Updated: Oct 27, 2019
There's so much chatter about different diets out there, and heated debate about what's best. There's no one size fits all that's for sure, and it has a lot to do with your microbiome. However, the evidence clearly supports a diet that is predominantly plant based if you want to reduce inflammation.
It's pretty evident that a wholefood plant based diet is good for you. Whole plant foods are both a source of fibre (soluble and insoluble), and polyphenols which are both prerequisites for a health microbiome. If there's two things you gut bugs need the most, it's pre-biotics and fibre. Polyphenols act like a pre-biotic by favouring the growth of beneficial bacteria. If you're serious about your microbiome, then this is something that is gut health 101.
Your gut is astonishingly clever. It contains millions of neurons - as many as you would find in the head of a cat. It is also home to the microbiome, trillions of microbes that influence our mood, weight and immune system.
If that's not enough to get one thinking about the importance of how you eat, I don't know what is. Actually I do know what else will make someone wake up, a good scare like I had is what happens when you don't stay in the right lane and push your body and digestive system beyond safe limits. Now some people choose to go vegan - a fully plant based diet with no exceptions. This is a diet that requires knowledge and mastery to ensure you are meeting your requirements for a balanced diet. The diet that gets the most attention in the research is the Medditeranean Diet. You've all heard about it, it is predominantly a wholefood, plant based diet rich in fibre, polyphenols, and good oils. It accommodates some meat intake, favouring fish. This is roughly the path I take in the kitchen. When you eat a plant based anti-inflammatory diet all parts of your body thank you for it. Beyond your gut, your skin and brain are two obvious areas that you can observe measurable results. Mood improves when the gut is in good order, as does the complexion. And for those who appreciate the importance of a good number 2, there's a much better chance you're doing a 3 or 4 on the bristol stool chart when you're on a predominantly plant based diet. The Silver Bullet provides plant based food snacks that are free from nasties and would tick the box for someone choosing a plant based diet. Sure, the croissants and cinnamon scrolls don't really qualify.... but hey, that's why they are called sometimes foods! Personally, I reach for the #blissballs, or #organicbountybars and in the summer the chia/granola cups. I make a mean activated espresso #granola. Gluten free, organic, activated nuts and seeds (yes, that's another conversation to be had about activating seeds & grains). There's a whole lot more time and effort that goes into producing food like that, but I think it's worth it. If you want a starting place for healthy gut recipes take a look at Michael Mosley's Clever Guts website https://cleverguts.com/recipes/ . One day I will have my own recipe book, but that's not hitting the shelves any time soon and I don't want to keep you hanging when you're ready to step toward better health and eating habbits.