Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What I Ate, Part 1

I'm just a girl trying to master the Anti-Inflammatory diet. I am not an expert. I don't always know what I'm doing (examples ahead), but I'm really trying! And have been trying since last December. 

It's been a slow learning process, folks.

What I know about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet is all based on this special food pyramid from Dr. Weil:

So I try to eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits, nuts, healthy fats, fish, and beans; limit chicken, dairy, flour, sugar, and soy to only a few servings a week; avoid processed crap, peanut butter, and fatty meats. I could be a little off in my interpretation, but that's what I've been aiming for. 

I'm finally feeling like I have the hang of things, sorta, so I thought it'd be fun to start a Things I Ate Today on the Anti-Inflamm Diet series. Don't worry, I'm not going to do this often. I don't want to spam you with diet food porn. No, no. But I think it'll be fun to chat about how I think I'm doing and how you think I'm doing every once in a while. 

Plus, maybe I'll inspire someone who's on the fence about the Anti-Inflamm Diet to give it a try. I sure needed inspiration when I started. I bet something like this would have helped. It's really not as bad as I thought it would be, especially now that I have the hang of it. And it has me feeling much healthier these days, plus it's supposed to help with some of the infertility stuff. Win!

Here's what I ate last Wednesday. And yes, I ended up making healthier choices because I knew you'd all see it later. Thanks for that. :)

Water, water, water all day long.

Whole wheat waffle with almond butter and a drizzle of honey

Deviled eggs (leftover from a work birthday party the previous day)

The biggest, colorfulest serving of fruit salad you ever did see: blueberries, strawberries, oranges, grapes, kiwis

I ate waaaaay too light a lunch to make it to dinner without snacking. So the list of snacks was long this day. I often enjoy a lunch that's comprised of a bunch of (healthy) snacks that I spread out through the afternoon. But that wasn't my plan this day. I was going to try to make it through with that giant fruit salad. Doy. That didn't work. So instead, I hyper-snacked...

2 pickles

Handfuls of smokehouse almonds (They taste like bacon! But I later found out they have lots of icky preservatives in them. Should have read the label first. Boo.)

More deviled eggs
A big slice of watermelon


Green beans tossed in olive oil and salt, baked in the oven
Spinach salad with strawberries, scallions, and walnuts + sweet vinegar and olive oil dressing

Well, there you have it! I'm feeling all sorts of vulnerable right now sharing this stuff with you! Eee! Daily food intake feels kinda personal and private, ya know? But I think it'll be worth to share. Especially if you can help me make positive changes for the future. :)

How do you think I did?


  1. I think you did great! And I totally agree daily food intake brings about a sense of vulnerability. I made big changes to my diet last year - just coming up on the anniversary of them this month - so I'm speaking to you from the future about how much better you'll feel for having made this effort. I definitely digest things differently now. That said, I had to do a bit more stringent of a diet than JUST anti-inflammatory. I cut out gluten and dairy too (because of endo). As tough as I thought it was going to be... it has surprised me at how this Italian girl has managed it with relative ease.

    A few of us started an anti-inflammatory diet accountability group on facebook recently. You're welcome to join us if you want! It's mostly recommendations to others on recipes or food combinations we tried that were yummy, and less a food porn group like so many other groups already have COMPLETELY covered. :)

    1. Thank you for this feedback! I'm impressed by your positivity around being GF and DF now!! You go, girl!! I have endo too, so I should probably cut them out, but for now, just trying to cut back on them feels like a step in the right direction. :)

      I'm definitely part of the group already. Love being there and love all the support!

    2. What is the name of your facebook group please.

  2. Gosh..your anti-inflammatory diet sounds great! I just tried almond butter...not impressed. I need to be on this diet too but just find it too hard to stick to it. Good luck!

    1. It's definitely hard to stick to! I've found that baby steps help. I just tried to ease myself into it over the course of several months. I still fall off the wagon from time to time (like last week during our trip to NYC... oops!), but I feel like I've got the hang of it now, when I want to. It took me a while to like almond butter. I missed peanut butter so much the first few months. I crave it here and there now, but I'm liking almond butter more and more, so that makes it easier. Have you tried cashew butter? I think I'm going to get that next!

  3. Wow. That diet looks intense! I hope it is helpful.

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I had never heard of it, but was nominated recently. The details are on this post:

    1. Thanks, Davy!!! That is so sweet. :) :) :)

      I'm going to do a post to answer your questions soon!! How fun! Thank you!!

  4. Way to be awesome. I didn't realize you have been so dedicated for so long, your efforts are amazing!!!

    1. Gee, thanks!! I'm blushing. Seriously, I've been trying since the end of last year, but I've really only gotten the hang of it this past month. Baby steps, ya know? :) Thanks for the encouragement!

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