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Food for thought: expert advice for Kit Tarry

Kit seems to be eating little protein, says Ian Marber. She's eating mostly simple carbohydrates and stimulants which give short-term energy.

This will lead to glucose levels in the blood rising sharply. If levels get too high, insulin is released to help store excess glucose and this gets stored as fat. Eating food that gets converted into glucose more slowly, i.e. complex rather than simple carbohydrates, together with some protein at every meal, will help Kit feel more energised and lose weight too.

What Kit likes to eat:

Breakfast

Two slices white bread toast and marmite

Three cups of tea with semi-skimmed milk

Snack

(Most of my lunch) ham-and-cheese sandwich

Cup of tea with semi-skimmed milk

Banana

Biscuits or doughnut

Lunch

Cup of tea with semi-skimmed milk

Biscuit

Snack

Cup of tea with semi skimmed milk

Muller Fruit Corner yogurt, satsuma, packet of mini rolos

Dinner

Home-made Spaghetti Bolognese

Cup of tea with semi-skimmed milk

Muller Fruit Corner Yogurt

Evening snackCups of tea

Mini Mars bar

What the food doctor recommends:

Breakfast

Muesli with nuts, or an egg with one slice of toast

Snack

Two oat cakes with ham or cottage cheese

Lunch

Chicken breast with salad or vegetables and half a baked potato

Snack

Raw vegetables and hummus

Dinner

Fish with vegetables, or prawn and rice stir fry and a couple of glasses of red wine with dinner, not before

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