Sophie is an author, passionate home cook, mum and Ex supermodel. Sophie Dahl made her name by being tagged ‘big girl’ in the modelling world because she was quite over weight by modeling standards. Was ranked No.10 in Channel 5′s “World’s greatest supermodel”. Lately I have seen her reduce tremendous amount of weight. I was particularly interested in her profile because of her strong link with India, as she has lived in ashram in India at age 12, has grown up eating Idlis, dosas and Uttapam and has worked in a Bollywood movie, that she regrets now when she thinks about it!!
She used to be in news all the time and the topic for media was her over weight body. She had said in countless interviews that her body was discussed and dissected at great length in a very public forum, but her relationship with food was never affected she emphasized . She has always said that the reason for her being overweight was indulgence in countless seasons of chocolate cakes from the age of 17 to 21. During that time she was quite overweight and everyone in the fashion industry made sure that she didn’t forget that fact.
From the very beginning of her life she has been emotional eater. She used to eat all fatty food and junk food as a teenager and then because of personal problems with family and relations had a tough time as teenage and as young adult. But she says other wise and says “Every woman in my family had been through a tricky adolescent over-spilling phase. The difference with mine was that it became a matter of public record, rather than something to look back on with tender mirth when presented with a family album”.
Cut 2: look at her now and she is absolutely different quite slim and gorgeous mom of a beautiful Daughter, who looks younger than she used to in her teens. Sophie gave birth to a daughter, Lyra, with jazz musician husband Jamie Cullum and interestingly Jamie is 7’’ shorter then her!!!
Sophie says she is now happy with her figure, crediting her current healthy look to “moderation and balance”. But this moderation and balance didn’t come by fluke. She said that she had been to one of the best weight loss clinic and after few sessions and counseling with Doctor, started getting good results and understood how she could change her body. About her experience of weight loss clinic she says ‘He was a good doctor and I sat in his grubby office on low chairs. ‘Just how much exactly have you been eating?’ he asked and then I don’t remember exactly but I changed for good during that program. I used to have three meals, freshly prepared, and every afternoon I would go for a long walk by the sea.” Weight loss clinic brought so much change in her that she carried on eating as she was guided, cooking every night and not just eating because she was bored.
Her weight now at age 34 is 63 kilos and her height is 5’ 11’’ so her BMI comes out to be 19.4 which is healthy by all standards.
Her diet as told by her friends use to be something like this
3 scrambled eggs with ½ cup low-fat granola and 50grams cheese and most of the mornings she finishes her breakfast with ½ cup sliced pineapple or when she travels she has 1 cup whole grain cereal with ½ cup low fat milk
Ham sandwich and 1 apple or she makes 2 slices of homemade vegetable pizza with 2 cups apple juice or 2 slices of whole wheat bread with roasted fish and some Buttery mashed potatoes which she loves.
She has 1 cup baby carrots along with green beans and sometimes fresh fruit salad.
2 cups spaghetti with ½ cup rice and some roasted fish or 1 piece of garlic bread with 2 meat balls made by her at home.
About food she says “I have always had a passionate relationship with food: passionate in that I loved it blindly or saw it as its own entity, rife with problems.” And her favorite food for comfort when she is sad is “jelly babies”.
She love to go for long walks for most of the days but occasionally combines yoga with cardiovascular work and weights She loves to do gardening, so most of the Vegetables came from her garden.
Eat Good, Get some professional help and You will never ever get old…:)