Shaming Myself Into Dieting

I’ve been eating far too much rubbish recently – cheese, chocolate and way too much sugar. It’s giving me the jitters and a few spots, and I need to get myself into a healthier eating regime, especially before the Christmas over-eating season starts.

I struggle with dieting because I seem to have no self-control whatsoever, so I figured I could shame myself into dieting by publishing everything I eat. I realize that nobody will be in the slightest bit interested in this, but the fact that I’m committing to do it might make me think twice about hitting the biscuit-tin constantly in between meals!

I’m not planning on eating an overload of lettuce and no sweet treats whatsoever, but I am going to try and stick to 3 meals a day and cut down on my snacking.

So today, I’ve been pretty virtuous, I’ve had a bowl of unsweetened muesli for breakfast and pita bread stuffed with Greek salad stuff for lunch. Now all I have to do is get through to dinner without whipping up a quick batch of biscuits

Wish me luck!

I made it through to dinner time, had a healthy home-cooked Szechuan Chicken with rice and broccoli for dinner followed with a mini pot of chocolate mousse just because my sugar cravings were SO bad (to anyone who says sugar isn’t addictive try being me right now). The chocolate mousse didn’t touch the cravings so I won’t bother with that again, lesson learned. I did snack a little in the evening, but only on olives with a small glass of wine, so at least that’s a step in the right direction… Day one complete, and with no emergency biscuits made 😉


Recipe: The perfect chocolate treat for dieters

Diet chocolate crispy cakes

Most of us diet from time to time, and some of us end up dieting most of the time, and you inevitably hit the dieting wall when you NEED something sweet and treaty. It’s oh-so-easy to reach for the chocolate but if you keep some of these beauties in the cupboard, you can treat yourself when you need to without feeling guilty!

I worked it out* and in each cake there are just 51 calories.  Pretty good eh?

Rice Krispie (or cornflakes) Mars bar cakes


  • 1 mars bar
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 70g Rice Krispies

Melt mars bar and butter together slowly, stirring with a rubber spatula all the time. Tip in the Rice Krispies and turn until they’re all coated. Fill fairy cake cases/mini muffin cases (I usually get about 18 out of one batch) Chill for at least one hour.

Thanks to my lovely (and very slim) friend Lou Lou for this recipe 🙂

*actually I used this site to work it out

My dieting Nirvana: a great low fat cupcake recipe

low fat cupcake recipe

I’ve never really seen the need for low-fat cupcakes in the past, they just seemed a bit of an antithesis. But when I climbed on the scales yesterday and realised I was half-a-stone OVER my ‘well-I-guess-I-can-live-with-that’ weight I figured I needed to stop procrastinating and get on with dieting.

It was then that my 7 year old really developed a desperation for cupcakes (isn’t that typical? It’s like they’ve got a sixth sense).

I’d seen this recipe in the Hairy Dieter’s cook book months ago and dismissed it with a flippant ‘why would I ever need diet cupcakes?’, but that day has come. And diet cupcakes (as I reasoned) are better than no cupcakes at all!

They turned out surprisingly well. I made a few adjustments to the original recipe: my son won’t eat blueberries even when they’re hidden inside cupcakes, and I made half the cupcakes vanilla flavour and half lemon. They were both lovely so I’ve included both recipes here.

I used Baking Powder instead of Bicarb, and the cakes turned out to have a slightly ‘sconey’ texture, but I quite liked that, so I’d definitely recommend them! They’re not so moreish that you can’t resist scoffing the lot but they’re a nice, tasty sweet treat when you need one…

Now if only I could find a recipe for low fat buttercream…

low fat cupcake recipe

Skinny Lemon Cupcakes