How to Eat an Anti-inflammatory diet

Published by Annie Barrett: 
July 8, 2020

Inflammation is the cause of many serious diseases. Inflammation in the body occurs due to factors such including stress, lack of movement, genetic disposition, and a poor diet. If you are eating a plant-based diet, chances are you are probably eating an anti-inflammatory diet as well.

While every body is unique, foods that can contribute to inflammation include:

  • Refined carbohydrates and many processed foods such as white bread and pastries.
  • French fries and other fried foods.
  • Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage).
  • Margarine, shortening
  • Excessive alcohol

Foods that combat inflammation include:

  • Healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado.
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards.
  • Nutrient-dense vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Beans and lentils.
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts.
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines.
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.
  • Herbs and spices like cinnamon, turmeric, oregano, and rosemary.

Need some healthier recipes?

Here is a list of curated recipes that are healthy, nourishing and tasty. My eating philosophy is to eat a plant, based, whole foods diet. This doesn't mean no meat or dairy, but there is a a strong slant toward plants. Enjoy!