New year, new you? It can be easy to make a resolution and much harder to keep it. Many diet resolutions fail, not because the person isn’t trying to do a good job, but because the diet is too complicated.
For those with chronic lung conditions, reducing inflammation is a healthy dietary goal. Inflammation in your body can make it harder to breathe and reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. Any of these steps will help you to your goal.
Being Perfect Isn’t the Goal
For most of us, being perfect isn’t an option, but doing a step better is within reach. We have some tips that can help you change your diet a small step at a time, which may help you keep your resolution long term, contributing to your lung health.
Power up Your Protein
Good quality proteins are vital to keep your body working well and maintaining muscle tissue. Realistically, you’re not always going to stay in one group of protein. Maybe you eat a grass-fed steak every once in a while, but stick to conventional meat most of the time. Any step forward is positive and may help reduce inflammation. Try a protein that’s one step better.
If you eat …
- Processed proteins, such as hotdogs and frozen breakfast sandwiches
- Try conventional meat and eggs
- Conventional meat or eggs
- Try organic meat or eggs
- Organic meat and eggs
- Try grass-fed or free-range meat or eggs
Trade out a Carb
Refined carbs are, by nature, very easy to digest and often lead to spikes in blood sugar. Reducing the amount of carbs you eat can help reduce inflammation. Every day, in place of one carb-heavy food, eat a vegetable instead and gradually increase from there.
If you eat …
- White bread or rolls
- Try keto biscuits
- Try spaghetti squash
- Starchy vegetables like peas and potatoes
- Try broccoli or zucchini
It can be easy to forget about beverages when you’re thinking about diet and only think of food. However, many calories and carbs come from drinks, especially those with added sugar. Artificial sweeteners come into play here as well. While they don’t add calories or sugar, they can cause inflammation.
If you drink …
- Drinks with artificial or regular sweeteners, sodas and sweetened beverages
- Try natural juice with no added sugars
- Natural juice with no added sugars
- Try unsweetened teas and fruit infusions
- Unsweetened teas and fruit infusions
- Try drinking plain water more often
Regular water may be low tech, but drinking it still one of the best things you can do for your body.
Another note on beverages: be mindful of the amount of alcohol you drink and be selective about your choices. Dry red wine and clear liquors in moderation are OK.
Looking for a New Diet? Try the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative
Our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI²™, was made for people with chronic lung conditions to help them reduce systemic inflammation and Breathe Easier™.
This treatment option focuses on diet, including information about many lung-healthy foods, including meats, vegetables and beverages. The AI2 also provides recipes that are designed to help your lungs. The plan also includes exercise advice, stress-relief suggestions and information about proper hydration. All these methods combined can boost your immune system and help your body to fight inflammation using fats.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.