I thought I’d give you a before and after of how my eating habits have changed.
Breakfast – 2 slices of toast with butter.
Lunch – 2 slices of bread with butter and ketchup. Packet of plain crisps.
Dinner – Meat, sauce, chips (most nights), maybe baked beans or mushrooms. Large glass of wine.
Snacks if required – biscuit, chocolate
The bread was granary.
Breakfast – at least 3 of the following: 2 chipolata sausages, bacon, eggs (baked in the oven or poached), baked beans, mushrooms, toast (my Healthy B choice). All baked in the oven with no fat.
Lunch – either salad with cooked meat and cheese (Healthy A choice); or pasta, passata, beans of some kind if not had at breakfast, cooked veg, chicken and cheese (A choice); or home-made vegetable soup made from whatever veg I have in, a chicken stock cube, and seasonings.
Dinner – meat, veg, sauce made with either some of the soup from lunch OR passata, jacket potato/rice/potato wedges, spices and seasonings. Sometimes a small glass of wine.
Snacks if required – 0% fat natural yoghurt or muller-light yoghurts, a handful of grapes (rarely as I’m not a big fruit fan). The occasional piece of chocolate but not if I’ve had wine.
So, there’s quite a difference in quality and quantity. I couldn’t believe how much I was supposed to eat on Slimming World’s plan but it works. It must do, I’ve lost very nearly a stone. I don’t feel restricted or that anything is banned.
Another big change is when we go out to eat. I find myself scanning the menu and seeing how synful the meals are. OK, there are times when I think “stuff it, I really fancy ….”, but I mostly can’t bring myself to eat something that’s too far off the plan. If I do succumb to temptation there’s a little voice in my head reminding me that I’ll have to be very good tomorrow to make up for it. Who’d have thought that the guilt-trip would already be so entrenched.