Lots of people are confused about what they should eat and how much.
For general health I suggest using your hand to determine your portion size, you always have it with you:).
The other thing to remember is to eat a whole food diet. The recent horse meat scandal should be a lesson to all of us. If you cannot identify the ingredients of your food by looking at it, chances are there are things in there that you would not think of. Keep to a whole food diet, using fresh produce. Think of the way your grandparents used to eat and try to copy that.
The main thing is to keep things simple, we don't need to over complicate it:)
We can get any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year, but is this always a good thing?
When they are shipped long distance they are often picked before ripe, before they have developed their best level of nutrients. They take time to be shipped so are not always as fresh as they could be.
The other factor is our body has different needs at different times of the year. Salad is perfect in summer but not sufficient in winter, whereas root vegetables are perfect in winter but can feel a bit heavy on a warm summers evening.
That's why I always try to eat local, organic and in season.
This list is to help you start:)
Give it a go and see how you feel:(
Try to eat foods that are locally produced, organic and in season.
This means they are more likely to be grown naturally, under conditions that lead them to be higher in nutrients. They will be more likely to be fresh too.
They also tend to be what our body needs at that time of year, e.g. Salad in summer and root vegetables in winter.
This is a short list of examples to start with.
Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.