There will be changes to your body when you start a food programme – that is the whole point. But are all these changes for the good ?
A friend wrote in about her spouse who lost 10 kg on his nutritionally controlled diet but developed painful hemorrhoids, possibly because he did not vary his vegetable intake, or consume sufficient greens. Another friend found her nails getting brittle, but the nutritionist upped her calcium intake and that was sorted out.
The take–away from these shared experiences is that one must be aware of changes to one’s system while on a food programme, and more importantly, share this with the nutritionist or doctor or whomever is guiding the programme.
Some points to keep in mind :
- Rotate your fruits – eating the same one most days (like apples, because they are convenient) with perhaps a pear/papaya for relief may not provide a balance. Include softer fruits like peaches, bananas etc.
- Eat leafy vegetables even if these are not favourites. Green vegetables are insufficient, they need to be supported by the leaves – spinach, sprouts, lettuce. Have them as soups or salads.
- Have a bit of rice occasionally. A little change always helps.
- Monitor the intake of dairy products – milk can contribute to insufficient bowel movements, if your body is inclined that way.
- Don’t change your diet too drastically and suddenly – it will show on your skin and face.
- Lastly, look out for warning signals and tell your dietician so that they can modify your diet. Nothing is too frivolous or serious not to warrant mention.
As another of the gang sagely commented, “every body responds differently and that’s why there are so very many theories out there. its a matter of finding the one right for you.”
Emails were exchanged, all with good tips, suggestions.
“… go for the water, the greens and the feedback, and I personally would recommend a laxative or two.”
“pl do consume yr full quota of water and salad”
That’s the whole point of this blog. Shared information for better results !
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