After Tamoxifen piled on the kilos
Like most fellow cancer patients, I felt pretty glum with extra weight piling on ……..
Until I decided to stop calorie counting.
In the back of my mind something was niggling, so I decided to ditch ready-meals and ‘Light’ products; and anything that advertised itself as ‘natural’; ‘healthy snack’ or fet-free I looked at very carefully.
Look at the contents list on packaged food, and see how high up sugar or sugar-substitutes are listed; the higher up the list the more sugar in the product.
Instead I was going to opt for fresh veg, easy-to-prepare meat and egg dishes, and ‘ordinary’ yoghourt. Oh – and I use butter instead of ‘Light’ spreads.
Three months later when a Nurse announced the dreaded “we need to check your weight” – there was something wrong with the scales (so I thought). I weighed two kilos less than my usual blub. Next time another couple of kilos had disappeared – until a year after I decided to stop counting, I found I had lost nine kilos. I have no idea if my ‘new’ regime was the foundation, but my skin certainly is clearer, and I am less blobby! All because I had stopped worrying; no more calorie counting – no ‘reduced fat’ products, etc. Instead, I found I was less hungry; didn’t constantly want to snack, and was eating less ‘guilty’ products.
So what was I eating?
Organic ‘whole’ milk; butter and olive oil, not spreads, tomato juice instead of Smoothies and orange juice; no ‘Ready Meals’ – instead I make my own with organic veg and fresh meat. I don’t often eat Pork or bacon, but do eat free range chicken and fish. Now, I sometimes pick up a ready-prepared meal – read the list of ingredients and hastily thrust it back. Actually reading the list really puts you off!
I don’t often eat ‘fast food’, especially curries and own-brand pizza (which often contain hidden sugar to enhance flavour). According to the Daily Mail, Tesco’s Thin Crust Hawaiian Pizza contains 4 tsps sugar; Sharwoods Sweet and Sour chicken with rice a massive 5 1/2 tsps sugar.
I avoid yoghourts, cheeses etc. that say they are ‘Light’; instead I eat a smaller portion of ‘proper’, old-fashioned yoghourt, cheese etc., and not only does this seem to work but it tastes better! But I am well in to dark chocolate – never Milk. But find I don’t grab a snack so often.
And I try and avoid fizzy drinks and ‘sports’ drinks – many contain lethal amounts of sugar.
And I have lost 9 kilos !