People are searching for a low-fat diet or foods that will help ease neurological impairments. They search for the right foods in the supermarket and are never successful. More often than not, people leave the market more frustrated. Conventionally, dietitians will sit down with you and discuss your caloric, carbohydrate, fat, and protein intake. Well, this may be feasible to a degree, but it is missing a huge piece of the puzzle. Simply put, food is our medicine. It's not about the numbers that dietitians feed us, it's about the actual food. Let's look at whole food. On a daily basis, people are inundated with processed foods and quick grab food. These foods could be low in calories and even fat, but it's not whole food! It's still processed. Anything you can just grab or that is instant is not going to be very good for your body. Your body will let you know this down the road. It may ache, let you feel pain or numbness, you may tire easily, and you may even have irregular bowel function. People who are fighting multiple sclerosis are very strong people to be struggling such a difficult diagnosis. But let's look at their possible diet and lifestyle prior to diagnosis. Generally speaking, they were extremely active people and involved in every aspect of life. Being active usually means the body requires its stores to be adequately replenished. Drinking diet drinks with aspartame or other sweeteners is not a very wise decision. Any common soda is not something that should be consumed. If anyone implements an active and overly busy life day-to-day, something going to give - unless you have been nutritionally balanced. Can your car drive a long distance with poor quality gas or on an empty gas tank? Your car can't drive anywhere unless all of its parts are equally running efficiently. The same goes for us. So why do we put anything into our bodies?
The solution: Anti-inflammatory foods
Whole foods are foods that are closest to nature. Eating whole foods and an anti-inflammatory diet does ease symptoms of multiple sclerosis and other ailments. Anti-inflammatory foods eases chronic diarrhea or constipation, aches, pains, and even arthritis.
Instead of applesauce, eat an apple...instead of potato chips, eat some cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks. Eat oatmeal instead of a granola bar.
It's not about the front of the package that says "low-fat" "zero fat" "all natural"...it's about reading the ingredient list on the back. Don't get caught just reading the front of a package!
Here's a recipe to get you started Tomato-gorgonzola soup 4 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 1 onion 2 cloves garlic (mince) 1 can whole peeled tomatoes 1/4 chopped fresh basil 1 tbsp organic brown sugar 1/2 cup & 2 tbsp crumbled gorgonzola 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt 3 slices whole grain bread (remove crust and cut bread into cubes)
Heat 2 tbsp oil in large pan to medium-high; add onion and garlic and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, brown sugar....simmer for 15 minutes
Add gorgonzola, stir. Remove soup from heat. Mix in yogurt.
Transfer soup (in small batches) to a food processor or blender and puree until creamy and smooth. Pour back into pan over medium heat.
While soup is heating, heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place cubed bread onto cookie sheet and toss remaining gorgonzola onto cubes as well as remaining oil. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes. Serve soup with homemade croutons over soup.