Last week I told you about my little experiment to fall off my health wagon for Thanksgiving. I mentioned how my hip was sore the whole next day as a result and I received a few comments on how that is possible just from eating crappy one day? (PS- this is one experiment I won’t be repeating!)

First of all, think about it. Do you have sore joints? Achey back? Hips? When do your flare ups occur? These can actually be avoided if we treat our food as medicine. What you put into your body MATTERS!! Think about it- how could it not be so?

Also, consider that your coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and general ills are just symptoms of inflammation. They are not the sickness, but your body trying to deal with what you have dished out to it (so to speak). Avoid all this unpleasantness by simply eating the right foods. Sound simple. IT IS!!

What do you think causes dis-ease? Most diseases are caused by inflammation. When you overload on simple carbs (white breads, white rice, white pasta, etc) it results in an insulin spike which cause biochemical changes in your cells. Staying away from these high glycemic foods is one of the best ways to prevent inflammation. Complex carbs, on the other hand, are critical for good health. These include (but aren’t limited to) apples, asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kale, kiwi, other leafy greens, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, spinach and strawberries. Many of these will also give you that sugar fix you are craving, and you can avoid the super sugary processed foods and avoid inflammation.

What else causes inflammation? Stimulants (coffee), alcohol, chemical sweeteners (your ‘diet’ sodas), anything processed, and, as mentioned, anything that spikes your insulin levels (worth repeating- white rice, white pasta, white breads, pizza, cakes, pies, ice cream, pastries, candy, anything with added sugar).

My suggestion is to do a little experiment of your own. Pick a pre-determined amount of time (try no less than one month to see and feel results) and cut this stuff out of your life. Focus instead on veggies, brown rice, barley, lentils, beans, salads (no funky dressings! stick with basic oil and vinegar), organic meats, organic cheese, fruits, whole grain breads, oatmeal. Add in an Essential Fatty Acid supplement along with a cinnamon supplement (or just add cinnamon to your food). These are both amazing on cutting down the effects of inflammation. Simple.

Take  before pictures and make sure you get a good one of your face. Your skin will change dramatically, as all the crap in our regular diets make us puffy, red and wrinkly. Think about it, does your junky food really taste THAT good? Is it worth it?

I’ve given you some simple suggestions and basic info here. If you want to read more on this topic and dive a little deeper, check out:

http://www.wethechange.com/how-to-reduce-inflammation-in-the-body-and-why-you-need-to-do-this/

http://www.lowcarbmonthly.com/general-health/the-relationship-between-sugar-and-inflammation.html

http://www.groundfloorhealth.com/diabetes/sugar-intake-increases-inflammation-in-body/

It’s just one month. You can do ANYTHING for just one month!

SO, when is your start date?

Here’s to YOU and your long, healthy, HAPPY life!

Your Fitness Coach,

Miranda Zukowski