Plenty More Fish Fingers in the Sea: Introducing the Break-Up Diet

‘So what’s your secret?’ Harry asked in his best mock-Gok.

Bella smiled. ‘I’m calling it the Break-up Diet. All the slebs are doing it. Last month was the Five-Two – this month it’s the Misery Plan.’

Food plays an important role in any conscious uncoupling, doesn’t it? In Break Up Club the characters tend to swing daily between grief-induced starvation and comfort eating. Clearly, food and our emotions are inextricably intertwined. With that in mind, here’s how to get yourself through ‘The Sad Gap’ to the other side, where ‘happy’ you is waiting!

Phase One – ‘The Break Up Diet’ (weeks 1-2)

OK, you’re broken. You can’t eat because there is a big glacial rock where your intestines should be. So instead you begin a nutrition plan more ferocious than the 5-2 and the Montignac put together.

‘I’m serious. No food has passed my lips in days. Unless you count my own mucous, from crying so much,’ Bella said. ‘Does nasal mucous have any nutritional value?’

Sorry, that was gross – I promise the rest of this blog will be mouth-watering!
To this end, here is your shopping list for Phase One:

– Negroni – this cocktail is your friend because it has NO MIXERS. You heard me – it’s straight up oblivion. You’ll need 1x bottle of Campari, Martini Rosso and Gin of your choice.
– Prosecco, lots of.

For the mornings:

– Diet Coke (or Fat)
– To keep your stomach lining from eating itself, and for nausea prevention:

– Actimel pro-biotic drinks,
– Yoghurt
– ginger biscuits
– Mini cheddars
– bananas
– Soups
– Smoothies

Essentially, you’re regressing to the diet of a toddler, and that’s totes fine. For now.

Phase Two – Carb-loading (weeks 2-4)
The great news is that the big glacier in your belly will eventually melt, as you start to come to terms with your ‘new normal’. By now, the Food-Gates are ajar enough to squeeze some ACTUAL SOLIDS in. And here’s where you can reward yourself with the fattiest, cosiest food imaginable. Why? Because you’ve got a WHOLE TWO WEEKS worth of Calorie Credits!

Go nuts on:

-Cheese, all of the cheese
-Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie
-Mars ice cream
-More Cheese – Take That if necessary
-Butterkist Microwave Popcorn (butter)
-Macaroni cheese
-Garlic bread
-Treat yourself to a Camembert roaster. Drizzle with rosemary and garlic. Dip all manner of kettle chips into it.

Phase Three – Fill the nutrition deficit (week 4…)

It’s time to start showing some love to your poor body, and reacquainting your cells with their old friend, nutrition. Start exercising lots and feeding your body with the good stuff. Then you’ll realise you’re actually self-sufficient and don’t need another human to make you whole! From green peas to fresh fish, the aisles are stuffed with plenty of natural highs and ‘Good mood foods’ to get you happy again in a non-bingey, boozy way.

With that in mind, here’s a suggested meal-plan. **Dons Jarvis Cocker dulcet tones**:

Breakfast: Grapefruit halves, topped with caramelised Demerara sugar. Grill until golden brown. Perfectly bittersweet; just like the end of love.

Lunch – A spinach, rocket, beetroot, avocado salad, with omega seeds, olive oil, balsamic, and Fish Fingers. This’ll give you a nice boost of brain food, so that your head can tell your heart: you are indeed better off without that douchebag!

Dinner – Salmon and leek in a garlic, pesto, white wine and sour cream sauce (tweet me for my recipe) (@loreleimathias), with Arborio rice.

It’s honestly delicious, healthy and guaranteed to cheer you up. Not only that, ‘All the food groups and ingredients are represented’ – as they say in The Breakfast Club. Even self-love; which we all know is the most important ingredient.

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Showing my age now, aren’t I?!

Happy Sunday all. When you have a spare 90 seconds – here’s my new book trailer!

I hope you like it, and if you do I’d be gargantuously (?) grateful if you could share with anyone you think might like it too!



There’s a prize for anyone who can tell me every single film/TV show is referenced… and a bonus point for how many people there are in it called Amelie. Really nerdy amounts of knowledge required to know that though…

Thank you for watching!

Break Up Club – opening soon, and you’re all invited!

Which is code for… I have a new novel coming out…really rather soon. Hooray! That didn’t take long, did it?

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It’s a love story about break-ups, starring four Londoners at the fag-end of their twenties.

It celebrates what becomes of the consciously-uncoupled, when they happen to all consciously-uncouple at the exact same time…. end up forming a slightly pathetic club, and fall head over heels for each other.

It also (I hope) uncovers a truth not yet universally acknowledged – that a break-up shared, is a break-up halved.

I’ve been writing it for about five years in my spare time, in between writing adverts and lots of other lovely things – and in between various boring health problems and sad things, hence the major hold-up! There were times when I thought I’d never finish it – it’s been such a labour of love. But persistence is the thing, the absolute thing… that and microwaved popcorn!

It was originally called ‘Break up Club’, on account of how the main star of the book is the club itself… but it now goes by the sassier name of ‘Reader, I Dumped Him – a love story about break-ups.’ (You know, like Jane Eyre used to say).

The cover’s being revealed on 27.4.16 at 7pm, by the amazing people at Avon/Maze (part of Harper Collins) and the full blurb is here in this nice review

If it was a TV series it would be The Breakfast Club meets This Life, but way more dysfunctional, and immature…

It’ll be published on 4th February, as the ultimate Crappy Valentines Day read!

Oh look, it’s actually already on Amazon here.

We’ll be revealing some extracts, a trailer and other fun things very soon.

‘Til then, thanks for reading, and remember – if you ever need a post-break-up shoulder to cry on, don’t attempt to go it alone! I’m here for you. Along with four beautiful fuck-ups who also know that break-ups are the worst thing ever – Harry, Holly, Bella and Olivia.