How NOT To Diet!

I have had worse days, that’s for sure.  But in the last few months, I have had so many more better days, thank goodness.  Allow me to demonstrate what NOT to do when dieting.

NB: I only did this for demonstration purposes, because I care about you all.  It actually pained me to behave like this today.

1.  Do not think that just because you are not starving hungry it is ok to leave the house without eating in the morning.

2. Do not then go for a very large capuchino because you have realised you are now starving hungry.  You do not need a caffeine surge on your empty stomach (but the coffee was lovely, thank you Ann and Ruth).

3. Do not forego a healthy mid morning snack at home because you are going out at 12:30.

4. When 12:30 gets delayed to 1pm, do not forgo a healthy snack at home for the second time that day.

5. Do not think that because food is vegetarian it is healthy or diet friendly.

It may be delicious, ( it was, it was so good) but being so starved by 2pm does NOT, ever, justify stuffing yourself with spinach and ricotta roulade, prawn and rocket wraps, beans on white French bread and 5 mini filo parcels containing brie and cranberries (and no, the cranberries do NOT count as one of your 5 a day).  Unless you are slim, like Sarah and Marion who you went out with.  Hang on though.  They didn’t eat any of that, it was only me.  Ooops!

6.  Do NOT then eat a slice of carrot cake because you have reminded your starving body of how good food is and it is now desperate to be filled with anything.  Carrot cake is not a healthy substitute for raw, roasted, baked or steamed carrots.

7. Do NOT go out with skinny friends like Marion who can eat carrot cake and still stay slim.  She can eat it, you can’t.

8. Do not think that just because it is 1 minute past 6 pm and it is Friday, that it is ok to retrieve the very largest wine glass from your cupboard and start chugging back the red wine.  Yes, resveratrol, found in red wine, is very healthy (who cares what for but it’s good for something) but that does not justify drinking before eating.  A little drink with a meal or even after is ok, but drunk before, when you still haven’t really eaten anything sensible all day, is ridiculous.

9. Do NOT start eating the packet of roasted, salted pecans that have sat quite happily in the fridge for weeks because you are now so hungry you can’t wait for supper to be ready.

This dieting business is hard work 😦

So what else happened today?

I left home on an empty stomach this morning because I wasn’t hungry.  I have decided to try and buy all my Christmas presents this year locally, at independent shops and at Christmas fairs.  A local school was having a Christmas fair today so I went along.  The fair this morning at Saint Ronan’s was fabulous.  There were so many wonderful stalls, all laid out in the beautiful ground floor of a stunning building.  If you have never been before ( as I hadn’t), look out for the signs next year and go!

Katie Brinsley, has studios down the road and makes some beautiful ceramics.  As well as buying products that have been hand made, rather than mass produced in a factory, you can buy something original and chat to the person who made it.  So much more pleasant than buying in a High St. chain store.  I loved these little jugs.

I also LOVED this stall.

The lady selling was lovely and very knowledgeable about all the products.  She is the 6th generation whose family have been farming this flock.  The “R” in the company name is from the shape of their unique shepherd crooks which are different to standard ones as they have to be used occasionally to haul the sheep out of the marshes.  The products were lovely and I could have bought all of them.

This was good too – lots of local foodie things.

I can’t show you any other pictures from the fair in case it has a picture in it of a present I bought for you :-).

I had a coffee with Ann and Ruth afterwards and then dashed off to take a photo.  I had seen a request for photos to be taken at 11 seconds past the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11 of November 2011.  This is the photo I took, which is of the boarded up church in the centre of Hawkhurst.  I had wanted a photo of a clock, but couldn’t find one that had the correct time.  So I went to the church, thinking I would photograph the tombstones – no tombstones!  And then it was 11:11 on 11-11-11 so I had to take a photo.  It was very misty this morning, I was not standing next to a heavy smoker.

When I came home, I couldn’t find the site I wanted to submit my photo to.  And everything I googled came up with hundreds of pages.  Lesson learnt – always bookmark a page you want to go back to!

This evening, apart from the early drinking and nut eating, I did redeem myself as I made a really healthy supper of John Dory and Red Gurnard,

with stir fried brussel sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli and leeks, glazed with soy sauce and agave syrup for salt and sweetness,

and mashed white and sweet potatoes.

Real food definitely tastes best.  And this was a yummy supper.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to How NOT To Diet!

  1. Laura Stavro says:

    Bravo to you for not allowing yourself to become derailed for the whole day Zoe. It is sometimes way to easy to slide back into the once comfort zone and then, we seem to realize all it did was make us feel awful both mentally and physically. Still, you have to take action to get back into it and you did. I am proud of you.

    YAY for staying local. We NEED to support our countries. Gift certificates are not a cop out either. People do not re-gift them, they use them to buy what they want instead of us having to be a mind reader.

    I just bought a “Deal of the Day” present for the Daughters-In-Law of something local they won’t see coming but will make their day!

    • It was so stupid to not eat a healthy breakfast and to then not eat lunch because i wanted to try the vegetarian food at the fair. I am glad I managed a decent supper so it means I wake up today with a settled stomach. I am pleased you like to shop locally too 🙂

  2. abiellson says:

    Love those little ceramic deer – obviously not in my stocking this year then as you have a photo of them!! Looks like a very good local fair, you shall have to tell me about it next year xxx

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