DEFLAMING VS. INFLAMING

We all suffer from inflammation issues to varying degrees. Each of us needs to focus on reducing our individual inflammation issues and diet is the foundation to reducing inflammation or "deflaming". This article will outline a no-nonsense approach to healthy, anti-inflammatory eating that will help you to avoid unhealthy, pro-inflammatory foods that are inflaming.

PRO-INFLAMMATORY FOODS

All Grains and Grain Products

Including white bread, whole wheat bread, pasta, cereal, pretzels, crackers and any other product made with grains or flours from grains. This also includes most deserts and packaged foods.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils (trans fats)

Found in margarine, deep fried foods [French fries, etc] and most packaged foods.

Seed and Legume Oils (inaccurately called vegetable oils)

Corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, soybean oil and foods made with these oils such as mayonnaise, tartar sauce, margarine, salad dressings and many packaged foods.

These oils/foods contain extremely high levels of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.

Soda and Sugar

Dairy and Soy (when consumed as staples]

Meat and Eggs From Grain Fed Animals

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS

All Fruits and Vegetables

Eaten raw or lightly cooked.

Red and Sweet Potatoes

Eaten with protein such as eggs, fish, meat or fowl.

Fresh Fish

Avoid farm-raised tilapia, catfish, basa and bronzini
(they have elevated levels of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids)

Meat, Chicken, Eggs from Grass-Fed Animals

Eatwild.com is a website that lists producers of grass-fed animals. Do the best you can to get lean cuts of regular meats otherwise.

Wild Game Including Deer, Elk, etc.

Animals that feed on vegetation in the wild.

Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Eggs and/or Egg Whites

Raw Nuts

Such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and macadamia nuts.

Spices

Such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, dill, oregano, coriander, fennel, red chili pepper, basil, rosemary, etc. If you wish, you can add a little sea salt.

Oils and Fats

Moderate amounts of organic butter, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Butter from grass fed cows is also a healthy choice.

Salad Dressing Choices

An example is extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, mustard, along with spices.

Beverages

Water, organic green tea, and if you choose to drink alcohol, red wine and stout beer are the best choices.