Why do we think it’s going to be hard?

I have battled with being overweight all my adult life. Looking back my resistance to changing my eating patterns mimic my reluctance to give up smoking….for the same reasons. My biggest issue with food – was my addiction to sugar….and make no mistake….sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine. Like any addiction the fear of giving up the drug is sometimes what stops us trying.

Family reunion….

The lifestyle of Brits living abroad is very social….a half bottle of wine is often included in the price of a “menu del dia” – as is a sugar laden pudding and an alcoholic shot to finish the meal. Many of the people I met, insisted that “they don’t drink much”….but acknowledged that it was almost impossible to resist the wine that came as part of the meal….or the complimentary Baileys that landed at your seat without having to ask. This habit of drinking without conscious thought is something I hope to break with my year off alcohol.

Books that explained it all.

This book really explained the influences – and suggested a multi-pronged attack to tackle weight loss. Remove sugar to alleviate insulin insensitivity and allow your body to hear the hunger & satiety hormones at work & use relaxation techniques & exercise to reduce the stress hormone cortisol which in turn reduces cravings and helps with insulin control. Reverse the vicious cycle and let your body work for you rather than against you. An epiphany!