Many of us are now becoming more conscious of what we eat. The so-called obesity crisis in the US and here in the UK, and the many programs now on TV both on food, cooking and overeating, all help to focus our attention on diet – a key lifestyle choice. But in our eagerness to adopt a healthier eating regime, many of us fall into the same traps. So, we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall have put together this short blog to alert you to a few of the more common mistakes that wannabe healthy eaters often make.

Mistake number 1 – Rushing into it

The first and most common mistake that people make is trying to bring about a wholesale change all at once. Completely changing your diet in one-fell-swoop can have adverse effects. The adverse effects that we are talking about include constipation, bloated stomach, indigestion, light headedness, nausea and fatigue.

Although you are probably anxious to get on with your new health eating regime as quickly as possible, we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall advocate that it is best to introduce the new healthier food choices slowly.

Mistake number 2 – Overcooking healthy food

We are all used to cooking most of our food. But the way that it is cooked is important. For example most people tend to boil their vegetables; not only that but they boil them for far too long. When you do this you are actually boiling out most of the vitamin and nutritional value. It goes straight into the water. Try lightly steaming them instead. It’s not only tastier, but it also means that your veggies retain those key nutritional ingredients.

Mistake number 3 – Using the wrong sort of Olive Oil

There is a lot of publicity about how healthy Olive Oil is. It all comes back to the so-called Mediterranean Diet which is rich in Olive Oil. But as we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall can tell you, there are many types of Olive Oil, and all too often people elect for the refined variety, mistakenly thinking that refined means better. However, it does not. Refined in this instance means processed, and generally speaking, the more any sort of food is processed, the unhealthier it is for you. Virgin Olive Oil is good, as this means less processing, but Extra Virgin is even better as this guarantees that the oil comes from the first pressing of the olives.

The one thing you need to remember with Olive Oil however, is that it doesn’t have a very high temperature rating. In other words it burns more easily, and burnt Olive Oil will ruin the flavour of the food instead of adding to it. If frying or roasting with Olive Oil, reduce the cooking heat to below 190°C, 375°F.

Mistake number 4 – Choosing skimmed milk

There is a common misconception that all types of animal fat are bad for you. This is not so. In actual fact a modest amount of animal fat is actually good for you. You actually won’t lose weight, or manage it very well without a certain amount of healthy fatty acid in your bloodstream. Based on the popular misconception of animal fat being a no-no, many people choose skimmed milk. The problem is that skimmed milk is often overloaded with sugar. The producers do this to enhance the flavour.

The other thing you should be aware of is that the vitamins contained, not only in milk, but in most dairy products, are what is called fat soluble. This means that your body cannot absorb these vitamins and benefit from them unless you consume a certain amount of fat at the same time.

Mistake number 5 – Relying on supplements

There is nothing better for you than healthy food. If you eat the right blend of foods (in other words a healthy well balanced diet), your body should get all of the vitamins and minerals it needs for optimum body function and good immune system health. Supplements are no substitute.

Checking for vitamin or mineral deficiencies at our walkin clinic London Wall

If however you have a medical condition that means your body is not absorbing enough vitamins and minerals, from your day to day diet, you may need to take certain supplements. Here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall as well as running well-man and well-woman clinics, we can also offer dietary advice and screen you for any vitamin or mineral deficiencies that you may have in one of our GP consultations via our walkin clinic London Wall. You don’t need to make an appointment to see us.

Check out our web-page for advice on constructing a healthy diet.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your diet, or your weight, or you’d like some professional dietary advice, just walk-in to our London Wall Clinic when it’s convenient to do so. Were open 8:00AM to 6:30PM- Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 to 5:30PM on Fridays.