Are there things in your kitchen that seem to call to you? And it feels like an itch you need to scratch? And before you know it you’ve eaten one or two and then the whole pack! and then you feel bad. And kick yourself because afterwards you know you didn’t need to eat like that? You are not alone! This is a common problem.
Another problem for people is portion size. when you go out to dinner you might order the biggest thing. And sides! Or maybe you load your plate high and no size meal or snack is a problem at all and you wonder if you have an extra large stomach or something! Or do you eat a lot and know you are full but still keep going. Dinner, pudding, snack, snack, drink, snack, snack and you don’t seem to have a stop button!
These are common problems for a lot of people that I see in my Hypnotherapy practise. It’s usually weight loss that has made the overeating become a problem. Sometimes it’s a lack of control that people don’t like or it can actually cost a lot of money. Sometimes they feel ‘addicted’ to food.
Mostly, as with most things it’s a mind game. Your brain for some reason doesn’t feel satisfied. more complex issues aside, there are practical things that you can do to help yourself…
Often when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see how you feel. By the way, this also works with cigarette cravings if you are trying to stop smoking!
Sometimes eating is associated with boredom. Boredom is a state of mind. Get up, run up and down the stairs, dance to a tune, walk round the block, bounce on the kids trampoline. You can change your state in seconds and it might just work.
You might be thinking of a particular thing that you want to eat. You might be someone who thinks of the thing, goes to get the thing. Gets the thing. Eats the thing. And then feels bad. This is the mind obsessing to some degree. You need to literally change your mind.
So maybe start by doing things a bit differently. Take a different route to work/school, change things around in your home etc. You send messages to your mind that things are changing and it creates new thought paths. Start to change your mind and you can change your life.
We are two weeks into our 30 days of healthy eating blogs. What can you achieve in 2 weeks?
Well you could:
Here they are if you want to catch up:
It’s been wonderful hearing from so many different people about their healthy eating and I have even more lined up this week for you. If you want this blog emailed to you simply sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of the blog. People are loving that!
Thanks to all my guest bloggers who have done an amazing job of sharing and inspiring.
Today’s guest blogger is nutritionist: Hannah Bailey of Wise Choice Nutrition in Sheffield. Hannah shares a day in her ‘food life’ and some of her tips and advice.
Hi! I’m Hannah. Owner of Wise Choice Nutrition and masters student studying Personalised Nutrition to become a nutritional therapist. I absolutely love what I do and could never imagine doing anything different.
Food is such a complicated thing and we are a nation getting fatter and sicker every day. I truly believe it’s because of poor advice and the addiction to junk food fuelled by the fact it’s everywhere!
The misconceptions around food, health, nutrition and exercise are massive so a lot of my time is spent helping people change these and understand what works for them. I’m also passionate about helping people change their relationship with food. It’s something I’ve struggled with and personally know how hard it can be.
Unlike drinking or smoking, food is essential to life so not something you can cut out as easily. It’s also all around us and constantly advertised by the media.
One of the things that is important to remember is what you have achieved. It’s very easy to focus on all the things you’ve eaten or drunk that you feel you shouldn’t have but shift your focus to what you have done that’s healthy.
I also recommend picking one thing you can do every day with little effort. Mine is always drinking plenty of water. By focusing on what you have done that’s positive, you start to change what your brain focuses on.
I base my meals on protein as much as I can, I always try to have a healthy breakfast usually egg based to start the day well. A healthy, high protein breakfast keeps me going until lunch where I often have leftovers, salad or soup depending on the time of year and where I’m working from.
I try to avoid sandwiches and the popular meal days in shops because sandwiches, crisps and chocolate is not a filling heathy lunch.
If you get a mid afternoon slump, try changing your lunch to something high protein. Taking my own lunch to work also saves a fortune and means you know exactly what’s gone in to it.
I try not to snack between lunch and dinner but if I’m working late then I need something! On a good day it might be nuts, avocado, veg sticks and houmous, oatcakes, piece of fruit etc.
Dinner is normally a low carb meal but some days the carbs get the better of me! I go to martial arts so nights I’m training definitely need to be healthy if I’m eating before I train otherwise I notice a big difference in energy.
If I have carbs I try to make it a little bit of brown rice or sweet potato rather than pasta, white potato or chips etc.
My biggest piece of advice is to stop beating yourself up! If you don’t know where to start in changing your lifestyle, pick one thing that feels manageable and do it for a week before adding in something else. YYou don’t need to change everything all at once for there to be health benefits. Just drinking more water, less caffeine and eating more veg can have a noticeable impact on how you feel. Set your goals and then take action each day towards them.
If you would like to know more, you can visit my website at or call Hannah on 07912 556470 to find out more.
Today’s guest blogger is Judi May, a Reiki master teacher at Reiki Mastership from Nottingham.
I became a vegetarian at the age of 7, I loved animals. We had all sorts: dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and fish, even a stick insect, so in my 7 year old wisdom I decided I couldn’t eat any of them anymore.
Then things changed, I discovered J dating. In my 20s, going out to restaurants became a bit of a challenge, as I quickly discovered if you didn’t like omelette you were left trying to make bread and tomato sauce dinners!
I began to eat fish and then chicken and my world opened up. I ate like this until last year when I became more aware of the negative effects of meat, dairy and wheat on my body, so I cut out chicken, then dairy from cows, wheat gluten and some fish.
So, what is my label? I personally don’t want to be labelled, I want to eat mackerel sometimes, have a goats’ cheese salad or a wholemeal sandwich if I’m offered. If I’m out for dinner and someone orders a steak I don’t whip out my balaclava and AK47, we should all choose to eat what we wish and not be judged.
It’s possibly easier to say I’m a vegetarian, vegan or a gluten-free consumer but much more difficult to explain how I eat. Surely you should be able to eat how you want without being criticised or judged.
Whether you eat beef, but not pork; fish, but not lobster; goats’ cheese, but not cows’ cheese; or if you’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years but have decided it no longer suits you, your body or ethics, etc, then you should be able to do that.
I don’t have a title for the way I eat: the way I eat is perfect for me and my family and I’m sure I will tweak and change it even more over the next few years as my knowledge and choices increase and change. So don’t shoot the part-veggi-part-vegan-part-gluten-free, we’re all just trying to find the best way to live at this moment in time.
Well here are a couple of meals that I have. Chickpea coconut curry and cauliflower pizza with salad. Both of these meals are vegan.
Our ninth guest blogger is Sandra Peachey from Coventry who as a writer, tells her story. She is also the Director of LifeWork Consultancy & Coaching, Blogger, Blonde and Author at www.peacheyletters.co.uk
My story starts with the fact that I loved my food and had a stressful career. At 42 I started to develop stomach ulcers and asthma. My doctor signed me off, gave me medication and told me to rest. But still I would get cramping, bloating and all sorts of other horrible allergic reactions…
Eventually I had a ‘happy mid-life crisis’ – leaving the corporate world behind to re-train as a coach and pursue my dreams of becoming an author. What I discovered along the way, was that I made strides in my inner and outer life when I did the work on both. By making healthy nutrition a priority, I supported all my goals, underpinning my transition to a happier and healthier life.
This starting with smoothies. I discovered that drinking 3-4 fresh fruit/vege drinks for a week, 3 – 4 times per year detoxes my system and removes the cravings I have for addictive substances like sugar and caffeine. I make one every day for breakfast too.
I also stick to a ‘paleo’ diet – i.e. similar to what our stone-age ancestors would have eaten and what our bodies were built to ingest; being protein, fruit and vegetables. All without additives and no more than a handful of ingredients. I avoid carbs and gluten too.
As a foodie, I love the challenge of cooking delicious, nutritious meals. I constantly scour the internet and cook books to motivate me to craft my own cooking creations. I eat meat about 40% of the time and still avidly read vegan and vegetarian times in order to get my inspiration.
Healthy eating requires effort in terms of preparation / effort and my simple trick is to make more than I need. I cook when I’m in the mood and have the time, love and energy to put into it. I freeze and store what is left over, so I always have fabulous, healthy food on hand, no matter how tired I am…
I now no longer stand on the scales and wonder what my weight is or have debilitating dyspepsia (excess acid causing all sorts of painful bodily side effects) any more.
However, I do still like my ‘treats’ and to go out into the world and eat ‘normal’/ ‘bad’ food – including diary and gluten which I typically avoid… And this is where I annoy those who advocate excluding food groups from their lives, without exception.
I want the choice of eating what I want and if I exclude certain things from my diet altogether, then I soon become intolerant to them. I therefore live by an 80/20 principle – I eat healthily 80% of the time and then subscribe to the theory that ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’.
This way I never crave certain foods or have to deny myself. And I have to say that if I’m tempted to overdo it – my body soon warns me! Over time I’ve come to recognise cause and effect, learning to monitor what goes into my body and what effect it has.
It’s my body, my life and I have to take care of both. I’m also stubbornly pro-choice / freedom and find that by living by my 80 / 20 rule I get to satisfy myself and my life in every way!
With love, laughter and learning, Sandra Sandra Peachey: Coach, Blogger & Author. You can read more of my blogs at www.peacheyletters.co.uk
I am not a football fan but my fiancé loves it. Recently he finally persuaded me to come to watch his favourite team play. I was hesitant until I realised he had corporate tickets so I agreed to come and looked forward to the free prosecco.
The corporate area was lovely and it was full of families and we sat next to a father and daughter on their weekly trip to the football. We got chatting to them and he explained that as a lifelong football fan he brought his daughter there every week (even to the away games) and he loved the family time with her. They had such a close connection that it was lovely to be a part of it, if only for a very short time.
Football matches have a great atmosphere, cheers, screams, claps and most important of all …. the food. Everywhere you look there is someone eating pizzas, burgers or chips. It being a Saturday and because I fancied joining in as much as possible I asked the gentleman beside me if the food was nice. He pointed at his daughter, who was thoroughly enjoying a slice of pizza, and said it was lovely. The pies were the best but the pizza lasted longer. He went on to explain that they spend a fortune every weekend as nothing seemed to fill them up. He even listed all of the unhealthy food he and his daughter had eaten the week before. I asked if they had any healthier choices too and he laughed saying healthy food would be even more expensive.
Now I was not having this conversation with the intention of judging what he eats or feeds his daughter so rather than respond with my thoughts on healthy eating being quite cheap (and providing all the nutrients so you don’t need to eat more and more) I excused myself and went to get some chips (which I thoroughly enjoyed!).
Chatting to my fiancé on the way home, I asked him when people started to genuinely believe that healthy eating was expensive? It actually shocks me that people believe that eating healthily costs more than buying food that never satisfies your true desires. We had a fantastic day but with a trip to the football and a lovely dinner afterwards ( a delicious gluten free veggie pizza), we had spent almost £50 and when i got home I had some fruit as I was still hungry (not to mention how little energy I had) !!
When did we become brainwashed into thinking that in order for food to fill us up, we have eat unhealthy food? When did we decide this for our children too?
Eating healthy, for me, is cheap ! I use my Sundays to plan my week ahead and very seldom spend more than £50 on our weekly shopping!
Breakfast is usually fruit or vegetable juice. I like to eat my fruit on an empty stomach so make a fruits salad. My favourite is banana, strawberry and green grapes. I take my juicing very serious and usually juice enough for 2-3 breakfasts with my favourite being pineapple, kale and ginger (and then I mix in some wheatgrass powder and blend it with an avocado).
Lunch is often some gnocchi with a vegan pesto with a huge salad. On a Sunday, I often make some tomato, lentil and smoked paprika soup in the slow cooker (pop in some onions, celery, carrot, tomatoes and stock for a couple of hours and when it’s nearly cooked add the lentils …. lots of smoked paprika throughout. You cannot go wrong with this and it tastes even better after a night in the fridge).
Dinner is usually roast veg (sweet potato, carrot and potato) with tofu and salad. My fiancé makes the best roast vegetables and they taste amazing. I add lots of salad and make it really exciting with spiralised carrot and courgettes. Snacks can be anything from raw veg to more veggie juice.
I am human and will enjoy my ‘unhealthy meals’ but I make sure I listen to my body afterwards- how do I feel. Am I stuffed or do I feel just right. Then I remember these feelings the next time I want to have these unhealthy foods.
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Roughly two months ago, I had the brilliant idea of getting a well woman test. The test came back – you have an overactive thyroid. I was naffed off as you can imagine. After doing some research, I went back to the doctors with my nutrition plan. He gave me six weeks to prove I could turn everything back to normal. Of course, I did!
In addition to my already fab diet, I gave up gluten, nightshades (potatoes, peppers, aubergines, goji berries and tomatoes). There were days that I opened the fridge and thought what am I going to eat. Or screaming up the walls because I wanted cake. And then I thought ‘get off your ass and experiment.’
On Sunday, for example, I started the day, as normal with a glass of water and a doggie walk. I have become a ‘how to drink water properly’ freak. On returning, it’s another glass of water and a 30 minute wait until my taste buds were delighted with fresh figs from my neighbour with a touch of Greek yoghurt (I can’t quite get this out of my system, just yet), with Maca, Baobob and raw chocolate.
One of my absolute must haves is variety, so on other days it’s out with my Nutribullet and a concoction of some description, usually with avocado, chia, ginger, turmeric and raw chocolate featuring amongst other ingredients. Smoothies are rarely planned, more mmmm what do I fancy?
After a few hours of writing I am usually busting for chocolate and with none to be found (I simply do not buy crap), I have to make some. Chocolate truffles can be melting in my mouth in about 20 minutes.
My what cake can I make is typically based on a banana bread recipe. If I don’t have bananas I use whatever is to hand. The last chocolate ‘bread’ I made was with beetroot and raw chocolate. 1 hour later and I have cake. I never realised how easy it is to have cakes (gluten and sugar-free) and chocolates until I found myself in a position of needing to make them. It is so easy
Lunch is always a small affair. Gluten free crackers, humus (home-made), avocado and an apple or crackers, almond butter, goats cheese and an apple. To be honest, I am rarely hungry during the day, but at least I know that I have had something.
The evening sees us wandering out to the rambla (dried river bed) for our evening sniff and then it’s back to staring forlornly in the fridge. The fridge is packed with organic veggies; my brain is however not always packed with inspiration.
A few times of opening and closing said fridge door, and I can devise something yummy – though not always. Today, for example, I have already decided on sweet potato tortilla with a massive salad and a cheeky glass of cider. My rules about not drinking with food are often broken in the evening. Life can’t be all about being good can it?
If you find yourself faced with hard facts that mean that you have to change your lifestyle, please embrace it. My diet is amazing, and I eat fantastically well.
Things don’t always work out, like the time I thought I had defrosted lentil burgers, and it was biscuit mix. Tasted odd fried (in coconut oil) with veg, but there you go.
Making lots of something, bread, cakes, burgers, casseroles / stews, hummus, means that when inspiration leaves me, I can hunt around in the freezer and usually find something I fancy.
How many people do you know who started a diet and “succeeded” for a while to then put ALL the weight back on and some? How many people do you know who yo-yo diet? The truth is I should be asking why do people fail at dieting?
If you have ever wondered why a lot of people fail at dieting, then you are in the right place.
For years I have had a particular interest in health and wellness and dieting, both from the fitness and culinary side of it, and nowadays from the business point of view too using vegan fitness and nutrition products!
Once upon a time I started my professional career as a chef, I have always loved cooking and eating for that matter; though, when I was studying to become a chef very little emphasis was made in healthy eating, in fact, it was all about the calories… and by that I mean how many calories you could add to a dish.
Truth be told, I struggled a little because when you work in a kitchen you either eat a lot or eat nothing, you are dehydrated and you end up drinking a lot (and yep it isn’t water what you drink a lot of!)
So, needless to say that I know what it is like to have a few extra pounds and struggling to get rid of them…
Then, when I changed from catering to management I discovered fitness and I developed an interest in nutrition and I used my culinary skills to help me develop nutritious and yet delicious dishes without much or no guilt…
Even then I struggled a bit, because I was not addressing the real cause as to why I was overeating and finding excuses to not commit to my wellness…
Then, I became an applied psychology practitioner and trainer where I was able to put it all together and make sense of it all! You might be thinking and saying out loud, just get to it and tell us why do people fail at dieting…
The reason why people fail at dieting is because they are focusing on the external factors, i.e. dieting (food) and exercising (physical), and forget about the most important asset we possess, our mind.
When I was growing up I remember hearing the following quote over and over and over again, “a healthy mind in a healthy body” from the Latin Mens sana in corpore sano, and to be honest I never got it! Not till later in life, anyway…
If we reverse this quote and say a healthy body in a healthy mind is equally as effective, if not more powerful… I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “mind over matter”, and “be careful what you wish for”, and The Law of Attraction, etc.
What all this phrases have in common is the mind, the mind is a generator and not just any generator, but THE generator, it generates our thoughts that shape our ideas, that shape our actions, that shape our behaviours, that shape our identity and what we do and ultimately who we become.
Going to back to why people fail is because they focus their attention on food and exercising and not their thoughts and feelings about food. These people, and I include myself, forget that we can control our actions and before we can do that we must understand our thoughts around food and health, this is possible when we understand why eat what we eat.
Do we eat cake because of its taste? Do we eat it because of its texture? Is it linked to a memory? Is it the way it looks? Is it because we just want it? Is it because it tells us to eat it? Can you see you how there are many reasons as to why we eat some foods? Are you failing at dieting? Have you been struggling and battling with weight loss for a while?
Do I control what I eat or does the food control me and my life?
Be honest, and if you feel that food controls you, it is very likely that you need to work on your mind and mindset about food and eating.
Thank you so much for your time and reading this blog post and please do not forget to mind your mind and your thoughts because in the end we become our thoughts.
Till next time,
PS, I will be writing a blog post about addictions and guiding stars (which will blow your mind) in the coming weeks and if you’d like to read just visit my blogging site and follow me.
We are one week into our 30 days of healthy eating blogs. What can you achieve in a week? Well you could:
Here they are if you want to catch up:
Chloe Petit told us about her reason ‘why’. Read it here
I don’t know about you, but I’ve really enjoyed hearing from a variety of people about their healthy eating style.
So you’ve got the books like Deliciously Ella, Medicinal Chef and Eat, Nourish, Glow. You’ve watched Joe Wicks and juiced with Jason Vale. Your phone is bursting with podcasts and you have a gym membership. But you still can’t commit to a consistent healthy plan. WHY NOT? It’s a bit of a mystery isn’t it?
Eating shouldn’t be complex. We were designed to eat to fuel our bodies. But somehow somehow eating comes with a host of other factors which can affect how, what, how much and when we eat.
Here are some common reasons that people’s eating is ‘out of control’ or meaning they are not eating a balanced diet.
When you are stressed you do not think as clearly as when you are calm. When you don’t think clearly you are more likely to shove something in your mouth without thinking about it. You pay less attention to the needs of your body too as your mind is on other things. In addition, when you are stressed your body releases cortisol from the adrenal glands which increases appetite. You can read more about that in this Harvard paper here.
Stress also tends to make you reach for sugary and fatty foods. It can easily become a habit for the body to connect these foods with stressfull situations.
Lots of my Hypnotherapy clients who come to see me because they want to eat a healthier diet say they are lonely and use food as a ‘friend’. Food seems to fill lonely gaps for people and becomes a ‘friend’ in its own right. Watching a movie alone? Eat lots of ice creams and other sugary and fatty snacks. Bored? Plan what to buy and eat or go on an outing to get some ‘naughty food’. You are in it together’. You and your food ‘friends’.
Life can be mundane and dull. Food can be an escape from the routine. Oh a Chinese, how exciting! You might go to the restaurant to have it or it is delivered. The smells excite you and you like the flavours. An exotic menu to tantalise you. But hold on… you scoff it down and then what? Life is still the same. The chores are still there and you still live in your house. And you might feel bad about eating something greasy or having spent more money than you wanted to on that meal.
Time and time again, people come to see me for Hypnotherapy to improve their eating but it’s not about the eating. When we start working together and smooth other issues, the eating is almost a by product of those issues. Self-worth, confidence and motivation are really important elements of us and can easily be smoothed, repaired or increased with Hypnotherapy and NLP. Never underestimate emotional issues creeping into all areas of your life. So many times people know all the things they should be doing and once they unload issues, these things become much easier and life changes.
Every time you eat ask yourself, why am I eating this? The answer might be that you are hungry. But the answer might be completely different. You might be surprised! You might be tired and eating sugar. You might be sad and eating for comfort. You might be bored and filling some time or you might be stressed and just desperately using food as a crutch.
The good news is that all these reasons for not eating healthily and nourishing yourself and your body can be changed. At any time! The power is in your hands. You might make the decision yourself and operate from a place of willpower (which is a conscious mind decision) and this is successful for many. But many other people just need a bit of help getting in the zone, clearing the way for new habits and behaviours and getting on their way to a healthier life.
Our fifth guest blogger is Rachel Linstead who is an expert in workplace health, wellbeing & positive cultures at Firecracker. Here Rachel shares a day in her life and what she eats.
Well my day tends to start pretty early most days around 5.30am as 6 out of 7 days I get up with the larks to do exercise; my exercise of choice is CrossFit which I do 3/4 times a week, I also do interval training at the same place as I do CrossFit twice a week and then do a long run once a week!!
I tend to exercise on an empty stomach as this works well for me but I do take pre-workout 30 minutes before I exercise, this is caffeine based and helps to kick start my body into exercise, during the workout I used branch chain amino acid drink and straight afterwards I have a whey based protein shake made with whole milk.
Once home around 8am I usually make myself a smoothie bowl with yogurt, homemade berry compote, ground nuts & seeds and desiccated coconut and sometimes I add in a scoop of protein shake if the workout has been especially challenging and weight lifting focused.
I work from home most of the time so also make myself a fresh filter coffee which I drink at my desk as I check my emails and catch up on news and alerts about food, nutrition and workplace health, this is also the time I plan my day ahead.
My breakfast tends to keep me going right through to lunch which I take at 1pm until 1.45pm when I sit and watch the national and local news.
Lunch varies quite a lot but tends to be salad or soup based. At the moment I’m having roasted Mediterranean vegetables with some beans (Black eyed) and some mixed seeds. I make all my soups from scratch which tends to be things like roasted tomato and lentil or roasted butternut squash with smoked bacon and crème fraiche, these can be cooking while I work upstairs and then just blend them into a smooth soup.
My thoughts around food is that is should be enjoyed for that it is – a life giver!! And celebrated rather than demonised. I believe all food is good and all food is bad and should be respected, it’s just all about how much of a certain food you eat, a little of everything does you no harm.
I try to eat as much variety as possible so that I’m giving my body a plethora of nutrients, vitamins and minerals so that it can function as well as it can.
As a qualified nutrition professional I try to educate people about how the body works and how food influences this, which helps them make informed choice rather than eliminating foods from their diet without knowing why!!
My afternoon snack is often a small apple with some peanut butter or some dried fruit and nuts, not much but enough to keep me going until my evening meal.
Evening meals are small and light – meat with veggies and sweet potato wedges.
If I’m exercising the following morning I will have a night time snack of peanut butter on oatcakes with some sliced banana, this helps my body relax due to the magnesium in the banana and I sleep better for it.
I tend to do food prep at the weekends and will always have soup, roasted vegetables and some kind of minced dish in my fridge so that I can quickly grab something.
The best advice I can give people is to enjoy food and never feel guilty about eating it!! Cake is good for the soul, just don’t have it every day.
Our third guest blogger is Sam Heywood-Cox North Staffordshire. Here Sam tells us why she loves Mondays.
For most Monday is a daunting thing – a full week of work to look forward to with all of the pressures and pains of balancing life and work. For me it’s different, Mondays for me return me to balance and new possibilities and most importantly my weekly trip to the local well known diet club.
My journey began in March 2015, prompted largely by two items of clothing:
I was mortified. I had always been slimmer but the post-baby weight was just not shifting.
With head hung low and without a word to anyone other than my husband I arrived at the group. Standing on those scales for the first time was terrifying and I was shocked at how much I weighed. I vowed to change.
Mondays are great. I have been at target since 5th October 2015 and I love it.
After dropping my daughter at school I do the shopping according to the meal plan written over the weekend – doing it this way means there is virtually no waste and I am not tempted by the two for one offers which means we save money too.
There are still snacks in for my husband and daughter but the trolley is filled largely with the 229 free to eat any time, any amount foods and some store cupboard staples.
It helps that I enjoy cooking, my husband and son have been really fussy eaters so I am the master of invention and hidden veg.
I work on my business until 2:45 p.m. and always walk to collect my daughter from school; a little daily exercise goes a long way.
If dinner is more involved than freezer to over to plate I prepare what I can, come 5:15 p.m. I am off to group. (I have even coerced a friend into coming and she looks and feels great too).
The group is a wonderful experience, I have made friends, been able to help others and now get regular exercise by helping promote the group through leaflet delivery.
At first it felt daunting facing the scales but, with very small changes to the way I cook and the ingredients used, it has been easy to implement. Even on the weeks where I have gained rather than lost (and believe me it is about 50:50) going to the group has given me support and encouragement, and some great food ideas, including new ingredients (kohlrabi?).
Moreover the group and the weight loss has given me back my body confidence. I see myself in a shop window and see a beautiful lady rather than the leggings and baggy jumpers of 2014. I smile more, I dress better and have even gone back to wearing short skirts.
I am now embarking on a career as a wellness coach – not for this particular diet plan but generally to help people hit their own personal goals.
For me it was about finding my self-confidence and in finding a regime that suited my life-style I have certainly done that. There are so many options for health available out there that you are bound to find one thing that suits you.
Wilted spinach and dry friend mushrooms and tomatoes
Two dry fried eggs
Sam is 44 years old and has two children. She lives in North Staffordshire with her husband and daughter, her grown up son lives up the road and comes home regularly for meals. Sam runs an MLM selling cards, wrapping, stationery and more. She is also a wellness coach with a continued professional development plan in place.
You can read her daily blog at [email protected] and is on Facebook as facebook.com/samheywoodcox