Inflammation and your diet

Inflammation and your diet


Inflammation is the root cause of most diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, asthma, etc.).  When we begin experiencing chronic pain, it is easy to forget about the importance of paying attention to our bodies and the role foods play in our health.

When healing inflammation, the number one important thing to remember is that inflammation loves an acidic environment. We create this environment in our bodies by:

  • Eating acidic foods (meat, dairy, sugar, wheat, and other acidic foods)
  • Experiencing chronic mental stress (fear, resentment, depression, anger, worry, anxiety)
  • Suffering from physical stress (bodily injury, surgery, insomnia, physical strain/overuse)

The best way to support your body while experiencing chronic inflammation is to address the above issues and how they affect your life. (more…)

Healing inflammation with food

Healing inflammation with food

Your diet plays a critical role in helping your body to heal.

Your diet plays a critical role in helping your body heal.

Inflammation is part of our body’s natural immune response, the first line of defense in protecting our bodies from invading organisms that enter our system through wounds or by contact with viruses and bacteria. Inflammation tends to attack the weakest organ system first, depending on genetics and/or pre-existing health conditions.

When inflammation gets out of control and does not heal, it creates a constant irritant that can result in different types of health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and polymyalgia rheumatic, are also associated with chronic inflammation. In addition, inflammation can damage the body’s immune system as it continues to mistakenly initiate an inflammatory response even when there is no apparent need, such as in asthma, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is not surprising that, according to the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, “Inflammation has long been associated with the development of cancer.”

Fortunately, there is something we can do to reduce inflammation and help support our body’s healing process that does not require expensive drugs or surgery. (more…)

Healing inflammation with food

Being Vegan at College: Customizing the Dining Commons Menu

By Angela Parnay

For many people, the daily feast at the UC Davis dining commons is an adventure. In addition to food staples like pasta, pizza, and burgers, there are at least two ethnic dishes on the menu, and theme nights are scheduled about once a month. The menu varies, not just weekly, but monthly as well. In 2014, UC Davis was ranked #18 among US colleges for best food by The Daily Meal.

However, my diet was slightly less varied and my experience less positive. Yes, the Blue Onion meal station always offered a vegan dish, and there was always salad and an Aggie Veggie Burger. Much of the produce was grown locally and dishes were cooked in-house, both of which I support wholeheartedly. My disapproval lies not with the number of options or the quality of ingredients, but with the final products.

Roasted vegetables glistened with oil and left puddles on the plates. The Veggie Burgers, though flavorful, had an odd chewy texture. Special vegan pasta dishes would often be presented – but made with egg noodles. There were multitudes of labeling errors as well – does their balsamic vinaigrette really have egg in it only half of the time? One time, I went to the pasta bar, the day’s most appealing option, and puzzled over the bowls of sauce. Apparently one was plain marinara, but they all looked identical! When I asked which was vegan, I was told both options were the same: filled with ground beef.

Needless to say, after my first year, I moved to an apartment with a kitchen.

However, despite these unfortunate mistakes, I always managed to find something to eat. How? By mixing and matching items from various stations.

For example, my personal favorite: bean and veggie tacos. This was only available on weekends at brunch, because some ingredients were offered as “breakfast” foods and others as “lunch” foods. Soft flour tortillas came from the breakfast burrito station, pinto beans from the soup station, stir fried vegetables and rice from the pasta station, and salsa from the salad bar. I then scooped all of the scavenged goodies into the tortillas and dug in.

Another winner was a burger salad. My friends and I would grab a black bean burger or an Aggie Veggie burger and build a salad with greens, carrots, bell peppers tomatoes, olives, and scoops of mild salsa to top. We would then chop the burger into bits and sprinkle it over the salad. Admittedly, black bean burgers far surpassed Aggie Veggie burgers in both flavor and consistency, and sometimes the salad bar would lack vital ingredients like olives. Still, this dish was a tasty and reliable backup.

My final advice: be creative with the options available. What may seem like a boring menu has the potential for a culinary masterpiece, or at least something satisfying to get you through the day.

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Angela Parnay is a second-year student at UC Davis and is happy to report that she no longer depends on the menu selection offered at the dining commons. Between her heavy school load and working in an on-campus computer lab, she enjoys creating her own vegan meals.

Help your body heal: the power of food

Help your body heal: the power of food

In response to many requests for detailed information on how to eat a low glycemic alkaline diet to reverse disease, we have developed this Healing with Food: Menu Guide. We’ve experienced first hand how focusing on nutrition, alkalizing the body, and eating only whole plant-based foods reverses cancer. Read our story.

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