20 Diet tips I can learn from my toddler

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Weight Watchers – TICK. Slimming World – TICK. Slim Fast – TICk. The Fast Diet (5:2) – Interesting! Jason Vale Juice Master – yes, downloaded the Apps (must buy juicer!)

Been there, got the T-shirt (and few key rings, pens, recipe cards) and still have the extra pounds to prove it.

Now, I’m not saying dieting doesn’t work – I just haven’t found one that works for me. That means one I can stick to. I was once sent to the amazing boutique boot camp Nu Beginnings as part of a feature for a diet agazine (yes, they had me at boutique!).

I admit I came back 10lbs lighter, a little fitter and with a renewed sense of ‘I can do this’! This was then  promptly undone when I went to a good friends wedding and drank back the lost pounds in vodka & tonic (not slimline – oh – buffet food!)

After having a baby the ‘rush’ to get back to your pre-baby weight is a pressure and one I feel no new mum should ever feel. You body has been through enough. I am back to my pre-baby weight – but, it just so happens my pre-baby weight wasn’t so great either!

I really want to kick myself up the backside and get fit, feel a little lighter and yes, honestly fit into my vast wardrobe of summer dresses. Plus, its my birthday next week and something about nearing the big 4-0 makes you realise it’s now or never!

It was while preparing Miss Marnie’s breakfast that it dawned on me – my newly developed and in no way approved The Toddler Diet ™ is really is the way forward.

Here’s goes:

1) Miss Marnie’s first drink of the day is water. Mine is white with no sugar.

2) Eat little and often.

3) Get most of your lunch around your face – failing that throw half your food on the floor – perfect way to cut calories.

4) California Raisins make a great snack. Anytime of the day.

5) Miss Marnie had a formula intolerance so when weaning she had warm water on her Weetabix for breakfast. Now, this would be applauded at Slimming World – no milk. clap.clap.clap.

6) Eat from someone else’s plate (or, lunchbox). Share food, share the calories…

7) And, just as good shoving your food into someone elses mouth cuts your portions sizes right down too.

8) Chewing and then spitting your dinner down you gives you all the taste without the fat. Wasn’t this some weird diet craze once (not the spitting down you of course)?

9) Eating peas/sweetcorn/beans with your fingers means you take longer to eat and therefore have time for your body to register your full.

10) Run around. Like all the time. Or dance, twirl, spin and the pounds will melt away.

11) Finding a stray Goodies Carrot Stix, Ella’s Kitchen Puffits or Kiddylicious Smoothie Melts in your buggy, carseat or hair is considered FREE food. (I will just double-check with Slimming World though!)

12) Eat from one food group only. Change this from time to time to add variety to your diet.

13) Mini portions are your friend.

14) Snack on crayons, small toys, cat biscuits, play dough and cardigan sleeves to suppress hunger pains.

15) Stick to just having two of everything. A biscuit/carrot stick/rice cake in each hand means you can’t reach for more. It’s all about portion control.

16) Be afraid to try new foods. That way you will never know if you like it and therefore eat to much of it.

17) or, Refuse to eat ANYTHING.

18) Know when you are full and just stop eating. Then scream to be removed from the table this is a surefire way to eat less.

19) Your appetite should be ravenous one day and non-existent the next. So, that’s how the 5:2 works?

20) Have you seen the size of Annabel Karmel? Those ready-meals work!


Got any diet tips you would like to share? 

I will take them from toddlers, especially?


  1. May 3, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Haha, loved your diet tips. My biggest problem is eating Aaron's left overs, especially when he is in no. 17 diet mode. Aaron has one more tip to add to your list – feed all food to the dog. When you've done feeding him cry because the dog 'stole' your food until mummy gives you more then feed that to the dog too. Repeat ad infinitum.

    • May 13, 2014 / 2:00 pm

      Need to get a dog – our cats don't like the dropped food! thanks for comments

  2. May 10, 2014 / 9:23 am

    LOVE this! And it could totally work. I'm hoping now that my wee one is weaning that it will force me to eat better… hoping!!

  3. May 10, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Haha this really is brilliant, think you are onto a big money spinner here-the Baby diet! You know the only thing that ever worked for me (I have PCOS) is low carb/paleo style way of eating and I do that 80-90% of time and eat what I like for the rest. It took me time to lose my baby weight the first and second time and you are right no one should feel a pressure to snap back but the media and others often make us feel that way. Here's hoping attitudes change and we are kinder to ourselves and each other. Great post and so lovely to have found you via the linky!

  4. May 10, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    I know I've commented before, I meant finding you a few weeks back-just love your brilliantly written blog x

    • May 13, 2014 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words and commenting. Toddler diet not working for me tho week – as I always eat her leftovers! eek… thanks for sharing your tips also.

  5. September 27, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    This is brilliant! Oh I am with you, I need to find something that works long term and that doesn't take forever! Thanks so much for linking to #TheList for the very first time x

    • September 28, 2014 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you – and yes, if you find a solution to instant weight loss let me know! ha thanks and be be back to link up soon

  6. November 13, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Brilliant!!!!! Love this. You should start it as a new business venture – people would pay for this! 🙂 Jess xx

    • November 18, 2014 / 11:00 pm

      Ha ha… yes great idea! Thanks x

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