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Instagram stories you’ve seen me post chef-made meals by Spirited Foods in Austin, Texas that are locally sourced, and organic and so nutritious! Chef Andrew has an Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) menu, as well as offering a skinny one. They use classic cooking techniques to maximize the natural flavors in the meals while basing each on sound nutritional principles and make everything from scratch each day.

While ordering a healthy meal from a chef is excellent to kickstart your healthy eating habits, we can do this on our own. Moreover, this is the perfect time to begin eating better by filling your diet with immune-boosting foods for your overall health.

Eat Vegetables with Color

Choose foods with different colors daily. Dr. Terry Wahls has been an inspiration and the Wahls Protocol taught me how color is a sign of nutrient-dense food. It is a radical way to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles. A cup of chopped red bell pepper has 190 milligrams of vitamin C — more than double your daily recommended intake — and a whole yellow one packs 341 milligrams. Vitamin C can get destroyed with heat, so enjoy them raw or cooked in low heat for the biggest boost.

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Healthy Eating Tips

  • Don’t skip meals
  • Eat greens daily
  • Find ways to consume superfoods in any form
  • Eat fresh meat, non-starchy veggies, and fruit
  • Add spices and herbs to your meals like garlic, dill, clove, ginger, turmeric, thyme, rosemary, and cinnamon
  • Choose organic over conventionally raised food, especially vegetables and meat
  • Hydrate daily with lemon water and stevia or plain water

Detox Daily

By sweating and having a healthy bowel movement daily, you can help your immune system and detox your body naturally. Some health benefits of sweating are circulation increases throughout our organs, muscles, and tissue. It releases toxins like alcohol and waste products, we’ve consumed. Sweating also helps with the elimination of salt from the body which can help prevent kidney stones from forming. Maintaining good colon health is easy, and important, because not only can it help you avoid preventable colon issues, but the things that are good for your colon are also good for your heart, brain, kidneys, liver, skin, hair, and overall well-being. The Bristol Stool Chart is what doctors use to determine bowel health.

Eat plenty of fiber and take a probiotic if you’re not eating enough fiber. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories consumed. So someone who is consuming 2000 calories per day should be eating about 28 grams of fiber per day.

Don’t Eat These Foods

  • Added sugars in foods and drinks
  • Artificial flavors and chemicals
  • Ingredients you cannot pronounce
  • White flower and wheat-based products
  • Gluten most of the time avoid
  • Starchy boxed foods
  • Avoid dairy as much as possible, especially if conventionally processed
  • Inflammatory oils like canola, corn, sunflower, and yellow oils

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