What is up with inflammation? I feel like it’s a new buzz word that everyone is using lately. Now, it might sound like I’m upset about that, but trust me, I’m not.
Inflammation is something that all of us have and it comes out in different forms. Some of us experience inflammation in the form of acne. Some of us in the of sinus issues. Some of us stomach bloating and even gas. For me, it mostly comes out as nasal congestion, acne, bloating and there are a few others. And these signs I’ve started to pay more attention to. Mainly because over the past few years, I’ve realized that a lot of what I put into my body is causing these issues.
Yes, I’m talking about the food we eat. America is such a fast-paced society that we’re aways on the go. Because of that, a lot of our food comes from fast food joints and quicker versions of the “real thing” because we don’t have time to cook anymore. I’m in this boat, so don’t feel like I’m casting a shadow on those of you reading this that feel like you have to stop at those restaurants. Trust me, I get it.
What I’ve realized over the past few years, though, is that prepping goes a very long way. That means prepping meals and snacks for the week so you’re not left stranded looking for food throughout your day. Prepping can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be that way. But where do you start? I say, start small.
If you’re out of the house only for the lunch meal, start there. Prep meals for 2-3 days in advance to get you through a few lunches during the week. Think of something easy that you can do a lot at the same time – chicken and vegetables, turkey burgers and a salad, greek yogurt and some berries. Try to have a protein, a good carbohydrate and a healthy fat. And don’t forget, you can use leftovers to prep too. We do that in our house regularly. Whatever is for dinner one night can be lunch the next. Make it easy on yourself.
Now that you know how to prep, what types of food do you prep? I just mentioned protein, a good carbohydrate and a healthy fat. These are your targets. You take it from there. Just try to avoid a few things like fried foods, overly processed foods and foods with ingredients that you don’t even know what they are. Here is a list of the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to help you get started.
Educating yourself is the best way to learn about how to heal yourself and ease things like inflammation. But starting is the most important part. You just might get rid of that inflammation and ease some of those aches and pains you have. 🙂