If you’re not nourishing your body from within, can you expect to have great looking skin?
In the article the healthy food guide, I dress this and I look at the benefits of individual food groups, this article continues along the same theme…
Healthy Food Choices
Fruit: Contains carbohydrates such as glucose, saccharine and above all fructose, these are fast releasing sugars that can dramatically affect your blood sugar levels.
The best types of fruit to include in your detox diet, are berries, cherries, plums, grapefruit and oranges.
Apples and pears are rich in pectin, a soluble form of fibre that limits the rise in blood glucose and sugar absorbed by the body.
Fruit should be part of your healthy food choices and combined with a protein source, such as almonds or seeds to limit blood sugar levels.
Ideally fresh fruit should be eaten early in the morning or on an empty stomach, this advice has nothing to do with losing weight but rather to ease digestion.
When we eat fruit after a meal of fats and proteins, such as cheese, meat or fish, the fruit is unable to pass through the stomach quickly and instead ferments in the heat and humidity of the stomach; which long-term, can interfere with the process of digestion.
My 10 day detox diet is really cleansing and based on key fruits.
Milk: Full cream milk, is a complex food containing proteins, carbohydrates, lactose and fats
These are classed as saturated fats and should preferably be avoided, skimmed milk is recommended as the best type of milk, but this should be kept to a minimum.
Low fat yogurt is the best form of milk to include during a weight loss diet, as it supports digestion,
It does this by re-introducing beneficial bacteria into the gut.
Pasta: It may be a surprise to find out that some types of pasta actually help prevent you from putting on weight, and may even contribute to weight loss; this is due to the fact that it has to go through a mechanical process called “pastification”, which involves extruding the pasta through high pressure, giving it a protective film and limiting the amount of starch gelatinisation.
This is the reason why pasta should not be overcooked or undercooked, referred to as ‘al dente’ by the Italians.
This however only applies to pasta that is made with hard wheat, not those made with soft grain flour, such as spaghetti, lasagne or fettuccine.
Starches: These are complex carbohydrates,
When it comes to weight loss foods, some starches are recommended as they have a low glycaemic index.
This includes foods such as lentils or peas, some however are quite high, especially when cooked, such as potatoes or carrots.
This is due to the fact that cooking breaks down starches, causing sugars to be released, the same applies to instant rice or overcooking rice.
The best type of rice to eat is the long grain brown rice, as not much starch is broken with this type of grain at the time of cooking, brown rice can actually help control blood sugar levels.
Sugar: Like cigarettes and coca cola, sugar should come with a serious health warning and obviously don’t fall under healthy food choices.
They are very bad carbohydrates, not just because they cause tooth decay, diabetes and coronary heart disease, but because they also cause us to put weight on.
Fruit, whole foods, pulses and particularly cereals can provide us with all the glucose we need, if there is a temporary lack of carbohydrates to keep the energy levels up, our body is quite capable of drawing on other energy reserves, like stored fat for example.