Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Your Health

anti-inflammatory dietAnti-inflammatory diet involves eating minimally cooked and organic foods to achieve optimum health and desirable overall well-being. This diet program requires you to eat the following foods for 21 consecutive days to get desirable results.

Steamed Vegetables

Eat as much vegetables as you can but try to avoid potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers. You may eat sweet potatoes and squash even yam. The main reason for recommending that you steam your vegetables is that this cooking process improves the utilization of food substances and lowers down the irritating residue in the gut which enables it to restore itself in time.

Nuts

You can eat all types of nuts except for peanuts. Your options range from almonds to cashews, walnuts to sunflower seeds – any nut that you fancy.

Legumes and Grains

Legumes are also recommended to be included in your diet. You can eat split peas, lentils, pinto beans, aduki and many more. Grains are also tolerable in this program as long as you limit your intake to two cups of cooked grains every day.

Here is a short list of the type of grains that you can eat:

  • Millet
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Oatmeal
  • Amaranth
  • Rice crisps
  • Wasa crackers

You cannot eat anything that has wheat in it. In other words, prepare meals that do not include bread in it especially the white one.

Fish and Chicken

If you want to eat some fish, make sure to choose a deep-sea fish such as salmon, cod, sardines and mackerel. Cooking options that you may use to prepare them are baking, poaching, steaming and broiling. As for chicken or turkey, you may not include the skin. Prepare the meat by baking, steaming or broiling and try to buy an organic chicken from the supermarket.

Stack Up on Fruits

There is a wide variety of fruits that you can include in your anti-inflammatory diet. If you already love eating fruits, then you will enjoy this diet more.

  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Black currants
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwifruit
  • Guava
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mulberries
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • And many more…

Butter and Oils

If you want to use butter on your foods, mix one pound of it with one cup of extra virgin olive oil. Make sure to whip them together at room temperature before storing it in the fridge. If you need to use oil in any of your meal preparations, make sure to always use extra virgin olive oil.

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