Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nutritional Tips for An Anti-Inflammatory Thanksgiving Feast

Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep inflammation and pain at bay today with the tips below:

Have as many foods as you can with Omega 3 fats on the table such as walnuts and winter squash.

Avoid foods you are allergic to like nightshades vegetables (i.e. potatoes, tomatoes) which may trigger pain flareups.

If you need a snack, choose pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. They’re loaded with good fats that are anti-inflammatory.

Keep calm. Don’t let small family dramas get you upset. Stress and anger cause inflammation.

Limit your intake of sugar today -- too much can cause inflammation and joint pain.

Try to eat as many raw, green leafy vegetables as possible.

Include plenty of fiber rich foods such as sweet potatoes, green beans, or brussel sprouts.

Eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits which provide plenty of antioxidants.

If you choose to drink alcohol  with your Thanksgiving meal, red wine is preferential. Moderation is key of course!

Never eat anything with Trans Fats! Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic conditions have been associated with trans fat consumption. They are found in prepackaged pie crusts, ready-to-bake biscuits & cakes, etc.

Get outside! Go for a nice brisk walk if you can or do some other physical activity.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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