Can I use this to lose a stone ?

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  • posted by Ems
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    Hi, my husband was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and we are keen to use the 8 week programme to reverse this. I am really keen to support him by following the programme too. I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic. I have no known health issues however I am about 6 kg overweight and it is all round my middle. I am 62 years old. Has anyone else in a similar situation followed this diet ? Is there any risk to doing this if I don’t have diabetic problems ? The foods on the diet are all foods I really like I probably just eat too much !!

    My husband is not terribly overweight either he needs to lose about 9kg to reach his ideal weight.

    Are we safe to follow this programme ?

  • posted by WoodDuckie
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    Hi there! Im no medico . . . and would only say . . . why not give it a try? The food is GOOD, HEALTHY and not out of the ordinary . . . just maybe managed or sorted better πŸ™‚ Maybe consider if you get started and dont feel well or unsettled then make a decision . . . Maybe if hubby is the one with the sugar issue then he could be more stringent with his choices than yourself. Maybe . . . see if your GP is onboard and advise. Either way this forum and those contributing are amazing people πŸ™‚ I had HIGH sugar readings – (I mean HIGH . . .ANYTHING FROM 12-16-18!!!) – pills made me sick and I was facing injections . . . in Week 6 now of this eating programme – (I dont call it my diet!!!) – . . BSL’s are 4-5-6-7 and two stones have been given the flick. I feel amazing and WILL NOT go back to what was considered a good menu before all this started! Good luck with whatever decision you make.

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Hi Ems – I agree with WoodDuckie’s very good post. This way of eating works really well if you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or are losing weight because you want to prevent health problems in the future. It is such a healthy way to eat and – as WoodDuckie says – you probably don’t need to be quite as stringent as your husband does.

    How lovely that you are supporting your husband.

  • posted by Ems
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    Hi, thanks WoodDuckie and KrysiaD for your responses. It’s really encouraging to hear from you.

    We are starting today with an 800 calorie day and will see how we go. If we are really struggling we will do the 5 and 2.

    Good luck with your journey everyone

    The Ems

  • posted by caronl
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    Hi The Ems
    Just wanted to wish you every success. The first few days may be a bit of a struggle (headache etc) now and again, but it is well worth sticking with. Do make sure that you drink enough water, and have some healthy snacks to hand (almonds, boiled eggs, radishes, celery) if you get the munchies or are on your travels. Best wishes.

  • posted by Ems
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    Thanks Caronl and thanks for the reminder about the boiled eggs. I have just prepared some and put them in the fridge just in case!! So far so good πŸ™‚

  • posted by Dyl10
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    Hi!
    Just to encourage you, I am also 62 and, although not very overweight I wanted to loose about a stone. Always struggled to achieve this, quite by accident came across this way of eating, have always been interested in nutrition so thought I would give it a go. I have used the principles of the blood sugar plan as opposed to the strict 8 week one. In less than 3 months I have lost a stone and a half! I’m thrilled, feel better, no achy joints, sugar cravings etc. I was somewhere recently where it would have been rude and upsetting to my hosts to refuse some cake. I felt so ill afterwards with horrendous indigestion that I will not do that again, after all a vegetarian will not eat meat just to please!
    Good luck, stick with it, it works. Your new found slimmer self will be far more enjoyable than a piece of chocolate cake!

  • posted by WoodDuckie
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    Amen to all you have shared πŸ™‚ No thank you is so easy to say when we are feeling SO MUCH better!!! And if we are going somewhere for a morning or afternoon tea then we can always take something to share πŸ™‚ I have reason to stay over at my sons home each week . . . two dinners, one breakfast and one lunch involved. With things already running very smoothly and organised for four people . . . and a menu suiting two adults and two – (under 10) -children! . . . I create my own main meals the morning Im leaving home. Family are thankful not to have to check what I need to suit my new programme – and we all just enjoy our around the table chatting. Children are learning at the same time with many questions being asked about my choices. Miss 8 even prepares clean hands to do my finger pricking BSL before we sit down!! Eggs are always on hand so a scrambled and cheese breakfast is easy πŸ™‚ One doesnt have to be rude when asking leave from the offerings πŸ™‚

  • posted by alliecat
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    WoodDuckie, how lovely and considerate that you bring what you need when you are a guest! I always travel
    with hard boiled eggs in my handbag, too! In earlier years, when we used to entertain at home a great deal,
    I always appreciated it when I had a single vegetarian guest and they brought a main course veggie dish
    for all to share. When I’m entertaining 25-30 people, someone requiring prep space and use of the stove
    is very distracting at the final organizational moments prior to serving. I just love the idea that your
    grandchildren are so curious, too! What a learning opportunity…The family table is the perfect place for
    it πŸ™‚

    Allie

  • posted by AuroraMagic
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    I’m not diabetic but I have high cholesterol plus overweight!
    I’ve now lost a stone from just following the principals. I lost the stone in about 6wks. I’ve another 2 to be my absolute perfect weight!
    Although I’ve just very recently started to change my cupboards and fridge contents so that I can select better food choices and know that I am eating helthier and also getting a much better shape.
    I feel a lot better in myself though! As the nutrients are far better than I’ve been previously eating I have noticed a really good change. It’s not discussed much but it is ‘real’.

    I plan to follow closer to the diet over the next few weeks but I find that I have to alter the order of foodstuffs so as not to waste too much food. I have limited fridge and freezer space too which isn’t helping!
    Long term I also will have more prepared meals from cooking the suppers that have 2 – 4 servings. Like tonight I did the spicy chicken with lentils … I didn’t quite have all the ingredients but I ended up cooking 2 chicken pieces and then halving it so ptu one in the freezer for another day. πŸ™‚
    It’s tastier food than my previous ‘normal’ but some like courgettes and aubergines are subtle flavours… but good to bulk up meals without the calories, in my opinion.

  • posted by WoodDuckie
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    Hi again Aurora! I didnt read about your cholesterol being the reason for you being here . . . mine is for high BSL’s so my dietary requirements may vary to yours πŸ™‚ Apologies if I have mislead you πŸ™‚ Although with your weight loss being so successful . . . all sounds good for your future results πŸ™‚

  • posted by WoodDuckie
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    Hi Allie! Thank you for your compliments! I just try not to be “another person to organise” . . . or give “something else to do” for a very busy family – and the reason Im there is to “help” alleviate a busy Monday πŸ™‚ Its nice to be “included” as able to help as well. Win Win I always say πŸ™‚ Miss 8’s quizzical looks when the BS monitor gives its reading are priceless. Explaining in simple language has been a challenge . . . but who knows what her understanding of the whole thing is? Or where it may lead her in the future. On the other hand Miss (Almost) 10 seem disinterested . . . other than she wants a turn at the lancet!!! Love them no less for their individuality πŸ™‚

  • posted by AuroraMagic
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    Thanks Alliecat & WoodDuckie. πŸ™‚
    Yeah I too visited a friend and took stuff with me. That way I knew I could ‘stick to’ my diet than watch him destroy my good work. So somewaht selfish but I hope helpful as he ate some of it too, which was great and he’s been inspired to eat a bit better! πŸ™‚
    I’m really happy to try and espand my foods and try to keep my meals simple. I always feel that I have ‘little time to cook’ which can be very true, sometimes I’m just ‘not bothererd’. But some of the recipes are simple and some well not so! πŸ™‚
    I’ve also an early repairing ankle op and a long way to go, with another op in 2wks. So I’m in a ‘fun time’ at the moment!
    Maybe picking and chosing the recipes isn’t such a bad idea! πŸ˜€ I’m sure I’ll find a happy balance. πŸ˜€

  • posted by WoodDuckie
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    Hi! Maybe just for a mental break buy the bags of prepared stirfry veges – add shallots, snowpeas . . . whatever you like – divide into boxes – (I use recycled chinese food containers!) – and set in the fridge ready to go! When mealtime rocks around, prepare protein in the frying pan with flavours etc, (or grill and add to the frying pan) – and dump a box of vege on top right at the end πŸ™‚ Im finding just the odd detour from routine is helping me through my doldrums. And recipes to me are too restricting πŸ™‚ Guess Im just a renegade or rebel at heart and like to do it MY WAY!!!

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