Do you ever feel like everyone is trying to sell you on a certain meal plan that is guaranteed to change your life?
High fat, low calorie, no sugar, all grass… (okay maybe the last one isn’t completely true, but that’s about how absurd some of these meal plans are seeming to be!).
They guarantee you to drop weight faster than my physics grade from college (let’s just say that class didn’t go over too well…).
But losing weight and eating healthy shouldn’t be as stressful as it has become.
What these businesses, companies, and “health” campaigns seem to forget in the process is how simple and easy eating foods should be.
You shoudn’t have to rip your hair out in the grocery store just to decide what is not going to cause you to bloat to three pant sizes bigger by bedtime.
So hang with me and I’ll show you how to:
→ Eat a diet filled with natural nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
→ Enjoy your meals and find simplicity when preparing them
→ Consume an anti inflammatory diet (none of the “crap” but rather, all of the real ingredients your body SHOULD be eating!)
What is an Anti Inflammatory Diet, anyways?
Anti inflammatory should really just be called “Pro Food” because of it’s incredible focus upon naturally wholesome foods.
See, food is made to be consumed. Our bodies are not designed to operate the way we treat them now in the 21st century.
Now, we have food manufacturing that allows for chemical additives, preservatives, added sugars, and a bunch of BAD things to be put into our foods before they even get the chance to make it to our plates.
Why is this?
Well, there are a lot of mouths to feed and they certainly needed to find a way to appease the masses.
But what came out of it was the industrialization of FOOD.
I’m not asking for you to go to your local field, lean down and pick the ripest tomato, and eat it.
Rather, I’m saying that there are simple ways that we can ensure that our food is REAL and healthy for us to eat.
This way, we are better able to lose weight, experience higher energy levels, clearer skin, improved mental health, stronger immunity, and so much more.
So to sum it up into a pinch, an anti inflammatory diet is a diet that focuses on eating the foods that have incredible nutrients to offer to nourish our bodies.
→ Eliminates the “crap” and detoxes our bodies.
→ Restores our energy levels.
→ Skyrockets our gut health
→ Helps us to lose weight
→ Prevents bloating and chronic inflammation
→ Tastes GOOD!
→ And so much more.
So let’s get to it!
Anti Inflammatory Diet: Food Groups
One of the many great things about an anti inflammatory diet is that it’s not an elimination diet.
Meaning, no one is going to come across the table and smack the biscuit out of your hand – well, unless it’s not a biscuit made from real ingredients.
Instead, we want to reduce processing.
Because when foods are processed, they are filled with foreign substances (added sugars, chemicals, sweeteners, etc.) that are foreign to our bodies.
And when these substances enter our bodies, they cause inflammation – a response that causes your body to bloat and puff up because your body is attacking the said foreign “food-like” particles.
But when we eat foods that are readily recognizable by our digestive systems, our bodies do not have to work overtime.
And this all starts by just understanding what ingredients are found in our foods.
Keep It Simple - #1 Rule
You don’t want to feel overwhelmed by your diet because you want to create a meal plan that is sustainable.
And if you are overwhelmed, it’s going to be a lot easier to throw the meal plan to the side and call it a day.
So what we want to do is to just educate ourselves on the content of foods.
Sure, this could be taking a good hard look at the nutrition label and examining the ingredients. That’s always a great place to start.
But what happens when we hit those words that are unrecognizable to us? They are no longer listed as “sugar, flour, eggs, etc.”
Instead, it’s as if we’re in a chemical laboratory trying to decipher which potion we just concocted.
Because that’s exactly how it is nowadays until we decide that we deserve better. Our bodies deserve better.
YOU deserve better.
It’s way too much information to include in a simple blog post, but if you are interested in learning exactly how to do this and to maintain a sustainable, healthy anti inflammatory diet – be sure to check out the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge where I tell you that and a million more life hacks.
(P.S. If you’re wondering who in the world I am and why you should listen to me anyways, check out my crazy story here!)
Anti Inflammatory Diet: Breakfast
Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But why? And is that even true?
Meh – kind of.
See, food is designed to provide our body with a readily available ENERGY source.
Essentially, food = energy.
But if you’re not a breakfast person, not all hope is lost.
Just whenever you eat your first meal of the day, make sure it is an anti inflammatory meal made from real ingredients.
This will provide your body with a healthy jump start of energy!
Here are some of my favorite anti-inflammatory breakfast meals that I just can’t get enough of…
Anti Inflammatory Diet: Lunch
Lunch is rarely the time to sit down to a four course meal, let alone prepare one!
So what you need are simple, easy-peezy lemon squeezy recipes that can be prepared and packed, or made for the go.
Here are some of my all time favorites…
Anti Inflammatory Diet: Dinner
With being healthy all throughout your day, you want to keep the momentum going when it comes to dinner time.
Here’s some tasty recipes…
LIFE HACK: Anti Inflammatory Powders
The sole reason behind creating this resource is to HELP people with REAL solutions – because when I was struggling with my health, I felt as though I just wanted raw honesty and things that would ACTUALLY work.
So here’s my honesty – when I changed my diet to eating anti inflammatory foods, my bloating greatly decreased.
But to be truthful, the most game changing decision I made was when I chose to incorporate super foods into my daily routine.
And while it sounded great, I knew I didn’t have the time nor willingness to go to the grocery store and buy foods like ginger and turmeric, chop them up into itty bitty bite sized pieces, and hold my nose while I tried to swallow.
So instead, I did my research. Actually, I did A LOT of research. I stumbled upon Your Super, and knew it was worth a shot. I haven’t looked back since.
I love how simple it is to just incorporate the powders into recipes (they have an entire recipe blog HERE!) or to just take them down as a health shot.
For anti inflammatory and bloating purposes, I highly recommend Mellow Yellow! But you can’t lose with any of the mixes. (Seriously, you could open my cabinet and see how much I love them haha!)
Where to Go From Here...
Eating an anti inflammatory diet is an incredible way to detox your body, but to reap the full benefits, you want to design a lifestyle around foods that you love and enjoy!
The greatest perk of eating an anti inflammatory diet is how these key nutrients restore your gut health – which controls:
▢ Healthy Digestion
▢ Bloating and Inflammation
▢ Weight management (and weight loss)
▢ Skin Health
▢ Nutrient Absorption
▢ Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
▢ Brain Clarity and Mental Health
▢ Hunger and Appetite
▢ Chronic Illness
If you’re looking for the ultimate guide to restore your gut health by eating a completely anti inflammatory diet (and learning all the dos and don’ts of foods in modern society), be sure to check out the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge!