thanksgiving-cornucopia-freeSome food for thought for a healthy and satisfying holiday meal:
      • If you plan to serve turkey, try to buy organic if possible. Try Wild By Nature, Whole Foods, Trader Joes or similar grocers.
      • Eat as many foods as you can with Omega 3 fats on the table — i.e. walnuts and winter squash.
      • If you have allergies, avoid foods like nightshades vegetables (i.e. potatoes, tomatoes) which may trigger pain flareups.
      • Limit your intake of sugar which can cause inflammation and joint pain.
      • Eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits which provide plenty of antioxidants.  Fill your plate with as many raw, green leafy vegetables as possible.
      • Be sure to include plenty of fiber rich foods such as sweet potatoes, green beans, or brussel sprouts.
      • If you choose to drink alcohol, red wine is preferential. Moderation is key of course!
      • Remember, never eat anything with Trans Fats!   Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic conditions have been associated with trans fat consumption. They are found in prepackaged pie crusts, ready-to-bake biscuits & cakes, etc.  Read nutritional labels before purchasing any packaged foods.  Steer clear of anything containing the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils in the ingredients list.  Even though a label may list “0 grams of trans fats” these products do in fact contain trans fats;  products containing less that .5mg of trans fats per serving are allowed by law to list themselves as trans fat free.
      • Don’t let small family dramas get you upset. Stress and anger cause inflammation.
      • Get outside! Go for a nice brisk walk if you can or do some other physical activity.