BE WARNED, IT'S A LONG ONE!!!
Doing Slimming World (SW) hasn't felt like a diet at all, it's small adjustments that make a big difference. It's all about learning to eat properly, cutting out rubbish and having things like chocolate/crisps or takeaways as a treat instead of stuffing your face silly.
I've swapped sugar for sweetener (I actually prefer it!), olive oil for 1 cal spray, normal mince for extra lean, bought chips for SWs free chips, best of both bread for wholemeal and salad cream/mayo in light/extra light options. Instead of buying jars of sauce, I always make my own and instead of scoffing a whole bag of choc buttons or a snickers duo, I'll buy treat size chocolate and have one (or two) of those when my sweet tooth is calling! I have also cut out cheese (although you don't have to, I just wanted to) and I always trim the fat off of any meat and take the skin off of chicken. In addition to this, I've been making sure I get off my backside more.. I make an effort to walk more and I've been playing on the Xbox Kinect too which is a fun way of burning your food off!
So here's some examples of things I've been eating.. I'll apologise now for the lack of quality, I don't trust myself with my camera in the kitchen so I used my phone! :)
|Bran flakes & semi skimmed milk ~ Weetabix & semi skimmed milk.|
|Super low fat Noodles ~ Tuna, pasta, sweetcorn with extra light mayo.|
|Spaghetti bolognese ~ Jacket potato with prawns and salad.|
|Fish, mash and veg ~ Chicken tikka masala and bombay potatoes.|
|Turkey steak, egg, chips and beans ~ Beef casserole.|
|Grapes ~ Watermelon.|
|Kit Kat ~ Earl Grey tea.|
|Baked banana with melted choc and marshmellows ~ Rice pudding with jam.|
For breakfast I use my healthy B (35g cereal) and part of my healthy A so these would be syn free. For lunch I typically have pasta of some kind because it's filling. Super low fat Noodles are syn free and tuna, pasta, sweetcorn is free then I use a few syns for the mayo. I usually have some fruit after lunch too.. I'm very fussy when it comes to fruit - I only really like apples, grapes, watermelon, strawberries and bananas - although I have to be in the mood for them. For dinner I try to bulk things like spag bol or curry up with free foods like onion, tomatoes etc. We don't have chocolate or sweets every day, maybe something small (like a 2 finger Kit Kat or a single Milky Way bar) twice a week (I have a very, very sweet tooth!) and I usually have a cuppa Earl Grey tea or a coffee once a day but usually I just drink sugar free juice all the time.. It has to be Asdas apple and blackcurrant double strength one though, it's the only one I like! The baked banana we don't make a habit of having.. It is absolutely delicious, one of my favourites by far although it does come in at around 20 syns but it's totally worth it! Rice pudding is nice once in a while too but again we don't have it often, it's nice to have things like this as a treat because it gives you something to look forward to.
I'll be sticking with this diet because it's really working for me and I've really noticed the difference with how my clothes are starting to feel which spurs me on. I'm not depriving myself at all, I'm never hungry and most importantly, I'm enjoying doing it - and seeing the results! I love finding new and exciting recipes to try out and I love that a lot of them are free or low in syns. As I said before, I haven't joined the group or joined online because we can't afford it and would rather spend the money elsewhere (although I am thinking of joining a group once we have more money coming in), I just bought the books on Ebay and searched the internet a lot for information and ideas.
Hope you liked this post, sorry it was a long one! I'd love to know if any of you guys are doing Slimming World?? xxx