Why did I start this blog? I have been having episodes of inflammation in my hands and fingers, feet and toes, and joints for some time now. I’ve consulted the doctor and have had tests done. It’s not rheumatoid arthritis and my uric acid is normal (tho at times borderline normal). In an effort to determine which food triggers the inflammation, I have been systematically eliminating certain foods from my diet and then bringing them back. After several years, I have now come to the conclusion that I seem to be reacting to animal protein in general (like some sort of allergic reaction). Different animal proteins affect me to different degrees; some cause inflammation faster than others. So I have decided to reduce my intake of meat. No, I am not going vegetarian; maybe semi-vegetarian if there is such a thing. I will be adding interesting and not too difficult recipes here as I find them. I will also include arthritis management tips that have worked for me.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Italian/Mediterranean recipes

The Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the world’s healthiest. Italian cuisine is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet. The diet consists of lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and grains; beans and fresh fish as the main sources of protein as well as lots of olive oil. Red meat, eggs and dairy products are still consumed but with moderation. Here’s a selection of Italian/Mediterranean recipes that are healthy and tasty.

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