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What to eat can seem like a minefield with conflicting advise online that changes every time you look. If you keep it fresh, diverse, organic and stay away from fads, you can't go wrong


The Standard American Diet (SAD) has become a norm in the UK too. A diet high in refined wheat, sugar, meat and dairy doesn't give us all the nutrients our amazing bodies need. And loaded with pesticides, additives, inflammatory compounds and other toxins it adds to the stressful load our system has to deal with.


There are so many nutrients you need and the best way to get them is by eating a rainbow of organic fruit and vegetables every day!


  • Vary it, include some quinoa and oats, there are pastas now based on lentils and brown rice ...but make most of your plate vegetables. 
  • Beware substituting an excess of wheat or corn for an excess of something else, keep it diverse
  • Include some meat, fish or eggs if you wish. Though studies have shown that we tend to cope well with only 5% of our calories from animal protein, compared to 20% plant-based, we're all different, find what's right for you.
  • Beans and lentils are a great source of protein and resistant starch which feeds our good bacteria and slows the release of the carbohydrate, keeping blood sugar balanced.
  • Include some good oils. Whole foods are best, such as nuts, seeds, olives and avocado. Not only are they tasty and can transform a salad, they help boost omega 3 levels. 

  • Enjoy it! Your vibrant plate will be appealing to the eye and you'll be filled with joy knowing it's packed full of everything you need to be healthy and vibrant. When you take time over a meal and really enjoy it your body shifts into its parasympathetic nervous system ('rest & digest') and is able to digest your meal more effectively

Lucy Thompson

Kinesiology in Cumbria

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