ACE diets Specialist Dietitians can analyse your diet and make suggestions to improve it to improve your health. A Dietitian will work together with you to develop your individual plan that is not just balanced and nutritionally adequate but also suits your food preferences and your lifestyle.

 

ABOUT HEALTHY EATING

Our media and press are full of conflicting and confusing advice on what makes up a healthy diet. One will tell you to cut the carbs, another to cut out fat, another not to eat at all after 6pm or yet another will tell you to follow a strict detox and cleansing diet. Another will tell you to take various supplements or eat special super foods.

It is well known that healthy eating and regular exercise will make you feel and look better and improve your quality of life. Research shows that healthy eating may help you to avoid the development of various diseases, such as:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • osteoporosis

Food can also be used as a medicine having a health-promoting or disease-preventing property beyond the basic function of supplying nutrients.

Our requirements for essential nutrients change over our lifetimes. As we get older the absorption of various minerals and vitamins become more difficult, which may cause deficiencies. If you have been suffering from some long-term illness or have led a stressful life, you may also have higher demands for some vitamins and minerals. People often believe that taking a vitamin supplement is enough to counteract an unhealthy diet. However, it has been shown that the vitamins and minerals within foods are better absorbed by the body than those in pill form. In addition, some vitamins and minerals compete for absorption, so, by taking high quantities of one nutrient, you may become deficient in another. Therefore the best option is to eat a healthy balanced diet and use vitamin supplements only on your doctors or dietitians advice. Luckily each vitamin and mineral is found in a variety of sources, so, even if you dislike a particular food, there is usually an alternative.

Your body needs a vast range of nutrients, some of them in large amounts but others in minute amounts, to function properly. No single type of food can provide all of them, therefore we need to eat a balanced diet.

Fact: It’s estimated that up to 30% of deaths from coronary heart disease are due to unhealthy diets.

The Eatwell plate represents the five different food groups in the proportions you should eat them, for a healthy, balanced diet.

The basic rules of balanced diet are:

  • Eat a variety of foods from each group, including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Base meals on starchy foods such as bread, pasta, rice or potatoes. Choose wholegrain varieties
  • Choosing low-fat versions of meat or other protein
  • Eat two portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily

 

HOW CAN A DIETITIAN HELP YOU?

ACE diets Specialist Dietitians can analyse your diet and make suggestions to improve it to improve your health. A dietitian will work together with you to develop your individual plan that is not just balanced and nutritionally adequate, but also suits your food preferences and your lifestyle.