Inflammatory Foods List

It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, affords us an excellent list of information about allergies and auto immune diseases and inflammatory foods.  [give afffiliate link]

For now, here’s the list of inflammatory foods from page 236 and 237 of their book.  I promised this in chapter 3 of my Kindle book Train Your Brain for Health and Success.

Eggs (whole eggs and egg whites)

Nightshades: Nightshades are a group of plants that contain compounds that promote gut irritability, inflammation, and joint pain or and stiffness in sensitive individuals. Nightshades include white potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, and spices like cayenne, chili powder, curry powder, paprika, pepper sauce, pimento, and crushed red pepper flakes. Hartwigs suggest cutting these from your diet for 90 days, to evaluate sensitivity.

Dairy (including heavy cream, clarified butter, and ghee): Milk solids (proteins), even the trace amounts found in ghee, can be problematic, if you have an autoimmune disease. For this reason, you should avoid all dairy products during your Whole30, and potentially indefinitely.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds contain cmpounds that may be inflammartory in those with an autoimmune condition. Consider otehr sources of dietary fat per Hartwig’s recommentations.

NSAIDs: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen. (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and Celebrex disrupt the lining of the gut, leading to intestinal permeability, a contributing factor in autoimmune disease. For pain relief, Tylenol (which is not an NSAID) is a better coice–or ask your doctor about other pain-control strategies.


Follow the Hartwig’s instructions for the 90-day elimination diet at that link and if you need further help watch for the release of my coaching course entitled Lose to Win, OTA. This will provide support from Marlene A Hibbard and a Facebook group of like-minded members, and we can work together on your specific areas.