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Healthy Extra’s

On the Slimming World plan you get something called ‘Healthy Extra’s’ these are a mix of calcium and fibre’s to ensure that you get enough of your recommended daily amounts each day. In your Slimming World book it lists a fair few of the healthy extra’s available and there’s also a full and extensive list on the website.


However, if your like me; a faddy eater who has problems digesting dairy and some carbs such as bread then your Healthy Extra’s can be a real hassle to choose. Slimming World makes it really easy though as there is something in there for everyone.

My favourites at the minute are:

Healthy Extra A’s:

  • 42g Mozzarella
  • 3 Mini Babybel Light Cheeses
  • 250ml Alpro Soya Light Dairy Free Milk, sweetened

Healthy Extra B’s:

  • 57g Wholemeal Roll
  • Hifi Bars – the whole lot except the ones with pecans in lol!
  • 3 Pagan wholegrain rolls
  • 6 Ryvita Wholegrain crackerbread

You are allowed one of each A and B Choice when doing Extra Easy, the ones listed above are just my favourites and what I have to help me through. What are your favourites?


Step One

Today I took a big step, without telling anybody what I was planning, I got up and set off for town to my old Slimming World group. I hadn’t really been since October, other than the odd 2 or 3 visits and I was letting myself go. I kept telling myself, I will start again next week, I will do it from home. Truth is I just kept putting it off and I couldn’t do it alone, but I was too ashamed to admit I’d let myself beat me. Sad smile 


Well today I re-joined. I stood on the scales and watched as it flashed up “20 stone 0.5lb” I’ve gained 1stone 6lb in total. My clothes still fit the same but I could tell in myself that I had put weight on. Not only was my fitness suffering but my mood was too and I have spent many a day in the last few weeks tearful and on edge.


So that is it. I am back on track, back on slimming world. I am hoping to lose 4lb next week. That will take me back to having lost 6 stone exactly.


The group I attend is fantastic and I need them for more than just the weight loss support. So many of them have become friends. Friends that I have missed.

Food: A weapon of mass destruction

For as long as I can remember I have had an unhealthy relationship with food. It was a source of comfort, a source of reward and also a source of pain and unnecessary hurt. I never really thought about why food was associated to so many emotions until now.


As a baby we cry and we are fed. As a toddler/young child food becomes a way of bargaining; ‘if you don’t behave you won’t have any sweets’ my parents used sweets and food as a way of keeping me quiet when they were busy or we were walking round the supermarket. If I fell and hurt myself then food was given to me to to try and settle me. If I’d done something good I was rewarded and so this unhealthy relationship of treating food as everything but sustenance begins.


Is it any wonder that when we are taught as children that food solves everything that as adults we approach it in the same manner? If I am feeling low I turn to a bar of chocolate, but then after the chocolate is gone I don’t feel any better, in fact I feel worse. I sink into a pit of self loathing where I beat myself up over it and thus I feel worse than I did in the beginning.


I know that I’m not alone in using food as a comfort. In all the women (and men) I have spoken to, at slimming world and online I have found that they too feel the same way as  me. This leads the question that whilst we may not be able to cure our own unhealthy relationships with food perhaps it’s the realisation we need to change things for our families and our children so that in 15 years time they aren’t in the same position as us, struggling in a society that although the majority are overweight, the overweight are criticised.


Well so much so for getting back on track and making a go of it. I had it all planned out and then I had a reaction to some tablets which I thought were pretty much going to kill me.

It started off I was clammy and could hardly move, then I started to itch all over, me being me I’ve itched and now I have red scratches and cuts all over my body 😦 finally the last symptom was for me to vomit….

Despite the fact I’ve been so ill and not really able to prep or make anything plus I ddn’t really want to eat I still managed to stay on track, sort off.

My food has consisted of:

4 x slices of bread (2 HEB)

2 x Rice Krispi Squares 12 syns

Not the best day but all I could stomach. Here is hoping tomorrow I am well enough to get back on track and stick with it.




Secret Sabotage

Everyone has a secret sabateur or an item that they just can’t live without. Here is me back on my slimming  journey and what do I find out?  That my nan is a secret sabateur. She made a curry last night for us that contained 68syns. It served 6 of us so was 11.5 syns per portion but when I make a curry they are syn free. So 11.5 syns is a huge damage if you don’t realise.


This is why it’s so important to check everything for syn values. You can’t just assume that everything will be syn free or low syn, because chances are they arent.


One example of this is Ribena. In a can. I once bought a can and found out it had 11 syns or something equally stupid.  Think of what amazing treats you could get for that.