March 13, 2015


P1040616 (2)Inflammation is one of the biggest causes of illnesses, diseases, and joint and muscular aches and pains, and whilst stress, lack of exercises, and certain environmental exposures have a large impact, so too does our diet. By eating foods that are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body (and avoiding those known to cause inflammation) you can help to reduce your chances of certain illnesses, digestive issues, and a general state of unwell.


Today I want to introduce you to a list of anti-inflammatory foods (and a list of inflammatory foods) that you can begin to add more of (and less of for the inflammatory ones) to your diet.


Top anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet: 

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Basil, Rosemary, thyme
  • Cinnamon
  • Oily fish (& the addition of wild fish oil daily)
  • Healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds (& nut butters: think almonds, walnuts, hemp, flax and chia seeds)
  • Low gi fruits such as berries, apples, pears, cherries, plums, red grapes, grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, and peaches.
  • More vegetables (the darker the better, and also red orange and yellow colored veggies are especially helpful due to higher anti-oxidant levels)
  • Beans: such as chickpeas, lentils, black beans and kidney beans
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Onions
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Squashes
  • Sea vegetables (nori and kelp)
  • Cruciferous veggies: think broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and bok choy
  • Cabbage (especially sauerkraut which you can easily make at home)
  • Cacao products (WIN real Chocolate makes the list!)
  • Dark leafy greens: think silverbeet, chard, spinach, and kale
  • Mushrooms
  • And of course drink good quality water filtered where possible)


Top Inflammatory foods to avoid include:

  • Soft drinks
  • Junk food
  • Processed foods
  • Frozen convenience foods
  • Grains and bread (opt for buckwheat bread and use quinoa {also comes in flake form similar to a rolled oat} in place of rice and oats)
  • Decrease the amount of animal products except for oily fish
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Nasty oils: think sunflower oil, margarine, safflower oil, mixed vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oils
  • Alcohol (instead opt for red wine)


Want help creating meals that are anti-inflammatory? Grab this to sort you out and get all your food cravings, desires, and needs sorted (think desserts, sauces, chips, and loads more guilty pleasures, but all of these are guilt free and good for your body!) or learn more about living an anti-inflammatory life here.

Had any benefits including more anti-inflammatory foods or got a question? Leave it below in the comments.


With Love,