Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Including Meal Plan by Licensed Nutrition Counselor, Liz Mckinney, CNS, LDN.
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghAugust 7, 2018 anti-inflammatory diet, chronic inflammation, diabetes, medicine, nutrition, Uncategorized, Wijkstrom0 comments
Anti-Inflammatory Diet, What it is, What it Does and Including a Meal Plan by Licensed Nutrition Counselor, Liz Mckinney, CNS, LDN.
Every standard anatomy course covers a section on inflammation, health circles and modern medicine studies how this physiological process effects our bodies. Modern science has uncovered much evidence related to how our dietary consumption fuels our internal inflammation. To understand inflammation, let’s talk what about what inflammation really is. Inflammation is a normal part of our body’s healing process. Think of the redness, pain and swelling that comes along with an acute injury. These are bio-markers that our white blood cells are migrating to the origin of a wound, when the white blood cells arrive they will unfold to facilitate the healing process. This mechanism is a normal and necessary indication that our immune response is hard at work. But what happens when our immune systems are working over time in a way we can’t see? This is a part of what is termed ‘chronic inflammation’, and our diet definitely plays a large role in both calming it down or conversely, throwing fuel on the flames.
Chronic inflammation is a contributing factor to many common diseases in the U.S today. Obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 Diabetes are some common diseases to which inflammation contributes to the onset and progression (Lopez-Condelez 2017). Additionally, according to a 2018 study Dr. Billmore et, al, which was published in Nature, there is also evidence that inflammation may contribute to certain forms of depression as well as aiding in the development and progression of this mental health disease, inflammation is also being study as a contributing factor in the development of other mood disorders. Of course diet alone can not provide total therapy for depression or disease but it is an important pathway to providing our best course to become well.
The fact is when our immune system becomes chronically activated, low-grade, systemic inflammation occurs. Even if you aren’t suffering from an overt disease, things like stress, leaky gut, food sensitivities and even an imbalance in our gut micro-biome all are capable of pushing our bodies into an inflammatory state. The consequences of chronic inflammation are serious. Increased risk of neuro-degenerative and cardiovascular disease, trouble losing weight, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and cellular damage may all occur as a result.
Our food choices can either promote or calm inflammation. Many of the diseases and problems listed above may be prevented or mitigated with an anti-inflammatory diet. The top foods that commonly contribute to chronic inflammation in the standard American diet are:
- Refined grains (bread, crackers, cookies, cakes, snack foods)
- Dairy (all cow dairy products including milk, ice cream, and yogurt
- Sugar (table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners)
- Vegetable oils (Canola, Corn, Safflower, Sunflower and Rapeseed oils)
- Trans fat (Margarine, peanut butter, mayonnaise, packaged snacks)
- Conventional/commercially raised meat
- Alcohol (More than 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men)
- Food additives (MSG, artificial flavors and food dyes)
On the flip side, nourishing foods can also accelerate healing in the body and prevent the inflammatory cascade from becoming chronic. For whole body health and wellness, add these anti-inflammatory foods into your daily diet:
- Fatty fish (Halibut, salmon, sardines, trout)
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Vegetables (Any and all kinds!)
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Grass-fed animal meats
We know that one of the barriers to incorporating dietary changes is that we simply don’t know where to begin. As an added bonus, we will share an example one-day meal plan, made by a certified and licensed Nutrition Counselor, Liz Mckinney, by using this plan, you can jump start your anti-inflammatory diet today!
- 2 scrambled eggs with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and garlic
- ½ avocado
- 2 cups mixed greens with 4 oz. salmon or chicken and walnuts with a turmeric ginger dressing (Juice from 2 large organic lemons, approximately 1/4 cup of fresh juice, 1″ fresh ginger, skin removed, 1 garlic clove, 2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, Salt to taste – Blend in food processor)
- Sautéed lemon pepper shrimp over zucchini “noodles” sautéed in olive oil with salt and pepper
- 70% or greater dark chocolate, almonds/walnuts, rice cake with mashed avocado, hard boiled egg with spicy mustard, cut up veggies with hummus or another home made veggie dip
Additionally, by working with a licensed nutritionist or dietitian to identify food sensitivities, heal leaky gut, balance your gut micro-biome, eradicating bacterial overgrowth, and implementing a stress reduction plan into your daily life, your wellness, emotional, and physical health can be optimized. As always, wellness routines that include yoga, meditation, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, spending time in nature, or deep breathing are all proven techniques to increase resilience to stress.
Blog article is written by Liz Mckinney, CNS, Liz is the licensed and certified nutritionist for the Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh, Liz can provide nutrition counseling near you, now accepting new patients in Western Pennsylvania.
edited, by Stephanie Wijkstrom, MS, LPC, NCCLearn More
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghJanuary 22, 2018 Certified Nutritionist, counseling, Emotional Health, integrative health, integrative medicine, mindfulness, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, wellness0 comments
What is Nutrition Counseling? Liz Mckinney, Certified Nutrition Counselor in Pittsburgh and Monroeville explains a little bit about how this works to enhance your health and wellness.
What to expect:
- One on one individualized nutrition counseling based on your goals and health complaints
- Detailed analysis
- Goal setting, coaching and working through barriers to change
- A clear cut program including diet, lifestyle and supplement therapy specific to your needs
- Existing lab report analysis and/or future recommended lab work either through a third party lab or through your primary health care provider
- Email support as needed between sessions
In your first session, we will:
- Go over your client intake form and three day diet diary
- Discuss your primary goals and current barriers to change
- Complete a nutrition focused physical exam
- Analyze any existing lab work you’ve had completed within the last year
- Set a program for you consisting of dietary, lifestyle and supplement therapy
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghJanuary 9, 2018 Certified Nutritionist, dietitian, Emotional Health, integrative health, integrative medicine, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian, wellness pittsburgh0 comments
Lauri Lang, RDN, LDN is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist with a holistic philosophy and personalized custom focus. In 1995 while in the midst of life and career changes, her two best friends were diagnosed with cancer. Lauri felt the pull to help, and was directed to do this through therapeutic nutrition. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition, the start of the journey which has led to her customized concierge practice of nutrition and wellness counseling. Lauri’s areas of specialty include: nutrition and lifestyle strategies to quell inflammation, women’s health, men’s health, autoimmune condition recommendations, cancer prevention and support for treatment and survivor-ship, improving cardio-metabolic conditions and function, anti-aging/increase vitality, lifestyle change support for improvement of mental health and cognition, exploration and support in healing one’s relationship with food, yoga and meditation, tobacco cessation support as well as international speaking for wellness and community events.
Lauri’s personal and professional evolution, and/mind/body/spirit wellness journey, is continuously fired in the crucible of work, life, and service. Lauri’s clinical expertise is an agent of change in the lives of her clients. If you decide to seek nutrition counseling with Lauri, you can expect, contagious enthusiasm, and to be motivated with her desire to inspire, empower, and assist you in making health impacting change. Nutrition counseling will focus on the development of new practices and rituals which are scientifically proven to enhance overall physical health, mindfulness, serenity, by integrating balance into your daily life. Using techniques that are customized to your individual needs, Lauri will utilize her 20 years of experience to assist you on your own exploratory journey to discover your best relationship with overall nutrition and wellness practices which are customized to fit your lifestyle.
Lauri spent many years educating the public through customized corporate wellness programming which she developed, designed, and implemented on location nationally for organizations such as (BNY) Mellon and Equitable Resources. In addition to live programming, she created and developed most content and was featured on web-based wellness programs for corporations including some international financial institutions. She was a part of team which was issued an IABC award (International Association for Business Communications). She has also been featured during therapeutic cooking demonstrations both on and off the air. Lauri has been a provider for UPMC’s Hillman Integrative Oncology and Wellness program, furnishing private mentorship to incorporate ‘Food as Medicine’ habits into the lives of many cancer patients. In her private practice since 1999, her work has spanned the spectrum of condition prevention, management, support and improvement, and includes clinical fill-ins in, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and cardiac rehab.
Her passion for showing people how to easily bring new practices that enhance quality of life, and add more health enhancing yumminess, has been even further cemented through her own personal path to wellness. Lauri completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Kripalu in 2016, she holds a Journey Dance Facilitator certification. Additionally, she went through Reiki Training and attunement in 2017. She sites Reiki as a space that she has mindfully created for her own well-being and to bring another facet of whole health to her practice.
Lauri is involved with service work regularly to share education and support to populations with limited access. These have recently included Gateway’s holistic recovery pilot IOP program, and Three Rivers Free Clinic.
In her free time, Lauri embraces the joy of social connection with precious friends and family, enjoys music, singing, dancing (as spectator and participant!) theater, travel and experiencing other cultures, nature, animals. Lauri practices rich and bountiful self care routines and rituals including: yoga, meditation and breathwork, other forms of movement and exercise, mindfulness, and a Food as Medicine, therapeutic, rainbow colored delicious diet, the majority of the time….!
For an appointment with Lauri Lang, MS, RDN, please contact us at 412-322-2129