Ditching the Diet

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Right. That’s it. We’ve eaten all the good stuff. The only Christmas leftovers now remaining in this house are about 7lbs on each of our waists.

As we diligently worked our way through the leftover mountain and I started to think about coming late to the new year diet party, something occurred to me.

I’ve been on a lot of diets in my life. In my thirty (cough) something years I’ve eaten steak for breakfast with Dr Atkins, I’ve spent the GDP of a small country on Mullerlights with Slimming World and I’ve done the “whoop whoop Sarah’s lost 1/2lb” circle of shame with WeightWatchers. But do you know what I’ve never done when my waistband has become a bit too tight? Not go on a diet.

I’ve never ever tried moderation. It’s just not in my nature. Clinging on to a diet plan for dear life gives me comfort. It makes my efforts feel contained, organised and measured.

Things are different now though. I have two children that I really hope have healthy relationships with food and not the diet yoyo I’ve been playing with for the last 10 years. So I’m making a change and if I tell you, that means I have to stick to it. It’s the law then.

My Non-Diet

1. Drink 2 litres of water a day
2. Run a bit
3. Do some more yoga
4. Don’t eat bread every day
5. Remember that all of the small good food choices add up
6. Eat breakfast every day
7. Eat more vegetables at every opportunity
8. Think about if I really want something before I eat it
9. Drink some green smoothies
10. Don’t stand by the cupboard stealthily eating crisps or chocolate

So there we are. Wish me luck.

How do you stave off the spare tyre? Do diets work for you? And, is it just me that always wondered what Mullerlights were really made of?

Sarah x

PS. Yes, that was a cake with a donut on top in the photo, don’t judge me, it was so good.

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  1. says

    Good luck with the diet, it seems a bit harsh for the time of year! I put a selection of fruit next to the kettle in the hope that it will divert my attention from the biscuits during coffee breaks.

    Watch out for refined carbohydrates in diet foods – they’re often really high!

  2. says

    Rah! Down with diets. Never done one, never plan to. Healthy eating is where it’s at and when I need to reign myself in, I just cut the crap and eat a bit less, simples! Well not always, obvs cravings are hard to beat, but generally eating healthily is so much better than yoyo dieting. Good luck with your mission #PoCoLo

  3. says

    I’ve found that cutting down on bread has really helped. I now have a new routine which I stick to most days, but I have weekends off and if I go out with a friend I don’t stick to it either. That seems to keep me on a very gentle downward trend. I would suggest making treats really worthwhile. For instance, I’m not that fussed about shop bought cake (unless it’s the really good/expensive type) so I tend to limit myself to homemade. Similarly with biscuits. I’m not tempted by a digestive, but will have a homemade cookie.
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  4. says

    I don’t diet, but do run 3 or 4 times a week which I enjoy (except in torrential rain). It seems to keep me fit and means I never worry about whether I should be eating chocolate or not!

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