Eating Excuses the ones that ruin your diet!
Ok, so I knew that doing a diet blog would be an emotive subject, especially as I'm a 'thin' girl. What I didn't fully appreciate was quite how emotive it would be or the varied response I've had.
I promise you, I know a thing or two about this. If I hadn't taught myself this way of eating, I'd have been on a diet my whole life while slowly getting fatter. Many of you are suspicious of me but I ask you, who better to tell you their secrets?
Me, who once suffered the constant torment of dieting but has managed to turn myself in to a naturally slim girl and hasn't changed weight for 20 years? Or do you want to put your faith in yet another magazine article, where a reality TV star has been paid by a brand to tell you that she or he, shed 4 stone in 3 months, only to see them put it all back on again in 3 weeks, so they can sell you another pipe dream in 6 months.
I am not paid to write this. In fact not long ago I was offered money from a very well-known high street, diet brand, to tell you all that I had lost my baby weight with their product. I declined as I didn't lose it that way for a start, I just lost weight because I have learned to listen to my body. I don't agree with dieting and I'd rather tell everyone the truth even if I'm poorer for it. DIETS DO NOT WORK.
I have a family and no one can afford to turn down thousands of pounds (pardon the pun) but I also have a a conscience and morals and quite frankly - I fucking hate diets! They steal your life.
I genuinely want to help and if I free just one person from a life of dieting, then I will be happy.
I want you to think back to a time when you were younger, when food was absolutely no issue to you at all. You just ate it. You didn't worry about a (government imposed) five a day. You didn't think about sugar or salt content. You didn't count calories. You just heard a rumble in your tummy and you looked to your parents to feed you. When you had finished and felt full, without even realising it you stopped eating. You didn't clear your plate if you were full, you jumped up from the table and went off to play.
Back then, you didn't care how much you weighed or how much or little you had eaten.
You sometimes ate food for fun and sometimes you hardly ate at all but you didn't give it a second thought. Wouldn't you love to go back to that?
Well that is how I live my life now and you can do it too. It just takes a little trust in yourself (and me) to break away from the fear of food and back in to the joy that it can and should bring.
So let us carry on with the list of reasons why Diet's Do Not Work. I believe we were at reason number 6.
6. Dieter's Insanity - The excuses we make so we can eat...
After years of deprivation, food is no longer how it used to be when you were a child. So many rules and regulations have been placed on you through dieting, You can't remember how to eat anymore, using your natural instincts. If you come off a diet, you go wild and crazy and feel totally out of control.
You also make bargains with yourself so you can eat. You think these bargains makle food 'guilt free' the way it should be - but they don't.
Your inner child, is so deprived it keeps on asking you for food and the adult you, strikes a deal. Which brings us to the eating excuses.
I warn you, when you see some of these laid out before your eyes they may seem pretty silly. But we all do it and it's time to be aware of it so you can stop the merry-go-round!
The diet starts tomorrow
We've almost already covered this one. It's the classic. You stuff yourself stupid because tomorrow you are starting a diet
You work out how many calories you've had today and you realise you've still got 320 to consume... You're not actually hungry but you think, 'Oh I'll have a MARS bar then, they are only 230 calories and then I'll treat myself to a banana too, so I'm healthy.
Nothing to do. Bored
You are so bored you eat something just so you are busy, it's easy and you're too stuck in the habit of this that you can't even think about doing something interesting like reading.
Eating now in case you get hungry later
You realise that you are going to be in a meeting for a few hours or that by the time you have done the shopping and the school run, followed by Chloe's gymnastic lesson, it will be really late. You really aren't hungry in the slightest but you still have a sausage sandwich and a bag of crisps just in case you are hungry later
Reward for all your hard work
You've had such a hard day. The kids have been bloody nightmares. A direct debit bounced. You didn't get that promotion. You've had 3 big meals today but you buy yourself a trifle because you really have had it tough today.
You need energy!
You are so tired because your baby kept you up all night or you couldn't sleep because you were up late watching Family Guy last night. You've still got loads to do. You're not hungry but food will help, it will perk you up (and help you procrastinate).
You need love
You just want to know someone cares and no one is showing you that but food always does. It's sadly a bit like a one night stand though, you feel awful in the morning.
I've exercised so I can eat
You think, oh I did aerobics class and hot yoga today. I've burned off loads of calories so I can eat more whether I'm hungry or not
You didn't exercise
You are utterly annoyed that you didn't get chance to go to the gym today. As you didn't go, there's no point being healthy. You'll just stuff your face with all the foods you eat on your 'off' days and start again tomorrow.
You need to eat the pain away
You feel hurt and terrible depressed. You try to sooth it all away with a box of donuts
You see a pudding you haven't had since you were a child. You're nor hungry but you just have to eat it as tomorrow you will go back on your diet and so you won't be able to
You're on holiday, so you need to try as many of their dishes as possible, even if you've only gone to Butlins!
You may as well finish this now
You feel like you shouldn't really be eating the chocolate biscuit - so you eat the whole packet, then the temptation to eat them tomorrow will at least have gone away and on to your hips
Food will calm you down
You're so stressed with everything, your heart is racing! Food will definitely calm you down