Happy Monday! If you haven't yet read my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, "7 steps to an anti-inflammatory diet," check it out. (Yes, I realize that I had two "7 steps" columns in a row. I swear I didn't plan it that way...it's just how it worked out.)
The anti-inflammatory diet is a little like the layers of an onion: On the surface, it's really a simple, commonsense way to eat. It minimizes processed foods, which often contain ingredients that in addition to promoting low-level, chronic inflammation in our bodies don't exactly get high marks for nutrition. Instead, it emphasizes fresh, whole, plant foods that provide us with a symphony of vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals—and you don't have to become a vegan or vegetarian to benefit.
Peel the outer layers, however, and you can go into deeper detail with an anti-inflammatory diet, emphasizing foods that give you even more inflammation-fighting power per bite. You can also work to cultivate the other healthy habits that work alongside your nourishing food to cool the fire and promote optimal health. It's what I help many of my patients do, and in interest of walking the talk, I've been giving my own diet and habits some anti-inflammatory tweaks, too.
This week, I'll post about some key aspects of the anti-inflammatory diet that I didn't have room to discuss or expand upon in my column. I'll definitely talk about the role of food sensitivities and intolerances in inflammation (tomorrow) and the red wine paradox (Wednesday).
If you are in the Seattle area, please note that I am giving a talk on this very topic on Wednesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The talk is free, but pre-registration is needed. Just call Northwest Natural Health at 206-784-9111 or visit my classes page.
This week is also Weight Stigma Awareness Week, and you know I'm going to have something to say about that (Thursday).
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful week!
P.S. If you have any specific questions about the anti-inflammatory diet, leave them in the comments and I'll try to address them.