Sugar, cut it out altogether
Although it will be in the blueberries, strawberries and raspberries you are allowed to eat. Cakes and biscuits are a mixture of sugar and starch that make it almost impossible to avoid food cravings; they just make you hungrier!!
Reduce starchy carbs a lot
Remember they digest down into surprising amounts of sugar. If possible cut out the "white stuff" like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and breakfast cereal.
All green veg/salads are fine
Eat as much as you can, turn the white stuff green. So that you still eat a good big dinner try substituting veg such as broccoli, courgettes or green beans for your mash, pasta or rice - still covering with your gravy, bolognese or curry!
Fruit is trickier...
Some tropical fruits like bananas, oranges, grapes, mangoes or pineapples have too much sugar in and can set those carb cravings off. Berries are better and can be eaten; blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples and pears too. Check out our fruit page here.
Eat healthy proteins...
Such as in meat, eggs (three eggs a day is not too much), fish - particularly oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or tuna - are fine and can be eaten freely. Plain full fat yoghurt makes a good breakfast with berries or seeds. Processed meats such as bacon, ham, sausages or salami are not as healthy and should only be eaten in moderation.
Fats are fine in moderation...
Olive oil is very useful, may be tastier than margarine and could be better for you! Coconut oil is great for stir fries. Four essential vitamins A, D, E and K are only found in some fats and oils. Please avoid margarine, corn oil and vegetable oil.
Cheese: only in moderation...
It is a very calorific mixture of fat and protein.
Beware of "low fat" foods
They often have sugar or sweeteners added to make them more palatable. Full fat mayonnaise and pesto are definitely on!!
Snacks: avoid, as habit forming.
Un-salted nuts such as almonds or walnuts are OK to starve off hunger (30g max). The occasional treat of strong dark chocolate 70% or more in small quantity is allowed.
Eating lots of veg with protein and healthy fats leaves you properly full in a way that lasts.
Finally, about sweeteners and what to drink
Sweeteners have been proven to tease your brain into being even hungrier, making weight loss more difficult. Avoid fruit juice. Drink tea, coffee, herb teas or water (100ml of milk is a teaspoon of sugar). Alcoholic drinks are often full of carbohydrate - for example beer is almost "liquid toast" hence the beer belly!! Perhaps the odd glass of red wine wouldn't be too bad if it doesn't make you get hungry afterwards - or just plain or sparkling water with a slice of lemon.
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