Treating health conditions and improving well-being through nutrition is called nutritional therapy. It is a wholistic approach resulting in better and health and relies on improvements in diet and physical activity to treating health conditions. It is meant to treat the root causes of health conditions, rather than just relieve symptoms. This week, my goal was to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods in my diet to improve joint health and increase mobility.
Each day, I started out with a healthy smoothie based on greens (kale and spinach, an avocado, mixed berries, banana and a tsp of cinnamon). My meals mostly consisted of fresh or frozen veggies, lean meat and a healthy carb. I tried whole wheat pasta to improve the nutritional value of spaghetti, and tried to limit any white flour or sugar. I also traded in my beer for a nice red wine. I was not completely successful in eliminating white flour this week. Flour tortillas and a tuna melt were my downfalls.
It is important to note that dietary changes are not a quick fix. Set small, achievable goals. Perseverance in achieving small dietary goals is important. However, it is just as important to learn from failures, don’t get discouraged, and continue trying to reach your goals.
Week 1: Pain level 4 (on a scale of 1-10). Perceived Mobility: 5 (on a scale of 1-10)—so not much change from last week.
Goals for next week: Continue clean eating and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods in my diet. Start a stretching routine.