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Diet Coke.

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Diet Coke. A dangerous substance. Worse still than normal coke and I have proof. I have eaten the same thing for the last 3-4 days: cottage cheese, salad, crispbread, ham, and milk. Yesterday, mum bought diet coke and after consuming half a glass, I had an insatiable craving for sugar! Please excuse the sugar hiccough but after eating two digestives, it still wasn’t enough and I grabbed a handful of cheerios. Not enough to amount to over 1400kcal but sweet lords…. just drink the full fat! It’s better for you!!!! I only managed to stop the cravings by drinking another glass of milk and then brushing my teeth before promptly going to bed. O_O

So there Cola. Your move.

 

Also, I woke up late today (1.45pm OOPS!) and then went in the bath so I didn’t eat until 4pm. I had half a roll, cottage cheese, chicken roll, salad and Diet Irn-Bru (WHICH DOESN’T EVER GIVE ME CRAVINGS!)

Also just noticed… in the last minute, there’s been a KFC, McDonalds, Mayonnaise, Cider and Coffee advert on the television. -____- So much for out of sight, out of mind.

Anyway, if Daniel comes over tonight, we’re going to have a takeaway, possibly halving a chow mein. ❤ Cheaper and better for portions 🙂

Bleh.

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Hmm monday. Not a good week this week. I appear to have put on 6lbs and I’m not entirely sure how I did it…

It may have been those brazil nuts with chocolate or it may have been the alcohol… either way I have no idea how it went up. Honest….

Right, so I’m now 158lbs.

Let’s start again this week.

Today’s menu was odd since I forgot breakfast and had a 90kcalorie breakfast bar instead, followed by a lunch of noodles and vegetable korma for dinner (yum!) and miso soup for tea with crackers. I also missed a bus twice and had to do two 45minute walks in and out of town. Hopefully this constitutes as a good start.

I don’t really have any advice today and I’m feeling a bit tired from walking all day so I guess I’ll put a few things down so I don’t feel guilty xD

I guess one of my biggest tips on avoiding excess calories is, whenever I feel like snacking or “my mouth is bored” then I make sure I have sugar-free mints (Holland & Barratt) or 10kcalorie Jelly or polo mints. Try and avoid eating by finding a long term low-calorie substitute :3

Ten Minute Later Edit:

Ah! I will add this.

The other night I had a lovely idea for a nom. (The portion I used was a small dinner plate around the size of a large saucer). A small bed of lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions and half an Avocado. One scrambled egg with a dairylea cheese slice sprinkled over the top. BEST. Seriously. And only around 45okcalories. (I struggled to finish it)  If you take the avocado out it’s only 250kcalories btw. 🙂 And a lot of people don’t even like avocado 😛

Fast Food

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One thing that really bugs me is fast food. I’m not talking about takeaways like Chinese food or a chippy, I mean McDonalds, Subways, KFC, Burger King, etc. The starchy, greasy fast food that is more convenient than heading home to make a meal for a family of 8. Understandably if you’re making food for a family of eight than yes, you’ll want convenience over taste and a little fast food now and again isn’t that bad but I’m talking about eating it everyday.

About a year ago, I didn’t know how to cook, even a little bit. Well, I could make noodles and scrambled egg on toast but that’s hardly a range of meals. Learning how to cook is daunting but it’s a good pay off. It’s often a good idea to cook for yourself and someone else as you’re not likely to want to make a big delicious meal that is wasted on yourself.

Anyway, I kind of want to have a rant at fast food so here goes. You walk into a fast food “resturant” it is decorated with garish bright decorations to quieten the children which are dotted around the place like they’re built in with the walls. The “Happy Meals”?  Sure, these places are guilty of bribing children with toys in order to get them to eat the food. But that’s how they sell. They keep people in jobs and keep families fed. It’s a sad truth that you can avoid. All you need to do to change this is stop eating this food for two weeks. Seriously. STOP EATING FAST FOOD FOR A WEEK. Once it’s out your system, the next time you try it, don’t add any salt.  I did the exact same thing. The food is bland, tasteless and the addictiveness will have no appeal.

Take McDonalds for example. The average fries are around 200-400kcalories. Take an asda’s ready meal, relatively healthy in comparison, aroudn 400kcalories. Notice something? How long will these fries keep you filled up? Ten, fifteen minutes? How long does the ready meal fill you up? Well, it’s a meal. It should stop you being hungry for around three (3) to four (4) hours. If not, you need to make your portions smaller till they do. 🙂

I think one of the reasons why people enjoy fast food so much is because it has so much salt in it. But wait, we’re trying to be healthy you say, we’re trying to limit salt. Yes, this is obvious but, all humans are born with an addiction to salt. Think about it. We have evolved through situations where salt and sugar can be limited and this abundance of food we’re currently “suffering from” was not always the case. In order to make sure our bodies get enough salt and sugar, it needed to be able to keep the body taking it in regardless of nessessity. There may be lots today, but it cannot guarantee the same case tomorrow. It’s all about storage.

It also cheaper right? Well not exactly. It’s fast. That’s the general appeal. As far as I’ve seen for £3.99 you can buy a McDonald’s happy meal to fill you up for twenty minutes (that’s 400kcalories for the fries, 400kcalories for the burger equaling 800kcalories) or you can get a asda’s microwave ready meal for £2 and wait twenty minutes more to go home and cook it. All in all, weight loss is about patience.

Another sneaky trick is the “have it your way” trick. What do you think is so popular about KFC or Subway? Oh I’ll have a sub with lettuce and salad and a little more onions and this will justify the mayonnaise…. Bread itself is heavy in the carbs. Too much can be wreck the diet. But by thinking “I’ll just have”, invites more “I’ll JUST have” untill you’d be cheaper (calorie-wise) just taking the fatter option!

As for people who eat fast food and stay skinny. Damn your high metabolisms 😉

One last thing: NEVER SUPERSIZE. I don’t care how healthy, how much cheaper, how hungry you are. NO. Just no. There is no excuse. You cannot complain about your weight and stick in a bucket of fries and half a cow of burger. NO NO NO NO NO. End of. No ifs, no buts, no coconuts. I’m serious. Now, fair enough if you’re hungry after a normal one, (not that I’m condoning fast food if you can help it) go buy another one. But if there is food there, chances are you will eat it.

Studies have shown that eating from a larger plate increases the amount you eat by 30 to 40 percent. If you don’t believe it, you don’t have to but I suggest a book called “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink. He is in no way affiliated with me and I’m sure he doesn’t even know who I am but this book will change your outlook on food. I’m sure you can find it pretty cheap on ebay or my favourite, amazon.Educate yourself people :3

Anyway, I’ve gone on enough. I hope this information helps a little or at least provides a little food for thought. Thanks for reading and sorry for the text wall 🙂 Thanks guys.