This week in the Non-Diet Tribe Weekly FB Live we chatted about foods that promote healing and those that don’t do the body as much good. If you’d like to listen to the live video, join the tribe and listen to the full thing. If you’re not on FB or not really into videos, no fear, I’ve completed a little recap here.
We all know I’m all about promoting healing throughout the body and using foods as the main avenue for achieving this. We’ve spent the past couple of weeks really diving into the mindset and I’d love to dig a little bit into the foods that we’re eating and the impact they have on our body. I want to get into actions you can take by making small changes to your diet that can have a big impact on your health. So what are some of the biggest culprits that hinder our healing and what are the signs that your body is trying to heal something?
To start, I think it’s most important to understand the impact that these foods have on our body. Yes, ladies, we’re going to chat about inflammation. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the Heal From Within Masterclass digs a little bit deeper into this topic and it has a nice little workbook that goes along with it. If at the end of this you want some more deets, snag that instant download Masterclass.
Let’s clear a few things up, first. Inflammation isn’t inherently bad. It’s our bodies natural defense mechanism and for this reason – it’s AMAZING and a necessary tool for our bodies to fight disease, infections, you name it. What’s so amazing about our body is that it’s a fascinating master of systems. They all work together in tandem to keep our body as healthy as possible and to optimize functionality.
We all want things working smoothly, right?
Inflammation is the body’s action when something throws it out of whack. And there are two different types of inflammation: acute and chronic.
When you think of acute inflammation, picture what happens when you get stung by a bee… redness develops, maybe even get swollen, and sometimes even itchy. These actions happen because of the bodies amazing little cytokines that are released by the injured/infected cells to help heal. I told you our body was amazing, right?!
The other type of inflammation is chronic (aka long-term inflammation). This can happen over the course of months and even years and it’s the result of a failure to remove the trigger.
Some of the major signs and symptoms that your body is suffering from chronic inflammation are:
- Excess stomach weight
- Autoimmune diseases
- Digestive distress – gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
- Type II Diabetes
- Eczema, rashes, acne
- Swollen, puffiness of your body and face
- Joint pain
Now, let’s clarify something before we move on. There are a lot of underlying reasons between each of the above signs and symptoms and if you’re suffering from any of the above, you should seek out medical advice from a certified practitioner.
What we’re going to get into here are ways we can help the body along the healing process rather than hinder it.
Things you can do alongside the advice of your medical professional. Ultimately, what we want is to aid the body in reducing inflammation caused by triggers that we may be accidentally consuming that is contributing to our underlying signs and symptoms.
So, what are the major foods? Let’s dig in 🙂
- Sugar (refined)
- Trans Fats
- Corn & Soybean Oil (highly processed)
- Pasteurized dairy
- Refined Carbohydrates (white bread, rice, etc.)
- Conventionally raised meats (deli meat treated with nitrates and sulfates, dyes, and meat treated with hormones, and fed a diet outside of the animal’s natural eating patterns)
- Highly Processed Foods
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Artificial Sweeteners (yes, diet sodas, ladies!)
I’m not going to dig into each one here, but if you want to learn more, please check out the Heal From Within Masterclass it goes way more in-depth into lifestyle factors that play a role and even includes a workbook with recipes and a grocery list for foods that promote healing.
But, I wouldn’t be doing anyone any favors if I didn’t break into at least one of these and how it impacts inflammation throughout the body. That big one is SUGAR.
I can’t with good conscious send you all into the holiday season unarmed with this information.
What makes sugar particularly a big kahuna in causing inflammation is that it increases our blood sugar levels at a rapid rate. When we increase our blood sugar, it generates MORE free radicals throughout the body. And… the more free radicals we have in our body without antioxidants to help scoop them up… it stimulates the immune system and response, thus causing inflammation.
Have I confused you? I hope not.
Are you worried about eating fruit? Don’t be. And I’ll explain why.
Mother Nature is equally as amazing as our body. And in the most incredible way, they work in tandem. It’s truly magical.
When we find sugar in nature it’s packaged in ways that help ward off this immune response. When you eat a piece of fruit, it has fiber in it. When there’s fiber present, it slows down the release of the glucose into the bloodstream, thus not increasing free radicals. AMAZING, right?! Another thing about eating a piece of fruit vs. having refined sugar… they are PACKED with antioxidants. And what do antioxidants do you may ask? They scoop up free radicals! So, right there in that little strawberry, banana, pineapple are all the mechanisms for you to healthfully enjoy that fruit without causing inflammation.
If you can walk away with one thing from this post is to understand that the foods we eat have a BIG impact on our health and we have the choice to actively choose foods that promote healing or unfortunately don’t.
But what’s so amazing about this new information is that we now have the knowledge to make small changes. It doesn’t have to be grandiose to have a big impact. I’m not going to tell you that I never eat these foods above. I do. Not often, but I do. It’s about having some new knowledge so you can actively make decisions regarding your health with all of the information laid out there for you.