“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” – Buddha
These words are not to be taken lightly, since few things are more important than our health. We are fortunate to have control over a number of factors contributing to our health, with diet and nutrition at the top of that list. And so, what better time to celebrate our health than Thanksgiving?
The holidays turn into a pitfall for many, as family gatherings centered around grandiose meals offer countless temptations. However, for many of us, the foods we put in our bodies can affect conditions we have, from digestive disorder to the inability to conceive. Does this doesn’t mean that making smart choices and enjoying Thanksgiving dinner are mutually exclusive? Fortunately, the answer is no.
We’ve compiled some important tips and favorite recipes to help you stay on track during the holidays without sacrificing taste. From all of us at Clear Passage, Happy Thanksgiving!
- Eating nightshade vegetables, such as tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes, can exacerbate joint pain.
- Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like nuts, oils and seafood, can reduce inflammation.
- Stay away from foods that contain additives such as MSG (monosodium glutamate). A flavor enhancer often used in fast food, processed packaged foods and Chinese dishes, MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter that can stimulate pain receptors.
- We previously discussed foods to eat to fight pain.
Small Bowel Obstruction (SBO), Chron’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Whether you suffer from bowel obstruction or one of your Thanksgiving dinner guests is lactose-intolerant, staying away from dairy products is your best bet. Many dessert recipes call for dairy but don’t worry — there are still plenty of ways to satisfy a sweet tooth! Sherbert and sorbet are two delicious, dairy-free dessert options!
- Put down the eggnog! This holiday favorite is full of dairy (cream or whole milk), so steer clear.
- Avoid casings or skin. Foods with these include sausage and bologna, which are not tolerated by people with serious digestive conditions such as bowel obstruction.
- Stay away from foods that contain trans-fats, the artery-clogging fats used in numerous commercial products and fast foods.
- Focus on eating more vegetable protein, such as beans and nuts, instead of animal protein.
- Avoid fish. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that women trying to conceive can safely eat up to 12 ounces (roughly two entrées) a week of low-mercury fish, such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, or catfish.
- Skip the alcohol. This means you may have to pass on the alcoholic eggnog or glass of red wine. When Danish researchers looked at 430 couples trying to have their first child, they found that women’s ability to get pregnant decreased as more alcohol was consumed. Women who had fewer than five drinks a week were twice as likely to get pregnant as those drinking ten drinks a week.