Nobody could think about food more than Ruth Watson. 'I read about it, write about it ... I dream about it, plan holidays round it ... I buy every magazine that features food ... I love food.' The problem for Ruth, and countless others, is that food also loves her – too much! Coming to an agreement with food that allows her the pleasure without the penalty of weight gain is what the book is all about.
Over 100 recipes range from Asian-spiced Prawns and Yoghurt-marinated Chicken to Braised Loin of Pork with Oregano and Fennel and Sparkling Muscat Jelly. This is food everyone will want to eat, arranged in chapters like Big Food, Slow Food, which features dishes that take time to eat, and Eating with your Darling, where the problem of a dieter and a non-dieter sharing the same meal is answered by a clever 'more or less' postscript to each recipe.
Fat Girl Slim is packed with advice for food-loving dieters. An entire chapter is devoted to the most common undoing for the dieter – emergency food and snacking. Ruth outlines an enticing array of tried-and-tested treats that will get you through the desperate moments without shattering you good work.
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Ruth started dieting in May 2002 and lost about 4.5 stone (28kg) within a year. Fat Girl Slim chronicles her experiences – sharing her secrets and telling you how to avoid the pitfalls. Essentially, hers is a balanced, non-faddy diet, that doesn't eliminate any one food group. She doesn't dictate what you should and shouldn't eat. 'It has to be your diet, not mine,' she says, while giving masses of information about how to find a formula that works for you.