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EAVA FM invited in a dietician from the Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service

Added: Wednesday 18th January 2012 10:40:03 AM

EAVA FM invited in a dietician from the Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service

The start of the New Year has finally arrived and most people will be creating a New Year's resolution. Majority of people will want to lose weight, or want some professional advice on dieting and alcohol consumption. So on the 9th of January 2012 EAVA FM invited in a dietician from the Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service.

Gulshinder Chattha who sat in with Dee on her breakfast show spoke about healthy eating, alcohol consumption and also dieting. What a perfect time for her to appear on the show just after the holiday period because we all know we have all eaten way too much or drank far too much than we should have.

Trying to eat healthy is hard for all of us because we see the chocolate, cakes, sweets and are all tempted, but a few little easy steps that Gulshinder shared with us could help a lot.

We can all become much healthier simply by changing what milk we drink, if you drink blue top milk we can substitute this for semi skimmed, if we are drinking semi skimmed we can substitute that for 1% milk and if we are drinking this we can substitute if for skimmed milk.

Chocolate is something we all love but you don't have to kick it out your life entirely because 1 piece of dark chocolate 2 or 3 times a week is absolutely fine.

"Small quantities of foods we think we shouldn't have are ok now and then"

When it comes to alcohol Gulshinder explained that it is OK to have alcohol now and then but do not save yourself for the weekend because it's easier for the body to get rid of 2 units then it is for 22 units.

A few facts about alcohol are:

It takes the body one hour to get rid of one unit of alcohol
The body slows down when getting rid of alcohol
Can cause depression
Can cause weight gain
High blood pressure
Mood swings

Another fact about alcohol consumption is jogging won't help cure a hangover although you may think it will, the body will shut down and concentrate on getting rid of the alcohol so that's its main priority, jogging doesn't have any affect.

Another thing Gulshinder spoke about was dieting one thing we have all tried or are thinking about.

When it comes to dieting Gulshinder made it clear that:

"By starving yourself you will not lose weight because your body goes into starvation mode and just stores food because it doesn't know when it's going to get its next meal"

Some little adjustments you could make to your diet are from eating four biscuits a day for example then cut down to two. Always make sure you have breakfast because your body needs refuelling from the night before, make sure you have three meals a day and if you must snack then have fruit.

One tip you could try is use sunflower oil because it's healthier than regular oil and good when cooking at high temperatures. You shouldn't have a fat free diet because your body needs the right fats otherwise it can't absorb vitamins or shield the skin.

One thing people should try is weigh yourself at the start of the month and substitute your foods for something a little less fatty, such as low fat spread or sunflower oil or even cut down on your servings, do some exercise and weigh yourself at the end of the month and you will see a change to be proud of.

If you would like to cook and would like to change the contents of your ingredients or even learn new recipes, Gulshinder recommends a book by the British Heart Foundation which is "Healthy Meals, Healthy Heart - Asian Recipes".

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Click here to download Part 1

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You can always contact Gulshinder Chattha direct by email on gulshinder.chattha@lnds.nhs.uk with any questions you may have about Nutrition and Diet or visit www.lnds.nhs.uk for more information.

Watch out for some of her favourite healthy recipes coming soon right here on Eava FM.

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