We are not the diet type (in the traditional sense of- "Oh, I am going on a diet to lose X amount of pounds by X date!!"). We believe in eating foods that support our body- emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes that means enjoying sweets and treats and decadent foods. Sometimes that means eating a raw, vegetable only meal. Sometime that means eating whole grains and nourishing, grounding foods. Sometimes we just need a good serving of protein. Sometimes we recommend that people go on anti-inflammatory diets for a month or a couple of months, in order to reduce inflammation in the body. There are many conditions and imbalances associated with inflammation, and some of them are not what you immediately would think to be linked to this agitation.
Inflammation is not just arthritis and heart disease. The body can have an inflammatory response to foods that are consumed- when there is any sort of slight sensativity to a food, the body can react. If foods are repeatedly eaten that you are sensative to, then chronic inflammation can occur. This can show up in the skin- with icky pimples and rashes, or it can cause congestion in the respiratory system, and it can even cause internal inflammation- which you might not be aware of for a while. You might just feel a little bit puffy or not quite your normal self. Pay attention to small changes in your physical body- it will always send you messages when you need to hear them.
What Can I Eat?
We know it can be really overwhelming when you hear the words- "It would be best for you to go on an anti-inflammatory diet." Yes, there is a long list of foods that are good to avoid- because their properties and components can trigger inflammation. But, there is also a long list of foods that you can totally enjoy and eat up! As with any healing process, we don't like to focus on the restriction and control- but instead- focus on the new, different, and exciting ways that we can support our bodies!
Butternut Squash, Arugula and Hummus Wrap
1 brown rice tortilla 1/2 cup arugula 1/3 cup sweet potato, cooked 2 Tbsp hummus 2 tsp tahini 2 tsp flaxseed oil hemp seeds (optional)
Directions: 1. Toast your rice wrap up to be nice and crunchy, if you prefer a crispy sort of breakfast. If you prefer a softer breakfast- just gently heat the tortilla for a few minutes. 2. Spread the tahini on your wrap. Spread the hummus on your wrap. 3. Place the sweet potato and arugula on top. 4. Pour the flaxseed oil over top. Sprinkle with hempseeds if desired!