Saturday, 26 October 2013

Slimming World



I started Slimming World again and have lost count of the many times and groups I have joined over the last ten years. I am further forward than I was in the early days, but don’t want to spend the rest of my life having to keep rejoining.
Having said that, it is not supposed to be just a diet, it is a way of life, I’ve made good friends and we often have a laugh as we share stories and recipes. Everyone is there for the same reason and it binds you together. They know how you are feeling and sometimes you can be feeling pretty low when things don’t go the way you hoped.
A good group depends on a good the consultant and I’ve seen some who clearly can’t speak in public and most of the class have nodded off!
To be a self employed Slimming World Consultant you are invited to one of their open days. They do ask that you to be familiar with the plan and that you have lost weight. Of course there is an outlay, nothing is for free and they do back you and tell you how to promote your business as well as sending you on courses. Any outlay is soon recouped. Slimming World consultants have got to be out-going and enjoy working with people, which makes me wonder how some of them did get through!
They also have very strict guidelines on things that you can and can’t do. For example, one of the lead ups to starting your own group is the delivering of leaflets and these can’t be delivered just anywhere at any time. They tell you exactly which area to hit and exactly which days to do them. If the consultant is wise, she gets help from friends and family and if she or he is taking over a group that already exists, members help out too. There is a lot of promoting to do which can also mean standing outside supermarkets and shops with leaflets and banners. A lot of hard work goes into advertising the group and once done, you can earn a good living and of course you are helping people, too.
If you like food and recipes, it is amazing what you can actually eat and what you can combine together, for something lighter in calories. The food is good, but there are some odd combinations, take mushy pea curry, for instance. There was a lively debate about it at group, some loved it, others hated it.
 Basically it is a tin of tomatoes, tin of baked beans and a tin of mushy peas, curry power, onions, mixed herbs and seasoning, all mixed up in a food processer. One of the girls at the group said that she couldn’t stop heaving as she made it and some say its looks revolting because of the colour. Others say how really nice and tasty it is, even if you have to eat it with your eyes closed.
 You can put meat of your choice and it doesn't feel like diet food. Of course it will never be a biryani, but it makes you feel good.
We had a taster night at our group, which means people bring in food to try. It was buffet and helpful trying out different food combinations and getting recipes for your favourites. It’s interesting how some of the high fat food can be adapted to make a very reasonable compromise. A lot of the food is what we call free food or has very low syn count.
The diet is called Extra Easy and it groups foods together and you choose from the long list of free foods from SW book, which is like saying it has no calories. There are also super free foods, which are fruit and vegetables and the more you eat of these quicker the weight loss.
Everyone wants something that they shouldn’t, but everything in moderation is the key. They call these syns and allow you up to 15 a day and it includes your sweets and cakes, alcohol and chocolate, so you never feel deprived.
It doesn’t feel like you are dieting; especially in that first week when you're unsure if you are doing it correctly. It’s very clever like that, because you feel like you are eating normally, but you’re eating free food which include pasta and potatoes. The carbohydrates, are also free, but the clever bit is that you eat them in combination with other superfree foods such as your salads and vegetables. 
The way to do it is you fill two thirds of your plate free foods and a third of your plate with super free foods. The Slimming World book tells you exactly which foods these are and it does take a while to understand the combinations, but it works. I think the best way is not to even try to understand how it works. Every group I’ve been to people has losing in excess of 3 stone just by following this plan.
So what stops this being a miracle diet that everyone should do? And why have I spent the last ten years attending different groups and not losing large amounts too?
Well, the Extra Easy diet is still relatively new and previously the plan consisted of red and green days, which meant you either ate like a vegetarian or be an omnivore. It was difficult to combine the two and I always got bored trying after a while.
We all need inspiration to do things and staying to group for ‘image therapy’ has a lot to do with it. If you do it on your own can, its easy to lose interest after a while and start making bad choices.
 All right, yes, you do have to applaud when someone loses a 1lb or clap like mad because someone reached target losing only 9lb. Bit when it’s your turn and you’ve struggled all week because life has happened and you have attended birthday parties or had a take away or far too much alcohol and then battled like mad to try and get back on plan; or lost half a lb when you thought you had been good; or gained a 1lb when you’d been exceptionally good or your body decided to retain water because it’s your time of the month, it can be so disappointing. So when the group clap for you when you have at last hit that stone mark, it is the best feeling in the world.
For most people it has taken months and even years to pile on the pounds, so it isn’t going to come off easily and quickly. But if you persevere and accept that life happens and you will sometimes gain, it will pay off.
Too many people give up too early and I am guilty of that myself. If you are really serious about losing weight, then make it the most important thing that you do.
There are many Slimming World groups around the country. The link below will tell you where the nearest one to you is. Use it, have patience and dedication and become a new person, No one will love you more than yourself for doing it.


 http://www.slimmingworld.com/

Here are some of my favourite recipes (and the mushy pea one)






Roulade
2 tubs of quark
4 eggs, separate white and yolks
5 tbsp sweetener
1tsp baking powder (0.5 syn)
1tsp vanilla extract
Fruit of your choice
1) Whisk egg whites till stiff.
2) In another bowl, mix yolks, vanilla, baking powd
er, one tub of the
quark and 4 tbsp of sweetener.
3) Add half of egg white mixture and stir then fold
in the rest.
4) Pour mixture into a tray lined with grease proof
paper and spray with
fry light. Bake in a pre-heated oven gas mark 4/150
for 20 minutes or
until cooked.
5) Leave to cool.
5) Mix the other tub of quark with ruit to the top.
Carefully roll like a swiss
roll cake
Roulade

2 tubs of quark
4 eggs, separate white and yolks
5 tbsp sweetener
1tsp baking powder (0.5 syn)
1tsp vanilla extract
Fruit of your choice

1) Whisk egg whites till stiff.
2) In another bowl, mix yolks, vanilla, baking powder, one tub of the quark and 4 tbsp
    of sweetener.
3) Add half of egg white mixture and stir then fold in the rest.
4) Pour mixture into a tray lined with grease proof paper and spray with fry light. Bake 
in a pre-heated oven gas mark 4/150 for 20 minutes or until cooked.
5) Leave to cool.
6) Mix the other tub of quark with fruit to the top.


Carefully roll like a swiss roll cake.



Slimming World Brownies

6 eggs (separated)
150g Splenda (or other sweetener)
60g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate
1tsp vanilla essence
Fry Light

Preheat the oven at 180Âșc and spray a baking tin with Fry Light. Line it with
greaseproof paper. Then whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, sweetener, vanilla essence and cocoa 
powder. (Try to use a good quality cocoa powder as it makes up in taste for the lack 
of sugar.
Whisk it until it is all combined well. The mixture can get quite tough- if this happens 
keep adding bits of the egg white until it becomes smoother and easier to whisk.
Next, gently fold in the rest of the egg whites and pour into the tin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
When done and left to cool.
 This mixture made roughly 25 brownies when cut into fairly small squares, making 
each one 0.5 syn each.



Roulade
2 tubs of quark
4 eggs, separate white and yolks
5 tbsp sweetener
1tsp baking powder (0.5 syn)
1tsp vanilla extract
Fruit of your choice
1) Whisk egg whites till stiff.
2) In another bowl, mix yolks, vanilla, baking powd
er, one tub of the
quark and 4 tbsp of sweetener.
3) Add half of egg white mixture and stir then fold
in the rest.
4) Pour mixture into a tray lined with grease proof
paper and spray with
fry light. Bake in a pre-heated oven gas mark 4/150
for 20 minutes or
until cooked.
5) Leave to cool.
5) Mix the other tub of quark with ruit to the top.
Carefully roll like a swiss
roll cake
Roulade
2 tubs of quark
4 eggs, separate white and yolks
5 tbsp sweetener
1tsp baking powder (0.5 syn)
1tsp vanilla extract
Fruit of your choice
1) Whisk egg whites till stiff.
2) In another bowl, mix yolks, vanilla, baking powd
er, one tub of the
quark and 4 tbsp of sweetener.
3) Add half of egg white mixture and stir then fold
in the rest.
4) Pour mixture into a tray lined with grease proof
paper and spray with
fry light. Bake in a pre-heated oven gas mark 4/150
for 20 minutes or
until cooked.
5) Leave to cool.
5) Mix the other tub of quark with ruit to the top.
Carefully roll like a swiss
roll cake

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