My Anti-Inflammatory Diet has been my biggest lifesaver! Living with an auto-immune disease has made me somewhat of an expert on anti-inflammatory diets. But even if you do not have chronic inflammation eating more healthy can help you even if you just want to look better.
Growing up as a Type 1 diabetic, and having a chronic disease I have always had a lot of issues around food. I don’t just mean with how I digest and metabolize food, but also in my mindset around what foods I can and can’t eat.
I used to get really frustrated when my body felt tired or my brain felt foggy, but then I found a way to counteract some of my symptoms: following an anti-inflammatory diet.
None of my friends at the time had an anti-inflammatory diet, so I turned to Pinterest and food blogs to learn more. I even built up a collection of my own anti-inflammatory food recipes over time, like this one for anti-inflammatory turmeric oatmeal (my all-time favorite!).
After developing an autoimmune disease, I have become even more careful about my food intake since it can affect my energy levels so much. It’s not uncommon for certain high sugar foods and grains to give me persistent migraines and stomachaches, which make it harder for me to focus and produce work at a high level.
Other foods react differently depending on what time of day I eat them. It’s been a huge experiment that I’ve had to tweak and test over time since it’s always changing.
While my body chemistry might be different from yours, there are still huge benefits to following an anti-inflammatory diet. I have heard so many success stories from other women who are improving their health with powerful natural anti-inflammatory diets (like here and here) so I know it’s worth it.
Why follow an anti-inflammatory diet?
There’s really no reason to not have an anti-inflammatory diet. However, let’s face it having a healthy diet is not as much fun as eating red meat and having to replace it with leafy greens and kale. To me, the boost in my immune system during cold season was reason enough alone to make the change but after I saw all the benefits in my lifestyle I hope it helps you.
The interesting aspect of this kind of diet is that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. What inflames one person’s body won’t cause an inflammatory reaction in another.
Since everyone will need a different anti-inflammatory diet, it’s important to first assess how foods are currently affecting you.
First, cut out the foods that make you feel like garbage.
This seems like a no-brainer, but so many women keep eating foods that don’t agree with their digestive system. If you keep eating things that are inflaming your body for years on end, long-term health problems could arise.
Have you noticed that you feel gross when you eat cheese, yogurt, or milk-based products? It could be a sign that your body has developed a food allergy that is causing the inflammatory reaction. (I would recommend seeing your doctor so you know for sure.)
Maybe you develop a red, splotchy rash on your skin when you have certain high sugar foods. This is an inflammatory reaction that you’ll want to dig into so you can understand what is directly causing it.
Who wants to eat pizza, ice cream, or pie if you don’t feel well afterward? I know it tastes good in the moment but it’s not worth the side effects that come after if it causes an inflamed reaction.
Many of us write this stomach and digestive pain off as totally normal, but why not try to create a custom anti-inflammatory diet plan that helps you feel and look your best?
Here are three reasons why you might want to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, too.
Better focus and clarity with an anti-inflammatory diet
An anti-inflammatory diet will help you think more clearly and stay focused on the tasks in front of you without worrying about how foods are reacting with your body. This changed everything for me when I first started to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods into my meals.
It used to be hard to shop for anti-inflammatory foods at the grocery store, but now HelloFresh makes it really easy for me to select meals with ingredients that I already know will be healthy for my body. I don’t have to waste time running to the grocery store every few days for fresh foods, either.
Eating anti-inflammatory foods gives me added clarity, which helps me know what times of the day I am most productive so I can get more work done in less time. I’m all about working smarter, not harder. (Spoken like a true work-from-home mom, right?)
Brain fog is one of the worst feelings in the world. Even if your body feels ready to start the day, if your mind isn’t sharp, it’s hard to get anything done.
Try working more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet so you can stay alert and focused each day. (I have a list of them at the end of this blog post!)
An anti-inflammatory diet improves your skin
My skincare practice is one of the most important routines I have. No matter how many times I wash my face with cleanser and moisturize, my skin won’t look its best if I’m eating inflammatory foods.
Think inflammation is only for diseased skin? Think again! It can also be found in otherwise healthy, aging skin which means no one is immune.
Keep an eye on your skin to see what foods inflame your skin. Are they causing unwanted acne, enlarged pores, discoloration, rashes, sagging, or loss of tone and radiance? This could be a sign that you’ll want to cut the food from your diet.
You can experiment with cutting different foods at each time to see which ones are causing a reaction with your skin. It might feel like a long process at times, but it’s so worth it so you can have clearer and more healthy skin.
It helps alleviate your depression and anxiety
As depression and anxiety continue to climb, especially among entrepreneurs, it’s important to feed your body with healthy foods that don’t cause an unwanted inflammatory reaction.
I’ve noticed that when I go back and eat inflammatory foods, my anxiety will try to creep back in. It’s so weird! Even if nothing else changes in my environment, circumstances, or relationships, the inflammatory foods will still be enough to heighten my anxiety.
Anxiety takes me away from producing my best work and being as present as possible with my son, friends, and yes, even my corgis! It’s something I just can’t shake once it starts, so I’m all about trying to prevent anxiety spikes as much as I can.
Try these anti-inflammatory foods
If you are looking to increase your productivity and heal your body from the inside out, you’re ready to try a powerful natural anti-inflammatory diet.
Here are some of the best superfoods and anti-inflammatory foods out there to get started. All of these are a part of my own anti-inflammatory diet and I’ve seen a huge difference in my health, so I highly recommend them!