Getting started with healthy eating
Key general pointers.
Read our foods to avoid list - nutrition and diet
Always buy organic if you can afford it. The UK Soil Association can usually be trusted (although its own members are concerned regarding the number of derogations that have been allowed) but some international organic certification bodies are not as stringent.
Always read the label - organic does not mean healthy it just means free from herbicides, pesticides and overuse of medication.
Cook your own food if you have the time. There is nothing better than freshly baked seeded bread with your own fresh soup.
Healthy ideas for breakfast
Fruit and vegetable juice (see our juicing recipes) eg one apple, one orange, two carrots and lump of fresh ginger about the size of a cherry tomato. You'll be surprised how many fruit and vegetables you need to get a 10 oz (375ml) glass of juice
If you don't have the time to make your own juice then buy an organic freshly squeezed fruit juice (never from concentrate).
Seeded bread for toast - (EG Duchy Originals if you can't make your own). Avoid too much butter. Instead, try with some tuna or mackerel and a drizzle of olive oil
Make your own fruit cocktail. Soak some porridge oats in fruit juice (e.g. apple juice) for about 15 minutes. Chop an apple, pear and banana. Add a large spoonful of natural yoghurt and top with a few blueberries - voila breakfast doesn't get better than that.
For a hot drink take green tea, if you must drink coffee then drink freshly brewed (avoid instant) and restrict your intake to no more than three cups a day. Never drink coffee after 3.30 pm. Beware of decaffeinated drinks as the processes used to remove the caffeine can be very unnatural.