Here is the scenario: You’re killing yourself by continually dieting and exercising. And nothing is happening. Maybe you’re waking up at the crack of dawn, rushing around all day between work, the kids, extracurriculars, and fitting in a workout, and there’s no time even to breathe deeply. The frustration you feel is rolling off you like a wave and makes you want to throw in the towel and go #netflixandchill until 1 a.m. with a giant plate of nachos and some drinks.
The reason the above scenario hasn’t been working is that there’s a shit storm going on inside of your body that you cannot see, and it’s driven by inflammation. Inflammation is how your immune system responds to attack germs and toxins. It releases cytokines to deal with perceived threats. Here the problem, however: We live in a modern world. The part of our body that developed to respond to saber-tooth tigers and velociraptors has not adapted. Instead, today’s top sources of inflammation are:
Each of these five things causes chronic inflammation in several ways. For this blog’s purposes, the focus will be on stress and food because they’re the worst offenders and relatively easy to correct.
Low-quality food creates stress in the body by triggering inflammation, which affects your mood and energy. Stressful work environments and lack of sleep elevate stress more and increase inflammation too! When you add tons of high-intensity exercise to the mix, the inflammation increases.
Considering the scenario outlined at the beginning of this blog, it’s no wonder you haven’t been able to lose the weight and keep it off. How can the vicious inflammation cycle end, thereby lowering the body’s stress load? With an anti-inflammatory diet. Naturally, lower the body’s inflammatory response by consuming a diet consisting of mostly:
Nuts/ Seeds/ Quality Oils
Whole Grains & Quality Starches
Quality, Unprocessed Proteins
Creating a balanced plate at three meals per day of anti-inflammatory foods will lower your body’s inflammatory response and help you start to shed those unwanted pounds! Aim for a quarter plate of quality protein, an eighth of a plate whole grains/ starches/ fruit, a half plate of vegetables, and an eighth plate of nuts, seeds, or healthy oil.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Yours In Imperfect Action,