Over the years, since childhood, I have struggled with inflammation. Pain kept me from participating in a lot of activities. It also caused me to feel unfocused, tired, and just plain miserable. I never slept well, and never had the motivation I needed. With all my failures or lack of motivation I would blame pain. But did I ever do anything about it? Not until just recently. I started to change my lifestyle. It wasn’t easy either! It is very difficult to make new healthy habits. But I eventually began to mold my life to where I wanted it. I eat better, I exercise regularly, and I try to have more optimism in my life. So what do you think happened? My pain started to dissipate. Why?
First off we can ask, What is inflammation?
Inflammation in your body occurs when your immune system is fighting off something foreign. unfortunately inflammation can persist even when there are no foreign invaders in our bodies! Chronic inflammation can subject us to many major diseases such as depression, arthritis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. So what do we need to do? Run to the pharmacy and down those medications? Make excuses and live a less active life? No. We need to look at our diet.
Let’s start off with what foods cause inflammation. If we really want to help our pain, we really need to cut out any culprits.
- Breads and Pastas – the refined ones such as white breads and pastas.
- Red Meat
- Processed Meats
- Fried Foods
- Sugar! Especially sugar sweetened beverages
- Margarine, shortening, and Lard
Notice that these foods are ones known to be typically bad for our health. If we try to adapt a clean eating lifestyle, our inflammation should drastically decrease. You will also lose weight which fights inflammation. I am living proof of that. Not only will our inflammation decrease, but you will feel more alert, happy, and motivated!
If inflammation is linked to depression, then to better our mood and life we need to focus on that. We need to dig deep to underlying problems. Because, in my opinion, being happy and optimistic are the most important traits to get through any trial. So, lets look at what foods we should be consuming.
- Nuts – such as Walnuts or Almonds
- Fatty Fish
- Olive Oil
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Ginger and turmeric
- Garlic and Onion
Looking at this list is so much more appetizing than the first! Fresh, Clean, and Amazing! Why would you not want to eat these things everyday?! Ok, I know why. We get used to eating our fast, processed, sugar filled food. But now is the time to change! Check out Growing to Like your Greens, for my story on the subject.
Now stop fighting this pain, making excuses, and popping pills! You can fight this with food, and not only fight inflammation but reap so many more benefits of a healthy diet!
For more help creating healthy habits, contact me and I will introduce you to some amazing routes you can take.
I do realize there are severe cases which may need prescription help. By all means listen to your doctor. But there is nothing wrong with implementing a diet that can help.
Sources: Health.com and Harvard Health