At Territory, we concentrate on providing a simple foundation for clean eating. That foundation basically boils down to “eat more veggies, get good protein, include healthy fats, and try to trim your intake of processed carbohydrates/gluten, dairy and sugar.” A little more detailed view of our ingredient list looks like this:
- No ingredients containing gluten or dairy
- Responsibly sourced animal proteins
- Lots of veggies, some fruits and nuts
- Some gluten-free grains, and occasional natural sweeteners (no refined sugars)
- Healthy fats
WHY WE EXCLUDE GLUTEN AND DAIRY FROM OUR MEALS
We exclude gluten and dairy ingredients as well as refined sugars, oil, and artificial flavors / colors because these ingredients have all been shown to increase inflammation in many people.
Even if you’re not normally sensitive to gluten or dairy, stress from your job or life can cause inflammation that then makes you more susceptible to irritation from gluten or dairy. Over time, chronic inflammation can accelerate some serious negative health outcomes, such as heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, and early death.
BENEFITS OF EATING AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
Territory’s menu is designed to exclude ingredients that can contribute to chronic inflammation, which provides a number of long-term benefits, including:
BETTER DIGESTION AND NUTRITION ABSORPTION
When your gut is inflamed it is less able to absorb nutrients from the food you eat and get them to your cells. Reducing inflammation can help maximize nutrient absorption.
SUSTAIN ENERGY LEVELS AND MOOD
You could feel more productive, alert, and energetic. An anti-inflammatory diet that is high in fruits and veggies will also be high in fiber, which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevents swings in energy and mood.
CAN LOWER THE RISK OF DISEASES THAN CHRONIC INFLAMMATION CAN LEAD TO
Including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s to name a few. Inflammation is an underlying mechanism for these diseases, so eating an anti-inflammatory diet reduces the overall risk of developing them. Anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants, which can prevent DNA damage that leads to many chronic conditions.
IMPROVE SYMPTOMS FROM AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS
Because autoimmune disorders are the result of an inflammatory immune response, eating anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce the number of triggers and calm the overall response.
MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
Weight gain has been associated with increased inflammation. Focusing on eating anti-inflammatory foods can help you maintain a healthy body weight.
HOW TO EAT AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
Given the transformational benefits of eating an anti-inflammatory diet, we designed our entire menu to exclude inflammatory ingredients, like gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. Inflammation can do some not-so-awesome things to your body and lead to things like life threatening chronic diseases.
Therefore, all of our food, no matter if you eat from our keto menu, our Whole30 menu, our vegetarian menu, and beyond, is anti-inflammatory. Happy eating!