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  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    The sauvignon blanc thing made me smile ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Yowser. Do you think it applies to Rioja too?

    A few positives for today….
    1 Got up feeling physically below par this morning, but thankfully that passed by late morning.
    2 That revival was helped along by a qigong session, a practise which I’m really enjoying.
    3 Pinged lots of messages back and forth with a Turkish friend today.
    4 Treated my finger nails to a mini manicure.
    5 Another lovely warm sunny day.
    6 Beautiful bird song this evening.
    7 OH has almost finished the last cupboard for the bedroom …. yippee!
    8 Lovely long video chat this afternoon with a dear friend.
    9 Easter card arrived from my folks.
    10 Dined on a lovely selection of roasted veggies this evening ….. delish!
    All in all a pretty good day๐Ÿ˜ hope your day has been full of positives too.

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    It is indeed interesting how our tastes change on this WOE. At the beginning it seems as if we will always miss our old ways, but in reality it isn’t long before things we used to crave no longer appeal. Like Wendy, I found avoiding direct substitutes for carby foods the best route, but some people find them helpful and that’s fine.

    As others have said, it’s important to find a way to make this WOE work for us with our various life styles, which is especially true right now, as we have the added complication provided by these strange times we’re witnessing.

    Keep going, do what you can and keep posting.

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi everyone !
    I understand what you are saying about the konjac noodles , Bryla. They are not something we miss at the end of the day. I have always avoided doing any of those low carb substitutes that abound on the internet, low carb cookies, breads etc because I think they would just perpetuate the idea that I am somehow ‘ depriving ‘ myself of certain foods. You certainly seem to be having a positive shift in mind set, brilliant !
    Hi Dreamscometrue ! I think it is right to do what is manageable for you right now..and as you say, not letting things slide too much. Sorry about the fridge/freezer.This really isn’t the time for appliances to konk out on us .

    Hi Julz ! It’s easy to get a bit knocked off course right now when routines get disrupted. I would be bereft if I couldn’t get fresh veg . I have heard of garden centres delivering food and veg boxes in the Uk, I assume they have a shop there somewhere ?. I hope you can get your supplies Julz, especially with the bank holiday weekend. I can’t say I will notice here as we are a bit remote from the town and Easter will just pass us by.

    Hope everyone is ok despite these very unsettled times. Please check in when you can xx

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Ps hope this gives you a little chuckle..just received it in an email….

    Do you have feelings of inadequacy?

    Do you suffer from shyness?

    Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Sauvignon Blanc.
    Sauvignon Blanc is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. It can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything.

    You will notice the benefits of Sauvignon Blanc almost immediately and, with a regime of regular doses, you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

    Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had.
    Stop hiding and start living.

    Sauvignon Blanc may not be right for everyone.

    Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use it. However, women who wouldn’t mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

    Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.

    WARNINGS:

    * The consumption of Sauvignon Blanc may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

    * The consumption of Sauvignon Blanc may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

    * The consumption of Sauvignon Blanc may cause you to think you can sing.

    * The consumption of Sauvignon Blanc may make you think you can converse enthusiastically with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

    Please feel free to share this important information with as many people as you feel may benefit

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    HELLO everyone! X
    Some lovely springlike positives,make me feel so happy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    PLUMPTIOUS! I like yr name! And yes,all true of my childhood too.
    I miss coal fires and making toast on them..tasted so different from toast made in a toaster or on the grill!๐Ÿ˜‹
    And was so nice to stare dreamily into the flames ( and get corned beef legs…does anyone remember that from sitting by a real fire?๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„. )

    ๏ปฟ* DD and SIL have just brought me a nice treasure trove of shopping from Marks ( other shops are available!)
    * Including a little can of G n T,which Im sipping,ice and slice,..well it IS after 5 pm and its nearly Easter ๐Ÿฐ
    * Looking forward to 8 o clock to clap the NHS ..so grateful to them and not forgetting the shopworkers,bus and traindrivers,delivery people,and everyone else still working despite the danger to themselves ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Wild applause! X thank you ! X
    * Friend sent me this …๐Ÿ’–

    Strength
    You are hereby declared a strong, resilient warrior of heroic proportions. Enjoy your battles, whatever they are, because youโ€™re guaranteed to come through them stronger, brighter and more compassionate. (And probably with great hair and a six-pack.)

    * I like this quote….โ€Be a Warrior not a Worrierโ€ ..(wise words! )๐Ÿ’œ

    * Enjoy your Thursday ..soon be time for some Easter goodies ( its the law!) xxxxx

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Keeping In Touch during Covid-19
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    Hi DCT and Sue

    All OK here thankfully. I am frightened of getting Covid and so am sticking rigidly to the rules. I go shopping once a week and that is it. Am feeling very lazy and donโ€™t know how I ever managed to be at work at 7.45 am every morning! Am taking things leisurely and this week I have given myself a talking to and am back to following the principles of BSD. I am walking about 5000 steps a day which for me is brilliant. The injections I had in my arthritic toes means I can now walk relatively pain free. I am having coffee for breakfast and am being mindful of what I eat. I am not actively trying to lose weight but I donโ€™t want to put any more on or else I wonโ€™t be comfortable in my clothes and I am NOT buying anything in a size 14! I am prioritising my nutrition and increasing my lung capacity by walking up steep slopes in the local park. I am asthmatic so I hope this is good for my lungs.

    Letโ€™s just take one day at a time like we did when we started together in January 2017. We have encountered a few blips along our journey together but this has to be the biggest one in my opinion. Being healthy has never been so important. Thank goodness we gave ourselves a head start by losing what we did during the last few years.

    Wishing you both and anyone else who would like to stay in touch the best of health and well-being to get through the next few months in our own way and when we are hopefully through this we can resume our journey to goal weight once more.

  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi all. Creamscometrue – its easy to sneak more alcohol in these days as theres no need to drive the next day and well why the heck not…. Im monitoring and being careful also.

    Yesterday is the first day in 8 days that ive struggled a bit. I was just very food focused from late afternoon onwards. I did stick to plan, no treats but probably a bit over on calories….mostly due to snacking on pecans. Wonder if it is tied to a little anxiety as our cooker switch is broken… its not really a problem as dad lives downstairs and we can borrow his cooker, but it disrupts routine and i feel a little less in control….that and we are running short on fresh veg…theres only so much frozen carrots, broccoli and cauliflower i can eat before it looses its appeal. Also work is a bit stressful as im about to furlough the other member of my team. Trying hard to join the dots with what drives me hunger / cravings and mindset. Its fascinating. Feeling better again this morning though despite not having a clue what i can make for lunch! Maybe an ‘omelette pizza’ – Im not a big egg fan but if i overcook an omelette so it is more like a pancake and put cheese n onion on it and call it a pizza then I’m ok. haha.

    Have a good day peoples

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Keeping In Touch during Covid-19
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    Hi Cathy and Sue and anyone else reading this.

    Just a quick check-in message to check you are all safe and well? I do hope so.

    I’m doing ok and getting used to the new normal. I try to keep busy and positive. I love watching the news (always have) but am trying not to do that so much because you just get overloaded with information (or lack of it) and feel overwhelmed. I’m getting into a daily routine of getting up early to work, then walking the dog, then either doing stuff round the house or taking time to chill out without feeling guilty. I’m still aiming to eat and drink along BSD principles and doing pretty well most days. Would still like to lose more weight – around 10lb – so I do check the scales now and then, and am currently maintaining. But I’m no longer in a rush and am prioritising health and well-being (of which good nutrition is a huge part anyway!) rather than being completely strict.

    Anyway, sending love to you two lovely ladies and to anyone else reading this. Stay well and stay in touch, and we’ll smash our targets once all this is over X

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi everyone just to say am still here. Well done to all those who are KOKO and seeing results.

    I’m reading but not posting much: mainly as no real change to share but also, as others have said, I’ve not been feeling too focused on this with so much else going on. But am keeping an eye on what I eat and drink and my weight is maintaining. Had got into the habit of drinking every day so have just had a few days off it. I think because routines are all up the creek it’s easy to let bad habits slip in.

    I’m off to do the weekly shop today. Made more complicated by the fact our fridge/freezer has packed up so we are currently limited to a small fridge on loan from a friend. Which may be the ideal kick start to reboot a very fresh veg heavy diet!

    Take care everyone X

  • posted by  JGwen on Day 4 and weight has went up?!
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    Scales are a really bad way to measure progress. Far better to use a tape measure to measure progress.

    1. We are advised to drink 2 liters of water a day, each liter of water weights 1kg. – So depending on where you are on the water in /water out cycle your weight will fluctuate by up to 2kg.

    2. Your weight includes the weight of food in your digestive tract. If you had 800cals of cheese that weighs a lot less than 800 calories of celery.

    Insulin does does not only control how our bodies respond to the sugar levels in our diet. – High levels of insulin block the action of other hormones including growth hormone. – Its growth hormone that helps you retain strong bones and build muscle in response to exercise. So over time as you keep your insulin levels low your body will be able to catch up with any repairs it needs, but stronger bones weigh more than frail ones as well as more muscle increasing weight.

    So take lots of measurements, not just waist and hips, but arms and legs, and use those to monitor progress rather than putting all your focus on the readings on the scales.

  • posted by  Natalie44 on Day 4 and weight has went up?!
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    Hi everyone! This is my second time doing this diet (first time I only lasted 3 weeks ;( ) But Iโ€™m on day 4 and I have went from 89.9kg to 91.9kg in 1 day! Is it normal for weight to fluctuate so much in 1 day? As within day 1-3 I lost 1kg (2lbs). Just freaking out as Iโ€™ve been so good and not cheated at all and sticking to exactly 800 with a walk each day that burns 300 cals.

  • posted by  Bryla on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Oh Yowzer! Thanks for all the laughs! I wasn’t born until the 70s but many of those points do resonate with me.

    Been a bit slack with my positives the last few days. I am finding that many of the small and big things I am grateful for are constant day to day, but I am still taking time to acknowledge them. However, of particular note:
    1. The dog had a bath (not all parties agree that this was a positive and both were physically and emotionally exhausted afterwards).
    2. My crab apple blossom is bursting out and is the most beautiful pink and cream that reminds me of strawberries and cream. I could almost take a spoon to it!
    3. I don’t have any warmer weather clothes that fit (I’m sure that wouldn’t make sense as a positive many places other than here).
    4. I ordered an exercise bike before social distancing measures came in and while I now feel guilty that it has to be delivered, I couldn’t help but be excited to see a despatch update. I miss having a pedal in the gym of an evening.
    5. I am now so bored and repelled by the media frenzy that I haven’t been tempted once to look at or listen to news today. Much better for my mental wellbeing.
    6. Had a lovely walk with the hound this evening in soft, balmy air with just the birds singing for extra company.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing all your positives. So uplifting!

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Yowser … that was just brilliant, such levity is so what we need right now ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰ thank you for sharing those with us.

    My positives for today are modest, but the great thing is I haven’t had any problem finding them, they were just ‘there’ …..
    1 First thing this morning, I opened our bedroom blind and the first pair of our House Martins were swooping into their nest!
    2 Two friends had sent me uplifting videos to start my day off well.
    3 Time in the garden, doing little bits and pieces and enjoying the warm sunshine.
    4 Discovered some tiny miniature narcissi blooming in the corner of a container… they’re too cute for words!
    5 My friend who had foot surgery a few weeks back, had her pins removed today and all is well.
    6 Fresh sheets on the bed today.
    7 Meditation …. It’s so important to me these days … almost as much a life essential as food and drink.
    8 With sunny weather promised for the next few days, the steamer chairs are now out on the lawn, ready for some relaxation in the sunshine.
    9 Two of the lilacs are showing signs of blooming.
    10 Tomorrow OH is going to start building the final cupboard in the bedroom.

    Today has been a very pleasant and positive day for me and I really hope it has for you too. Do come and tell us what your high point was.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Starting BSD help
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    The early days are something of a learning curve, SBB, so just keep everything else low carb and you’ll be fine. Remember to include fats to keep the hunger pangs at bay and drink plenty, as good hydration is very important.

    Perhaps think about joining the weekly and/or monthly threads, as these are great places to tap into experience based knowledge. They both have a mix of newcomers and old hands, so there’s plenty of advice, encouragement and support to be found there. I know you’ll get a warm welcome on either.

  • posted by  SBB35 on Starting BSD help
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    Thank you! I think I will have a couple of practice days, use up what I have, knowing that moving forward its home made all the way!

  • posted by  SunnyB on Starting BSD help
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    Hi SBB – you certainly sound fired up and ready to make a start on the BSD to improve your health and drop some pounds.

    Checked out your soup online and whilst it is quite high on the carbs, it’s not hellishly high. If you want to use it up, as long as you keep an eye on the rest of your carb intake for the day, it shouldn’t make much difference.

    Going forward, it’s best to make your own soups, so you’ll be able to avoid the additions of things like buckwheat, potato, corn starch etc. That way you’ll know exactly what’s in the soup and can calculate the nutritional value.

  • posted by  freester on Starting BSD help
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    I googled your soup. I’m not so sure about the soup description is ‘bursting with grains’ but the ingredients say Buckwheat and I’m not certain whether buckwheat is OK. Sorry not much help but I’d be tempted to steer clear unless someone has a better answer.

    Edit: There’s also potato and added corn starch in the ingredients which you certainly should be steering clear of. And added cornflour and sugar. I’d give it a miss. Sorry.

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Yowzer ……. a huge great โ€˜THANK YOUโ€™, I so needed a good laugh just at the moment!
    Hope everyone is keeping safe and well……

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ
    This might bring a smile of recognition for those who grew up in Uk in the 50s/60s xx

    Pasta had not been invented.
    *
    “Kebab” was not even a word, never mind a food.
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    Curry was an unknown entity. Indian restaurants were only found in India.
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    The only vegetables were spuds, peas, carrots, turnip, cauliflower and cabbage. Mangetout and Pak choi were made-up words. Chilli was in South America and scotch bonnets were worn by old ladies in Aberdeen.
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    A take-away was a mathematical problem.
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    A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
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    Oil was for lubricating your bike chain, not for cooking.
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    Olive oil was kept in the medicine cabinet.
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    Spice went in Christmas cakes ….Herbs were used to make medicine I think
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    All crisps were plain.
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    All soft drinks were called pop.
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    Coke was something that we put on the fire, we never drunk it and we certainly didnโ€™t sniff it.
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    Ginger beer burnt your lips off when you stopped drinking.
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    Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner.
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    A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
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    The microwave was a science fiction
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    Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves.
    The tea-cosy was the forerunner of all energy-saving devices.
    Tea had only one flavour, it was tea flavoured
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    Figs and dates appeared every Christmas, but no one ever ate them.
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    Coconuts only appeared when the fair came to town.
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    Mayonnaise was called Salad cream
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    Hors d’oeuvre was a spelling mistake.
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    Dinner consisted of what we were given, and not negotiable.
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    Only Heinz made baked beans.
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    Leftovers went in the dog.
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    The sauce was either brown or red.
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    Eating raw fish was called madness, not sushi.
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    The only ready meals came from the fish and chip shop.
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    Frozen food was called ice cream.
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    Nothing ever went off in the fridge because we never had one.
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    None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
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    Brunch was not a meal.
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    Cheese only ever came in a hard lump.
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    If we had eaten bacon, lettuce and tomato in the same sandwich we would have been certified insane.
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    Eating outside was called a picnic, not Al Fresco.
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    Seaweed was not a recognised food.
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    Eggs were not called โ€˜free-rangeโ€™ they just were, and the shells were white.
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    Pancakes were only eaten on Pancake Tuesday – it was compulsory.
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    The phrase “boil in the bag” would have been beyond our realms of comprehension.
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    The term “oven chips” would not have made any sense at all.
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    We bought milk and cream at the same time, in the same bottle, before you gave it a shake.
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    Prunes were purely medicinal.
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    Pineapples only came in chunks in a tin.
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    We didn’t eat Croissants because we couldn’t pronounce them, we couldn’t spell them, and we didn’t know what they were.
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    or Baguettes (see Croissants).
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    Garlic was used to ward off vampires in films, but never to be eaten.
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    Water came out of the tap; if someone had suggested bottling it and charging for it
    they would have been locked up.
    ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท

  • posted by  Bryla on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi everyone! Good to read everyone’s news. Seems like a few of us are thinking about making this WOE sustainable and natural long-term at the moment. It really helps me to read about how everyone is experimenting a bit.

    Congrats Olive! 10kg discard is a big milestone. Something very satisfying about that nice round number. I have no doubt you will continue towards your longer-term goal with the same determination and positive attitude as ever. Really chuffed for you and delighted to hear that your new medication seems to be hitting the spot.

    I stumbled across some konjac noodles in the supermarket the other day and having read about them somewhere, I wondered whether they would be good to try for that carby-type texture I thought I missed. When I made my beef stir-fry last night I had them at hand, but when it came to it I just didn’t feel they would add anything to my tasty dinner! I chose extra green veg instead. I think my tastes really have changed and perhaps I am just letting go of the last little suspicions that I am missing out or deprived in any way.

    Keep at it everyone!

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Good to see you SUNNY!
    * spring is deffo here! Received a lovely photo from DD of her pussycat basking in sunny garden
    * DD has health probz and is starting to benefit from working from home for a few weeks…..no need to dress up or commute,just get on with her work,Pussycat usually trying to lend a paw ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป Today she said she is feeling better than she has for ages
    * i had to laugh today,SIL is procrastinating,has a lot of marking to do…doesnt want to…
    So spent most of the day washing everything including a variety of spectacle cleaning cloths he had gathered up from round the house. Then he โ€˜ sorted out all the Bags For Lifeโ€™๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„
    * A neighbour knocked to ask if I was ok. We had a nice long distance cheery chat,joined by another neighbour who heard us chatting and came out.
    * Managed to lock myself out taking recycling to the bin. Thank goodness DD only a minutes walk away,and has my spare keys! Phew that was a relief!
    Thanks for all yr contributions guys!xx keep smiling!
    If you see someone without a smile,give them one of yours Xx

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Apologies for not posting positives yesterday. Wasn’t in the right headspace, but am back there now. Thank you Yowser, Wendy and Julz for contributing though …. it helps to know others are finding positives to share.

    Positives for me today….
    1 Heard from a friend I’ve been worried about and pleased to say he’s okay.
    2 Braved the supermarkets today, the queuing wasn’t too bad and I was able to get everything on my list. Due to distancing, shopping did take twice as long as it normally would, but hey hi!
    3 As neither supermarket was particularly busy, parking was easy.
    4 Found some bargains whilst shopping – always a delight.
    5 Another sunny and fairly warm day … went out without a coat, just a long sleeve t-shirt and a light wool wrap.
    6 Dropped Easter eggs for grand children at daughter’s. Was nice to actually see her and be able to chat for a few minutes … her at the front door and me at the end of the path by the gateway.
    7 A neighbour’s cat decided to grace us with a visit today. Settled himself in the sun on the dining room carpet and had a nice little snooze ๐Ÿ˜ธ
    8 Made contact with someone I’ve not spoken to this year and we’re going to video chat on Friday.
    9 Some beautiful tulips in bloom in the garden.
    10 I’m so grateful for WhatsApp … what great way to keep contact with friends and family.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Please do come and share a positive or two, it so helps to keep us all uplifted to check out the positives others find, no matter how small.

  • posted by  wendleg on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi everyone !
    I am feeling perky because
    1) My second delivery of online goodies arrived today so we are well stocked with almonds, seeds , ghee, and some natural cleaning products which smell delightful.
    2) I found the most stupendous dark chocolate in a local shop but after I had worked my way through their supply they have never restocked much to my chagrin. Today I found their online stockist . The brand is EQUITABLE and it is 98% cacao and absolutely delicious ! I placed an order and was amazed to find they are located in SW France, not far from here ! Bonus …it might arrive without too much delay.
    3) I have my nettle passion confirmed as A GOOD THING because I have seen several articles extolling its benefits, rich in Vit C, iron and chlorophyll, so blood boosting ! Also high concentrations of calcium and magnesium and moderate amounts of Vitamins D and K.Nettles can also help with prostate problems. I even read this ..
    “Stinging nettle is a nutritious plant popular in Western herbal medicine. Studies suggest that it may reduce inflammation, hay fever symptoms, blood pressure and blood sugar levels โ€” among other benefits.”

    Wow…who would have thought it ..just a humble stinging nettle ??

    4) Still with the nettles ( I am a bit obsessed !) My tray of nettle crisps was delicious
    5) I am hoping to try fermented veg soon
    6) Hubby had an entertaining Zoom Meet with his bar mates tonight
    7) He then cooked us a lovely meal of pan fried hake and kale
    8) I enjoyed my food today after my 38 hour fast . I can manage one a week, sometimes two if it’s a good week
    9) We have to go out briefly tomorrow but the pharmacy has prepared hubby’ s order so it will be a quick in and out
    10) We don’t have to print out our authorisations to go out any more as they can now be downloaded on our phones. I just have to work out where my phone hides them !

    Lots of love everyone !

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi SunnySideUp !
    Good to see you checking in again ! Wishing you the very best as you continue in maintenance. Yes, sleep and stress are very disruptive but you are aware they disturb your normal pattern so you don’t totally lose control.
    Come and check in with us anytime you are struggling xx

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi Olive ! So pleased this woe is working for you ! I have just sourced my very favourite brand Ethiquable chocolate 98% so that will be my Easter treat ! I dare not buy anything under 90 or 95% ….I cannot be trusted.
    Yes, I love your approach of making this work for you long term so it comes naturally. I really do believe that is the key to success.
    Here’s to your next 10kg discard, Olive ! xx

  • posted by  SunnySideUp on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hello everyone!

    It’s been a while since I last checked in, but I have not forgotten about you!

    After 11 weeks of mostly 800 cals and 16:8 I decided to switch to maintaining about 2 weeks ago. My weight and waist measurement were both within a healthy range and have stayed there (with small variations) although I have taken a moderate approach to what and how much I eat.
    I’ve also suffered from stress and sleeping problems for a few weeks and it has been very clear how much harder it is to eat healthily when I’m sleep deprived. So, some days it’s been a struggle, but so far I’ve managed!

    I hope you are all doing well in these trying times! Take care and stay safe!

  • posted by  Olive_1 on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi all,
    I’m in for another week. Weighed in yesterday, with 0.5 kg discard taking me to a total of 10kg discard since start of the year. Very pleased about it, and especially that it seems to work to loose weight despite my hypothyroidism. I had almost given up, but this WOE (and some new medication) is actually working.
    Have another 10 kg to go, so will be sticking around for a while.
    I’m allowing myself to not stress about food over Easter. That doesn’t mean “taking a break”, because I don’t know what to take a break from – this is the way I eat now. But I will not focus on portion size and will allow myself good food, some wine and no doubt a little bit of chocolate too. Will try to listen to the body when it is time to stop (although not for chocolate – have to be rationed ๐Ÿ˜Š). At the same time I plan to be active in my garden and take some long walks – so may balance out. Am keen to get this WOE to work long-term so want practice on it coming naturally.
    Hope you all will have a good Easter, all around the world. ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅ

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    I hope you enjoy having your brother there Merry . Isn’t it interesting how people fear being deprived of those high carb sugary foods ?
    I am sure you are not alone in reaching for a bit more choc, a few more nuts and an extra glass of wine but it sounds like you are managing the situation.

    Yes, I have definitely had a re think about what is important . I will definitely be ‘consuming’less when all this is over . I have always been intrigued by lactofermentation and I regularly buy fermented red and white cabbage, beetroot and black radish. I love em !
    Esnecca talked of her experiments with chilis and other ferments but the book I found at that time was a bit daunting becaue it seemed to involve special fermenting vessels, weights etc. I have since found some videos , French mainly but the process is explained very simply , just adding a saline solution or gros sel /sea salt not refined table salt to the shredded veg and adding any aromats. We have those preserving jars with rubber seals here and even jam jars would work. I am definitely going to have a go.The only remaining doubt is the amount of salt to water which seems to vary .
    Nettles are a firm favourite now and apparently they are more nutrititious than kale ! I have tried soups and crisps and nettle juicing is next ! We have loads of stuff in the garden to investigate yet but it could be as simple as wild garlic, garlic mustard, and wild chives. I need to do a bit more reading and research before I start munching leaves willy nilly but I am sure there are still many treasures to discover !

    PS Oliver was very touched by your kind words which I passed on this morning. He is working from home and only going out for shopping at a supermarket close by xx

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Hi Merry ! Good to see you ! I am reposting your message here too xx

    Hi Wendy and all the teamโ€ฆ.

    Sorry I havenโ€™t posted for a while โ€“ but I read all the posts everyday and they lift my spirits. Things down here in Melbourne are much the same as elsewhere. Not a complete lockdown as shops are open, but the only reasons to go out are supermarket, medical, exercise (with only one other person) or as a carer for someone. It has to be essential. Hopefully these measures are working, and we are more fortunate than many countries at this point.
    The strange thing that has happened in my life is that my brother has moved in with me (Iโ€™m 63 and heโ€™s 65) We havenโ€™t lived in the same house since mid teens. I am very used to living alone as I have for quite a while โ€“ so a change to my peaceful life. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŒบ He has set up his office (he is working full time from home) in the garden house, so I donโ€™t see him much during the day.
    But the upside is that I am cooking more โ€“ mainly โ€™cause I have so much time, but also trying to encourage healthy eating. He bought so much high carb sugar foods with him โ€“ sweets, crisps, soda, choc biscuits, processed foods โ€“ that I have all put in his room and out of my sight! Hopefully by the end of the next 3 months I may have gently persuaded him to change his eating habits ๐Ÿ™‚
    BUT โ€“ I must say that even though my eating habits are much different to a few years ago, Corona has got me doing a bit of comfort eating! Mostly low carb but *too* much of it โ€“ 85% choc, nuts etc โ€“ and wine!! I try and stick to at least 14/10 for eating, and I am trying to swim most days. Reading all the posts keeps me encouraged to not stray too fat from the LCHF life.
    See everyoneโ€™s positives and hearing all about your nettles and veg Wendy, and fermenting!! So inspiring. When you have nailed the lactofermenting Iโ€™d like to hear how you do it. And I love Oliverโ€™s photos. Beautiful!
    Best wishes to all โ€“ I liked the post the other day that said 6 feet apart beats 6 foot in the ground๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ
    โ€ข

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Thank you to Wendy for continuing to lead the way on our weekly challenges.Sorry to have been tardy posting here – last evening found me in a bit of a funk and I wasn’t in the right mindset to communicate.

    Anyway, it’s great to see so many signing up to keep company for another week and that people are still making progress, even with the current uncertainty. Congratulations to all those posting discards, here’s to another week of the same.

    To weigh-in on the alcohol debate, I find that for me, because of it’s effects on the liver, it really screws with weight loss. However, I do take a mindful decision to partake occasionally, knowing that it will cause a temporary blip on the scales.

    It would be great to be able to post a discard at the end of this week, but as long as I don’t have to post an increase I’ll be content.

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Here it is

    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/drinks

    Wine
    If you are eating a moderate low carb diet, about 20 to 50 carbs a day, dry wines probably can be enjoyed on a regular basis with little weight-loss impact from the carbs. If you are on a very strict low-carb or keto diet, consuming under 20 grams of carbs a day, a glass of wine on occasion is also fine. If, however, you find you are not losing weight, try cutting back on alcohol.

    A glass of dry wine contains about 0.5 grams of sugar as well as small amounts of glycerol and other carbohydrate remains of the wine-making process, which usually amount to less than 2 grams of total carbs.4 It is unlikely that a glass of dry wine will impact blood sugar or insulin levels significantly.5

    Sweeter wines, like Rieslings and Gewurztraminers, have about 4 carbs in a typical glass. Even sweeter dessert wines, like Muscato, Tokaj, Ice Wines, or fortified wines like Port, Sherry and Madeira, are all sweeter and contain more fructose, with carb counts per glass of around 5 grams or more. Beer is a no no

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    I am maybe fortunate in that I can’t handle alcohol wihtout getting nasty headaches ( a reminder from my peri menopuase days ??? ) so I just don’t bother
    I remember seeing something on dietdoctor about drinks so I will go and check that out and I will be straight back !

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Holly, I have copied your message in to this new weekly thread !

    Hi all,
    Iโ€™m still keeping on โ€“ allowed myself roast potatoes with a roast dinner and a bottle of wine on Saturday after our weekly competition results โ€“ I was the winner! Iโ€™ve been back on the straight and narrow since though and have lost a further 1.8kg since Saturday morning ๐Ÿ™‚
    Iโ€™d like to know if anyone can tell me about wine โ€“ my father in law reckons itโ€™s not carbs but surely itโ€™s all sugar? Heโ€™s been paleo a long time so usually Iโ€™d just take his word for it, but Iโ€™m kind of thinking well if itโ€™s not carbs then what the hell is it? ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I was HUNGRY yesterday and had a bit extra than planned in the afternoon in the form of smoked salmon, it was delicious and just what I needed.
    I hope everyoneโ€™s well and coping with the isolation โ€“ Iโ€™m enjoying my daily dog walks with the lovely weather so at least we have that! And surely this canโ€™t last too much longer? X

  • posted by  holly_v_h on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Hi all,
    Iโ€™m still keeping on – allowed myself roast potatoes with a roast dinner and a bottle of wine on Saturday after our weekly competition results – I was the winner! Iโ€™ve been back on the straight and narrow since though and have lost a further 1.8kg since Saturday morning ๐Ÿ™‚
    Iโ€™d like to know if anyone can tell me about wine – my father in law reckons itโ€™s not carbs but surely itโ€™s all sugar? Heโ€™s been paleo a long time so usually Iโ€™d just take his word for it, but Iโ€™m kind of thinking well if itโ€™s not carbs then what the hell is it? ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I was HUNGRY yesterday and had a bit extra than planned in the afternoon in the form of smoked salmon, it was delicious and just what I needed.
    I hope everyoneโ€™s well and coping with the isolation – Iโ€™m enjoying my daily dog walks with the lovely weather so at least we have that! And surely this canโ€™t last too much longer? X

  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Oh yes, thank you, I’m in too!
    I’ve had a good week and want to keep it up this week coming. I havent braved the scales but but feeling less bloated and beginning to streamline a little i think.
    I agree Bryla, it doesnt feel like easter….which I’m ok with – it means i dont need to worry about chocolate – I have to say easter egg chocolate is my absolute fav and I would usually fall off the wagon because it is my fav and it only happens once and year and when else will i get to eat it….see the anxiety which i usually harbour…. ……anyway, I dont need it, I dont want it, I want to keep on this WOE so that I am fit healthy. I’ll even let the hot cross bun season pass without a problem…..
    Wendy – if this mindset changes i will post here before i eat anything eastery so you can tell me off and remind me of this post!!!!

    I will make a roast dinner for my dad on Friday and plan to get the best meat we can source and I’ll have my fav veg with it and the boys can have roast tatties!

    Bryla – totally relate to the passing of time, I’ve almost settled, accepted it and become quite relaxed about it. What will be will be and we just have to ride the wave.

    Wendy – Ive always been a milk chocolate person….but since christmas i have dabbled in dark chocolate…..and really rather enjoy it now….although i thought i would never be able to eat more than a little, it turns out i can and moderation isnt a thing…..so I’m avoiding it for the time being. Funny how our tastes change.

    Foraging is an interesting concept….. may look into this….

    Have a good week people.

  • posted by  Bryla on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
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    Thanks, Wendy and Sunny. I’m in! I don’t know what I would do right now without this WOE to give me some certainty and sense of control.

    The sun is finally out in my corner of the world. I will be shopping for my parents today and then making the journey with deliveries. I look forward to this trip once a week so I can see them through the window! They cannot be convinced to use any type of video call, so it means the world to clap eyes on them, even though I call every day.

    It doesn’t feel like Easter at all! I seem to have lost all sense of time passing, but not really in a negative way. It’s more that I have accepted that we don’t know how things will evolve, and that’s okay- wondering and fretting won’t change a thing.

    I have found a good video to do some strength exercises with my little dumbbells. Simple to follow, but I certainly know about it today! Will aim to do it every other day for now (or however frequently my muscles tell me is okay) .

    Lots of love to everyone.

  • posted by  MerryMelba on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Hi Wendy and all the team….
    Sorry I haven’t posted for a while – but I read all the posts everyday and they lift my spirits. Things down here in Melbourne are much the same as elsewhere. Not a complete lockdown as shops are open, but the only reasons to go out are supermarket, medical, exercise (with only one other person) or as a carer for someone. It has to be essential. Hopefully these measures are working, and we are more fortunate than many countries at this point.
    The strange thing that has happened in my life is that my brother has moved in with me (I’m 63 and he’s 65) We haven’t lived in the same house since mid teens. I am very used to living alone as I have for quite a while – so a change to my peaceful life. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŒบ He has set up his office (he is working full time from home) in the garden house, so I don’t see him much during the day.
    But the upside is that I am cooking more – mainly ’cause I have so much time, but also trying to encourage healthy eating. He bought so much high carb sugar foods with him – sweets, crisps, soda, choc biscuits, processed foods – that I have all put in his room and out of my sight! Hopefully by the end of the next 3 months I may have gently persuaded him to change his eating habits ๐Ÿ™‚
    BUT – I must say that even though my eating habits are much different to a few years ago, Corona has got me doing a bit of comfort eating! Mostly low carb but *too* much of it – 85% choc, nuts etc – and wine!! I try and stick to at least 14/10 for eating, and I am trying to swim most days. Reading all the posts keeps me encouraged to not stray too fat from the LCHF life.
    See everyone’s positives and hearing all about your nettles and veg Wendy, and fermenting!! So inspiring. When you have nailed the lactofermenting I’d like to hear how you do it. And I love Oliver’s photos. Beautiful!
    Best wishes to all – I liked the post the other day that said 6 feet apart beats 6 foot in the ground๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ

  • posted by  WindyJulz on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Wow Wendy, what a talented son you have, and my hubby reckons he has a pretty special lens too! Brilliant photos, and so diverse. We have some lovely small birds here but nothing that exciting! The siskins who visit our bird table are lovely and we are treated to the occasional sparrow hawk and red kite, not a bird but we also have a family of badgers who visit the bird table.
    I’ve yet to be tempted to travel to Oz but we have family in Melbourne so maybe sometime we will get there.

    Positives for today….
    – the sun is very shiny today
    – I think I persuaded my friend with real sleep issues to try meditation to see if it helps
    – dad has started a new jigsaw – it is much smaller and he is less grumpy about it!
    – food anxiety is nearly nothing……
    – today is another step down the tunnel to the other side of this virus situation….there will be a light and an end, we just cant see it yet

    xx

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Thank you WENDY
    Loving the link to Olivers photographs..he โ€˜s very talented and amazing!
    Wonderful fantastic photos..Really lifts the spirits to view them
    How fab to be a bird,not only you can fly,but you look effortlessly beautiful with your colourful plumage! X

  • posted by  SunnyB on Need to lose 8 stone
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    Welcome Alice – my tips would be
    A) Resist the temptation to compare your rate of loss against that of others. We are all unique and our bodies don’t always behave as we might hope.
    B) Make a habit of reading nutritional panels and watch out for those pesky carbs, which can hide out in very unexpected places.
    C) Good hydration is really important, so if in doubt, have another glass of water.
    Finally, please join us on the weekly thread, where there is a wealth of experience based knowledge to be tapped and loads if support and encouragement too. Best wishes for achieving you goals.