Lose Weight Without Dieting, Using Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods
Have you heard the news? It has now been confirmed that dieting doesn’t work and is best avoided. Professor of Psychology, Traci Mann, and her research team at UCLA recently did an exhaustive review of dietary interventions and concluded that calorie restriction only garnered short-term weight loss, with up to 66% of dieters gaining back more weight than when they started the diet. Although going on a diet may sound like a good idea at first, the trouble is that it ends. That is, there is a fixed moment when the “healthy” eating stops and the “regular” or old eating pattern resumes.
Ultimate freedom lies in letting go of the need to be a particular weight in the first place. Long-term weight balance is achieved by eating anti-inflammatory foods that influence your genes to reach your true “vitality weight.” Your “vitality weight” is not a number on a scale that fits nicely on a graph. It is the natural set point that your body is happiest and healthiest at, where hormonal balance and mental clarity is effortless. Chasing after the “Hollywood” look can actually foster an imbalance on many levels, stressing you out and creating havoc with your mood, sex hormones, and mental well-being.
The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease, and 25% of Canadians are now considered obese. This alone will cost taxpayers $4.3 billion a year in health care. Instead of assuming that obesity is an issue of will power, scientists are now realizing that obesity is a symptom of inflammation. Similar to arthritis, bursitis and colitis, obesity has a root cause that must be addressed before healing can occur.
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury, infection, irritation or imbalance, causing symptoms of redness, soreness, heat, swelling or loss of function. When any four of these factors persist, the affected tissues cannot be properly healed and regenerated. We must resolve the infection, remove the irritation, and correct the hormonal imbalance in order to reduce the destruction of cells. That is where the anti-inflammatory foods can shine!
In the following pages we will focus on a rainbow of fruit and vegetables that provide phytonutrients as well as essential fatty acids and amino acids that are plentiful in seeds and seafood. These foods allow us to quench the flames of inflammation and turn on cell repair.
Tools for Turning Off Inflammation
The great news is that you never have to diet again to get the results you want. There are 4 major tools for turning off the fires of inflammation and switching on your fat burning engine. By focusing on foods that detoxify, balance blood sugar, and regenerate organ function you can revel in the freedom that comes from eating authentic food. Instead of restricting carbs or fats, you simply choose the healthiest versions of these important macronutrients.
Tool #1: Naturally detoxify excess estrogen by increasing your intake of cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.), along with fibre, hemp hearts, and B-vitamins (found in green vegetables and avocados). Eat bitter-tasting foods like dandelion and arugula to support the flow of bile and cleanse your liver. Eat fermented vegetables (sauerkraut) along with other fermented foods and drink to support healthy gut bacteria.
Tool #2: Decrease insulin and cortisol effects through re-balancing your blood sugar. By eliminating your personal food allergies and intolerances (e.g. gluten, grains and dairy), you can reduce the stress response that causes excessive weight gain. Replenish your nutrients with two low-sugar fruits and 10 vegetables a day. If you suffer from inflammatory bowel issues then purée vegetables to help the digestive system better handle the fibre.
Tool #3: Eat enough quality protein with sufficient amino acids to provide all the building blocks your liver needs to complete detoxification. Focus on proteins that have low allergy potential (ie. hemp hearts, chia, and pumpkin seeds) to avoid allergic reactions.
Tool #4: Supplements will speed up your healing journey. Include Vitamin D (2000-6000 IU daily), Probiotics (20-50 billion bacteria daily), and sustainable types of fish oil to decrease inflammation, protect against heart disease and cancer, and balance sex hormones.
Try these tasty recipes that are centred around anti-inflammatory eating principles and you’ll be surprised how great you feel!
Catch Julie Daniluk at her upcoming public lecture: Saturday, April 26 at the GREEN LIVING SHOW: “Recharge with Slimming Meals That Heal; Create Vitality Using Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods”; 3 – 4 pm. Available afterward at Ascenta booth 817 for questions and book signings. See page 67 in Vitality magazine’s April 2014 issue for more information, or visit: www.greenlivingonline.com/torontoshow