The Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan

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Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is one way to reduce inflammation in your body. We have a delicious family-friendly Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan to help you!

Roasted salmon steak with asparagos broccoli carrot tomatoes radish green beans and peas. Fish meal with fresh vegetable.

What Does Inflammation Do In Our Bodies?

Inflammation might be responsible for more health problems in our country than we realize!  Research is showing cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, Alzheimer’s, asthma, eczema, (and of course anything ending with the term -itis) and much much more all have one, underlying cause: Inflammation!  Inflammation itself isn’t a bad thing. It’s our bodies natural way to respond to stress or foreign particles. The problem is when this response is chronic, our body gets damaged.

You may wonder what this has to do with children?  These chronic issues are usually the LAST symptom!  Inflammation begins long before disease or death.  And in the case of asthma and eczema, we all know many children are suffering from those while they are young.  In an upcoming PBS special, Brenda Watson makes the connection between our diet, our digestive system, and inflammation.  I found it super enlightening as of course, I’ve always believed our diet has the biggest impact on our health.

What foods contribute to inflammation?

  • SUGAR
  • Saturated Fats
  • Trans fats
  • Eating a diet high in omega-6 and low in omega-3 is associated with increasing levels of cytokines — proteins released from cells that trigger inflammation (source)
  • Processed foods
  • Refined grains

What foods help decrease inflammation?

Dr. Weil has a good list.

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Beans

Whether you decide controlling inflammation is the way to better health, or not, you would have to agree, that decreasing the foods that we believe contribute to the problem, and increasing the healing foods, is definitely a good thing!

One Week Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan

This meal plan includes all of the links for each recipe. If you would like to print this, scroll down for the printable version!

BreakfastLunchSnackDinner
MonStrawberry
Banana
Steel Cut Oats
Hummus and
Chicken Wraps
Apple
Chips
Salmon, Roasted Sweet Potato,
Green Beans
Tues Salmon Frittata Fruity RiceCitrus Salad
with
Greek Yogurt
Asian Vegetable Salad
WedCheesy
Spinach Bites
Chef SaladTrail MixGreek Stuffed
Tomatoes with
Rice Filling
Thurs Strawberry
Spinach
Smoothie
Tuna Salad
Sandwich
Cottage Cheese +
Salsa on Crackers
Tuscan White
Bean Stew
FriSteel Cut Oats + BerriesVeggie Wrap
with
Hummus
Almonds +
Craisins
Rosemary
Chicken with
Roasted
Vegetables

FREE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PRINTABLE MEAL PLAN

free printable of anti-inflammatory meal plan

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Hi Amy- this is definitely food for thought! (no pun intended… I swear!)

I’ve been a firm believer for some time that there should be no leeway in a child’s diet- if we think its bad for us, why should we give it to our kids?

I think that a healthy diet such as the one describe here, and staying away from processed foods is without a doubt the BEST way to keep children fit, healthy, smart and happy.

Thanks again for the informative post Amy!

Fighting inflammation is definitely a factor for good health. We use tons of garlic and ginger. My wife’s 70-something father is a farmer and drinks ginger tea every morning.

So you know children that actually eat this. Stuffed tomatoes! ?
Strawberries and spinach smoothy for a kids breakfast. Wow!they wont love that. Not only are they in need of this diet, but wont try this. Its yucky. What is there that real children will enjoy?!

I recently been diagnosed with sweet syndrome and looking for an anti-inflammatory diet. I am confused as some sites say no eggs and others have eggs. Also some say no nightshade veggies, while your recipes look good they still include these. Not sure what to eat

Hi June, thanks for reaching out. I’m not familiar with the details of your diagnosis so I can’t comment on that specifically. But we believe that a balanced diet of minimally processed foods and plenty of fruit and vegetables is the best way to support your overall health. From our perspective, eggs and nightshade veggies are part of a nutritious diet. But if you have questions about specific ingredients, please do take them to your doctor.

I would say sugar and processed foods make 80% of inflammatory foods. I changed my diet in last few years, trying to consume more fresh vegetables and fruits, also I made green tea my number 1 drink to help me add more antioxidants in my body.

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