Thanksgiving was a feast! You ate and drank and possibly went back for a second helping of stuffing. Here are the anti-inflammatory foods you should focus on to de-bloat.
“Whole grains reduce fat and takes inches off your waist because they’re absorbed into the blood stream at a slow pace,” says weight loss expert Dr. Rachita Reddy, MD. Quinoa and other whole grains like barley, brown rice, bulgur and steel-cut oats are loaded with fiber that prevents inflammation and a sugar spike. No sugar spike means the sugar in your body isn’t stored as fat.
The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are healthy fats that directly inhibit inflammation. Reducing inflammation could raise your levels of serotonin - the hormone that helps you achieve restful sleep. Research shows that people who don’t sleep soundly are more likely to gain weight and also have difficulty shedding extra pounds. Salmon also provides you vitamin D. Studies show that low levels of vitamin D have been linked to retaining fat instead of burning fat.
Avocados are anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants. They are naturally high in unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, and many B vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium. “While the avocado is rich in healthy oils, it’s not as high in calories as people fear,” says Violet Santana, nutritionist and author of the new book, Operation Cleanse - 14 Day Detox to Reset Digestion and Weight Loss. Much of it is composed of water and fiber, and both help keep you feeling full. So starting the morning with an avocado helps you avoid hunger pitfalls later in the day.
Whether dried, fresh or frozen, tart cherries reign supreme. A recent study found they have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food". That’s a major endorsement. The key is in the mighty antioxidant compound that give tart cherries their red color. Have them as a snack, in smoothies, on top of yogurt and salads or even in protein bowls.