Cauliflower was the star of dinner last night.
Yesterday, my Dole calendar shared a fun fact with me about cauliflower:
When “eating colors,” don’t forget white! Cauliflower contains compounds called isothiocyanates that were effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease (also called ulcerative colitis), in basic research. As a probable link exists between ulcerative colitis and development of colon cancer, cauliflower may have a role in reducing rick of colon cancer in ulcerative colitis patients.
Interesting, right? Well, this fun fact about cauliflower inspired me to Google a recipe for dinner. I figured it couldn’t hurt!
When I Google recipes, I almost always search “Real Simple” + whatever ingredients I have on-hand or want to use. So, yesterday, I Googled “real simple cauliflower ham steak” and up popped Cauliflower and Ham Gratin.
The nutritional information for this recipe was a little scary (29g of saturated fat + 1,064mg of sodium per serving), so I tried to “healthify” it with some ingredient swaps. Instead of using heavy creamy and whole milk, I used 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk. The dish turned out pretty well—not super creamy like the original—but still good.
FYI: I totally felt like Dexter when I was cutting the ham steak. I even heard the intro music playing in my head as I did it. Haha!
For dessert, I enjoyed a bunch of fresh strawberries and then later a scoop of cashew butter straight from the jar.
Having ulcerative colitis, I often take note of foods that can possibly benefit my condition, which is part of the reason I decided to incorporate cauliflower into dinner last night. (It also sounded like an easy and delicious recipe!) I know ulcerative colitis is not caused by diet, but I can’t help but think foods that create inflammation in the colon probably cause more harm than good.
With that said, this connection between food and health reminded me of an interview with Julie Foucher in the recent issue of WOD Talk.
The article is a Q & A with Julie about her experience with the Paleo diet and how it has made her an even better athlete. It opens with one of Julie’s favorite quotes (she’s in med school right now):
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
— Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
Later in the interview, one of the questions specifically addresses this quote by Thomas Edison. Here’s Julie’s reply:
I love that quote, I heard it during a lecture this year and think that it highlights how important prevention is and how many problems could be avoided by living a healthy lifestyle. At this point I don’t know what kind of medicine I want to practice, but I want to incorporate CrossFit, nutrition, and Paleo into it.
In another response, she goes onto say:
I’m also planning on doing a nutrition masters which I think is important because in med school we don’t really get a lot of that. I think it’s going to be really interesting learning about Paleo and the things we talk about in CrossFit and try to make sense of it all.
Questions of the Day
What do you think about what Julie says about prevention? How often do you personally think about the connection between nutrition and health when choosing what to eat on a daily basis? Has changing how you eat affected your health (for better or worse)?