1. Sugar and Refined Starch
Eat foods containing sugar and refined starch spikes our blood sugar immediately. This includes eating sugar, white bread (really anything that is a white food), lactose, sucrose, fructose and more. Continuously eating foods high in sugar and refined starch our blood sugar responses by spiking and this can lead to blood sugar instability and inflammatory responses like headache, fatigue, crankiness, pain etc. A fun fact, it is believed that agave is a healthy sugar, but in reality, it is high in fructose, so it is sugar to avoid as well.
2. Cooking Oils
Oils that have long chain triglycerides, increase inflammatory response. Examples of such cooking oils are soy, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower, and they take longer for the body to break down. Instead cook with coconut oil. Coconut oil is amazing. It can be used use it on the skin, hair, with my foods, and I even blend a tablespoon in my juices. Coconut oil is packed with medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s). They are easier for the body to breakdown and research has shown that MCT’s can help prevent dementia and other aliments.
3. Trans Fat
Trans fat is found in any processed foods such as fast foods, fried foods, really anything that comes in a box. Avoid trans fat foods instead eat foods that are fresh, high in vitamins, nutrients and minerals like vegetables.
Milk is a common allergen that can cause acne, stomachaches, diarrhea, constipation and other inflammatory responses. We choose to drink milk when we want calcium, but a better choice is kale. Kale has more calcium than milk. It is has 90 grams per serving.
Many people have sensitivity issues to gluten. It is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grains species including barley and rye. These days there are many products that are “gluten-free.”