I often get asked this question, what people really want to know is – What should I eat?
Here’s the rub, it depends on what deficiency you may have. What does that really mean?
We need to look at what you are consuming and consider the vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, fibre and proteins to see where you lacking. You may be lacking zinc which we need for blood sugar control, digestion, sperm production, where do we get zinc from? sea foods for example oysters, cockles, vegetarian sources such as ginger root, oats but tea and coffee reduce assimilation by 30%. Starting to get the idea?
We have a boom & bust mentality that makes us think if we need something we go mad on it – goji berries are a good example of this – we have stripped the planet of these iron rich chinese fruit.
When we are in the kitchen we can think about food in a different way, let’s try with colours, green leaves, red roots, pumpkin seeds, yellow peppers, white parsnips. Roots, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, mushrooms, lentils, beans. Picking three or four of these and combining a plate of food will get lots of vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, fibre, and protein.
How to know where you are lacking? Logging what you eat in Cronometer web page (free) or the phone app. We need to log food over a period of a few weeks to get a better picture, for example vitamin B12 may not be in your diet every day, if you are vegan or vegetarian, but is stored in the body. Where as zinc is not and we need to have around 15mg per day (RDA). Logging you food intake can then show us where you weakness is. There can be a lot of information here but with my help I can advise you on what foods would be good to give you better nutrition. There are other considerations too, such as you age, sex, where you live, warm or cold climate, what season is best for what food; if you are pregnant or brest feeding.
Food is not just something to fill you up – it is what makes you healthy inside and out.
Do you suffer from IBS, do you have weak lungs, sore joints, lack of energy, depression, skin problems, headaches? What are YOU eating…If you would like to know more… then fill out the form to book a consultation. It can be done over the phone, skype or face-to-face. Changing what we eat can be a hard and slow process but with some sound advice, encouragement plus constant approach we can get better.
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Here are some of the things I have been cooking and eating out with friends this summer – enjoy!
Chickpeas in water! drain and mix with lemon and in this case beetroot to make a funky pink hummus – Good mix of vitamin A, C, proteins and Carbohydrates! Also onion and ginger stir fried to nourish weak lungs!