A WOMAN with a sweet tooth is swapping chocolate for chicken in a bid to shed pounds and raise money for sick children.
Natalie Whitby set herself the challenge after giving birth to her second daughter 11 weeks ago.
The 25-year-old, who lives in Moorhall Road, Harefield, is hoping to raise at least £300 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“My two girls have never had any health problems and I think I sometimes take that for granted,” said Natalie.
“Now if I pick up a chocolate bar it’s not just myself I’m letting down, it’s the sick kids.”
Temptation is never far away, with a newsagent next door. In the past, Natalie would spend up to £5 a day on chocolate, but now she has swapped sweet snacks for chicken, salad and meal replacement shakes.
“This is such a hard challenge for me that I had to give it more meaning,” she explained.
She has one normal, healthy meal a day, and two shakes made by weight loss company Body by Vi.
“I am really hungry but it will be worth it,” she added.
Natalie is aiming to reduce her weight from 11st 11lb to 10st 4lb in three months and hopes to collect at least £100 a month.
“Just £10 pays for one night’s accommodation at the hospital so parents can stay with their children,” said Natalie.
“I know that’s what I would want to do if it were my girls.
“I’m a full-time mum so I like doing things like this to give something back.”
? To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/nataliewhitby.