We all know it as what happens when we cut a finger, get bit by a bug, or sprain an ankle. The area starts to swell up or turn red or both. Inflammation, defined as “a localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function,” happens to everyone. What we don’t often think of happening to us, is the inflammation that happens inside our bodies.
Whenever I travel, especially to areas where it is more difficult to find plant-based options for eating or I am surrounded by meat eaters and even vegetarians, I think about the obstacles to eating a healthier diet.
I learned how to be cheap at a young age. Well, maybe frugal. Whatever word you use for it, I learned from the best. My dad. He could do vacations cheap and tasty.
When we traveled, six of us crammed into a sedan pulling a tent-trailer that was full of everything we needed for two weeks, including food and block ice to keep it cold.