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…

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…

Fat is a feminist issue – Susie Orbach

As part of my exploration of weight loss through the use of self-help books/techniques I thought it was right that I read the seminal work on the topic ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ by Susie Orbach.  Originally written as just one book, which was predominantly theory based, Susie Orbach wrote a second book in response…

Alcohol – the enemy of mindful eating?!

I am on holiday at the moment and whilst I am finding it easy to practice the principles that I’ve learnt through reading Karina Melvin’s book ‘Artful Eating’ in the day, in the evening, when I have a glass of wine in my hand, it all goes out of the window. During the day I…

Main course – Artful Eating by Karina Melvin – part 1

Further to my blog Starter – Artful Eating by Karina Melvin I will now try to do justice to the main section of Karina Melvin’s book Artful Eating.  Again, each chapter has actions and information or knowledge as represented below. The Main Course represents a period of realignment when you will be introduced to the practicalities of how to lose…

1st weigh in – Self help books

Wow – my life is so hectic at the moment I barely have the time to weigh in, let alone blog about weighing in! However, it is with great delight that I can report that when I weighed in yesterday, after a week of following the principles in Karina Melvin’s Artful Eating book, I had…

Starter – Artful Eating by Karina Melvin

As promised in my blog post Introduction – Artful Eating by Karina Melvin, here is an overview of the Starter section of the ‘Artful Eating’ self-help book by Karina Melvin.  This is quite a long post, but I want to do the book justice and also give my views/experiences. Each chapter is laced with actions and…

Introduction – Artful Eating by Karina Melvin

I am starting my month of Self-Help ‘diets’ with Karina Melvin’s ‘Artful Eating – The Psychology of Lasting Weight Loss’, I found the book on Amazon and although it doesn’t have many reviews yet they are all very positive (5 Star).  The book itself is beautiful, the layout and artwork is impressive and it is…

12 diets, 12 months – Self help books

And so another month has ticked by and it is time for me to choose diet number three in my year long weight loss challenge to try twelve different diets in twelve months. December was always going to be a tricky month because Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year and I lurve…

Final weigh in – Happy Heart

The final results have been independently checked and verified and I can announce that I have lost a grand total of 2lbs on the Happy Heart Plan, my other measurements all stayed the same.  With these rather disappointing results I don’t think I’ll be revisiting the plan, however read my blog ‘The Post-mortem – Happy Heart’ for…

The post-mortem – Happy Heart

Today is my last day on the Happy Heart Plan and, unless a miracle happens on the scales tomorrow, I think it’s fair to say it hasn’t work for me.  Whilst I applaud the concept of the low fat wholefood plant based diet, and the recipes provided are delicious and simple, I haven’t been able…

3rd weigh in – Happy Heart

Yippee, 1lb off this week! Many (including leaders of a few weight loss clubs I’ve been to) would not be happy with a 1lb loss but I always feel happy when I lose. I am now ready to tackle my last week on the Happy Heart plan and start thinking about what diet I will…

Just stick to the plan!!

If there is one thing that my little experiment has taught me so far it is that I am hopeless at sticking to the rules of my chosen plan. Alas, I haven’t the insight yet to know whether I am in fact hopeless at sticking to all diets (because let’s face it they’re not much…