Reset for Spring: Food and Diet
Food is powerful medicine and can influence our health and well-being. What we eat influences not only our physical body, but our emotions, and the mind as well. Food is an integral part of the work I do with my clients because it can increase energy levels, which ultimately results in feeling better.
One component of feeling better is typically related to inflammation. Many of my clients have inflammation as the root cause of their physical illnesses (chronic pain, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, etc.). When inflammation is high, physical, mental, and emotional problems surface. In fact, both depression and anxiety have been linked to inflammation in some research studies.
One potent way to reduce inflammation is through diet. The food you eat can reduce or trigger inflammation. Choosing foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties, as well as those that support efficient digestion, is a critical piece of the puzzle for many of my clients, who don’t realize what they think is ‘healthy’ is actually inflammatory.
As a transition into Spring, give your body an opportunity to reduce inflammation! Add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet such as:
- Water (hydration is important!) and green tea
- Fruits: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries- 3-4 servings per day
- Veggies: dark leafy greens like spinach, collards, and kale or broccoli and brussel sprouts–have 4-5 services per day!
- Beans and legumes: lentil, chickpeas, or black beans are fantastic (1-2 servings)
- Healthy fats: walnuts, avocados, pumpkin seeds (5-7 servings)
- Spices: Turmeric and ginger (as much as possible)
These are just a few suggestions. Add one of these anti-inflammatory foods to your menu each day as we get closer to Spring. Simultaneously begin to remove foods that tend to be inflammatory such as fried foods, saturated fat, sugar, dairy, processed meat, red meat, and wheat gluten.
If you need support in changing your diet, reach out to me for one of my free mini-sessions. You can schedule one here.