1. Exchange your fats:
- Eat nuts (especially walnuts are rich in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids) versus cheese -- whether as a snack or on top of your salad -- so you trade a healthier anti-inflammatory fat versus the animal fat in cheese.
- Make delicious organic fruits and veggies part of every eating occasion -- from tomato sauce to sweet potatoes to peas to kale and spinach and berries -- create colorful eating occasions and when you choose organic you get a) more antioxidants and b) fewer toxins -- the former which helps address the byproduct of inflammation (oxidation) and the latter which can trigger the negative effects of inflammation (i.e. chronic disease).
- Added sugar creates glycation (a stickiness which occurs when sugar meets proteins) and this glycation deforms proteins -- deformed proteins can trigger disease.
- Use fruit versus sugar -- I make "iced tea" using white tea and frozen organic blueberries -- an anti-inflammatory cocktail if you will; or make "apple pie" -- baked organic apples with cinnamon, and crumbled walnuts -- yum! or your own Omega 3 chocolate truffles with nut butter, cocoa (100%), cinnamon or other spices, and raw honey.
- Mother Nature gave us every flavor we need -- whether its uber-anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric or spices like cinnamon, basil, and cardamom which help regulate digestion and metabolism.
- Modern food processing has given us artificial flavorings which the body doesn't recognize, irritates our systems, and increase risk of inflammation.