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“Inflammation” is one of those health words that gets thrown around a lot… but do we really know what it means? We know when something is ‘inflamed’ - it swells up, turns red… DEFINITELY not a good thing, and we need to find out how to get rid of it…
But the rest? Still a bit mysterious.
What IS Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defend itself from infection, illness or injury. Think of when you have a cut - the swelling and pain is how our bodies work to fight infections, germs, toxins or other causes. But when inflammation becomes chronic, it can lead to a lot of health problems.
Introducing The Anti-Inflammatory Diet, with a Mediterranean twist!
My baked Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Garlic. For more healthy recipes get my Cookbook here.
An important way to reduce inflammation is through your diet. If my name ‘Sabri’ didn’t give it away, I come from a Mediterranean heritage (dad is Cypriot). My roots meant I've been eating Mediterranean food all my life.
Experts have long vouched for the Mediterranean diet as being one of the healthiest diets around, due especially to its consistent use of anti-inflammatory ingredients, like:
The crazy benefits of a Mediterranean diet include:
Certain foods cause more inflammation in the body than others, and you should try to reduce your intake of them. But I totally get it, sometimes when that craving hits it’s hard to say no!
Below i’ve listed down some great alternatives to common favourites that you can try to slowly incorporate into your diet:
It wasn't until I injured my knee in late 2018 that I personally encountered how POWERFUL this Mediterranean diet is in healing your body.
On my first ever ski trip, I had an accident which resulted in me rupturing my right knee’s medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). These are 2 of the 4 major knee ligaments that help stabilise your knee joint - in other words, I effed up my knee BAD.
A complete rupture in the ACL usually requires surgery - only 1-2% of ACL tears heal themselves.
I fell in this 1-2% category.
MRIs of my knee, where my ACL tear re-connected after 10 months of eating well and sticking to my rehab.Not discounting the fact that my baseline fitness level was good, and that I was strict with my rehab, I believe food played a HUGE role in this healing.
And now, I want to share the recipes I used to heal my own body with you.
Get The Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook: 38 Mediterranean Recipes For Healing Your Body Everyday here!
If you’re recovering from an injury, or even suffer seemingly everyday pains like headaches, poor sleep quality or inexplicable bloating, try out the Mediterranean diet for a couple of months!
How would you know if it works? If you’re feeling much better.Observe how you feel (do you feel a stomach ache? Constipated or bloated? Have dark circles? Or do you feel more energetic?). Everyone’s food triggers are different, but trying out an anti-inflammatory diet gets you on the right path of improving your quality of life.Love, Lilly x