Progression of me

from eighty four to now…

4 Weeks Down!

4 weeks ago I decided to give up chocolate…for 6 months.  And you know what?  It’s been easier than I thought…

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photo credit: google images

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Discretionary Food and Drinks

As I am now almost a week down on my “Detox Challenge” I thought I might try to provide some information which could surprise you (or at least make you think again about having that extra slice of cake!)

Chocolate, as most people should know is a discretionary food.  It does not fall into any of the five food groups.  The reason for this is that a discretionary food is not necessary for a healthy diet and it is too high in saturated fat and/or sugars, added salt or alcohol and low in fibre.  In the majority of cases these foods (or drinks) are also very high in kilojoules, whilst they contain little or no nutritional value.

A diet high in these types of foods/drinks can lead to obesity, diabetes and many other illnesses.

Now here’s the scary part….

A serving of a discretionary food (because of the high amount of kilojoules) is generally much smaller than that of one of the other food groups (for example fruit/vegetables).  So take a look at some examples of ONE serving of discretionary food/drink:

  • 2 scoops (75g) regular ice cream
  • ¼ cup condensed milk
  • 50-60g (about two slices) processed meats, salami, mettwurst
  • 1 ½ thick or 2 thinner higher fat/salt sausages
  • 30g salty crackers (a small individual serve packet)
  • 2-3 sweet biscuits
  • 1 (40 g) doughnut
  • 1 slice (40 g) plain cake or small cake-type muffin
  • 40g sugar confectionary (about 5-6 small lollies)
  • 60g jam/honey (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 small bar (25 g) chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons (40 g) cream
  • 1 tablespoon (20 g) butter or hard margarine
  • 200 mL wine (2 standard drinks (note this is often 1 glass for many Australian wines)
  • 60 mL spirits (2 standard drinks)
  • 600 mL light beer (1½ standard drinks)
  • 400 mL regular beer (1½ standard drinks)
  • 1 can (375 mL) soft drink
  • 1/3 (60 g) commercial meat pie or pastie
  • 12 (60 g) fried hot chips

When I look at this and think back to the last time I ate some hot chips or had a “few” biscuits…and the time I ate that Easter bunny, I dread to think just how many servings I was actually having….

It may also surprise you to see one or two of the items listed above categorised as discretionary.  The meat perhaps?

And we wonder why our society is getting more and more unhealthy.  Maybe foods need to be packaged differently?  In a serving sized portion perhaps?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  And if you weren’t aware of this or think someone would benefit from the above, please feel free to share.

Note: Most of the information in this post was sourced from the Eat for Health website.

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Help me help the next generation!

A few days ago I received a chocolate bunny just like this one:

photo credit: google images

photo credit: google images

How cute is he?

All smiles and shiny.

And so TASTY!

I took a bite…and then another…and then another.  And before I could help myself, within an hour he was gone!

Afterwards I felt sick and kind of annoyed at myself.  Why is chocolate  so addictive?  Why can’t I simply have one bite and save the rest for  later?  It’s not only at this time of year.  It’s ALL THE TIME!!!    Chocolate is no longer a treat in our society…easily sourced and often on special!!!  It has become part of many people’s every day diets….why is this?

I have decided to give up chocolate.  After my gorge on the Easter bunny, I wondered to myself how long I should go without it for.  A month?  Three?  No..I decided on 6.  And then I thought, why not make it worthwhile.  I wondered if there was such a thing as “Give up Chocolate for Charity”.  I googled and came across a campaign called “Dechox” run by the Heart Foundation in the UK.  Basically, you give up chocolate and raise money for the Heart Foundation.  Great idea, I thought!  But for one, it’s in the UK and two, it’s finished for the year.

I then thought to myself, what if I raised my own money for a charity of my choice.  Is that even possible?  And lo and behold it is!  Through mycause.  You can choose the charity and how much you wish to raise and with a few clicks of a button it’s done!  Too easy!

So which charity did I choose?  It’s not a charity many people will have heard about and in fact they don’t get ANY government funding.  They rely purely on grants and volunteers.  The charity I chose is the Children’s Food Education Foundation; whose aim is to “reduce the risk & incidence of diet related disease by engaging, educating and empowering children & young people to make mindful food choices”.

Knowledge is power.  And I believe if we can help educate the youth of today, we just might be able to help the next generation and avoid our country continuing on the road to diet related diseases and illness.  I would love your support.  Please check out my page below and feel free to donate!  Every dollar helps.  My target is to raise $1000 and with your help I know we can do it 🙂

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/92544/vicsdechoxchallenge

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The emotional eating cycle

As I have briefly mentioned a couple of times lately, things have been a little rocky for me emotionally of late and today I realised that chocolate has become my “go-to” food whenever I’m upset.  Lately I’ve been eating it in my room so no-one knows.  This is not a good habit and I’m not quite sure how to get out of this cycle.  

After coming back from America I had hit pretty much rock bottom and was eating a lot of chocolate.  When I started with my new trainer I stopped and this week on the eating plan he set me I didn’t touch any at all.  I was actually really stoked I managed to stick to the plan until boom…today.  

So I’d love to get some advise from you out there – how do you kick the emotional eating cycle habit?  Any tips or pearls of wisdom you would like to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Snags, Triple J and Coconut Oil

There’s so much I want to say right now, but I have limited time so let’s see how I go.

First up:

For those of you who don’t know, on the 26th of January each year, Australia commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet into Botany Bay, Sydney.  It is a public holiday (if on a weekend we have the following Monday off) for every state and territory in Australia and a day where utes, BBQ’s, Aussie flags, the colours green n gold, Pavlova, Vegemite, the boxing kangaroo and beer make an appearance everywhere.  I did happen to spot a few akubra’s around the streets this morning too!

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