Q&A With Susie
Hi Susie, I’ve recently ended up in hospital with respiratory problems, brought on by an over-riding health problem*. This has prompted me to change my diet and put a light exercise plan into action. What food can I eat, to replace my largely potato and bread based diet and what other health suggestions would you find that would help me? *I have MPS type IV (Morphios). Thanks." Dermot via Facebook
While there is nothing wrong with consuming a small amount of energy dense carbohydrates in the diet such as bread and potatoes, when activity is limited, sometimes a way to control calorie intake is to look for 'lighter' sources of carbohydrate.
Vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin and peas can be mashed in place of potatoes at night or a mix of vegetables including eggplant, pumpkin and mushrooms can be roasted in the oven with a little olive oil.
When it comes to bread, some wraps available have as little as 10g of carbohydrate per serve compared to >30g of carbohydrates for some serves of bread.
Crackers, including corn and rye based crackers are also lower in carbohydrate and can be a tasty alternative to bread and can be teamed with tuna, salmon and salad for lunch options.