On March 1st, we begin our 5th annual March Against Inflammation Challenge.
It is actually quite simple: during the month of March, participants eliminate the three greatest dietary sources of inflammation from our diets: sugar, dairy, and gluten.
The challenge is that this involves overcoming a few habits and cravings.
Over the years, the feedback from participants has been inspiring and wide ranging, such as:
- Improved energy levels;
- Improved stamina;
- Better mental clarity;
- Lessened joint and muscle pain;
- Weight loss;
- Improved sleep;
- Elimination of under-eye “dark circles”;
- Reduced desire for caffeine;
- And so on.
The reduction in caffeine use is intriguing, and one that we have noted also. As we eliminated sugar, dairy, and gluten, we achieved a far more ideal balance in our daily food intake of 80-90% of vegetables and fruit. And this has a clear “ripple effect” as eating better has given us better energy and stamina, which has reduced intake of green tea or other stimulants, which in turn has lead to better sleep, which in turn leads to less of a need for a caffeine boost, and so on. In other words, this suggests that we were previously under-nourished rather than under-caffeinated.
The Challenge is also rightly named in that it requires more effort and planning than a “lazy man's” diet that is chalk full of "processed" and "convenience" foods, many of which trigger inflammation. But the extra work yielded some great, whole food cuisine, for example:
- Roasted Salmon w/ Cumin; Asparagus w/ mustard Sauce;
- Egg & Potato Spanish Tortilla;
- Thai Coconut Chicken atop a bed of Quinoa;
- Olive, Red Pepper & Caper Tapenade;
- Roasted Red Peppers w/ Balsamic Reduction;
- And so on.
For lifestyle-required convenience we are turning to plenty of fresh raw vegetables and fruit, which beats “processed convenience” any day. Deprivation? What deprivation? This is truly a sustainable approach to smart daily dietary choices.
So why is this straightforward change of eliminating these three dietary triggers having such a profound effect on participants? This applies to everyone, but with a particular emphasis on those of us who are rebuilding and reclaiming our post cancer diagnosis health and quality of life since the greatest risk of active cancer cells is metastasis, which means the systemic spread of disease. A main contributor to cancer cell growth and proliferation is inflammation. As Dr. Geo and other experts like to point out, genetic damage is the match that lights the fire, but inflammation is the fuel that feeds it.
So we encourage everyone interested in boosting their body’s innate ability to be healthy and to ward off disease to be smart in your daily choices. Avoid or reduce pro-inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy and gluten. Instead turn to anti-inflammatory foods. And if you want to complement your dietary efforts, perhaps consider smart supplementation options such as Inflammatone and Vitamin D Synergy.
For more detailed information on inflammation, please see:
In closing, for those of you joining us on The Challenge, congratulations on making this investment in your health, wellbeing, and quality of life. You will be noticing an impressive return on your investment. If you drop me a not in early April that shares your experience during The Challenge, I'll not just respond but will send you "a little something" from us here at XY Wellness.
All the Best,David