Many chronic conditions like Lipoedema are helped greatly by cutting out foods that cause inflammation. Think of your bodies as being inflamed not fat and if we are honest with ourselves we could probably all do with losing some non-lipoedema weight .So here is a list t of food that if you ditched might help that inflamation.
You don’t have to cut them all out but you could try a few and see but with every bite we take, we’re either balancing the pro- and anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, or tipping the scale to one end.
1. Sugars and artificial sweeteners.
If you have to have sweet, stick to natural sweeteners made by nature i.e. honey, maple syrup. Sugars can turn up in whole range of foods from Pasta sauces, Soups to Pringles so read those labels and artificial sweeteners are not better these are often made from chemicals like oilwhy would you put oil in your body ?.
2. Cooking Oils
Polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as rape seed, corn and sunflower oils. These industrial vegetable oils are also commonly used to prepare most processed foods and takeaways Commonly found in Margarine too it’s not good for us whatever it tells you on the packet .Always remember Vegetable Oils DON’T come from Vegetables they are not healthy. Use Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or good old fashioned butter.
3. Trans fats.
These are really nasty’s and have been found to promote inflammation, obesity and resistance to insulin, laying the ground for degenerative illnesses to take place. You will find these in deep fried foods, fast foods, commercially baked bakery goods and those prepared with partially hydrogenated oil, margarine and/or vegetable shortening. If you need cake make your own with butter (see my recipe section on the website for a very good brownie recipe).
4. Dairy Products.
Dr Karen Herbst has found in her studies of Lipoedema that many of us suffer intolerance to them in fact the stats suggest 60% of the world’s population cannot digest milk. In fact, researchers think that being able to digest milk beyond infancy is abnormal rather than the other way round. Milk is also a common allergen that can trigger inflammatory responses, such as stomach distress, constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, acne, hives and breathing difficulties in susceptible people.
Beers, Ciders, Wines, Spirits, Liquors are all bad for the body in any quantities. If you find the idea of swapping alcohol for water or tea implausible, at least limit your consumption to no more than one drink a day and drink the purer the alcohols like Gin and Vodka but be careful what you put in them.
6. Refined Grains
It’s hard to avoid eating this one but many of us have found cutting them out has helped immensely. Refined grains act in our bodies the same as refined sugars Products made from refined grains are almost everywhere. The common ones are: white rice, white flour, white bread, noodles, pasta, biscuits and pastries. To make things worse, many products with refined grains undergo further processing to enhance their taste and look, and are often loaded with excess sugar, salt, artificial flavours and/or partially hydrogenated oil in the process. A prime example is boxed cereals which contain substantial amounts of added sugar and flavourings. Since I cut out refined grains out of my diet I am always amazed when you go out for a meal what they are in. They are in everything starters, mains, puddings. If you can’t cut out totally switch to whole grains and generally cut back on your consumption.
9. Artificial Food Additives
I have avoided these for years as they have such a horrible effect on my body if I eat anything with MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) in it like a packet of crisps I feel as if I have ants crawling over my body. Only processed packaged foods contain artificial food additives. If you need to buy them, read the labels carefully and weigh your risks. If you order Chinese takeaways, make sure you have the option to ask for no MSG. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Why is this blank? Because it is meant for you to fill in with the food that you are sensitive to. Many people are sensitive to certain foods but are totally unaware of it. Unlike food allergies whereby symptoms usually come fast and furious, symptoms caused by food intolerance may take a longer time to manifest. Consequently, when symptoms of food intolerance do appear, they are often brushed off as common minor ailments such as tiredness and headaches. But repeated, long-term exposure to food that irritates can cause inflammation and lead to chronic disease. I think many of us who have Lipoedema have food intolerance's and for your own health it would be good to work out what these are. These are the most common cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, molluscs, eggs, fish, peanuts, nuts, soybeans, milk, celery, mustard, sesame, lupin and sulphur dioxide at levels above 10mg/kg, or 10 mg/litre, expressed as SO2
Mine have been Wheat, Wine, Artificial Food Additives, Sugar,Dairy and recently Soya. I have to say I feel a lot better without them in my diet. I have even lost weight without calorie counting, exercising like a mad thing and I feel as if I have my Lipoedemaat bay, not cured.