Welcome to my blog!

I am a 40 something woman who went vegan for ethical reasons over two years ago, prior to this I was a lifelong vegetarian.  I live in the UK where veganism is increasing in popularity at the moment. Until recently I worked full time as an Accountant in an office based role.  Having just collected…

The principles – The Mediterranean Diet

As a keen cook and an even keener collector of cookbooks I am lucky that I have lots of resources at my finger tips already.  However, I did also purchase a book called The Vegiterranean Diet by Julianna Hever, MS, RD, which is less of a cookbook and more of a nutritional exploration of the…

12 diets, 12 months – The Mediterranean Diet

I can’t believe that it is already month five in my Twelve months twelve different diets! challenge.  My overall loss of nine pounds in these five months is hardly earth shattering, however I have had good results with the last two diets I’ve tried and so I’m hoping that 2018 is going to be my year!…

Final weigh in – 5:2 diet

Time flies by and I am sad to report that today was my final weigh in on the 5:2 diet.  Sad because this diet has been successful for me, I have lost another 1.5lbs this week which brings my total loss in 4 weeks to 5lbs and makes this my most successful diet (along with…

3rd weigh in – 5:2 diet

Another successful week on the 5:2 diet with a 1lb loss.  This means that I have lost every week in 2018 and have lost 3.5lbs so far on the 5:2 diet.  I am very happy with these results (especially as it means that I survived the kebab supper last week! Last night’s supper – the abuse…

2nd weigh in and more about intermittent fasting – 5:2 diet

I have had another good result with the 5:2 diet this week, losing 1.5lbs.  What really amazes me about 5:2 is that you really do only have to worry about dieting for the two days a week that you are fasting.  I know that might sound a bit obvious, but I am the furthest from…

1st weigh in and 2nd fast – 5:2 diet

I am pleased to say that I had lost 1lb when I weighed in yesterday after a week on the 5:2 or Fast Diet.  This is particularly good news for me as I was only able to fast once last week.  I am currently learning to drive and I do not feel I should fast…

A fasting diary – 5:2 diet

Today is my first fasting day on the 5:2 diet, diet number four in my Twelve months twelve different diets! challenge.  As this is so new to me I thought it would be interesting to write a diary account of how I find it. Getting started Using the calculator recommended in the book “5:2 Veggie &…

12 diets, 12 months – 5:2 diet

Thanks to some of the techniques learnt last month, when I dipped my toe into the world of self-help books and mindfulness, I have managed to get through Christmas practically unscathed with only a teeny tiny weight gain. Now that the fun is over and the tree is well and truly down it is time…

Final weigh in – Self help books

Well another month has come to an end and I can report it has been a successful one with five pounds lost. Five pounds is the most I’ve lost on any of my diets so far (in my challenge Twelve months twelve different diets!).  However, perhaps this is not as good as it sounds as…

My story – old and new

One of the exercises in Karina Melvin’s book Artful Eating encourages you to ‘Discover your story’ as ‘the story we tell ourselves shapes us, inside and out.  Every action we take is deeply influenced by how we view ourselves, and this has been directly shaped by our upbringing and our relationships’. The exercise begins with discovering…