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Registered dietitians Erin Macdonald and Tiffani Bachus know that inflammation is at the core of a myriad of health conditions – in fact, they see it regularly in their practice. “Most of our clients come to us complaining of digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, exhaustion, pain, and stubborn weight gain,” explains Macdonald. “By changing their food – eliminating inflammatory foods and nourishing with anti-inflammatory foods – we’ve seen them report a significant reduction in symptoms in a matter of a few days and nearly complete resolution in one to two weeks.”
Not only do Macdonald and Bachus see the power of anti-inflammatory eating and a food-as-medicine approach in healing their clients, but they’ve experienced it themselves. “I struggle with similar complaints in addition to a chronic injury,” says Bachus. “When I completely change my diet to focus on healing, anti-inflammatory foods, I see a major difference in my pain, energy, and digestion in just two to three days.”
You might be surprised to learn that their science-backed anti-inflammatory program isn’t only about the foods you eat, though – it’s also about when you eat them. A major tenet of their signature program is intermittent fasting whereby you narrow the window of time in the day in which you eat. Fasting allows the digestive system to rest and heal and has a positive influence on the gut microbiome, the balance of bacteria, yeast, and other microbes living in the digestive tract. Ultimately, the dietitians use intermittent fasting as a tool in their own practice to help clients with a number of inflammatory conditions.
But you don’t have to be a client in their clinical practice to achieve the benefits of their holistic, anti-inflammatory program. Macdonald and Bachus are now bringing their expertise to you online in Clean Eating’s four-week challenge, Real Food Reboot 2.0. Designed to be a follow-up to Clean Eating’s ever-popular original Real Food Reboot, this newest version focuses on helping to reverse chronic inflammation to help relieve conditions such as arthritis, help you lose weight, improve your mood and so much more. Another addition in this newest installment of the challenge is a focus on intermittent fasting – how to get started and make it work within your lifestyle.
How do you know if your health issues are tied to inflammation and if this program could benefit you? You may have been diagnosed with an inflammatory condition such as osteoarthritis. However, many people suffer from chronic inflammation without even knowing it. Try taking our easy quiz to find out where you fall on the inflammation scale.