THE S U N DAY C O O K
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needs a holistic approach. Often, sleep and stress get neglected. Once people address their stress levels – 10 minutes of meditation, an evening bath, switching off tech – they can start making better food choices to start losing weight.
DR HAZEL WALLACE SAYS:
In order to reduce the amount of stress Lucy is under, particularly when it comes to her dietary habits, I’d encourage her to batch-cook lunches and dinners on her days off so she can have nourishing meals throughout the week. One-pot meals such as veggie chillies, dals, curries, and soups are great options to cook in bulk and portion out throughout the week. To keep things interesting, she could serve them with different grains or starches each day (brown rice and sweet potato, and a portion of leafy greens).
I’m concerned that she’s not getting enough calories or nutrients to support her activity and overall health. Women in their 50s have lower oestrogen levels, so weight-bearing exercise and a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is important to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
She regularly eats Skyr yogurt and cheese, which is a good source of calcium, but she should consider a vitamin D supplement during the winter and spring.
eggs and one slice of brown toast, black coffee 1pm: beans on toast with grated cheese and two slices of brown toast 3pm: two handfuls of grapes and a banana 5pm: four Maryland biscuits, black coffee 7pm: pasta with bacon, peas, mint and crème fraîche 8pm-10pm: one handful of Maltesers, half a bottle of red wine
8am: black coffee; three pancakes with lemon and sugar 12pm: half a tin of beans, two slices of brown toast, bowl of Greek yogurt with honey 3pm: Salt and Shake crisps, one handful of Maltesers 5pm: chicken pesto pasta, slice of white bread and hummus 7pm: home-made chicken curry and vegetable dal, rice, chapati, half a bottle of red wine