In the past 8 months, I’ve become incredibly aware of what I’m putting into my body and how it makes me feel. About 2 weeks ago, I put myself on an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan. I really like the word “plan” versus “diet” because it makes me feel more in control. The word “diet” seems too temporary. The anti-inflammatory plan is really the way I should be eating all of the time. Fresh foods over processed foods. Organic where I can. Less full fat dairy. Cutting down on red meat & sugar. Wheat over white grains. Fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s quite a few lists on the web about the top foods to incorporate into an anti-inflammatory plan.
Below are a few of the top foods that were appearing over and over and can be easily incorporated into my diet:
- Fatty Fish > Salmon
- Turmeric (Spice)
- Green tea
- Berries > Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries
- Cruciferous veggies (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sweet Potato
- Green Tea
- Grapes (Grape Seed Extract)
- Dark chocolate (70% + )
- Goji berries
- Red Cabbage
- Pinto Beans
It’s still too soon to tell how it’ll affect my skin, but I have a really good feeling about it. Whether or not it ends up clearing up my spots, eating fresh and organic foods can’t hurt!
I’m a bit of a junk food addict, so following a strict plan is a challenge for me. I’m working on my relationship with food but know it takes some time to re-learn bad habits. For me, it’s about balance. Berries on top of cheesecake counts right?
Many thanks for allowing their photo to be used under a creative commons license:
brx0 for their photo of blueberries at Portland Farmers Market (CC BY-SA 2.0).