Over the past few years many clients have asked me what else they could do to decrease pain and inflammation in addition to meditation, movement, and medication. Daily food choices play an important role in how you feel and can contribute to swelling in the joints as well as the abdomen. Dr. Andrew Weil has written about the anti-inflammation diet which offers a balanced way of healthy eating.
Another consideration is looking at the amount of wheat you are eating. While I am not allergic to gluten or wheat, I've noticed that after a meal of pasta or eating a sandwich my joints ache and my abdomen is distended and puffy. Recently, there is a lot of talk about the current quality of the wheat we are eating and it's effects on our body. "Wheat Belly" by William Davies, MD is a book to consider if you're curious about the potential effects of wheat on your body.
I know from my own experience that what I eat plays a big part in my overall energy level and sense of wellness. When chronic inflammation and pain is added to the mix it's important to listen carefully to your body, and how you digest the food that you eat. Does the food you eat support your health and healing?
While researching about inflammation and pain, I found many believe night shade vegetables are a contributing factor to pain in arthritis and inflammation. Dr. Mercola, an osteopath, who can be known to be controversial at times wrote an interesting article directly related to chronic pain and food.
My suggestion is to listen deeply to your body and honor the way your body experiences and digests food. Your body will always let you know what you need if you listen.
Now that Spring has arrived there will be many more local fresh foods available to satisfy your palette. Pain, inflammation and lack of energy can make it challenging to take the time to prepare meals. Here's a link with some healthy easy recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Give some of them a try and let me know your favorites.
Blessings of peace & healing,