Are you eating inflammatory foods? Food for thought!

food-sensitivitySo I dropped my boys off at daycare the other day.  It was an early morning for my toddler and infant so I didn’t have time for them to sit down and eat breakfast at the table so I sent their food in with them to eat at daycare.  I forgot that one of the breakfast snacks I left had peanuts in it.  I left the daycare pretty quick that day and the teacher did not have time to find the error and send me back out the door with the contraband.  When I came back later that evening to pick up my son there was a friendly reminder posted on the door as follows; To All: Please remember this is a peanut free zone.  This was obviously intended for me to see since I made the mistake earlier that morning.  I tucked my tail between my legs and walked out knowing then the mistake I had made.

Recently, a study reported that giving peanut butter to some children early may help prevent a peanut allergy.[1]  Generally, peanuts are one of the top food allergens in the United States according to the Food and Drug Administration [2]. Others topping the list include dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, shellfish, and even other varieties of fish.  With such serious consequences that some of these foods can have for children like anaphylaxis, it is likely that most of you reading this blog have heard of the threat that food holds.  I share this example not for entertainment, but for enlightenment.  It just really goes to show the power of foods and the effects it can have on the body.  Certain foods are lethal for some affected with true allergies.  But what if I was to ask you to define an “inflammatory food,” would you be able to answer?  My education and research about the effects of food on the body began in high school when I had my first lesson in inflammatory foods due to those darn school lunches!  That was the first thing ever to give me heartburn, which was signaling my body to tell me what I ate was inflammatory to my digestive tract.

What is inflammatory for one person may not be inflammatory for another.  This highlights how all of us are very unique and special in our own ways. I have practiced now for 6 years and have “mixed” (joke for my colleagues reading this – you know who you are) in nutritional support for my patients and dietary recommendations to follow.  I have been so excited to watch the success patients have by eliminating these “inflammatory” foods from their diet.    Diet and nutritional supplements played a large part in this success in addition to a physical and mental health plan.  At the end of the day, it is the synergistic effect of all the recommendations made under my chiropractic scope of practice that ultimately allows the life forces to generate greater magnitude.

So what is an inflammatory food??  I would like to clarify what I consider inflammatory foods based on my clinical ability and professional opinion.  For the most part, I follow the lead of the United States FDA.  This is a good place to start because these foods are bold-faced at the end of the ingredient labels on anything packaged. Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, tomatoes, and peanuts are a good starting point.   This is what I consider the “introductory” inflammatory foods.  I would definitely expand the list if you really wanted to sit down with me and discuss food topics as I could talk hours about a variety of reasons why certain foods are good or bad for you.  But, my intention today is to make you think a little differently about the power of food.  After all, we eat it every day, and we know that it is going to affect how we function.

So what I want you to do next time you are reading that food ingredients on the back of your favorite food product at the grocery store, skim all the way to the end of the list and look for any bold-faced ingredients.  Those ingredients are generally inflammatory.  To find out if these foods might be inflammatory to you, see your functional medicine doctor and get tested!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Andrew J Kender III, DC
January 18, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-guidelines-preventing-peanut-allergy-babies-201701171104

[2] http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm079311.htm

Go to Bed With Dreams – Wake Up With Plans!

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Wishing You All A Very Happy 2017 Filled
With the Best of Intentions.

in·ten·tion
[in-ten-shuh n]  1. a thing intended; an aim or plan.
“She was full of good intentions”

My Word for 2017 is INTENTION!  The New Year always brings about a new opportunity to invest in ourselves and the New Year ahead. This year, I am giving up on resolutions and planning my intentions instead!  Instead of deciding to do or not do this year, I simply am more intentional about what I do and how I spend each day! Rather than letting the day tug me along falling victim to whatever comes my way, I intend to make a plan that will motivate positive actions instead of reactions. I want to get back to and create a powerful mindset to face whatever comes my way!

Where do you want this year to take you? What areas of your life are NOT working?  What areas of your life are working?

Think about specific areas you want to work on to improve your life.  Write down your goals. Think about what you want to accomplish and how it will impact your life.  Make a plan to actively participate in your life.  It doesn’t mean that you have your whole life figured out, but it does mean having a purpose behind the things you do.

Below are 12 thoughts that have guided me in setting my intentions for 2017:

  1. Choose where you need to focus your intentions and set your goals.  Think about what matters most to you. Set goals that excite you. What specific areas do you want to work on to improve your life? What makes you feel refreshed? What will bring you a sense of peace, fulfillment, and contentment?   What will encourage and empower you? What makes you happy?
  2. Write your goals down in a journal so that you can reflect back on them or best of all check them off your list!
  3. Prioritize your goals.
  4. Next, devise an action plan and move forward every day.  But make sure to take it easy on yourself if things do not go just so. Let go of your fears and believe in yourself.
  5. Schedule small intentions into your daily life.  Choose to get up early and exercise or spend quality time with your kids.  Learn a new Language.  Master your job description or simply do something that makes you happy.
  6. Create a vision board to remind you to stay on top of your goals.
  7. Take time each day for yourself to devote to your intentions and goals. I personally like to think about my intentions as I settle down each night. I think it’s important to go to bed on a positive note. Give each day a 30-minute rule to focus on what is important to you and carry out 1 good intention.
  8. Start a bucket list.  List all the things that you would like to do or carry out in your lifetime.  Start saving part of your paycheck to go see the Northern Lights in Norway, make a plan to start your own vegetable garden or research your family tree.
  9. Check in with your goals each month. Stay organized, accountable and focused and don’t forget to celebrate your milestones.
  10. Set a 10-minute rule: Set your intentions for the first 10 minutes of each part of your day. Take the first 10 minutes of your morning to set your intentions for the day.  Take 10 minutes when you arrive at work to set your intentions.  Plan to face the day.
  11. Remember to keep it real with yourself.  Set long and short-term goals that are realistic.
  12. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goals.

This year my intentions will be a compass to my map, guiding me through whatever comes my way.  Anyone can follow a map, but if you are unaware of your direction you may end up in the middle of nowhere. Today I will focus on my passions! When we actively participate in our own lives, by setting goals and intentions, we face each day with a sense of empowerment, purpose, and direction. Invest in yourself.  Choose your intentions.   I urge all of you to go to bed with your dreams and wake up with a plan and chase them!  Choose to live a life full of your best intentions!

What are some of your best intentions?

Joy Vale
January 11, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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