Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Diet
I am attempting to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Is this a type of a diet you can cheat on once in a while, or will that undo all progress? For example, if I was strict with it for a couple of weeks and then ate ice cream, will that undo everything?
No. In the book we talked about the anti-inflammatory diet because we are constantly fighting inflammation. Everything we talked about is fighting inflammation in your body because that is what your body is crying out for. Your body is in this inflammation-state where it is constantly being attacked by the foods that you are eating.
Try and follow the 90/10 rule, 90% of the time you can cheat 10%. I think we actually follow the 80/20 rule. 80/20 is normally what you can do. If you can do 90/10, that’s great! We take one day, usually on the weekends, we pretty much eat what we want. A lot of the time you will start to crave those good foods, but if you want to have some ice cream, have some ice cream. We had pizza today. If you want to have pizza, have pizza. Just don’t make it a habit. Don’t get back into the habit of doing it days and days at a time. If you go on vacation, that can always be a problem because if you are eating like that for a week or more that can really undo a lot of what you have worked so hard for.
What you will find is that those foods will start to give you headaches and will start to make you feel sick because you are used to having the good foods. It’s not a bad thing. You will stop craving the sweets and you will not miss them once you start eating these anti-inflammatory, healthy diet that I talked about in my book, Rethinking Dry Eye. I think what you are thinking of is a ketosis diet. A ketosis diet is a diet that you follow and when you all of a sudden do have a cheat day it pretty much unravels you and undoes you for days. A anti-inflammatory diet will not do that.
Dr. Travis Zigler