Every time I don’t like how I look, I strike a pose and take a photo

The embarrassed, self-deprecating Brit in me does not want to write this post. The woman who's fed up with hating her own body because it doesn't subscribe in every way to the standard model of beauty, does. I recently wrote about how I'm making a real effort to accept my body after a lifetime of…

How I’m learning to accept my body, flabby bits and all

Throughout this blog's lifetime I've tried several different diets with a mission to excavate through my belly flab and unearth a long-hidden abdominal muscle or two. Why???? Because I'm vulnerable to the images of beauty that bombard women. As free-thinking, open-minded and decently-read as I like to think I am, I tapped into those insideous…

It’s over! Day 5 of my juice fast – thoughts and feelings

Concerned about time moving too quickly in these strange, repetitive Covid times? Try not eating for 5 days. Without the usual anchor points of breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with a tummy constantly whining for food that never comes, seconds ooze out of the day in super slow motion. This morning, on the final day…

I’m kickstarting spring with a Fuel Station 5-day juice fast

I was in two minds over whether to blog about my Fuel Station 5-day juice fast because, when I rebranded as Whalebeings at the beginning of 2021, I resolved not to perpetuate unhealthy ideas about body image - for my own sanity as much as for my readers'. Juice cleanses, or fasts, or detoxes, can…

O pasta, pasta, where for art thou pasta?

Deny thy carbohydrate and refuse thy gluten contentOr if thou wilt not, be but sworn my loveAnd I’ll no longer be on the keto diet. As I enter week 3 of my vegetarian ketogenic 'journey' (as everyone seems to be calling it, rather than 'diet', because it's supposed to be a long-term lifestyle change rather…

5 Tenuous connections between the keto diet and Hawaiian monk seals

The fun thing about having a blog that doesn't make any money is that you can write about absolutely anything you want, which, as you can probably tell, is what is happening here. Up until about 15 minutes ago, I'd never even heard of the Hawaiian monk seal. This is probably because a) I'm not…

6.5 tips for getting through the Fast 800 diet without killing someone

I'm over the halfway point on my 6.5 week Fast 800 diet, so to distract myself from the fact that I've got to do what I just did AGAIN, here are 6.5 tips to help you fast for 16 hours a day without killing anyone. If you are interested in my progress, so far I…

11 things I’ve learnt one week into the Fast 800 Diet

I have no idea if I've learnt 11 things. This is a very specific number of learnings but it's what I typed, so let's go... 1. My happiness depends almost entirely on food (immediate access to, or the impending approach of). I really like food. Now that I can't eat very much of it, I've…

The day I finally accessed my body’s fat stores (Fast 800 diet)

This morning I weed on a stick and it turned pink. To bring you up to speed (god forbid you should miss something on this riveting journey of mine) it's day 4 of the Fast 800 diet, which I've decided to follow for 6.5 weeks over Lent. It's really hard to write these blogs because…

The Last Supper (before my fast 800 Lent)

It's the night before I go for my metaphorical wander through the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.  As you'll know if you've read my blog from the other night, I'm going to be eating only 800 calories within a 10-hour window every day for the next 6.5 weeks a) because it's Lent and…