I was doing some thinking the other day, considering the subject of my next blog post, and was trying to imagine how it would be possible to summarize my diet in one, simple graphic, purely in terms of inflammation rather than the actual foods that I eat. That’s when I came up with the “Inflammation Pyramid”.
This is of course based on the traditional food pyramids that one sees all the time except that this one is based on food types and their inflammatory effect. Hence for me, dairy is clearly the big one (greatest area of the pyramid) followed by carbs, all industrial seed oils and “potentially” anything else non-essential. That means that there could still be something (largely innocuous) out there that I haven’t eaten yet, that potentially could cause me some inflammation. My entire nutrition is based around this pyramid such that anything at the base (dairy in this case) should largely be avoided altogether. This is of course my personal pyramid. For other people I would expect carbs to maybe be at the base with dairy further towards the top or maybe missing altogether. It is therefore down to the individual themselves to determine exactly what foodstuffs causes them the greatest inflammation and place them in the correct pecking order in the pyramid.
What do you think? Is this a good idea/ concept? I look forward to your comments and perhaps also seeing your own “Inflammation Pyramids” 😉