Vicki
I’m sick of reading about diets myself so pondered on whether to even write this post to be honest, but as so many of you asked me how I lost 6 kilos (a stone) on twitter and FB that I thought I would share what worked for me, and it’s actually the most anti-diet I’ve ever followed.

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I never deprive myself, always feel full, happy and bursting with energy.

I have minimised my PMT (no easy feat post-kids and suffering from PCOS, the latter also making weight loss hard too).

Look I know I wasn’t overweight when I started this diet but my weight fluctuates and a lot and I’d put on 9 pounds over a summer of indulgence.

My tummy is still here, two years on from Alexander’s birth (my second C-section) and I constantly need to work hard to stay at a healthy weight.

I love being curvy, that’s me, I have boobs, a small waist and hips and I like my shape (as you should like yours, whatever it may be) but I wanted to tone up and lose the summer weight…

More than anything, when I embarked on weight loss, I wanted, after years of searching, to find a way of eating that helped keep my blood sugar stable, my PCOS symptoms at bay and to feel good. I wanted to look and feel at my best. Who doesn’t right?

I’d read so much, done vast research over the years trying everything from the New Atkins diet to 5:2, even going vegan for a short while and more, yet hadn’t found what really worked for me. I come from a family of health conscious foodies yet needed to tweak what I was eating to feel better in myself.

… I then read 2 books that had a PROFOUND effect on the way I now eat-

The 6 Diet by Elaine Wilson which is focused on diabetics and those prone to it (something I’m at risk of with PCOS and a family history) and Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart (thanks Hannah at Mums’ Days for buying me this for my birthday), a captivating read I literally gobbled up in one sitting all about the best foods to eat that work from the inside out!

And let me tell you, I eat decent sized-portions, am never hungry but the food I consume is fuel, it makes me feel on top of the world. Really. I don’t limit carbs either, something I was sure I had to…The difference being the carbs I eat are good, whole carbs that release endorphins in my brain and help me feel full when eaten with protein, vegetables and good fats-

And I’ve lost 6 kilos and weight the same as when I was 18. Good huh?!

To break it down, here is a list of what helped me and what I follow now:

1. Cut out wheat.

This actually happened in the early summer after reading Wheat Belly, it eradicated my son Oliver’s rashes that even a specialist couldn’t help with, and has made us all feel great.

A pointless grain, it’s worth reading up on wheat and binning it in my opinion.

There are so many wholesome alternatives and we use rice flour, oats, gluten free flours and haven’t missed it a dot. We eat lots of brown rice and pulses instead.

2. Bye bye sugar. This too happened a while back but over the summer we all slipped back, ate loads of the evil white stuff and felt suitably rubbish. We still eat fruit of course, use Stevia and love dark chocolate and honey, but in moderation.

3. Cut out Meat.

My husband, Peter is a pescatarian and has been for years so it’s actually made life easier for meal time. The boys still eat organic chicken, beef and lamb (organic is ideal as meat is pumped with hormones) but Peter and I only eat fish and seafood. I actually think this has made the biggest difference to how I feel. Meat would always make me feel heavy and bloated. Again I’ve not missed it.

(I will still share meat recipes from my Dad on Tasty Tuesdays so fear not meat-lovers)!

4. Stick to Goat’s and Sheep Dairy Products

Cow’s milk doesn’t agree with my youngest, Alexander so we don’t consume a lot of it anyway and even less so now. We stick to goat’s milk (more gentle on the tummy), goat’s and sheep cheese so feta and hallumi and all feel better for it.

4. Hello pulses

Beans, chickpeas, lentils make up a large part of our diet, along with fresh fish and lots of salad and vegetables. My Aunt’s fabulous lentil soup is a staple for the winter and my Mum makes a mean chickpea curry.

5. Good Fats

I’ve been banging on about good fats forever: olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil etc-you need fat to release vitamins from your vegetables so we drizzle our salads with olive oil and fresh lemon and cook and bake a lot with coconut oil. I actually like to eat a spoonful of coconut oil a day too and even use it in my skincare routine.

6. Probiotics

Essential for good health, look after your gut and it will literally look after you, and your health. We love Bioglan Biotic Balance ChocBalls for kids (and adults) and take daily (they’re so tasty too).

I also like to start my morning with freshly squeezed lemon in boiling water to alkalize the acid in my tummy, preparing it for breakfast. Other must-have’s are Apple Cider Vinegar on salads and/or in hot water for it’s many health benefits with some stating it can help regulate blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight and more.

7. Exercise

My life is busy, as is yours and it can be hard to fit in a run or some yoga so I’ve stopped beating myself up about it and just trying to fit in even 10 minutes of yoga a few times a week and a couple of runs here and there. Once I get into the rhythm of regular exercise, I become addicted, it’s often starting up after a break that’s the hardest thing. I say just go for it!

Thanks to friends and bloggers Zaz at Mama and More and Mirka at Fitness4Mamas for their continued inspiration and support.

8. This doesn’t feel like a diet and go ahead and have the odd treat if you fancy it!

This really doesn’t, yes I stay away from certain foods but I feel healthier than ever and never crave them. I follow this way of eating 90% of the time and for 10% I eat what I feel like. With so many tasty recipes like healthy apple crumble, I never feel like I’m missing out and that’s because I’m not!

This is what’s worked for me, you must just find what works for you. I’m not a doctor, I just wanting to share what’s made me feel and look well!

Literally in a couple of months of following the above, I lost weight, feel fitter, stopped having nightmares that I was suffering from at night (particularly around menstruation time) sleep better than ever and have so much more energy.

Have you found a way of eating that works for you?

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  1. Kika

    Hi Vicki, I just saw some of your pins on Pinterest so thought I’d stop by your blog and was pleased to read this post. I wanted to say well done on changing your lifestyle and finding what’s right for you and also thanks for posting about your experience. I totally agree that it’s not about depriving yourself or becoming consumed in the latest fad diet. I’ve also cut out processed foods and am eating more whole foods nowadays after feeling really quite unhealthy and unable to shift some excess weight. I admit I did start looking into ‘clean eating’ as another ‘diet’ I could try but I now realise it’s a complete change of lifestyle and has transformed my eating habits – for the better! I’ve never lasted longer than 6 weeks on diet but 5 months in and I’m able to stick to my new healthy ways. It’s also got me really enjoying cooking again in a big way…I love trying out new healthy recipes so will be back checking out your recommendations regularly. Thanks again for sharing x

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    • honestmum

      That’s just wonderful Kika (I’m originally Greek too-recognised your name to be Greek). You are so right, it’s been a complete rethink of food and reading Eat Pretty has really helped me. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and well done to you for finding what works also x

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  2. Papa Tont

    Well done you, this sounds like a really sensible approach to weight loss. Some great advice and tips for everyone to follow.
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  3. Gym Bunny Mummy

    You’re completely right, it’s not about fad diets as you just end up putting the weight back on once you ‘finish’ your diet. It’s about a lifestyle change and finding what works for you. I have to avoid certain foods, like pasta & rice as they bloat me and make me feel really sluggish so I’ve swapped them for cauliflower and it works great. Congrats on the weight loss, but more so on feeling better in yourself x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely lady, ooh must try cauliflower too, saw some fab pizza bases made with it and cauliflower rice is delicious, my Mum often makes it. Fab tips and thanks for your lovely words x

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  4. Mama Blueberry

    Excellent post. Like you I also go up and down with the exercise. Once I get into it I’m hooked. I will be using your other tips too. Thanks for sharing.
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    • honestmum

      It’s hard isn’t it especially when it’s so cold. Really pushing myself to keep consistent even if it’s ten minutes here and there x
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  5. Adventures of a Novice Mum

    Thanks for sharing … love healthy eating but don’t always plan for it well … and exercise, well, that’s a different story; however i enjoy a good and long walk … thank God for mummy friends for this. I’m going to check out your lentil soup recipe now. Baby calls 🙂 Thanks for sharing; i’ll probably pin this to read again.
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    • honestmum

      Oh great, think you’d like the lentil soup. I think for me feeling good was the most important thing and the weight loss was an added benefit x
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  6. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    This is awesome and so great that you have found something that works so well for you, and doesn’t feel like a chore. Not sure I could do it though, I think I am allergic to some seafood (for years I just didnt like it then everytime I have tried to get over myself and enjoyed it, I have been quite poorly afterwards) and I adore bread and pasta too much cut out wheat I’m afraid! But then after Monkey was born I went on the old original version of weight watchers and it totally worked for me, I found it dead easy and the weight fell off, hoping to do it again at some point and fingers crossed it will work again, otherwise I may be back for some tips! 🙂 xx #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      I think the most important thing is to find what works for you chick, wheat is a pointless grain in my opinion but I know how yummy bread is xx

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  7. Morgan Prince

    I did, earlier this year. But after the Hubby abandoned the healthy eating and constantly requests ‘bad’ food I find it harder and harder to keep the weight off. I have already insisted that after Christmas we go back to behaving and limiting chocolate and alcohol intake. As for regular food we don’t really avoid anything, just limit how much we’re eating. My portion sizes have been the biggest change – I used to eat just as much as the Hubby, now I eat half as much. And I don’t feel hungry, I was overeating before. I hate the word ‘diet’, if you think of your weight loss campaign as a diet, when that diet ends then so does the healthy eating. That’s when the weight piles back on. Love this post Vicki. And well done for losing 6 kilos! You look amazing!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Morgan, I did the same when I first lived with Peter and the weight crept on, I do think portion size makes a big difference and eating wholesome food makes you fuller quicker. You can get back to things and January will be so much easier as everyone will be on a health kick, thanks for your lovely comment x

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  8. Suzanne

    Isn’t it great to loose weight and know that you’ve done it a healthy way so that the weight will actually stay off! I really do think that cutting out wheat is the way forward, for sure.
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  9. Isabella

    Thank you for sharing your approach to weight loss. I’ve recently had my second baby (also through C-section) and am keen to get back into shape and lose some of that baby weight, but having had an eating disorder for most of my teenage and adult life, I am now very cautious of diets, as I never ever want to fall back into that kind of pattern. The way you have lost weight sounds sensible and measured, and a lot of what you are doing, I am also already applying, especially healthy fats and eating lots of fish etc. However, I’ve never tried cutting out wheat completely and also replacing cow’s dairy with alternatives – I may give this a try, as I have heard other people also say that it made a big difference (though I sure will miss bread! not so bothered about dairy) :-). I would be so happy if I could lose a stone, too! 🙂 x

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    • honestmum

      Hi Isabella, so hard to find what works and so important you don’t view it as a diet. This to me really doesn’t feel like a diet or excluding anything, it’s a healthy way to eat not based on depriving myself but the opposite, feeding my body and brain. It really has worked well for me xxx

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  10. Tracey Egan

    Brilliant article! I’ve been meaning to give something similar a try for a while but was worried I would miss chocolate too much. This is great down-to-earth advice and inspires me to give it a go….

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    • honestmum

      I still eat chocolate, couldn’t live without it, dark most days and treats every so often, I never deprive myself chick, thanks for your lovely comment x

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  11. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    You’re looking fabulous Vicky, well done on finding a healthy approach that works for you. I’m a vegetarian, and I think that has always helped me stay around the same weight, far fewer junk temptations! I don’t eat a lot of bread or dairy (although I do have a weakness for cheese!), and I rarely drink during the week. On the whole I take the everything in moderation approach and that works for me, most of the time. I find winter hard though, as I’m not walking everyday, and I really notice a difference.
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    • honestmum

      Thanks for your lovely comment, it’s so hard when the weather is rubbish to get exercising, I struggle too. I do love cheese but am only eating goats and sheep derived cheese and not tonnes, I feel so healthy since changing the way I eat, I really do xx

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  12. Polly Mixtures

    This is such a healthy approach and funnily enough pretty much the approach I have taken which has helped me stay a healthy size. My body doesn’t respond well to wheat or dairy and I feel a lot better without consuming either. Not quite so brave as to cut out meat entirely, I enjoy it too much! #brillblogposts x
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    • honestmum

      That sounds great, meat is delicious but makes sense for us and I feel better since cutting it out. Might cry at Christmas though. Ha x

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  13. brummymummyof2

    Fab post hun! You look great as per. I defo need to get on it in the New Year. I am hibernating for the festive season and then will have a good go. I will really really struggle with sugar the most. That will kill me! I need to come up with some good alternatives I think! x
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    • honestmum

      January will be so much easier and a few treats in moderation fine, I don’t exclude anything but bidding sugar goodbye for the most part which really help you feel better x
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  14. Everything Mummy

    Its mad how much food effects mood and energy levels i know it but i still lack the will power to make a change i think my main issue is I’m rushing around and forget to eat an then my sugar levels crash and i ended up binging on rubbish!
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    • honestmum

      It’s a hard cycle to break, one we’ve all been on but removing sugar will make a huge difference. Check out the books, such eye openers and might give you the encouragement to make small changes to feel better x
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  15. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Looking good Vicki! Glad you feel great too 🙂 I’ve been eating so badly lately (lots of eating out, food on the run) and boy am I feeling it 🙁 Just feel really sluggish at the moment, can’t wait to get back to eating lighter meals. On a different note, is that a jumper and necklace, or a jumper with beading detail? Either way, I like! x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks chick, it will be easier in the new year when everyone is on a health kick. It’s a Fever London jumper and a necklace ftpm their collection over the top of it, not attached xx
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  16. Emma T

    Before having N I found it really easy to lose any weight I put on. Purely by calorie counting – essentially well rounded meals, lots of veg, not eating with my OH! and dancing 4 nights a week plus exercise each morning.

    Now I find it so hard even though I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I include pregnancy in that. I start to exercise then get such a sore throat I can hardly breath when I exercise, struggle to stay off the bad food, and only last a few days of eating healthily. I had a great month back in September where I was swimming twice a week, walking more and eating well, and I didn’t lose a thing. Insane. I’m also on warfarin so can’t eat many leafy greens which before were one of my diet staples.

    I think it really helps when you can do it as a family…I’m not a fish fan, and the OH isn’t particularly keen on chicken. Being a beef farmer there’s no way he would cut out meat from meals. And his job is really physical so he needs to fuel up…compared with me who needs to cut down. I’ve even tried Thinking Slimmer which made me hungrier – unheard of.

    The annoying thing is, I know exactly what works for me, but it needs 2 solid weeks of following it to get the bad habits out of the system and get back into the exercise – oh and less blogging late at night because getting more sleep will mean I can get up earlier in the morning to do my exercise….complete with child helping out!

    Great to hear what others try and what works for them.
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    • honestmum

      Great you know what works and it is hard juggling everything to get the time to put it into action. Sleep is really important as we all know to feel good and help with weight loss. I need to exercise more as while I do make time, even if it’s 10 minutes of yoga, running helps me release a lot of stress too. Thanks for your comment x
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  17. ghostwritermummy

    Looking fab missus. I might try that Eating Pretty book, sounds inspirational. I’m in no hurry to diet as such (breastfeeding) but I do want to start looking after what I eat a little better now. And I have to admit to not being that keen on my shape right now. I know I’m only 6 weeks post birth but I guess its all about how you feel, ins’t it? I’ll never be skinny but I want to feel good. Thanks for the kick up the butt! xx x
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    • honestmum

      It’s a really great read and you’re right about not dieting when breastfeeding but healthy eating is so important at any time for and the baby. You are a naturally slim, beautiful woman xx
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  18. www.mamamim.com

    I’m not sure if my comment just posted or not 🙂 If it didn’t, I wanted to say I think you look awesome! I’ll definitely be picking up these tips once the baby is out 🙂 #brillblogposts
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  19. My boys and me

    Great advice. I tried a very strict diet (involving lots of eggs!) trying to lose baby weight and I felt so ill and nearly feinted. I vowed never to diet again and just follow a healthy eating regime. I am a big fan of making my own juices too!

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    • honestmum

      That sounds hideous but I’ve been there in the past with the cabbage soup diet and others and they never work long term do they. Husband always says a balanced diet is the way forward xx
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  20. www.mamamim.com

    Thank you so much for sharing your tips and you look wonderful! I’ll be checking back here after this baby is out – I’m determined to get myself on track then and I think what you’ve done would suit me well too 🙂 #brillblogposts
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    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely but don’t put pressure on yourself. It’s literally taken me years after Alexander to feel and look mt old self. That doesn’t mean it has to take years of course, just be kind to yourself. I wish I’d been kinder to myself after my kids xx
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      • Mim

        Thanks Vicki 🙂 you’re right, I know – you really feel the pressure so soon after giving birth don’t you. I’ll get there, I’m determined 🙂 Mim

  21. Betty and the Bumps

    In the run up to my wedding I found that cutting out carbonated and caffeinated drinks (I’m a hot water rather than tea & coffee girl); not eating after 7pm; and keeping a food diary helped me hugely. I really let that slide once we got married and when I was pregnant I was a disaster zone but I know it’s time to get back on the horse. I’ve lost nearly all the weight I put on during pregnancy but I’m more concerned with health now, rather than the aesthetics.

    I also don’t touch alcohol but I know that certainly wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea 😉

    x

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    • honestmum

      Well done on losing your pregnancy weight, I agree about caffeine and alcohol and keep it to a minimum here. I love rooibos tea and just really have the odd glass of wine on a weekend. I’ve always been a lightweight anyway. Thanks for your comment x
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  22. JoyandPops

    Really great article – you look great, really healthy too!
    I totally agree that a lifestyle change, as opposed to a diet, is the way to go. I’ve never really tried a proper ‘diet’, mainly because I’m a vegetarian and I’ve never really found one that I could realistically do. I did try the 5:2 earlier this year but kept finding myself in Starbucks on my fast days – damn those liquid calories!!
    I hear you about the two c-sections and the struggle to keep/get weight off the tummy area. My abdominal muscles have gone their separate ways and with a few other problems that just isn’t an area I can fix!
    Two biggest things that make a difference to my weight are keeping alcohol to a minimum (I can count on one hand the number of nights I really drink in a year, though I love it when I do!!) limiting bread intake. I never feel good after eating bread!
    Keep doing what you’re doing, it clearly works!
    Xx
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    • honestmum

      Same here, I’m not a big drinker and I’m intolerant to wheat. My mum is too and most of her family. Definitely feel better cutting it out. Thanks for your comment x
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  23. Vicki Montague

    I seriously think that if you cut out wheat and don’t replace it with gluten-free bread, and just use natually wheat-free products you will loose weight…without doing all the other things you have done (which I applaud you for!). I am interested to see what you think of stevia? I have found that it tastes too strange for me!
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    • honestmum

      Yes my mum found that too but I’ve personally found great benefit not just cosmetically but mentally in omitting other things and the addition of prebiotics etc. I’ve eliminated just wheat before without all the same benefits. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  24. susan @happyhealthymumma

    yes!!! Love this post!!! Totally 100% agree with every point!!! (no surprise there!) this is so so important and don’t be scared of posting about it! I think everyone should be reading this and taking notes!!! health is so so important and us mums who all too often don’t look after ourselves enough and eat junk and therefore feel tied, put on weight and this puts our bodies at risk of disease and all sorts of things…it’s so so important to have role models like you xxxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh hun I’m so touched you have referred to me as a role model, you inspire me hugely yourself and more than anything being the healthiest I can is what concerns me, thanks for your lovely comment xx

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  25. Mel

    Well done for losing those summer pounds and getting back to the weight you were at 18! I keep reading about probiotics. I must look into that. We have reduced our wheat intake because of Jumpy’s allergies, but I can’t imagine my life without bread. Have you got a good ‘free from’ recipe that doesn’t include eggs?
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  26. ali @ Mum in a Nutshell

    Brilliant tips, thank you. I’ve recently stopped using beef mince instead switching to turkey and quorn, not to look weight but my family seem to prefer it. I know I need to limit sugar but I’m an 11am cake addict, might try and wean myself off in the new year, (I’m actually eating stollen cake as I type!)
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    • honestmum

      That made me chuckle, enjoy your Stollen. I do have treats too otherwise life would be boring. I feel great following this most of the time x

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  27. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Really good tips and thinks I think we can all do quite simply. I think for me, bread and alcohol are two of my biggest failings and I plan to have the general January detox. Am hoping once I leave my full time job in January, it will be easier to stick to regular exercise. You look wonderful xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks hun, that what I was doing all summer. You look fab anyway so don’t need to worry. Jan will definitely be easier and everyone will be on a health kick too x

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  28. Joanna @mumbalance

    It sounds fantastic 🙂 Congratulations on the new found you! We have cut out meat a few months ago and it has made such a difference. As you say, food is now fuel and it directly translates into energy instead of making you feel heavy and in need of a nap.
    Will need to get hold of the Eat Pretty as it sounds really intriguing
    xx
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  29. You Baby Me Mummy

    You look fab huni and well done. I am glad you found something that worked for you x #BrillBlogPosts
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  30. ToInfinityAndIVF

    Well done you!!!6 kilos is amazing. You always look gorgeous and I bet this is the icing on the cake. My hubby cut out wheat this summer due to going Gluten free because of his eczema and its made such a difference. I’ve ended up eating a lot less bread because of it and the difference on my belly is so obvious. I’ve slowly fallen off this wagon but need to pick it up again in the new year.
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    • honestmum

      Amazing how cutting out wheat helps with weight loss and generally feeling better. Read Wheat Belly as that really opened my eyes to what a terrible grain wheat is and now Oliver rarely gets rashes x

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  31. Caro | The Twinkles Momma

    We have a similar shape — I have a tiny waist in proportion to my hips!

    But most of my weight goes on to the tops of my legs and thighs… it’s a constant battle!! I have lost just over 2 stone on the last 20 months since having the twins, but after a summer of revelling and indulgence, it has crept up by 7lbs again. SO frustrating! It exasperates me that losing weight takes ages yet I can put a couple of lb on in a heartbeat!!

    Thanks for the tips lovely — will bear them in mind! X
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    • honestmum

      I’m exactly the same, I just look at sugar and I put on weight. Well done you though and sure those seven pounds will drop off x

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  32. katy (what katy said)

    Well done you! Tho sounds like a lifestyle choice rather than a diet which is great! We don’t have dairy in our house, not even sheep or goat as they are too closely related to cows (girls are allergic) so we have coconut milk. Sooo much healthier! We are actually just cutting out wheat too so hopefully it will help me lose a bit! Not sure I could cut out meat though – was a veggie for 10 years and I wasn’t any thinner for it ha! #brillblogposts
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      • Honest mum

        Thanks sweetie, I agree definite lifestyle choice and feel so much better for it. Yes being veggie doesn’t mean being healthy as have family members who Turner vegetarian and put on weight x
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  33. Claire

    You have done great, I need to change my diet as I eat to many sweet treats after I spent ages working out so I don’t get to see the benefits. Trouble is I love sugar …
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    • Honest mum

      I thin the more you cut it out, the less you’ll miss it xx
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  34. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Breaking eating patterns we’ve had for years and years is a choice that takes a lot of determination and shear will power.
    Then once the pattern is broken, eating the new way comes as naturally and feels as obvious and unforced as the first way did!
    I made a similar journey after my second, Miss 4 was born… Now 4 sizes, and 13 kg smaller than my pre baby self… And back to the same after Mr 1.

    Sometimes it just bemuses me how overrun by wheat and sugar our food cultures have become; and how long it’s gone on before we’ve started to make the change!

    For anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in their own skin… There are (relatively) small changes that can make all the difference! And they only feel impossible until that dependency is broken. Then EVERYTHING is possible 🙂
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    • Steph @MisplacedBrit

      Haha! Feels slightly ridiculous that that wonderfully ‘healthy’ lifestyle change comment is followed by a link to my fudge recipe!!
      …Well, we all still host parties don’t we 😉
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      • honestmum

        Haha that made me laugh, we do indeed and I’ve got a 10% disclaimer there so still enjoying treats. Funny thing was, I went to a meeting with Harrods at Godiva (chocolate heaven), sharing pics on social media, soon after posting this!

    • honestmum

      LOVE this comment Steph, so wise, you seriously should write a book about your journey. I really feel like these changes are small and this way of eating as become natural and feeling better, sleeping better makes a huge difference. Food was causing all kinds of issues for me (and my kids) so making small changes has made a big difference. Thanks for this brilliant comment x

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  35. Abby Boid

    Rarely read weight loss posts. Glad I read this. I struggle a lot with PMS and have realised diet is having a huge effect on ups and downs. Was literally weeping over an unmade bed end of last week, feeling life was quite pointless, until my husband twigged what might be wrong and made me a kale and bacon stir fry (all we had in – did the trick). Problem is bread and sugar is all I want when due on. Must be something I can do to prevent this happening – slow release foods all month look like they could be the way. Although that wheat and sugar creeps in everywhere!
    Looking forward to checking out the books you recommend.
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    • honestmum

      I honestly found that eliminating wheat and sugar has helped keep hormones balanced and the biggest thing that’s helped me is cutting out the meat too. I really think with some changes, you can feel great. Worth trying it xx

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  36. Mummy Tries

    Loved reading this honey, I’m so pleased you’ve found what works for you! I’m with you on almost everything – at the mo I’m completely grain and pulse free but will introduce properly soaked and fermented grains and pulses at some point. Also we eat a lot of meat but it’s ethically reared, grass fed (and probably Oxford educated) so that’s fine by me… You are looking HOT lady xxx
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      Hehe that made me laugh, yes you must find what works for you. I personally feel cutting out meat has had the biggest effect on me. A friend Rebecca cut it out a long time ago and lost weight from it and really inspired me. Sounds like you’ve found the ideal way to eat for you xx

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  37. Hurrah For Gin

    You look amazing lovely!! What a fabulous year it’s been for you 🙂 such an inspiration xx
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      Aw thanks darling xx
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  38. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Firstly, congratulations on losing that weight. No matter how great you looked before, it always feels good to shed some. It also looks like you’ve done so in a really sensible, natural way. I told you before that I’ve lost 10kg in the last few months. Like you, I cut out meat, and just stick to fish. I eat all the food groups, and am always looking at ways to cut out nonsense. Good tip on wheat. I shall look into that. I am a huge fan of oats, and prefer organic produce wherever I can. I think the crucial things that I have changed is portion sizes and alcohol consumption. I used to eat whopping portions of food. Your tummy gets used to certain amounts of food, so as easy as it is to train your tummy to need large portions, it is also as easy to train your tummy to expect smaller portions. I now have a tolerance for far smaller portions and feel satisfied quicker. I’ve also greatly reduced the amount of alcohol I consume. This is largely because we went through a long spell of co-sleeping, and I didn’t want to be under the influence while looking after and sleeping with the kids at night. Booze is full of empty calories, so makes a huge impact on your weight. Anyway, this is my long-winded way of sharing my story in a comment! I should have blogged about this, but I think you’ve done the job very well indeed! Congrats again and you’re looking fab xx
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    • honestmum

      Totally agree with you Fiona, I’m such a lightweight anyway so don’t drink a lot and you are right, empty calories, full of sugar. I like you, really felt my tummy has shrunk too, I’m fuller and satisfied quicker and I have a really healthy relationship with food. So lovely we are in sync, amazing to feel so good isn’t it?! Thanks for your lovely comment x

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  39. Megan - Truly Madly Kids

    My husband and I have just discussed giving up meat during the week – so only fish and pulses during the week. Going to look into your lentil soup!
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  40. Sophie Lovett

    Really sound advice. My wheat and dairy intake has leapt up since Arthur – partly eating what he’s eating, and partly breastfeeding making me sporadically ravenous! I’m ready for a bit of a re-evaluation though so watch this space… You’re right that there are so many great alternatives there’s no need to be overloading on these triggers xx
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    • honestmum

      So true Sophie and I can’t express how good I feel, a bit cliched but like a new woman! Good luck with it, I’m sure you too will feel great x

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  41. Laura Evelyn Bee

    Good for you! You look amazing and its great to read about a healthy way of life and making little changes rather than depriving yourself…life’s way too short for that sort of thing! x
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  42. Donna

    I know what you mean about exercise. I started running at the end of the summer and wish I’d started sooner. Now the weather’s miserable but I’m determined to start again after Christmas x
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      It’s tough when it’s cold outside and I have a treadmill in our (cold) garage but nothing like getting to the park if you can and it’s not raining! That fresh air makes a world of difference x

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  43. Mirka Moore @Fitness4Mamas

    Well done hun for losing it, not that you would really need it from seeing you a few weeks ago! I also mostly try to eat fish and seafood, but have chicken, and rarely some steak. Some very good tips in your post. So happy for you x and thanks for the mention!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, so pleased and thanks for the inspiration, your running tweets and exercise posts really keep me motivated x

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  44. Rebecca U

    Thanks for this post – most useful (particularly with Christmas on the way). Love coconut oil and its versatile uses
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Rebecca it’s a tough time of year with so much temptation but I’m all about not denying yourself too, must say though once you remove most sugar and wheat, the cravings fall away too, it’s like re-educating your palette x

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  45. Charlotte

    You’re looking fab and it sounds like you’re feeing healthier too which is even better.

    Thanks for all the tips, I love that you shared what worked for you without assuming that it will also work for us -everyone’s different and reacts in different ways to food.

    I haven’t found my magic diet yet and I need to as I have terrible lulls in energy sometimes and I’m sure these are related to what I eat (although my little one waking up at night can’t help either!!).
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Charlotte, so true, you must discover what works for you. I do feel better than ever and that’s even with disrupted sleep with a toddler who still wakes in the night x

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  46. China

    Ooo, I love reading about healthy eating and lifestyle. I often wonder whether having kids isn’t exercise enough, what with them keeping you so super active! Hahaha. I am very impressed that you still make time for a bit more exercise even being so busy, and yes, I’m vegetarian, and follow most of these points but honestly staying away from wheat and sugar can be such a struggle, given that manufacturers saturate so many foods with them. I think if I can reduce the wheat and sugar portion it’d be splendid. Will check out these books, thank you!

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    • honestmum

      Haha it is definitely exercise but I do need more! You are so right, cooking from scratch where you can and checking labels is so important, thanks for you fab comment darling x

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