Most of us know how it feels to wake up bloated after a late-night pizza binge or ice cream run. Splurging can be fun sometimes, but a steady diet of foods loaded with sugar, salt and unhealthy fats not only makes you feel icky, but also feeds inflammation in your body. That’s bad news if you have arthritis or conditions such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus or diabetes.
Luckily, you can improve these conditions by ridding your diet of inflammatory foods. The Arthritis Foundation recommends eating a Mediterranean-style diet. A steady supply of fruits, veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, healthy oils, and nuts and seeds can soothe inflammation in your joints.
This month, we challenge you to make these swaps to cut back on inflammatory foods:
- Got the munchies? Ditch cookies and chips for an apple with almond butter or baby carrots and hummus.
- Craving Italian? Substitute spaghetti and buttery garlic bread with whole-grain pasta and whole-grain bread dipped in extra-virgin olive oil.
- Replace that weekly burger with a filet of salmon or tuna.
- Nosh on a handful of almonds, pistachios or sunflower seeds instead of candy.
- Pile your plate with beans and veggies instead of meat and carbs.