We welcome back Gai Doran to the blog to hear more about her Cooking Light Diet experience. We recently got a peek into the beautiful garden that was inspired by the Diet. Hopefully her tomatoes are coming in rosy red at this point, perfect for some of our summer recipes hitting the diet.

Gai was born in Australia and now lives in New Haven, Connecticut, working as a Research Administrator at a university. When she’s not administrating HIV research, she’s gardening, hiking, and spending time with her husband and son. Read on to see what she has to say about dieting without knowing you’re dieting.

Marie: How did you hear about the CL Diet?Gai: When I saw the Cooking Light Diet, I loved that it has limited ingredients with the kind of stuff that you may have in your refrigerator or at your local grocery store, without having to go to a specialty store. And they’re quick. At the end of the day I can find something that I can make in 30 minutes.

M: Do you lead a very active lifestyle, and has that changed since starting the Cooking Light Diet?G: I’m a hiker. I have been doing that all of my life. I’m actually going backpacking in Idaho in August with my friends. We were all friends when our kids were little. We started as a way of free exercise while our kids were in preschool, and now all of our kids are in their 20s. So we started backpacking together 20 years ago to get away from our families [laughs]. This is our big 20th anniversary trip!

M: What sort of success have you seen on the Diet?G: I feel better about what we’re eating, and it’s definitely stabilized my diet. I’m not focused on having to lose weight. I just feel very happy that I can prepare a meal that I know is going to be delicious and good for us and within the right calorie range.

M: What are you enjoying most from the Cooking Light Diet?G: I love cooking. I love entertaining. One of the things before the Cooking Light Diet, I was sort of buying the same things every week, and then coming home and cooking the same things every week. I was getting very resentful. Why am I the only one who has to put food on the table? So this has made a little peace in my household. Now I really enjoy cooking dinner at night.

M: Why is this program working when others haven’t?G: Everything has always felt like a diet. It’s very restricted. Write everything down, keep track, keep it on your mind, always thinking about food to avoid food. That’s probably another thing I like about this program (although I don’t even think of it as a program – it’s more of a recipe book) but it’s that I’m not thinking that way anymore. I don’t even feel like I’m on a diet anymore.

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*Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose more than half a pound per week.

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