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Time for a Change

Day 81: Keeping up dieting enthusiasm

on August 26, 2013


There’s no denying its hard to keep up your motivation and enthusiasm day after day when dieting. Changing deeply ingrained eating habits for the long term takes real focus and perseverance. Keeping a blog like this one really helps to maintain focus and keep your goals top of mind. Its particularly hard when food manufacturers seem to keep developing ever more unhealthy choices that are heavily advertised and promoted both in-store and out. Shopping online for your groceries definitely helps being sidetracked by unhealthy temptations.

I was gobsmacked to read this week about a new cereal that supermarket giant, Tesco, is stocking. US import, Lucky Charms is a breakfast cereal aimed at children. It is made with genetically modified corn and describes its mix of corn, soya, sugar and marshmallows as ‘magically delicious’ by the manufacturer, General Mills.

lucky charms cereal

The cereal actually has a health warning printed (in very small type) on the box! It reads:

“May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children. Produced from genetically modified maize”

I find this truly shocking. I hope that parents will boycott this rubbish. How can it be legal to sell this chemical concoction of  genetically modified ingredients – to children of all people?

It goes without saying that for optimal health keep your food as natural as possible. If what you read on the ingredients list is not an ingredient that you could have in your kitchen, then dont eat it.

For example, in my opinion, it is better to eat a small amount of a  good quality ice cream made with sugar, eggs, cream, fruit and milk than a soft scoop version made with “Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Water, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Glucose Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Whey Solids, Emulsifier (E471), Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Flavouring & Natural Colours (Curcumin, Annatto)” Hmmm… I don’t have many of those ingredients in my kitchen cupboards!

Anyway… here’s my Food Diary for Day 81:

Brekafast: menopause muesli – see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Left over marinated chicken (cut into thin slices with scissors) and cold green beans made into a salad

left over chicken salad


Dinner: Peppered Mackerel salad – just use any salad-y things you have to hand



Snacks and Drinks: herbal tea, 3 squares dark chocolate, Nak’d bar (92 calories), strawberries



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