The reason it is so tricky deciding what to eat on an anti-inflammatory diet is that there are several versions of it…..
Vegan version: no animal products at all, which can also include honey. In addition vegans also need to avoid substitute meat products as these can increase inflammation, as does glutinous wheat, spelt, kamut, barley and other grains. Soy products also need to be reduced/ removed due to their inflammatory effect.
Mediterranean version, includes some fish and chicken, lots of vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds and olive oil. Reduce the grains and avoid the red wine though, as it aggravates inflammatory conditions.
Paleo version, includes red meat, eggs, fish and chicken as well as more nuts and seeds. As meat is inflammatory, with this diet the volume of meat needs to be reduced from normal Paleo diets and some vegetarian meals should be included. It is also worth noting that the meat consumed should be from a bio, grass fed source which has much higher anti- inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids.
General non-specific, this includes a whole range of foods, focusing on anti- inflammatory properties, but is non-specific
All of these diets have differences but they share the fact they aid the problem of inflammation in our bodies. They all have shared guidelines which are really good things to remember:
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
Eat healthy fats
Make sure you have the right balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3
Eat enough protein
Look after your gut
Avoid refined sugar
Avoid processed foods
Drink plenty of water…8 glasses a day
Aim to keep your stress levels as low as you can
Get as much sleep as possible
Avoid any foods you have an intolerance with including checking with dairy products, nightshade vegetables and eggs in case they have an adverse effect on you.
Please note; I am not a doctor, and as such cannot give anyone medical advice on their condition. As a Holistic Therapist and Chef I can provide you with general information about diet, supplements and natural treatments. Please do your own homework when taking any supplements or changing your diet, and consult your medical practitioner to be sure you are safe, especially if you are taking any medication, have a medical condition, are pregnant or a nursing mother.