Beating Arthritis: Alternative Cooking
Author: Baker Dan LLC
Having to deal with food restrictions has become part of my everyday life. But, for many people it creates serious problems. Frustrated that you cannot partake in spicy foods, sugary treats or even enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables can make eating not a pleasurable experience. However, when your health is at stake and you want to feel better adjusting to your new diet and learning how to make changes just might be a good way to start. Author Baker Dan focuses on a topic that many adults and even young people face: ARTHRITIS! There is no cure but it’s not fatal and after reading this informative guide to learning how to eat properly and reduce your pain you just might find your joints smiling, your bones clapping and your whole body screaming HURRAY!
The purpose of the book or resource is to help everyone learn how to “ prevent and reduce the inflammation of chronic disease and an attitude of never giving up.” The book suggests a different or alternative way or approach to cooking and an alternative or different way of using ingredients. Questions will be answered and solutions given but remember there is no magic cure and what works for one person might not work for you. Questions such as what happens if you cannot eat certain fruits and vegetables or how do I deal with being gluten free? The author shares his experiences starting in his early forties when diagnosed with Palindrome Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Written from the point of view of a patient the reader gets a first hand knowledge of how this author focused on his problem, assessed what needed to be done and found a viable solution. Included for readers the author sites several resources that include information on Nutrition Facts and food labeling. (Page 10). For those that have further dietary restrictions let me state the recipes in this book are all Kosher.
Creating a diet with fewer ingredients is the first step because as Baker Dan states fewer ingredients are more. On page 13 the author discusses Understanding nutrition facts and includes many sites and resources. Choose my Plate and Dietary Guidelines are two valuable resources. On page 14 there are more resources discussed as the author begins with the plan. The recipes in the book are his and are original and include substitutions for many other foods that some would normally eat. He does not include diary products and all of the recipes are gluten-free. The first thing he explains is what he defines His Safe List!
The author does provide important declaimers within the four steps of this program. First and foremost before anyone attempts this program of starts any new diet plan you need to get a medical checkup to make sure that you are getting, “all of the necessary nutrients.” Step two guided by your doctor or nutritionist he suggests you try a cleansing diet. Keep a record of your experience, sensations and responses. Step three along with your medical team you need to gradually introduce foods. You will need to be rigorous and strict about this process as described in detail in page 15. Understand that I am just explaining and sharing the program with you not stating whether it works or if you will succeed. This you will have to decide on your own if you choose to follow this plan. Added in the author explains how keeping a journal and eating this way might help you reduce or eliminate the need for taking meds. Keeping track of the occasional outbreaks of arthritis is important to tracking your progress. The entire program is mapped out in step 3 on pages 14-16 followed by the all important Step Four which includes how to finalize your Safe List and includes the authors to help you understand what components are needed. His safe list is in the Appendix at the back of the book. Before getting started on these great recipes the author explains and shares some very vital information that everyone can use when preparing food. Different techniques for cooking such as boiling, baking, grilling and frying and the type of heat that should be applied are shared with readers. Another step to varying your cooking is to, “mechanically treat the ingredient in different ways.” As any mystery thriller author will tell you in order to uncover the mystery you need to read it for yourself. The mystery of how to change it up and vary ingredients and finally how to combine them in different ways can be uncovered if you read pages 18-19. A final word deals with measurement and this section is quite interesting and includes information about Nutrition Facts. There are tons of great recipes and mouth-watering photos accompany some. My favorite since I love salad is the recipe for Green Salad and the great picture on page 23. Since my diet is limited and I cannot eat seeds or spicy foods I might have to find a way to replace zucchini with another food. Next a yummy recipe for Yams & Sweet Potato Green Salad followed by Soups. Each recipe has what I found invaluable Calorie count, sodium mg, sugars and other nutritional facts. Vegetable Soup sounds great and check out the recipe for my favorite soup on page 38. Section three has Vegetarian Dishes such of Yams and Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice Empanadas and Tortillas. Notice that I picked recipes that I could eat and with ingredients without foods with seeds. Yummy Quiches are next such as Yellow fin Tuna Quiche and tons more such as on page 82 Broiled Tilapia or my choice Flounder Filet. I am not saying that this is going to work to reduce your inflammation. You will have to create your own Safe List and decide which foods work and which do not. But, what I will say this is a great start and the recipes are healthy and contain no Trans Fat and the sodium levels are manageable and the rest you need to read for yourself. The pictures are great and make you want to start cooking. One final share: Broiled Chicken Breast, which happens to be my favorite food. This recipe is great. I tried it before I reviewed the book. For those that eat beef or red meat, which I do, not there are great recipes for meatloaf and other beef dishes plus side dishes such as baked corn on the cob and baked yams and sweet potatoes. The rest check out for yourself. The final chapter will really spice up your culinary juices as the author shares everyone’s favorite part of a meal: DESSERT! Dan’s fruit salad works for me and so does the Pear Smoothie. So, check out the recipes, learn about the program and eat your way to less pain!
This is a great resource and whether you have arthritis or not it will help you to learn how to eat healthier, understand portion size and try some incredible recipes.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer