“Food as medicine” is a well rehearsed phrase and one that right now I am particularly keen on. I have to keep myself in good health and well-being so that I can feed and look after our new baby the best I can and so that she can thrive. My focus is on nourishment and ensuring I consume the whole range of nutrients that I need and plenty of them.
What’s the difference between undernutrition and overnutrition?
Undernutrition is not the same as calorie intake. It means being deficient in energy, protein, or essential vitamins and minerals. It is the result of inadequate intake of food in terms of either quantity or quality, and is the underlying contributing factor in about 45% of all child deaths.
Overnutrition refers to problems with unbalanced diets, which include consuming too many calories in relation to energy requirements. In recent years, for the first time the world has more people who are obese than malnourished.
My top tips for getting all my daily nutrition
- Start the day with a green or red smoothie – follow me on instagram and check out my recipes.
- Every plate of food should be bursting with colour; vibrant greens, reds and oranges; purple and yellow and will cover basic nutrient needs. Deliciously Ella is one of my favourite sites for vibrant and fun foods.
- Keep a handy box of mixed seeds and nuts so that it is easy to throw a handful over porridge and salads and stuffed with good oils, vitamins and minerals.
- Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full – I know that’s not always easy! Eat slowly and your brain will catch up with your belly better to help you stop when you have had enough.
- Don’t deny what your body craves – I keep a block of my favourite dark chocolate in the fridge and have a daily square or two.
- Learn more about plant based nutrition. Dr Fulman is a great resource.
- Make sure you have plenty of fluids, I drink about two litres of water a day.
- Make sure you eat enough to be satisfied, don’t hold back on good carbs.
- A handful of walnuts each day is easy to eat on their own as a snack or add to a recipe and are packed with protein and good fats.
- And one from mum – eat those mushrooms!
And for fun – and a bit of shock value…
This is a fascinating map of the world that describes the Global Hunger Index (GHI). It highlights countries that face the challenge of hunger. GHI is a tool designed to measure and track hunger globally, regionally, and by country.