Inflammation is a sign your body is fighting and cells are stressed. Chronic inflammation is likely be related to your lifestyle. Take time to reflect on your choices and you will find clues to help you reduce inflammation in your stomach and around your joints. It could be overtraining…
I’ve designed a Nutrition Cheat Sheet for you. It’s not specifically a “gut inflammation reducing diet plan”. But it will push you to remove certain inflammatory foods from your diet to reduce inflammation. You will also need to add more anti-inflammatory foods to your fridge.
Taking care of your own body, the Temple of God’s Spirit should be your number one priority if you want to show up in this world as confident and strong. Each and every one of us are leaders to someone who looks up to us. We have a responsibility to show them how to be healthy.
Think about ancient tribes who passed wisdom about medicinal plants on to the next generation. If they lost that knowledge they would have to re-discover everything and that could take years of suffering. Making sure you pass your wisdom on. It’s vital for our survival.
As it’s written, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6
Reduce Inflammation Causing Foods
If you feel tired, heavy, and uncomfortable most of the time, then it’s time to act. Chronic inflammation creates the perfect environment for diseases like cancer to develop, and it makes you feel depressed.
Reduce/Remove refined carbohydrates like biscuits, breads, pies, muffins, donuts, chocolates, soft drinks and fruit juices. Processed foods like breakfast cereals, cured meats, potato chips, and peanut butter.
Just think about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Can man improve what God deemed as good? Sickness is brought on by our own ignorance and the desire to have power to rule over nature.
Increase Inflammation Reducing Foods
Nature provides the best inflammation reducing foods. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish like salmon, poultry, eggs, water, water, and more water. I cannot stress this enough. Milk, cheese, butter, nuts, seeds, nut butters, and cooking oils (even olive oil) should still be used in moderation as they are calorie dense.
More than 66% of our population is at risk of developing a lifestyle-related disease like cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and obesity. People know what’s good for them, but the flesh is weak, or is it?
If you have been feeding your flesh on the whim or every desire it will be the one calling the shots, and it will be hard for you to do what you know is good for you. Spiritually you need to gain strength to say NO.
That is why Jesus Christ says we must crucify the flesh, fast and pray, and ultimately rule over the flesh. Following my inflammation reducing diet plan is not difficult once you come into agreement with me.
Symptoms: Inflammation in the Colon
It’s great to know all of the right things to do to reduce inflammation in the colon, but what if you have a flare up and you need to know what to eat to reduce the inflammation within 24 hours. The trick is not to eat if at all possible, as fasting for 24 hours can give your digestive system sufficient time to heal itself.
If however for any possible reason you cannot fast, then it’s best to choose watermelon, mashed potatoes (no skin, no milk, no additives), squash puree, and pumpkin. You can eat fish or chicken (choose white meat) and cut your normal portion sizes by half. Protein is a hard macronutrient to break down for the stomach.
Fasting will give you many natural healing benefits, and that’s why we promote the Biblical intermittent fasting principles taught by Jesus Christ. If you are struggling with your sweet tooth and it’s keeping you stuck in place, then please consider fasting as a tool whereby you can regain control. Weaken the flesh.
Symptoms: Inflammation of Joints
Inflamed joints could be due to dietary choices and sitting all day. However, it’s not so black and white, even healthy athletes can experience joint inflammation. Running, jumping, and landing hard can cause inflammation in and around the joints. There are dietary supplements we can use to support recovery.
You can supplement with omega 3 fish oil. High doses can lubricate the joints and reduce inflammation. Turmeric is also a spice that can be added to your pantry that has been shown to reduce inflammation. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is also VERY important for strong and healthy bones and muscles.
If you have symptoms of inflammation around your joints, then it’s best to reduce the amount of exercise you do to focus on bringing the inflammation down before you try to push your body again. Inflammation warns you that you need rest and recovery. Support yourself with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
My Inflammation Reducing Diet Plan
Prepare heart warming meals with the best meats (trim visible fat), potatoes, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, split peas, herbs and spices, salt and pepper, and a big glass of wine. Life is to be celebrated as a gift from God and we can thank Him by honoring Him with what He freely provides. Use everything in moderation.
“Starting the day fasted will reduce inflammation in the body as your digestive system will be rested. Reduce or actually, eliminate all inflammation causing foods early in the day. Don’t start the day with coffee, sugar, or porridge. This will trigger flare ups and leave you feeling tired and lethargic by 10am.”
“Opt for a basic breakfast with eggs, grilled mushrooms, and chopped baby spinach with salt and H2O. Researchers have found that eating eggs for breakfast caused people to consume less calories overall. Ketogenic diets have seen an increase in popularity for this reason. People are feeling more satiated.”
“Having a healthy chicken salad for lunch (or leftovers) can be a life safer. If you want to feel good by 5pm you will need to stay on your feet and graze. When we eat big meals (large amounts of sugar) the body will temporarily feel high, but soon you will go into rest mode as the insulin draws sugar from the bloodstream.”
Cooking is an act of love. Enjoying something sweet with your beloved. Be intimate with her and with God. Apply some self-control and limit the man-made counterfeits. Your body is designed to detoxify, cleanse, and heal from within if you give it some time. If you feel unsure please download this free resource (PDF).
P.S. Be the Blessing.