Having a mood disorder and other health challenges means that I need to eat in a way that maintains good general health.
I do this by eating food as close to how nature created it as possible.
I balance out eating bread, sugar, and foods that create an inflammatory response with going several days when I do not eat these foods at all, as a way to avoid depriving myself while eating to support good health.
7 Foods that cause inflammation
Eating foods that create an inflammatory response can make conditions like lupus, fibromyalgia, and arthritis worse and set you up for diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Here are seven foods to avoid when you want to decrease inflammation in your body:
1. Trans Fats are found in fast foods and other processed products.
2. Omega-6 fatty acids, which need to be balanced with an equal amount of Omega-3. These fats are found in cooking oils like corn and sunflower oil. An excess of Omega-6 can lead to inflammation.
3. Sugar and anything ending in "one", like fructose and Sucralose
4. Saturated Fats trigger inflammation in the fat tissue. Pizza and cheese are the biggest contributors of saturated fat in the American diet.
5. Refined carbohydrates like those found in white bread, white rice, and white potatoes.
6. Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG), sometimes found in prepared Asian foods and soy sauce, but can also be in other packaged foods like salad dressing and deli meats.
7. Gluten and Casein. Gluten is in wheat, barley, and rye. Casein is in dairy products. Gluten and casein may cause inflammation in people with sensitivity to it, and in people with celiac disease.
I wish that I had the kind of discipline and pallet that would allow me not to crave certain foods that are not particularly good for me—and that changes from person to person, but I enjoy what I enjoy and at this point I'm not prepared to deprive myself of anything for more than a few weeks or a month at a time.
However, I do go without them more often than I indulge in them and that is a good balance for me—for now.
Eating a clean diet that supports what your body needs—and a nutritionist and herbalist can help you to figure this out—is an important component to good health.
Another overlooked piece of the health puzzle is sleep, which we'll talk about next time.