Inflammation is the body’s response to an injury or infection. If you cut yourself or you have an infection, your body sends white blood cells to fight help heal you. Acute inflammation is a way of our body protecting us.
Chronic inflammation is what we need to eliminate or reduce. This inflammation is the body’s response to unwanted substances in the body such as excess fat cells, especially belly fat.
Why is chronic inflammation so dangerous? According to Harvard Medical School chronic inflammation is the common underlying cause of the” four horsemen of the medical apocalypse”
Coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimers.
I apologize right now if I offend anyone. I’m not perfect. I love food. Heck my grandmother managed a Fannie May store my whole childhood. I went to a French cooking school. But I have cancer in my genes. I want to live a long and vibrant life. I want to help you live a long and vibrant life too! Too many of us think it’s ok to be overweight or live with belly fat. Media and marketing have embraced being overweight as normal. It’s not. Our body was not meant to deal with all of the processed food products and drinks that are out on the market.
Signs of chronic inflammation: fatigue, muscle and joint aches and pains, weight gain and low immune function- you catch a lot of bugs.
I see too many people lose valuable time and money dealing with the medical industry because of things they can control. What we put into and how we treat our bodies can CHANGE all of that.
Making huge changes all at once can be a challenge to maintain. Below is a simple Do this instead of that chart. You can add your own items into the chart too.Start by Incorporating a habit from the DO list and eliminate or reduce from the THAT list. When one becomes a habit or the norm for you, incorporate another.
Do this Instead of that
Trusting package names like, natural, organic, whole grain
Eat whole foods
Food products and fast foods
Pay attention to how you feel when you eat particular foods. Do you stay satiated, get low blood sugar, deal with cravings?
Eat something because you always have, tie foods to memories or avoid reading labels.
Eat less than 25 grams of added sugar a day.
Consuming unknown sugars. And there are many. Visit our free community for the list. Some common ones are maltodextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, maltose, fruit juice concentrate, rice syrup and corn sweetener.
Prepare your own food and drinks.
Consuming purchased coffee drinks, smoothies, juices, sports and energy drinks.
Reducing inflammation is easier and healthier than waiting for a disease to rear its ugly head. Ways to reduce inflammation include eating a Mediterranean diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables, olive oil and fish. Including regular cardio and strength exercise, getting enough sleep and reducing stress. If you smoke, quit smoking and reduce alcoholic beverages.
You don’t have to be perfect 100% of the time. Staying consistent and eating healthy whole foods 90 of the time will help your body get closer to its ideal healthy state. Having a “cheat” meal once a week is not going to ruin your efforts. It will give you something to look forward to.
Getting out of the habit of snacking on processed foods or stopping off for that “coffee” drink may be the jump start your body needs to start reducing inflammation.
If you are struggling with keeping a consistent healthy lifestyle and would like guidance and accountability. I offer accountability coaching through Zoom and Voxer. Together, you and I set up a program that works for you. We include all of my 6 Pillars of Wellness. Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, Stress Relief, The MELT Method and breath work to help you get to your healthiest, happiest self. I offer free 15-minute Zoom consultations to make sure that we are a good fit for each other and can get you the results you’re looking for.
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