I, as most people, do not always want to cook after a day at work but when you suffer from auto-immune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, diet can be crucial. Does diet affect Rheumatoid Arthritis? Some might say no, I will say heck yeah! Eating foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties is super important, especially if you would like to live pain free. This will be a super simple salad recipe that will not take you longer than your lentils need to cook, it will be filled with foods high in anti-inflammatory properties. Let me also give you a break down of the ingredients and why I have chosen them.
What Is Anti Inflammatory Food
Some foods can cause, lets call it an “allergic reaction” in your body, especially if you already suffer from some for of inflammatory illness. These foods can “irritate” your system and cause the inflammation to increase, by that, it will put your immune system into first gear which can cause pain and, needless to say, inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory food is the opposite. Instead of causing inflammation and your system to react it will strengthen your immune system and it will calm the inflammation down.
Anti Inflammatory Meal Ideas
Bean sprouts are filled with goodness, it contains, amongst other vitamins, Vitamin K, C and B. Vitamin B is a great vitamin for anyone that has rheumatoid arthritis. This little legume also contains Folic acid, which you will have to take as a supplement if you are on Methotrexate. Bean sprouts can be put on top of pretty much any anti inflammatory meal to give it that extra crunch.
Red onions contains amino acid, folic acid as well as vitamin B, it is also highly anti inflammatory as it contains flavonid quercetin and has proven to be very beneficial against inflammation.
Cucumber might not be highly anti-inflammatory, it is however great in the prevention of cancer as it is packed with both antioxidants as well as it will keep your body hydrated.
Beetroot contains calcium, iron,potassium and Vitamin C, all great for your body. Beetroot contains Betalains which are highly anti-inflammatory as well as they will help and prevent cancer.
Lentils contains both folic acid and potassium. There have been studies done that have shown that people who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis do have a potassium deficiency. So adding a bit extra into your diet can only do good.
Sunflower seeds Are high in Vitamin K and are also great for helping to fight inflammation. The seeds will help with the symptoms and relieve pain.
Making a salad out of these ingredients will not only pack your body with highly anti inflammatory foods but it will also nourish your body and give it energy.
This is so simple. The ingredients that I just listed, all you need to do is toss them together in a bowl.
You might need to boil the lentils first, which usually takes around 20 minutes or so.
If you are making this your main meal, add in some extra lentils as they will fill you up, or have it with some protein or another salad.
I tossed all these together in a bowl, ( Had to add some capsicum, even though it is not anti-inflammatory, as it is a nightshade which you should try to limit yourself with but I had a craving). Since I do not eat meat I had it with a vegan version of pulled “pork”. You can however have it on the side with anything. Make it your main meal or only have it as a salad on the side and if your feel adventurous, mix it in with some brown rice even.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet
Yes, there is such a thing and I will be adding more and more foods into this category as I go along. Your main goal is to stay away from highly inflammatory foods and pack your body full of anti-inflammatory foods. However, you are allowed to eat things that you love, I had a bag of chips a few days ago, definitely not anti-inflammatory, the opposite actually, just do not make it to be something you have every day. As times goes along you will feel your body disliking this kind of food as it will make you feel sluggish and you will feel the inflammation increase.
A rheumatoid arthritis diet will minimize inflammation by avoiding foods, such as nightshades, and aid your body in the struggle by increasing highly anti inflammatory foods such as ginger.
Eating healthy is a choice and eating foods that will help you fight your auto-immune disease is also a choice. It will not matter how much I say that it works or how much it will benefit you, the only way to find out is to try.
This salad is such an easy meal, that will fill you up but not make you tired. It will fuel your body and give it the nutrients that it needs to fight the inflammation so that you can go about your day without pain.
If you have any questions or comments then please drop them down below, if not, thank you for reading.