After a week of being on my 2 Week Detox with a hyper anti-inflammatory twist, I am seeing the difference. Last week had a few hiccups with the weather related pain, but as the days went on, I cut back on the Solpedeine I was taking at night. Last night, I decided I would try no pain killers and see what would happen. Nothing! I actually slept through the night without waking, and was shocked even at bedtime how I felt very little discomfort. This anti-inflammatory plan does really work! And for some, the Detox Plan might be enough to get you started on a pain free existence. But I am proof, you can be pain free using anti-inflammatory foods.
I juiced again this morning with the usual: 8 leaves of collard greens, 1 inch of ginger, 1-2inch turmeric root, juice of 1/2 a lemon, beet, cabbage wedge, granny smith apple, 2 inch chunk of daikon radish and cucumber, and handful of parsley. This seems to be the elixir to get my anti-inflammatory nutrients from food concentrated into an easily digested liquid.
And every couple of days, I find I have enough shredded vegetables to make a new batch of vegetable flatbreads. I sold my first bag of them yesterday and my client loved them! Here is the basic recipe in case you want to make your own, or come to the next Dehydrating Class, so you can learn how to make these and more things in the dehydrator!
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours, then drained
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1+ tbsp dried rosemary (this is also anti-inflammatory)
3-4 cups shredded vegetables (great way to use 2 days worth of juicing pulp! but remove seeds, skins and stems)
1/2 cup water as needed
Put drained nuts into food processor with flax seeds and rosemary. Blend until ground. You can add water here, or add pulp first.
Either way, you will need to stop the food processor often to get the whole thing blended into a paste. You may need to add more water to get it blend. I typically use a rubber spatula while it is running to keep feeding the veggies in and getting it to blend right. But be careful, as this is not recommended, and you may lose a corner of the spatula while doing it. Do not use anything metal!!
Once it is a paste yet still be a bit chunky, use the spatula to spoon out a heaping tablespoon of veggie paste onto drying rack of dehydrator, and flatten with spatula so they kind of look like cookies.
Dehydrate for 10-12 hours at 105-110 degrees. They should be crispy at this point. If not, dehydrate for another hour or two until they are the desired dryness.
Eat them as a snack, add slices of avocado on them, or even goat cheese (although this might not be such a good idea while on anti inflammatory plan) or raw cashew butter.
If you don’t want to be bothered, then just buy a bag full from me!! I have plenty of them to share :)). I have a link up so you can make your purchase. To buy your bag of flatbreads, click here
These flatbreads are another option to include gluten free crackers into your anti inflammatory plan. They were a great snack. And help to keep me satisfied between meals, or they become part of my anti-inflammatory meal using real foods like avocado sliced on top. Those healthy fats help to keep inflammation down. You, too can be pain free with a bit of these foods, too.
On a pain scale of 1-10, I would say I am at 1. This is almost better than when I was taking my supplements. I still walk with the cane, as the discomfort is still there when I walk (bone-on-bone in hip joint will do that), but the nagging aching and throbbing pain has disappeared. I wouldn’t believe it except that I am proving it to be true. Shocking, but in a really good way :). If i can do it, I can help you be pain free, too, using anti-inflammatory foods if you are willing to try.
For more information about the detox plan, anti-inflammatory plan or other sports nutrition plans, please visit Joanna at www.n-im.net or visit her Facebook page at www. facebook.com/nutritioninmotionPA.
Joanna is a sports nutrition coach helping you use real food to achieve your health and performance goals both on and off the playing field.