Alison Hanley, 34
MY NEW healthy eating plan is going great. I am down 3lbs since I began, my first few weeks were a learning curve but I couldn't be happier. I'm no longer getting energy slumps in the afternoon so I'm able to concentrate better at work. I'm finding preparing the healthy meals more time-consuming than I'm used to, but the benefits definitely outweigh the time spent.
In this week's consultation, Elsa took me through a CBT questionnaire to assess my eating patterns, motivation levels as well as my emotional triggers. Some things I instinctively knew already but others surprised me.
For example, I realised that a lot of the time I eat unconsciously, without thinking about what I'm doing. I also realised that I harbour a lot of negative feelings about dieting because I feel like a failure for not being able to stick to diets in the past.
What I'm doing now is a lifestyle change not a diet, so even saying that to myself every day has had a huge impact on me and makes it much easier.
We also identified some of the emotions that trigger me to eat more. For me, it's stress and tiredness.
Knowing what the triggers are is helpful because it motivates me to have a plan in place for when I do get tired or stressed. For example, before I wouldn't have had my dinner until after the kids went to bed at 8.30pm, so I was too tired to cook and ended up eating takeaways or processed foods. Now my husband and I work together to cook a proper dinner early in the evening before either of us gets too tired, this has made a huge difference.