What foods are chronically inflaming us? Here are some guidelines as to what foods we need to eat and those we need to be wary of:
- WARY OF- First and foremost are processed foods. Most processed foods (especially the one with ingredients that you can’t pronounce) are the most important things we need to be conscious of and try to minimize as much as possible.
- EAT MORE- True vegetables- cruciferous, stem, bulb, root, and flower vegetables. We should be getting 4-6 servings a day, if not more, and most are between 1-2 a day.
- WARY OF- “Fruit veggies” disguised as vegetables (meaning anything with seeds- tomatoes, squash family, peppers, cucumbers etc). Most of us need to be getting between 4-6 servings of veggies per day, but aren’t even close because we eat things like zucchini or tomatoes and think we ate enough. This isn’t to say “fruit veggies” aren’t good for us, but they don’t react in our bodies the same as true vegetables do (mostly due to amino acid differences in the skin/seeds) so they shouldn’t replace this much needed category!
- EAT MORE- Healthy fats like nuts, seeds, healthy oils (like coconut, olive, avocado, MCT), avocado, olives, and grass fed butter/ghee.
- WARY OF- We need to be careful of “low quality protein” that is coming from sources that feed their cattle, poultry, and fish, corn and soy that really messes with animals, and in the process we end up eating relatively unhealthy meats.
- EAT MORE… or less- High quality protein. First, we aren’t carnivores so we don’t need animal protein with every meal, but having a serving or two of high quality protein each day is great! High quality is- grass-fed, pasture-raised or wild caught- cattle, poultry or fish. BUT too much of anything is bad, so again one or two servings is great… 3-6 servings a day is a bit overkill and can harm your gut and PH levels.
- WARY OF- Eating starches, fruits, and anything that raises your blood sugar, on an everyday basis. Starches, fruits, sugar, etc are all great for us at times! But we don’t need to raise our blood sugar and turn on our pancreas (for insulin production) every single day… It’s good to give yourself a break and work into ketosis for a period of time.
- EAT MORE- Dietary Fiber. Try to eat an assortment of different fibers from veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, beans, and other starchy plant foods. We just have to be cognizant of how many servings at one time we are having, as well as giving ourselves breaks where we don’t eat all of these things everyday.