"Let Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
Hippocrates 431 BC
Hippocrates was onto a good thing. Many people forget that what we eat affects our bodies, our gut bacteria and digestive health, our immunity, our energy levels and even our mood.
But let's not overcomplicate things - small changes can make big differences - so start with small things (add that piece of fruit to lunch, and start eating a high fibre breakfast cereal) and work onwards from there.
People often assume that Dietitians are all about what not to eat. If that is you, then I have Great News! Dietitians love food, we love eating and drinking, but we firmly believe that what you put into your body matters and that quality of the diet is paramount. This doesn't mean spending huge amounts of money on food, but buying food of the highest nutritional quality that you can. And it doesn't mean giving up all things yummy, but it does mean putting a little bit of effort into achieving dietary balance.
My philosophy in diet:
Nutrition science is complicated, so its important that everything I do is evidence based and not swayed by popular trends (unless of course they are based on good evidence)
Enjoy What You Eat - sharing and enjoying food underpins the whole of society whether at school, at work, at home or at play. So take pride and take time to enjoy what you eat and drink, and to share it with family and friends.
Keep it simple - many changes to diet are simple, cheap and easy. Some require more effort. Be realistic and plan to achieve - not set yourself up to fail.
If I don't know something I will tell you - but I will also try to find out the answer or guide you where to look
"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
wise words by AA Milne