Over the past 16 years I have learned from many different sources -books, seminars and documentaries. There are some great resources out there. One of my favorite documentary movies is Food Matters” and if you havent seen it please watch it. It focuses on the importance of nutrition through whole organic foods.
Another great documentary about juicing and auto-immune disease is “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” You can watch them both on Netflix.
Below is a list of “Do’s” and “Dont’s” for a nutrition based anti-inflammatory diet. Nobody is perfect – especially me! I encourage my friends to do more of the “Do’s” and less of the “Dont’s: for a healthier lifestyle. Although I eat alot of fresh organic fruits and vegetables I am not a vegetarian – I consider myself a Nutritarian. I focus on giving my body the proper nutrition it needs to reduce inflammation and function at an optimum level. Those of us with inflammatory diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis and others should ALWAYS consult your Doctor before beginning any sort af new diet or nutrition program.
Anti-Inflammatory = Alkaline
Good for you – Do More
Purified or filtered water (alkaline water and coconut water good too) I try and drink 80 – 100 oz. a day
Fresh fruits and vegetables (I get most my raw organic fruits and vegetables in smoothies and juicing)
Gluten Free – Sugar Free – Dairy Free – Casein Free Foods
Deep breathes -inhale slowly, hold for 5 seconds and exhale slowly
Essential Oils – Fish Oil or nut oils like Udo’s Oil
Wheat grass juice
Green Dink – Alkalizing drinks – powdered green drinks that you mix with water
Supplements – MSM, glucosamine, chondroitin, Turmeric, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12
Exercise and stretching-walk, bike or swim. Yoga
Antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, berries, beets etc…
Inflammatory = Acidic
Bad for you – Do Less
Coffee, soda, sugary drinks and alcohol
Dairy Products (Casein)
Wheat / Gluten
Sugar including high fructose corn syrup
Smoking / Tobacco – don’t do it! nuff said!