Hierarchy of vegetables

We need to eat 8-10 portions of vegetables and fruit per day. But not all vegetables were created equal! This guide is for consideration of vegetable eating only and is not comprehensive. (Some veggies may have been missed….use the principles and add your own notes). Just because a vegetable is low on the list doesn’t … Continue reading Hierarchy of vegetables

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Good food guide to eating out

Either intentionally or when you accidentally leave home without a better option… Eating out, or even with friends is tricky if you want to eat well, feel good and maintain your weight. This guide is not a way to eat healthily, it’s simply how to make the best choices when faced with mostly bad options. … Continue reading Good food guide to eating out

Processed food

All the evidence for living a full and active life with a minimum of ill health means eating a plant-based, wholegrain, sugar-free diet. The addition of occasional oily fish may not be harmful. Animal products (meat, white fish, eggs and dairy) are consistently shown to be harmful, as are processed grains, processed fat and sugar. … Continue reading Processed food

Protein

Overall a vegan diet has been shown to be the healthiest (as long as you eat a variety of vegetables), with a high oily fish/nuts diet coming second, closely followed by vegetarian (with variety, but dairy and eggs). Unfortunately a meat based diet consistently comes out worst for us. Vegetable protein is just as good … Continue reading Protein

Fibre

Fibre consumption is proving to be more important in weight management than we thought. There isn’t an upper limit to the amount of fibre we can eat (our ancestors used to eat 100-200g/day) but the recommended minimum is 25-40g/day. On average we eat 12-14g per day. Many people complain that increased fibre makes them bloated … Continue reading Fibre

Eating +8 Vegetables & Fruit a Day

If you do not normally eat this many vegetables, then you will need to increase the quantity slowly or you may upset your bowel. Most of us eat way too little fibre and our bowels have become used to it. Eat fruit or vegetables at EVERY meal (dried fruit in small amounts is included) Eat … Continue reading Eating +8 Vegetables & Fruit a Day

Diet and high blood pressure

Specific foods which can lower blood pressure. Chocolate. 40-100g per day (but be careful of the sugar content or the effects may be negated!). Dark chocolate is probably best, but not proven. Hot cocoa (not hot chocolate) with a dash of sugar is a good way of consuming the cocoa. Curry leaves (pictured above - … Continue reading Diet and high blood pressure