Since Spring and Easter are a beautiful time of rebirth and transformation, it makes sense to try a new change or two. A change can be such a simple thing, like reading the back of food labels to make healthier food choices or just simple stretching. I'll share some strength building exercises in a new section soon.
What many of us don't realize is that there are several food choices that lead to inflammation in our bodies. In the short term for a healthy body, it causes a healthy immune system to start to fight off an infection. In the long term, inflammation can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegenerative disease, asthma, and/or obesity.
Source: "Understanding and Managing Chronic Inflammation"
Before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had all the classic symptoms of the disease: dizziness, unquenchable thirst, mood swings, plus so many more other symptoms. Many of them weren't just diabetic symptoms. Thank goodness I went to an excellent homeopathic doctor. He listened to my full medical history and symptoms. He asked so many questions that were so accurate. It was amazing. He recommended vitamin and mineral supplements based on the deficiencies in my body from my lab work. He wondered why I wasn't in the hospital due to all the inflammation in my body. My doctor proceeded to educate me about the various things that cause even more inflammation in our bodies. It is often caused by how the foods are made or processed. Here is a list of those foods/ingredients:
Red & Processed meats
Source: My Personal Doctor
So to help you make a small change, here's a recipe for slaw that you may enjoy as a replacement for a less healthy choice. Replacing soy in your diet is an excellent change. It is used as a cheap food filler that in limited fresh amounts is healthy. Unfortunately, the amount used in fillers is too much causing us to ingest too many omega 6 fatty-acids. This causes the body to trigger an inflammatory response.
Source: "8 Food Ingredients That Can Cause Inflammation"
The Arthritis Foundation
The inflammatory response that happens over a long period of time can take a long period of time to reverse with food as medicine. Even pharmaceutical pills take at least two weeks to get fully into your system. It surprises me when people won't give healthier options at least two weeks to start making a difference. This coleslaw is so simple. It is easy to add into a weekly recipe list.
- 2 cups of diced southern slaw mix
Fresh Express Green Cabbage & Carrots - recommended
- 1 cup of soy free vegan mayonnaise
Soy Free Vegenaise Mayonnaise - recommended
1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours for a thicker slaw.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
While this is refrigerating, I'll keep working on a diabetic friendly dark chocolate recipe. It's been 2 years since I've had chocolate chip cookies, so I'm quite excited about it. I'll let you know when I've got it just right when my cook book is ready. It will focus on simple carbohydrate replacement recipes with healthier ingredients. Meanwhile, let me know if you tried this recipe, Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.