Clean eating groups made me miserable

I was a skinny child and it wasn’t until I hit my thirties that I suddenly started putting on weight. Before I discovered The Ditch the Diet Academy, I did my own diet plan – which was basically starvation, and of course, that didn’t work.

“I tried Herbalife and I cringe when I think back to that, I also bought tablets that were supposed to ‘grab the fat out of you’. They cost me a fortune and also didn’t work.”

Then, I joined a ‘clean eating’ group and actually, I did lose a lot of weight, but it was so restrictive and I hated every moment of it.  I couldn’t wait for those days to be over. Then, when it was over I went back to normal, I put the pounds that I had lost back on again and was back to feeling ‘doughy’.

Then, I joined The Ditch the Diet Academy and I have never regretted it for a moment.


Sharon celebrates the end of 'clean eating' and stopped feeling guilty about food

Sharon’s gorgeous new dress!

The Academy was so different from all of the other things I had tried. There were no rules, you gave us information to make our own decisions and become in control of our own lives. It wasn’t just about the food! Now I always feel in control because you don’t tell us what we can’t eat – which is what everyone else does.

The other ladies I have met through doing the Academy, well, what can I say – I’ve made real friends. I always felt it was a competition before in other groups that I had joined (like the clean eating one), and on other diets. After doing that clean eating one, I was terrified to eat fruit and carbs because they were seen as the enemy!

You have given me an education on important things like portion control and what food actually is and why we shouldn’t cut anything out.

“I feel in control and it has spilt over into all other aspects of my life too. My goals aren’t even all about weight loss anymore – I just feel amazing.”

Sharon celebrates the end of 'clean eating' and stopped feeling guilty about food

Sharon celebrating the end of Transform21 and the beginning of The Ditch the Diet Academy.

Since becoming a member of The Ditch the Diet Academy, I have become a pro at being more organised. I now do weekly planners, I plan meals and I shop for what I need so I spend less money and I have less waste. We always eat lovely meals and we don’t skimp on anything,

“The best thing is I just don’t feel guilty! If I do have a piece of cake or a piece of chocolate – the guilt is gone. You’ve taught me that food is not the enemy.”

Back when I started the Transform21 course (part of The Ditch the Diet Academy), I said that my goal was to look and feel good for my daughter’s graduation and to buy a nice new dress. Today is graduation day and I’ve got a lovely new dress ready to put on and I feel great in it.

“Several people have commented recently – you look great, you look slim and it’s just such a boost!”

If you are considering joining The Ditch the Diet Academy when it opens then just do it – don’t even hesitate. It’s so great to feel in control of your whole life again. There is nothing to be scared of. I never want it to end, it’s just a great place to be!

The Ditch the Diet Academy officially launches on the 6th of September 2018. Learn more about The Academy by joining the waiting list.

"All in or all out" Rachael is a vibrant, no-bullshit-talking Scottish nutrition geek and coach helping women to lose weight without giving up their confidence OR their favourite foods.

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