Inflammation in your body negatively affects the hormones that regulate hunger and metabolism and this leads to weight gain. Give your metabolism a boost by using anti-inflammatory ingredients in your cooking. “These ingredients block free radicals that inhibit your ability to convert calories into energy as well as healthy fats that directly inhibit inflammation,” says Dr. Charles Passler, nutritionist and founder of Pure Change.
Tumeric is the herb that gives curry its beautiful, deep golden yellow color. It’s high in antioxidants and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Use it when you prepare brown rice, hummus, roasted veggies, scrambled eggs and lentil soup.
A little ginger goes a long way. The fragrant root adds pep to meals and studies have shown it to be as effective as aspirin in fighting inflammation and minor pain. We love adding slices of fresh ginger to homemade marinades and baked goodies (gingersnap muffins!).
Blueberries are extraordinarily high in polyphenols, micronutrients that combat cellular stress by slowing down and blocking the inflammatory response in your body. Add them into yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies and salads.
Walnuts are little crunches of anti-inflammatory goodness. They contain healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) that directly inhibit inflammation. Snack on them when you get the 3pm hungries or sprinkle a handful into your low-fat plain yogurt.