Everyday we are overwhelmed with the newest workout routines and meal programs. In all honesty, I don't think we were meant to monitor our Weight Watchers points or count our steps daily.
If you really want to make the most effective change in your overall health, that change starts in the kitchen. Eating whole, organic and minimally processed quality foods is all the "meal plan" you need.
Now a days people are quick to mindlessly munch on food, regardless of its ingredients or effect on health. If weight loss or better health are your goals, then I would encourage you to seek out whole foods that are fresh from the earth. If your food comes in a package, bag or jar, then it's likely to cause inflammation. Avoiding such inflammatory foods will allow your liver to begin processing fat with little effort on your part.
No tracking points, no counting calories, just simply switching to quality foods is your best bet for better health.
To help you get some of that inflammation under control, here are a few of those inflammatory foods to avoid, plus a delicious Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast to start the day!
Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
This seemingly sweet treat can cause major havoc on your health. If you need to satisfy the sweet tooth, here are some Smart Sugar Swaps to try.
These modified glutens are creating problems with our gut health and immune systems, and fanning the fire of inflammatory and autoimmune disease. Even for those without celiacs disease, gluten can still cause issues.
Dairy can cause a great deal of inflammation which in turn often leads to everything from digestive like bloating, gas, and constipation, to diarrhea and acne. Dairy is now being attributed to many autistic behaviors as well. Fortunately, ditching dairy is pretty simple with the plethora of non-dairy milks now available (coconut, almond, hemp, soy to name a few) and you can get your daily dose of calcium from foods like spinach, oranges, almonds, figs and tofu.
Alcohol is high on the list of inflammatory foods, so if you need a "bit of the bubbly" try sipping on a kombucha or sparkling water with muddled fruits. Of course when the holidays roll around, it's certainly okay to celebrate a little.
Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk.
- 1 cup frozen berries.
- 1 stock of celery
- 2 tablespoons beet puree
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger.
- 1/2 turmeric.
- 1/2 an avocado.
- 2 Tablespoons organic lemon juice; plus some zest!
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds.
- Stevia to sweeten
- handful of ice
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the contents of the blender into a bowl and sprinkle on some of your favorite ingredients like hemp seeds, goji berries, cacao nib, nuts, even edible flowers!