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  • posted by  erinmc82 on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning May 21st 2019
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    hi there! i know i’m a bit late but hoping i can still join? today’s day 1 back on the bsd. lost 3 stones on the 8 wk bsd in 2016 but life plus lager plus baguettes = back where i started.

    i had a massive cry about it, now i’m ready to sort it! any advice/tips gratefully received.

    thank you!

  • posted by  JGwen on Started today – a couple of quick questions?
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    Hi sixturkeys and everyone else.
    Don’t worry, 6T’s reaction to the passing comment I made to cancer when introducing the principle of Autophagy into one of the conversations didn’t offend me.

    I have seen 6T’s reaction to other posts by people in the past. I know she is more likely to respond to some topics like that test of reactions where a doctor hits the knee with a little hammer than anyone else on the forum. Hope you smile at this rather than take offence 6T, but nowadays when I see you react sharply to a post on the forum I take more notice about the length of time it takes you to come back and rejoin the conversations than to the reactive post.

    As for the garden / flowers chat. – For me its that time of year when I do the Bracken dance when walking the dogs. – Whatever field we are in the walk turns into this routine of stamping on emerging bracken fonds that to an observer would look like a mad dance routine. (If you crush but do not completely break the stem of a bracken fond it can’t send nutrients back to the roots but doesn’t send up a replacement fond, so bracken bruising is a more effective way of killing than cutting. ) – I have a sack of seed which is a mixture of clover and wild flower to sprinkle on the mole hills in the hay fields as well, but, its been so dry recently that there is no point at present. – Will do that when we have some showers on the way.

  • Hi allione and welcome to the forum.
    I feel I too have to add my tuppence worth here. Like you, I also have a massive sugar addiction or to be more precise a chocolate addiction. I started the BSD on 7th January thinking there was no way I could ever stick to it. I’ll be honest and admit I didn’t stick rigidly to it but I did enough to lose over a stone, reduce my blood sugar levels to near normal range and also reduce my diabetic medication. I’m not perfect and I regularly fall off the wagon and give in to cravings or at times choose to step off the wagon and back on again at events or celebrations etc. I used to live on chocolate and never thought I could cut back on it. Even my diabetic nurse was surprised at what I have achieved. Nowadays If I overload on chocolate and carbs I feel physically ill.
    If I can do this then anyone can. Just stick with it as best as you can and tweak it to suit you. Coming onto the forum everyday with all these lovely people and their support, enthusiasm, advice and encouragement has been brilliant. It’s the people on this forum that has kept me going. I’d have given up long ago without them.
    Good luck

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Road Trip From Easter to Summer 2019
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    A very warm welcome to the road trip ice cube elf, I have noticed a few new starters to BSD on the forum today and you’re about to embark on a totally new way of eating which will have a massive impact. This way of eating (WOE) has helped many of us reach our goals and some of us are still plodding on towards them. The forum is full of lovely people who are happy to share their knowledge. It nice to see that you are now ready to get
    into gear and start the road trip with us so welcome aboard. We are all at different parts of our weight loss journey on this thread, some old timers like me, I started in January 2017 and achieved my goal But am struggling a little with maintenance hence I am desperately trying to lose 4lb before the 9th June when I go on holiday having achieved my target about 18 months ago, had a blip in April when I went away and purposefully went off track and am trying desperately now to get back to where I’m feel comfortable albeit a little over my original goal of 133. I am hoping to be 140 lb this week and 138 for my holiday. I am pleased that you have a long term goal and so your journey has begun so good luck to you and welcome.

    DCT- good luck for the interview tomorrow! I am so excited for you. I am doing good this week. Fasting tomorrow again so hopefully can optimise my chances of a loss on the scales on Friday.

    How is it going for you SueBlue? Hope your lovely meal prep has inspired you to keep on track.

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Road Trip From Easter to Summer 2019
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    Hello IceCubeElf and welcome!

    I’m so excited for you – you WILL lose lots of weight on this diet but there will be ups and downs (literally!) and we’re all here to help. We’re all ages and all shapes and sizes and all different targets and journeys – and lots of us on the menopause cycle …. but the main thing is that we are all on this road trip and moving forward together. I promise you that if you stick with it/us for at least part of the time then your blood sugars, weight and general fitness will definitely reap dividends. And hopefully you’ll have fun along the way 🙂

    Hello to everyone else and hope you’re having a good week? KOKO everyone! My job interview is tomorrow – brave new beginnings ?!

    Special hello to Cathy and SueBlue – my fellow Jan 17 starters. Hope you’re having a good week X

  • posted by  IceCubeElf on Road Trip From Easter to Summer 2019
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    good evening lovely people 🙂
    I would like to join your road trip – I have just started my 8 weeks plan today and am looking to discard approx 70 lbs over the next 12 months or less. I have been procrastinating about doing this for the last 6 months and have seen my bloods sugars, weight and general fitness go to pot 🙁 enough is enough! onwards and upwards and hopefully it will help my old lady menopause problems get better too.

  • posted by  wendleg on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Thank you so much for your lovely messages . Glad you are back with us Scottishgal ! We will cheer you up xx Relieved the eye appointment went well !
    Glad you are sounding positive V and caronl !
    JGwen…you are one incredible lady !
    Birdy your red shorts and Dior pink toes ..wow !! You really are a new woman !!
    Ooh TKMaxx 6T !! Your horizontal striped round necked cardi sounds very like my Liquorice Allsorts cardigan. I have of course matching allsorts earrings !!! 😉
    Kirsten, Bob and George hate the roar of the hoover too !
    That’s great that you have had a good day On a mission xx
    I have been short of time to respond to the forum today. We have guests who need attention…but O/h is taking them out tomorrow and I can recline voluptuously in the garden with my silly floppy hat !
    Like Duckie I have been discarding clothes with gay abandon and have a a little pot of cash which is steadily mounting up 😉

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning May 21st 2019
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    Thank you so much for your lovely messages. Guests, and the beautiful sunshine have kept me away from the forum again today so I only got chance to skim through the posts.

    I am not far away though …

    I still haven’t seen Amz ??

  • posted by  SueBlue on Pain gone?
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    Jenny I have a chronic auto-immune condition (rheumatoid arthritis) and within the first 2 weeks of BSD I had a noticeable reduction in pain and swelling in my joints. Then I saw my specialist in about week 3 or 4 I think and she noted that the inflammation levels in my blood were now on the Normal range so keep doing what I’m doing! At that stage I’d only lost a few kilos, I couldn’t believe that cutting out white carbs and sugar could make such a difference!
    A change of diet didn’t cure my disease but it makes it more manageable.
    Good luck on your journey!

  • Hi Allione,
    Like the others have said you don’t have to eat 800!cals on the first day. If you’ve tried it twice and it’s not working don’t focus on the numbers just ditch the beige carbs. You can tweak things as you go along and refine your nutrition. Just pop back and ask. The book was my inspiration to start but the forum has kept me going.
    I’ve never used the recipes from the book but found it easier to adapt things I already ate. The first couple of weeks my diet was quite repetitive. I’ve found some lovely inspiration on this forum and great advice.
    The key is to start and not give up when you inevitably make mistakes and slip a bit. We’ve all been where you are.

  • posted by  JGwen on Starting today May 22nd – hi everybody!
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    Hi guys,
    I would echo much of what ClarinetCathy has said, Shewolf, if it helps I am a vegetarian as well. I started out October 2017 by cutting out the main carbs, then I used the Fatsecret app on my mobile phone to log what I was eating and tweak the levels of carbs down as time went on. – It does get easier as you drop the carbs, its the carbs that drive the hunger and food cravings.
    I think that CC is also right that its important to monitor progress with the tape measure not the scale. – Our weight fluctuates each day by upto 3kg, depending on the weight of what is in our digestive system, and the amount of fluids drunk. (a litre of water weighs a kg.) So if you are jumping on the scales each day you can easily feel down. Use target clothes or a tape measure to monitor progress but don’t be surprised if you notice changes in areas of your body that you hadn’t expected to change. A number of us have dropped a shoe size.
    I would agree as well with Niknak, there are a few of us who read the forum by reading the latests threads, but most people stick to just a few threads. There is a weekly thread for those who want to focus on progress on a weekly basis with a new thread starting every Tuesday. And a Roadtrip thread for those who want to make longer term plans. Join one of the them and you will meet a range of people from fellow newcomers to people who have been maintaining their weight loss for years.

  • posted by  Squidge on Pain gone?
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    Good luck, Jenny!

    My husband had knee pain and that’s greatly reduced since we started this diet – it hadn’t occurred to me that was a possible reason.

  • Cutting out the worst stuff – sugar, bread, cakes, biscuits, pastry, pasta and white rice is an excellent place to start if doing the complete diet seems too much.

    It might seem we all know what we’re doing, but we’ve all had slip ups and/or adapted the diet to suit us and experimented until we’ve found what works best for us personally.

  • posted by  Kafin13 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    That was nice and simple, On a Mission – I like it. Middle of the day for me but I haven’t posted any for a while so maybe doing so will help.
    1. I got 90% in my Spanish quiz and now on to studying for the final next week
    2. I vacuumed finally (it scares Albert so my vacuuming schedule is based on when he goes outside – this is normal, right?) so apartment is ready for the next round of shedding
    3. I had a yummy breakfast – chicken jalapeño sausage omelet and my beloved cup of tea

  • Hi Allione

    I started by reading the Blood Sugar Diet Book and like JGwen simply cut out bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar. I too am a vegetarian. For breakfast I ate the same thing all week, Greek yoghurt with raspberries or blueberries. At weekend I had an egg and some mushrooms or scrambled eggs with cheese. Lunchtime was cheese and salad or egg and salad or quorn slices and salad, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese and celery a few nuts, Home made cream of mushroom soup. Evening meal was a cheese or mushroom omelette, halloumi and roasted vegetables, cauliflower cheese, I made the cottage pie with quorn and cauliflower mash. Quorn sausages with mushrooms and cabbage or broccoli, There are some lovely vegetarian recipes on the recipe page of this forum. I didn’t know about macros. I just avoided the white carbs and gradually started to lose weight. Keep things simple and eat simple food to get you in the swing of things. Just by avoiding the bread, rice, potatoes pasta you will lose weight and you will also notice that you don’t feel hungry once you ditch the carbs.

    Hope this helps you to realise that this way of eating doesn’t have to be complicated, .

  • posted by  JGwen on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Happy birthday wendy.

    My positives for today, are that my belt is on the next hole again.
    Having done my best for avoiding going shopping, I think I am going to have to do a Duckie soon and go through my wardrobe working out what still fits and what doesn’t. I will confess when I started this WoE, my dress style was jeans with a baggy jumper to hide the ever increase tyre of fat hanging over the top of the jeans. – I have been going through the same jeans but now need a belt to hold them up. Only its sort of starting to get that they are so baggy they look silly.
    I managed a water only fast from Sunday until Tuesday. I have discovered the secret, lovely long sunny days with plenty to do and nothing you want to watch on TV, a completely empty fridge, and the double cream you have in stock for your coffee has gone off. – Oh, and of course it being a 10 mile drive to the nearest shop. ————– Then I forget about eating. – So just need this sunny weather to continue for a few months. (With rain after dark so that the grass continues to grow) and to have the schedule and resolve to only buy enough food for planned meals and cream for coffee for the couple of days between each fast.

  • Hi,
    I am a vegetarian as well, and I had great difficulty initially in sticking to it. – Depending on how much weight you have to loose, and what your diet is like your body may be so used to living off carbs that starting is hard. – What I did initially was cut out all the “big carbs”, rice, pasta, bread, sugar, pizza and chocolate. –
    Then I used the fatsecret app on my mobile phone to monitor what I was eating and tweak it to reduce the carbs further. –

    The book doesn’t mention ideal ratios of carbs, protein and fat. But then the book is focused on doing just one 8 week session for rapid weight loss, and doesn’t cover in detail options for those with a lot of weight to loose who need to continue. One of the advantages of this forum is that people are free to research similar protocols and read different research papers and compare notes. – Out of that has come the consensus on the target carb, protein and fat ratios to follow if you want to do multiple rounds. – If you would like me to explain the reasons I will be happy to share them, but if your head is spinning right now just follow these guidelines. I know its difficult for a vegetarian, but ideally carbs should be under 20g a day to be sure you are in ketosis. You may be able to get away with 50g and it wouldn’t hurt to set that as your target for your first few weeks. Protein in the range 0.6g to 0.8g per Kg of TARGET weight (not current weight) and rest of your calories from healthy fats.

    You may struggle, you may fall off the waggon a few times, but each time just dust yourself off and climb back on and it will get easier and easier. The secret is to focus on cutting back on the carbs, it is that which is causing you the hunger pangs and cravings that drag you off the waggon. If you need reassurance that this way of eating does work. I started back in October 2017, am down over 6.5 stone, just recently my weight has stayed stable but I am continuing to loose inches as I combine this way of eating with weight training.

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    There are two regular threads, a weekly challenge and a road trip where people set themselves targets for a longer period. On both you will find a mixture of newcomers right through to people who have been maintaining their weight loss on this way of eating for a few years now. Come and join in one of the threads you will be warmly greeted and receive a helping hand from others.

  • I have unsuccessfully tried to start and stick to the this diet twice in two weeks. Everyone on here seems to know about how many carbs they should have each day (what, how ??) also how do you begin sticking to the 800 calories does everyone just make the exact recipes in the book ( I am vegetarian so need to adapt them) I cannot believe so many people can do this I just seem to find it overwhelming and then give in to temptation, I have terrible sugar addiction.

    I am crying out for help here I just need some help getting on this plan and would appreciate any guidance.

    Many thanks in advance
    Alli

  • posted by  Verano on FULL COURSE SUMMER SALADS, Anyone?
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    Allie I made your Caesar dressing today and it worked pretty well. It was a bit too garlicky for me but I can adjust that. I’m not sure if I whisked it enough. Mine was the colour of a French dressing but thicker nothing like the bottled stuff! It was very nice though
    Skipping I’m a not really one for substitutes so I’d probably use brown sugar although I do have stevia in the cupboard! I’m not sure I’ve ever used the stevia!

  • posted by  Squidge on FULL COURSE SUMMER SALADS, Anyone?
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    Florentine salad (for a starter or light lunch)
    Pile baby spinach and basil leaves onto a plate, along with slivers of parmesan cheese (or other strong hard cheese). Fry an egg in olive oil until the white is just set but the yolk runny. Put on top of the leaves, grind on black pepper and eat immediately.

    Egg and bacon salad is a more substantial version.
    Put mixed salad leaves, sliced radish and chopped cucumber onto a plate (and any other salad stuff you fancy). Fry strips or cubes of bacon in a good glug of olive oil, add any of the following – peppers, onions, mushrooms, mange tout or any other veg you’d stir fry. When it’s just cooked fry an egg in another pan. When that’s nearly done, stir loads of spinach into the bacon pan, stir, season, tip onto the salad as soon as the spinach has wilted. Put the fried egg on top and eat.
    (If you don’t eat bacon then sun dried tomatoes and/or black olives could be used instead.)

  • posted by  Skipping through the tulips on FULL COURSE SUMMER SALADS, Anyone?
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    Before my body was a temple and I started worshipping the goddess of Spinach, I would have used coconut sugar. I still sweeten the recipe for the rest of the family but I don’t usually find it too sharp. I often use ready made crispy onions which are sweet as a few of the veg. I just taste as I go along and adjust accordingly Your right a spoon or so of something sweet wouldn’t count for much when divided.
    I’ve never used sugar substitute and genetics steer away from substitutes, is there one you recommend?

  • posted by  Scottishgal on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Happy Birthday Wendy. You’ve come so far. You must feel great.
    And Essie, your post brought a lump to my throat too.

    I haven’t posted positives recently as I’ve been a bit down lately…..but determined to change that!
    1. After a dreadful day yesterday (when I think I must have eaten a months worth of carbs and cals in one day) I’ve been extremely good today and avoided all temptation……and the vending machine too.
    2. Went for my annual diabetic retinopathy eye screening appointment and all went well.
    3. Attending above appointment meant I could leave work early 😁

  • posted by  Birdy76 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Good evening all and I hope you have all had a good day? I have had a great day in shorts!🤣

    1 I got into my fire engine red shorts that I bought last year and they didn’t ever fit! Not even three weeks ago! Today they fit lovely and paired with a navy, white and read striped top looked great and made me very happy.

    2 I went for my first physio on my injured knee and he was very impressed with my weight loss and how I achieved! He also agrees with the fasting helping my growth hormone work for longer and help repair my muscle! So win win! Oh and I also have some core and stretching exercises to do, which I will even though my OH said I won’t!! As nobody apart from soldiers do🤣🤣

    3 I went to a friends after the hospital for a cuppa and a chat which was great as we sat in the sunny garden. She also told me me I look like a new woman. Thank you I will take that.

    Unfortunately I am back on night shift tonight but the positive to that is by Friday morning it will all be over. Love and hugs Birdy💞🦜

  • posted by  Scottishgal on Started today – a couple of quick questions?
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    I enjoy reading all the topics on here and the fountain of knowledge that folk are happy to share. Yes we all have had experience of cancer, either personally or loved ones, but to me that makes it even better to be able to read things here, there or anywhere that may help someone somewhere. Same goes with depression or any other subject. There is such a range of topics discussed on here and that’s what makes this forum so interesting and so addictive. And, as Allie said, if a particular subject doesn’t interest me or hits a raw nerve then I just skip it. Someone else will no doubt benefit from reading it even if I dont. I have no interest in gardens and plants but that’s my choice.

  • posted by  sixturkeys on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Many happy returns Wendleg! Thought of you as I decided to have a look round TK Maxx when I was doing some shopping. Bought a “coatigan”, hardly seasonal, but it’s nice, navy blue, and, in a departure for me, a brightly coloured lightweight round neck cardigan (horizontal stripes too!). And a hat for doing the gardening in the sun. And some nice Italian (blood orange) soap and liquid savon de Marseille, love the smell. Hope you were thoroughly spoilt and cosseted on your birthday!

  • posted by  sixturkeys on Started today – a couple of quick questions?
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    Hi Allie, I didn’t mean to sound PC or bossy, and I think (hope!) JGwen read it as it was intended. I am sure that many of us on here have had direct experience of cancer, in our loved ones, and indeed other people on here (and from what I can gather those who were previously regular posters) have personal experience, and it was just the point that mentioning potential therapeutic effect on that illness was I thought beyond the forum – certainly I can see the research on insulin, blood sugars and inflammation is really interesting, and only yesterday we had an exchange on here on knees and hips feeling so much better, so quickly after coming off carbs. I really wasn’t trying to moderate but neither did I feel I could just ignore! I know no one was touting snake-oil so sorry if it came over as over-reaction! Just hit a nerve….Garden is coming along nicely. Back garden is pinks/whites/deep purply reds and purply blues; front (tiny) patch I am going for white and “burnt orange”. Apart from wonderful white dicentra, and hellebores, there is a lovely Crocosmia, and I have just bought two white foxgloves and some cheery little geums (variety is called “Cooky”) . Hope all well!

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Starting today May 22nd – hi everybody!
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    Welcome to the wonderful BSD way of eating.

    Sofia- it’s not hard, it’s so easy when you get into the swing of things!

    This was a completely different woe for me when I embarked BSD in January 2017 and I was very sceptical that it would work. I’d spent years doing SW or WW diets to no avail and was desperate for something that worked for me, I too am a strict vegetarian Shewolf and despite less choice for us vegetarians it most definitely works. Full fat everything, yoghurt, cottage cheese, cream in coffee! I lost 42lb doing BSD and am currently a little over my target weight 18 months later. Everybody loses at different rates, don’t compare your weight loss to others and remember that sometimes even though the scales don’t show a loss, your clothes will definitely be loser. It’s amazing to see bony shoulders and knees emerge. Don’t expect big losses every week. There are some very experienced BSDers on the forum with lots of tips. The advice is so valuable and the support is what gets us through the ups and downs on our journey. I remember eating a pear and some cottage cheese for lunch when I started not realising that the pear was probably a little too high in carbs and a kind forum member advised me. Little tips make a big difference.

    Good luck on the start of a very exciting time ahead – a new you!

  • posted by  alliecat on Started today – a couple of quick questions?
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    Good morn1ng, all! 6T, you sound l1ke the PC pol1ce today 🙂 What makes our commun1ty un1que 1s that th1s
    1s a safe space to talk about everyth1ng that has an effect on our l1ves, not just the d1scuss1on of MMosley’s
    theor1es. 1t’s all 1nterconnected…1 bel1eve that the wonderful conversat1ons on autophagy are VERY benef1al,
    and are of genu1ne 1nterest to a great many of us. 1n actual1ty, one can “step over” (1gnore) posts that may not be
    of 1nterest. We have moderators here to make dec1s1ons on what 1s or 1s not appropr1ate, folks. 1 really enjoyed
    your descr1pt1on of what plants were be1ng 1nstalled 1n your garden, 6T. Thank you for go1ng off top1c to tell
    me about 1t!

  • posted by  Bobbs on Boiled egg snacks
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    Thanks so much for answering.

    I can’t wait for the hunger to ease as I’m starving and that’s so unusual as I don’t often eat during the day. I must admit though, I feel rotten. Im drinking plenty but still feel uurgh.

    Fingers crossed it will all pass quickly. I can see why folk give up at this stage but I have too much at stake to just toss it away.

  • posted by  Bobbs on Boiled egg snacks
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    Thank you so much Esnecca.

    I fully relate to the undesirable side effects of drugs and I’m hypersensitive to so many as I’ve found out the hard way. Currently I’m onmorphine, gabapentin, venlafaxine, omeprazole ( no wonder my tummy gets upset) 3 different antihypertensive meds, high dose ibuprofen and a few more I can’t remember. Your list of symptoms is also interesting. I have chronic pain after 2 failed spinal surgeries, chronic nerve pain, depression, arthritis, newly diagnosed fibromyalgia, intermittent eczema. And some there I can’t be bothered listing. If reducing carbs can reduce some of it then isn’t that just the best reason to change my eating.

    I’m doing not bad I hopw

  • posted by  Squidge on Boiled egg snacks
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    The hunger should indeed reduce greatly once your body adapts to a low carb diet. You might not feel great for a few days. Some people experience headaches (drinking plenty of water helps a bit there) or tiredness, but it really does get much easier fairly quickly. The better you are at avoiding refined carbs, the more quickly you’ll get over the wthdrawal period, as eating just a little will rest your cravings.

  • posted by  WoodDuckie on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi Wendleg! Many many happy returns my friend 🙂 A shadow of your former self in such a short period of time is reason enough to doubly celebrate so congratulations and well done you!!! Hello Verano! Getting your WM fixed must have been a great relief!!! Lovely to read the rest of your positive post as well . . . and due to my (seeming) stagnation in the kilo discard/disposal stakes right now, the sin bin journal sounds like a BRILLIANT idea!!! Thank you for sharing that simple idea 🙂 For the past week, (at least) – I too have been involved with clothes – two large black “garbage” bags sit quietly awaiting their journey to family members when I visit on the upcoming holiday long weekend. The remaining items which are way way too numerous for one person . . . have been laundered and/or ironed . . . others folded, rolled or put into the seasonal container to be re- assessed in a few months time 🙂 Three positives 🙂 (1) It almost feels like relief to have finished this massive cull . . . (and while Im almost embarrassed to admit . . . it is interesting Im unable to remember what is in the first bag!!!) – as the visual weighing down was depressing and debilitating. Im hoping it will be a metaphor for some kilos to follow by example 🙂 (2) An unexpected telephone call from a dear friend lifted my mood even further this evening. . . and (3) I have an invitation to join a local “Big Morning Tea” which is a national fundraiser for Cancer Council. Ive been given the green light to take my handmade greeting cards along . . . promising to donate a $1 from each sale to the communal piggy bank of donations. Quack! Quack everyone for the remainder of the week to be positive in every way possible..

  • posted by  caronl on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Belated Happy Birthday wendleg! And many congratulations. How fantastic to be 4 stone lighter than a year ago. I bet it felt like 51 not 61!
    Too early for positives, but I am going to make this a good day!

  • posted by  Niknak87 on Starting today May 22nd – hi everybody!
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    Welcome to the forum 😀
    We are a friendly bunch with a mix of newbies and oldies, short term, long term and maintainers.
    Whilst we all have some struggles here and there but we are mostly all positive about following this WoE (way of eating).

    Come join us in the “one week at a time”, “positive thoughts” or the “road trip” thread where you will find most of the team.

  • posted by  Verano on FULL COURSE SUMMER SALADS, Anyone?
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    Skipping have you ever used a sugar substitute for the sweetness? I guess that just using 10g of brown sugar in a dressing wouldn’t do too much damage when shared between several people. I think you are right though the dressing would benefit from a little balancing sweetness.

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Good morning. I’m starting bright and early today before I attack a mountain of ironing!
    So to my positives……
    1. Had my washing machine repaired yesterday, caught up on washing and now have an ironing mountain. Even that’s positive because I enjoy seeing freshly ironed clothes.
    2. Lovely meal out with friends last night which was very BSD friendly apart from one thin slice of well toasted sourdough! But goodness I did enjoy it!!!!
    3. My ‘sin bin journal’ is already showing clear patterns after just 6 days. I must say that the notebook is tiny, just 2″x3″, so really only space to record a handful of items each day. I record the same ‘snacks’, or unnecessary foods to establish a pattern. I have eaten out twice in the last 6 days and even though I thought I was eating BSD friendly foods I have recorded gains the following morning. It’s obvious that I need to restrict my ‘normal’ food intake when we have a meal out planned. So my little blue book is turning out to be a very positive asset.
    Hope everyone has a positive day.

  • posted by  Skipping through the tulips on FULL COURSE SUMMER SALADS, Anyone?
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    What a great idea.
    Mine and my families favourite salad is a similar to Allie’s Thai salad. It’s not an exact recipe and I you can adjust the dressing to taste.

    The ingredients depend what I have in. it’s easy to make ahead of time and dress at the end. It does require quite a lot of chopping/ slicing. It’s great for the rest of the family since you can add rice noodles to theirs. Cool them and add to the veggies before you add the meat or whatever. A little protein goes a long way

    I use 5 or six veg normally from this list. Slice them into matchsticks( kind of)
    asparagus
    Broccoli
    Mangetout
    Green beans
    Carrots
    Any coloured peppers
    Onions ( I normally leave these in the vinegar or lime juice to take out the bite)
    Cabbage
    Chard or kale

    The protein
    This can be chicken, pork, beef, salmon, tuna, prawn or tofu. Use a big piece and slice after cooking.
    Marinate the protein for around 1/2 an hour. Use a couple of tablespoons of the dressing( less if it’s just for you).

    Then dry fry on a very high heat. You need some caramelization – that’s where the sweetness and flavor are. Add the marinade and reduce. So expect a little smoke.
    Leave it to rest at least 5 minutes then slice and put on top of the dressed veg

    The toppings
    Chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin or whatever seeds you fancy -for crunch.
    Crispy fried onions or spring onion tops
    Coriander, mint and basil – use at least 2- shredded.

    The dressing/ Marinade equal quantities of
    Nam pla ( Thai fish sauce) or soy sauce
    Lime juice or rice vinegar
    Sesame oil

    Grated ginger
    Dried chili flakes – people can add fresh chilli to their plate if your feeding kids or those who don’t like it hot
    Grated garlic – you can omit and just add to the cooking protein ( or not)

    For non dieters I normally add some sweetness in the form of brown sugar or honey. I don’t have a sweet tooth but it needs something to balance the flavours

    You need to taste it and adjust.

    I’ve made this for 2 people and 20. You need a friend to help with the chopping if your making it for 20 or you’ll lose the will to live. The undressed, prepared veg will keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. Or you can use as a stir fry.

  • posted by  Sofia89 on Starting today May 22nd – hi everybody!
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    Just wanted to say hello to everybody in the forum! I am starting on the 800 cal diet today for 6+ weeks. This will my gift to myself for my 30th birthday. I am excited but expecting it to be hard. Looking forward to talking to you!

  • posted by  WoodDuckie on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Oh Esnecca! A sincere thank you for being so open in your descriptions and revelations on how life used to be – and now is -for you 🙂 Im shedding tears of joy, admiration – (and marvelling at such, and better understanding your personal journey and current situation – given Ive only recently heard of you, made your acquaintance and become privileged to speak with the lady who’s reputation preceded her (for us newcomers) . All I can add is . . . what an inspiration you and BSD are/can be, and what achievement/results you – (and others) – have given yourselves with just plain guts, determination and diligence . . . (as have so many others who share such intimate details and achievements). Incredible and . . . very humbling. Duckie’s journey has been a cakewalk in comparison 🙂 Quack! Quack!

  • posted by  JGwen on Started today – a couple of quick questions?
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    6turkeys, – You are correct, I don’t think the forum is the place to be discussing cancer so mentioned it only in passing because any searches anyone does for more information will bring that aspect up. Research identifies that combining eating programs to stimulate autophagy combined with chemotherapy and other treatments for cancer is more effective than the treatments without autophagy.

    People with a lot of weight to loose including those following the BSD often raise the common fear of loose skin. – Autophagy is the mechanism for preventing that. The latest BSD book apparently incorporates Time Restricted Eating one of the benefits of which is an increase in the rate of autophagy. Apparently the rate starts to ramp up after 16 hours of nearly no protein intake, but to have it functioning at the maximum rate you need to be on low protein for more than 3 days. –

    Birdy, if you search for fasting mimicking diet, you will be able to find descriptions of a 5 day protocol for 800 calories a day which maximises autophagy. – There is a book on the topic by Professor Longo, who also has a sideline selling very expensive packages of shakes and meals for people to follow his plan. – I wouldn’t bother with the book, most of it is padding about his views on the diets in different countries. – Professor Longo’s program is much higher in carbs than is comfortable to most people who understand the benefits of controlling insulin and being in ketosis. He recommends that 9% of the 800 calories is protein. – When I tried it once earlier this year, I used complex carbs like stir fried veg cooked in butter and just avoided protein. But I only did the one session and then took up the opportunity to join this weight training program and didn’t want to muddy the waters by following such as intensive eating program.

  • posted by  Birdy76 on FULL COURSE SUMMER SALADS, Anyone?
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    Ooh yes please! What a fab thread and thanks Essie for bumping it! I will favourite it and I will add too. Thank you. I love all things salad with a good dressing 🤗💞🦜

  • posted by  wendleg on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    I have just seen Essie’s latest post . Essie I remember your recent revelations about your struggles and seriously debilitating health issues pre BSD. To read about further pain and trauma with mobility …and your achievement today trotting effortlessly up and down those stairs ……..staggering !

    You are an absolute phenomenon !! Be proud, be very, very proud Essie !!!