Healthy Eating Guide
There is not a single diet that will suit every person with illness, but the Basic healthy guidelines will help.
Treatment for life threatening illness places a high demand on the body and can change the way the body uses food. Good nutritional health before, during and after illness is important. Eating right and maintaining a healthy weight are important ways to reduce the risk of illness and help reduce side effects. What you eat, the way you eat or don’t eat, and the way you cook, all influence your body.
Good nutrition will help:
- To maintain and improve quality of life
- To recover and heal
- Protect your immune system and fight infection
- Maintain strength and energy
- Reduce side effects such as; constipation, diarrhea and anxiety
- Prevent wasting of muscle
- Maintain weight and keep your mood stable
We believe a healthy balanced diet should be composed of the following:
- Carbohydrate (complex)
- Carbohydrate (simple ie. fruits)
Of this healthy diet, the majority of foods should be fruit, vegetables, and pulses with daily servings of whole grains, fibre, seeds and nuts. Eat moderate animal products and dairy. Eat Essential Fatty Acids, which keep you happy, keep your heart healthy and help control inflammatory processes in your body. EFAs are found in deep-sea fish (tuna, salmon, and mackerel), avocado, linseed, sesame seeds, sunflower oil, walnut, pumpkin, soy (tofu, soymilk and tempeh).
Fibre helps to keep the heart and bowels healthy. It is important to move waste products out of your body efficiently. Choose fibre to suit your needs. You can get fibre from whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes. Vegetables, wheatgerm and psyllium husks are a great source of fibre. Avoid refined carbohydrates including sugar. These products are very acid-forming in your body and can contribute to diseases such as arthritis and fatigue. They also provide a rapid increase in blood sugar, followed by a subsequent slump in energy. Avoid margarine. It is a synthetic, chemically altered product that can produce excess free-radicals in your body. Try small amounts of butter canola oil spread, avocado, tahini or cashew nut spread.
Choose fresh foods that are in season. Choose organic produce to avoid pesticides, fungicides, insecticides and other chemical additives. These additives are stored in the fat tissues of the body and are understood to interfere with many of our bodily systems including hormones and mood. Eat a variety of foods to get your nutritional requirements and to minimize developing allergies and food sensitivities. Use cold pressed oils as these provide EFAs and are prepared without the use of dangerously high temperatures that can render oil carcinogenic.