Nutrition & Lifestyle Advice

After being diagnosed with TTP most people make positive changes in their food and lifestyle. Find out what your body needs to stay in good health and avoid getting overtired, this is the time to look after yourself and avoid infections as much as possible.

Healthy diet and lifestyle top six tips

Balanced diet

Eat a balanced diet: base your meals on starchy foods that should make up one third of the foods you eat; these include pasta, rice, bread and potatoes. Have this with protein such as fish or lean chicken and cut down on red meat. Aim to eat two portions of oily fish a week such as salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, fresh tuna, skate or hake that contain the most Omega-3 fats which are good for you. For vegetarian diets include pulses, soya, tofu and nuts. Have plenty of fluids, such as water in your diet to stop your body from getting dehydrated. Pace yourself during the day to drink in the region of 1.6-2 litres every day and that is in addition to the water from the food you eat. That?s about 8-10 glasses (includes water, tea, coffee and milk) but you could need more if you exercise or during very hot weather.

No saturated fat

Cut down on saturated fats: these are usually found in hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, pies, butter, lard, ghee and cream. These fats can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which could increase the risk of developing heart disease. Choose other options such vegetable oil (with a spray bottle so you use less).

5 a day

Get your five a day of fruit and vegetables: this is a great source of vitamins and minerals that your body needs; one portion is equivalent to 80g or 3oz. A glass of juice is counted as one portion no matter how many glasses you drink. Try juicing your vegetables and fruit and find out what combination works for you. You could try apple, beetroot and carrot, add some fresh ginger or spinach.

Sugar

Cut down on sugar: these foods include sugary fizzy drinks, alcohol, cakes, biscuits, pastries and sugary breakfast cereals. Try porridge made with oats in the microwave, just add milk, heat and stir then add flaxseeds, blueberries or a banana to make a high powered long lasting breakfast. Try checking the food label of at least one thing you buy in the next week and if you spot more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g this means the food is too high in sugar content. 5g or less per 100g is more preferable.

SALT

Cut down on salt: there is so much salt in food already including bread, cereals, sauces and soups that are bought from the shop. Look at food labels next time you shop and if there is more than 1.5g of salt per 100g that is too high. Generally adults and children over 11 should eat no more than 6g of salt for the whole day. Younger children should have less. Try using lemon or spices to flavour food with less salt and your appetite will get used to it.

get moving

Get moving: you may have the healthiest diet in the world but if you are overweight or underweight and don?t do much exercise (this does not mean going to the gym, it could mean taking a 15 minute walk everyday) then you will not feel the benefits in your body.

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