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Eating For Life Programme

The mainstay of the Eating for Life food programmeis to ascertain what percentages of each food groups you should be eating. A simple system allows you to continually check if you are eating the right foods in balance. This is called the PCFF system.

P - Protein
C- complex carbohydrates
Fa - Essential Fatty Acids
Fi - Fibre

Fibre is added to these three main food groups because while most complex carbohydrates include fibre, it is of the soluble type - that is fibres that create bulk in the intestines, and help to carry out toxins and other residues with the stool. Also important to inlude are the insoluble fibres that are found in fruits and vergatables - think celery sticks, appl skins and sweetcorn. These fibres are not broken down entirely, and serve to act as the intestines natural toothbrush, cleaning and sweeping as they pass through. It is vital to consume both types of fibre as each perform different functions in the gut.

Unfortunately many diet plans opt for omitting the starches (ie wolegrains, cereals, breads, potatoes and other root vegetables) as many of them are delivered in a more refined form, which delivers their energy more rapidly. This means thats those carbohydrates containing so many B vitamins, vital for the rpoduction of energy are reduced. Other sources of such fibres and B vitamins are found in perdominantly in pulses and legumes, but these do not suit everyones digestion.

There is no calorie counting involed in this system - it is simple about getting the balance of the foods right.
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