A Little Bit More


Part of the way forward for you will be to fully expect smoke-and-mirror illusions in those moments of temptation. For entirely honourable reasons, your limbic brain will try to trick and lie to you. It will do its best to deceive you into overeating all manner of “food” (and maybe real food, too!) to an undoubtedly immoderate degree.

The typical strategy is to count something – calories, points or carb grams – in an attempt to place some restriction on your intake. That silences the temptation for a while… until the rules start to get broken. Overeating resumes because you never did get to grips with the shenanigans of your conniving limbic brain in its “LET’S EAT!” mode.

This week Princes William and Harry spoke about what it was like for them to ignore their grief following the death of their mother. Breaking free from overeating is most certainly not the same as a process of grieving, but there is a lesson here for us. Ignoring a difficulty doesn’t make it go away, while facing a difficulty transforms it.


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  1. Jessica

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blogs. I have been re-reading the archives recently. With the advice on nutrition an ever changing thing, I wondered whether you could advise on a couple of the best books to read on the subject (I know you have previously recommended Denise Minger – is that a book that still that tops your list?).

    I’d also be interested in reading about the affects of sugar both in terms of health, and how the industry works; I’d like to build up some more healthy anger around this !

    • I like your interest in developing healthy anger, and SWALLOW THIS by Joanna Blythman will certainly help you with that. She gained undercover access to food industry meetings and writes about it with great clarity.

      As for sugar, Blythman has a chapter on it; the book on sugar and health would be FAT CHANCE by Dr Robert Lustig; and as for the food industry, it’s THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes.

      All three of these books, though, would have been better if a fair bit shorter, so be warned! And yes, I still like Denise.

  2. Sophie

    ‘A little bit more’ a great post, thanks Gillian. It’s really been helping me while on holiday with lots of temptation around.

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