As you will know, I have been sharing my weight loss journey on this blog for a while now. Each week I meticulously plan out 3 meals and 2 snacks and my exercise. I loooooove exercise. I don't like Ryvita. It tastes like cardboard. Yet each week, I will eat it for my lunch. Then one day I spotted a book with yellowing pages that my sister had recommended. This book used to be found in the diet sections of all good bookshops which is ironic considering the main message is 'DIETS DON'T WORK'. I have tried every diet known to man, I have eaten up everything I considered to be 'bad food' in my cupboards on a Sunday night before commencing a new diet on a Monday morning. I have looked longingly at cake and chocolate, whilst feeling miserable as I am eating my Weight Watchers Soup which tastes worryingly odd to me. I have had a real craving for Kellogg Pop Tarts recently and yet every day, hour and minute I am ignoring what my body is asking for, and eating what a magazine thinks it should have and even at what time of day I should be having this food.
The book 'Naturally Slim' challenges you to stop dieting and to eat exactly what you want, when you want it. To be like a naturally slim person. It also explores the many emotional issues that surround food. It all just makes good sense.
And so I found myself in my supermarket, challenging to buy what I really wanted, what I really fancied to eat and the best thing? I was 'allowed' to eat it when I want. And so I bypassed the Ryvita and stocked up on Pop Tarts (strawberry flavour with the icing topping!), Mr Kipling French Fancies, Banana custard yogurts and some cherry jaffa cakes. I ate these when I fancied. As Chris was making a lovely nutritious tea, I was chowing down on a a bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, because I really fancied it.
This all continued swimmingly and I was finding out more about what I really liked and when. I discovered that:
- I actually don't feel hungry for breakfast in the morning.
- I can be a real picky eater - a true revelation. After making like Oscar the Grouch and treating my body like a bin, I have found I do not like sauces mixing, that beetroot joins celery as the food of the devil.
- I love white bread, but too much has ...ahem... an unfortunate reaction. That's all I'm going to say and will remain a secret between me and the pharmacist I had to see today.
So now, I am going to carry on with this. The body is an amazing thing and knows what it wants. I am craving fruit and veg because that is what my body wants. But if I fancy a bar of Fruit and Nut, I will have it and thoroughly enjoy it. And the Pop Tarts? I had two, they were bloomin' yummy. The rest are still in the packet.