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Anti-Inflammatory Diet Makeover: Clean out Your Cabinets
Published: 1/14/2013

Every Monday in January we present tips on the what, why and how of the Dr. Weil-recommended anti-inflammatory diet.

Most pantries hold a confusing mix of healthful and unhealthy food items, but cleaning out the questionable ones and replacing those with better choices isn't really all that difficult. Start with the following guidelines, then sign up for a free trial of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging for more tips. 

  1. Toss out any cereals and breads that are refined, presweetened or made with white flour, and replace them with organic, high-fiber cereals, steel-cut oats or organic, natural instant varieties of hot cereals, and whole-grain breads.
  2. Replace instant soups (which can be very high in sodium), rice or noodle mixes (often high in sodium and undesirable fats) and instant drink mixes (such as iced tea, instant coffee and sugary hot chocolate mixes), with whole grains such as brown rice or bulgur wheat, dried beans, peas and lentils, and high quality green, white or oolong tea.
  3. Add some spices - an important part of the anti-inflammatory diet.
  4. Herbs are best when used fresh, but dried herbs, such as basil, sage, thyme, and rosemary, can keep their healthful characteristics and aroma very well.
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