Eating well

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“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

   ~  Oscar Wilde

As with all aspects of this guide bear in mind it is general guidance. If you are aware of an intolerance or allergy, or have taken professional dietary advice that has priority over any of the following.

Cooking and eating should be a pleasure and not a chore. Consider exploring some of the wide variety of food on offer in supermarkets, local shops and markets, or even from an allotment. The Web is full of recipes you can try.

Balance is everything

  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
  • Base your meals on rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and cereals. Try to keep it unprocessed by choosing wholegrain varieties and don’t peel your potatoes.
  •  Have lots of fruit and veg, drink smoothies, augment cereals or porridge with a chopped banana, swap a treat for a piece of fruit.

    Here’s a trick to try which might help you to be tempted by some of the things which are better for you.
    1. Sit comfortably.
    2. Close your eyes and imagine your favourite snack just in front of you, easily within reach and think which hand you would naturally pick it up with. Just consider how you see it, anticipate the taste and sensation it will give you.
    3. Now in your other hand picture an item of fruit which you know you should eat but don’t really like. Consider how you see that and how it doesn’t inspire you to want to eat it.
    4. Physically move the hand that you are holding the fruit in around your back and pass your (imaginary) fruit into your other hand.
    5. Put the imaginary fruit down in place of the treat and pick up the treat and take it around your back and place it in the other hand to put it down where the fruit was in the first place.
    6. You might now find that you begin to see the fruit in a new way and it starts to give you the sensations you used to have about the treat. Your treat might become as anodyne as the fruit was to you before.

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If you know something is wrong then please contact an expert immediately.

Your doctor can help with medical problems, or if you are in an emotional crisis you could contact the Samaritans. You can call them free from any phone on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or you may have a branch near you that you can visit (see www.samaritans.org/branches).

If the cause of your crisis is feeling overwhelmed by a financial or legal issue then they may suggest a local legal centre or the Citizens Advice Bureau as a good first step to solving your issues.

There is a Spanish phrase that says ‘Where there is a will, there are many ways’. Just because what you have tried so far has not worked does not mean there is nothing else to try and these people are expert at finding the right solution in a crisis, and they care.