Do you ever wonder why some days certain body parts or joints bother you more severely than others? Do old injuries ever seem to come back and “randomly” haunt you even when you thought it had gone away?
Chances are you consumed a food or foods which were high in alcohol, sugar, salt, or “unhealthy” saturated or trans fats.
Most foods that are processed or “man-made” cause some form of inflammatory response in our bodies when we consume them. This is because we are introducing manufactured, artificial, or low-nutrient dense foods into our bodies. Our bodies have to work extra hard to process and digest these foods properly in comparison to foods which appear to be in their original form (or a very similar form) such as meat, veggies, fruit, grains, nuts, and seeds.
One of the best ways to avoid these “flare ups” is to limit your processed food intake and cook the majority of your meals at home so that you are aware of what foods are going into your meals and how they are being cooked.
If you are going to consume processed foods (which most us are and that’s okay!) it is important to read the ingredients lists on your foods before purchasing them.
Look for ingredients such as:
words ending in -ose (usually a form of sugar)
partially hydrogenated oils (or trans fats)
oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, soy, peanut, and vegetable - these contain omega-6 fatty acids which are pro-inflammatory
aspartame - an artificial sweetener which may not be welcome by your immune system
You can also assist your body by consuming more anti-inflammatory foods such as :
berries, cherries, oranges
broccoli (and all cruciferous veggies), tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, kale, spinach
fatty fish, avocados, almonds (basically all nuts), EVOO
whole grains (instead of white flour products or refined grains)
Essentially, you are what you eat. You also ARE what you repeatedly do.
Set the goal, create the habit, establish the discipline.
Your C5 Nutrition Coach,