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How to Reduce Stress and Good Anti-Inflammatory Foods

How to Reduce Stress and Good Anti-Inflammatory Foods


I’m so not the pro at reducing stress, but man friends, I’m on a mission to make it happen.

Before I get to a little chit chat, just a quick reminder that there’s a few hours left to enter the Halo anti-freeze giveaway (enter HERE). I was pretty bummed I didn’t have mine with me the past few days at work as it was chilly here and my ears really could have used some warming up.


Oh and there are still a couple of days to enter the Vega One GIVEAWAY too. You can enter that one HERE.

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Yesterday I did a super quick 40 minutes on the elliptical in the darkness of the early morning and that was it.

I had an evening prolotherapy appointment and some pretty good looking escorts if I do say so.

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They insisted on coming in the room with me for support. I was a little leery as the size of the needle is pretty big. I told them not to look, but they later confessed on the way home that they snuck a peek. “Mommy I saw the big needle go ALL the way into your butt cheek.) Lovely.

It was a fun little trip though with a lot of time in traffic together.

I was so tired once we got home and had had a pretty lengthy discussion with my doctor how it’s taking a little longer with treatments this time and I’m not feeling like things are progressing as fast as they did the first time.

I was told to make sure I rest my hip for 24 hours so I decided even though yesterday was a really easy workout day I was going to take the entire day off today. I’m tired and one extra day of rest is probably a lot more beneficial than we give it credit for sometimes.

Also, the last time I went through prolotherapy I did the whole STUFT Detox at the same time which I’m sure had a lot to do with me healing so quickly, but I just don’t know if I’m ready to take such drastic measures again. It was (and still is) hard to transition back to a way of eating that was more long term and life-long.

I’m really going to focus on anti-inflammatory foods though the next two weeks before my next appointment and work on reducing stress as much as possible. We forget how much just everyday stress can build up and affect so many other things.

The past two nights I relaxed with some fun snack foods and finally watched the final episodes of Parenthood.

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I’m on a rice cake and goat cheese cream cheese with spicy jam thing lately. It’s so darn good.

I also discovered these dark chocolate covered gluten free corn cakes from Vitacost that are truly amazing. Last night I did one up pretty well with a microwaved s’mores Quest bar and a spoonful of SunButter.

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Mmmm hmmm….

It’s a little hard to eat while you’re crying though.

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Oh so now that I’ve watched it we can all talk Parenthood if you want. I’m ready and I’ll probably watch the finale at least once more over the weekend.


Today was a good day. Generally I eat one heck of a ginormous salad everyday for lunch and lately have been using balsamic vinegar as dressing and adding scoops of hummus to the top.

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Just thought I’d show you the size of my plate in comparison to my head.

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It’s always go big or go home when it comes to salad friends. Ha.


Seriously though, I’m trying to simplify life as much as possible and reduce stress. It’s not easy working full-time, being a mom of twins, being injured and scheduling frequent doctor appointments, teaching fitness classes and still trying to keep up this blogging business.

I found some ways that experts suggest to reduce stress. Just in case you’re wondering my go-to internet experts are usually WebMD.


I really like all the tips in this little slideshow.

From cutting out salt, to climbing stairs, being present and getting beauty sleep. It’s all good stuff.

I feel the best when I get enough sleep and can just relax in bed at night instead of feel like I have to get work done. It’s just not worth it sometimes.


I did a little looking up on the importance of anti-inflammatory foods and diet also for use all after my little talk with the doctor yesterday. He said that sugar is the worst and obviously to stay away from processed foods. We all know that though. It’s actually doing it every day that’s the hard part, right?

Here are some fun findings to pass along though.

I like this list of 15 anti-inflammatory foods. I already eat quite a few of them daily so that’s a good start.


Here’s a little guideline on what you should and shouldn’t eat on an anti-inflammatory diet.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet


Here’s just one more to leave you with. I like this quote taken directly from the article:

"Our daily diet and the foods we eat are the most effective–and safest–means of preventing inflammation."

If only everything was that easy, right?


I’m fully aware that my Quest Bar creation the other night that’s pictured above is not on the anti-inflammatory list (if you caught on to that at all) so I will be giving them up for a couple weeks until my next prolotherapy appointment.

And with that, I’m working on reducing stress and getting a quick anti-inflammatory dinner ready for the family. Then I’m soaking up as much cuddle time as possible before going to bed about 30 seconds after the boys do. Ha ha.

WE can chat spin tomorrow. I still owe you my newly added spin songs.



What do you do to reduce stress? Is there anything in particular you know works for you?

Who wants to talk Parenthood?

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  1. 1
    Linda says:

    Loved the ending of parenthood. Best finale. I still feel sad it is done.

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    Kathy says:

    I have never watched a single minute of Parenthood….really have no idea…..love that too!! ha!

    If only everything related to eating and exercise were easy. I think we all know we shouldn’t eat a lot of sugar and stay away from the processed junk. But, its hard. Period. The food is easy, quick, cheap, and sometimes dang it it just satisfies the need at the moment. But, then its the craving, bingeing, and portion control that gets in the way of “staying in control”.

    Throw in a dash of stress, a party or two, and a pinch of winter blues and boy that’s a recipe for a quick 20 pound weight gain.

  3. 3
    Ashley says:

    Do you count calories at all or just try to eat as healthy as possible?

  4. 4

    I just got to the last season of Parenthood! But I am a little scared to get to the finale as I have heard many tears were shed lol.

  5. 5
    elizabeth says:

    Now I’ll have to try those chocolate covered corn cakes from Vitacost! I use vitacost all the time and have never noticed them. What else have you liked from vitacost?

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    Stress is a tricky monster to tame, and the crappiest thing is that it just wreaks havoc on all aspects of our health. I think for me, I really need enough sleep every night and some time either in the morning when I first wake up or in the evening before going to bed (sometimes both) to read scripture, devotions, and/or just sit and pray. I do that anywhere from 2-20 minutes and it makes a world of a difference – helps me put things into perspective and approach the day with confidence because I know the Lord is taking care of me and my life…I don’t know if that’s at all helpful for you, but I hope that you can find a good balance amongst all that’s going on in your busy life!
    and p.s. I thought the Parenthood finale was just perfect – I cried a lot, too!

  7. 7

    Hello there! I was wondering if you could a short post on the pain you experienced in your hip? I am having hip pain after my runs. It stays sore and then goes away and if I do too much walking or running, it comes back. Even certain ways I sit cause pain at times. Also, I asked before and just wanted to remind you if you would be willing to do a post on the symptoms you had before being diagnosed with the tumor? Also, what teeth whitening products do you use- Beautiful smile!!!

  8. 8

    I just finished Parenthood this weekend! I cried like a baby! I loved it though, even though it was incredibly sad.

    I’m so sorry you’re still having troubles. I know that my following a anti-inflammatory diet while my knee was injured definitely helped in my healing. I pretty much already followed it, but I was really strict and avoided things like tomatoes and peppers while adding more turmeric to give my body an extra boost. I miss you friend! xoxo

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    Kim says:

    I’m impressed that the boys didn’t freak out at the length of the needle! Sorry that the healing is going slower – so frustrating.
    We never watched ParentHood – maybe now I will binge watch it at some point.

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    Sam says:

    I’ve read that turmeric (the pretty, bright yellow spice) has marvelous anti-inflammatory properties (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78). I’m always up for an excuse to eat more curry and Indian food. 🙂

    Oh man…when you find out the secret to stress management, let me know. Mindfulness meditation and yoga help me. So does wine.

  11. 11

    I am amazed how much you have going on & still write these post!!!!!!!! My posts & computer stuff is the first to go for me.. I know, bad, but at my age, life is passing by & I spent a lot of younger years bot paying attention to that… how you get it all done – I don’t know!

    I have some physical things going on that not willing to write about right now so reading your link! SMOOCH! Always thinking of you!

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