Eat Your Way to Better Health

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Taken from an article in Women’s Weekly – 25th May 2010

No matter what magazine or newspaper we read these days, there is almost always something about the best foods to eat to keep slim and healthy; but can we believe anything that we are told any longer?

It’s so difficult to know what is useful and what is just hype.

Some of the things that we are told are bad for us today, were once the stable diet of the older generation and look how much longer people are living now. So, who do we believe and what should we be eating?

The Benefits of Different Foods

Healthy HeartWholegrain Cereals, Soya, Tea, Apples, Avocado, Chickpeas, Walnuts, Dark Chocolate (1-2 pieces only)
Healthy EyesRed Peppers, Kale, Sweetcorn, Mackeral, Courgettes, Kiwi Fruit, Carrots
Cancer BeatersTomatoes, Watercress, Leeks, Strawbverries, Blueberries, Mango, Brussel Sprouts
Low Fat FoodsEggs, Vegetable Soup, Wholegrain bread/rice/pasta, Lentils, Oats, Baked Beans, Fruit Loaf
Good DigestionNatural Live Yogurt, Probiotics, Artichokes, Ginger, Prunes, Flaxseeds, Pineapple
Bone HealthSardines, Milk, Cheese, Almonds, Figs (dried), Tofu, Sesame Seeds, Low-fat custard/rice/yogurt
Energy & Brain BoostersOily Fish, Raisins, Turkey, Water, Honey, Bananas, Kidney Beans

Healthy EatingThe table above is a clear indicator of the foods that are good for us in the different groups. Try eating something from each group every day. I plan to try this to see how I feel at the end of a 2 week period.

Remember to plan your diet in small periods of time; it’s no use trying to lose ½ a stone in the first week because all that will happen is that you will become de-motivated and disillusioned.

By aiming for a couple of pounds per week and increasing your exercise over a period of time, you are more likely to succeed.

Dr Alison Ross (Senior Science Information Officer at Cancer Research UK) states that:

“It’s unlikely that any one specific food could have a big impact on the risk of cancer by itself. The best advice is to eat a balanced, varied diet that’s high in fibre, fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, salt and unsaturated fats.”

Cancer UK is helping to fund the largest ever study into diet and health by following more than 500,000 people from 10 European countries over a period of 10 years.

The result should be a better understanding of the links between diet and our health.As well as eating a varied and well balanced diet, we should all be keeping physically active, as well as stopping smoking and cutting down on our alcohol intake.

Your health is not just about losing weight; you should be aiming to be more active as well and you will soon look and feel better.

Check out Cancer UK for more information