Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Paleo and Inflamation

As I have posted about numerous times I have been battling a shoulder injury since late October/early November. I'm finally over the hurdle, throwing weight overhead, doing pull ups and even burpees are back in the picture. I'm not 100%, but I'm not in pain.

I was never exactly sure what was wrong with me, but after numerous orthopedic specialists in my family examined me it was determined I was suffering from a shoulder impingement and really annoying tendinitis. An impingement can take anywhere from one month to three months to fully recover non surgically. While my workouts were limited to lower body and cardio for months, I really tried to focus on my diet. There is research that supports that the paleo diet helps with anti inflammatory response in the body by removing things from our diet that keeps us, well, inflamed.

Read here for information from The Paleo Diet Update on anti inflammatory responses.

Take the information as you will. I'm certainly a believer in modern medicine. I grew up with doctors in the family and will be married to one for the rest of my life. I believe in resting your injured areas, listening to your body, ice, heat and Ibuprofen. I also believe that I benefited from a clean diet during my injury. Food that God intended for us to eat can only do positive things for our bodies. At least, that is the way I look at it. I don't believe that only eating a clean diet and not taking proper measures to help your body will heal you.

I do believe that a clean diet will never hurt.

Take care of your bodies.

In food news:
I made a great mix of coyote squash and sweet potatoes last night. The flavors were a great combination together. Chop them up, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 45 minutes @ 350. Yum.

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