Exercise prescription

Activity is extremely important for overall good health and needs to be added to a healthy diet. There are a multitude of studies showing how important activity is ranging from simply getting up more often through to deliberate exercise. There are a number of reasons for exercising. One is to get fit, win races or … Continue reading Exercise prescription

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Meat & dairy – myths and misunderstandings

As with sugar, this is a topic where many people need to unlearn much of what they have been taught about 'healthy' options. Dairy products are still animal protein. On this diet you want to avoid them. There are plenty of milk substitutes out there, and you can even find recipes for dairy –free cream … Continue reading Meat & dairy – myths and misunderstandings

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

Drinks

Drink 1.5-2.5L fluid per day. This may vary depending on your circumstances and does include soups and water in food. Do NOT drink your calories in smoothies, juices, fizzy drinks, packaged iced tea/coffee (from the supermarket) etc. Processed drinks also contain a lot of sugar and salt. Our bodies also get hungry more quickly after … Continue reading Drinks

Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting has been practiced for millennia. Mostly due to lack of food and dressed up within religious observance, although some ancestors advocated it for health including Plato and Aristotle. We do know that human beings never had regular access to food (every 3-5 hours) and there is evidence that we become more creative if … Continue reading Intermittent fasting

Fats – the good, bad, and indifferent

Short version: stick to the whole fats (eg nuts, avocado, coconut, seeds) as these are healthier than oils. We need fat, but we don’t need it in the form of oils/butters etc. The ideal cardiovascular diet uses no oil, but this can be hard to achieve. Fat is essential to life but not too much as … Continue reading Fats – the good, bad, and indifferent

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

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