Breast cancer survivor Sian Williams urges dieters to stop beating themselves up
Former BBC Breakfast presenter, Sian Williams, has urged dieters to stop persecuting themselves about what they eat in a bid to be healthier. Sian, who had a double mastectomy for breast cancer two years ago, admitted that, before she was diagnosed, she had cut out multiple food groups in a bid to be healthier, even though she had always been put off diets by her mother’s self-denial.
In an article in the Radio Times, she recently said “So having spent my life swearing never to go on a diet, I ended up on one, because I’d cut out so many food groups. Not in a bid to lose weight, but to try to be ‘healthier’”.
Comparing her diet – lots of green tea, vegetables and salmon – with her husband’s wine, meat and puddings, she said: “Guess who got cancer? Me.”
During her recovery she asked her oncologist if she should change her diet again to prevent the cancer coming back and admitted “when he told me, ‘a glass of red wine isn’t going to make the cancer come back, Sian’, I could have hugged him.”
We all know that moderation is best and that it doesn’t do any harm to have a little of what you fancy occasionally – as Sian says: “This year will be all about eating for happiness, not just for weight loss. Let’s make it the year for good mood food.”
Did you start 2017 with a new diet? If so, how’s it going and do you feel any better for it? Or are you one of those people who eats whatever you fancy, but in moderation? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.