Day 1 and 2 recap…boring!

So I wish I had better tales from my 7 day anti-inflammatory challenge. So far my recipes have fallen a little flat. Next week I will have to put more planning into the meals. I will say I made some quinoa for the first time. I prepared it in chicken broth with some garlic. Delicious! Plus I like it gives me a protein boost. I purchased the Sprout’s brand which has 6 grams of protein per serving. My ginger and garlic chicken was a little bland. It might be better with some red pepper or black pepper. I made some lentil chili with spicy tomatoes. This was nice with the garlic quinoa. So far the only good thing is I have stayed away from the foods that are discouraged. No cheese consumption is a big victory this week.

Tomorrow is a new day! I still welcome any suggestions or recipes. I will try the walnut taco recipe later in the week. Keep you posted!

 

M

Starting a 7 day (what was I thinking?! )challenge!

Over the last year I have really enjoyed learning about nutrition and its effect on health. I truly believe that what we eat contributes to our physical and mental health. Unfortunately I do not always practice what I preach. I will eat really well for a day or two and then have cheese, crackers and wine for dinner. Lately I have been feeling sluggish and cranky. Plus I am pretty sure I may be developing arthritis. After some reading and researching I discovered some anti-inflammatory articles. After digging deeper I wondered if this could help my overall mood and health. So starting tomorrow I will give it a whirl.

My 7 day challenge will be a combination of eliminating food groups that could be causing inflammation and adding anti-inflammatory foods. Now I realize just changing my habits for 7 days is not going to cure-all that ails me. However, it will be a good start. Baby steps people! Also during this week I will only be eating meals that I have prepared. No eating out or processed snacks no matter how healthy they claim to be.

So I will be eliminating red meat, bread, processed foods and dairy. Super sad about the last one mentioned. My challenge this week will be to create recipes and meals using the following foods that claim to be the 11 best for fighting inflammation. Celery, beets, broccoli, berries, salmon, walnuts, hot peppers, turmeric, ginger, pineapples and leafy green vegetables. Beets are the only food on the list I will be skipping. There was an unfortunate event with being forced to eat beets as a kid. Nothing will stop a mom saying clean your plate faster than throwing up at the table.

Let me know if you are interested in giving it a try with me. I will share any great recipes or meals that I create. I am really hoping that this will give me a boost in the right direction. I am also hoping that it alleviates the inflammation in my shoulder. I will report back tomorrow on my 1st day.

Good luck and be healthy!

M