Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Kickstart Your January
If you’re anything like me and you spent the holidays indulging- drinking, eating, having a great time- but now you feel like you’re digestion is off and you have no energy? Maybe it’s time to invest in some anti-inflammatory foods to stock up your kitchen for a while.
All of your systems in your body deserve a break, and I’m sure your digestion could use one as well. Anti-inflammatory foods have such powerful healing properties. They reduce chronic pain, increase your energy, better your sleep, improve digestion, give your body loads of hydration, reduce inflammation, duh, reduce stress (emotionally and physically), and clears/brightens up the skin.
I mean, who wouldn’t want these foods in their life?
Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods include:
-Dark berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
-Dark leafy greens such as collard greens, kale, spinach
-Walnuts, almonds, mac nuts
-Salmon and tuna
-Olive oil, avocados, coconut oil
-Sweet potatoes and beets
-Broccoli and mushrooms
-Turmeric, peppermint, ginger
Not only are all these foods whole foods, but they are also super easy on your digestion! As you can see, this list is not restrictive to just fruits or vegetables, but includes sources of fats and proteins so you can easily make an entire meal that is anti-inflammatory. Plus, you can play around and create many different recipes and meals to last you throughout the week (or even longer). The list of anti-inflammatories is much more extensive than this, but these are some of the best.
But also, how do you know if you have inflammation in your body? You may feel fantastic but know something else is off- so basically our body becomes inflamed any time it tries to fight off an infection or toxin. So you could actually be really sick and be very aware that your body is inflamed from the flu or cold OR your body could be filled with “toxins” from the foods you had/have been eating and alcohol.
I used “toxins” in quotations because I don’t want drinking alcohol and eating junk to be taken in a negative light, especially coming off the holidays. Eating and drinking with friends and family and enjoying yourself is just a part of life- and while you body may be filled with “toxins” after a few weeks of indulgence, there is nothing wrong with that. It’s all about balance. Everything is a cycle and you’re not expected to be 100% healthy 100% of the time! Hell, I drank alcohol for 10 days straight on my vacation so definitely no judgement here. Your life, your body.
I really just want to educate on how you can get back into a groove and routine while still feeling like you have an abundance of foods to eat and not feeling like you have to go on a restrictive diet.
Some ways you might be able to tell your body is inflamed could be from poor sleep, your energy levels are inconsistent, you’re breaking out, fatigue, hunger cues are off, thirsty all the time, or bloated and gassy.
So basically, don’t waste your time being restrictive this January and just focus on fueling your body with an abundance of anti-inflammatory, whole foods. Your body will thank you in the long run!