Alison Berry, who weighs 22 stone, said she cried herself to sleep at night, worried her life would be “cut short” because of her health condition.
Overweight throughout her adult life, the 63-year-old denied she had enough time to get healthier. She became dependent on the medication after being diagnosed with diverticulitis, a debilitating condition that left her going to the toilet up to 40 times a day.
But her thinking soon changed after she had a flare-up that landed her in the hospital. It was a powerful wake-up call for Alison, who suddenly felt that time was really running out.
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The former dinner girl recently became a grandparent and aspired to be the “best grandma” to enjoy entertaining her grandchildren.
Alison, from Hebburn, said: “I often cried myself to sleep, worried that my life was going to end because of my health and weight – then my sister-in-law gave birth to my first adorable grandchild, Joseph. My daughter in law and son asked if I would look after him two days a week when she went back to work and that was all I wanted to do.
“I wanted to be the best grandma I could be, taking my grandkids everywhere, playing on the floor with them, taking them swimming, climbing into their pop-up tents and chasing them around the garden – the reality is I couldn’t even cut my toenails , and I definitely couldn’t fit in the tents.”
After trying “every diet under the sun to no avail”, Alison joined Slimming World and began using products from The Skinny Food Co. stay within your new diet plan. She lost a whopping 11.7lbs in 18 months and was able to wean herself off the medication she previously relied on.
Alison said: “I never once felt like I was on a diet. I’ve incorporated The Skinny Food Co into my recipes, meaning I’ve never missed out on my favorite meals without adding loads of calories. I love to cook at home and use The Skinny Food and Fake Sauces almost every day.
“I use Skinny Food Co. syrups. Maple and Golden Syrup are my go-tos over pancakes to satisfy a sweet craving in the morning, and use their low-calorie dips for a healthy dinner at night. I just discovered Jam now too and I highly recommend them.
“I still love my homemade burgers, but now I cover them with Skinny Food Co’s low-calorie burger sauce — it’s all about healthy substitutes.”
She added: “I’m not just a sweet tooth, I have a sweet tooth – it was a real problem. I used to eat a low fat can of coke for breakfast with a handful of chocolate bars and pasta all day at work. The combination of the Slimming World diet and Skinny Food Co’s low-calorie products changed my life.”
“I’ve lost 11 7lbs in 18 months by following my healthy eating plan and just walking, and I’m now medication free.”
Alison now describes herself as an “adrenaline junkie” who tries to make up for lost time by making the most of each day.
She said: “Once I was asked to get off the ride because I was too big to fit in the seat belt. Since then, I’ve been riding the world’s fastest zip line, walking on fire, storming treetops. of course, and I’m absolutely desperate to do a wing walk. Life is good, now I’ve lost weight.”
After seeing how many people close to them were forced to avoid delicious food for the sake of their health, The Skinny Food Co founders Wayne and James identified a gap in the market to create low-calorie, low-sugar products designed to help people lead a healthy lifestyle without damage to the taste. Their goal is to create a world where people with dietary restrictions can enjoy the taste of healthy food.
Now keen to help others on their own weight loss journeys, Alison said: “Don’t wait any longer – your new life is waiting for you, whatever your age or circumstances. I won’t say that losing weight was easy, but with determination it was worth it.
“Leave this old, sad life behind and take a decisive step. Take each day as it comes and enjoy the process. I used to be afraid to go to the store and have people laugh at me, now I walk in with my head held high and a big smile on my face – and you can too.”
Alison added: “I used to hide in the background and make fun of myself trying to get ahead of everyone else, but now I live life with a big smile on my face and enjoy every minute of it. I can’t wait to see my grandchildren grow up to be a big part of their lives.”
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