I wasn’t always slim!
I am hoping that the photo above will dispel two common misconceptions that I find people have about me (I’m the one dressed as Glinda the good witch)!
Firstly, I haven’t always been slim. My weight has changed a lot over the years; I have been a size 18 and I yo-yo dieted and ate compulsively for much of my life. I used to hate myself and my body. I had to deal with a lot of stuff and learn a lot, before I was able to stop dieting and stop eating compulsively. It took me a long time to realise that punishing myself was not the answer, nor was the latest diet fad. I had to learn to love myself and want to take care of myself. That changed everything for me and I have been a steady 12-14 for many years now. I guess I feel a bit sad for wasting so much of my life feeling miserable about myself, and that is why I am so passionate about helping other women get out of the dieting/overeating cycle quicker than I did. I have learnt a lot about how to eat in a healthy, but sustainable and fun way. Food is meant to be enjoyed and is such a wonderful part of our lives. It really isn’t necessary to exist on rice cakes and lettuce to be slim and healthy and happy.
Secondly, I do not have some magical metabolism that means I can eat chips/pizza/cake all day and remain slim (I’m not one of those people!) I do eat chips, pizza and cake, but I had to find a balance. So, I don’t eat them everyday and I can afford to have pizza on a Friday night, if I want to, because most of my meals during the week have been full of vegetables, good proteins and good fats. I do not ban anything (I am gluten-sensitive, so I do stay away from that because I don’t like feeling ill), but I have free will to make my own food choices. By taking away guilt, most of the time I will choose the healthier option. However, if I really fancy chips or I am somewhere with delicious cake, then I will often choose that. It is the choosing that is the key here, it is my choice what to put into my body and sometimes the right choice is pizza and sometimes it’s salad.
Our weight is about so much more than food, so everything I have learned is in my Yo-Yo Dieting Escape Plan. It’s why we cover: self-care, sleep, stress management, gut bacteria and physical activity as well as nutrition. It’s not necessary to do it the slow and hard way like I did, I am willing to share what I have learnt along the way and hold your hand through the process, to fast-track your success.