It has been about 2 months since I started my anti inflammatory diet. Two very difficult months! I have to admit, avoiding sugar (sugar!?) and wheat gluten takes an extrodinary amount of will power. Will power which I do not possess. That is why I regularly eat sugar and wheat gluten. I probably eat something on the “no no” list (ice cream sandwiches, french toast, donuts) about twice a week. I have to admit that the days following my “cheating” I feel pretty crappy. Not from guilt…. I feel no shame! I just feel tired, run-down, and in pain. But hey, most of the time I don’t cheat. An occasional chips ahoy isn’t going to kill me, but it sure doesn’t improve my chances. I ain’t perfect though, just trying to do my best.
I was proud of this creation (below)! It is basically vegetable soup/minestrone. I made a broth using water leftover from wilting kale to saute it. I added trimmings from kelp, onions, tomatoes, garlic and carrots to the broth while it simmered. That night, I also dumped in the extra tomato juice I strained from my garden tomatoes while making pizza sauce (ended up with a gallon of sauce!! 🙂 For tons more recipes/tips, check out my deliciousness pinterest page!
Tonight, I added a cup of gluten free macaroni, a can of kidney beans, a can of corn, and the leftover sauteed kale/onion/carroy/sweet potatoes I had made the night before. Spices included turmeric, salt, and pepper. You don’t need anything else… the combination of all the vegetables makes it fabulous!
|“PFM’s minestrone-ish soup” I could eat a gallon of this!|
|Goddess Lentil Sautee|
Healthy “taco salad”:
Fill a bowl with baby spinach
|My favorite hummus, hands down!|
So yes, the diet is definitely working! My pain and fatigue levels are dramatically down. I am using 2 apps to track everything: Docs Diet Diary, where you can track what/when you ate, and follow your symptoms, and “how are you feeling“, which actually graphs how you’ve felt (scale 1-10). I love ‘how are you feeling!’. It can apply to any mental or pain condition, and its simple, quick, and effective. The diet tracker is useful, but I wish it also had graph/analysis functions. I’ve discovered that 1) supplements don’t seem to make much of a difference *except fish oil.), it really is ‘what you eat’, and 2) Sugar and Gluten really do affect your energy/inflammation levels. Its not just hype!
The hookworms (HOOKWORMS?? you say? Read this next.) are around the ‘teenager’ stage right now, and since I only have 5, I can’t attribute any of the postivie changes to them yet. Once I have a larger, mature, dose, I will be able to analyze that data as well. Keep coming back to track “Potomac Falls Mama’s hookworm and anti-inflammatory saga” over the coming months ; ) Given the story so far, its bound to bring on new, hilarious adventures.
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