You bump into something – INFLAMMATION – Bug Bite – INFLAMMATION – Arthritis – INFLAMMATION – Sprained Ankle – INFLAMMATION –  Sore Throat – INFLAMMATION – Tooth Ache – INFLAMMATION – Hormone Shift – INFLAMMATION – Hives – INFLAMMATION – Infection – INFLAMMATION – Back Ache – INFLAMMATION – Head Ache – INFLAMMATION.

INFLAMMATION is the body’s natural response to injury. On a heavier note: INFLAMMATION is also linked to Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cardiovascular Disease and Obesity.

OK, so you should be getting the point here: INFLAMMATION is the body telling you that something is wrong; “system on high alert-pay attention”, I call it the body yelling at you, INFLAMMATION will stop you in your tracks; it is not to be ignored. Another word for INFLAMMATION is ongoing, long-lasting pain.

INFLAMMATION is the trigger for an allergic reaction, sometimes from inhalation (pollen, toxins carried in the air) where you can’t breath, or injection (mosquito bite, medical injection) when have you had an injection that didn’t blow up? Even when you get a little scratch or burn the area swells.

Yes, I have had my share of INFLAMMATION, and caused by nothing more often than dietary allergies. In fact, dietary choices are the number one trigger for an exaggerated inflammatory reaction. Especially salt and foods preserved with salt or highly seasoned with salt (should I bring up the rim of a margarita glass?) and sugar including high-glycemic and processed carbohydrates. Foods and cooking oils that are qualified as ‘poor-quality fats’ like those found in dairy and meat (especially process meat) as well as trans fats like those found in refined vegetable oils. When you live with food allergies INFLAMMATION causes cramps, throat closing, tongue swelling, bloating, headaches, hives and diarrhea or constipation (depending on where and why the inflammation occurs).

Author of “Control of Systemic Inflammation and Chronic Diseases – The Use of Turmeric and Curcuminoids,” researcher Stig Bengmark:  “The world suffers an epidemic of both critical illness (CI) and chronic diseases (ChDs), and both groups of diseases increase from year to year, and have done so for several decades. It is strongly associated to the modern, so-called Western, lifestyle: stress, lack of exercise, abuse of tobacco and alcohol, and the transition from natural unprocessed foods to processed, calorie-condensed, and heat-treated foods. There is a strong association between reduced intake of plant fibers and plant antioxidants and increased consumption of industrially produced and processed products especially dairy, refined sugars, and starch products and ChDs. Heating up foods such as milk (pasteurization) and production and storage of milk powder produce large amounts of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and advanced lipid oxidation end products (ALEs), known as potent inducers of inflammation.”

So that’s the bad news, the good news is that all of the recipes on the website are gluten, dairy and sugar-free with as little added sodium as possible, developed because I want to live a pain-free,INFLAMMATION-free lifestyle.  This is a list of foods that REDUCE or BLOCK INFLAMMATION.

Included in the list are those found in HERBLENDS  ‘A Fusion of Signature Flavors’   which are powdered spice blends that contain no salt, no sugar, no fillers. I developed Herblends to season food without missing salt and sugar, they don’t mask the flavor or food but enhance the natural elements of flavor of whole and organic foods. They are powders to be most versatile and to never lose their potency or expire and are Exclusively available    

  • Cinnamon: Anti-inflammatory particularly in the colon and lungs. Included in HERBLENDS: Hertaliana, Heroccan, Hersweetie, Herspanic, Herspanic Smokey, Herspanic Spicy
  • Garlic: Contains sulfur compounds that reduce inflammation. Included in HERBLENDS Hertaliana, Heroccan, Hercajun
  • Ginger: Research established ginger as one of the highest anti-inflammatory foods available: Zingiber officinale and alpine galangal are the extracts that inhibit genes that trigger inflammatory reaction. Included in HERBLENDS Heroccan, Hersweetie
  • Green Tea: Available in powder form which has a concentrate of more Polyphenol antioxidants
  • Onions: Contain phytonutrient quercetin and the compound allicin, which breaks down to produce free radical- fighting sulfenic acid. Included in HERBLENDS Hertaliana, Herspanic, Herspanic Smokey, Herspanic Spicy
  • Rosemary: Both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Included in HERBLENDS Hertaliana
  • Turmeric: Effective in mitigating skin, lung and neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cataracts and intestinal diseases. Included in HERBLENDS Heroccan
  • Peppers: All peppers contain Capsaicin, the hotter the pepper the more effective the anti-inflammatory effect: Cayenne, chili peppers, all hot peppers. Included in HERBLENDS Hercajun, Heroccan, Herspanic, Herspanic Smokey, Herspanic Spicy


  • Healthy Fats: Nuts and Seeds A handful a day of raw or roasted nuts and seeds keeps inflammation away.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Fish oil supplements, Sardines, Wild-Caught Salmon, Catfish, Herring, Mackerel, Tuna, if canned packed in oil.
  • Vegetarian Cooking Oils: Coconut oil, Sesame Seed, Grape Seed, Omega 9 rich Olive Oil
  • Salad Oils: Hemp Seed, Flaxseed, Walnuts, Avocado
  • Dark Green Vegetables: Spinach, kale, broccoli, and collard greens
  • Soy: isoflavone lowers inflammation, keep to organic: soy milk, tofu, and edamame (boiled soybeans)
  • Vitamin D:Fish listed in Omega 3 oils and yellow vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots, sunshine, mushrooms, organic eggs
  • Tomatoes: Lycopene reduces inflammation in the lungs.
  • Beets: Betalains help fight inflammation as well as protect against cancer and heart disease.
  • Berries: Anthocyanins give them their rich color and helps fight inflammation.
  • Tart Cherries: Claim to be the highest anti-inflammatory of any food. 1 Cup of tart cherry juice a day will deflate inflammation quickly, sweet cherry is not the same.

Controlling the INFLAMMATION is a manageable game changer and life saver. It is the most important benefit of staying on top of what you eat, and eating at home. As soon as I step outside of the foods that I know work for me it is the puffy that takes over my body and I mean my entire body. I can feel it from my head to my fingers to my toes. Those temptations of eating what everyone else is having, of not wanting to annoy the waiter, or I didn’t have time to call the restaurant before I got there, this is my battle with food.

Maintaing a gluten, diary, sugar and salt free diet is the difference between my being comfortable in my own skin and of my hating myself.  Literally, I see eating what my body clearly can’t handle as hating myself in the first degree, and eating healthfully as loving myself or living the love. Food is a great expression of love, the love of life itself.

Elaine Good

Author: Let’s Play With Food

Herspanic, Herspanic Smokey, Herspanic Spicy

Herspanic, Herspanic Smokey, Herspanic Spicy

Heroccan, Hertaliana, Hercajun, Herspanic

Heroccan, Hertaliana, Hercajun, Hersweetie

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