I have spent much time contemplating the weight I need to lose, and over the years I have lost quite a bit and sadly, like so many people, I have put a fair whack of it back on. I have always been big, I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t. People often say ‘well you ate too much rubbish (like take-aways) when you were younger’ but we didn’t have the rubbish when we were younger…I remember the first time I ate Hungry Jacks for a neighbours birthday party, I think I was about 8 and I hated it. I also remember when I first ate MacDonalds and that was a fairly revolting time too. When I was young the only take-away we ate, and that was readily available, was fish and chips, we had it every second Thursday (Dads payday) and it was a real treat for us. We never had it with extras like dim-sims and we certainly never had a soda style drink with it, the drink of choice would be cordial. Our day to day meals were always cooked by Mum, and were always filled with veges. We had chooks (up until I was 13) and a large vegetable garden filled all year round with seasonal produce. When looking back though I realise that we almost always had a dessert with our meal (very English), and my usual after school snack was a bowl of cereal with milk and a heap of sugar on top (I would have had the same for breakfast). I have come to understand it was the incredibly large amount of sugars that I was consuming that lead to my weight gain, added to the general lack of interest in sports and a genetic propensity to be large (several people in my family have struggled with weight problems). The chocolate I have eaten, the bags of lollies I have sucked on, the ice-cream, the cereal, the desserts, the vanilla slices, the homemade cakes and biscuits…sugar, sugar and more SUGAR. Was it any wonder that I couldn’t compete? It was a veritable orgy of sweetness but we didn’t know, we didn’t realise that sugar was so dangerous, yummy but dangerous. When I was very young I didn’t like to eat lettuce, it was bitter and generally pretty awful and the infant health nurse suggested to my Mum she should sprinkle sugar on to it so that I would eat it. I finally broke myself of that habit in my 20’s. A life time spent sucking back this toxin and no-one knew, no-one suspected that this delicious ingredient could be causing such misery. Luckily now we do and it is imperative that we take it out of the equation for good, hard as it is it needs to go.