If you don’t know what your New Year’s Health resolution should be let me suggest one: eating as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible. This is for everyone! This is for all the diet faiths. This is to counteract all the other crap you eat, including the foods to which you don’t even know you are allergic. This is to counteract all the toxins in your environment. Although you really should try to clean those up, too.
I am now going to speak into my phone and give a list of foods from the research of Yasmina on healinghistamine.com. There are many of these foods that can work as well as pharma drug, either or both antihistamine or anti-inflammatory.
Annatto, basil, coriander, black cumin seed, caraway seeds, Curry, Ginger, holy basil, oregano, parsley, peppermint, saffron, Tamarind, thyme, turmeric, amaranth, artichoke, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, cassava or Yucca, chard, chicory or Belgian endive, cauliflower, cucumber, fennel, kale, onion, red pepper, sweet potato, watercress, zucchini, apples, coconuts, mangosteen, peaches, pomegranate, oats, black rice, buckwheat, black sorghum, flax, sunflower if you’re not allergic to it, argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, green and white teas, Lotus root tea, neem tea, olive leaf tea, cacao if you’re not allergic to it and if you’re not having histamine releasing problems like I am. Brown seaweeds, spirulina, Chlorella.
Now I’m going to tell you a couple notes about the things above just how easy they are to put in your diet. I now buy a large bunch of Basil from Trader Joe’s and chop that up and eat with noodles and olive oil yum yum. The Lotus Foods Ramen in a 4 pack doesn’t have any flavoring packets in it. I buy the black rice type and have black rice noodles with this basil and olive oil.
Powdered coriander can be sprinkled on top of a nut butter and eaten with apples as a snack
Lentils can be cooked and loaded with curry, saffron, cumin, turmeric. And if you don’t know how to mix those spices for a good blend, buy the sweet curry powder from penzeys.com. If you want to luxuriate with the slightly more expensive version, buy the Maharajah curry powder. They are both wonderful blends that work all on its own mixed with beans of any type. Making a Dal like this has been one of my most popular dishes at potlucks, served with white rice. You can load coconut milk in there and add chunks of any kinds of vegetables you want like carrots and potatoes. I throw in frozen peas at the end and turn off the heat. I’ve got two different recipes that have a different flavor profile one of which you can eat with flaked salmon from a can.
An easy tea packet is the holy basil or Tulsi Tea from Organic India.
Artichokes can be blended in the base of a sauce or soup. They can also be blended with tahini, lemon juice and garlic for a non bean hummus. You can also make hummus with zucchini or butternut squash as your base. Butternut squash can be cooked with the skins on as they will blend quite nicely. I also have a recipe for muffins where you pulse butternut squash in a food processor continue mixing the entire batter in the food processor and top with a citrus blend icing.
Add beets on your salad.
Make squash soups.
I brown some shallots in butter then cook those with water and broccoli , puree it all in a blender, add salt and olive oil and enjoy this as a hot soup. If someone won’t eat a green smoothie this broccoli smooth soup is a great idea.
Make salads with chicory Belgian endive leaves. Add cucumber, fennel, red pepper, watercress, apples, with skins on.
Make a Lebanese tabbouleh with lots of parsley. You do not need grain in it if you do not want. I like quinoa. Add lots of olive oil and mint. If you’re not too high histamine you add tomatoes. And lots of lemon juice. Eat that stuff with hummus and you can roll it all up in a pita. Add chicken and garlic if you wish
Yesterday I made a new version of sweet potato fries which are quite easy. I make aioli with liquid smoke and ancho Chile powder and fresh pressed garlic. This is an awesome treat.
I was blessed with a Vitamix for Christmas to replace my older KitchenAid blender which I used for many many years. If you have a halfway decent blender you can get a green smoothie going it just takes longer or won’t be quite as smooth as a Vitamix. You can get powders of almost anything like superfoods containing spirulina and Chlorella. If you are not allergic to whey, it is a very complete protein and regarded as one of the best sources of protein. Of course I like collagen powder also. I cannot have whey so I use pea protein, pumpkin seed protein, sunflower seed protein. The spirulina provide some protein too. For the pumpkin and sunflower seeds I actually just soak the raw seeds in water overnight and then blend those in the blender.
Also know that I have started avoiding cashews as they are inflammatory. Of course there’s lots of foods that are inflammatory, but the number one are cheap seed and vegetable oils which are used in restaurants and further oxidized in fried foods.
You can get mayonnaise now made with avocado oil (at Costco).
When we settle into the new house this year one of my first orders of business is to grow an herb garden, possibly inside the house.
If you want a "diet" to try to give you guidance, look for a Mediterranean diet. There are many books and magazines with recipes for Mediterranean food. My hubby and I always like to know where the best Mediterranean places are to eat out. Specifically Lebanese. But Greek and Persian can work, too.
And of course cut out as much sugar as possible. That stuff is wrecking your health in more ways than you can count.