McDonald’s and Chronic Inflammation
Diabetes, heart disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Dementia, Autoimmune Thyroid issues…what is a common risk factor that precedes all these conditions? CHRONIC INFLAMMATION. Inflammation is the body’s defense for trauma or stress. If you cut yourself or catch a cold, your body will pump out soldier cells (white blood cells) typically resulting in warmth, redness, swelling, pain, and loss of function. . It is life saving for acute injuries but deadly when it becomes chronic! What we eat can SIGNIFICANTLY affect chronic inflammation.
Dr. Paresh Dandona did a study on 9 people who at fast food breakfast of egg mcmuffin + 2 hash browns. He monitored a very important inflammatory risk factor, cardio CRP and found that this marker began to rise within minutes of eating this meal AND sustained well past lunch time. I believe that eating processed foods high in sugar is the biggest contributor to CHRONIC inflammation.
The solution is easy – skip the drive thru and COOK clean, organic, gluten free, delicious meals and REDUCE your risk for chronic inflammation! Try one of my families favorite breakfast recipes…CRUSTLESS QUICHE!
SOURCES: April 2004 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- 12 large eggs
- ½ cup (75g) almond meal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup organic butter, melted
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 1 cup spinach, rinsed
- ½ cup red bell pepper, diced small
- ½ cup green bell pepper, diced small
- 1 cup zucchini or yellow squash
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees Celsius)
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs together until slightly foamy. Stir in almond meal and baking powder.
- In a large sauté pan, melt the butter, then add in onions, garlic, spinach cooking until onions are translucent. Mix in peppers and squash and any other vegetables of your choosing!
- Stir the veggie/butter mixture into the eggs, and pour the contents into a 9 inch X 13 inch baking dish, and top with pepper
- Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through.
For those of you that are NOT dairy sensitive and want to splurge, add Manchego cheese into the veggie mixture!
Amended from Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield