I thought you might be interested to see some statistics over the last two years in my clinic:
30% of patients are proving positive to lactose intolerance though breath tests.
20% of patients are proving positive to SIBO through breath tests.
20% of patients are proving positive to parasites found in stool testing.
85% of patients are proving to have low levels of acidophilus and bifidus bacteria in their stool.
20% of patients have a low or extremely low vitamin D status.
55% of patients see me for IBS/IBD or other bowel related disorders
25% of patients see me for fatigue issues including: CFS/PVFS/TATT
10% of patients see me for weight loss
5% of patients see me for lowering cholesterol
5% – an assortment of PMS/menopausal symptoms/nutrition education/fertility issues etc
As I was climbing up and down the hills of Greece the other week I started to talk to myself (as I do, although it could have been from lack of water, it was very hot!)… and went through my top ten lists, you know the thing, top ten films, books, film stars etc (these were steep hills I was climbing), then my mind wondered to food and nutrition. Its so rainy and miserable out there at the minute that I thought I should keep this months newsletter upbeat so I’m ditching all the serious scientific research and health ill issues for next month! So here are my top ten lists: Top ten diet tips, health tips, supplements, favourite foods etc -you get the gist!
Top Ten Diet Tips
Don’t mix too many different food groups at one mealtime.
Eat double the amount of dark green leafy vegetables than you think you are.
Keep your protein levels at approximately 60% of the plate and the carbs at 20% -30% – the government “Food plate” is in my humble opinion, too weighed in
favour of carbohydrates.
When buying food look at the back of the label not the front – you want to know exactly what the ingredients are. A classic example of this is a certain fast food restaurants fries – I know what fat does to my body but I’ve no idea what anti foaming agent does and am more concerned about that!
Stay away from low fat and sugar free foods.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and glucose fructose syrup.
Start the day with a protein breakfast and ditch the high sugar cereals.
Try not to go more than three hours without food.
Stay away from coffee, fizzy drinks and refined carbohydrates.
Drink enough clear liquid so your urine is a pale straw colour.
My Ten Lifestyle rules
Have a sense of perspective.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
A smile costs nothing.
Go to work every day doing something you love and if that’s you – how lucky!
Get enough sleep.
Have comprehensive health checks where you can.
All the organic food in the world will mean nothing if your life is unbalanced and weighed down by severe stress – address your stress levels now!
You’ve had a bad day – try to put it behind you and start afresh tomorrow.
Look up and out you never know what you might see and find (I’m still astonished at how often people are looking down at their phones).
I’m too busy for……… you know you can find the time for the things that matter.
My Top Ten Favourite Foods and Drink
Earl Grey Tea
Fish and chips
Mashed potato with butter
My Top Ten supplements
As you are aware I’m not a huge fan of supplements however these are the ones I use most in my clinic (as always please don’t self prescribe!)
Vitamin B – the amount of strain and stress in our daily lives means we would need to eat pots of Marmite to combat our daily vitamin B needs – great for supporting stressful lifestyles and female hormone issues.
Biocare Probiotics – the wonder stuff – helps all kind of digestive problems.
Quest Aged Kyolic Garlic – so good for so many ailments.
Magnesium – how many dark green leafy veg and nuts do you really eat? – most of us don’t come anywhere near what we need.
Vitamin D – we all know we need it and I suspect this year even more so!
Floravital iron tonic – far better than iron tablets.
Biocare Vitamin B12 drops – if you don’t eat meat or offal these are great.
Lamberts Cranberry Powder – this just works – not only preventing cystitis but helping to clear the infection. Magic stuff.
Psyllium Husks – a fabulous cheap soluble fibre that never fails to work.
Zinc – one of the first ports of call with fertility issues.
Top ten list of the most pesticide-contaminated foods (based on reports from the Environmental Working Group).
Grapes (especially imported varieties)
Sweet Bell Peppers
Spinach and Lettuces
Only in the USA – top nine astonishing food facts
90 million acres of corn are produced in the US annually.
Less than 1% is used as sweet corn.
The price of fizzy drinks has gone down by 33% in the last 30 years.
The price of fruit has risen by 40% in the last 30 years.
The US government has pumped $50 billion into the corn industry in the last decade.
$1 can buy you: 1,200 calories of crisps, 875 calories of fizzy drinks, 250 calories of vegetables or 170 calories of fruit. Point ten: This is clearly insane!
Top ten ingredients to avoid
1. Sodium Benzoate: found in salad dressing, pickles, sauces, mayonnaise, fizzy drinks,
juice drinks, and even in foods labelled as “all natural.”
2. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): also called free glutamate,and glutamic acid. Just because a product says “No MSG” doesn’t mean it’s not in there. Monosodium glutamate is a processed flavour enhancer. While glutamates are present in some natural foods, such as meat and cheese, the ones produced by the processed-foods industry are separated from their host proteins through hydrolysis. It’s a known excitotoxin, which is a neurotoxic chemical additive shown to harm nerve cells by overexciting them.
3. Sodium Nitrates (nitrosamines): Used for fertilizers and explosives, and as a solvent in the dry cleaning industry. This ingredient may keep haemoglobin molecules in your blood from carrying oxygen to your body tissues. It’s considered a “super salt” (like MSG) and added to foods like hot dogs, cold cuts and bacon for added shelf-life, colour and flavour.
4. Anti-foaming agents: (Dimethylpolysiloxane) An industrial
chemical used in sealants.This component is mostly used in fast food chicken nuggets and chips. Do I need to say any more?!
5. Anti-caking agents: These are chemicals that absorb moisture and prevent other compounds from sticking together. These are added to table salt and powdered food products. They are often composed of phosphate, carbonate, silicate and oxide compounds which contain aluminum. Watch for sodium alumino-silicate, alumino-calcium silicate and aluminium silicate.
6. Artificial Sweeteners: There is so much controversy over these so you do the research and make your own judgement call! They are present in many of our foods particularly sugar free, low sugar, lite and light foods.
7. Palm Oil
When a regular fat like corn, soybean, or palm oil is blasted with hydrogen and turned into a solid, it becomes a trans fat. Palm oil is still widely used. These help packaged foods stay “fresh,” meaning that the food can sit on the supermarket shelf for years without ever getting stale or rotting. Read lables carefully.
8. High Fructose Corn Syrup
The king of all refined grains is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The amount of refined sugar we consume has declined over the past 40 years, but some western countries are consuming almost 20 times as much HFCS. According to researchers at Tufts University, Americans consume more calories from HFCS than any other source. It’s in practically everything in the US. It may increase triglycerides, boost fat-storing hormones, and drive people to overeat and gain weight. Although the amounts are less in the UK, it is in fast food outlet foods, and glucose fructose syrup and fructose syrup is in thousands of our every day foods -the only way to avoid it is to check labels.
9. Artificial colouring
The amounts have been reduced over the last ten years in many foods however they are still in many processed foods. Walking around Iceland I was shocked how many of these are still regularly used.
10. Hydrongated Fat
Much has been done to remove this from our food stuff but it is still present. Again check labels.
Slightly off subject I know, but I’m still in a holiday mood – I could never list my top ten films, but here are my top 20!
As Good as It Gets
The Italian Job
Some Like It Hot
The Odd Couple
The Philadelphia Story
The Shawshank Redemption
North by North West
All about Eve
Hannah and her sisters
Cool Hand Luke
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
My Top Ten male actors
Have a great month – see you in July.
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Kate Arnold | Flat 4, 8 Milnthorpe Road | Eastbourne | East Sussex | BN20 7NN | England
I ask all my patients before they see me to write a minimum of a five day food diary – sometimes this can be a long as a fortnight. This gives me a huge amount of information and also highlights to the food diary writer exactly what they are eating on a daily basis. More often than not people will have a good supper but fall short at breakfast and lunch and snacking. It’s rare for me to see a food diary that has for example high levels of protein. It is constantly the sugar and carbohydrate levels that slowly rise and often people are quite shocked at how much they eat. Which leads me to my food diary challenge. A friend of mine said he would donate £50 to the RNLI if I posted an honest food diary over a week. So without trying too hard this is an honest account of what I ate a couple of weeks ago:
Earl grey tea and soya milk – two organic apples and half a banana
Jacket potato/smoked salmon. Salad:cucumber, radishes, little gem lettuce, red onion, spring onion, half an avocado – olive oillemon juice dressing, black pepper and organic sea salt.
Mid pm: 2 oatcakes with some feta cheese
Supper: Stir fry chicken with broccoli ginger and spring onion and lettuce. Two glasses of rose and large slab of dark chocolate
Hummous on organic rye bread. Large glass of water with half a squeezed lemon
Mid am. Earl great tea with soya milk
Lunch: A sort of brown rice rissotto with peas and feta cheese – sounds tastier than it appears
Supper: Haddock and stir fry vegetables.
Smoked salmon on pita bread
Lunch: Two apples and two nectarines (on the run/meeting)
Mid pm: feta cheese on oatcakes
Supper: Homemade squash soup and large mackeral salad – two glasses of rose
Two nectarines and one apple – earl grey tea
Mid am: large water with lemon juice and another cup of earl grey tea with soya milk
Lunch: Tofu stir fry
Supper: Wholewheat spaghetti with flaked organic salmon and petit pois. Large slab of chocolate
Scrambled eggs on wholemeal pita – water with lemon juice
Lunch: Jacket potato/tuna and large raw salad as above
Mid pm: Two apples and a cup of earl grey tea
Supper: Steamed kale/chard and marrow and bowl of brown rice. Glass of rose.
One apple and large water with lemon juice
Mid am: hummous on rye toast
Lunch: Large raw salad with mackeral.
Supper: Fish and chips – three glasses of rose – Dark chocolate
Smoked salmon on pita bread. Large water with lemon
Mid am: Earl grey tea with soya milk
Lunch: Large raw salad
Supper: out. Salmon, saute potatoes and steamed vegetables. Glass of white wine.