Anti-Inflammatory Diet Guidelines

anti inflammatory food pyramid

Editors note: I recently ate at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach. I ended up there by accident, the name and Yelp reviews drew me in. It was the greatest meal I’ve had in ages. The waiter explained that it is based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. After reading The End of Illness, I’ve been thinking a lot about inflammation. My friend, Katie Urban blogged about this diet and has give us permission to share with our readers. Thanks, Katie!

Katie Urban
Katie Urban

Research shows that inflammation in the body not only increases your risk of disease (including heart disease and stroke) but can make it tougher to lose weight as well. This diet emphasizes foods that are high in antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which reputedly help reduce inflammation. Keeping your diet low in sugar further cools the inflammatory fires by keeping blood-sugar levels in check.

Distinguishing Features

 

  • Salmon, flax, walnuts, and other omega-3 rich foods are central
  • There’s an emphasis on colorful, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Avocados, nuts, and olive oil provide monounsaturated fats
  • Liberal use of spices, especially the “hot” ones
  • Flagship flavors: curry, ginger, garlic, and chili peppers

This Is Your Diet If…

  • You love exploring international cuisines
  • You’re on an anti-aging crusade
  • You have a great fish market
  • You like to eat out

Probably Not for You If…

  • You don’t care for fish
  • You dislike spicy food
  • You live for pasta, potatoes, and bread
  • Cream and butter are your two favorite food groups

Watch the video, below, and read more @ Keep it Skinny and DrWeil.com.

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