I am sure that I am not the only person that finds starting a new diet challenging – the knowing we need to is not the hard part, it really is in ‘the getting started’.
I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and so have needed to start, by necessity, to consider doing things a little differently. I have been ‘a work in progress’ indeed, and the need for constant medication is not the route I want to choose over the longer term. My body also has a tendency towards inflammation, and this has not helped. What has helped is the guidance of my rheumatologist and also a conversation many months ago with Shelley (Owner/Founder of The Chopping Block) – that diet can make a difference.
Today I chose to ‘get started’.
During my lunch break I looked at food choices that actually work to fight inflammation – and there is a multitude of sources available to consult. Although not all make the exact same recommendations, there is considerable overlap in the topic generally.
After much reading, what I found very helpful was a visual – Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. This really captured so perfectly much of the reading I had been doing.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was already practicing many of the recommendations such as fatty fish (what’s not to love about sardines?), low fat dairy, dark leafy greens, whole grains and nuts. Where I could do better – wine (more red, less white; that I can do!), soy (not sure on this one; edamame all day long yes, the salt on it is a
NO!), ginger and turmeric (love them both – need to find some fabulous recipes that will incorporate them well). Oh, and how could I forget chocolate – thrilled to see it at the top, and probably not with the caramel center or toffee chips in it that I love.
One of the things I am most excited about is adding tart cherries into my diet – starting with some tart cherry juice. The key is that it must be tart – not just a luscious, sweet cherry or its juice!
This has me pondering, very fleetingly, if a Cherry Ripe would work – and I know the answer already. This beloved, chocolate coated Australian candy, from Cadbury will not do the trick.
Today I am armed with a little more information than I started with, a quick list to take home and a better connection to what is possible with some relatively straight forward changes in the way I choose to eat, and cook. It has also given me an incentive to look at how to incorporate these concepts into a full meal – and I am loving that The Chopping Block has just the class for me – “Fresh Start” – which sums it up beautifully.