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How An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Will Change Your Life

Ever feel bloated? Experience brain fog and sluggishness? Maybe you’re slow to get out of bed, or it takes you a while to really wake up. While a good night of sleep and coffee can help, you can’t out sleep, outrun, or outwork a bad diet. And sometimes your diet might be more of a problem than you know!

The diet I am talking about isn’t one where you curb carbs or eliminate fats – you need a well-rounded holistic diet to really improve your overall health. And if you’ve got joint pain and stiffness, take note! 

An anti-inflammatory diet is what I’m talking about. This diet is geared toward getting you the nutrition you need, but eliminating foods that are scientifically and medically proven to cause inflammation. 

Here’s the thing – inflammation in your body is actually normal – think about when your muscles are sore, or your ankle swells and gets inflamed after you roll it. Inflammation can be a sign of your body working hard to protect and heal itself. 

However, prolonged or chronic inflammation is not good. If you are constantly eating foods that cause inflammation, you are making your body work overtime, which can lead to other more serious health problems. Chronic inflammation can even cause exhaustion and brain fog. 

Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression, heart disease, and more can be caused or worsened by chronic inflammation. By decreasing inflammation and triggers – such as inflammatory foods – you can stop some of these chronic inflammation issues before they even begin. 

Firstly, try to buy organic – organic food is free of harmful pesticides. Toxicity from pesticides can cause inflammation as your body is digesting the food. 

Get yourself some Omega-3 Fatty Acids (like in salmon)! There are many types of fish that can impart beneficial oils into your diet. Think about these healthy oils like lubricant – for your joints, for your digestion – it keeps everything running smoothly.  It’s also crucial to brain health!  You can even opt for fish oil supplements to give your body an extra, daily, boost. 

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory, used for centuries in Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East as a healthy, balancing, spice. You can easily add to various foods or enjoy in the form of a Golden Milk Latte (see recipe below). In order for turmeric to be bio-available, it’s best to pair with pepper or pepperine.

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EASY GOLDEN LATTE

  • 2 cups of almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk (or a combination!)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or grate in a few pinches of fresh ginger)
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, coconut sugar to taste

To a small saucepan, add coconut milk, almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon stick, coconut oil, black pepper, and your sweetener of choice.

Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling,  about 3-4 minutes,  whisking frequently.

Turn off heat and taste to adjust flavor. Add more sweetener to taste or more turmeric or ginger for a more intense flavor.

Serve immediately, discarding the cinnamon stick. Best enjoyed fresh, although leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until hot.

 

Do Plant Based Diets Live Up To The Hype?

There are so many diet trends out there and it seems like even more are popping up every year. Yikes! How to pick which ones are valid can tough.  For me, I like the idea of plant based eating, and have found it actually makes eating healthy, filling, and stress-free meals really simple

Eating should be fun. Not complicated. Not stressful or super expensive. Prioritizing plants when thinking about your meals is essentially all a plant based diet is. Your base of pretty much every meal should be derived from plants, but you are free to eat meat, dairy, and other animal products as you see fit. Focusing on a plant diet can help make your life a little bit simpler in the following ways. 

 

You Get Those Greens: When you start planning or making each meal and your base is veggies, you will be guaranteed to get all those bright, essential colors into your diet. Basing the contents of your plate around 3-4 vegetables or plant based products will usually get more veggies in your diet than basing your meals off of an animal protein source. 

 

Easier Digestion: Meat and cheese and animal products typically require a lot of energy to digest. The fats and structure of these items sometimes take longer to break down and may move slowly through your digestive system. Eating plant based items is usually a little easier on your digestion.

That said, always be sure you have enough healthy fats and oil with your vegetables. Healthy fat sources such as olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil have potent health benefits and will help the plant products move through your system, making digestion easier.

Also, note that some people may experience certain sensitivities when eating larger quantities of legumes, lentils, or raw vegetables. Eat what is appropriate for your body, and if you have concerns about a food sensitivity you can always consult a dietician, doctor, or holistic nutritionist. 

If raw food is making you bloated – first be sure you are drinking enough water and getting enough of those healthy fats in. Try cooking your veggies – steaming, roasting, making soups – or eat some of your meals with a mild carbohydrate, like rice, which can assist in digestion. Cooked vegetables are good, too – remember, this is not a raw only diet, so get creative with preparation, spices, and flavors!

 

Mindful Eating: First of all, the production of pretty much all food takes some water. Cows, almonds, chickens, soy, corn. Everything needs water. Animal products usually require slightly more – their food needs water, they need water, the production of animal products usually requires a lot of water. So, refraining from some meat products can be a good way to eat consciously.

 Buying vegetables and plant based ingredients, especially from local sources, can also cut down on fossil fuels used in transport and delivery. Another win for the environment!

 

Less Limiting: With plant-based diets, you can still eat bacon (though not recommended). You can still roast a chicken and make chicken soup. You can put parmesan on your pasta. Committing to plant based is really just thinking about your meals and eating habits in a way that prioritizes vegetables and plant based ingredients. Not swearing off cheese forever, or only allowing yourself to eat at certain times, or anything dramatic – just eat more plants!

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