When I was first diagnosed with Chronic Pain, my diet consisted of white rice, white bread, turkey, chicken, romaine lettuce (I’d moved up from the iceberg), chips, carrots, cucumbers and ice cream. Since then I’ve learned that creating an alkaline environment in the body can help to reduce inflammation. Inflammation in the body can increase pain. Eating healthy food is one way to decrease inflammation. That is why we created the “Just Taste It!” series. Our first feature? Kale Chips!
I’m quite possibly the world’s pickiest eater. Picky…as in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder picky. I was born declaring that I am one of those “super-tasters”. With my Central Nervous System usually on overload, I’m even more sensitive to taste, texture, smell etc (as if I needed that!). I continue to use my many food allergies and intolerance (that I’ve known about since childhood) as an excuse to not try new foods. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me to “Just taste it!“.
I am determined to continue to improve my diet to also improve my health! I know that in the past year, just going off of gluten, dairy, soy and nuts has helped with my symptom management.
But I’m overwhelmed when I look at recipes and ideas for “healthy” and “clean” eating. So, I’ve decided to start with easy recipes and report back to you what this Pain Camper’s experience has been.
We have so many kale chips left that I can continue to try them over the next few days.
Secretly, I’m hoping that I will “get used to them”. Maybe even start to like them.
If not, at least I tried and hey…I still like kale! Just fresh. In my salad.
My naturopath told me once that it takes 30 tries of something before your taste buds can get used to it. I think she was generous on the “tries” estimate with me due to my history.
Pain Camp is a safe place to share your thoughts, experience, strength and hope. Are trying new foods a challenge for you? Have you tried to make kale chips before? Did I do something wrong in the recipe? 🙂