So with the New Year fully kicked in and everyone unsure about what Health kick they should follow, I’m going to provide a bit of clarity and try to keep this as simple as possible and hopefully change yur lifestyle.
The Key to success is consistency and having a plan that you can add to your lifestyle with ease. I always allow for flexibility and rarely ever-right food plans, I prefer to tweak what I see as a problem within the individual's food diary that they write before we meet.
Here is a guide that I like to get people started with, It’s simple-ish and just offers some more healthier alternatives to problematic foods It’s a Low glycemic load (GL), gluten-free (GF), dairy-free diet
Here is your start guide.
Your diet should be based on organic meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit, veg, salad, sprouted beans and seeds, gluten-free grains and pulses.
There are no gluten or dairy foods and sugar is very limited. It’s a medium protein, low-ish carb, non-allergenic, blood sugar balancing healthy and nutritious diet. But remember:
• Always choose organic and free range wherever possible, especially with animal foods, to avoid harmful endocrine-disrupting chemicals and hormones
• Cook for as little time and at the lowest temperature possible to retain nutrients and avoid trans fats. Grill, stir-fry, poach, casserole or slow cook.
• Do not buy or store food in plastic packaging.
• Choose low Glycaemic foods (GL) I foods always, or put high fibre and protein with medium GL foods.
• Eat plenty and regularly. Graze through the day with small meals every 3–4 hours to keep your blood sugar stable.
• Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
• Get used to reading Food labels, Look for the ingredients that you need to avoid (Wheat- Gluten – Dairy) these will be in Bold black righting• Adapt the diet guidelines if you are allergic or intolerant to other foods.
Foods to eat lots of:
• Fish, especially deep sea and oily. Not tuna unless organic. (At least three times a week.)
• Poultry: chicken, turkey. Not fried (except stir-fried). No skin.
• Game: pheasant, ostrich, duck and goose (no more than once a week).
• Eggs: low heat omelette, boiled or poached is best.
• Beef, lean, any cut or minced.
• Veg, lots of. Include a daily salad and veg with your main meal. Squash, pumpkin, avocado, carrot, swede, beetroot and sweet potato in moderation – always have with high protein and fibre.
• Sprouts: any pulse sprouted. Add to salads or use in stirfries.
• Fruit: fresh or frozen. Three portions a day. Limit dried fruit and soak first.
• Nuts and seeds. Fresh, unsalted, unroasted. Use in cooking or for snacks. One handful per day recommended. Tahini in hummus. Minimise peanuts.
• Fats: cook with coconut oil ( It has a higher smoke point), use flaxseed oil or extra virgin olive oil as dressings (with lemon, mustard or whatever you like).
• Seasoning: a little Rock/Himalayan sea salt is fine, tamari, herbs, spices, mustard, seaweeds.
• Sweet stuff: fruit preferably. Agave syrup or fructose in moderation. The odd square of Green & Blacks dark chocolate is fine unless it makes you crave more sugar. A teaspoon of honey here and there is fine.
• Water, lots of use my health checker (https://healthchecker.solgilbert.com/ ) to find out your daily amount, filtered water a day. Preferably reverse-osmosis filtered. Warm with lemon in the morning.
• Alcohol, with meals. Gin/vodka and slimline tonic or Gluten-free beer x 1
• Drinks: water (sparkling if you must), green tea is especially good for a low GL diet, redbush (rooibosch) tea, caro, dandelion coffee, herb and fruit teas. Avoid anything caffeinated or with sweeteners, sugar or chemicals. Tomato juice. Small glass of fruit or veg juice 50/50 with water.
Foods NOT to eat lots of:
• Dairy foods: anything from another species like cow, sheep, buffalo or goat. No milk ( apart from Oat, Mylk, Almond ), cheese, yoghurt, cream, butter or dairy spreads However Eggs are ok.
• Gluten: no wheat, rye or barley or anything made with them. Some people are also sensitive to oats so avoid these if you need to.
• Grains generally and legumes (peas, beans and peanuts): eat in moderation as these contain major anti-nutrients that can block digestion and absorption of foods, compromise your body and slow down your ability to heal yourself. Although they are mostly good for you, they are high in carbs as well as protein so you could easily overdo it. Sprouted pulses and grains or sourdough varieties are much better for you so add these to your salads. Soak grains like rice or oats overnight to neutralise some of the anti-nutrients and make them more digestible
. See next page for specific recommendations
• Grains: oats, quinoa, rice, polenta and buckwheat. In moderation. No more than three times a week. Corn pasta is great if combined with protein. Brown basmati rice is the lowest GL rice and short grain rice is best for a sluggish bowel, but have only a small amount with plenty of protein and fibre.
• Legumes: lentils, aduki beans, black-eye beans, miso, mung beans, white beans (for example haricot, cannellini, borlotti, butter), shoyu, peas, tempeh and tofu. In moderation. No more than four portions a week. If you have an underactive thyroid, soya is not a brilliant food for you, so eat it in moderation.
One-Week Quick Start Plan
This plan is not calorie-counted or measured in any way so you can mix and match meals or swop anything you like; it’s simply here to give you a place to start if you need one. I have tried to make the meal plan realistic to fit in with daily life. It’s probably not perfect, but it’s good enough – and that’s how your attitude should be. You don’t have to let it take over your life – and you should enjoy your food.
I have assumed you are like me and work Monday to Friday, don’t have much time in the morning, are too tired to cook on Friday night after a long week and have a family roast on Sundays. I have also assumed it’s easier to take leftovers to work for lunch the next day.
Start the day with a glass of hot water and lemon, drink pure filtered water through the day and other drinks of your choice. Eat slowly, preferably with no distractions and chew well.
Bowl of fruit smoothie sprinkled with seeds
Handful of mixed nuts and a pear
Slices of beef/chicken/ turkey from yesterday’s Sunday dinner with salad
3 squares dark chocolate
Spanish omelette and roasted veggies
Whey protein shake
Melon, berries and soya yogurt
Two oatcakes, Celery stalks and hummus
Left-over omelette, salad
Pumpkin seeds and a few cherry tomatoes
King Prawn stir-fry
Few squares of dark chocolate
GF muesli, berries and Almond milk
Snack 1: few olives
Chicken breast lettuce wraps
Snack 2: nuts and fruit
Fish and steamed asparagus quinoa
Strawberries, soya cream
Soya yogurt, seeds, chopped nuts and fruit
Pre-steamed broccoli – hummus
Turkey slices and salad GF wraps
Apple and some Almonds & pumpkin seeds
Chicken kebabs or organic salmon fillet and a little brown basmati rice, millet or quinoa with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts
Whey protein shake
Fruit compote, soya yogurt, flaked almonds
Snack 1: Whey protein shake smoothie and a few nuts
Left over chicken kebab or salmon and rice
Few squares of chocolate or a cold hard boiled egg
Thai curry and portion of bean sprouts.
Non-buttered, naturally smoked kippers or Omelette
Handful of cashew & walnuts nuts
Sweet potato with Tuna (at home or out)
Snack 2: Dish of olives
Steak and salad
Strawberries, soya cream
Mushrooms, tomatoes and two 100% meat/ gluten-free sausages
Some raw veg such as carrot or broccoli pinched from lunch!
Lunch: Sunday roast (meat or nut) with roasted veggies and GF gravy, Snack 2:
Apple & Almonds
Salad leaves with olives, pine nuts and antipasti
Cherries or half a melon
Best Low GL Choices
Breads etc: Oatcakes
Cereals: Oat porridge
Almond & Oat milk (unsweetened)
Any organic, free range
Worst Low GL Choices
Processed foods eg quorn, soya mince, bacon
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