If YOU had the opportunity to reverse your chronic symptoms by ADOPTING and MAINTAINING anti-inflammatory eating without feeling overwhelmed or deprived - would you?
If YOU could heal your pain, increase your energy, banish digestive disorders, lose unwanted weight, reverse auto-immune conditions, sleep better, think more clearly, improve your memory, experience clear skin and maybe even improve your athletic performance – by eating foods like cupcakes, lasagna, muffins and pancakes
– would you?
How can I possibly talk about healing the body and adopting anti-inflammatory eating while leading with a cupcake?
The truth is, diet is the #1 reason that we experience chronic inflammation in the body. Thankfully for us, it is also something that we have complete control over once we learn what our body thrives off of.
Trust me – you don’t have to eat kale salad everyday to follow anti-inflammatory eating. (No offense to kale salad!) In fact, you CAN have your cake and eat it too – the anti-inflammatory way….you just have to know what foods to SWAP out that remove the inflammation, yet taste similar.
Many modern day food companies have completely altered our food from what it was 30 years ago. Whole wheat bread, for example, which use to be considered healthy – is often chalk full of genetically modified foods, processed sugar, inflammatory oils, cow dairy that is infused with growth hormones and antibiotics – all of which are included in the top 5 most inflammatory foods! And this is coming from a “healthy” food. Can you imagine what a candy bar or box of Mac N Cheese would do to our bodies from an inflammatory standpoint.
Not drinking enough H20
and I’m not talking about staying hydrated here…I’m talking about supporting the liver and kidney’s detoxification process, which often requires more than the standard recommended amount of water. (The two are often confused.)
Our society is getting busier and busier yet the amount of time we have available each day stays the same. While we can’t change the outward stress, we can increase our productivity, efficiency and feeling of grounded-ness – which directly impacts stress reduction.
Lack of Movement…..or EVEN Too Much
I use the term movement, because we don’t have to hit the treadmill and run for an hour in order to successfully remove inflammation from the body. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Gentle movement that gets the blood flowing, supports alignment in the body and encourages deep breathing are the best for removing inflammation in the body. For all you marathon and ultra-marathon runners out there (and yes…I use to be one of them…), constant, pounding exercise without efficient rest does happen to increase inflammation in the body.
Not Enough Rest
This ties in naturally to stress and the overstimulation our body and mind are in today’s society. Whether we spend extra hours trying to accomplish more, or spend those hours worrying…..it seems that as humans, we are getting less and less sleep- which is crucial to the detoxification process. In fact, our liver (the organ responsible for processing the majority of toxins in our body) goes into overdrive in the middle of the night. If we are awake, then we are stealing energy to accomplish our “outward” tasks which would ideally be used for up regulating the detox pathways that start at the liver.
This is a big one, and unfortunately one that we have less control over. Environmental toxins can range from pollution in the air, to construction and building materials that off-gas, to chemicals in our personal care products to bacteria, fungus, virus and parasites which release neurotoxins, often powerful enough to kill a person if emitted too quickly from die-off. As a survivor (from a near death experience) due to chronic Lyme and a severe parasite infection….I know about these environmental toxins all too well.