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19 Jul

Now That’s Just Inflammatory!

Inflammation is a very normal and healthy bodily response to stress, infection, or injury. Unfortunately, prolonged inflammation brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle is a destructive force that affects your musculoskeletal health, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular health, vision, and hormone regulation. It’s important to control inflammation (there are medications, of course) but it’s even wiser to prevent inflammation. You can do this through daily exercise, effective stress management, and avoidance of smoking and drinking. But there are many foods that help control inflammation, too. (Chicken nuggets – or rings – do not.) These foods are known as vegetables. Yes – vegetables can help your inflammation just like drugs can. But don’t tell anyone.

Here are the smartest vegetables for your pursuit of reducing your inflammation without popping pills nice things:

Garlic

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Lady Phoenixx 1999 Flickr Photo (CC)

Broccoli

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Mewzii Flickr Photo (CC)

Spinach

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A Culinary Photo Journal Flickr Photo (CC)

Kale

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Laurel Fan Flickr Photo (CC)

Bok choy

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Ulterior Epicure Flickr Photo (CC)

Cauliflower

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Lucy Crosbie Flickr Photo (CC)

Cabbage

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Rachel Andrew Flickr Photo (CC)

Onions

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Harris Graber Flickr Photo (CC)

Peppers

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Aim to eat one of these vegetables daily!

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Le Source

Further reading:

More Smart Fuel Posts

Healthy Tastes Great: Popular Recipes from Yours Truly

Health Benefits of Peppers (10 Peppers You Need to Try!)

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19 Jul

In Which the Food Nerds Hijack the Blog

Would ya look at this place? Sisson leaves town for five seconds and it all goes to food. Aaron’s going to be posting your weekly dose of Smart Fuel later today. No word from His Omnipotence the Fuji yet, but if you’re really good, you might get lucky. For now, I’d like to share a curious trend I’m noticing of late. Both online and off, I’m seeing new shapes for the same old foods. Well played, agriculture, well played.

Square watermelons

Japan is all over the square melon market now. Just check it out:

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Cubed eggs

Why? Duh. Because you can!

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Landotter Flickr Photo (CC)

Zucchini balls

This is brilliant. Slice ‘em up and fry your zucchini patties in some olive oil and sea salt, top with a little shredded parmesan, and you’ve just found yourself a replacement for fried chicken.

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Personal watermelons

It’s a good year for melons. This is even better than a square melon. It’s a personal melon. It’s little and cute and personal. It’s all mine, and I like that. However, personal melon though it may be, the question remains: does it come with its own neoprene sleeve available in five fresh colors of my choice? (Apologies for a picture of the sign instead of the actual melon in question. I’m only brilliant Monday through Wednesday. You know how it is.)

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Further reading:

Chicken Cutlets Are Not Out to Get You

The Bees Hit the Grocery Store’s Middle Aisles

What We Really Need Is More Cowbell

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19 Jul

What’s In Your Bowl?

Morning, Apples! Here’s a picture of my fruit bowl. I get my produce from the local farmer’s market every weekend, and I like to mix it up each week. (The greens and blueberries are in the fridge, of course). As you can see, I’ve got baby peppers, limes, lemons, a mango and tomatoes this week. I think it would be fun to create a post from the readers (that’s you!). Email me a picture of what’s in your fruit bowl, and I’ll put something fun together for all of us. Tell me about your favorite fruits and veggies, how you use them, or even how you get them (farmer’s market? garden?). I hope to hear from you! icon smile

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18 Jul

The SUV Diet Vs. the 100-Mile Diet

Locavores. The 100-Mile Diet. The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Local is the new organic, and with good reason. Most food travels thousands of miles, at a tremendous cost to our precious resources, just to land on your plate. Eating locally is better for the environment. But it may also be better for your health (what? better than organic?).

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Cookthinker blog tried out the 100-mile diet recently. This is their photo.

From the 100-Mile Diet authors’ page:

“When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles—call it ‘the SUV diet.’ On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon (bios) chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.”The 100-Mile Diet

Eating locally – which necessarily means seasonally – is certainly what our ancestors did. These days, Americans wolf down upwards of 4,000 calories a day from refined grain, factory-raised meat and heavily-treated dairy – with little regard for how the food was grown, how it will affect your health, and what it’s doing to the planet. We have Food Processing magazine. Ridiculous processed and refined food “products”. And let’s not forget about Cheese Food. What we don’t have is sustainable agriculture, a humane food production system, or a healthy population. You know, the little things.

The locavore movement is spreading beyond its Berkeley bubble. (Even Google has gotten with the program and serves its employees free lunches comprised of local delicacies and garden vegetables.)

Some questions for the Apples:

– Is “organic” more marketing than meaningful?

– What’s better: organic produce or organic animal products?

– Do you eat locally, organically, both, or neither?

Further Reading:

Primal Health Posts

Interesting Flavor Combinations for Bored Taste Buds

The Fuming Fuji Rants Against Processed Food Marketed to Kids

Weird Processed Food Ingredients (Mold! It Tastes Like Chicken!)

If You Have to Brag About Your “All-White Meat Chicken”…

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18 Jul

Because Blessing Us With His Music Wasn’t Enough

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And here you thought chicken fries were bizarre. Nugget, you’ve been outdone. Inquiring minds want to know: what’s next? Chicken spirals, perhaps? Chicken braids? Or how about a lovely tray of chicken cubes?

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