Are you looking for a few simple ways to fight inflammation? Inflammation can cause joint pain, fatigue, bloating, weight gain and more. If you suffer from these inflictions, try some small additions to your diet to help fight back! Here are a few ways to fight inflammation without drastically changing your whole meal plan.
1. Overnight Oats
Not just a fad, making overnight oats the right way can fight inflammation and make your mornings easier. This light meal can be made in bulk at night and ready to eat in the morning, the day after, or the day after that! The flavor variations for overnight oats are endless! To make this inflammation-fighting breakfast, you’ll need raw oats, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, blueberries (or another fresh fruit), unsweetened coconut flakes and dark chocolate. Unsweetened coconut flakes are low in those refined carbohydrates we want to avoid, and dark chocolate has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. These ingredients are mainly for flavor, and can be swapped out with cinnamon and apple chunks instead of blueberries if that sounds more appealing to you! Add the almond milk last, and put it in a mason jar or other sealable container, and put it in the fridge overnight. The next morning, grab a spoon and enjoy a yummy, anti-inflammatory meal to go!
Everybody snacks during the day. If you’re trying to eat healthier and combat inflammation, there are a few snacks that can help you out. Unsweetened nut butter spread on 100% whole grain rice cakes is a yummy snack that is low in refined carbohydrates. An apple a day may keep the inflammation away — add some of the same unsweetened nut butter to get another healthy option. Egg scrambles are a popular dish, and with the right ingredients, they can help your body fight inflammation as well. Try adding spinach, vegetables and turmeric to your eggs to up the inflammation-fighting powers.
The best diets for anti-inflammatory purposes are Paleo, Keto, and a Mediterranean based diets — all low in refined sugars and carbohydrates.
Everyone’s body works differently, if any changes you make in your diet make you feel worse, listen to your body! Some bodies are more sensitive to certain foods, like tomatoes, and could have the adverse reaction than desired. This is not intended as medical advice, please consult a physician before changing your diet.
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