Do Vegetables Reduce Heart Disease Risk?

Do Vegetables Reduce Heart Disease Risk?

You may have seen in the news this week reports of a new study claiming that vegetables may not be as protective against heart disease as previously believed. If you are interested to learn more, here is a link to the full story – and my comments – in Runner’s World.

 

THE TOP LINE

 
If you’d rather just have the top line, here it is: cooked vegetables may not be the be all and end all when it comes to preventing cardiovascular disease, but they are still very beneficial to health in a variety of ways. This study does suggest that raw vegetables may have protective effects against heart disease.
 

VEGETABLES AND YOUR WEIGHT

 

What we do know is this: a diet high in processed food and being overweight is strongly correlated with an increased risk of heart disease. On the other hand, a whole food diet and good metabolic health, which includes a healthy waist circumference, will help protect you from a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
 

WHAT WE DO KNOW

 
We teach our clients to eat a variety of different vegetables. Preferably seasonal and organic. We recommend aiming for three portions at lunch and dinner as a minimum. The more you fill your plate with vegetables, the less room there is for processed foods and refined, starchy carbohydrates. Doing this will support your attempts to lose or maintain your weight, as well as provide a range of essential nutrients, beneficial to many aspects of health.
 

HOW TO GET MORE VEG INTO YOUR DIET

 
One of the best ways to eat more veg is to find ways to make them taste good. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to get excited about plain steamed greens. Personally I’m a big fan of Mediterranean dishes like ratatouille and caponata. I enjoy stews and curries with plenty of veg in. And I even add vegetables to my breakfast berry smoothie. It sounds weird but I promise you can’t taste them!
 

HERE’S A CHALLENGE FOR YOU

 
If you’re aware you could benefit from getting more vegetables into your diet, I have a challenge for you. Each day for the next week, at every lunch and dinnertime, ask yourself this: how can I get one more portion of vegetables into this meal? If you’re eating out, order a vegetable side dish. If you’re packing lunch to take to work, chop up some veg crudités. If you’re heating up soup, throw in a handful of spinach leaves. I am sure you’ll be able to come up with some great ideas of your own. Aim to do this for just a week and see how you get on. You may well come up with some ideas that stick for good…
 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

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Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

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INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

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ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

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