Today I thought I would talk something that I tried out over the last month. Last year I was reviewing my YouTube channel, link here, and also what I wanted my goals to be this year. Since becoming fit, toned and healthy is a big one, I thought that I would try something to further that. I then had a light bulb moment and thought, why not try and find a challenge or food/drink thing to try every month, and report back to you how I get on! This would one, force me to do something to (hopefully) make a good difference to my life; two, give me the opportunity to tell you guys whether I feel that it works or not, thus saving you time; and three, create, again, hopefully interesting content for you all!
So, that all being said, today I am reviewing an anti-inflammatory diet and how it worked for me over the past month. Please don’t forget to check out the video at the end of this blog post!
There are quite a few reasons that I wanted to try this diet out:
I suffer from frequent headaches and chest pain (I suffer from costochondritis) and to be honest with you, I am so sick and tired of taking medicine! This was probably the biggest reason for trying this diet out as, if not taking medicine is an option, that would probably be one of the best outcomes of this whole ‘experiment’.
I normally take ibuprofen, paracetamol and co-codamol, however the co-codamol was prescribed by the doctor and I only take it when no other medicine is easing my chest pain killer. Because I take a lot of these medicines, ibuprofen in particular, I am really worried about the effects that taking these medicines can have on my body both now and in the future. Because for ibuprofen alone:
- The instructions say to NEVER take it on an empty stomach as it destroys the stomach lining.
- My Nana told me recently that you cannot take it if you are over 70, therefore, it must be pretty strong (and I need to take it a lot).
- On a recent visit to the doctor, I was prescribed medicine to heal my stomach lining, because I mentioned I’d been taking ibuprofen.
So, knowing the above, I looked online and on Pinterest (although this sort of thing automatically goes into my feed as I like to investigate and save all things like that for the future), to see if there were any foods that have anti inflammatory properties. Sounds daft I know, but I also know that, for example, bananas and chocolate are really good for keeping your mood up… so why couldn’t food do the same for anti inflammatory?
After searching for a little while, I found one that said to do the following:
- Eat fresh food rather than processed or fast food.
- Eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible.
- Eat whole grains, reducing wheat flour (which I can’t have anyway).
- Reduce sugar, although I don’t think I was having that much sweet stuff anyway… although I do bake for a living… let’s put that to one side for the moment, hahaha.
- Try to include carbohydrates, fat and protein in each meal.
- Eat a handful of nuts each day, especially walnuts, cashews and almonds.
- Eat a variety of coloured vegetables and fruit.
- Eat berries, especially blackberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
- Eat oily fish two times a week.
- Drink pure water or drinks that are mostly water i.e. very diluted juice, tea and fruit teas.
The majority of the above also helped with the idea of living a healthier lifestyle anyway, so it was really a win-win! There were further instructions, link here, if you are interested, including:
- Calorie counting, but I didn’t want to follow this as I don’t like counting calories so it wouldn’t be a long term thing for me.
- Taking vitamins supplements, but I already take several everyday and I think that that is quite enough!
After looking at the information above in more detail and dissecting it all, I based my diet on:
- Eating a dish of fruit or vegetables for dinner (with a little protein thrown in i.e. turkey steaks, turkey sausages, salmon or tuna).
- As I also wanted to lose weight doing this I limited myself to eating all my carbohydrates before 2.00pm, and therefore, I didn’t include any in my evening meal where possible.
- I ate a handful of nuts a day.
- I made sure berries were included in the fruit dishes.
- I made sure I ate salmon, or other protein with vegetables.
- I ate salmon and tuna at least twice a week.
- I ate porridge for breakfast, most, if not all, mornings to get enough carbohydrates.
- I also ate pasta or rice at lunch to get my carbohydrates.
After a month of trying out the above, the results were:
- It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, my headaches and chest pain are still frequent.
- But now I believe that it depends on the reasons for the headaches and chest pain, i.e. if I have a bad night’s sleep or I lift something heavy, or a circumstance has caused the pain, the food won’t stop them.
However, this diet:
- Has trained me to eat more vegetables and fruit.
- Has helped me cut down on carbohydrates after 2 pm.
- Has helped me eat the correct portion size of carbohydrates.
- Is making me healthier.
Overall, although this ‘experiment’ didn’t work in the way I expected it to, I do think that it has helped make me healthier. I also think that it has trained my mindset, for example, when food shopping, I mainly stick to the fruit, vegetables and protein aisles and not much else… unless I am baking something. Finally, fingers crossed, I think that this diet has set a really good mindset for the rest of the year!
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, let me know what you thought of it! Let me know in the comments of anything you think I should try to reduce headaches or health all round. Also, let me know in the comments of any health and fitness challenges you think I should try out in the comments below!
Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…