It’s getting hot in America and it is directly related to inflammatory conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and leaky gut syndrome! Mercola states that allergies, Alzheimer’s, anemia, congestive heart failure, stroke, multiple sclerosis, gall bladder disease and more are affected by inflammation. This ongoing slow burn can be aggravated by how we eat. According to the Inflammation Research Foundation, “heading to the green market” is advised if you want a way to control your internal fire. Whether you like to cook or not, there are kitchen activities that can turn down the heat and keep you healthy.
Purging– Clean out your fridge, pantry and cupboards. Eliminate foods that contribute to inflammation like highly-processed pre-packaged foods and those filled with added ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup. According to heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell, omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soybean, and sunflower drive inflammation. You must read ingredient labels. Sugar, salt and omega-6 oils are found in items like catsup, chips, crackers, salad dressings, and barbecue sauce. Too much omega-6 foods and you are turning up the inflammation.
Prepping – Use prep time to shop for, or make, healthy alternatives like salt-free herb mixes, spice rubs for lean proteins, homemade mayonnaise and salad dressings. Set aside time for grill nights where you cook protein in advance and package and store in your freezer and fridge. Have the right tools for the job available like salad spinners, a slow cooker, a grill, storage containers and whatever you need to make prep possible.
Preparing – To prepare your food, start with healthy recipes that use whole foods and non-inflammatory ingredients. Check out the recipes on our website (https://drthadgala.com). Also, give yourself enough time to marinate meats, chop vegetables or follow recipes thoroughly. Mentally prepare yourself for changes in your mealtime preparation and interactions with family members during meals. Find ways to make meal preparation enjoyable and something you can look forward to each day.
Spending time in your kitchen prepping and preparing healthy, homemade meals now could cool internal fire and ensure against future inflammation!