published by Victoria Dobbie on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 09:01
I often get asked what I would recommend as an anti-ageing diet. My advice to patients is that they should read Patrick HolfordsNew Optimum Nutrition Bible who's advice is collaborated by the Optimum Nutrition Survey UK survey which surveyed 37,000 people.
However, I realize that many of you are extremely busy so here are my healthy diet tips based on recommendations from both sources:
Eat at least 6 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables
Eat whole, unadulterated food, organic if possible
Have less meat, more organic chicken or wild fish
Eat tablespoon of ground seeds every day
Have less wheat, more oats
Have less dairy products, substituting rice / oatly / soya milk
Minimise refined food and sugar
Drink 8 glasses of water (including herd teas) every day
Have at least half your diet raw or lightly steamed
Minimise alcohol and caffeine
Why follow this diet programme?
The negative effects of eating refined sugar on and in your food has been shown to be 5 times worse than the positive effects of eating fruit and vegetables. In addition there is growing evidence that high dairy consumption is linked to increased rates of breast and prostate cancer and as many as 1 in 100 adults are seriously allergic to gluten in wheat. Consequently reducing your intake of these ingredients will have a greater impact on your health than eating power foods.
Ideally you should follow The Optimum Diet Pyramid below.
Following these tips doesn't mean your diet meals need be dull. Patrick Holford has a range of cook books which follow the guidelines, but produce great and exciting meals. Alternatively try following a cook such as Jamie Oliver who's food is very much based on fresh ingredients with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fruit.