Saturday, November 19, 2011

Anti inflammatory diet questions

I've been a very, very bad blogger as of late.  Reading and not commenting.  Not responding to comments on my own blog.  Not posting.  I'm still adjusting to my new sleep routine and it's cut precious time from my day.  I'm trying to come up with creative ways to carve out time.  Thank you all for commenting on my last two posts.  You gave great insights and support that has helped me in my journey.  I am indebted to you.  If anyone has Sarah's (at Sarah's Journal) or St. Rita's Roses' email, can you leave in the comment box?  I was too slow on the uptake to email them about getting invites to their blogs.

I started part of the anti inflammatory diet two weeks ago.  I say part because I was only going on what I could find on the internet.  I just purchased a book titled, The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book by Jessica Black.  Half the book is recipes which I desperately need.  It's been hard, but with the other diet changes I've made, it seemed like just another step.

What I'm doing:

  • No caffeine
  • No sugar
  • No processed foods
  • No fast food
  • No potato
  • No tomato
  • No rice, gluten or dairy (not really anti inflammatory- food allergy testing found out I am sensitive to it.  Still eating butter.)
  • Tons of veggies and fruits
  • Lots of seeds and nuts
  • Probably a bit too much meat 
  • Green tea with honey and a bit of soy creamer

What I still need to do:
  • more fish (salmon and anchovies)
  • more mushrooms
  • no more pork
  • no peanuts (peanut butter is my favorite food :(  ) 
I am feeling better.  Praise Jesus! I'm still not where I want to be, but the crushing fatigue has lifted.  I've even had some moments when I felt 'normal.'  I'm sure the better sleep and the T3 are contributing also.  When I first started the diet, I thought I'd have anything I wanted on Thanksgiving.  But, now that I'm feeling better, I'll be making some special food and sticking with it.  

Questions for you guys:

Do you have any book recommendations on the anti-inflammatory diet?

Do you have any recipes or tips you can share?  

God Bless you All!!


  1. Good for you with setting boundaries for more sleep! That is a great thing, even if it means you have to sacrifice in other areas like blogs. And your diet is so impressive. It's great that you feel well to keep you motivated to stick on it!

    Here's the email addresses: sarahjennings81 at gmail dot come and St. Rita is lebecrose at aol dot com.

  2. Oh my goodness, that diet looks so hard. You are amazing for even attempting it! I am still working on giving up coffee. I agree with PPIW. Sleep is so important to healing and functioning normally.

  3. Very similar to my diet - I have one recommendation - cut out butter. Do all of nothing when it comes to Gluten and Dairy. I know that sounds harsh, but it was only when I was completely dairy-free that I noticed changes. Earth Balance (soy-free) is a great subsitute, and I cook more with oils, too (grapeseed, coconut, etc.)

    Get lots of protein, try to have meat or eggs with each meal. A good recipe is spaghetti squash with meat sauce (what we Italian-Americans call "gravy").
    Check out sources online for The Caveman Diet, they have good recipes and ideas.

    Good luck!!

  4. I also have to follow the anti-inflammatory diet, and I found The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Anti-Inflammation Diet helpful. It was written by some fancy doctor at Harvard or something. I also would recommend cutting out the butter because I read full fat dairy is bad. I would also stay away from soy because it acts like estrogen. I don't really have any recipes other than I take normal ones and switch out olive oil for butter, add more veggies, and use turkey or chicken instead of beef.

  5. Good for you on the diet! You're motivating me to get back "on the anti-inflammatory-diet-wagon." I've just stolen the advice the ladies left you ... so thanks for the great post to solicit those comments! :-)
    AND - I'm so glad you're getting more sleep!!! It makes all the difference in the world to be well rested.

  6. Oh my goodness! I really do appreciate your motivation to be on such a strict diet. You are inspiring me to begin some kind of diet atleast giving up caffeine and sugar! Keep going and thanks for posting about the diet.

  7. Ladies, thanks for your encouragement. Really, I'm doing it our of desperation, not out of some personal strength ;) IMHPFP- Thanks for the book rec- I was looking at that one too so I'm going to go ahead and order it. The soy thing: I haven't found a good alternative to dairy and it's the only soy I have. Thanks for the reminder to look for something else- maybe coconut milk? TCIE- I'll try to eliminate butter. Thanks for the tip. It's nice to know someone else is on this crazy diet because everyone I tell looks at me like I'm crazy. PPIW- thanks for the addresses!

  8. Don't worry. I am quite often a "bad blogger." : (

    Sounds like the diet is going well. I've been putting off some of the changes that I, too, really need to make.

    I hope you won't mind, but I've nominated you for a blog award. Check it on on my blog when you have a chance. God bless!

  9. One thing you can do is turn your butter into Ghee, which is clarified butter--the process removes the lactose, which is usually what we are allergic to. here is a video of how to do so,, although I usually put mine in the oven instead of on the stove. My sister really likes the taste of coconut milk in her coffee.

  10. Can't give you any tips, but I can give a Liebster award.

  11. I'm gluten, dairy, and soy-free. I love coconut milk when it's slightly sweetened but I haven't gotten used to the plain stuff yet. I agree with the comments above--if you're cutting dairy, cut it out 100%. Good luck!!

  12. I'm on the Anti-Infammatory diet too. Although this week I've totally failed at it. I'm stealing the suggestions from here. :) I will also check out the book you recommended and IMHPFP's suggestion too.

    Any idea if Ghee qualifies as dairy free??--it is melted butter with the milk solids removed.

    My challenge is also that I have hypoglycemia, and when I can't eat dairy (and fat) to help keep my blood sugar up, I end up with awful mood swings and low blood sugar.

    I also need to get in touch with you to talk about adrenal fatigue. (I'll add that to my immense 'to do' list... ;) )