I was one of those people who if I hadn’t tasted it before, I wasn’t going to try it. But that wasn’t an option. Tom served up his dishes, and with the cameras all around I had to give them a go. When I did, the tastes were unbelievable. I was a bit gutted! I’d missed out on all these flavours for years.
The first thing I tried was a steak taco, which had guacamole in it. I would never even think about eating avocado before. It was green, it was horrible and I hated the texture. But after taking a bite, I realised what a difference it made to the dish!
My diet before was pretty bad. Breakfast would be either a high-sugar cereal or a bacon sandwich. Lunch would be something I could grab quickly. I’d probably buy a sandwich – but it didn’t stop there – I’d pick up crisps and a sausage roll, and of course a chocolate bar and fizzy drink. For dinner, if I was at home I’d probably have something from the chippie up the road, and if I was at work it’d be from the nearby kebab van.
Now it’s completely different – I think the kebab van has put in a couple of missing person reports because I haven’t been there in so long!
I became a lot more aware of what I was eating and the big difference now is that I plan my meals. For breakfast, I’ll have a shake, porridge or low-calorie cereal. For lunch, I’ll bring a low-calorie soup into work and have it with a brown roll. And in the evening, I’ll have a healthy home-cooked meal or, if I’m at work, we’ll all plan together what we’re going to eat.