By Drew Canole

1. Avoid Sugar and Refined Starch
Anytime you eat foods containing sugar and refined starch your blood sugar immediately spikes. This includes eating sugar, white bread (really anything that is a white food), lactose, sucrose, fructose and more. You should also avoid agave. Most people think that agave is a “healthy” sugar, but in actuality agave is packed with fructose. (1)
When you continuously eat foods high in sugar and refined starch your blood sugar responses by spiking and this can lead to blood sugar instability and inflammatory responses like headache, fatigue, crankiness, pain etc.

2. Cooking Oils
Cooking oils such as soy, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower contain ingredients that increase inflammatory responses in the body. (2) These oils are long chain triglycerides which take longer for the body to break down and they are also packed with omega 6-fatty acids.
Instead cook with coconut oil. Coconut oil is amazing. I use it on my face, in my hair, with my foods, and I even blend a tablespoon in my juices. Coconut oil is packed with medium chain triglycerides. They are easier for the body to breakdown and research has shown that MCT’s can help prevent dementia and other aliments.

3. Trans Fat
Trans fat is found in any processed foods such as fast foods, fried foods, really anything that comes in a box. Avoid trans fat foods instead eat foods that are fresh, high in vitamins, nutrients and minerals like vegetables.

4. Dairy
Milk is a common allergen that can cause acne, stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation and other inflammatory responses. If you’re looking to get more calcium in your daily consumption then choose kale. Kale has more calcium than milk (90 grams serving) and is better absorbed by the body.

5. Gluten
Many people have sensitivity issues to gluten. Now a days there are many products that are “gluten-free.”

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