What is an anti-inflammatory diet? Benefits, Food List, Tips
If you’re ready for a total body reset that will leave you feeling better than ever before, let me introduce you to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.
Yes, I said the word “diet” – but in reality there is no calorie counting or macro tracking.
“An anti-inflammatory diet is not a specific diet per se, but rather a way of eating that focuses primarily on whole, minimally processed foods, and incorporates foods that contain specific nutrients and antioxidants to help combat inflammatory processes in the body, âexplains Rachel Dyckman, RDN.
The goal: to fight chronic inflammation in your body which could lead to problems like gastrointestinal tract problems, fatigue, muscle pain, etc. Chronic inflammation can have many different triggers, including food allergies, reactions to certain medications, or even stress.
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You’ll get more details on the benefits of the diet, tips for optimizing your diet, a meal plan, and even a list of anti-inflammatory foods you can take to the grocery store.
Reducing inflammation in the body isn’t just about what you eat. The guide also contains recommendations for other healthy lifestyle changes you can make to feel better, stat.
The whole plan is backed by experts including Dyckman, Nisha Chellam, MD, doctor at Parsley Health, Vanessa Rissetto, RD, co-founder of Culina Health, so you know it’s legit.
Why you’ll love the anti-inflammatory diet
Need more conviction? Here are some reasons why the anti-inflammatory diet might be worth a try.
You don’t need to cut carbs.
If you think of yourself as the queen of carbs, you can breathe a sigh of relief. While an anti-inflammatory diet will involve cutting back on processed grains (think: white bread, pasta), you can still enjoy plenty of whole grains (like quinoa or oats) as well as sweet potatoes to get your fix. of carbohydrates.
You can still eat snacks.
If your body tells you to eat, an anti-inflammatory diet won’t stop you. Just focus on snacks like nuts or fruit (an apple with peanut butter is a solid option) as opposed to a granola bar filled with sugar.
Try the anti-inflammatory diet
You can still pack your food with flavor.
No bland shakes or meal replacement bars on this front. Instead, you’ll focus on filling your plate with colorful foods and ramping up spices like cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.
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