Hi! And welcome to my weekly dietitian clinic summary. As always, I use this regular post to show a few glimpses of what has happened or came up in clinics each week in the hope that you will be able to pick up some tips.
- ‘Detox.’ This word gets thrown around so much these days and this week has been no exception. I have had several clients telling me that they take certain foods for the ‘detox’ effect. Detox simply means taking toxins out of your body and there is no actual physical way to do this other than what your body is already doing, which is processing toxins in your liver. There is no 1 thing that you can take or do which will help this process along and the concept of doing a ‘detox’ is just a money spinner. So save your money because your body is clever enough to be covering this for you.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Calcium. Not a single client this week seems to have been eating enough calcium, which is leaving them prone to osteoporosis later in life. Current guidelines are that you should have 2-3 portions each day: 1 portion being 200mls of milk (either cow’s milk or a fortified plant milk), 120g yoghurt or 30g of cheese. So check your diet is meeting these needs and if not, consider making a few changes or you may regret it in the long term.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Low GI works! ….And, its proven again. One client this week really got to grips with adapting to this diet and as a result (in just 1 month) has lost almost 1 stone, resolved their IBS issues and has almost completely cleared up their skin. Low GI is the answer to acne, weight loss, healthy eating, avoiding tiredness and steady blood sugar levels. What does this mean? Well, avoiding foods which cause large blood sugar increases such as large carbohydrate portions and sugar. So go for ‘complex’ carbohydrates at each meal, check the portion sizes and avoid sugary foods. – it works.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Should you go Vegan? Making the decision to change to a vegan lifestyle is entirely individual and up to your own thoughts and beliefs. There are many health benefits to this lifestyle such as the reduced intake of saturated fat, less chance of eating processed foods and more fruit and vegetables. However, it is also more difficult to get enough vitamin B12, protein, iron and omega 3 unless you know your stuff! So, by all means if you decide this lifestyle is for you then great, but please take time to read over your nutrition needs as you may end up doing more damage than good. Personally, I like to have several vegan meals each week as they are healthy, cheaper and good for the environment, but find out what works for you.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Are you are grazer? If you are trying to lose weight then stop your grazing right now! Eating 3 regular meals is a much more effective way of eating less and losing weight than picking at food all day long.[spacer height=”20px”]
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