Nutrition Basics for Fast Pain Relief (and Weight Loss)
a. That means no bread, no pasta, no milk, and obviously no cookies you Cookie Monster, you. And, of course, no added sugar (2 pieces of fruit is OK).b. Restrictive? Yes.c. Effective? Absolutely
a. Meats/fish (fattier, grass-fed/wild-caught versions to nourish the body with clean, healthy fats and quality proteins)b. Veggies (excluding starchy ones like corn, peas, and carrots)c. Olive oil (for dressings, or to add post-cooking) (don't use for most cooking, since it goes bad under high heat)d. Extra-virgin coconut oil (for medium/high heat cooking)e. Eat until you are satisfied. Don't worry about eating too much - trust me, it's hard to overeat when you're chewing on nutrient-dense protein for example, as opposed to inhaling a red velvet cupcake
a. These include some fairly well-known veggies and spices that come from theSolanaceae family, such as:
i. Potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, paprika, Tabasco sauce, and more (sweet potatoes and black pepper are not nightshades)
b. The steroid alkaloids (one of 4 alkaloids) in nightshades, which include solanine, are the main offenders.c. They are naturally-produced toxic substances that help the plants defend against insects, diseases and other predators.
i. These are very similar to lectins binding to glucosamine and penetrating our cell walls, as discussed in Chapter 11.
d. These alkaloids are thought to cause calcium loss in the bones, and excess calcium deposits in soft tissue.
i. As a result, there may be a significant pro-inflammatory response in the body
e. To avoid this pro-inflammatory response, if you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or any form of joint pain, it is wise to cut these foods OUT for 30 days.
i. See how the body responds. Assess the damage (or lack thereof) and continue forward.
a. Many annoying health issues, including muscle and joint pain, aches, and stiffness, will seriously reduce significantly.b. I'm not kidding, it's that simple. Food has a profound effect on pain, much more so than is commonly understood.
a. This process has been ESSENTIAL in helping me determine what I can and cannot eat for optimal health.b. Only add in ONE FOOD per week. If you add more than 1 food and notice adverse reactions, you won't know which food is the troublesome one.
a. Dairy is pro-inflammatory for many people but not so much for others. So, experiment with adding back it back into your diet after 30 days.
a. After the 30 days, you can start experimenting with rice to see how joint pain and other health indicators (body fat, skin quality, etc.) respond.b. Week by week, slowly add in other gluten-free, wheat-free carbs. Try sweet potatoes, quinoa, buckwheat, and millet.c. You can try oatmeal and beans too, but they tend to be problematic unless properly soaked, sprouted and fermented.d. Only if you are somewhat lean (under 20% bodyfat for men, 25% or so for women) AND training intensely, include white rice, sweet potatoes and/or yams during your post-workout meal. (For maximal pain reduction, though, I would still eliminate them for 30 days unless you absolutely cannot function without, due to your training load.)
1. The lifestyle habits you've developed over the years got you to where you are right now.
True, we've been lied to by mass media and big corporations, but we've also played a part in our condition. It is what it is. Accept this and move on.
2. You now have a solution. It is up to you to implement it into your life. During this process, it will be difficult, but absolutely crucial to have dedication, discipline, and most importantly, patience.
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