Healthy Eating

  laurie53 17:03 20 Nov 2007

I recently had my annual cardiac check and as usual the only real problem was my slow but sure weight increase, which I put down to medication (mainly because the weight gain started when the medication started) but they put down to diet.

I was told to halve the amount of bread I eat, from two slices a day (three if I have toast instead of cereal for breakfast) to one.

I was also give a diet sheet and questionnaire, which once I had duly, and honestly, completed it, told me that I was not eating enough bread and I should increase my daily intake!

Last year I was told to cut down on the fresh fruit and veg, and to eat less chicken and more red meat.

Have I been reading the wrong advice sheets, or are all the health advisors in the world wrong?

  Monoux 17:06 20 Nov 2007

I've noticed that most things seem to be on a 20 year or so cycle. What was good 20 years ago has since been bad but goes back to good 20 years later so perhaps your diet sheet is 20 years old ?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:29 20 Nov 2007

Too lose weight - Eat less move more

A healthy diet is one of, all things in moderation

Your told don't eat this, don't eat that, rubbish.

Make sure your diet is varied so you get all the vitamins, proteins etc. and also you need to satisfy the craving occasionally for the "wrong" foods or you will "yo-yo".

Eat what you want but don't overdo it!

  Earthsea 17:31 20 Nov 2007

I'm also confuzzled by all the health advice I hear. I tend to just ignore it and try to eat (what I think is) a sensible and varied diet, and exercise regularly. However, it would be daft to go against what your doctor says.

  Earthsea 19:14 20 Nov 2007

Okay, in that case everyone should ignore their doctor from now on. fourm member says so.

  spuds 19:46 20 Nov 2007

A nice bit of bread and dripping takes some beating, but don't tell the experts that ;o)

I do not think there is any one day, when you read something about how or what people should or should not eat. It seems to change everytime some expert comes up with some new theory or findings. Personally I eat virtually anything and I have done so all my life, without any ill effect.In fact I have a couple of Asda/Snacksters doner kebabs in the microwave right now, awaiting quality control testing.

Must say though, when I had two serious operations a few years back, I am sure I lost quite a bit of weight eating hospital food!.

  jack 19:58 20 Nov 2007

There is much disinformation about the food we east and how much of it.
We are all different and any advice can be of a general nature unless you have had a one to one with a nutritionist.

What exactly does a 'portion' comprise of in the 5 portions of fruit and veg a day regime? for example
That crazy meat only diet of a few years ago
or the Cabbage soup diet before that
It is all nonsense
An individual may have a special dietary need or caution of they are Diabetic/coeliac/ reactive to nut protein - but these are specialist areas.
Generally eat what you want when you want it -
But less of it- leave the table hungry is the axiom

  Bingalau 20:55 20 Nov 2007

That Michael Winner got it right when he was asked to write a book on losing weight. He had succeeded in losing weight himself of course. But he said that he could write all the advice needed in just three words "EAT LESS FOOD". Common sense really. Calm down dear!

  laurie53 21:15 20 Nov 2007

It's not always quite as simple as "Eat Less" as anyone who is on steroids will tell you.

  bluto1 22:07 20 Nov 2007

A few years ago I was diagosed as Diabetic type 2 and the treatment was diet control. At this time my weight had shot up to 18 stones and after seeing an article in the paper I asked the doctor for some of the tablets referred to in the articje. They are called Orlistat (Zenical). I used them for 4 or five months and lost over 4 stone with them, the little exercise I could do and a fairly strict diet. A lot of physical things we take for granted became much easier.

  Jak_1 00:35 21 Nov 2007

If you are now on steroids then your weight is likely to increase, is is a common side effect of steroids. In general, simply modify the amount you eat and has been said keep to a varied diet. The body takes in vastly more than the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals, the excess is excreted via various means and the body uses only what is required.
Have you thought about asking your doctor to refer you to a dietician? They can help you to plan a what is right for you.

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