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Diet Part 1 by Nicola Roberts
With today's fast moving lifestyle it is vital to maintain a well balanced diet. Sometimes it is very difficult to achieve this and other times it is far too convenient to blame other factors for not doing so. It is essential for our inner and outer vitality and we only have one body, so why not make the most of it?

Tenerife - 26.02.2010 - Many individuals may not actually be overweight or underweight but may be starving their bodies of essential nutrients for a healthy and illness free' life- in other words a poor diet. Also some people's bodies react badly if they eat food which they are allergic to. These may range from dairy products to eggs, nuts, yeast and e numbers, which may cause symptoms such as rashes, vomiting or even breathing difficulties. If we are not giving our bodies the essential nutrients for survival, we may suffer symptoms like lethargy, irritability or skin complaints which may be hard to detect, but bad diet may be the underlying cause. Fruit and vegetables: Should make up one third of our diet, experts recommend eating at least five portions of each a day. These provide essential vitamins and minerals, fibre and even water. Milk and dairy foods: These should be eaten in moderation. Choose low fat alternatives if and when possible. Milk is a good protein source and also provides vitamins and minerals, especially calcium. Bread, potatoes and cereals: These should make up one third of your diet. If they are complex carbohydrates, for example cereals, they will make you feel full and satisfied but contain fewer calories than fat. They are an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Always opt for the wholemeal or wholewheat varieties. Fatty and sugary foods: Eat in small quantities. Try to eat infrequently. Carbonated drinks and cordials tend to be high in sugar so wherever possible replace with pure fruit juice, milk and especially water. Fluid intake: Our bodies need plenty of fluid, we should aim for six to eight glasses a day. Drink alcohol in moderation, try to make at least two days a week alcohol-free. Cut down on sugary, fizzy drinks and those which contain artificial flavourings and additives. Nicola Roberts is the owner of Bellissima Hair and Beauty in Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan and San Eugenio Alto. For information or appointments please call 922 867 343, 697 902 361 or 922 719 355.

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