It’s a genuine question. As a Slimming World’er of some years, I am concerned that some of my fellow losers recoil in shock and horror when I have some of the green stuff for my lunch!
I was going to have a little rant about Slimming World but it’s actually not Slimming World that is the problem – it’s the interpretation of their plans that is the issue.
As I make another ‘fresh start’ – and let’s face it, it’s probably the last one that I have in me…if I don’t crack it this time, and return to my old ways, I probably won’t see the year out – I have been noticing some interesting trends in the world of Slimming World!
If I had posted a picture of breakfast, with a banana and two cereal bars, then there would be no comments – as HiFi bars are ‘Slimming World’. If I had posted a picture of lunch, with a packet of Pasta’n’Sauce with added veggies topped with cheese, then there would be no comments – as Pasta’n’Sauce is allowed on Slimming World. If I had posted a picture of my late-afternoon snack of a MugShot and a brown roll, then there would be no comments – as MugShots are okay when you’re a Slimming World’er. Then my dinner picture – a pile of syn-free chips with three sausages, baked beans, an egg, some mushrooms, and tomatoes – with a Muller Light for afters…this too would get no comments. Add an evening ‘treat’ of a Flake and a packet of Snack a Jacks and you have the perfect Slimming World day.
Or do you?
I actually think that Slimming World encourages cooking from scratch – and natural, unprocessed foods. If you take a good read of the books, you will see that the unprocessed food is ‘free’…yet the stuff like MugShots and Pasta’n’Sauce are ‘zero syn’ and as such should be recorded in your counted section – which should make up about 15% of your food intake.
But I digress – and I am not a Slimming World Consultant and nor do I have the desire to ever become one! 🙂
My point is that I think us losers are the ones who tweak the system. We look for ways to keep our diet as close as possible to the one that got us fat in the first place.
One syn microwave mug cakes full of sweetener…?! Scan Bran cakes that are only 6 syns for the whole cake…?! Those roasted chickpeas…and homemade crisps…?!
Now the official line is that some of the above are ‘tweaks’ and shouldn’t form part of your Slimming World eating plan. However I see so many people advocating this type of food. And it gives the little green things a bad name…as they are seen as a waste of syns!
I hate the fucking Syn Police as much as the next person. After all, a Scan Bran cake is potentially a much healthier option than a whole carrot cake. But how about learning to just have a slice of cake…or no cake at all if it’s a trigger.
If you don’t make changes to the behaviours and ways of eating that led to you being fat in the first place, then you are unlikely to be able to sustain the weight loss.
This is coming from someone who is still wearing the over-sized fecking t-shirt!
I used to partake in Scan Bran cakes when I was on-plan – I would eat the whole thing and feel very saintly. I was following Slimming World after all and if I used my HEB and added a few syns and a sprinkle of magic, then that cake was okay for me to eat…all of it.
The problem was that I trained myself to eat whole cakes. And when I was off-plan I would switch my focus to full fat, full sugar delicious carrot cake – or one day, the most delicious ginger and orange triple layer cake…in my defence, I didn’t manage to eat the whole cake on this occasion…but I am a trier who likes a challenge and I gave it a bloody good go! 😉
Seriously though – I don’t think some of us Slimming World’ers have actually done Slimming World any favours. I feel that I have to defend the plan when people challenge the shitty food that you can eat on it…but if you strip back the shite that us losers have tweaked and added, then it’s actually not that far from clean eating – if you excuse the HiFi bars! 😉
I know that the attraction of Slimming World is that you can have unlimited amounts of certain types of food…but did you read the part that talks about moderation – or did you just focus on the unlimited? I also know that the attraction is that you can tuck into burger and chips, lasagne and garlic bread, still have a bit of wine, and enjoy a chocolate bar. For many people this works well – they will reach their target on Slimming World eating that food. Good for them.
Yet there are some out there – like me – who would really like to move away from the trigger foods and try and find a way of eating that fuels the body with nutrients…in my case, to try and undo some of the fecking damage that my years of eating shite has caused! 🙂 It can be quite hard sitting in a room full of people who don’t feel that way. However, just getting people in a room to talk about weight loss…isn’t that a good thing? And would we have turned up at all if we thought we had to give up our favourites?
There are people – like me – that if you give an inch to, they will take a mile. Unlimited food – go for it…I’ll dive in. I will overlook the moderation part. I will overlook the cooking from scratch part. But I will whinge and whine like a bitch when the plan doesn’t work! 😉
This is where I do have the issue with Slimming World. A Muller Light yogurt, a packet of Pasta’n’Sauce, and a MugShot, has about 849 calories in it. Yes, I am going to talk about calories even though we don’t do calories on Slimming World – and some consultants have actually complained about me talking about them before – but this face isn’t bothered…as I think we need to talk about them! Because calories count…and the quality of those calories count! So that little processed lot has 849 calories…yet it’s all okay to eat without counting according to many. Add your two Healthy Extra choices at 120 calories a pop, and your 15 syns which equates to 300 calories, and you’re at 1389 calories before adding in the fruit you might eat, the additional free foods that go with breakfast, lunch, and dinner…it’s easy to understand why, for some, Slimming World seems like a mystery and a plan that doesn’t work for them.
Anyway, let’s get back to the avocado.
I eat them as I have been encouraged to eat a diet lower in carbohydrates, and higher in good fats (LCHF). This is for a number of reasons – to prevent my type 2 diabetes returning, to help the PCOS and hormonal issues, and because there is a lot of evidence that this type of diet works well in changing habits and supporting sustained weight loss.
Personally, I am able to fit the principles of LCHF eating into the Slimming World plan. For example, my breakfast is typically smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, baby plum tomatoes, and spinach – all free or superfree. Lunch might be some chicken with salad leaves, half an avocado (synned) and some olives (synned) with maybe a little mozzarella cheese (HEA choice). Dinner might be a steak with veggies – all free or superfree. I might then have an evening snack of nuts (HEB choice) with some full fat Greek yogurt (synned) and berries. I get the fats from the salmon, eggs, avocado, olives, cheese, nuts, and Greek yogurt. I don’t increase my protein as there is no need to – you replace the carbs that you would have had, with a source of good fat.
More importantly, so far, I feel quite good eating like this. I don’t feel deprived. I am not having carb cravings. My nails are getting stronger and my hair is getting shinier. My energy levels are increasing – Mr WLB has described me as ‘hyper’ this week. And I am genuinely enjoying my food.
As for the poor little avocado that is much maligned on Slimming World – I bloody love them. In a 100g serving they have 160 calories (8 syns), 2g of protein, and 15g of heathy fat:
- Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
- Folate: 20% of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
- Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
- Small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
Don’t knock the little green fruit! I am more than happy to use 8 of my syns on it.
I genuinely don’t care how other people choose to follow the plan. What I do have an issue with is those people spreading the message ‘this is what Slimming World is all about’. I used to eat lots of processed and packet foods on Slimming World and I lost weight…yet I didn’t feel that great – or ditch the colds and zits – until I started to phase that food out. Until I met my vegan buddies. Until I started reading more. Until I really looked at what good quality calories can do for your body.
This didn’t stop me from ditching all of that and going on a massive binge-fest for the past year though – yo-yo’ing like crazy. So please don’t make a mistake – I am no fucking angel! 🙂
However I have a feeling that this way of eating – quality over quantity, and natural and unprocessed foods where possible – will help me get back on track.
It’s early days yet. The honeymoon period. But the honeymoon is going well so far…
On that note, I will try and wrap it up quickly. It’s been good getting the time over the bank holiday to write!
I have to say that I am a little concerned about stepping on the scales tomorrow. I lost 10lbs last week and when I have a good ‘first week’ loss, history shows that it tends to drop right down the following week. But we shall see. There is also the little matter of it being my first training session tomorrow – and although I try and act all tough and nonchalant, I am actually a little apprehensive. I had a really good relationship with my last trainer – we got on so well and he knew how to push me…I have a really good feeling about working with Alex, but the proof is in the pudding. So let’s see how it all goes! 🙂
Fuck – this is a hell of a journey! Conflicting info on how to lose weight. Managing a tough job. Looking after four horses. Having people dependant upon you. Jesus…sometimes it all feels a bit ‘argh’ – and then I pull my fucking socks up and crack on! Excuse my little moment there! 🙂
Today’s food looked like this:
Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, baby plum tomatoes, and wilted spinach for breakfast. Lunch was lamb steak with pan-fried aubergine, red pepper, and portobello mushrooms, with feta, green olives, and giant garlic cloves. I didn’t really feel like a proper dinner and opted for Greek yogurt with berries and almonds.
I really am off now!
Thank you for reading, and for your continued support!
As ever, all of the above words are the random musings of someone trying to find a way forwards – someone who has tried pretty much every diet you can think of…it’s just my opinion – you are welcome to yours! 🙂