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How to Escape the Diet Trap

Yo-yo-diets

It's Time To Do Things Different.

Deep in thought with friends last night, the conversation turned to Jenni Murray and the open letter published yesterday morning. That letter was written in direct response to a dilemma which is familiar the world over to literally millions and millions of people: yo- yo dieting.

It is a very real concept a very real diet trap and it keeps millions of us unhappy and pre-occupied and, well, generally missing the point of life.

As each new commercial dieting program comes to us (Dukan, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Cabbage Soup, High-fibre, Low-fat, Zone, the list is endless), we sincerely believe it will make a difference to our mal-nourished bodies. And we try again for weight loss. What we forget, time and again, is that diets don’t work. At best, they are always a short term solution: most of us can lose weight if we set our minds to it but how many of us manage to sustain the weight loss? Short term gratifications (new clothes, new shoes, new hair cut, new man, new party) seduce us down the diet path but what is it that you want, long term?

If your long term wish is to be free to live life fully, to enjoy each day without waking up and venturing into battle with your self, to be “normal” around food and to understand food and the response it can trigger in our bodies then take a little education.

Take a look at the article Fat Storage Machine and learn about the relationship of sugar and insulin  and the response it has on your body. Further reading here on exactly how our modern diet is fuelling the obesity epidemic and try this excellent item Bad Fat – Good Fat to open your eyes to thebenefits of eating saturated fat in our diet. Challenge your current behaviours, think Human Shaped! Be radical. Eat bacon. Stand up, stretch and take a look around. If you keep doing what you’ve always done you will continue to get what you’ve always got.

Do your reading, do your thinking and make good choices. Every day what you do defines who you are. Get a few recipes under your belt, understand what you can and can’t eat for optimal health , use our ancestors as your point of reference (did they eat it,  would they recognise it as food) and never ever forget the fact that it is the food that is making you fat NOT some lack of will power or failing in you. It is the food that causes addictions and triggers behavioural responses such as overeating. Not you. It is a biochemical response. Chemistry. Not you. Clean up your diet and the bio-chemical reactions go, the behavior triggers go and now you have a fighting chance to achieve those long term goals.

And so, now we read that  Jenni Murray has opted for Weight Watchers.

Do you think this is the answer?

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Bluebell Inn, Kettlewell

Bluebell-Inn-KettlewellBlasting through the Dales last night was exhilarating.  The sky was a clear azure blue and the fields a lush green, the boundary walls clearing marking the landscape with their cool limestone.  When weather is this good it makes me think there will be days and days and days like these and of the early promise of summer.

Turning the corner into Kettlewell we stumbled across this gem: the Bluebell Inn and thought to flag it up for anyone looking for a real food (Paleo) friendly menu and a great evening.

The menu was simple with a specials board: all home cooked, prices ranging from £5 upwards for a starter and between £10.95 and about £17 for a main.  We chose to share a starter: goat’s cheese with a delicate salad and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  The plate was dressed well, simple and colourful and the goat’s cheese was local, warmed, soft and melted, sharpened by a lick of the vinaigrette dressing.

Service was prompt, friendly and attentive but not intrusive.  We chose two main meals: chicken stuffed with chorizo sausage and wrapped in bacon and pork medallions with a honey and ginger sauce.  Both dishes were served with side dishes of thick roast potatoes new potatoes (neither of which are particularly beneficial and so we chose not to eat) however a vegetable selection was also on offer.  It is worth pausing here to say that upon delivery up of the veg we were urged to eat as much as we liked and to order more if required.  And we did! The vegetables were a soft orangey-coloured mashed swede, carrots, green leeks and bright purple cabbage: fresh cooked and you could tell this because the colours were so vibrant in the dish, made by someone who cared about the food they were serving.  The plates had been warmed, the meat was piping hot and stayed that way throughout the meal which meant every mouthful was warm and sustaining and complimented by the vegetables.  The flavoursome sauce of the pork was subtle with just a hint of ginger and honey. The chorizo and bacon was enough to compliment the chicken which was cooked through and served in a (no sugar we checked) tomato and onion sauce.

wharfe-at-kettlewellAfter the meal we wandered down to look at the stream that meanders through this popular holiday village.  Mike gave me his coat but  the sun was setting low in the sky and a chill was beginning to form in the night air.  We pulled the roof back on the car and drove off, pausing only once to let a gritter pass as we turned the corner for home.  This early Sunday morning the sun is up and bright again, it’s clear and cold (-3) but I think it;s going to a good one.

Do you know any paleo friendly eating places?  Tell us!  We’d love to hear from you and will make space to publish all submitted information so it’s available to all.

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