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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Super Food Saturday- Food as Medicine

No recipe today because I am in the middle of a 10 day smoothie cleanse.  I will probably blog about it in the next couple of weeks if I think it will be helpful.

I am on the mailing list for USA triathlon because I am a member.  The newsletter has lots of tips on training and nutrition.

A few weeks ago there was an article on anti-inflammatory foods by coach and exercise physiologist Marni Sumbal.

Inflammation in our bodies can be caused by training eating foods we are sensitive to or eating lots of processed foods. Inflammation can show itself in conditions like arthritis,

There are a number of foods that can help fight inflammation in your body:

  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon and in walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Celery
  • Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, yogurt, miso, kombucha
  • Vitamin C Rich foods like strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, citrus fruits, peppers, mangos and cherries.
The spices are easy to add to foods.  These fruits and greens are a big part of my smoothie cleanse program.  Many of these like ginger, turmeric and omega-3 can be taken as supplements.

So try some of the supplements. Try one at a time to see what works for you. Consult your doctor if you are taking any medication to be sure there will be no interaction. I know my doctors office has a list of all the supplements I take.

So the next time you feel achy, sore or have tight muscles, try upgrading your diet with some anti-inflammatory foods.

To read more about Marni Sumbal check out her web site at


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and 2016

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 176 members in 31 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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