Hi, friend! It's officially February! Can you believe it? I hope you are having a great start to the month so far. I'm here to cheer you on! :)
I wanted to briefly share with you today about one of the most important keys to health— both now and longterm. Chronic inflammation in the body is a big thing to become mindful of. Common inflammation is beneficial and occurs in our bodies when the body is fighting an illness or self-protecting. Chronic inflammation is persisting and the pre-cursor to chronic illness.
“… it is not unreasonable to conclude that many of us could be walking around with chronic inflammation and be completely unaware of it. It's enough to make one think long and hard about countries that have embraced the Western diet and that are also experiencing surging rates of allergies, rheumatism, ADHD, diabetes, and cancer.”
"You can reverse diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease.…you can prevent many of these chronic conditions by addressing their root cause: daily habits. About 80% of chronic diseases are driven by lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.”
—lifestyle medicine specialist, Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD
Living with digestive issues, seemingly normal aches and pains, or ongoing fatigue may be things that we think don't matter very much. However, one of my favorite sayings that I've shared before and that applies to this is that “the little things are the big things”.
Are bodies are a miraculous creation and gift from God. Food is another thing that He has given us in abundance to enjoy and use for the care and nourishment of our bodies. I want to invite you to begin thinking more about the importance of honoring God and our bodies through the decisions we are making around food. The Western diet as mentioned above is what has become the norm in America including processed foods that are empty of nutrition and filled with sugar, lots of salt, unhealthy fats, and harmful chemicals and preservatives that are slowly and sadly hurting us.
Here are 2 simple lists for you of 6 of the top inflammatory + anti-inflammatory foods:
Dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
I believe in "phasing in to phase out" rather than deprivation or a 180 degree overnight reversal that won't be very enjoyable or sustainable. I'm not saying making these changes are not important. But, phasing in to phase out means gradually adding in more healthy foods. It's thinking “what do I get to eat?” instead of “What am I not allowed to have?”.
When you begin to get used to them, enjoy them, and your body even begins craving them (yes, even if it sounds crazy!!), this is setting you up for habit change that is going to LAST. No more yo-yo “diets” but instead a smooth journey to better eating, better health, and a better quality of life! I'm here for you as you continue taking steps. I am here to acknowledge your efforts and remind you to celebrate your progress towards the vision you have for your health and life! :)
So, this week, I encourage you to pick 2 foods off of the anti-inflammatory list to try out and begin incorporating into your eating. Which foods are you going to choose? Reply and let me know! Can't wait to hear from you!
If you are at a place where you are ready to really focus on this area, eager to see transformation, and excited about personal accountability and support, I'd love to talk with you! Book your free discovery session here today. One hour focused on you with nothing to lose and everything to gain! :)
Cheering you on!
I'm a faith-based health and lifestyle coach and Beautycounter consultant. I work with women who are tired of running on empty. I help them become fueled by their faith to create a lifestyle where their cup overflows.