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SUPERCHARGE YOUR DIET : Ten easy ways to get everything you need from your food

My new book is out and I'm super excited to share it with you because, IMHO, it really is the last word in nutrition. It contains everything you usefully need to know about nourishing yourself in the best possible way for a longer, healthier life.

Here's a snippet from the intro. I hope it whets your appetite for more, and there are 80 brand-new Supercharged! recipes for you to build into your repertoire so you can ditch the supplements and get everything you need from your food! Don't diet in 2023, supercharge your diet instead ...

"Eating healthily is easy right? Just make sure you have your 5-a-day (or is it 8 now?), eat plenty of fibre (hmmm, what exactly is fibre and how much do I need?), cut down on meat (but which types of meat and by how much?), eat more fish (but is that sustainable and is farmed fish ok?), ensure you are getting all your RDAs of vitamins and minerals, oh and don’t forget prebiotics and probiotics for gut health. Maybe it’s not so easy after all …

The confusing and often misleading information available from both official sources and social media have created a nutritional minefield. You’d be forgiven for taking the ostrich approach and sticking your head in the sand, which was certainly how I felt ten years ago, before I decided to grips with my own nutrition.

But unfortunately, our poor-quality western diets are known to be the cause of many chronic illnesses, just ignoring the issue is not something we can afford to do if we want to stay fit and healthy into our later years. The latest figures from the UK Health Security Agency speak for themselves:

· Only 29% of adults are eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

· The average fibre intake in adults is 19g per day, well below the recommended 30g per day.

· Ultra-processed foods account for 56.8% of total energy intake in the UK diet, it would ideally be close to zero.

· Currently 30,000 deaths a year are linked to obesity, the cost to the NHS is estimated at £500 million a year.

But there is some good news. A new study from researchers in Norway has found that adopting a healthier diet can extend lifespan by six to seven years in middle-aged adults and could increase lifespan in young adults by about ten years. The recommendations included:

· Eating more legumes (beans, peas and lentils).

· Increasing intake of wholegrains.

· Eating nuts on a regular basis.

· Consuming less red and processed meat.

These are useful rules of thumb for a healthier diet and a longer life, but how can we put this into practice? How can we really be sure we are getting everything we need from our food? That’s where this book comes in. With a little knowledge and a well-stocked larder, you don’t need to be a dietitian to supercharge your diet. Let’s get started."

I'm going to be active on the blog the whole of January, showcasing the book, and my guinea pig Jodi (you might remember her from when she test-ran The Midlife Method for me) will be back to try supercharging her diet!

Sam x

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