Anti-Inflammatory Eating Plan
If you read my prior post, you know that my appointment with my Naturopath went well. I felt heard and valued; she then suggested I adopt an anti-inflammatory eating plan. After a few weeks of dragging my feet, this cereal-eating, peanut butter-loving girl bought the book, The Healing Kitchen that she suggested.
The book arrived in the mail the day that I received a still warm from the oven loaf of bread from my friend Nina. I sat down at the kitchen table, opened the book, and as the butter melted onto my snack-sized slice of toast, I read that in order for the diet to work, I had to cut out dairy, grains, eggs, night-shade vegetables, legumes, nuts, sugar, and alcohol. I almost cried.
I am the girl who buys French bread at the grocery store and rips a hunk off to eat on the way home. I wasn't happy, and like a child, I put the book on my desk and ignored it. But, after I pouted for a few weeks and ate bread and cereal for almost every meal, I cracked open the book and planned my first week.
The first week was difficult because I had to shop, plan and prep, and because I wasn't used to it, it seemed like I spent hours trapped in the kitchen. I don't like my kitchen enough to spend hours in there. It wasn't the prepping and cooking that I disliked; it was the clean-up. UGH!
But it became easier, and I felt better.
So, let me outline the benefits of going on an anti-inflammatory eating plan for a short time.
*This is not a forever diet.
*It is not a diet to lose weight. This eating plan is designed to heal the gut and discover what foods you are sensitive to.
You discover what foods you have a sensitivity to.
Less gas and bloating.
The book provides shopping lists.
Weekly meal plans
Easy to follow recipes.
The recipes are full of fruits and vegtables=the vitamins that our bodies need.
The book includes desserts, snacks, and drink recipes.
Decreased joint pain.
Plantain Chips are delicious and crunchy.
You can't eat your favorite foods for a short time.
Coconut oil is the main cooking oil. I like the taste, but some do not.
The process of adding foods back into one's diet is slow.
There are 175+ recipes in the book, but my taste buds are bored. I need to find new recipes.
You can't grab premade meals at the grocery store.
There is a learning curve.