As you know I’ve been on a healthy eating kick for the last few months (minus eating shite at Christmas because I guess we all do that!) I lost almost a stone in weight and kept most of it off.
I am a bit fed up of my spare tyres though, my stomach is resembling another bum! Strange but true. So I’ve been back to on the straight and narrow and ignoring all the lovely chocolate I was given for Christmas.
I did join Slimming World last week but to be honest it’s not for me. I can see how it does work for people and in fact I’ve seen the results so that’s great. Lucy has been doing it too and has written about it here. For me though I am possibly the fussiest eater going. I rarely eat meat, I don’t like meat substitutes. I don’t like yogurt and I’ll only eat egg if it’s heavily disguised – not in an Inspector Clouseau way – more like in a cake 😉
Another couple of things that didn’t appeal to me with Slimming World were the ‘free foods’ basically you can eat as much of these as you like. They were mainly fruit, veg and lean meat but also included white rice, pasta and potatoes – the latter I don’t understand at all. If you tell me I can eat all the pasta I like I probably will!
The next thing were the ‘Syns’ which is the term given to every other food that doesn’t fit into your ‘free foods’ or ‘healthy extras’. Firstly it’s bloody confusing, well it is for me! Trying to work out how many Syns you can have. I ended up obsessing about food trying to work it all out. The main thing for me is the whole negative connotation of the word syn. If I’m told something is a Syn I don’t want it. It probably harps back to the Catholic upbringing. Again that’s just me.
Also with the syns I don’t understand how an avocado, or nuts and seeds are more syns than a bar of chocolate. What about the healthy fats? Some diet products are also promoted but these are usually full of nasties like aspartame and goodness knows what else.
I was also worried about the lack of calcium. You are allowed a certain amount of milk or cheese as a healthy extra. When I asked if I could have cheese as well as milk as I’m not a meat eater I was told if I did I had to have it as a ‘Syn’. There we go again with the negative connotation for me.
I would have liked to find out more about portion control. I’ve seen so many photos taken by people on Slimming World that are full of carbs with very little vegetables. I’ve also seen meals for one that would feed my whole family. Again this is personal preference but I still firmly believe everything in moderation.
So I’m back to cutting out the crap and I’ve joined our village Operation Transformation group yesterday which is free and encourages not only healthy eating but also exercise too. We were weighed and had our blood pressure checked by doctors and health professionals. I discovered I’ve lost 4lbs in a week which was down to Slimming World, so yes it does work but it’s not for me.
Let me know what’s worked for you.