Female IQ’s Anti-Inflammatory Eating Challenge

This Week’s Challenge: Eat an anti-inflammatory diet for 5 days starting January 1st.

Note: Your energy during the week will be lower than normal. You might have headaches and/or crazy sugar cravings from withdrawal. That’s OK. Power through.

Why anti-inflammatory eating?

  1. By introducing a 12-hour no eating period between dinner and the following breakfast, you reduce the workload of digestion and give your body more energy and time to heal your joints and reduce pain.
  2. By rebuilding a healthy inner environment, acidity is lowered, intestinal flora is balanced and the intestinal wall rebuilds.
  3. By not consuming inflammatory foods, your energy will be enhanced and inflammation will be reduced.

Steps:

  1. Go through your kitchen and identify and remove packaged and processed foods and drinks that contain additives, preservatives and other hidden chemicals.
  2. Avoid:
    Alcohol
    Caffeine
    Dairy
    Gluten or other flour products
    Grains (white rice, brown rice and quinoa)
    Legumes (beans and hummus)
    Nightshades (tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplants and potatoes)
    Red meat
    Sugar
  3. Reduce acidity with such alkaline foods as:
    Broccoli
    Carrots
    Cauliflower
    Cucumbers
    Dandelions
    Kale
    Sea vegetables
    Spinach
    Spirulina
    Wheat Grass
  4. Practice “crowding out” by loading your plate with plant-based foods first.
  5. Avoid foods such as grapefruits that tend to suppress certain reactions
    in the liver detoxification function.
  6. Avoid foods that tend to have fungi on them such as peanuts.
  7. Avoid pesticide-laden crops and hormone/antibiotic-filled meat.
  8. Avoid the main sources of genetically modified foods such as soy, corn, wheat.

Shopping List:

  1. Anything green and organic such as spinach, broccoli, kale, celery, avocados and herbs
  2. Organic blueberries
  3. No sugar added rice, almond or coconut milk
  4. Brown rice
  5. Quinoa
  6. Salmon
  7. Organic Chicken
  8. Organic turkey
  9. Almond and almond butter
  10. Hazelnuts
  11. Sunflower seeds
  12. Walnuts
  13. Ghee
  14. Green and herbal tea
  15. Seasonings/condiments such as vinegar, sea salt, dried pepper, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, rosemary, turmeric, thyme, raw cacao, agave, and stevia
  16. Probiotic – 15+ billion

Sending U Good “Q”— Becca and Laura

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