Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.20.40 AMMy wife, Jeanette “Jen” Mascarenas is vegan and is very knowledgeable about the nutritional values of food. Lots of my clients have inflammatory issues that cause aches and pains, so I requested my wife to write an article to aid people in eating to reduce inflammation.

Ramon & Jen 🙂





Eat more plants

Plant foods reduce inflammation, fight pain and prevent or improve an astounding number of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, many cancers and many autoimmune diseases. Animal foods do the opposite.
Take a vitamin B-12 supplement. B-12 is the only nutrient you cannot get from plants.

Eat more fiber
  • Beans, lentils and peas provide fiber plus protein for growth and wound healing
  • Whole grains provide fiber plus carbohydrates (starches) for clean-burning energy
  • Fruits and vegetables provide fiber plus phytonutrients that fight inflammation, pain and disease
Eat less sugar. Sugar increases inflammation, pain and wrinkles.

Refined sugars like white sugar, brown sugar and high-fructose corn syrup don’t provide vitamins and minerals, they take nutrients out of your body.

Here are some healthier ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just don’t go crazy; they still raise your blood sugar.

  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Evaporated cane juice still contains some of the sugar cane’s nutrients (brand names are Rapidura and Sucanat)
  • Molasses is high in iron and other minerals
  • Honey
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
Eat more variety

The more variety of foods you eat, the more likely it is that you are getting all the nutrients you need. Colors represent nutrients. Eat as many different colors each day as you can.

Eat more traditional foods

Traditional food processing increases nutrient content and/or makes nutrients easier to absorb. Modern food processing removes nutrients to extend shelf life. Examples of traditional processing include, fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut and soy sauce, wheat made into yeast bread, boiled potatoes and stir-fried vegetables.

Eat less fat

I’m not saying never eat fat, just cut way down. Too much fat puts a heavy toll on your system. (Note: If you experience pain/diarrhea after eating a high-fat meal, you may have a dysfunctional gallbladder. Try cutting way down on fat and when eating a higher fat food combine it with a high fiber food.)

Foods high in fat include:

  • Animal foods, including things labeled “low-fat”
  • Restaurant foods and fast food
  • Fried foods, including stir-fried foods
  • Olives, olive oil
  • Margarine, shortening and all oils
  • Mayo, salad dressings
  • Coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, inc. light
  • Cheese, including non-dairy varieties
  • Avocado and guacamole
  • Chocolate, cocoa
  • Coffee with creamer
  • Ice cream, including non-dairy varieties
  • Donuts, pastries and most desserts
  • Peanuts, peanut butter
  • Nuts, nut butters and seeds

Resources: Forks Over Knives, available on Netflix; The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD.; Dr. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-up, by Dr. John McDougall; Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, by Dr. Dean Ornish; Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, by Dr. Neal Barnard; (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine), founded by Dr. Neal Barnard;, vegfriendly restaurant finder. Just Google “vegan recipes” or “vegan” plus whatever you like to eat.

Related Link:  Magnesium: essential anti-inflammatory nutrient

Ramon-Jen-Mascarens-of-PalmLeaf-Massage-Clinic-283x300Ramon & Jeanette ‘Jen’ Mascarenas Co-owners of PalmLeaf Massage Clinic. Jen Mascarenas is a vegan and believes in a whole-foods, plant-based diet to promote vitality. She shares vegan recipes and writes abstract research articles for PalmLeaf Massage Clinic. Ramon Mascarenas and his associates are licensed massage therapist who practices Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and other medical massage modalities. Ramon and his associates promote wellness and helps clients with pain management through self-care exercises.