In our society of new diets and old diets and everything in between, it is sometimes hard to know wh
at certain ones are, what they promise and if they even work. It's possible you have seen the initials AIP or heard the term Auto-Immune Protocol. have you wondered what this is? Have you heard of an anti-inflammatory diet?
Why an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?
According to WebMD, inflammation plays a role in many more health issues than they once thought.
Barry Sears, MD, of The Zone diet
fame and Andrew Weil, MD, the Harvard-trained natural and preventive medicine physician, say the anti-inflammatory diet is ideal for overall good health. Proponents of the diet say it can reduce heart disease
risk, keep existing cardiac problems in check, reduce blood triglycerides
and blood pressure, and soothe tender and stiff arthritic joints.
They also explain that it isn't really a diet, in the traditional sense of the word, but more of a way of eating--a lifestyle change.
What is an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?
It has loose guidelines and can be adapted to each individual. If you already know a certain food doesn't agree with you (like gluten or dairy or soy) eliminate those for good and adjust accordingly.
--Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables (tart cherries have an added anti-inflammatory quality).
--Minimize Saturated and Trans Fats.
--Eat a Good source of Omega-3 and/or a quality oil supplement every day.
--Eliminate most refined carbs, such as pasta and white rice.
--Watch Refined Sugar intake.
--Watch Dairy intake.
--Lean protein sources and be careful to not have too much red meat.
--Avoid refined and processed foods.
--Spice it up! Ginger, Curry, Turmeric and other spices help to reduce inflammation.
How do I start?
There are two ways of starting this new lifestyle! First, you can do a basic elimination diet where you cut out dairy, gluten, eggs, everything refined, red meat, etc. and keep it very basic for 21 days. After the 21 days, you would add one thing back in, once a day and watch for how it makes you feel. You will know right off if it doesn't agree with you. You will feel light headed, woozy, sick to your stomach, etc. This means the body is experiencing inflammation. Go back on the elimination diet for 3 days and then try again. If you don't have a symptom, then you can try a different food 2 days after you've added in the new one. Once you know what your body is sensitive to, you can eliminate or be careful of when you have those foods.
Second, if you already know basically what food triggers you have or if you aren't concerned because of any specific health things and just want to overall eat better, here are a few tips for transitioning:
1. Start Small. Maybe just add one new meal in a day or a week-depending on what you think you or your family can handle. Keep track of the things you like and the things you don't really care for.
2. Aim for Variety. Don't get stuck eating the same things over and over again. Be creative and be brave! Try turnips and rutabaga's! You just might like them!
3. Include as much fresh, whole food as possible. If it comes from a box, it probably has no place in your kitchen.
Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of what an autoimmune protocol or anti-inflammatory diet is. And if you are interested in learning more about inflammation and how it relates to autoimmune disorders, be sure and register for my newsletter.
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