For this post, we will discuss the anti-inflammatory diet: meals, recipes and ideas for beginners, picky eaters and kids! This lifestyle can be beneficial for those with IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromylagia, endometriosis, PCOS, and general chronic pain. Please discuss any diet or exercise changes with your doctor or a registered dietitian.
If you’re looking for more help with following an Anti-Inflammatory Diet, check out my course on Anti-Inflammatory Meal Planning!
- What is the anti-inflammatory diet?
- Food Science & Me: The Bottom Line
- What if the anti-inflammatory diet doesn’t work for me? What are some alternatives?
- Inflammation FIGHTING Foods
- Inflammation CAUSING Foods
- Tips for Beginning an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
- Anti-Inflammatory Meals for the Whole Family
- More about my chronic pain journey
- Tips for Picky Eaters
After battling with chronic pain in my joints and endometriosis for several years, going from doctor to doctor, medication to medication, I turned to more natural methods in a desperate attempt to control my pain. Today, I am healthier and more functional than I have been in 8 years through a combination of eating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercising regularly (even when I’m in pain!), and finding the right medication balance for me. This is just my personal experience, but it has made such a difference in my own life that I believe it can help others, too!
Don’t forget to download the Anti-inflammatory “Eat This Not That” List – you can post it on your fridge or use it for meal planning to help you get started with your inflammation-fighting meals.
I’ve spent a lot of time searching Pinterest for anti-inflammatory foods that I could consistently eat AND feed my family at the same time. It was tough to find! Most of the recipes I found were inaccessible, difficult to make on a regular basis or just wouldn’t appease my picky eaters. However, over the past several months I’ve accrued a collection of some of my favorite anti-inflammatory recipes and wanted to share them with you!
What is the anti-inflammatory diet?
First of all, “the” anti-inflammatory diet is not a diet plan. It is a lifestyle and way of eating. I don’t like calling it a “diet” – I call it my eating regimen.
The point of an anti-inflammatory regimen is to cut out inflammation-causing foods and incorporate as many inflammation-fighting foods as possible. These foods are high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols – which are protective compounds found in plants.
Since different people will respond differently to various foods, the anti-inflammatory diet will look a little different from individual to individual.
Generally speaking, there is not “one way” to do an anti-inflammatory diet. Yes, you should absolutely cut out red meat, sugar and processed foods and then focus on foods that will reduce inflammation in YOUR body. What that will look like for each individual person is a little different.
One example: I am allergic to apples. Apples have lots of anti-inflammatory properties, but in my own body, they cause inflammation.
Does gluten cause inflammation?
Yes and no.