Foods Causing Inflammation

I am on the lifelong journey of healing my gut…period. I’ve had irritable bowel syndrome most of my life, diagnosed at 16 years old, and every I step forward I take on my health and fitness journey IS ABOUT THIS!  When you are in your teens and 20’s its about losing weight and jean sizes, when you are in your 30’s its about FEELING Good inside and out!  Last year after having my second daughter I had a food sensitivity test done because I wanted someone to just TELL ME what foods are aggrevating my IBS, what foods should I eliminate?  Because for some odd reason its seems to change for me at different times in my life.(Now I’m learning that’s bc of my hormones changing – lovely)  Before I had my girls I could tell you what foods made me bloat, get digestion discomfort and just plain feel like junk. But after having 2 c-sections, I feel like my body is totally different and it responds to food differently too.  Well the food sensitivity test came back CLEAR – meaning I wasn’t allergic to ANYTHING!!!!!! WHAT!  Do you know how frustrating this was?!

Well around the same time I was diagnosed with overgrowth of candida, which is a yeast that grows inside all of us. A healthy amount is normal, an overgrowth causes irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, weight gain, brain fog, joint pain, chronic migraines, insane sugar cravings and MORE….you should look it up if any of these symptoms sound familiar to you!  How do you get it: overconsumption of sugar (maybe  a starbucks latte and blueberry muffin every morning you are pregnancy? idk?) ohhhh man thats painful to admit! But you can also get it from high periods of stress in your life, a round of antibiotics or even birth control. So its very common, but not so commonly talked about OR how to get rid of it.  So i’m sharing this with you bc at that time my IBS was out of control and I had to go on a prescription to kill off the yeast (bc the levels were so high) but I also had to REMOVE Sugar and Flour from my diet bc that is what the yeasts FEEDS off of!!!! And I’ll admit it was HARD!  But I did it!  Not only did i regain control of my ibs symptoms dropping way down but my inflammation in my body and joints dropped as well.

So these are some of the common HIGH INFLAMMATORY FOODS to look at in your diet. If you struggle with inflammation, chronic pain, joint pain, water retention, bloating and/or the struggle to lose weight – education is POWER 🙂

Sugar

Artificial Sweetners

Soy

Processed Foods

Alcohol

Grains

Dairy

Artificial Colors/Preservatives

Vegetable Oils

Gluten

Peanuts

Carbonated Beverages

Fried Foods

Processed Lunch Meat

I am currently in Chalene Johnson’s Diet Beta Test Group for the next 4 weeks learning A TON! I will be sharing the education and my own results to best help my audience as well 🙂  Stay tuned!!!

So my first step will be eliminating these foods from my diet for the next week to see which ones are aggravating me.

MY EAT CLEAN Grocery List

I’ve been on a MISSION for the past few years to really LEARN how to EAT CLEAN and get my Nutrition under control.  Its a learning process, but for me its about FEELING MY BEST!! Struggling w/ IBS for 20 years I have done a lot of research on what we are putting in our bodies, what’s healthy, what’s not healthy and why!  I’ve lost 17lbs but still on the journey to lose the next 5lbs…here’s a peak into my grocery list for the week!

I surround all of my meals around a LEAN PROTEIN source and then compliment with a complex CARB.  Right now I’m doing a 60 day Challenge Group so I am removing the carbs 1-2 meals a day for a short period of time.  I drink 2 shakes a day, supplement and drink tons of water!! Plus for the most part–I am Dairy & Wheat Free too!!  I don’t like to cook, that’s for sure!!! So for me I want to keep it SIMPLE!!

MESSAGE ME if you are interested in Joining My Next Challenge Group which is starting SOON…and be CONNECTED w/ the TOOLS to put it ALL Together!! Workout + Clean Eating + 1 Shake a day + Accountability = RESULTS!!

GROCERY LIST:
PROTEIN-

  • Egg Whites
  • Lean Ground Turkey
  • Starfish White Tuna in the pouch
  • Applegate Turkey (organic)
  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Chicken
  • Protein Shakes
  • Cottage Cheese (good for most people, but I’m on a dairy free diet)

Carbs-

  • Oatmeal
  • Eziekal Bread/Muffins/Wraps (this is the best however I still have to limit because w/ IBS we shouldn’t eat WHOLE WHEAT)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brown Rice (Uncle Ben’s in pouch)
  • Quinoa
  • Fruit

Other-

  • Rice Milk (for Protein/Shakeology Shakes)
  • Salsa for flavoring of Tuna, Egg Whites
  • Veggies – lots of them!! Broccolli, Green Beans, Spinach etc.
  • Salad
  • Water- individual bottles, gallons and large bottles for workouts

Supplements-

  • Shakeology – Chocolate & Greenberry for variety
  • Protein Shake – I drink 2 shakes a day!!!! (one of each)
  • Multivitamin Activit (if you are working out HARD you still need a multivitamin w/ Shakeology)
  • Biotin
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (aids in fat burning & digestion)
  • Fennel Tea and Peppermint Oil – for IBS and digestion
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Calcium/Magnesium (I’m on a dairy free diet so I still need to get the calcium in that I’m missing from milk, yogurt etc)

Seasonings to make your food taste good without the fat – garlic, olive oil spray, pepper etc.

I am a FREE Coach – Please connect with me if you need help w/ your Fitness or Nutrtion.  You can view more info on Shakeology, Activit Vitamins and Cal/Magnesium Supplements HERE

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING when you SURROUND yourself with LIKE MINDED PEOPLE!!!!!! Good Luck!

 

 

Sample of my Daily Eating: Week 3

This is my 3rd week of the P90X/Insanity Hybrid Workout and WOW is it kicking my booty!!!  The first week I was sooo bloated from the diet changes….The second week I was sooo sore from the workouts….The third week I’m starting to feel my metabolism change because I feel hungry, which can be a bit difficult but I know its because my body is starting to burn it up!!  I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I see lots of definition in my upper body, my hips are slimming down and I’m starting to get into the routine of this…

Here is a sample of my Daily Eating Plan:

I’m following a Portion Style Eating Program which is 6 small meals a day, every 3-4 hours.  **You can either count calories or portions, I’ve done both and find this to be much easier FOR ME….similar to the Body for Life Eating Program.  Each “meal” consists of 1 serving of protein, carb, veggies and 2 cups of water!!  I am COOKING!!!  I never cook, I hate it!!  But I know I have to in order to fuel my body properly and to feel truly “satisfied”.  I plan my week in advance every Sunday by picking out my meals/recipies, going to the grocery store and writing everything down for the week to take out the guesswork.  Might sound like a lot of work, but honestly it does save time and money in the long run…

9:00am Workout – 2 cups water

11:00 Egg White Omelet w/ Tomatoes & 2/3 cup. hashbrowns – 2 cups water & Activit Vitamins

1:00pm Tropical Tuna Sandwich (Tuna, crushed pineapple, light miracle whip) 2 slices bread grilled – 2 cups water

4:00pm Chocolate Shakeology w/ Fiber Boost – 2 cups water

7:00pm Salmon – Sweet Potato (small) – Broccoli – 2 cups water!!

9:00pm 1/2 protein bar (or cottage cheese/fruit) – 2 cups water

11:00pm Banana Protein Pudding (1 scoop vanilla protein, 8 oz soy milk, 2 TBL Banana Pudding Mix, 1/2 sliced banana as topping) – 2 cups WATER!!

***So these aren’t the exact times of the day but at least every 3-4 hours I eat!! Lots of WATER and nothing else!  Lots of PROTEIN and 2 Shakes a day!!!