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Dieting Like the Duchess...Sort Of

Monday, February 23, 2015

Well, a week or so ago I gave an overview of all the various tidbits of info on Kate's food preferences and the known fitness regimens that she has tried. This Monday, we are going to be a little more practical, and because Kate didn't ring me up over the weekend and give me the absolute rundown on her routine, this post will, by default, tend to be something you might find on a personal blog. I am going to give you my own theories on the whole weight loss/fitness chat and what works for me, but keep in mind that I formed a lot of these theories from the info I gave in the last fitness post. Do I need to add a disclaimer that I am neither a doctor nor a dietician? Hopefully, you know that... Let's get started. 

The Food/Fit Ratio


Don't Eat the Whole Cake at Once


It has been my experience that everyone has to find the kind of lifestyle balance that works for them. When it comes to your ideal weight and fitness level, two factors have to play harmoniously: caloric intake & activity output. The proportion on these two will change from woman to woman.  Every day you take in a certain number of calories and every day you expend a certain number in activity. If you take in a little more, a lot more, or far more than you expend, those calories are stored...as fat. That's where the balance comes in. If you are going to burn those calories, then you can eat more. If you don't plan on being that active, you don't need the calories for energy and shouldn't consume them. 

I myself finally admitted one day that I just don't love the gym. I shrink from the thought of spending even half on hour on the elliptical, bored and thinking about what I want to do next. I am a more sedentary type, I read and I write, etc, so for me, I eat less. If you are someone who loves their hour long spin class three times a week, you can indulge more than I!  This seems very simple, but I think it can be one of the hardest aspects to really refine. 

Fit




Kate clearly watches what she eats, works out, but also incorporates activity that helps her to keep fit without always being in the gym. This part is very personal because there are so many, many iterations that humans can get active and stay fit, from the seemingly unending options at a gym, to the myriad of outdoor activities and the it-workouts that come and go. Ballet barre workout, anyone?

I had certain fitness goals. I wanted to be leaner, longer, stronger--I didn't want to bulk up. I also wanted a very effective workout that would target all my major muscles without wasting my time. I am always in a hurry, so I wanted something efficient. The answer for me was Pilates. As I mentioned in the last post, Pippa Middleton is a big Pilates fan, and we think that Kate also practices Pilates and yoga.

I take reformer (machine) pilates twice a week, and when I can three times. That twice a week, though is set in stone. I am accountable to a teacher and I have professional who moves me through an hour long routine, to get every major muscle group. She also switches it up so muscle memory doesn't begin to render the workout less and less effective, and lastly, she is very flexible to my body's needs. If something hurts, or I have damaged my knee, or whatever it might be, she works around whatever the body is presenting as a problem. I think Pilates is an incredible workout for women. It is gentle, but at the same time it can be as challenging as you want to make it.

I either squeeze in a reformer in the middle of the week, or I take a mat Pilates if I need a third workout. Taking inspiration from Kate's have "fun and be fit" theory, I take tennis once a week. Tennis is very cathartic for me physically and intellectually. I take very early in the morning, so the courts are almost empty, and quiet and relaxing.

If the weather is nice, I walk a local park on a Sunday afternoon. That's pretty much it. I know a girl who hikes an hour a day. That's her fitness routine.  Everyone is different. 

Food (+ Water)




You have heard this before, but: water, water, water. Drink lots of it. 

I am not going to walk through my diet, because that would be boring. Kate has been spotted shopping and buying, among other things, bananas, chicken, milk, potatoes, Kellogg's Start cereal, Häagen-Dazs ice cream, lettuce, orange juice, oranges, grapes.... You see where this is going. Normal food, like normal people.

I shy away from processed food. Processed foods, even the items that claim to be healthy, can often have hidden calories and a host of additives your skin and body don't need. It's easier to get something packaged, but if you have the time, try and make something from scratch. The more basic your meal plan, the better off you are.

We have seen Kate veer toward healthy choices as well. The Duchess told students in Newcastle that she was growing her own potatoes, Carole Middleton took George through a market where she was spotted picking up organic produce, and even the Cambridges' staff party is often held at Bumpkin, a London restaurant that prides itself on locally sourced and seasonal (fresh) ingredients. 

My secret weapon is soup. I search for low-calorie recipes and then enjoy a large bowl for lunch, or as a light dinner with a side salad. Soup is warm, filling, and nutritious, but guilt-free if you avoid the creamy or buttery recipes. In the fall I love a sweet potato soup with crumbled cheese, but right now I am all excited about White Bean and Kale. Kale is a super food and deliciously flavorful when cooked, and the beans make the soup thick and creamy without adding any butter or cream at all.



Alcohol



Obviously, a major calorie pitfall. When Kate was young it was reported she was a heavy drinker, and I say that in the sense that she liked a few cocktails and could hold her drink. She reportedly loved a special drink at Boujis called Crack Baby: raspberry liquor, passion fruit, champagne, and vodka. As time moved forward, though, reports of Kate's habits changed. She drank less and chose either low-cal cocktails, ordered white wine spritzer, or stuck with water. Now, she tends to drink wine in private. Sweet cocktails are usually loaded with calories--a meal's worth of calories. If you only have a sweet cocktail every now and again, it probably won't factor one way or the other, but if you are regularly dining out or have a busy social circuit, you may want to keep in mind that liquids can crash a diet faster than anything else.

Treats




Kate likes to indulge in the occasional cookie from Starbucks, Pret A Manger croissant, or Haribo sweets. She usually order the skinny latte, though, so she doesn't go all out crazy. :) I do watch my calories, so I try to choose my sweets carefully, and really savor them, but certainly I don't believe in denying yourself entirely. I watch my carbs throughout the week, but I like to indulge on Sunday morning. It makes the day off special and cozy, and it is something I can look forward to. Since it is a set day, it makes it easier to say no at other times when I shouldn't be eating sweets. I never eat a dessert that is subpar, either. I almost always shun the cheap cheesecake at conferences--much better to swing by a lovely bakery when you have a free afternoon next and enjoy something really great for the same caloric cost. In short, you shouldn't always say no, but make smart choices.

General rules:

  • Try not to eat after a certain time at night. If you are still craving food, brew yourself a relaxing cup of decaf or herbal tea, and drink a glass of water. Better not to fill up right before heading to bed when you won't need all that energy anyway.
  • Never eat on the go. Food should be something you enjoy. Sit down and eat slowly, taste and fully savor. You will be more satisfied with less, and you won't consume as many calories as you would if you multi-task.

Weight isn't just a number, but in the big scheme of things, I don't think it is a a particularly healthy way to mark your success. I very rarely step on a scale. I measure my fitness by how I feel. Do I feel healthy and fit or do I feel a little paunchy and lethargic? The best motivation to workout and watch your diet is to be a healthier and happier you--wherever that is. Worrying about two or three pounds in one direction or another doesn't play well in that scenario.

Do you have a favorite trick to maintain your ideal fitness level, but still enjoy life's little pleasures? 

44 comments:

  1. Oooh, thank you, Jane! I was worried you weren't going to write this one when a week had passed. Very happy you did. I wish you had added a little more detail on your habits, but maybe that would have been awkward for you. Thank you for sharing what you did!

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  2. A plastic bottle of water? When are people going to realize that phthalates are what make plastic soft - and are carcinogenic because they leach out into the water! Many knowledgeable people consider soft plastics to be the contemporary equivalent of the lead used to make wine cups and plates in ancient Rome ....

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    1. I agree they seem to be very unhealthy. I try to buy Voss bottled water, because it comes in a glass jar. That being said, I also have a Starbucks plastic Ethos Water bottle sitting in front of me right now. I think sometimes we do just suffer for convenience. It's like cellphones near your head while you sleep. A lot of people think that might be damaging, but so many people use cellphones as alarm clocks. Some things are hard to battle, even if there is a suspicion it might have negative side effects.

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    2. I can't speak for what Kate drinks out of at home, but at events bottled water is popular. I mostly drink out of glass bottles, or the odd BPA-free plastic one. However, if I don't have my preferred bottles I will drink out of a plastic one.

      They're even saying pregnant women shouldn't touch store receipts (or anyone, ideally). However, someone inevitably has to touch those receipts.

      It's a sad reality, but also personal choices.

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  3. Lest you think that only younger women are interested in the goings on of the Cambridges, let me just say that of all the posts I have read on your blog, these two about the Duchess's diet and fitness have been most interesting to me. As I have begun reaching a "certain age" I find more and more that I am looking for both new looks (that are still classic) and new(er) ways to manage my weight, as it particularly gets more and more difficult as time advances. Thank you for some insight both to the Duchess of Cambridge's activities and your own!

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  4. Great post! I always enjoy the motivation of gym paparazzi pics or a fitness article like this. That's one way I personally stay motivated. Personally, I enjoy the MyFitnessPal app for tracking intake/output. Helps me plan for an indulgent dinner, or reminds me on a sedentary day that I have to consume less.

    Like you, I like healthy soups (and salads) to balance out my other indulgences. And agreed, if I'm going to have a burger or cake it will be worth the calories!

    As you said, things vary woman-to-woman. I am of the belief almost anyone can be skinny or overweight, but health issues and genetics do factor in. Even when I'm "skinny" for me, I pack a booty hips and thighs (I try to maintain slim/slender, as food is a passion of mine, but I also like being act ive). Kate carries her weight well, and when she gains the first place is her face. We all have to be kind to oyes elves and recognize we're partially working with what we were given.

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  5. This won't be a popular comment, but I believe Kate is too thin....way too thin. I actually did a paper in college, Harvard, about her weight loss and everyone in the class agreed. I don't believe that her weight loss was a result of rowing. She actually only did that for a short time and then dropped out before the race. I think her weight loss was a result of the break-up. She had a healthy weight after college and she has always exercised a lot. I think the weight loss was nerves and she has kept it off because of the stress of her position (girlfriend to the future king and now wife). Before the break-up, she was secure in her position, but then everything shifted. The reality of losing it all was too much to handle.

    She tends to look older than her age because she is so thin. She has even been used on anorexic blogs as an inspiration. This has been reported many places. I truly worry about her health. I think the thought of losing William and everything that included, the world watching it all, became too much. Now she has to deal with her position, the media, the royal family, very high expectations on every level. That's a lot. I also think this is one reason why she isn't seen a lot. The more exposure she has, the more it seems to feed the beast of the media, exposure, everyone wanting more and more. Less Kate means less exposure and hype, it seems to feed on itself.

    And I know some will say it is all in the genes. No. The Middletons are slender but Kate is beyond that. Pippa is a healthy weight, Kate is not.

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    1. I agree that Kate's frame is quite slim for what her body type seems to be (based on her healthy look in college and at other times). I have wondered how much of that is intentional preparation for the ceaseless onslaught of attention she faces, and how much is a side effect of the exercising that it seems she does to a) feel good, b) look good, and c) relieve stress. Considering how much stress she's under, I would guess that a good part of that exercise would be to help her feel calm when she would otherwise be anxious - although she appears much more comfortable in the spotlight than several years ago, she seems to be rather shy by nature and I would imagine might face a lot of anxiety with her very public role.

      But that's all speculation on my part! I hope that she is as healthy as can be, and although I don't support the use of her figure as "thinspo," it's also not my place to judge. I sometimes struggle with feeling overweight and out of shape (I'm not as active as I'd like to be), and Kate's enjoyment of her sports is good encouragement for me to treat myself to the same level of physical care. In terms of the societal effect, I think the best thing we can do to encourage healthy attitudes is to trust her judgement to take care of her body the way that she needs to. :-)

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    2. I agree with you mostly. Of course Kate's overall weight is mostly based on her, but genes allow her to be naturally skinny/slender.

      We all have our opinions. I do think she is too skinny but I think public scrutiny causes that. Reminds me of Diana. I also know she became worryingly thin after the wedding. Those Canada Tour photos show a very bony Kate. Then she gained some weight back, but maintained being skinny.

      It's common with celebrities. I think Gwyneth Paltrow has released diet plans that are 600-800 calories per day, which we know are below what we should eat. Then again, Gwyneth has also admitted to health issues over the years from not having enough proper nutrition.

      Ultimately Kate being "too skinny" is between her and William. I think George was a decent indicator that she consumed the nutrition a pregnant woman should, as she had a healthy, good-sized baby. If she becomes dangerously thin and isn't eating she has people around her to intervene.

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    3. Hmm, Harvard or community college, your paper may have been well-received by classmates, but Kate is within the healthy range of weight. She is at the low, low end of the scale, and you may not find it attractive and it may age her, but that does not mean she is unhealthy. Unhealthy suggests she has an eating disorder, which is mental disease. I think it is a serious thing to say someone is too thin, just as you would think very carefully before saying a woman is too fat. I don't mind if you personally don't like the thin look, but it doesn't seem right to then say she is unhealthy.

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    4. Someone can be too thin and not have an eating disorder. To jump straight to a "mental disease" because someone is too thin is IMO a dangerous leap and hinders conversations about weight for fear of being labeled or labeling someone else. Stress and anxiety can cause someone to be underweight without a mental disease.

      And, yes, it was Harvard. You would be very surprised at some of the topics written about there.

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    5. Why the need to state where you went to college? What does Harvard have to do with anything? Does it make you feel better to mention it?

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    6. Hello ladies: I see both the points you two are making, I would say that Anon11:09 makes a good point about weight loss due to public scrutiny, although, that doesn't necessitate overwhelming or unhealthy stress. When you have to be "on" as often as Kate is in the spotlight, the weight tends to just drop off without much attention or effort. Many women experience this. That being said, I also agree with Anon1:19 in that Kate does not look unhealthy to me. She is very thin, and I appreciate that not everyone finds it an attractive look, but I would be very wary of labeling her "unhealthy" since there really isn't a way to judge that unless you are her doctor or she looks visibly anorexic, in which case there is little point for discussion. I guess, I think that since we can't look at Kate and say, "she is visibly ill" that weight is a deeply personal choice, and like I would not comment on someone else's poor taste in art, etc, I think we should be equally tactful when it comes to judging another's weight.

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    7. I think the comment regarding Harvard or community college and the one stating why the need to mention Harvard is really a very nasty comment. It has no bearing on the conversation if someone choosing to mention their school that they attended. If I went to Harvard or any Ivy League school I would be proud of that. To ask them if it makes them feel better about themselves or suggest they are lying is really distasteful when chatting on a public blog.

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    8. Harvard, I agree with all you have brought out. I appreciate knowing what studies are being done in the academy, especially about female size, weight, and image because this is such an important and revelant topic for women. Thank you for sharing the exploration. I'm delighted to know that a fine Ivey League institution takes on topics that aren't always so esoteric.

      I particularly think you're on spot with the break up and the before and after for Kate related to her size. After the break, Kate's photos are of a very socially active woman who wears sexy clothes and is thin. After working out with the rowing team, she looked fabulously thin and fit in tight-fitting clothes. I wonder if we're seeing evidence of this same stress during her two pregnancies. She moves buttons on non-maternity clothes, wears clothes that aren't maternity fashion, and keeps her hems short as if she wants to be sexy and highlight her thin legs. Nothing wrong with highlighting assets, but her usual classy, professional presentation falters when her clothes during pregnancy don't fit well. Does this indicate her stress that William will leave if she isn't always perfectly thin and stress that she won't return to a great size after pregnancy? In Kate's mind, did that break up mean she wasn't good enough? Those feelings happen for many women, and our size is one thing we can control to make sure we're good enough.

      Also, I wonder if Kate reveals her stress as a new mother. During the Australian tour, Kate said George had gained weight. During the summer, she said to another woman with a child that George wasn't as puddgy. We don't hear whether she follows with comments about his wonderful size and health. During her walkabout at Christmas, Kate told someone she felt so big. At one of Kate's final appearances when pregnant with George, she attended a wedding and wore the polka dot dress and black jacket that she wore to a Harry Potter (?) event earlier. Both pieces of clothes looked too small; even Jane called that outfit "one that she could get away with." My point is those clothes made her look smaller than maturity wear might when she was attending a wedding with people her own age who knew her before pregnancy as the thin, sexy bride of a prince. I understand about pregnancy making her feel large, but during the Christmas walkabout she countered a compliment with a negative (and very personal) comment to a stranger about her size. It's on her mind. I hope I'm wrong about this negativity with regard to weight, size, and image. Maybe I'm being hard on Kate, but she is a role model for many females of all ages, and her negativity about herself may be heard as self-criticism and self-rejection that younger girls relate to size and image. And, I hope George nevers feels criticized about his adorable self. Katherine USA

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    9. Anorexia is a mental disease. Being very thin may or may not have something to do with that.

      The mention of Harvard prompted comments because it sounds like the poster said that to legitimate her theory, to suggest it was more serious than what it is: mere speculation and gossip.

      Camilla

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  6. I agree with Annon 1:19. It isn't right to judge anyone by their weight unless they are in danger of harming themselves. I don't think there is any indication that Kate's weight is unhealthy. I know I was at my slimmest after my baby was born simply because on top of my regular activity, I was running after a baby/toddler. I was the same age Kate is now. My friends thought I was too thin, but I was fit and happy and perfectly fine. And the remarks were hurtful and totally unnecessary. I was constantly having to explain to everyone that I wasn't ill or on some kind of fad diet. It just was.... and I was perfectly fine. And I wasn't under a microscope with the whole world photographing me and discussing me like some kind of lab rat. Admire her, don't admire her, discuss her clothing choices and fashion sense, but leave her weight alone, please.

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    1. Just saw your post, and would like to agree with you as well. You presented the exact example I would have. “My friends thought I was too thin, but I was fit and happy and perfectly fine. And the remarks were hurtful and totally unnecessary. I was constantly having to explain to everyone that I wasn't ill or on some kind of fad diet. It just was.... and I was perfectly fine.”

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  7. If I may comment on the original point of the post, great job, Jane! I loved your tip about the soup and will try it myself.

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  8. What a great post. I agree with many of the tips, but I can't say enough about Pilates. It's a wonderful workout. I have the machine at home and I promise you, as you get older, it does keep things where they belong! ;)

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  9. First time on this blog - a very interesting discussion. I do not believe Kate is "too thin." She's probably within the low end of normal for her height and build. She is athletic, appears to have good muscle tone, great skin and hair and enjoys an active life. As a public figure who has every inch of her figure, clothes, hair, makeup scrutinized and photographed, of course she watches her figure -- the critiques' knives would be out in a flash if she were to gain weight while not pregnant.
    Thanks, Jane, for the discussion about food and exercise too. Yoga is another amazing workout. Just one little correction though: "calories in calories out" is actually old science because not all calories are created equal. I never count calories or look at calorie content on labels but instead, look at whether the ingredients are quality. Finally, about water bottles - I use a stainless steel one with a stainless steel lid. I try not to buy bottled water unless it's in glass, but sometimes plastic is all that's available.

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    1. Hi Jeanne! Welcome! I have read the "new science" of calories, although, sometimes the speed with which it changes can be hard to keep up. I know people who prefer to count fat grams, etc, but ultimately, the calorie count is still a solid way to judge how "expensive" a food item you are eating will be. I have seen salads at restaurants that were over 900 calories, which is ridiculous for a salad. That tells you something about the dressing and additives. A soup that is 800 calories. Serving size to calorie ratio is also still a solid way to determine whether you are indulging in a little treat or really breaking the bank. If you only ever eat fresh ingredients or dishes you make yourself, calories aren't a big deal, but to navigate packaged products, your local Starbucks menu, etc, I have found that general calorie counting is very successful in maintaining balanced weight. Calories in calories out could be generalized to simply fuel in energy expended, if that is a more comfortable description, but for me, although it isn't an exact science, and not all foods are created equal, calorie counting is a very practical tool.

      Agree on the water--sometimes, you just have to go with what is offered. :)

      Thanks for stopping in!

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  10. Very well written.
    I always love reading your blog

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    1. Thank you! Appreciate you taking the time to make the comment. :)

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  11. It may be trendy, but ballet barre workouts are amazing! I was a competitive swimmer growing up and spent 3-5 hours in the pool daily. This is the only workout that does not add bulk to my frame (especially in the arms). I have been going 5-6 times a week for the past 2 years and have noticed a major lengthening in my muscle tone. While I admittedly don't carry much extra weight I've also lost 6 pounds without changing anything else about my lifestyle.

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    1. I may have sounded dismissive, but that was unintentional! Ballet Barre sounds great and I have friends who LOVE it. Your description definitely tempts me to give it a try. :)

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  12. Thank you for this post!

    I'm trying to lose all the weight I gained in the last few years, which is quite a lot, and any advice, motivation, really anything helps to keep me focused.

    I am struggling with this: every time I try to eat a bit less, I am devoured by unstoppable hunger in a few hours' time and I fall in the trap of junk food.
    then I anly have a fresh juice for dinner to compensate... but I know it's not how it's supposed to work. I need to find a balance.

    I'm also terribly inconstant with my workouts.. hoping spring will bring good weather and many walks.

    Marta

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    1. Hi Marta!

      I have had the issue of constantly trying to eat less and failing. It's so hard to feel that frustration, and I'm sorry that you're going through that.

      After having been through a lot with my body, both in terms of weight and medical issues, the most important thing I now know is to love myself and love my body, even if it felt weird. For example, I'd felt angry and ashamed of my thighs for a long time, so I wrote a poem about how much they were capable of and how great they were. I was the only one who saw it, but standing up for them (no pun intended!) was sort of a big deal for me. The more I decide to love myself regardless of how I look, the better I feel, the less I care about being perfect, and, not-that-weirdly, the more motivated I am to eat well and exercise (and I actually enjoy it now!). The trick is you have to actually feel love towards yourself which was a big challenge for me.

      You'll figure out what works best for you (maybe it's planning to eat more often than you think you "should"?). Know that you have people rooting for you to feel completely amazeballs about your whole self. :-)

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    2. Marta -

      I hope that you are able to feel comfortable with yourself and your habits soon. I certainly can't claim to have it figured out completely, but for me, it works to focus on what I SHOULD eat instead of what I SHOULD NOT eat. So I figure out how many fruits and veggies and protein in particular that I should get that day and then with that in mind it eases any hunger while making me feel good and then I can not worry so much about the rest.

      Anyways - I hope that helps and as Tsipa says, we're rooting for you!

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    3. Thank you! Your words made me feel better :)
      and I'll definitely try to work towards the positivity you both suggested :)

      Marta

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    4. French Women Don't Get Fat is a great book, not the sequel, the first book. Forget the leek soup she discusses, horrible, horrible stuff. But the ideas inside are good. It is all about balance and being kind to yourself. The commenter who said she focuses on what she should eat instead of what she shouldn't has a good point. Be positive with yourself.

      If you have a lot of weight to lose, like over 50 pounds, I also suggest Opifast. It is torture, but the results are great. And, my biggest concern, you really don't gain the weight back when you stop. Do an exercise program, even if just walking, and you'll be fine. You do gain 5-7 back in water, but that's it. It takes all the guess work out of hard dieting. You drink it and that's it. I know some are against harsh programs like that, but being a lot overweight can be a health issue. Opifast slims you right down, they even use it for people with health issues, it cleans out the internal fat around your organs and has helped a lot of people.

      Good luck!!!!!

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    5. Marta, I totally agree with Anon 11:34's recommendation of "French Women Don't Get Fat" (not the sequel :). It's more about choices and balance than a strict diet regime (an approach that tends to fail in the long run). And it's a very good read. Good luck to you. :))

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    6. Thank you Anonymous and royalfan, I'll check that book out :)

      Marta

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    7. Dear Marta: I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to you. I am traveling this weekend for business and it has been hectic. I am so excited that Anon11:34 mentioned French Women Don't Get Fat, and I agree with Royal Fan about diets just not working. French Women Don't Get Fat is a really great perceptive on food and balance. I read it years ago and loved it. I try and find healthy snacks to nibble on when I really need a boost. An apple, a hardboiled egg, etc. When I eat a lot of dessert, sugar, carbs, I have these same problem you are describing. Nothing fills me and I just want to keep eating, but after staying good for a week, it becomes much easier. But, I know that awful "I want to eat everything" feeling. :) I wouldn't deprive yourself later in the evening, though. If you feel like you consumed too much, just forgive yourself and eat something healthy for dinner. When you deprive yourself it just makes things worse. Good luck! Don't be too hard on yourself!! Read the book, though, I think you will really like it. xoxo, Jane

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  13. Ohhhh, I enjoyed this! Thank you so so much, Jane, you wrote this!!
    I will try to involve some things to my daily routine like soup ;-) and drinking water in front of the TV instead of sweets XD.

    I personally try to eat just as much sweets a day as I can hold in one hand (I'm not able to disclaim the whole week until Sunday XD) and try to avoid fat food respectively meals with a lot of calories.
    Every Tuesday I tap-dance and visit a course of Zumba Sentao afterwards. During the rest of the week my toddler is my "only" work-out XD.

    The most important thing is to feel comfortable. I like Kate's slim figure, to me it's beautiful. I personally am objectively slim but I would like to have my flat belly back after pregnancy :-). I don't feel comfortable yet. So I try to get daily routine in some extra work-out in the evening for my belly. I never tried Pilates. Maybe I should :-).
    There are so many opinions on weight and beauty. This discussion will never end ;-).

    XOXO, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky,
      Maybe The Tracy Anderson Method could work for you, her Mat Workout or Post-Pregnancy Workout. There are her Dance Cardio Workouts, but I think you don't need them since you already tap and zumba-dance.
      However, you can watch some vídeos on YouTube and decide if you like it.
      xoxo

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    2. I love tap dancing! I used to take classical ballet and tap and they were both so wonderful. It would be so fun to take up tap again--I am very impressed you make time for it. That seems like an ideal way to stay active, but also have fun. I will have to think about trying tap again. :)

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  14. Another great post, Jane, thanks! One question, one thought:

    Do you have a recommendation for an intro pilates DVD (presumably mat workout only for home)? It would be great to get a tip from someone who practices regularly! Always wanted to try but classes aren't my thing.

    Re: Kate's diet and workout -- Since she so rarely has an opportunity to exercise in public (beyond occasional walks in Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park and a couple of sighting at the Harbour Club), I am guessing she has to maintain her exercise and diet routine mostly around her house(s!)--which suggests a high level of discipline. And, from the regular reports of her eating out at various places over the years, she has clearly found her good balance of daily habits that allow for indulgences. When she eats out, she eats across food types--pate, fish, vegetables, dessert/pudding. Healthy, and possible when balanced the rest of the week with clean choices. I do speculate (note that I am say speculate--I'm guessing here!) food, diet, and exercise must be a topic of mutual concern and practice amongst the Middleton women. And more power to them.

    I miss shots of her regular Starbucks runs though--I could relate so well! :)

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    1. Hey there! Apologies for the super slow response. It has been a busy few days. I don;t have a very educated recommendation, because I haven't used many DVD pilates programs, but I have a few at home that I do use when I am traveling or when I decide to try a whole session at home. I have several Gaiam DVDs. Some of them come with the equipment you buy, which is probably how i got my first one, and I really like the pace and the mountain scenery. I think I bought a second DVD from Gaiam that targeted hips and abs. As I say, I don't have any real experience to say, these are better than any other program. I just happened to start with this and stuck with it.

      I miss the Starbucks runs, too, but we still do see her out and about every now and again. It's the trade-off for all the official engagements, I guess. :) "Kate-watching" has changed, that is certain. Some changes have been awesome, some bittersweet.

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  15. Hi Jane,
    Another great post!! Thank you!
    There is one part of our body we tend to forget in the terms of a workout ie our fase. I've been doing yoga face training for two years now and I'm very happy with the results, no double chin, no droopy eyelids. But one have to be very disciplined with it. I wonder if Kate is doing face workout too because she is more and more beautiful.
    There are lots of face workouts on YouTube. I do Face Training on Nintendo DS. To me it's great.
    xoxo from Spain!!! ;)))

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    1. Haha, oh wow! I didn't know you could workout your face. I make some many facial expressions, I might already be getting my "daily dose" in, though. :)

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  16. Hi Jane! I thoroughly enjoyed these tasteful (no pun intended) and helpful posts. Everything you wrote about sounds so doable, which is very encouraging. Already I have been inspired to make small, healthier choices - a skim latte instead of a regular latte, five extra minutes on my evening walk with my pup, no sugar in yesterday's afternoon tea. I know these little choices can add up to big results over time. So thank you very much for writing these excellent posts! I really enjoyed your insight.

    A few days ago I wrote a comment and asked if you would consider writing a post on literature befitting a princess (biographies, histories, etc.). I have been thinking about that, and if you were to ever do a "Duchess Education" series I would love to hear your insight!

    I would personally find topics such as these to be very interesting: intro to literature, intro to classical music (thanks to you, I am totally in love with The Choir at King's College), intro to art appreciation, the art of small talk in a social setting, the etiquette of writing thank you notes/condolence letters/etc., decorating/design like a duchess, a basic kitchen repertoire of a sophisticated hostess, dressing like a Duchess in 2015 (I have so many questions about the olden rules...white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day? Only black pantyhose after 7:00pm? fingernail and toenail polish must match? Are these rules still in effect?!?! Please advise.)

    You probably get the picture. We have all heard that Kate took "princess classes" so this would be our own version! Even if you have no interest in writing posts along those lines, I would love any pointers you would like to throw my way because obviously you are super classy and intelligent. Thank you as always!!!

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    1. Natalie, first of all, thank you for your sweet closing compliment. I am flattered. This is a really fun idea, and I will try to think about how I can incorporate these ideas into posts. I have been particularly swamped this week, but I do keep thinking about your question about books, and I know you have asked it more than once, so I promise I will get something up for you! I am kind of just keeping my head above water right now, but you should see some results on your requests in the coming weeks as we move into spring! Thanks or containing to remind me, too. That is always appreciated :) My mom always says, the squeaky wheel gets the oil...
      xoxo, Jane

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