One more aspect of getting back to some semblance of my previous fitness lifestyle is my diet... My lunch and dinner consists of the occasional potato, but mostly protein and a mix of riced vegetables and leafy greens or other greens. Breakfast today is riced sweet potato and cauliflower with sunny side up eggs. I've kept my fats higher due to breastfeeding, so I get MCT oil in my coffee or tea every morning as well.
As of this morning my waist is down to 30.5 inches(pre-pegnancy 27.5 and post C-section was 36 inches) and I am about 10 pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm not as focused on weight loss so much as strength building, rehabbing my pelvis, and my measurements.
My reaction when my Rheumatologist interrupted me mid-sentence when I was talking about my anti-inflammatory diet ..to say there is no scientific evidence to support a diet or certain foods to help RA. WTH!
I was like... "Dude, there is Scientific Evidence sitting right in front of you!"
He already pissed me off because he thinks a Vitamin D level of 30 ng is good for some one with Autoimmune Disease. Optimal Vitamin D level for patients with Autoimmune disease is 60-80ng. I had to start having my PCP handle my Vitamin D testing. .
I can't continue to see a Rheumatologist with this kind of mind set.
Not sure why some Dr.'s can't acknowledge the effects of Diet and supplements on Inflammatory Disease.
I will be "Interviewing" some Rheumatologist soon!
Somehow, with dreams of running my first marathon this year, I fractured both my ankles on a 10k along the Hudson in NYC 🏃🏻♀️💔 So in a strange way, there couldn’t be a better time for me to start telling the world about my latest venture @myshotofgold #turmeric because I need all the anti-inflammatory benefits I can possibly get! ☀️ Most of us have inflammation in our bodies, whether in our joints, our gut and/or elsewhere, so even if you don’t have a sports-related injury, taking turmeric on the daily is just the smart thing to do 💡☀️ Get @myshotofgold’s recipe for a powerful (and delicious!) inflammation-fighting smoothie by watching the stories. Find it in @myshotofgold’s IG Highlights 💛 #futureisgolden
Herbs & Spices Have Some of the Greatest Inflammatory Suppression Abilities
A group of researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville and Penn State set up a great experiment to determine if some herbs and spices have some of the greatest inflammatory suppression abilities. Before we can ask if an herb or spice has health benefits, it is first necessary to determine whether it is bioavailable. To our knowledge a comparison of the bioavailability of different herbs and spices has not been systematically investigated.
The researchers took a bunch of people and allowed them to eat a variety of spices during the week. The quantity that subjects consumed was based on the level of each herb. The subjects in the study had to be realistic about the amount and number of times that the spices would actually be eaten. At the end of the week the blood was compared for example to people that had black pepper during the week and the people that had cayenne, or cloves or curcumin.
About ten different people on ten different spices dripped their plasma on human white blood cells in a petri dish that had been exposed to an inflammatory insult. Only cloves, rosemary, ginger and turmeric were able to reduce the inflammation. Remember that the spices were not dripped on the human white blood cells, but the blood of those who ate the spices were dripped on the white blood cells. So this represented what may happen if the cells of our body were exposed spices that circulate in our bloodstream after normal daily consumption.
This was not a mega dosage in some pill, just the amount that makes our spaghetti sauce taste good, or our pumpkin pie or curry sauce. So, the natural spices can be of great benefit for your chronic pain. The research shows that the spices’ mechanism of action are commonly found in spices without the negative side effects of prescription medication.
There is an effect of two things, to know and to believe one knows. To know is science, to believe one knows is ignorance. - Hypocrites
My first attempt at golden milk. I was skeptical about the taste, but have wanted to try it for a long time. Some swear by it for its anti inflammatory properties. I am always interested in anything that will keep inflammation at bay. ••
Turmeric is an ancient spice that has found popularity again because it is well known for its powerful anti inflammatory abilities all on its own. It is the key to golden milk. However! Did you know that unless turmeric is used with black pepper the human body will only absorb a fraction of the benefits of turmeric? It’s a fact!! So the recipe I use calls for coconut milk with black pepper corns and sliced or shredded fresh ginger to add to the brew along with a paste made of turmeric and water. Then I added a little vanilla, maybe a tsp or less of organic honey and a dash of cinnamon! Strain it into your favorite coffee mug and enjoy before bed! It was delicious too.
Didn't eat enough today. I was told you have to make sure you eat enough on the whole 30. Skipped lunch and had dinner too late, so was running low on energy.
Live and learn!
Feeling good now, after this grilled cod and shrimp.
Ghee and creole seasoning on the cod, ghee and garlic on the shrimp, and of course black pepper on everything!
That asparagus was wimpy, but so delicious with olive oil, lemon juice, coriander, salt and pepper.
The spices of life! Yum!😋
Tonight is Curry Night in our house... but not a jar of sauce in sight. Curries are so easy to make from scratch and so much tastier and healthier than shop bought. This one is chicken with lots of veg, and onion (fried gently in a little ghee) and spiced up using fresh chilli, garlic and ginger, and ground coriander, turmeric, ginger and cumin. Add some chopped tomatoes and a squeeze of tomato purée and that's about it. I've served it with wild and brown basmati rice.
September 5, 2017
Morning coffee with coconut milk, turmeric, cinnammon, nutmeg, a touch of vanilla, and a tbsp of honey.
Usually I don't do as well with honey. It's a bit too sugary for me. However, lately as the season changes I've been craving the warmth of sweetness mixed with spices and the richness of coconut.
Changing seasons also sometimes increases muscle and joint pain, so I'm loving the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric in this delicious mixture. It's been easing some of the stiffness and pain... making it easier to feel rested during and after much needed down time.
As always, I recommend listening to your body. We need to care for ourselves and our own health so we have more to share with and give to others and those we love.
Both my joints AND my tastebuds are thanking me for this healthy 'treat'! 😊💗 Also, I'm tempted to put this as vegan but it's got honey so it's technically not. However, if you'd like to create a vegan version the following are some options to substute in place of honey: date paste, coconut sugar, barley malt, stevia, maple syrup, agave nectar.... My body does better with honey than other sweeteners and though I rarely eat it - I do partake with deep gratitude on occassion. 💜 It's healing for me.
Find what works for you.
Saturday brunch.....eggs and avocado toast on Gluten Free sour dough bread from @new_grains_gf_bakery . This GF bread toasted up nice and crunchy, and was delicious!
Of course there is anti-inflammatory spices in the eggs and avocado.
Too hungry to make it particularly pretty, but tonight's dinner was super easy and delicious. ⠀
•Pasture-raised lamb chops [rubbed with mixture of turmeric, rosemary, oregano, caraway, cumin, salt + pepper and cooked in ghee]⠀
•Roasted carrots [tossed in avocado oil + dried ginger]⠀
•Sautéed kale [mixed with harissa chile paste and cooked in ghee]⠀
*carrots + kale from our CSA from @localrootsfarm 👌🏾
Awww....the spices of life!
This is how most of my salads start out.....covered in spices.
Then I usually dress them with some EVOO and balsamic.
I use fresh turmeric and ginger in my turmeric golden milk and in smoothies. .
Don't forget the Spices!
Spices have been used for centuries for health and healing. They have so many anti-inflammatory properties!
I use spices on almost everything.
They are an important part of my anti-inflammatory diet. .
BIG Salad tonight!
Still intermittent Fasting but didn't eat enough today, so I had to get the big blue bowl out tonight!😋👍🏼
This was full of anti-inflammatory spices, and dressed with some EVOO and balsamic!👍🏼
Photo taking fail....(emoji fruit will do) haha!😂
I don't always have my phone around especially if I am with other people...
I like it that way👍🏼but not consistent with IG photos. .
This happened between 1pm and 9pm.
Left over turkey burger with avocado and a hunk of applewood smoked gouda cheese.
Lots of anti-inflammatory spices in the burger and on the avocado.
Dinner was porkroast, yukon gold potatoes and carrots cooked on the grill.
Apple mid-Day and strawberries for dessert at 8:45pm. .
Not gonna lie...I was ready for that smoothie at 1:45pm today!
Didn't make it until 2pm! Haha!😂😂 .
Had lots of good fruit in the smoothie...banana...strawberries...
Cherries...blueberries... coconut oil...with a base of cashew milk. .
Had a small salad about 4:45pm with anti-inflammatory spices EVOO and passion fruit balsamic. .
Went out for the evening and ate at "On the Border" at about 9:30pm.
Strawberry/Mango Margarita with chips and guacamole.
2 small chicken Empanadas (not gf) with a side of black beans.
Finished dinner at about 10:15pm
Intermittent Fasting working on the weekend too.
2 weeks not eating my first calories until about noon or 1pm. Was 4lbs. Down.
4 days of intermittent Fasting no calories for 16 hours.... down 2 more pounds.
I do feel like my metabolism has kicked in! .
Yesterday was 2nd day of Intermittent fasting. I had a strawberry and banana smoothie with coconut oil and ground chia at 12:45 pm. Plate of veggies and hummus deviled eggs at about 4:00pm.
Omelette and avocado finishing last bite at 8:37pm haha!
Feeling good with lots of energy this morning.
I am going to make some cookies... but I better wait until closer to 12:30 or 1:00pm😂
Afternoon snack at about 4:00pm. Some veggies and dip. That dip is dairy free made with coconut milk plain yogurt with anti-inflammatory spices mixed in. Garlic and onion powder, oregano, basil, coriander, Pink Himalayan sea salt, and black pepper. .
Starting Intermittent fasting.
I have actually not been eating breakfast the last couple of weeks and actually have more energy and have lost 4 Lbs, so thought why not try the intermittent fasting.
Going to do the 16/8.
Eat my first meal at 1:00pm small snack at 4:00pm and last meal at 8:00pm since we eat later in the summer. Nothing after 9:00 pm until 1:00pm the next day.
I can still have my coffee in the morning or this wouldn't even be a consideration. 😂😂
Will still have plenty of water, green tea, and matcha tea, with no sugar of course, during the 16 hours. .
Lunch is a big chicken cashew salad. Always anti-inflammatory spices. Dressed it with this Lemon and Sundried Tomato EVOO by #wildlydelicious and some Balsamic Vinegar. So fresh and delicious tasting. Yum!😋
Some delicious Cod cooked with some coconut oil...ginger...sesame seeds...garlic...coriander...and black pepper. Lots of anti-inflammatory spices always!
That baked potato is a Yukon Gold which I have no problem with eating. Russet potatoes are very inflammatory. These Yukon golds don't bother me at all.
A fast dinner of some left over roasted chicken.
Roasted with garlic, basil, paprika, and coriander.
Sautéed some baby spinach with garlic in EVOO. Served over some gluten free corn pasta.
Grated some smoked applewood Gouda cheese on top! 😋
No filter needed for this beautiful dish photographed in the perfect sunlight!
For a late breakfast today after my gym finished up the last of The CrossFit Games Open workouts, I fried up 4 eggs in my cast iron and seasoned with @flavorgod Everything + Turmeric + Black pepper, melted a little @daiyafoods "cheese" and topped with a handful of Arugula!
PSA- Don't be afraid to eat eggs! They will not raise your cholesterol! Eggs are the perfect little nugget of nutrition being filled with protein, fat, and micronutrients to improve your eyesight, give you energy, help your muscles recover after a workout, and keep you satisfied till your next meal. Just make sure to pair them with some veggies!