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Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Level of Effort: Easy to Medium continued...

Limitations: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet restricts animal protein. Lean meat, including skinless chicken, and dairy products are limited to twice a week. But you can have fish and seafood almost every day.

Cooking and shopping: You may need to make more trips to the grocery store to buy fresh produce and seafood. Cleaning and preparing fresh produce can take time. So can planning and preparing meals, until you get used to cooking this way.

Packaged foods or meals: None. Weil does recommend taking daily supplements including:

  • vitamins C and E
  • selenium
  • mixed carotenoids
  • a multivitamin containing vitamin D and folic acid
  • calcium (for women only)
  • fish oil (only if you aren’t eating oily fish twice a week)
  • coenzyme Q10
  • ginger supplement
  • turmeric supplement

In-person meetings: None.

Exercise:  Weil doesn’t recommend a specific workout, but he does encourage being active.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: This diet absolutely works for you. It's already almost meat-free, and you can completely eliminate animal products. 

Gluten-free: The diet recommends cutting back on wheat products, but it doesn't ban gluten. Still, you can easily include gluten-free products into this eating plan.

What Else You Should Know

Costs: None except for your groceries and any supplements you buy.

Support: You can get a free customized health plan to follow for 8 weeks after you take an online assessment. Weil’s web site includes videos, recipes, and a section where you can ask Weil a question.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on December 11, 2013
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