Healthy eating – Day 2. Guest blogger Chloe Petit

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Our first guest blogger is…..
Chloe Petit from Worthing! Who shares her reason why she wants a healthier diet.

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time I used to be a size 8/10. In my 20s and 30s that crept up to a 12/14 and now I am anywhere between a ‘hallelujuh’ size 12 for trousers in one shop but a ‘dammit’ size 16 for my top half in another shop.

The main reason for this is that as a young adult I ate when I wanted to. My metabolism seemed to like that. I didn’t eat particularly healthily or unhealthily, I just ate what I wanted and when I wanted. I also didn’t like sweet things. Then I became pregnant and discovered chocolate. And cake.

Suddenly with children in the house, regular meals were cooked, multipacks of crisps were always in stock as were chocolate or cereal bars for pack lunches. To top it all I married a French chef who cooked amazing dishes coated in the most buttery sauces known to mankind, topped with cheese.

Wine plays a large part in my diet too. I self medicate my stress levels with red wine or the now hugely fashionable Prosecco and my weight has now piled on and become my own private obsession.

‘You were fit’

The epiphany hit when two years ago my daughter was looking at pictures of me in my 20s and said ‘my god mum you were fit!’ and my mother turned around with a definite sneer attached firmly to her top lip and said “well, it’s not your bone structure that has changed darling, is it?”. My mum doesn’t ‘do’ fat.

My ‘why’

Along with being a reflexologist, I am a busy NHS healthcare assistant in the community. I beadle around in my little car visiting the sick redressing their wounds and attending to their ailments. What I have noticed is that those that have paid attention to their diet and mental health are the strongest. They, even in the late 90’s, still have drive and passion.

Those that have, for whatever reason, omitted to take care of themselves, sink lower in to their reclining chairs, refusing to eat well or go to bed, waiting patiently to die.

And that’s it, I want to be the feisty 90 year old. I don’t want to succumb to an ever expanding middle, leading me merrily to type 2 diabetes. I want lithe arms and strong legs with a washboard abdomen. At 40 and after 3 kids, I may be pushing it a bit to get the latter but hells bells I am going to give it a go.

I’m making changes

I have made changes, I have given up the ½ a sugar in my coffee and I now avoid stealthily sneaking to eat a pack-lunch chocolate bar late at night.

Water melon is amazing. Carrots too. Too late for breakfast? I dive into the fruit bowl and emerge triumphantly holding bananas, apples and satsumas. Instead of 125 calories of fat from crisps, I chew on ryvita and low fat hummus or a pot of nuts and grapes. Eggs are a lifesaver, poached egg and salad or poached eggs on spinach on a seeded piece of bread. Another tip is drinking water and piling on the veg. The more I drink the more I want. Adding a slice of lemon for halo values. I walk the dog up hills and put more effort into it. And I have started daily planks.

Benefits? More energy and a definite sense of wellbeing. And saintliness. I have a halo more days than not and if it starts to slip? Just start again tomorrow… Rome wasn’t built in day after all.

A note from Honey….

Thanks Chloe for your blog and sharing your reason why you want a healthier diet.

What this blog is:

  • This is a 30 day blog about health eating where different people will share their thoughts and experience
  • This is a non-judgmental place of inspiration
  • This is a place to learn, pick up tips and think about your own eating

What this blog isn’t:

  • This isn’t a weight loss plan. Although losing weight is often a by-product of eating a healthier diet! I do help people lose weight with Hypnotherapy but that is not the purpose of this blog.
  • It isn’t a place to feel regret about the situation of your health right now. Today is a chance to make changes!

Do you know what you are eating?

Yesterday’s product was… tomato soup.

Can you guess today’s product from it’s ingredients?

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What do you think it is? Let us know in the blog or facebook comments! I will let you know the answer here tomorrow.

Here’s the plan:

  • Read the blog each day. Get involved. comment, share your thoughts and wisdom
  • If you want to be accountable and use this as an opportunity to improve your diet and see how much better you can feel in just 30 days then go for it
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See you tomorrow.

Healthy hug 🙂



Honey Lansdowne is a successful Hypnotherapist in Worthing. She uses Hypnosis, NLP and 20 years coaching experience to help people overcome anxiety and depression in person and online.

  • Jill says:

    This is fabulous love your story and your “why” thanks for sharing and what a fab change you’re making

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you Chloe for sharing your story and Honey for creating the space for Chloe to do so. As a mother and a helping professional myself, I find it hard to prioritize my own well being and appreciate the thoughts shared here as inspiration for small changes

  • Chloë says:

    Thank you both for your comments. Halo just slipped a little courtesy of dark chocolate digestives but a Parkrun this morning should give the ole halo a bit of its shine back.

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