Three healthy snacks for your next trip to Oklahoma City
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” While the phrase is a bit of a cliché, what you put into your body can have a significant impact on how you feel — especially if you have chronic back pain. Choosing foods that have anti-inflammatory properties (and avoiding those that make inflammation worse) can provide you with noticeable benefits.
When it comes to providing your body with the nutrients it needs, though, consistency is key. It’s one thing to make healthy selections when you cook dinner at home, but it’s often more challenging to make smart choices when you’re on the go. If you’re planning a day or weekend of sightseeing in Oklahoma City, it can be helpful to bring along a healthy selection of anti-inflammatory snacks so you can more easily pass on the barbecued pork, chicken-fried steak and other local temptations that may not do your back pain any favors.
- Option #1: A bag of strawberries and blueberries. In addition to their other benefits, berries are high in antioxidants, which help the body fight inflammation. While blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant concentrations, Oklahoma City is known for its juicy, locally grown strawberries. A colorful combination of both is a simple, easy-to-carry snack to enjoy while sightseeing.
- Option #2: A peanut butter sandwich. Need something more substantial? Take a cue from your elementary school menu and bring along a peanut butter sandwich. A single serving of peanut butter contains up to 8 grams of monosaturated fats, which can reduce inflammation. Additionally, it’s cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, and a vegan form of protein, making it a perfect sandwich ingredient (and one that you won’t need to refrigerate while you’re out and about).
- Option #3: A walnut, pecan and cashew medley. If you’re not a fan of peanuts, many other nuts also contain anti-inflammatory properties. Walnuts, pecans and cashews are all ideal options for keeping hunger at bay as you see the sights.
While improving your diet can be highly beneficial — especially when you make other healthy lifestyle changes, such as staying active and avoiding tobacco products — it’s not always enough when moderate or severe back pain is part of the equation. At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped thousands of patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back pain, even when conservative therapies and lifestyle changes haven’t produced the desired results. To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures, contact us today.