6 simple anti-inflammatory tips to feel better and lose weight

by richard on February 11, 2015

The “anti-inflammatory diet” is a term for a way of eating that has some simple guidelines. Different authorities on this subject differ on some details, but agree on the basics. Here are some tips. I am not discussing gluten sensitivity or other allergies here. Please take these factors into account if they are an issue for you. Also, anti-inflammatory diets include eating meat and possibly limited dairy, Vegan does not.


Why are skilled body workers talking about food? There is lots of good data, and our personal experience and the experience of our clients who eat this way, that show that when a person eats the “right” foods they feel better. Feeling better means fewer aches and pains. It means no more bloat. Right! Flatter tummies! And lower blood pressure, cholesterol and the control of blood sugar, too.


Here are some simple steps to start changing the way you eat and feeling better:



Half your plate is vegetables and/or fruit, quarter protein, quarter grains.


Avoid Dairy (inflammatory food)

Dairy causes digestive problems and does not deliver the nutrition you think it does.         There is a growing body of evidence that links diary consumption to cancers of the breast, prostate, and ovaries. Milk does a body more harm than good.


Avoid Sugar/sweeteners (inflammatory food)

They make you feel not full or satisfied and make you CRAVE.


Eat Whole foods

Whole foods are not refined or processed. Choose foods that are as close to whole as possible. For breads    and pasta choose 100% whole grain as the first  ingredient on the label. The fewer the number of ingredients on the list, the better.


Avoid processed foods

These foods are pre-made. Heat and Eat. These include foods from Costco, the supermarket, a business that makes meals for you and delivers them       (unless the ingredients are organic), convenience stores, or any fast food outlets. Read the Label. If you have to sound out the big words on the ingredient list and still have trouble with them, don’t eat it. It really isn’t food, it’s a science project.


Drink your water

Everyone needs this reminder. Water Good. Drink!



Check out the roasted veggie recipe below and start eating some delicious food that is easy and simple to prepare.




Tasting this recipe was the first time I had eaten brussel sprouts that I LOVED THEM. We eat them by themselves and along with other dishes. Enjoy.


Pre-heat oven to 400


Rinse and drain 1 lb of brussel sprouts


Cut the ends of the brussel sprouts off and cut them in half (some of the outside leaves come off) and put them in a large mixing bowl



Add 2 TBSP of any kind of mustard and 2 TBSP of Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reserve Balsamic Vinegar to the brussels. TOSS until all is coated.



Put on a baking sheet (with parchment paper if you have it) and bake for 30-60 minutes. 


About the Root Veggies: follow the same recipe for turnips, parsnips, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes. etc.


This is very simple and a great way to eat great tasting veggies with hardly any trouble.


Enjoy! Cheers!


Richard Maas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, drummer, and gardener. He and his wife Dianne started practicing massage in 1990.

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