We truly believe that you can manage your health naturally with the guidance of a team of experts who practice an integrative nutritional approach. And as such, we are passionate about finding and supporting individuals in all the various aspects of health and wellness who share our philosophy. So, as the perfect finale to our anti-inflammatory month, we are pleased to feature this guest blog from our friend and anti-inflammatory nutritionist Julie Daniluk, RHN.
How can diet affect the way our bodies heal inflammation?
Diet can have a huge impact. The food you eat will literally feed every cell of your body. If you eat foods filled with pesticides, herbicides, rancid fats, sugar, refined and artificial ingredients, your body will need to work hard to remove these toxins from your system. If you feed your body the nutrients it needs to heal and regenerate, it has a better chance of responding favourably.
Why do you recommend removing gluten while on an anti-inflammatory diet?
Gluten is a large, cumbersome protein that our bodies cannot digest completely. This leads to irritation of our intestinal lining, which causes inflammation. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly perceives Gliadin, (a portion of the protein found in the gluten of wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye, and oats) as a foreign invader and launches an inflammatory attack against the body. Modern wheat varieties grown in North America seem to have higher amounts of Gliadin and are often more irritating then traditional European varieties.
What are your favourite anti-inflammatory foods?
A few of my favourite anti-inflammatory foods include hemp hearts, fish oil, green leafy vegetables, berries and avocado. My book, Meals That Heal Inflammation, includes 120 gourmet recipes for people to incorporate into their diets. The Anti-Inflammatory Plan is quite simple but it does not need to be boring. Fresh ingredients are the key to health and great taste.
I am in the process of developing the Meals That Heal Quick Start Program that can help people jumpstart their anti-inflammatory program.
What are some of the medical conditions that can be helped with the anti-inflammatory diet?
Any condition that ends with ‘itis’ such as arthritis, bursitis, diverticulitis, etc., but really all diseases that have an inflammatory component to them. Inflammation is the first and natural response the body has to injury, irritation and imbalance. This is not a bad thing. It is when it becomes a chronic issue that it leads to serious ramifications.
How long will it take before someone with an inflammatory condition sees results?
Relief from inflammation varies from person to person but in general most people notice a difference within 6 weeks. Some people feel the difference very quickly while others need time to find the combination of foods that is right for them. In some cases physical and emotional therapy is needed to help long-standing inflammation. In the case of an injury, the body may require months of regeneration and therapy. In this case an Anti-Inflammatory Plan can help the process.
Can the anti-inflammatory diet help children with obesity?
The Anti-Inflammatory Plan is renowned for helping people lose weight. When your body is inflamed it carries extra water to help protect the cells from the inflammation.
I find that parents who model the behavior of healthy eating have a much easier time encouraging their children to eat well. One of the biggest ways to help a child embrace healthy food is to involve them in the process of shopping, growing and/or cooking. When a person (at any age) can take ownership of a process, they are more likely to comply.
Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts The Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first book, Meals that Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Check out more amazing recipes and nutrition tips at www.juliedaniluk.com
Check out Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Twitter @juliedaniluk