This week marks the second anniversary of my brain surgery and cranio-cervical fusion. Over these two years, I have tried several things to improve my health and pain - including trigger point injections and physical therapy, medications and massage - all with varying levels of success. Of all the changes I have made, diet changes have been the most helpful.
Current science believes that inflammation is one of the biggest underlying issues in chronic illness and many of my diet changes, like cutting refined sugars and dairy, have focused on cutting inflammation. There are even diets specific to reducing inflammation like the Autoimmune Protocol diet, or even going Paleo.
It sounds daunting but in reality, it's actually been delicious.
One of the herbs I have recently tried to work into my diet more is turmeric, which gives curry it's vibrant orange color. There have been hundreds of studies on the disease fighting effects of turmeric, including research on its ability to help prevent Alzheimer's, to treat Arthritis, and to even prevent and treat certain types of cancer. One of these studies even identified more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds in the herb.
We've also been squeezing lots of turmeric into our weekday diet with Curried Chicken Salad for lunch – either on a bun or over greens. While Trevor has his own secret recipe from culinary school, this option from MyRecipes seems like a close match.
Still, I was on a hunt for other non-curry recipes, and I stumbled on a great list of spicy recipes to try. I figured we could start at the top and work our way through – though I was most drawn to the shrimp with mango and basil – and so I made the Super Power Morning Smoothie earlier this week.
So tell me, what are your favorite ways to eat turmeric? Who else is a big fan of curry?