The food that we eat each day gives us nourishment and energy. Without the right foods we can become ill. Eating too little can be as harmful as eating too much.
There are many diets on the market and for many people it can get confusing; most of this advice can be safely ignored. The essential thing to do is eat the right foods in the right combinations – a balanced diet.
D O eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables Eat more carbohydrates such as bread, rice and potatoes Use low fat dairy products Gain protein from fish, chicken and pulses such as lentils and beans Eat regularly – three small meals a day is best
D O N T Snack between meals Fry foods Drink too much alcohol – Ideally no more than seven pints of regular strength beer or 14 glasses of wine per week for men and half that for women Add sugar to drinks or cover vegetables in butter or oil
A V O I D Combination or convenience foods Eating when you are not hungry Crash dieting.
Essentially try to keep to a vegetarian type diet with a little added meat and remember that the correct diet is one that you can stick to for the rest of your life.