Cassie is a young nurse, in her 20s, who contacted me via our website, thebloodsugardiet.com. She was very overweight and on medication to control her blood sugar levels. She was a secret eater, constantly hungry and so desperate to change that she was considering weight loss surgery. She had tried every diet going and nothing had worked.
Could I help? The answer was “yes”, if she was prepared to commit. Cassie told me she had no idea whether she would be able to stick to what sounded like a tough regime but she felt she had hit rock-bottom. “I have nothing to lose,” she told me.
What surprised her was that it didn’t take long to get into a new habit. The first few days were tough but she swiftly got into a routine that worked for her. Lots of protein and vegetables, no refined carbohydrates. In the evening, she would eat a smaller portion of what her husband was eating — a stir-fry or a salad.
After just a week, the hunger ended. For the first time in her life she was no longer obsessed by food.
She stayed on the diet for eight weeks and lost just over 20kg. She sent me an email to say: “I feel amazing. I don’t think about food any more. I’m full of energy. Happy. I really do think I have been given another chance at life. I feel in control for the first time.”
Losing that weight meant she could come off all her medication. And there was another pleasant surprise. A couple of months after finishing the diet she sent me another email to say that after years of trying, she was pregnant.
“Thank you. Not only have you freed me from food and put me back in charge of my own life, but you have also helped me to make a little miracle possible — which I never thought would happen.”
— Dr Clare Bailey