Martha watched Paul McKenna's diet programme a few days ago, and was rather taken with it. No surprise: a diet where you can eat what you want, when you want. Quite what makes this a diet? Firstly stopping when you're feel full - important if obvious. And secondly eating more consciously. Not eating in front of the TV or reading a book, but concentrating on the food, and the sensation of chewing the food fully. I certainly have tried to stop eating when full, though I now realise that's harder when out visiting friends, or when watching TV. Looks like we need to get over the etiquette of clearing your plate when a guest, and take the Eastern model that it's polite to leave a little, to show that they've been generous enough hosts.It turns out to be a whole 6 weeks since I last went for a run, partly through illness, and partly because I've got out of the habit. It was getting on for freezing this morning, but I didn't realise that until I'd got dressed for the run, so went ahead anyway. I was most surprised to hear at the end of the run Paula Radcliffe congratulating me on my fastest mile yet (oh, the marvels of iPod/Nike+). Perhaps it was the cold? Certainly can't have been the practice ...

AuthorJonathan Clark