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  • If you dont have any health problems then ditching the carbs will be all you need to see results. Maybe not as quick as you see some here but we are all different. I am diabetic and saw an immediate drop in blood glucose, within 3 or 4 days, so losing the carbs should be good for anyone. Sorry to have to tell you but grapes are full of sugar πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • posted by  alliecat on Can I repeat the 8 week 800 calorie fast?
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    I didn’t mean to be flippant about the morphine, Aurora πŸ™‚ I don’t think anyone thinks about the number of fine
    bones in our feet and ankles, until we have a problem with them. I hope that you have time enough to batch
    cook some recipes for the freezer prior to your surgery, and that you have a friend or family member who
    will be stopping by to deliver fresh ingredients, in the form of vegetables and salad fare. Please let
    us know when your surgery date is, and I’m sure that lots of suggestions will follow πŸ™‚ xxx

    Allie

  • posted by  AuroraMagic on Can I repeat the 8 week 800 calorie fast?
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    Hi Alliecat
    The morphine is for the post op ankle reconstruction! πŸ™‚
    I’m soon to start the offical physio although I’ve been doing all that I can myself and managing to bear just a little weight already! πŸ™‚
    But the official physio will start soon! Then the pain really begins! But hope to be properly walking again in next 2 months.
    Just trying to lose weight helps me in many ways including not having to cart so much about with every step!
    Lost over a stone now so doing OK.
    πŸ™‚
    Was researching a bit about Keto diet too as some of those recipes look good too – although keeping an eye on calories is needed I felt.
    Certainly look forward to trying more recipes from MM books & keto … but a lot of the principals are beginning to look familiar.
    I did find today though that my initial feta salad saw several added ingredients. Making a bigger salad that was originally intended. And I know that this is one of my ‘problems’. I don’t want to waste the food so serve a ‘little’ (of each), but it’s more than I ought to be doing! Somehow I have to learn to be more selective. And perhaps why I’m chubby in the first place ! πŸ™‚ Although I can & have to reduce what I serve but I can find it hard. Perhaps because the meals don’t look ‘enough’. Ach anyway .. I’ll keep trying to do better ! πŸ˜€

  • posted by  Avidgooner on New to BSD – Struggling to limit carbs
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    I guess my main target was just to feel healthier within myself, to have more energy and try lose a little abdominal fat.

    Not really snacked much bar maybe a handful of nuts or grapes, but only once a day not gorging on a packet. Ive done a cpl 800 days, but fpund that the extra 200 calories allows me to cater for a small snacl at some point and keeps me full.

  • Hi there, the main thing with this diet is to cut out the BAD carbs which you seem to have done. From when you have said you are eating i cant see many carbs in that, in fact I am struggling to see hardly any at all. Being honest, how many carbs are you eating. How many carbs do you want to have daily? Some aim for 50g per day others less and some even more. There is no ideal level as long as you have stopped eating the starchy and processed foods then you should lose weight. I see you are using MyFitnessPal which is as good as any but can be inaccurate to about 10% either way. Also, there are different ways of counting carbs, which to be honest I dont bother about, but there is a difference between carbs and total carbs (see why I dont bother). If I can be honest here, firstly this plan is 800 cals not 1000, although that shouldn’t make too much difference in the overall plan of things as 1000 is still very low, secondly, you are not very overweight and maybe not carrying as much fat as someone with 3 or 4 stone to lose and your body just needs a little more time to give up the fat. Thirdly, are you carrying fat or are you more muscle. Just my thoughts on why you are not losing, unless of course, you are including something you are not counting i.e. I sometimes forget to count the oil in cooking thinking it wont be much then see that 1 teaspoon is over 100 cals. Or popping a few nuts mindlessly while watching TV in the evening, not saying it is you but it all adds up.

  • posted by  Avidgooner on New to BSD – Struggling to limit carbs
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    Hi guys,

    Ive done my first week, started on Monday, and I seem to be struggling to control my carb intake. Im not eating pasta, bread or rice at all, and have cut out all my snacking on biscuits and cakes, but when logging my carb numbers on myfitnesspal, I still have very high numbers.

    I’m aiming to lose about a stone, im 6ft and about 13 1/2 stone – ive been aiming to stick to about 1k calories a day which has been easier than I expected, but I haven’t really lost any weight – in fact I seem to have put on a cpl pounds!

    Regular foods ive been eating this week has been greek-style yoghurt (cant seem to find actual bloody greek yoghurt!) With berries and a small handful of nuts, been eating eggs (either boiled and cpl times fried), salads with some tinned fish and had cpl gammon steaks – once while out wkth friends at the restaurant.

    Any further advice would be much appreciated to helping me kick on wjth the weight loss πŸ™‚

  • Dreamscometrue

    Welcome to the zoomers for September. Once again, we share a similar story. I’ve been enjoying crisps a little too much but apart from that have stuck to low carb. I have an occasional g&t but mainly stick to sparkling water which I love and buy copious amounts of. I lost 1lb last week and then for no reason whatsoever, it popped back on! I seem to be finding it really difficult to lose the 5lb I’ve gained this summer.

    One thing I am going to try is not being too hard on myself. I think some of us put a lot of pressure on what the scales say and I personally know that a β€œbad” weigh in can spoil my whole day. I did try not getting weighed for a whole month and I did feel very β€œfree”. I weighed exactly the same after one month. When I see the scales going up and down the same few pounds it annoys me. I am trying hard to get back to 133 lb but 138lb seems to be where my body likes to be. keep plodding because we know what happens if we don’t. It goes on a whole lot quicker than it comes off.

    SueBlue- I am very impressed with your positive mindset for BSD. You are a great example to us, You have remained focused and determined. Many congratulations to you on your success this year and going forward too,

    Keep plodding everyone!

  • Hi all

    I had to laugh at the “getting on my own nerves” comments: glad it’s not just me! I’m another January ’17 starter (hello SueBlue and ClarinetCathy!) and would like to join the second half of this challenge. I lost well over 2 stone on the BSD last year but have stalled a bit this year so far. First setback was dodgy scales that led me to believe I was around 137/8lb when in fact I was 142 πŸ™ But now have crept up to 146lb due to a combination of holidays, family celebrations, socialising and the long hot summer. In all these situations, wine is my downfall! (particularly as it is often accompanied by crisps or cheesy snacks …). Other than that I’m generally eating reasonably healthily and moderately – and until recently have been maintaining pretty well – but definitely now need a reboot!

    So my aim is to get firmly on the downward trajectory by the end of this challenge then hopefully use the October challenge to zoom to below 140lb again – but properly this time!

    Good luck to everyone else on this thread too X

  • posted by  MalhamCoveCouple on MalhamCoveCouple's Progess
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    After two weeks on the diet, here are the results:
    Him: Lost over 8 lbs and 1.5″ on the waist
    Me: Lost over 10 lbs and 3″ on the waist

    We are enjoying the recipes, and rarely feel hungry. We are making an effort to sit down to meals together. I found the first few days I felt as though I was coming down with flu, but I am fine now. My partner says the only side effect is he feels more rampant (sorry if this is TMI!)

    I am using MyFitnessPal to track calories and eating around 875 a day, a little more this week as we’ve had a break. My carb intake is 55-70g a day. I think my partner is having more calories than this, but he has quite a physically demanding job. He eats salads in the canteen at work, and has nuts if he needs a snack, but he’s staying within the spirit of the M-plan diet. He’s also switched from beer to wine when drinking socially, and cut back overall.

    I expect weight loss will slow down, but by the end my partner should be at his target, and I think I will be at or close to a healthy BMI. I will need to continue with the Fast 800 or 5:2 for a while to get to my target.

  • posted by  KazzUK on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    And a big thanks from me also, JG. No skin tags but defo developed acne rosacea 5 years ago although it’s gone now and in only the last 3 weeks I’ve stopped putting Sudocrem on my face every night as I don’t need to anymore! I put it down to the summer and fresh air whilst gardening. Also have that discolouration top of my inner thighs. But just checked and that seems to have faded now! Wow! πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • posted by  WoodDuckie on Can I repeat the 8 week 800 calorie fast?
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    Hello Aurora! After reading your post re cholesterol, something which might be useful for you to check out. A neighbour who had a heart attack a few years ago was advised to have oats for breakfast . . . his cholesterol levels decrease dramatically! and have stayed down. Me on the other hand have ALWAYS had low low low cholesterol – and the oats blew my sugar levels sky high πŸ™‚ Hope this helps in some way πŸ™‚

  • posted by  WoodDuckie on When is the internal organs fat burnt up?
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    Hi lovetheporridge! Welcome aboard! Congratulations on achievements thus far! Theyre are GREAT! I too had a massive H(alphabet) reading . .. and judging by your “handle” you’ve ditched the oats like myself! Though Im learning not to compare, my before eating readings are similar to your 4 hours after – so Im guessing (for me) four hours after eating is when Im gearing up to eat again!!! Im also not confident Im out of the woods yet BUT readings are WAY down on 6-7 weeks ago! Maybe they will go lower further along . . . Im hoping so, but still get dismayed when one pops up higher than expected. Like this morning!!! Not being one to normally exercise . . . (and with plantar fasciitis INSISTING thats not happening right now!) – nor managing to drink the recommended daily quantity of water, it seems results happen for everyone in different ways πŸ™‚ Ive discarded 11kgs thus far . . . and seem to have plateaued which others have posted as happening both earlier – and later – in the 8 weeks. With different genes on board, differing metabolic rates and mealtimes, some having food for breakfast that others have for lunch or dinner . . . quantities, strict weights and measures or just approximates, some doing 5:2 others just doing 7 days of monitoring, I believe the variables are too many to streamline – thus I have (almost!) developed the Doris Day attitude . . .Que Sera Sera πŸ™‚ Continued success and again welcome πŸ™‚

  • Awww thank you so much πŸ™‚ Being here with friends is just like having them in my sunroom for a cuppa and chinwag πŸ™‚ And as I LOVE to help, and get excited at achievements which Im anxious to share, I’m guess Ive found a soapbox from which to do so! AND plenty with same or similar core values! Certainly similar goals! AND . . . . SO MANY have found the gateway to SUCCESSFUL weight discard and control . . . without limits really πŸ™‚ Having set that . . . Im off to do some research on what I ate last night which gave me an elevated BSL’s this morning πŸ™ If I wasnt doing my best to keep them LOW LOW LOW to stay off meds – (and am yet to see my Endocrinologist to present my case so EVERY reading for now is recorded in my finger pricker machine!!! πŸ™‚ ) – it wouldnt be so critical. I have a feeling it was the snow peapods, coconut shreds and/or coconut cream I added to my curried prawns . . . . even though the can said 1 carb per 100ml and I used half a can. Thanks all for being being so supportive during my ups and downs πŸ™‚

  • posted by  alliecat on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    JGwen, I found myself violently nodding my head in agreement with all of Dr. Mason’s conclusions. This is
    what I believe, too. The section on skin tags was extremely interesting. as I had great numbers of these
    prior to the BSD. They seem to have dried up and fallen off since then! Excellent research, I can’t thank you
    enough πŸ™‚

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on When is the internal organs fat burnt up?
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    Hi there, no one can say as you would need to have an MRI scan to look inside you (I think that is the right machine). Anyway, you can only see what is happening on the outside so it is a good idea to do your measurements – chest, waist, hips and I also do midriff and fattest part of the stomach. I noticed a 5″ reduction in my waist in the first 3 weeks. If you are diabetic you will notice a quick reduction in blood glucose levels and that is a good indication that your pancreas and liver are working better and presumably a reduction in fat around those organs. Hope that helps.

  • posted by  JGwen on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    Some interesting sections including tips on how to test for IR, and how to tell from looking at your skin if you are IR

  • Try to do this with close supervision by your GP as your metformin combined with low carb intake can make you hypoglycemic. You may need your medication dosage adjusted.
    Real food is better than shakes in every way. Fibre, micronutrients, bulk, etc from real food is important for your health.
    Jan

  • posted by  SaltySeaBird on Stubborn Belly Fat advice please.
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    Definitely Allie, I had got my weight and BMI right but the waist size was still too big so I’m really pleased to have got here – it’s a great feeling isn’t it. I live in southern Spain so the bikini is getting plenty of wear!
    SSB

  • Just have to agree with Caron, here, WoodDuckie! You are a delight πŸ™‚ It is inspiring to hear how you manage
    your nutrition, and the creative ways you have come up with for treating yourself well. Starting a thread for
    BSDers who live alone is a marvelous idea. Go for it πŸ™‚ I’ve made fabulous friends here, and I can barely
    remember life before the forums. Pre 8/13/2017, I had been lurking about, having lost a ton of weight on
    my own. I didn’t even know that this website existed, or that I had been doing the BSD all along! How crazy
    is that?? I had been following a thread that is no longer active, and on 8/13 I came across Kazzi’s first
    post. I joined on the spot, completely enchanted by her honesty and self deprecating sense of humor. I
    just love the free Aussie spirit….You’ve definitely got it, and it is always a pleasure to read your posts. I don’t
    have too many filters either, so I can relate! Hang in with us, it’s a whole new world full of opportunities
    for laughter, joy and the acquisition of knowledge through friendship. I love it!!!

    Allie

  • JoJo lots of good suggestions here.
    I find lunch really easy. Sometimes I have dinner leftovers, otherwise soup or salad. On Sundays I’ll make soup in my slow cooker and then put it into containers in the fridge and sometimes freezer. I love roasted vegetables in my salad – pumpkin, cauliflower, beetroot, mushrooms, red capsicum, zucchini etc. I cook these either on the weekend or in the evening while I’m making dinner.
    The spicy purple veg recipe in the BSD recipe book is lovely hot or cold, I often make up a batch of this on the weekend and it lasts all week.
    Ploughman’s style lunches are quick and easy to make – celery, walnuts, ham, cheese and apple.
    The trick is to be prepared. I almost always make my lunch, and sometimes breakfast the night before, so I just grab it in the morning.
    I keep tins of tuna and salmon in my desk drawer. We also have a freezer in our office kitchen so I keep a bag of frozen veggies in there as well as some containers of soup. So if I ever forget my lunch I’m covered πŸ™‚
    Good luck!

  • posted by  alliecat on Stubborn Belly Fat advice please.
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    I’m sure you look gorgeous (voluptuous, too!) So very happy for you, and glad that you shared your news!
    Getting the waist measurement under half our height is fantastic. I know how great you must feel, because
    I’ve accomplished it too. Carry On! Life awaits πŸ™‚ !!!

    Allie

  • posted by  SaltySeaBird on Stubborn Belly Fat advice please.
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    Thank you Allie – I will!
    Yes, it’s really nice not to want to avert my eyes when I look in the mirror! I have only dropped from 32 DD to 31 D so not too much but still needing smaller bras. I thought at 55 my bikini days were over too – I bought tankinis in the spring but now I’m very happy in my bikini.
    SSB

  • posted by  alliecat on Stubborn Belly Fat advice please.
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    I love the sound of that, SSB! I think my bikini days are behind me, though. I think that this WOE is so efficient
    at burning fat, that I’m now “frontally challenged” too! I’ve gone from a C cup bra to a AA. I look like I’m about
    12 years old! Really nice not to have hips or a bum, though πŸ™‚ I agree with Caron…Have fun with beautiful
    lingerie!!

    Allie

  • posted by  KazzUK on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    Thanks for the links, Krysia. Aseem is my hero! πŸ‘πŸ˜.
    Yes, like, Caron, I feel quite angry at publishing garbage science and thereby derailing thousands of people to go back to refined carbs overload.

  • posted by  lovetheporridge on When is the internal organs fat burnt up?
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    I am 3 weeks into 800 Cal’s and doing ok.
    Starting weight 172 lbs. Currently 152 lbs.(yes! 153 !)
    Height 5′ 10″” (70″)
    Starting waist 43″. Currently 38″
    I reckon on a target weight of 147 lb and target waist of 35″.
    If I should reach those before the 8 weeks, do I still have to keep to 800 Cal’s for the full 8 weeks in order to
    (hopefully) clear out my liver and pancreas ? or would reaching those targets mean per se that I had already cleared them out ?
    Grateful for any advice/ info.
    PS I don’t have another hb1ac until about early-mid October. The hb1ac about 5weeks ago was 55 (hence initial T2diagnosis). Spot check on mol/l a week ago was : 5.3 at 4 hrs after lunch and 7.9 at 2 hrs after dinner.

  • posted by  Michael Rolls on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    Interestingly, today’s BBC News website carries news on the worrying increase of D2 amongst children and young adults (although, TBF the total is a very small percentage of that age group – but the trend seems clear).
    In reaction a DoH spokeswoman said the government had put billions into prevention and quoted that the government’s action had removed 44 million kilogrammes of sugar from soft drinks alone per annum. By my maths that works out at about a teaspoon per person per day, which doesn’t sound so encouraging.
    Mike

  • Hi, I’ve not been afraid to add proper butter to my steamed veg and add dressings to salad. What’s being said about sweetners and insulin reacting makes a lot of sense to me. I’m going to start compiling some of the BSD recipes for breakfasts and lunch and introduce them to every day instead of the Slimfast. I’d ultimately be trying to do that towards the end of the 8 weeks. My GP was not very supportive when I told her my plan to diet so radically. She told me to watch my fat intake and was sceptical about what would happen when the diet ‘came to an end’. I had to explain to her that I was fully aware that the BSD is a whole process and teaches you new eating habits for life.

  • posted by  caronl on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    Yes thank you Krysia. I am both reassured by this closer analysis and also quite angry – with the Lancet and particularly with Dr Alison Tedsome of Public Health UK. Unless the BBC misquoted her, I fear she has compounded the problem with her swift and unconsidered reaction to this report. Shocking. Any chance of a retraction …..?

    I did find one positive in this. Looking at the Facebook comments on the BBC report, I was struck by all the unfamiliar names of people who have benefited from a low-carb diet, and reversed or prevented Type 2. Sometimes our active community here feels a bit small – so it was heartwarming to see that there are a lot of us out there benefitting from this approach.

  • posted by  KrysiaD on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    Michael – I don’t think they can have gone into the study in any depth. Also, I think it must be common practice to remove people who have side effects from trials so that the removal of people who developed diabetes from the trial wouldn’t have caused them to raise an eyebrow.

    When I put a a yellow card in to the UK Government website to register the side effects of statins it actually said on the site that more people were experiencing side effects now than they had on the trials and that this was because the pharmaceutical company had pre screened the trial participants and anyone who experienced severe side effects could not participate in the trial. So their side effects were not recorded. Of course those annoying people have to be removed otherwise they won’t get the right outcome from the trial! I just feel that the current system is broken. How can this be morally right.

  • posted by  SaltySeaBird on Stubborn Belly Fat advice please.
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    Quick and happy update – belly measure now under half my height! Yey! 2” off and looking (almost) good!
    Also lost 2” off my bust (boo!) so my bra is baggy – not so good but a price worth paying.
    Have a great day peeps.
    SSB

  • posted by  JGwen on Tips for autism/SPD/low mood
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    Hi Tay74,
    I am an Aspie, and have some sensory issues around food, its the texture of meat I can’t take and the scent of fish and don’t even get me started on how repulsive custard is. I started on this way of eating in October last year and so far have lost 90lbs. – I still have a couple of dress sizes to go but at present my body seems to be remodelling my arms and legs again and saving the spare tyre. :-}
    My experience has been that by going very low carb, aiming for under 20g, but I can’t always manage that because most veggie protein sources have some carbs in them so I am normally around 30g a day as been the key to breaking free from cravings for carbs. I simply used one of the apps, myfatsecret on my phone to check the carb levels of everything I felt like eating before eating it. – There are low carb crunchy things out there, radishes and celery for example, it just takes a little time at the start to get into the swing of this way of eating.
    The cravings for carbs eased after a time. I still have times when I am stressed out and all I want to do is curl up under a blanket and eat something “nice”. But on those days I don’t count calories and just focus on the carbs. and the positive is in that case things like a creamy coffee feels a rich option. I did see an article a while ago which speculated that low carb is helpful for people on the spectrum because it reduces the level of sensory overload. I have been thinking about it over recent months and I have noticed that the periods of wanting to shut out the world have reduced in frequency and duration but I don’t know if that is because the weight loss gives me the freedom to do other things I enjoy which prevents the pressure building up as much.
    Don’t think if you fall off the wagon that you have failed, we have all fallen off the wagon dusted our selves off and got back on again. Its part of the process of realising that carbs are addictive.

  • posted by  Michael Rolls on TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ……
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    KrsyiaD
    Many thanks for that. Reading the critique it makes me wonder at the Lancet – with so many inconsistencies in the study – particularly the removal from the study of those with high carb diets who developed diabetes, etc – publishing it. Did the editorial team, I wonder, actually go into the study in any depth?
    Mike

  • I wonder if in reformulating the shakes they have replaced sugar with artificial sweeteners? This would make the product low carb when you read the packet, but they would be having the same effect on your insulin levels as they would have if you were having sugar.
    While the diet is called the blood sugar diet, science is starting to point the finger at insulin as the cause of obesity. Your body releases insulin when you eat anything, the level of insulin released is increased if what you are eating tastes sweet, and then insulin levels are increased further depending on the impact on blood sugars. Because insulin blocks your body from accessing your fat stores as an alternative source of fuel your body then craves food to supply the fuel you need.
    There are some useful links to podcasts by Dr Bikman and Dr Fung on the take a look at this thread which explain the science in more detail.

  • Hi again! I buy the frozen prawns – NO WASTE! and the bag I buy has 40 prawns which for me equates to 4 meals . . . so that is an inexpensive luxury meal πŸ™‚ Cooked in ginger with shallots and whatever I feel like throwing in the pan . . , that is super nice. I cant handle the smell of fish πŸ™ and dont really enjoy eating it anyways!!! Hence the easy way for me to have a fish meal is to buy the frozen portions of Atlantic Salmon, cook them in the microwave in their pouch πŸ™‚ – slice the end of the plastic when cooked and slide out the cooked portion! If having with “salad” then I can add whatever I fancy as a dressing – (I love a spoonful of either the olive or spinach dip spread on top!) Otherwise, like last night, as an accompaniment, I had broccolini and cauliflower with grated cheese and cracked black pepper – melted over them. And would have no idea of my calories nor carb count . . I just now its WAY lower than I was eating . . . AND Im getting results! . . . so thats all that matters to me right now πŸ™‚

  • Hi Kazz! Love to read your (and Allie’s along with many others who are fast becoming regular friends) – contributions here and enjoy yr frankness and sense of humour πŸ™‚ Thank you for always giving me a lift πŸ™‚ Just gloating here for a minute! I live alone, semi-rural – (15-20 minutes to a store) – and as a result, ALWAYS had an ample pantry/stock of “stuff” for any emergency or occasion! So while out to lunch with a girlfriend yesterday, I handed over TWO LARGE shopping bags of pantry stables, amongst which were crispbreads, bag of Rissoto rice, emergency supply of flour for my flatbreads – (one of my successes according to friends who had shared them over the years!!!) – sago, tapioca, the last box of breakfast cereal, bag of dates and Simmer Sauce jars! She was MOST grateful . . . as was I! The pantry could be filmed next week for Home and Garden!!! Re BREAD!!!! I still have bread in my freezer . . . two slices per sealed sandwich bag. It is a darker bread just called 85% less carb. 22 (smaller sized) slices per loaf – (which is like a half loaf) . . . and only 2.5 gms of carb per slice. I have maybe 1slice a week or 10 days . . . and it is a real treat! SO o o o o nice with scrambled egg, or piled high with avocado, topped with drooly buttered mushrooms steamed with leek – which was today’s brunch πŸ™‚ Its kinda like a link to the past in a way – but so enjoyed when I just want to break away from the “rules”! Heheheheh!!! Continued successes!

  • Hi Aurora! I believe you will get a handle on all this in a short space of time πŸ™‚ I wasnt in a good place mentally when I started this new way of life – and things needed to be super simple for me to deal with ANYTHING. I simply chose what I liked from the foods lists, and bought the EASIEST to access to get started. Im eating way better than before . . . – (even though I had been told my previous eating regime was FINE????!!!! πŸ™ I didnt count or weigh anything! Just checked labels like a hawk!!!) On a fixed limited income and alone, I dont feel anything Im now doing is any more expensive than before. And Im enjoying it all way more! I buy the ready mixed stirfry and salad bags. That MAY seem frivolous BUT . . . it is CHEAPER than buying ALL the ingredients in the bags individually and having too much left over. A bag does me for four meals which works out at around $1 a meal. To add extras as the fancy takes me, I buy a bag of baby spinach, leeks, celery, snow peas, zucchini and mushrooms. These can ALL be used individually as well as added to the stirfry or salad bag mixes. MY other standards are eggs, feta/haloumi/block/shredded cheese (whatever you like) – bacon, babybeets, and some party dips which are for dressings. Freezer has diced pork, beef and pork steaks – minced beef, atlantic salmon steaks in poaching pouches, chicken and lamb – all bought when on special or reduced to clear. Once I “donated” other things I had in the pantry, fridge and freezer . . . the organisation is SO MUCH easier! Hope some of this is helpful! Good luck! Its worth it!

  • Hi Jojo! Alone is both easy . . . (cos you can please yourself!) – and maybe harder enjoyment for cooking! Because . . .? there are NO Surprises when the meal arrives on the table!!! With regards to the snacking, eating when we please . . . brunches etc., ALONE is good! Only need to prepare when WE need to . . . and if a healthy snack suffices as a meal then there is NO ONE complaining πŸ™‚ I ALWAYS HAVE . . . cold meat, hard boiled eggs, stirfry veges, leeks, baby beets, cashews/almonds, haloumi, feta, cream, mushrooms AT THE READY!!! When Im really hungry and need food like NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can pop a piece of feta in my mouth while doing the 5 minute stirfry – OR – a hard boiled egg with the babyspinach, baby beet, feta and leek salad is SO QUICK!!!!! Plus I found some VERY SMALL Protein bars which were in a bulk box at Aldi’s. One has to eat 3 to get 10gms of carb, so I cut one into several smallpieces . . . the “squishy” inside is like chewing gum. I AM VERY DELIBERATE when eating one of these . . . I chew it and chew it until ALL the flavour has gone before swallowing πŸ™‚ Then when I have my 50/50 water milk coffee . . . I imagine I have had a Tim Tam and drawn the coffee through that decadent treat! Playing mindgames with food have REALLY helped me – Like today its 11.30am. Ive been here at my comp for 2.5 hours – delaying eating . . . and brunch isnt far away. So it will be two meals today . . . in between cooking my baby quiches, and meals to take to my son’s place for my sleep-over Sunday/Monday. Maybe we could start a “SINGLE BSD’ers” thread to see how others going it alone – and living alone motivate and manage . . .? Think maybe that might be a GREAT way to offer/make some innovative changes to our routines. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Allie! Nice to have had a mood change from a couple of days ago πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing the cartwheel and HOPE you landed safely! heheheh! I havent used recipes here as you may remember πŸ™‚ rather initially chose what I can “enjoy” from the “best choices” on offer and went with them. A couple of weeks ago, a fiend sent me some “Tasty” Low carb recipe breakfasts (via FB). Two were VERY interesting and one I have adopted and (unsure if I already have . . .) wish to share πŸ™‚ Minced beef mixed with whatever spices your taste buds desire . . . With a patty cake or small muffins tin, line the reservoirs with the compressed mince. Then add whatever you chose . . . diced/sliced leek, bacon, onion, tomato, cold chicken etc.. Whip eggs with a little pepper and salt added . . . and gently pour to fill the gaps. 20 minutes in the oven makes these taste mini quiches. GREAT for lunch with salad . . . reheated for breakfasts . . . or a snack when ravenous πŸ™‚ The other one was an avocado halved like a boat top to bottom . . . with an egg in the reservoir left by the removed seed. Oven baked could be a weekend breakfast when there is a little more time to spare πŸ™‚

  • Hello, shortyfatfat, and welcome to the community. Prior to educating ourselves on the BSD, many of us believed that
    protein is what kept us feeling satiated. It was a real discovery to learn that it’s actually healthy fat AND fiber that
    are responsible πŸ™‚ Who knew?

  • Kazz it was my 19 month BSD-versary yesterday, I joined around the same time as Clarinet Cathy.
    I mentioned before that easentially I have been maintaining since the start of the year. My weight yesterday was exactly the same as it was on 17 Jan. there’s been some ups and downs in between, but in a way it’s not a bad thing to have maintained for 8 months, even though I still have another 18kg to lose. When I look back on other years/weight loss journeys my usual pattern is to lose weight and then put it on again, so I’m looking at the past 8 months as being successful. Maybe not as successful as I had planned initially, but a success nevertheless as 1) I haven’t gained weight overall and 2) I’m sticking to this WOE and feeling the health benefits.
    In saying all this, I do still need to lose 18kg. My plan was to β€˜lose 18 in 2018’, I’m revising that goal – instead of 18kg I’m going to focus on losing 18lb, which is about 8kg I think. Then my goal for 2019 can be to lose the remaining 10kg.
    I do enjoy this WOE (maybe a little too much as I’ve been maintaining not losing!). It’s satuday here so I had an indulgent meal of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and strawberries and cream for a late breakfast/brunch πŸ™‚
    My problem is deciding what to eat when planning meals – so many delicious choices to choose from! I have loads of veg in my fridge at the moment so I’m going to make some coleslaw, roasted veg and soup today.
    Hope everyone has a good weekend πŸ™‚