Sam's Story.......well, the story so far anyway!
For more years than I care to remember I worked as a pastry chef in “really posh” hotels – as you can imagine, an utter love of food and being constantly surrounded by it makes it very hard to keep the weight off!
After an alarming health scare a couple of years ago I made a mediocre effort to lose weight, be healthier and overall feel better about myself. But it wasn’t till a juicing recommendation from a couple of friends that the penny finally dropped and shedding pounds didn’t have to be about calorie counting, restrictive regimes and bland food (I hate bland food!!) Phil and I experienced so much success from the simple process of juicing fresh fruit and vegetables that we didn’t want to undo it all with unhealthy eating and old ‘bad’ habits.
We also discovered so much misinformation out there as well – from food pretending to be the healthy option yet still loaded with fat, refined sugar and all sorts of unpronounceables to recipes that just don’t work (and if I hate anything more than bland food it’s recipes that don’t work!)
So here I am now, still trying to lose weight, eat healthily and not give in to the “it’s Friday, let’s have a takeaway” spiral that somehow seems to last all weekend! Care to join me on this journey?
Having spent 25 years in the corporate world, sitting at a desk and eating every cake brought in by co-workers the doctor unsurprisingly diagnosed me with Type 2 diabetes and on the road to a whole lot worse if I didn’t change my habits.
I was also a confirmed carnivore and carb addict and most fruit and any type of salad or vegetable was never going to be on my ‘must try’ list. Then a fellow carnivore and devourer of all things potato suggested I at least try juicing, just as a way to get more fruit and veg into me in a more acceptable way than munching on a celery stick – blergh! Since then my tastes have completely changed. Yes, I still enjoy a bacon sandwich now and then but I also actively look forward to the healthy things Sam prepares – even salads! Because the food isn’t bland (who knew hummus with lots of spices would EVER be something I’d crave?!) and I’ve personally seen the results of a healthy balanced diet supplemented with superfoods and I’m now in diabetic remission and off all the relevant medication.
These days I can still be found in
the strip-lit hell the office when I’m not Chief Taste Testing Washer-upperer or still working hard in the gym trying to burn off the extra couple of healthier muffins I may have sneaked in.
Just over 10 years ago Mum and Dad collected me from The Dogs Trust in Kenilworth. I'd had a hard start in life and even after being at the rehoming centre for 3 months I was still very underweight. After a terrifying car journey I arrived at my new home and met the love of my life Dook "Tattypants" Morris. He was a big oaf of a dog but had a heart of gold and never seemed to mind me lying all over him (literally). My new parents seemed to really love me too (they didn't even shout at me when I had 'accidents' in the house) and after a nervous few weeks of getting used to my new life I finally felt at home.
Since then I've barked at every postie and delivery person, chased thousands of cats out my garden, eaten more things than I even knew existed and watched Mum and Dad get told off by the vet for my pudgy little belly. Disappointingly I've been fed much less since then but I now feel much better when I run round the field every day.
Strangely though, I still get shouted at when I try and eat the presents the cats leave me in the garden!