Which Foods Should You Eat Every Week?

adaptogens boones estrogen food herbs menopause perimenopause Dec 30, 2021
menopause hormonal imbalances

As a nutritionist who has helped many women around the world with their healthy food choices, I’ve made some fabulous discoveries about certain foods, how to choose them, shop for them, and prepare them.

May I share a secret with you?

I found that for my own personal health and well-being and that of my clients, there is one group of foods that you need to include some of every day and definitely every week.

Do you know what that food group is?

 

One of the main goals of my job as a nutritionist is to help women make friends with their food.

For me personally and for my clients, that has meant foods that help us feel vibrant, confident, energized, balanced, and well overall.

Often those food choices also help with weight loss, thinning hair, mood swings, aches and pains, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, rashes, asthma, allergies, and other health issues. 

My personal experience and my research has shown that the type of foods that can help with all of these conditions and situations are anti-inflammatory foods.

What are anti-inflammatory foods?

How can they make you feel better physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?

When your immune system encounters something that is foreign, including certain foods such as processed and refined items full of chemicals, it triggers inflammation. When inflammation persists for days and weeks on end, it can result in chronic inflammation. 

It’s important to point out that chronic inflammation is involved in dozens of health issues, ranging from asthma and headaches to arthritis, heart disease, dementia, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, diarrhea, and more.

Are you ready to meet the anti-inflammatory foods that can help you manage and even overcome these inflammatory-related health problems?

Following an anti-inflammatory diet is not difficult because there are many foods from which to choose.

However, you may experience some resistance—either your own or from your family—when you initiate a non-inflammatory food approach. 

These are the foods you need to focus on a much as possible, as they are anti-inflammatory in nature.

At the same time, you need to avoid certain foods because they are known to trigger inflammation.

Foods you need to avoid or limit include:

Refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, pastries, and white pasta

French fries, onion rings, and other fried foods

Sweetened beverages, including soda

Shortening, lard, and margarine

Red meat and processed meat (e.g., sausage, salami, hot dogs)

Beans and legumes

Now let’s look at the list of foods on which you should focus. These foods may help eliminate estrogen from your body, fight inflammation, and assist in restoration of hormonal balance

  • Green leafy vegetables, such as collards, spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, and kale
  • Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts
  • Seeds such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds
  • Fatty fish such as tuna, sardines, salmon, and mackerel
  • Organic chicken and turkey
  • Fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges, apples, and cherries
  • Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
  • Root vegetables, such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and turnips
  • Plant-based beverages, teas (black, green, white, and herbal) and coconut water

I fill my plate with anti-inflammatory foods every day, and it has made such an incredible difference in my health.

Won’t you join me in giving your body the nutrition it deserves?

Be sure to visit other articles on anti-inflammatory foods on Divine Renewal as well as some of my favorite recipes and let me know how including these foods in your diet is changing your life!

Blessings