September 22, 2014

On Nutrition: Eating the anti-inflammatory way

Happy Monday! If you haven't yet read my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, "7 steps to an anti-inflammatory diet," check it out. (Yes, I realize that I had two "7 steps" columns in a row. I  swear I didn't plan it that's just how it worked out.)

The anti-inflammatory diet is a little like the layers of an onion: On the surface, it's really a simple, commonsense way to eat. It minimizes processed foods, which often contain ingredients that in addition to promoting low-level, chronic inflammation in our bodies don't exactly get high marks for nutrition. Instead, it emphasizes fresh, whole, plant foods that provide us with a symphony of vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals—and you don't have to become a vegan or vegetarian to benefit.

Peel the outer layers, however, and you can go into deeper detail with an anti-inflammatory diet, emphasizing foods that give you even more inflammation-fighting power per bite. You can also work to cultivate the other healthy habits that work alongside your nourishing food to cool the fire and promote optimal health. It's what I help many of my patients do, and in interest of walking the talk, I've been giving my own diet and habits some anti-inflammatory tweaks, too.

This week, I'll post about some key aspects of the anti-inflammatory diet that I didn't have room to discuss or expand upon in my column. I'll definitely talk about the role of food sensitivities and intolerances in inflammation (tomorrow) and the red wine paradox (Wednesday). 

If you are in the Seattle area, please note that I am giving a talk on this very topic on Wednesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The talk is free, but pre-registration is needed. Just call Northwest Natural Health at 206-784-9111 or visit my classes page.

This week is also Weight Stigma Awareness Week, and you know I'm going to have something to say about that (Thursday).

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful week!

P.S. If you have any specific questions about the anti-inflammatory diet, leave them in the comments and I'll try to address them.

September 19, 2014

Links I like: 9/19/14

Happy Friday! Fall continues to elude me, but since Sunday will probably be the last 85+ degree day in Seattle for 2014, I'll just go with it and pretend it's still summer (which, technically, it is until Tuesday). Good thing I've yet to pack away my shorts and pull my turtlenecks out of storage. To kick things off, here's some links I'll think you'll find intriguing and informative:

Heads up that I have an On Nutrition column in this Sunday's Seattle Times. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

September 17, 2014

The weight of words

As an entrepreneur, I enjoy and value Marie Forleo's "Marie TV" videos, but they aren't something that I would usually share on this blog because they're not within the scope of what I write about. However, I felt her recent interview with writer, actor and comedian Maysoon Zayid was worth sharing. I was not previously familiar with Zayid, but I now consider myself a fan. Not only is she funny and smart, she presents a viewpoint worth listening to on what it means to be disabled in America, and in Hollywood.

The video is more than 27 minutes long, all of it worth watching, but the part that made me decide to post it here comes right after the 15:00 mark, when she talks about the attention she received after she gave a her TED talk "I got 99 problems...palsy is just one." While much of the attention was good, a stunning amount of it consisted of attacks on her weight, which nearly did a number on her head. I appreciated her comments on what it means to be judged for what we look like instead of what we are talking about, as well as why her detractors tried to use weight as a weapon.