Once again thanks for the reply. SBD sounds really good so I'll get the book and see how I get on. I have been trying with very little success the Idiot Proof diet which is basically low carb and high protein/fat. Bit worried about the high fat bit which goes against everything I know about a healthy diet.
I live in Worcester which is in the Midlands, about 20 miles from Birmingham. Sounds like you had a good touring time when you visited your son! How funny that you watch Come Dine with Me!! Maybe watching the food being cooked is better for you than eating it!