Food for thought: expert advice for Kit Tarry

9th January 2004 at 00:00
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:


Two slices white bread toast and marmite

Three cups of tea with semi-skimmed milk


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

Cup of tea with semi-skimmed milk


Biscuits or doughnut


Cup of tea with semi-skimmed milk



Cup of tea with semi skimmed milk

Muller Fruit Corner yogurt, satsuma, packet of mini rolos


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:


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


Two oat cakes with ham or cottage cheese


Chicken breast with salad or vegetables and half a baked potato


Raw vegetables and hummus


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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