Cassie Weness, R.D., L.D.
Are your achy knees the reason you can’t sign up for the fall basketball league or neighborhood 5K? Or do you wake up each morning so achy it’s hard to just get out of bed? Or perhaps you’re one of millions living with arthritis or battling chronic sinus infections?
All these health conditions have something in common, inflammation (a fancy word for pain.) So what is causing all of this inflammation? As a registered dietitian, I’ve studied this and worked with many individuals to break this cycle of pain and inflammation naturally, without relying on pain medications.
Let’s start with the end in mind; how great would it feel to return to your favorite pastimes with little to no discomfort? Play tennis again, get on the floor with your grandkids or go hiking all without the agony that is typically created by inflammation!
How? The equation is simple, reduce or eliminate the foods and beverages that fuel the inflammation fire. Here are some examples of items to cut out:
As a dietitian, I have seen people’s lives change dramatically when they eliminate these items and switch to eating real food in balance. This means meals (three a day) and snacks (two to three a day) that contain no man-made or processed foods. No skipping meals!
Eat This, Not That
For lunch, eat this, salad with greens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, walnuts, chicken and olive oil / balsamic vinegar dressing. Skip this, sub sandwich with chips and soda.
For an afternoon snack, eat this, two or three deviled egg halves, with handful of grapes. Skip this, cookie or donut as afternoon snack.
Don’t be overwhelmed; making dietary changes doesn’t need to be scary. Most people with pain and inflammation just need help getting started on an eating plan that is right for their body’s needs. Stop by my session at the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Health and Wellness Conference to hear practical ways to that can help you break this pain cycle and get on the road to your healthiest self!
Hear more about nutrition from Cassie at the Health and Wellness Conference!
What: Eating to Reduce Pain and Inflammation
When: September, 25th, 2018 at 11:30 AM
The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD) is a broad based coalition
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