What we eat can make a huge difference to our overall health and the way we feel, but with so many different diets out there it is hard not to feel confused about what we should and should not be eating. Too many eggs were at one point thought to be bad for us and now that is no longer the case….So how do we navigate this minefield?
I think that despite the conflicting advice, there are some basic principles to follow:
- Eliminate the obvious junk foods such as sweets, fast food take aways, crisps and chips as these are often high in sugar, calories and unhealthy fats.
- Reduce your consumption of sugar. (Read more here.)
- Reduce, or better, cut out processed foods. A simple rule of thumb is to avoid any food products with more than 5 ingredients and to cook from scratch when possible.
- Eat whole foods ie an orange itself rather than fresh juice. This way you will get all the nutrients and feels more full.
- Switch to wholegrain products such as brown rice instead of white rice. These contain more fibre and vitamins.
- Eat a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, the more colourful the better. A fun way to do this is to “Eat the rainbow“. This will provide you with a whole variety of micronutrients AND feed your microbiome, which research is now showing is important for our health and wellbeing.
- Eliminate hydrogenated oils such as sunflower and vegetable oil for cooking and switch to good quality olive oil.
- Drink plenty of water and try to cut out all sugary or artificially sweetened drinks.
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