R-:FOCUS – One Week at a Time, Beginning Nov. 13th!

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  • posted by alliecat
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    Here we are my cuties…Time to repeat what we do best, one week at a time πŸ™‚ Newbies, old timers, and everyone
    in between, please come along with us. Who knows what challenges and frivolity we can come up with this
    week? The possibilities are endless…This week we discovered the power of mouse droppings πŸ™‚ I love you all,
    and hope to see everyone here. If it’s been a disappointing week, just brush yourself off. Everyone is welcome.
    It’s the start of a new week and a brand new challenge!

    Allie

  • posted by Violinist
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    Afternoon, Allie, I am having some success the last few days as I find my new doc has inspired me!

  • posted by Violinist
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    Thank you for starting the thread. I have resert the button and now have 12 weeks before I see doc again with the goahead to keep lowering carbs and can healthfully keep calories at 1,000. I really feel so much netter with her ok.

  • posted by wendleg
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    Found you !
    Good luck everyone. All the best for this Week . More of the same for me. OMAD once or twice this week and an extended fast if I can manage it. Definitely no lychees ! I have a terrible picture in my head !!!
    On a more serious note I am joining Allie in sending out strength and positive thoughts to Californiagirl and hoping we hear from her soon to say that she is safe and well.
    Indeed thinking of all my absent BSD friends .

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    Violinist, I just couldn’t be happier for you! We all make the BSD our own, so however it’s working for you, journey
    on! I know that you were dreading that dr’s appointment, and now it’s behind you, with confidence you can carry
    on πŸ™‚ Keep us updated, you have lots of friends in your corner, here!

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    Youre the best, Allie

  • posted by GangreneHeart
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    Hello, I’m here to check in. I was 177.6 today. It’s frustrating to be covering the same ground over and over, but I’m trying to keep my goal in mind – getting out of the 170s.
    Even though I keep saying I’m not going to, I agreed to host another play date, which ended in a pizza buffet. X.x but I settled for just the hot chicken soup, sans noodles (so it was mostly broth). Otherwise, I’m sticking to my planned meals. I’ve caught a little cold, but otherwise I’m doing fine.

    Hopefully everyone’s day was even more successful and peaceful.

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    Just popping in to say β€˜Hi’ . Still looking in now and again and will stay with you all this week. Hope it’s a good one for everyone, for me it’s a case of β€˜just hang on in there β€˜!

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    Hi Everyone..I m needing to work hard this .week on mindless eating. and portion control.Wt is 87.4kg up a bit from last week.On the plus side.I did a hard work out yesterday and Im starting to feel the benefits of the gym.And I have stopped going out for coffee.I plan to slowly change 1or 2 bad habits each week . I hope everyone is feeling motivated I bought a copy of jason fungs book Obesity Code for extra motivation. Best wishes to you all.

  • posted by VictoriaM
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    Morning everyone may I join you please.

    I get such inspiration from all of you, thank you everyone.

    My weekly target is 3lbs for this week, which will also achieve my monthly one for November of getting out of the 14 stones. I have just discovered the lbs switch on my scales so whereas I was weighing in stones and lbs before I’m now in pounds and percentage points. I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not. I can now even more closely micro analyse each tiny movement. I know in my head, from everything you lovely people have said, that the loss is not linear and not always explicable but my heart hasn’t caught up with that and wants the emotional boost of the tiny losses.

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    Morning all!
    Anyone hear from Californiagirl? She may be in the middle of those terrible fires?

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    https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/8-sneaky-offenders-cause-weight-fluctuations/?utm_source=international&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MFP_Intl_NL_UI_Weekly_20181112&os_ehash=55@sfmc:1926147

    Just thought I’d post this link.
    Violinist, Allie asked that question on the Positive thread but no response yet. Really hope all is well. The situation looks really grim from what we see on the news in the U.K. Hopefully it will all be brought under control very soon.

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    Thanks Verano. Hope you are well.

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    No, Violinist, I’m worried about Julia, too (californiagirl)! I left a message on positives, so I hope that we’ll
    soon hear from her. All of this devastation, and on the heels of the same events a year ago. I’m seeing
    nothing more than headlines, and then cable news is right back to election fraud commentary from FLA.!
    It’s frustrating….I see that you’re roaming around in the early hours of the morning, too πŸ™‚

    Very happy to see you here, Victoria! Best wishes on getting those super scales of yours to give you the
    results you are looking for this week. I very much can relate to Verano’s goal of finishing up the year with
    all of my wiggle room back. After being in maintenance for the past 18+ months, I think I’ve become
    a bit complacent, i.e., forgetting to weigh myself every week, not drinking enough water, allowing weekend
    wine to stretch into the following week…It stops NOW. I haven’t gone back to any of the bad “white stuff”
    or anything with sugar. It’s the little things, but they bear keeping track of too!

    Butterlover, I’m keying in one or two things to improve on each week, too! I don’t have the excuse of hot
    and steaming weather any longer, so I’ve got right back to walking. I’m happy about that! Rereading
    Fung’s book sounds like an excellent idea, too πŸ™‚ I might consider doing the same!

    I hope you are all looking at sunny skies today. Only 4:50am here, so how the day will unfold remains to
    be seen πŸ™‚

  • posted by Violinist
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    Ah yes, Allie, sometimes I wake up very early. Florida has it’s issues with a lot of corruption in the voting department! And the fires in California are awful!

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    It is 5:25 am here and we are still having high 80’s. I have increased my steps to over 5,000 daily too! Last year at this time I had a cast on my foot with a broken ankle and surgery

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    Poping in to report a bad day.no exercise and coffee with croissant plus a bread roll I lost my mojo today. I’ll try again tomorrow. Just watched a documentary on the damage done by sitting too much so Im keen to move more tomorrow.Im going to start taking my BGL a few times a day trying to get more motivation.

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    Hi, I began this experience on Monday 12th Nov and so far so good! I am not great at sticking to eating plans so I really am going to try to focus on this and actually complete it! I haven’t felt hungry as yet and the food yesterday was delicious, I guess it is as time goes on that the hunger kicks in, the weekend will be my big challenge, no alcohol or crisps!

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    Hi Iamdoingit, one of the good things about this way of eating is that once you are adapted to eating low carb your appetite changes. – You don’t feel hungry in the same way, because when you eat low carb your body can access its own fat stores.

    To Wendyleg and KazzUK, thanks for your messages. – I did write a full reply and then it got lost somewhere in the system. – but maybe that wasn’t a bad thing because until I meet up with the chief the ideas will change.

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    It’s true iamdoingit………..I decided to fast today ( I try one a week) and honestly I do not feel hungry.It seems a bit weird and scary but actually it’s very manageable. I ‘d like to think my belly jelly is dissolving as I write this but I think it will take some time.We have been attached for years πŸ˜‰

    All the best for the weekend. Don’t buy the crisps πŸ˜‰ or get someone to hide them !

    You’ll get yourmojo back Butterlover. Just shout and we will motivate you. Don’t give up !

    Victoria M…I’m with you as I would love to sneak into the 13 stone bracket. I have very basic scales and weigh once a week.Don’t get too hung up on the readings.It’s very variable. All the best !

    Well done Violinist ! Great news . Love hearing from you, Verano.Keep popping in xx

    Keep going Goodheart, you are doing great . Well done for passing over the pizza ! Ps It’s ok to say No πŸ˜‰ In my advancing years it is something I have learnt to do but it took me a while !

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    I do so hate writing replies that get lost in a virtual maze once you hit “submit”. 🀯😡😑 So I feel your pain, JGwen.

    I’ll try once again to reply.

    Butter lover, I like your idea of just changing one or two bad habits a week so this week in going to focus on my late night snacking. That’s really where my trouble comes from. It seems like a soon as the sun sets, it takes me determination with it. Although with this cold, it’s getting harder and harder to get out of bed. Perhaps I should hibernate this year. The bears are always so slim after their long fast. 😊

    Victoria, I feel the same way about small losses. Even tiny drops day after day reassure me. Though the opposite is also true; even slight raises in my weight frustrate me. I’m working on focuses on the long term

    Imdoingthis, hello! Yay for your recent success. Keep at it!

    Today, I feel like I need to really focus on hydration. I’ll drink my five bottles with gusto. I’ve been drinking a lot of hot tea and broth because I’m so cold, but with the way my body is reacting, going back to pain water is best. Can you dehydrate yourself by having too much tea? I use a variety of types, but they are mostly herbal and green. No sugar, milk, or honey, of course.

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    Welcome, welcome, iamdoingit! Congratulations for choosing health and wellness. This way of eating
    is life changing, as long as you accept that it is a lifestyle, and not something to be done for rapid weight loss,
    with the goal of returning to the “bad white stuff” after a prescribed period of time. In your post you mentioned
    that you aren’t the greatest at following eating plans…The very good news is that that isn’t necessary to be
    wildly successful with this way of eating. Many of us very experienced BSDers simply adapted our own recipes
    by eliminating the bad stuff! Once you have established the correct ratio between protein grams, carb grams
    and healthy fats, this program is very flexible πŸ™‚ Keep in mind that the basic premise is low carb, moderate
    protein and high (healthy) fats. Too much protein gets stored as fat, very much like the carbs. I wish you
    you every success, and we’re all happy to have you onboard on this thread πŸ™‚

    Eclectic, you’ve been missed. Please appear!

    Wishing everyone a great evening πŸ™‚

    Allie

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    Thank you for the warm welcome, it is reassuring about the hunger as I really don’t feel hungry yet am eating such a lot less. It is fascinating and I like the idea about imagining the fat disappearing as that should stop me snacking! My problem is after a few days I feel better and think β€˜ job done’ ! I need to do my measurements tonight as I didn’t do this at the beginning! I know my weight and height but am keen to take my tummy and legs and arm measurements. I just want to have more get up and go and to be healthy as my 6 year old deserves a mum who can be around for a long time. Wish I could get my husband to join me but he is in denial still! He is slim but unhealthy

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    I’m going to be lay with this post because I want to get to sleep! πŸ˜€
    Several people here I’ve not said ‘Hi to elsewhere’ yet so ‘Hi to all!’

    In a nutshell I’ve been following the 800 cal a day (close, at or less than) and was 11st 8 lb (May) [Started gently in June], and yesterday officially weighed 9st 7lb. πŸ™‚
    Been though the ; ‘don’t think it’s working’ times, the ‘hunger pang moments’, andthe must just ‘plod on’ moments, but on the whole it’s all been pretty good.
    I’m adding extra veg now that I’m doing more excerise (I’m recovering from broken ankle bones / ruptured ligaments etc.) & found that helps bulk a meal without doing a lot of calorie damage.
    Just saying this to maybe help encourage those who are just starting etc. It really DOES work and DOES give you back control! πŸ™‚
    I can now buy food I’d have previously denied myself without feeling gulity. I do still watch the pennies, but on the ‘right foods’. (Than waste precious money on sugary things!)
    I’ve not once eaten any choc since June, nor had a single ‘not on the diet’ carb! πŸ™‚
    I am proud of myself. Even my previous tight trousers now need a belt to hold them up.
    One of the best feelings, is that I feel in charge. πŸ™‚
    I’m carrying on until Jan or Feb when I hope to be 8st 7lb (14lb / stone)! Finally I know that ‘in time’ I WILL reach my ‘proper’ weight, after far, far too many ‘indulgant’ years! πŸ™‚
    Then I can look to adjust into the maintenance mode… learn how to add some things and experiment with new recipes etc! πŸ˜€
    Thank you ALL for all of your encouragement and help! πŸ™‚

  • posted by Violinist
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    Morning Aurora, Great Job! Hey, when did you break your ankle. I broke mine last October and had surgery.

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    Well done Aurora!

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    Well I have finally purchased a copy of β€˜The Obesity Code’ . Granted it’s not really holiday reading but it certainly is giving me β€˜food for thought’, BSD friendly of course! I am only part way through but my β€˜focus’ next week will certainly be different. I think one of my issues at the moment is that I’m just β€˜stale’. I need a good shake up and Jason Fung may just be the person to provide it….. let’s hope so.
    Have a good week.

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    This morning I was 174.8, finally back at the weight I was before my determination went haywire. I feel like my first goal of 169 is within reach. Just have to keep focused.

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    Well done Goodheart ! That’s a great result ! Hold on to that positive !

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    Hi Violinist,
    Thanks. V slowly ‘getting there’! 1 meal at a time! πŸ™‚
    Omg I broke mine Fri 13th Oct 17!! Fell 4ft onto wibbly concrete slabs – but landed on my R foot only. Left caught up in ‘stuff’. Foot ‘rolled over’ as I landed hitting the next slab too. Took hosp 5mths to do the mri to know about all the further damage!
    How/when did you do yours last Oct!! ? πŸ™

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    I broke both bones in my ankle September 28, 2017, had surgery to place a rod in my ankle October 4 and was in a cast, boot, brace thru January 2018. I stepped down on a deck step and my foot fell thru the step, got caught, and I fell forward – snap! Face first in the grass.

    You really fell hard!!! Can’t believe it took them so long!!!

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    Hi Violinist
    Oh very very oooouch!!!
    That must have been awfully painful!!
    (Curiously on my birthday! How coincidental!!)
    I’ve now git many anxhors & straps holding the ‘re-assigned ligaments’ & holding bones in place. Plus repair to cartilage & shaving the bone!. Surgeon felt I was really lucky not to splay it all open!!
    Still… I gather they wait to see which ankle injuries aren’t healing ‘as expected’ then they assign you to see the specialist .. ! Frankly it was obvious in Nov. But hey! Got there jn the end!!
    Are you Uk based?
    Do yiu play the violin. Love violins! πŸ™‚ Used to have an old 110yr old one, but it was stolen! πŸ™
    Love music & twiddling about on keyboard or whatever but sadly I’m no musician!! πŸ™
    What got you interested in the BSD? πŸ™‚

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    Hi Aurora!
    Yes, I play the violin in a local group of retired musicians! Love it!
    I am 62, 5’4” and 171 lbs this morning.
    I am originally from New York all my life and just retired as an accountant and live in Florida with hubby. He has 2 children and I have 4. We have 8 grandchildren. I am from a large family of 10 plus parents.
    My new doc encourages me to do a low carb diet so here I am!

    How about you?
    I have to go as we are going out to eat tonight. It is 5pm here.

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    Hi Violinist,
    Aww that’s all really cool! Fun to play an instrument properly! πŸ˜€
    I’m a widow sadly. 0 kids. Communicate with 1 bro & 1 sis. Sis has 2 kids.
    I’m trying to learn Drupal to relauch my biz next yr.
    I was in States (NY & Louisiana!) πŸ™‚ Loved it.
    Sounds like a grand life you have! πŸ™‚
    (I’m 133 lbs heading for 119!)
    This Low BSD does work for me, & many others. I tried the 5:2 & had some success but paused it then drifted off.
    But this Total change I think for me is better! It’s total commitment to the 7day diet. For me that helps me not slip nor have a treat nor get tempted.
    Recent re introduction of physical work has made me get hungry. But I’m finding acceptable solutions. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy your meal out! πŸ™‚

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    Here I am again ,a one week challenge sounds good to me.Here’s hoping I can crack it this time after being the same for a few months.I initially lost 2 stone and have put a few pounds on.I have a few weeks until Christmas with nothing much going on so no excuse.I haven’t looked at these forums for a few weeks but need to get motivated again.Need to start writing everything down again,it’s the only way .Good luck everyone!

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    Hi Wendyq,
    Ach life is complex. Many things can pull us in many other directions.
    Totally agree with dedication, food diary & coming here to re-invigure yourself! πŸ˜€
    I have recently made sure that I’m not straying from ‘the diet’ but I’ll use substitute veg if I don’t have in the suggested one!
    So far so good.
    I think I’m beginning to understand this diet.
    Still not tried many of the more complex recipes but doing ok. πŸ™‚

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    Aurora magic – congratulations on such a great result! That’s really inspiring. I know you’ve struggled at times, to hear you pushed through it all and triumphed, well I hope you’re very proud. You don’t need me to wish you good luck in getting to your goal, you’ll get there anyway, but I’ll be willing you on.
    P xx

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    Hi All.I hope everyone is having a good week.I weigh daily and Im pleased to report a consistent down ward trend of 0.2kg daily.Its not much but Im please that its consistent.I haven’t been very strict with my eating so still room for improvement.Im usually hungry late at night and give in to bread.So the challenge continues.I wish you all good luck but its not luck its good decisions. Best wishes from sunny Perth .West Australia.

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    Hi Pancita,
    Oh thank you that’s v kind thankyou.
    I’m sure that you too will make it & stick to it too!
    I do wish I could see a daily drop.
    Dunno how you’re managing that & nibble a bit of bread! But delighted that it’s working for you … too.
    I’m sure as I get back to fitness I’ll find a level where I’m less hungry & still loosing weight! πŸ™‚
    I sometimes use brekky’s for after dinner in case I’m hungry! πŸ™‚

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    Today, I weighed in at 173.4, creeping closer to my first goal of 169. Although I’m avoiding sugar and grains as well as keeping my carbs at 20g or under, I have been eating a little over 800. I need to tweak my meals a bit. Hour everyone is well today. ❀️

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    Some new/old faces jumping on board this week!!! I’m happy to see you all πŸ™‚

    GoodHeart, look at you! You have all the principles working for you, and your first goal is firmly on the
    horizon. You will pull the calories into line, and the greater accomplishment, reducing the carbs, you
    have already mastered. I know that if you keep putting one foot in front of other, there is no question
    that you will arrive at your destination. Excellent work πŸ™‚ Always cheering for you!

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    Today was an unusual day. Because of certain circumstances, my schedule was all messed up. I still fasted until noon and ate about 676 calories, 28g carbs. I had eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast, chicken spinach soup for dinner, and a Hershey special dark bar. Next time I get a treat, I’ll go for a higher cocoa prevent as when I looked it up, the special dark was only 45%. Not a bad day overall, just not according to plan.

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    Two words, GHeart…Nutrition Labels πŸ™‚ I did something similar this past summer…I bought a jar of sundried
    tomatoes packed in olive oil with herbs, the purpose of which was to add to summer salads. The nutrition
    label was too tiny to read, so I just blotted them and popped them into my mouth like a snack..Disaster
    struck at my next weigh in! Because they are so small in a dehydrated state, I forgot that I was eating
    half a tomato at a time! What I lost sight of temporarily is that a tomato is actually a fruit, with all the
    attendant carbs/high sugar content πŸ™‚ Lesson learned!

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    This morning I came in at 172.8.πŸ₯° Yay. My lowest scale reading in the past few years was 171, but wow, that was forever ago. I am happy in sticking with it. Still not exercising, but I’m going to try to do a home workout today. Hopefully I’ll be able to. I’m very weak physically because of being in an accident and coma as well as the long lasting after effects, but my health is stabilized so I’d like to get stronger. πŸ’ͺI was 149 when I got married… But I wasn’t really healthy and I still had a belly. I wonder how it will be with this new lifestyle. I’m getting excited…

    Allie, I usually read the nutrition labels, but I guess my mind slipped somehow. Thankfully there was no impact on my weight! πŸ€—

    Is there any truth to the rumor that dark chocolate is good for your health? I actually like cocoa dusted almonds… But to include them if have to rearrange my menu again since one serving is 180 calories, 11 carbs, 13 fat, and 5 protein. I already include almonds daily, but I’m on the fence about switching the two out. I want to choose the best food choices.

    Just compared them on myfitnesspal, not only do the cocoa almonds have 20 more calories and almost double the carbs, they also have 7 grams of sugar. Before I wouldn’t bother looking at this as long as I was within the calorie limit I set, I’d eat. But I really don’t want the reason I fail this time to be because I didn’t try my best. A lifestyle change is much easier to justify sticking to than a temporary diet in my opinion.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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    I’m so happy to see that you are checking in daily, GHeart! Particularly since there is an absence of support
    for you at home…That’s what OUR community is all about πŸ™‚

    On the subject of chocolate…are you familiar with a product called “raw unprocessed cacao nibs”? It
    is the purest form of chocolate, and is quite bitter until you get used to eating it. Imagine the texture of
    chewing coffee beans! They are little shards that can be added to yogurt, baked goods, and pulverized
    in a coffee mill to be added to smoothies. The health benefits are impressive, as they are an excellent source
    of antioxidants, fiber, iron and magnesium. One Tbs. breaks down to 60 cal., no sugars, a carb total of
    about .75g. Additionally, consumption is purported to improve cognitive ability, support the cardiovascular
    system and help to lower blood pressure. Suppose to reduce anxiety and increase seratonin levels in
    the brain too, so even if 1/2 the claims are true, this is a real “superfood”! If you were American, I could
    provide you with a source, but in the Uk you may have to search Amazon. They are sometimes called
    raw cocoa nibs. If I remember correctly, some of your countrymen use a 1- square serving of Lindt’s 90%.
    I avoid all sugar, in any form, so chocolate can be tricky. Let me know what you think! Keep that scale
    of yours plunging downward, and have a great weekend πŸ™‚

    Allie

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    Yes Allie ! I love Lindt 90%. They also do a 99% but you have to hunt it out. LIDL are selling a very nice dark choc of 95 % ( I found it in France so it must be available in the UK) and I stocked up on that before it disappears from the Christmas range. ALDI also have one at 85 %.

    I am sounding like an expert hee hee !!

    I only eat a square at a time honest !

    I have organic raw cacao powder . I used to put in my smoothies with avocado and a nut milk and banana. It goes very thick and creamy and you can’t taste the avocado. I have weaned myself off the smoothies though because of the high fruit content.

    Well done Goodheart, you are doing great !

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    Wendy, that is the sad truth about smoothies, isn’t it? I did develop my own version of the ubiquitous green
    smoothie though, with a number of superfoods included in it like single cell dried algae, and kale, a portion
    of avocado for creaminess, and a portion of an apple for sweetness, fresh herbs, grated ginger, and on and
    on…Oh yes, hemp protein powder and Matcha green tea!
    I thought it tasted great, but the bearded one never quite got over the shocking color! I still try to “sell it”
    to him, but that isn’t possible in the colder months, so I’ll have to resume my efforts in the Spring….It’s
    particularly useful in removing toxins from the liver, such as those we ingest from chlorinated water,
    and those metals that leach out of cooking utensils and pots and pans, for example. I’m sure I still have
    my formula in a notebook somewhere! Now however, I’m hyperfocused on soups πŸ™‚ First snowfall of
    the year yesterday…only 3″, but enough to have to do a bit of shoveling and scraping.

    I’m off to get a bundle of split logs for the fireplace today…Nor’easters can blow in at any time, and
    power can be lost, so it’s never too early to get prepared. I feel like a bear preparing for hibernation!

    I hope the sun is shining in all of our ports of call. Wishing you all a great BSD friendly weekend πŸ™‚

    Allie

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    Oh Allie I am with you on the green smoothies ! I occasionally do one with cucumber, spinach, kale , Ginger, apple and water rather than nut milk.

    I have a dazzling array of ‘superfoods’ in my vintage Kilner jars which parade along the shelf above the kitchen fireplace ! I too have hemp seeds,maca, lucuma, matcha tea , spirulina and more . I used to chuck it all in with gay abandon along with frozen banana and lots more fruit.

    I’ve calmed down a bit now and stick to green veg and some apple πŸ˜‰

    Same here ! OH refused to drink my potions which varied from vibrant green to sludgy brown and purple but he does enjoy my Saturday green soup which is basically any green leafy veg lurking in the fridge whizzed up in the Vitamix and is very warming and filling.

    Wow Allie, snow !! Yes, stock up on the logs. I have a resident fire maker here πŸ˜‰

    Have a very good weekend everyone. Good to ses this thread is very active and there are lots of newbies.

    All the best wherever you are on your journey xx

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    Allie, I’m in the states so please tell me your secret source for cocoa nibs.

    Today my daughter and I spent the morning together. We went to a coffee house and bakery, where she enjoyed various delectables with a huge smile while I bitterly sipped my unsweetened jasmine plum tea. Then we hit the international market and she picked out a variety of fruits and veggies she wanted to try. They were all yuck except the Korean pear (it was super sweet like candy so I had just a small slice). For dinner I’m making something similar to Japanese soba soup, sans noodles. It had Bok choy, freshly chopped ginger, chicken, broth, soy sauce and spices. Hopefully it will be delicious.

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    My pleasure, GHeart. The name of the site is nuts.com They stock very high quality products, and also
    roast their nuts in house, so they are the freshest imaginable. I also get my chia seeds from them. I have
    never seen customer service equal to this family owned company, and their website is loaded with information
    that is an education in itself πŸ™‚ ARE you American, or simply living here, and I’m curious to know where you
    are located! I also have a wonderful source for Kimchi, if you decide to go down the path of strengthening
    your “gut biome”!

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