Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Anti-inflammatory Diet for Better Recovery

If I didn't go to school to learn about physical therapy, I'm almost certain I would have gotten a degree in nutrition. Actually, rehab and nutrition are very closely related since what you eat can directly effect your recovery and progress. In an ideal world, all of my patients and clients would eat an anti-inflammatory diet and I have no doubt that they would have increased performance, faster healing times, and more energy. But since nobody likes to be told what to eat, all I can do is gently educate, provide them with resources, and wait for them to approach this lifestyle on their own. And of course, lead by example!

Some readers may identify this as a "paleolithic diet". Since labels can get messy, I prefer to just call it EATING REAL FOOD. A good rule of thumb is that if Mother Nature didn't create it, you probably shouldn't be eating it.

Poultry, fowl, beef, seafood, pork, game meat, whole eggs, etc. All of these are accessible in nature. Less desirable options may include perservative-free deli meat, canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, crab, etc.), or nitrate-free bacon. Invest in the HIGHEST quality meat you can afford. Quality meat means GRASS-FED, PASTURE-RAISED, and LOCAL. If this isn't possible, at least opt for ANTIBIOTIC/HORMONE-FREE options. The lowest selection would be grain-fed, industrial animals. (And for you really stingy folks, no, slim jims and pork rinds do not qualify as "meat".)

Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach, kale, lettuce, turnip greens, mustard greens, squash, zucchini, onions, cucumbers, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, swiss chard, mushrooms, etc.

beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, winter/summer squash, pumpkin, etc

apples, grapes, pears, melon, berries, peaches, plums, nectarines, bananas, kiwi, citrus, tomatoes, etc.

coconut (meat, oil, butter, milk, etc.), clean* lard, butter, ghee, olives (olive oil), avocado, omega-3 fish oils.

Including tofu, edamame, soybean oil.

Beans (including black/white peas, chick peas, peanuts/peanut butter, etc.) Green beans and lima beans are acceptable.

Gluten is a wheat protein that is highly inflammatory. Grains include barley, wheat, rye, bulgar, quinoa, rice, corn. That also means no pasta, cookies, crackers, bread, flour.

This includes soybean oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, sesame oil, rapeseed oil, corn oil, etc.

High fructose corn syrup, agave, syrup, honey, coconut sugar, raw sugar, etc.

aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, sucralose.

Sample Menu (Female):
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee, 2TBS coconut milk
3-4 eggs, scrambled in 1TBS butter/coconut oil
Lunch: roasted pork chop (palm-sized)
3-5 cups fresh salad w/ 2TBS olive oil/balsamic vinegar
Snack: 1 small apple
10-20 almonds
Dinner: pan-seared steak (palm-sized)
2-3 cups broccoli topped with 1 TBS butter
Sample Menu (Male):
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee, 2 TBS coconut milk
4 scrambled eggs with pan-browned, ground beef (palm-sized)
Lunch: chicken breast (two palm-sized portions)
3-5 cups spinach and garlic sauted in 2 TBS butter
Snack: 20 almonds
2 hard-boiled eggs
Dinner: chuck roast slices, from crockpot (two palm-sized portions)
3-5 cups fresh salad w/ 2TBS olive oil/balsamic vinegar
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