I want to lose 2 and a half stone, but have no willpower. It doesn’t take a lot of food for me to put on weight
– Helen Lederer
Helen Lederer is a comedian, writer and actress. The oldest of our cruisers can’t wait to board the ship. She hates her stomach and her breasts, in fact in her words she ‘doesn’t like [her] body at all!’
She fluctuates between a a size 14 and 18 and claims to have tried most diets but still can’t find routine when it comes to eating.
Helen has a busy social life that means she is often out and having to get food on the go and/or skipping meals, so really the focus is getting more of a routine in her day. The best way to maintain this is to do a bit of planning at the weekend for the week ahead so that she is less likely to get to the point of being ravenous and then eating whatever is close by. Dedicating just an hour to making a list and a few things that she can have to hand in the week will serve her back tenfold when it comes to time, expense and better management of her food intake. When Helen is out at events I would encourage her to have something to eat before she goes out as she will be less likely to head to the fridge and overeat at the end of the night. Another important element of Helen’s plan is to help her reconnect with her food as she has followed many diets and detoxes and is unsure about what constitutes ‘healthy. Bringing it back to the basics of eating foods in their most natural state as much as possible, and understanding that the 'quick fixes' don’t work will help. Stress in itself will cause our waist bands to expand so including plenty of restorative activities is essential for Helen as well as using meal times as pockets of recovery - sitting without distraction, chewing and being completely present with her plate is just as important as the food itself.