Are you one of the people who struggle with keeping their ideal weight? I used to be obsessed with trying many different diets in my late teens and early twenties. Back then I used to work out, but not on a regular basis, and it was not until I lived in sunny Sydney I realised that what you eat really does have influence not only on your weight and how you look, but also on how you feel.
Living in sunshine for more than 9 months of the year had a great impact on my mood and I used to power-walk around the Darling Harbour to to famous Sydney Opera House, along the Botany Bay and back 5 times a week. I also used to swim a few times a week, and my diet consisted of mainly salads and seafood.
Then 5 years later we moved back to London, and my life changed completely. Getting used to grey skies and English food was not easy for me. I started a new teaching job in the city centre, and did not get home till about 7pm. I was in no mood of working out, and despite not eating too much, I started piling on weight.
Then once my jeans were so tight I could not do the top button up, I decided it was the time to start doing something about it, and I started power-walking again. I realised that there were some beautiful parks here in London, and after a few weeks my mood of being always grumpy changed and I was smiling again.
I have not looked back and kept on working out, swimming, cycling and also started running. Then I was pregnant with my first one, and made the mistake of stopping my fitness routines which resulted in piling on 20KG! Luckily a few weeks after giving birth to our older daughter Isabelle I started running again, and lost most of the baby weight within a year.
During my second pregnancy I kept on power-walking and swimming, and only put on 10kg, which was much easier to get ridd off after our second daughter Olivia was born. I will never forget the look on the life guards faces when I was entering the pool 38 weeks pregnant, swimming my usual 80 lengths!
Anyway, why am I sharing all this? Well, I think most people struggle with keeping their ideal weight, and once I come across something that could help, I love spreading the word about it!
Thanks to blogging I have come across a post about York Test and their food intolerance tests. I was offered their NEW & Improved Ideal Weight Programme ( £319) for a review, and here is what I have learnt!
I was a bit worried about taking my blood sample myself as that’s what is needed for this test, but honestly there is no need for that. After carefully reading the instructions before doing the test, I took a deep breath prickled my middle finger and there it was, a tiny drop of blood which was slowly soaking into the provided absorbent wand. After collecting enough blood I carefully inserted the wand into a provided container and soon sent off with all the paperwork.
It did not take long before my results came via an e-mail and then also via post. I was very excited indeed! At first I was a bit shocked as I honestly did not expect to see ANY items with the ticks for the food intolerance.
There it was, after nearly 42 years, I have learnt I should avoid cows milk! There were a few other products like millet, sugarcane and anise seed to limit, but that was not so alarming for me. I quickly started thinking about this as I have not been aware of any symptoms suggesting I should avoid cows milk.
I think many people are in a similar situation, and I greatly appreciated a half-an-hour phone call with York Test nutritionist soon after getting my test results. She asked me quite a few questions about my diet and habits, and then suggested so many alternatives which was great and I stopped worrying.
The ideal weight programme comes with a 12 week’s plan which guides you to reach your ideal weight by following low GI diet. There is also Alli Godbold’s 7 day low GI kick start plan which will help you to start this programme and hopefully reach your ideal weight.
I was impressed with all the information provided and can honestly say I have learnt so much about my body from this experience. I have swapped milk in my morning coffee for Oatly barista edition, and love it. I have also stopped eating normal yoghurts and adore the Alpro plain with coconut and often add some chia seeds, pomegranate and leave soaking in the fridge for the next day.
I think the hardest bit was to swap any cheeses as the alternatives are just not as good. As now I am aware I should not be having cows milk, I am much more careful about what I eat and I do feel generally better, and have also lost some weight. I do eat some cheeses with cows milk and goats milk as just cannot imagine not eating theese forever.
The York Test nutritionist has also suggested after 12 week period to start introducing products with cows milk in my diet to see which ones I can have and which ones could be more problematic to me.
I think everyone should actually have a food & drinks intolerance test done, and planning to have these done for the whole family.
What’s your experience? Have you ever had a food & drinks intolerance test done? Would also love to hear about your experience with avoiding products with cows milk.