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Guest Post - Amy from She Cooks She Eats

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Today's guest post was written by Amy from She Cooks She Eats

I am very, very greedy. There, I’ve said it. I am a great big pig. Frequently I will sit at the dinner table, eat everything on my plate and then eat the leftovers on my boyfriend’s too. I can happily eat three full meals a day and snack in-between. My collection of recipe books is taking over my house, and I pore over food magazines as soon as I get them. I like food. I like cooking it, I like tasting it, I like eating it.

I’m not ashamed of it anymore. Does my being greedy hurt anyone? No. If I go back for seconds, or even thirds, the world isn’t going to end. No-one is going to cry if I eat half of that box of Krispy Kremes in one go. There are worse things in the world than being a pig. I’ve made my peace with it.

Being greedy does, however, tend to have the side effect of weight gain. Two and a half years ago I met a lovely man who shares my love of delicious food. I was always a “big girl”, to use that horrible euphemism favoured by nurses, teachers and overly sensitive family members, but in a year I’d put on two stone. I no longer just a big girl. I was fat.

Please don’t think I’m saying there is something wrong with being fat. Being fat is fine — all these wonderful people say it much better than I ever could. But there is something wrong with being unhappy. And I was really, really unhappy.

So I started dieting. I’d tried other diets before (It’s amazing what teenage girls will do to stop other teenage girls making them cry for eating mashed potato) and none of them had every worked. But Helen had lost a staggering amount on Slimming World, and my mother had lost several stone with them a few years ago. So along to Slimming World I went.

It’s been said before about the kindness of the consultants, the friendly atmosphere and the fantastic level of encouragement you get from every single member of the group in Slimming World. I don’t think I need to tell you about that. What I do want to tell you about is the food.

Oh, the food.

The food on Slimming World is incredible. The meals listed above are just a few of my favourites, but there’s a seemingly endless supply of new recipes to try on their website, in their magazines or in their numerous cookbooks.

I’ve always loved baking, but through Slimming World I fell in love with cooking. If I thought I liked my food before it is nothing compared to now — absolutely everything I eat is delicious. And I don’t have to weigh out portions of those soft-and-fluffy on the inside but crisp-and-golden on the outside roast potatoes, or that spicy paprika chicken — I can have as much as I like, so my greedy nature stays happy! And if there is something “naughty” I want, like the raspberry cupcakes I make or an Eton mess, I can just have it and count it towards my Syns.

But the best thing is that I’m losing weight with all this yummy food. I’ve lost 2 stone 9 pounds since I joined in January (I had a few hiccups — my 21st birthday was celebrated with a weekend in Paris where I ate so much my stomach bloated and I had to pretend I was pregnant) without once feeling deprived, or like I was missing out.

For me, Slimming World isn’t about losing weight as quickly as possible — although that’s certainly what happens, with one man losing 13.5 pounds in one week in my group! Slimming World is about living. I want to lose weight and be slim, but that is nowhere near as important to me as being able to live my life. If I’m celebrating my friend’s birthday, I want to be able to have cake. I don’t want to spend my life eating salads and bland meals so that I look good in a bikini. I want to enjoy myself. I want every meal to be as delicious as it can possibly be. And thanks to Slimming World and my growing culinary prowess, it can be.

If you have any questions, you can either find me on Twitter or on my cooking blog She Cooks, She Eats.


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  2. What an inspirational post! The recipes look absolutely delicious too - I'll definitely be trying some of those! x


  3. Very inspirational! I know my parents love their slimming world recipe book and looking over the meals I can see a few of my favourites in there. I know I want to kick start my weight loss right after my trip to germany and I think this is the direction I want to take.

    You have some killer pins as well, I must say! :D

  4. I think it's important to focus on the lifestyle change more than on the slimming aspect.

    The important thing is that you treat your body well, enjoy what you are eating, don't stuff yourself on a regular basis nor let yourself go unnecessarily hungry. (I struggle with all these points, myself.) If Slimming World allows you to do that, props to them... and props to you! Take care of yourself and it's most likely that (1) you'll settle to your "natural weight" and (2) you'll be happier and happier with your body, independently of your size. Not to say that it isn't bloody hard.

  5. Kat - I hope you like them! I only put recipes up for things I find really, really yummy.

    Lydia - Considering my legs are my least favourite part of me, that made me beam. Thank you.

    KK - Definitely. Slimming World is about health and life. When I had my birthday, my consultant was telling me to eat what the hell I like because it's a special occasion — the focus isn't on "Lose weight! Lose weight NOW" but about living and being healthy. She asked me last week if I ever treated myself and didn't count it towards my Syns (because I'm one of the ones who does it the most anally with measuring etc) because I couldn't be 100% all the time. There's so many good things about it — they don't tell you what weight you "should be", you set your own target weight and it can be in the overweight category if you like, they watch carefully to identify those who may be getting too obsessed with weight loss and refer to counsellors if necessary, the plan itself is focused around making sure your body gets everything it needs and that you never have to go hungry — but mainly, they want you to be happy with yourself. I can go for that.

    Sorry, I wrote a bit of an essay there :)

  6. Great post Amy, we both started our diets at the same time and we have lost them same :) Good steady loss which will hopefully stay off rather than quick loss on a faddy diet!

  7. You look fab! Inspirational!

    Also, I love your shorts! :) x

  8. Wow really inspirational! Fantastic weight loss since Jan, I'm going to get back on track with mine now! x

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