Some pointers from last week’s clinics. Have a read – you may learn something which could help.
1.Don’t go looking for problems – one of my patients asked me last week if they should have an allergy test. However she had no symptoms at all – she was just generally interested. Unless you have symptoms or are advised by a dietitian/Dr to be tested then there really is no need. Not only this, but the high street ones you see available are not accurate at all and so you will likely end up with a list of foods to avoid that your body can cope with just fine.
2.Are you eating enough calories? – it is easy to get wrapped up in the calorie content of food and forget all the other nutritional benefits. There are some cereal bars around 70 calories which make for a great snack, but not a meal. If you have a 70 calorie meal then you will reduce your metabolism, become more likely to snack later and skip the chance to get a good variety of vitamins in your diet. Why not instead go for a higher calorie cereal bar at around 250 calories with some yoghurt, dried fruit and nuts in it or have the 70 calorie bar with a glass of milk and banana?
3.Going to the gym isn’t enough – many of my clients last week had started going to the gym around 3 times 45-60 minutes a week (bravo, well done!). But what’s the point if you spend the rest of your time behind a desk/ in the car/ on the sofa? Instead, invest in a fitness watch and aim for 10,000 steps a day on top of your workouts…..easy fix.
4.Gastro problems can overlap – last week I saw a client who had coeliac disease and her symptoms had come back on and off in the last 6 months. However, her blood results showed she had been following the gluten free diet and she had previously gone through an exclusion of oats to ensure she wasn’t sensitive to the type of gluten in them either. Due to her busy work schedule she had been having around 12-13 portions of fruit and vegetables a day (as a source of quick snacks/replacing meals with smoothies/ bowls of fruit). Simply reducing these down to 6 portions a day has resulted in complete symptom relief. So don’t panic if your symptoms flare up – speak to your gastroenterologist first to ensure it isn’t your condition causing it and then see a dietitian.
5. Sometimes food isn’t the answer– a client last week came in with the hope of a diet to help treat their cancer. They were very pleasantly shocked when I told them they needed to increase their calorie and protein intake, have plenty of snacks and choose all high fat/sugar foods. The reason being, is because cancer increases the body’s energy and protein requirements whilst sometimes also making it quite difficult to eat (nausea/ pain etc). The reason the client was shocked was that they were actually expecting a low sugar diet, which despite social media (thanks again :/) there is no real scientific evidence for. In fact, following a low sugar diet when you have cancer is just likely to cause you to lose weight and may negatively affect how well your treatment works. Whilst you can reduce your risk of getting cancer through a good diet, there is no dietary cure or treatment.
If you would like advice around any of these issues or to book into a clinic please contact me.
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