Plant based recipes like ours are nutritious and no doubt delicious! However, does it mean you can over-indulge and have two raw cheese cake slices or two power bars rather than the usual one? Also, if our recipes are healthy and full of goodness (regardless of their calorie content), is it best to give up counting the calories and concentrate on the counting the goodness instead?
We asked Elaine Allerton, Registered Dietician and BDA spokesperson, who said ‘In a perfect world, dietary advice should be holistic, individualised and evidenced-based. Population level advice may not be appropriate for an individual, depending on their health status. A healthy eating plan does not necessarily equal a weight loss plan as they are two different goals. Portion distortion can continue, and it is possible to overeat healthy, nutrient rich foods, with the excess energy stored as fat. Just as it’s possible to meet your body’s energy requirements (Kcal), yet fall short in other macro and micronutrient requirements. In short, I’d look at both, aiming to meet (but not exceed) kcal requirements with nutrient rich foods: plenty of wholegrain starchy carbohydrates, plenty of fruit and vegetables, some protein and some low-fat dairy…. Saving the high fat, sugar, alcohol for celebrations.’