Can changing your diet really help you reduce pain? It almost falls to reason that the answer is yes. We are what we eat. Our bodies are incredibly complicated organic machines in which the relationships between systems – the digestive system and the nervous system in this case – are incalculably complex. Then, if the digestive system and the nervous system aren’t particularly communicative, then the places where we hurt — muscles, bones, skin, joints, connective tissue – are certainly affected by what we intake.
Some foods, such as teas and custards, simply have a soothing effect, but others contribute to overall health, which cannot hurt, even if it does not specifically reduce the pain you feel at the moment. After all – and this is meant seriously – even if the pain is not directly affected, when the rest of your body is healthy, then that’s one less thing to worry about. Diet is not always a panacea, but eating well should not be canceled out because of that.
So, where do we start? Here are three cookbooks that could put you on the track to planning meals with pain management in mind, whether you are suffering from chronic pain or from acute pain that comes from an automobile accident injury.
While this not a specific endorsement of each of these popular books, we choose to highlight only cookbooks with solid (four or five stars) ratings on consumer websites. We also selected only books with more than 50 reviews, so we weren’t just selecting books with just one five star review, presumably written by the author’s best friend.
The Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook: 500 Tasty Recipes to Reduce Inflammation by Elis Mars
This extremely popular book has a four-plus star rating on Amazon from an astounding 286 different reviews. This is about as solid a consumer-feedback endorsement anyone could hope for.
The book promises to turn healing into something delicious, even if they aren’t a spoonful of sugar-coated happy-go-lucky sweet snacks. These tend to be solid, earthy, holistic recipes like beet smoothies, carrot breakfast mix, rosemary oats, Italian zucchini mix, Greek Sea Bass Mix, and simple stir-fries.
Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women – Always #HealthyAF, Never Boring
It’s certainly great to find a cookbook that promises to be “never boring” that is also dedicated to health and fitness. This popular book also has a four-plus rating on Amazon with a solid 408 reviews written on the retailer’s website. That says a lot for a product’s reliability.
What’s in this book? Well, there’s a lot of Kevin Curry in this book, a man who has amassed a huge following on social media. And Mr. Curry succeeds in blowing boredom back a bit with recipes like Juicy AF Moroccan chicken, sweet potato whip, and banana corn waffles.
Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes (A Cookbook)
Yes, Danielle Walker is impossible to beat (or is it beet?) in the cookbook for health game – 610 reviews and a solid five-star rating on Amazon.
Of course, cravings for comfort food speak to all of us, and so does Danielle Walker, who has authored several cookbooks along with this one, including cookbooks that make it to the New York Times bestseller list. In this particular Walker collection, she offers basics like sloppy joes, chicken pot pie, and lasagna and throws in some sweets and treats as well. Yet everything is allergen-free and given a thorough shake-down to make it as healthy as possible. That means – hey, if you’re stuck on lasagna for dinner, instead of throwing up your hands and surrendering to the inevitable, make a lasagna that’s packed with goodness, instead of just a wallop of close-your-eyes comfort food.