill the rest of your cart with cheap processed foods to stay in budget."
As the author of this here bloggie I've made the executive decision to include healthy, inflammation reducing foods, recipes, and resources that can help heal our bodies and ailments. In the blogroll I'll include blogs and websites that also aim to help heal illness in relation to food. I look forward to this exploration & invite your feedback.
To kick off this new dimension, here is my wife's recipe for kale chips. They're actually way more tasty than potato chips and feature turmeric which is an anti-inflammatory. Enjoy!
Wifey's Kale Chips
1 bunch kale
1 tbs crushed raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbs water
1/4 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
1-2 tbs olive oil
Heat oven to lowest temp (around 200 degrees). Combine all ingredients except kale and stir well. Coat kale with mixture. Bake for 15 minutes on non-stick cookie sheets, checking on chips around 10 minutes. If you don't eat them all right away, store in air tight container with a piece of bread to absorb moisture.