Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Anti - Inflammatory Thanksgiving

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Thursday's Thanksgiving feast is almost here. I'm looking forward to getting together with family and friends. 

Daughters and I are planning the Thanksgiving extravaganza meal. Of course there will be the usual list of suspects: turkey, potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. And, of course, we will all consume far too many calories in one sitting than anyone could possibly need. In spite of the increased calories, I have been thinking about ways to add some beneficial aspects to this meal by including foods that have anti-inflammatory properties, at least according to Jack Challum and the Dlife diabetes site. 

His article lists many foods which may help decrease inflammatory response, a very helpful thing in fighting autoimmune disease. Among the foods listed were: garlic, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, ginger, olive oil, and deep green leafy salad vegetables, all of which should be very easy to include in the menu. 

Salads with olive oil dressing plus deep green leafy veggies, broccoli and cauliflower? Check. Ginger in the pumpkin pie? Check. Garlic in the gravy stock? Check again. I can do that. 

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