Our expert says:
The problem is that you are in London. If you were in SA, I would recommend that you consult your nearest dietitian, and although I know that there are dietitians in the UK, I am not sure if they see private patients? Try and find out if you can see a dietitian either on that Health System they have or a private one. You need a dietitian to work out what is called a low glycaemic index (GI) diet for you that provides sufficient energy to keep you going and also to make sure that cutting out the milk and dairy is not causing a calcium deficiency! Adapting to a low-GI diet is quite tricky and seeing that you have cut out milk, yoghurt and cottage cheese, it is difficult to prescribe a low-GI diet over the Internet. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. You may also be able to buy books in the UK about low-GI eating or order one via the South African The Glycemic Index Foundation of SA at: www.gifoundation.com and ask if they can advise if the series of books on 'Eating for sustain energy' are available in the UK.
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