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Dear Food, We Need to Talk

August 22, 2016

Dear Food, We Need to Talk

August 22, 2016
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Dear Food,

This has been a long time coming, but we really need to talk.

We’ve had a good run, almost seventeen years in a healthy relationship in fact. The last six years however, things have been different.

It wasn’t too bad at first. Whilst studying at college the odd treat slipped into my routine, but who wasn’t cosying up to Ben and Jerry on a Friday night?

A two stone (unexpected) weight gain later and I knew I had to do something.

It’s now been six years since I first started Slimming World, since I first decided I wanted to do something to improve my health.

Since then, our relationship has only worsened.

It’s not you, it’s me.

I’ve used you as an escape when I’m sad, as a treat when I’m happy or as something to do when I’m bored. I eat when I lose weight, I eat when I gain weight – I eat just because I can.

Slimming World, Slim Fast, Weight Watchers – you name it, I’ve tried it. Our relationship only seems to getting worse.

Altogether I’ve gained 8 stone and my health has really suffered as a result – so why does this make me want you more?

So, what I’m trying to say is this is my letter to you food, to let you know that our relationship is going to change. It has to change.

This is not going to be easy and it won’t happen overnight, but I am going to try to look at you differently. I’m going to make better choices, but not beat myself up when I don’t.

I’m going to exercise more, it won’t be a punishment for what I eat and you won’t be a reward if I work hard.

I’m going to start thinking about what I can eat, not what I can’t.

I’m going to stop obsessing over you and get back to the health relationship we used to have.

Lots of love,

Kirsty Leanne






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