Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Why Slimming World Works For Me

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TW: I will be talking about changes in how I eat, my healthy eating, how I treat food, weightloss, body image and the way I think about food / healthy living.

I am not one that would normally buy into the diet fads that are going around these days, there are too many that feed off of the diet culture and for me, this does not sit right with me at all. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth and it's as though they feed off the insecurity of others. Most of the time they are restricting you of the food that you need and for me, this is far too drastic. If people do want to lose weight, they should be able to do this both safely and healthily and anything that promotes a quick fix or fast weight loss, is a definite no go. No one should feel shamed into losing weight and it puts this idea into their heads that they have to lose weight to look perfect, when in reality it's the diet culture that that make people feel the need to feel like the way they do.

I have always struggled with my weight since I was in Primary School, ever since having my tonsils and adanoids removed, I started eating more and I ended up having a really unhealthy relationship with food. I ended up gaining a lot of weight and as a result, I got bullied heavily. I pretty much got the standard jibes, such as 'greedy pig' or 'fatty', 'chubby', etc. Yes, children were as cruel 18+ years ago, as much as they can be now! But after I left Primary School, I ended up fluctuating in weight (not due to diet fad reasons). I lost quite a bit of weight after starting High School and then I ended up piling it all back on again. I couldn't just maintain a weight, I think my type of body is just so easy to cling onto the calories of the food I have eaten.

The reason I decided to join Slimming World (which I first joined 8 years ago when I was in Uni) was because I didn't like the way I looked and really wanted to do something about it. A Uni friend of mine introduced me to the group, so I went along to see what it was like, what it was all about and how it would help me achieve my goals. What I liked personally, is that they would only let you join, if you had half a stone or over to lose, anything less than this and you weren't a candidate for Slimming World; they are all about leading a healthy lifestyle. I was quite an insecure person back then, so anything that would help, was good to me.

Now, for the majority of my life, I have always been an insecure person and never really liked the way I looked. But now, I have become a lot more confident than what I used to be and I do try to be a bit more body positive. As I have said above, every body is a great body and everyone should embrace the body that they are in because at the end of the day, you only get one body and you need to take care of it as best as you can. I am quite a lethargic person and I do suffer with fatigue quite a lot and a lot of that is down to the way I eat and lacking in certain vitamins, such as Vitamin D3.

I used to see Slimming World as a diet and not as a 'healthy lifestyle change', as that is what it is. It is not a crash diet where you can get a quick fix in losing weight. It is a lifestyle change, you are eating all the same foods, but in a completely different way. It makes you think about food a lot differently but very positively at the same time. Slimming World is all about healthy eating, positive body image and filling power. It is a way of being able to think about food positively, knowing that what you are eating is basically the same of what you would have eaten before, just using healthier ingredients that are a lot better for you - you can even still eat crisps, chocolate, sweets, cake etc too! It is just everything in moderation.

I have signed up to a 12 week healthy living plan with Slimming World and I have purchased their 12 week countdown diary, where I can document my food in take. This helped me with eating a lot more fruit and vegetables than I would have done previously, than going straight for the convenience and junk foods than I would have done previously. It has helped me drink a lot more water and now I think of food in a more healthier way and it stops me from obsessing over what is good for me and what is not. An upside is, cooking everything from scratch too!

My main goal for this is to be healthier within myself, although the first main goal was to lose weight, the focus is now primarily on how I feel within myself, to build up energy, to stop feeling so slugging and to create myself in a positive light, rather than a negative one. I still have my cheat days and I still have my days where I go off track, but I don't beat myself  up about it. I'm only human at the end of the day and cravings are only human reaction.

What do you think to the Slimming World healthy lifestyle?

2 comments

  1. Aren't you a vegan anymore then?

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    1. What's me doing Slimming World got to do with being vegan? Lol.

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