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  • posted by  Jennie10 on The Carb Addiction is killing my efforts
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    Hi Nodemus
    You really have my sympathy. Like you, I used to love crisps and could easily eat a 6 pack in one go, a double cheeseburger was my favourite burger – and for me add in chocolate and we’re there. I spent a lot of years on diets – ‘start again Monday’ was my middle name. I was diagnosed with Type II in 2016 and started this diet. I can only tell you some stuff from my experience that might help.

    Firstly, the diet works to get your blood sugar down. On diagnosis my hba1c was 106 (or 104 – anyway high) and within 4 months my Hba1c was 35 (normal range). Lots of people on here have done it and you can too – and that’s a fantastic thing to be able to do.
    I tested my bgls daily and they started to come down really quickly (within days to weeks rather than months) and while I’d lost some weight, my bgls were back in the normal range long, long before I’d lost all the weight I needed to be at a healthy BMI. (Experts like Jason Fung say the same thing happens with their patients). So good things can happen quite quickly.
    SunnyB’s right about the mind. When I started, the absolute truth in my head was that I couldn’t diet. But that isn’t ‘the truth’ , it’s just what’s in your head. If you have that idea push it to one side.
    It helped me not to think in terms of big numbers (I had a lot to lose), or look too far ahead to an end point. For me that was too deflating. So, I just set very small but ‘meaningful to me’ targets that could easily be reached.
    When you go low carb it’s such a big change – so initially I focused on the low carb food I liked and went from there. I also kept it simple. If I was going out somewhere where there were old style tempting foods I’d make sure I had something at home that was a genuine low carb/low cal treat to look forward to when I got home. I often didn’t bother when I got home but knowing it was there did the trick.
    I often planned to have all my particular favourite low carb things at the weekend to stop me falling off the wagon.
    Somebody on here once said if you’re going to have a breakout up your calories not your carbs – that’s a great tip.
    I started with 3 meals a day but quickly went to 2 meals a day so my 800 cals went further.
    As WindyJulz and SunnyB say, it really does get easier. If you can stick with it tightly for 2 or 3 weeks you break the carb addiction. It reminds me of when you first give up smoking and you’re desperate for a cigarette and then that desire goes – the same thing happens – it’s weird but it’s great and nothing to do with willpower, I promise.
    Pork scratchings are a good low carb snack if you need a bit of crunch and you like them – not sure how many calories but they’re often recommended by people with T2 as a good snack.
    Take care
    Jennie xx
    Sorry, didn’t realise it was such a long post – I’ve almost written a novel!

  • posted by  EC on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Good morning from the far south!
    Again….apologies I’m such an intermittent poster here, but still in for the long haul! Now into round two of the eight weeks
    Wendy belated congrats on your retirement-from the experiences of my friends that have recently retired, you’ll probably find yourself busier than ever!…and hope you do make it back down our way. It truly is a temperate paradise!
    Sunshine-girl totally understand your anxieties about easing of restrictions….even here in Tas where we’ve had no known cases for almost three months, I’m reluctant to socialise just yet and also, we are scheduled to open state border on 24th, (except to poor Victorians) so the risk increases again. Fortunately our three days at Cradle Mountain are booked for just before the borders open. Merry Melba I feel for you over there and hope you’re OK. We have three children in Vic-two with young families in the inner north so back in lockdown, so feeling for you all (and missing the family!)
    Lecurie, I keep only below 40-50 carbs and losing slowly but steadily. As a vegetarian (I’m mostly vegetarian with occ fish) its too hard to get adequate protein on below 20 as legumes (apart from tofu) are higher carb….but SO good for you!!
    I’m mostly on track still-if I slip I’m back on deck by the next meal, so feel quite settled in WOE-and NSVs continue! I’m currently wearing my favourite woollen trousers that I haven’t been able to fit into for two years….and the waist cms are FINALLY slightly down (well behind the fact that my belly is obviously way smaller!) I’m not pre-diabetic, so the waist cm (apart from vanity) is my primary aim with a strong FH of CVD
    Anyhow, work beckons
    I’ll try to check in more regularly so my posts are not so voluble!

  • posted by  MerryMelba on Joyful July
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    Hi Shoegirl. At least the sun is shining this morning on our first day of a long 6 weeks. We can do this!
    Stay safe 🌺🌼🌷
    Merry in Melbourne

  • posted by  Jennie10 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Just wanted to pop on to say congratulations to KrysiaD
    KrysiaD – that’s great news about your diabetes resolved code. Yours has been one of the journeys I followed so I know it was far from easy. Huge congratulations.
    Mind, not so convinced about the Montezuma 100%. I bought a bar to try once – oh no, one step beyond for me! On the other hand my husband, who has never been a chocolate eater , loved it and now gets a bar for Christmas, birthdays and high holidays.
    Really pleased for you.

  • posted by  Jennie10 on Joyful July
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    So, I wrote a nice long post early this morning and then my computer crashed and lost it, so I gave up and went for my early morning walk. Had to chuck myself out the front door as in times past but did nearly 12,000 steps before 8am, so I’m pretty pleased with that. I’ve been strict with my cals and carbs and my blood sugars have started to drop back down – I had a 5.5 and a 5.7 today so getting there. I’m not weighing myself until next Tuesday so we’ll see how that goes then.

    I had a bit of a lightbulb moment during my walk about my weight gain during lockdown. I realised part of it was linked to doing shopping online. Because I’d been ill and am T2 we decided to lockdown early (March 13th) and started weekly shopping online. I got lots of fresh greens and protein but found I kept having food with short use by dates that needed eating before it went off, or got wasted. It’s never occurred to me until today that was partly why I ended with bigger portions or having 3 meals a day instead of my usual 2. I’m still not great at the online business – I’ve got 4 big pots of yoghurt coming tomorrow and just realised I’ve got 5 big pots already in the fridge. What to do with 9 large pots of yoghurt – all ideas welcome!
    CC – I’m really sorry to hear about the abscess – that sounds horrible. I hope it gets better quickly. Like you say still plenty of time to see those scales move downward.
    JGwen, thanks for the link to the podcast, it’s on my list to listen. I agree about some of his interviews getting a bit heavy but like you I’m a fan. I’ve had his (kindle) book on pre-order at Amazon for a while and am really looking forward to reading it. My favourite interview with him is still the BioHackers lab one (I think it was you who put that one on Take A Look At This) so I’m hoping his book is similar to that.
    DoubleDutch – hurray, that’s a brilliant 6 month update – congratulations, and I also love the pictures. I’m really looking forward to reading how you go next.
    DCT – thanks for the vote of confidence and I really envy you the post-lockdown haircut. We only just started leaving the house last week so I might need to build up to that, but I bet it felt great.
    caronl – hope you’re going well this week – I love the little bits of Dutch? maybe?
    shoegirl – sorry to hear about the Melbourne lockdown, I’ve been watching it on the news – we’ll all be here to support you xx
    Hope everyone has a good rest of the week.
    Jennie xx

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    You sound very organised 2eviltwins, I’m sure you’ll settle into the regime just fine. See how you go on 50g and you can always review later if need be, but no point making things unnecessarily hard, especially in the early days.
    Kev, sorry I missed mentioning how well you and Mrs Kev are doing. You have both made excellent progress. Try not to compare your personal progress to that of others …. even Mrs Kev. We are all unique and some of us are just by nature slow losers … I fall into that category myself. There is a learning curve with this way of eating and slips and trips long the way are far from uncommon especially 8n the early days. The good thing is you have been able to identify where these were and are formulating a way forward.

  • posted by  Britta on I love to cook, advice on recipes please
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    Hi Sonz. I followed the recipes in the recipe book for a few weeks. It gives you a good feel for portion sizes in particular and I really recommend doing that. After that I got a bit bored of the recipes in there and started converting my own favourite recipes using a calorie calculator app. I use one called Fatsecret and it tells me how many calories a dish is and also gives the macros. So then I adjust a bit to make it fit with where I want it to be. You quite quickly develop a feel for it.

  • posted by  2eviltwins on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Hi SunnyB – Thanks so much for the encouragement – took your advice and am starting out at 50g of carbs this week – much more manageable – set up meal prep for the week and most days are 50g or a little less. Just jumping in and trying too much too fast was a mistake.

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    2eviltwins, sorry last week didn’t go so well, but it sounds like you haven’t allowed that to get in your way and you’ve made a good start to another week. Once you get properly into the swing of things, it will get easier …. promise.
    Sunshine girl, good to have you posting. Glad that your stress levels are down, now that your decision on the holiday has been made.
    Britta, thanks for checking whilst on your period of maintenance, please do keep us posted.
    Lecurie, could you maybe try getting rid of bread completely? You might find that doing so helps to get rid of that bloat. The one week at a time certainly does make the process feel more manageable, especially when first starting out.
    “If you’re facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep going”

  • posted by  SunnyB on I love to cook, advice on recipes please
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    Hi Sonz, there’s nothing wrong with adapting your usual recipes to fit into the low carb WOE. This has largely been my route and in fact looking at old recipes from a new angle can spark culinary inspiration. My spice draw has never been used so much! I’m sure you will soon be cooking up a storm, just be sure to calculate the cals and carbs in all the dishes you make.
    As Caronl says, take a look on the forum for recipes and for advice and support, the weekly thread is a great place to go. Hope to see you there.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Krysia, wonderful to see you posting and congrats on the ‘diabetes resolved’ verdict 🤸‍♂️🎉🤸‍♂️ sure you must be thrilled. There are still a few of us around, who have been with the BSD for 4yrs this year. I love the Montezuma chocolate too, it’s really yummy! Sounds to me like you have maintenance cracked and I’m sure you’ll continue maintaining well. Sadly, too many people don’t understand that it’s necessary to remain low carb in maintenance and there IS no going back to old eating habits, if we don’t want to return to what brought us to the BSD in the first place. Anyway, you are definitely NOT one of those and I’m certain your yearly checks will be everything you want them to be.

    Okay, time for me to find some positives to post ….
    🎠 Have arranged to visit Mum and Dad soon.
    🎠 OH has had an at home day to day.
    🎠 An especially good meditation session today.

  • posted by  2eviltwins on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Hello To All! I have enjoyed reading your comments daily and have gotten some great advice. Last week did not go well as my willpower got the best of me but I have not let it get me down. I did meal prep and started over today much better prepared. I also did 30 mins of working out which I normally do 0 mins. Feeling great 👍🏽 thanks 😊 for all the support .

    Sarah1968 – thank you for sharing your meal plan – it was so helpful. 🦄💗

  • posted by  KrysiaD on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Haven’t posted for ages, but still do read the posts every day.

    It was my four year anniversary at the end of April and I am still keeping to the BSD principles and very low carb.

    My positive for today is that as of this week I am now coded by my GPs surgery as diabetes resolved. I will still continue to get my annual checks and of course will need to stay low carb forever.

    My second positive is that I discovered Montezuma 100% chocolate – my special treat.

  • posted by  caronl on I love to cook, advice on recipes please
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    Hi Sonz,
    Welcome to the website and this way of eating. Many of us have landed here after serial and unsuccessful dieting. You are in the right place!

    There are some good ideas for recipes on this website. Luvtocook was a great contributor. As well as the recipes section, you will find specific threads on soups, salads and much more: just use the search function for key words. I also like the http://www.dietdoctor.com website, which has lots of good ideas. And there are quite a few others out there if you google low-carb recipes. A lot of them can be accessed without buying a subscription. If you want to buy some cookbooks, then the FAST 800 recipe books are good (though check the calorie and carb counts, which are apparently off in some cases.) Otherwise low-carb or keto should keep you on track.

    Very best wishes. And do join in on the weekly thread (One week at a time starting….) if you have questions/comments etc. You can find it by looking for recent topics under the Forums tab.

  • posted by  Britta on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Just a quick message to say I’m still looking in to see how everyone is doing despite my diet holiday. Weight wise I’m maintaining which is the basic idea for now. Have added some complex carbs like pulses and quinoa (which helps against my increasing meat fatigue), and paused the calorie counting, but otherwise sticking to the same stuff as I have been and the same ‘eating window’. I weigh myself almost daily to be sure that things don’t get out of hand.
    Also have started new regime of various herbal remedies supposed to help balance hormones (recommended by my GP who said ‘for the unlucky ones peri menopause can be horrendous and go on for years and nothing much helps, but these things seem to help some people, although I cannot tell you why!). I’m hoping I’ll be back in business for another round in a few weeks.

  • posted by  Sonz on I love to cook, advice on recipes please
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    Hello,
    I have just started this way of eating, however have been “on a diet” for ever!!
    I hope to follow the 800k for 8 weeks, however maybe with a little leniency at times.
    What I do not want to do is mess up the whole idea of a BSD by not fully understanding how to modify my own recipes. I love to cook, and am told I’m good at it. I’d say my diet has been megga healthy 80% of the time for most of my life. However, unlike my sisters who never dieted I am the only one that has consistently gained weight, and always tummy weight. A friend became Diabetic, and we joked that it was the best thing that had ever happened to her as her weight just fell off once she watched her sugar/carbs. It was like a light bulb moment for me, years of low fat hadn’t worked, maybe I should try giving up carbs BEFORE I became Diabetic ( no flies on me huh? LOL).

    2 days in and I feel fab, and the weight is shifting (I know it’s mostly water, but I’ll take that).

    But, I bought the recipe book that goes with the 8 week/800k plan, and I’ve cooked a few already, but know I will need more. Can you advise me what cookery books I need to look at buying i.e Diabetic, Low Carb, Keto, any advice gratefully received, as Diabetic cookbooks tend to say low fat which I know is not what we are doing here.

    Thank you

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    No weight loss so far since Monday but sticking with it. Not too sad about missing the holiday, in fact I think I am one of those people who actually enjoy lockdown to some extent. Dont even miss restaurants as I am always fretting about what I can or cant eat. The main thing for me was the not knowing. Can we go, cant we. What will happen when we are there, what will be open, if I dont go what will I tell my cat sitters as our house is their holiday, can they come in etc etc. It was all going round and round in my head so not sleeping, thinking about it all the time. As soon as I said ‘I am not going’ I suddenly began to relax and feel better. Daughter okay about it and cat sitters were lovely when I told them. I am not phobic about going out but very scared of Covid due to underlying health problems for both of us. September will be a better time for us and we are just heading straight for our daughter’s house where we can stay in or go out or whatever. Anyone else feel stressed about the unlocking of the restrictions.
    Wendleg, you will come to terms with your new situation. Just give yourself time. Sorry your break (in Sarlat?) was a washout, nothing to do with me, I dont live anywhere near there, several hundred miles away. Thought the !!! was in mistaken place of my sign off – keep on keeping on… three full stops. Chin up girl, retirement can be a big shock not helped by the sh-tstorm going on all around us.
    Have a good day everyone.

  • posted by  WindyJulz on The Carb Addiction is killing my efforts
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    Totally agree SunnyB. Love indian spiced roast cauliflower – it has become my potato substitute. Whenever i feed tatties to the man types I just have some roast cauli instead. Also good with blackened cajun spices!
    Garlic olive oil on the roast leaves is also good!
    Courgette crisps are also pretty good.
    Parsnips are fab but not quite as BSD friendly…..
    Any other suggestions??
    🙂

  • posted by  shoegirl on Joyful July
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    Hi all, how lovely to see all these familiar names, thanks for starting this thread DCT! I am definitely ready for a new start and to get back on track with this WOE. Like CC and SueBlue the weight has steadily crept up on me and I feel like I was still trying to eat healthily but maybe just too much of it! I want to lose 2kg and 3cm off my waist by the end of this month. Melbourne heads into lockdown again tomorrow so hopefully my motivation stays strong during this. All positive support from you all would be great!!👠

  • posted by  Lecurie on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Thanks SunnyB, I’m finding I’m learning a lot from reading posts on here and will read the book when it’s delivered today. Thanks for the info re carbs. I have always felt carbs were my enemy as I never seem to get rid of my bloated belly hence cutting right down on bread. It’s good to be part of a community of like minded folk and the fact it’s one week at a time feels so doable for me right now.

  • posted by  Kevlondon on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Week 2 completed, and a variable result. I lost 2lb to give me a total of 9lb over 2 weeks, Mrs Kev lost 4lb for a total of 16lb. We made a few slipups along the way, mainly getting the quantities wrong in a few recipes and allowing ourselves too much protein, goats cheese etc. Also I had a few too many handfuls of nuts between meals when I was hungry.

    This week we’re redoubling our efforts to stick to the correct quantities, although we’re still padding some meals out with extra green veg or salad, depending what it is. Still avoiding all the ‘wrong’ stuff like pasta, rice and potatoes, and having a sliver of bread only in recipes where it is allowed (mushrooms on toast, for example). I’m laying off the nuts – if I need a snack, I’ll have a boiled egg as it’s half the calories, or a mug of Bovril as it’s even less.

    Hoping to pull a better loss next week and get closer to my first stone lost.

  • posted by  SunnyB on The Carb Addiction is killing my efforts
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    Julz, I’m completely addicted to roast cauli, leaves and all and roast broccoli as well. Tried roasted Brussels, but not so keen! I often sprinkle spices over my roast cauli …. coriander, cumin, dry mango powder, turmeric and the like. My spice draw has become my friend again in BSD, helping me to ring the changes.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Too early in the day for me to post positives, but thought I’d just drop in to say thank you to Verano and Julz for posting.
    V, I like that your positives are connected to decisions to make positive things happen…. that’s given me food for thought.
    Julz, your last positive is inspiring, as it is how we handle the more difficult days, which really shows what we’re made of – bring able to cope with them is a huge positive.
    Will return later with some positives.

  • posted by  WindyJulz on The Carb Addiction is killing my efforts
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    SunnyB is very wise and it does get easier.
    Missing salty snacks is what I’ve probably found hardest and it is where I am most likely to fall off….. and i didnt realise i even had a salty snack problem before.
    Generally, it is easier not to snack…at all. I have a a glass of fizzy water and / or coffee first and often that is sufficient. Then just my planned meals. I sometime have a salty snack along side a meal….and here is the revelation…… roast cauliflower leaves and roast cabbage leaves!! Both with a little olive oil and salt and roasted for maybe 15-20 mins. Absolutely delicious! Also roast cauliflower and roast broccoli are good but that tends to be part of my main meal rather than a wee side snack.
    Other than that – yup, nuts, seeds and red berries. But again i find it hard to ensure moderation unless it is part of a main meal or as a pudding. Generally everything is easier with no snacks between meals.
    Honestly, fight it off for 2 weeks and i bet you feel a million times better and you will realise and prove to yourself that you CAN manage just fine without snacks. Life happiness is NOT snack dependant. You will loose the guilt, the feeling of failure and you will feel a massive sense of achievement.
    And yes, Sunny is right – dont start tomorrow….. start now, and do it for all the tomorrows. And if you fall off, that is ok, we all do occasionally, get up, find your bearings, point the right way and get going again!!
    🙂

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Rosy, wonderful post, thrilled you ventured to wear your white dress in public and that those Jean’s need tethering to stay up!
    Lecurie, feel free to post whenever the urge takes you, there are no rules in that regard. Sounds like you’re beginning to grasp the principles of the Fast800. I had the same problem on the 5:2, really struggled yo control the intake on the ‘normal’ eating days. Don’t feel you have to push your carb intake down to 20g daily, this is only necessary for those who are insulin resistant. Why not start with a higher figure …. some people are successful at 100g per day, so it’s really a case of experimenting to see how low you need your carb level to lose consistently.
    Julz, sorry you’re struggling at the moment, but it sounds to me as though you are identifying coping mechanisms and that is a huge non-scale victory. Fingers crossed for both horses returning to good health. I know you’ll be doing your utmost for them.

    Finally, well done to everyone reporting achievement, both on and off the scales. Keep on keeping on!

  • posted by  Rosyapple on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Hi everyone! Where’s summer?!!
    Got all excited yesterday, I wore a white linen dress, a first for me as I tended to stick to darker colours to help hide the bulges (didn’t work, they were still there 😂) Also white is very eye catching and I didn’t like to draw attention. So, jeans and a waterproof today… jeans that I can now take off without undoing and need a belt for. Yay!
    WindyJulz, good to see you, sorry to hear that you’ve not been feeling too good of late (know the feeling). C’mon girl!… Hope the horses recover too.
    Have a good day all 🧡🌹🍏

  • posted by  Lecurie on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Morning everyone, not really sure of this forum’s guidelines but thought I’d say hello each day. I am really enjoying reading the comments and learning about this new way of life. I don’t have diabetes, not yet anyway, but I’ve gained a stone and a half during UK lockdown and really want to lose this but mostly want to manage my eating better and create better habits. Since starting 800 calories on Monday I’ve had more energy than before and the hunger seems manageable as I keep drinking lots of boiled and cold water which seems to keep me filled. Previously I tried to 5:2 with success but found that I over ate on my non fast days. I’ve felt rubbish during lockdown, I’ve not exercised or been motivated to eat healthily but I’ve now got to the point where I have to do this otherwise I’ll just get bigger and bigger. The last two days I’ve walked our dog for an hour and a half each morning and found that this sets me up for the day, making me feel more energised and determined to have a good day. I’ve ordered the 800 book and am half way through reading the original fast diet book. I’m taking all the learning I can from the advice on this forum and want to get my head around the 20g of carbs – I’m unsure if this is per day? I know carbs are my enemy because I crave and eat lots of bread usually but have cut right back on my bread intake recently. Oh and I’m vegetarian, I don’t have milk or eggs unless they are binding ingredients in a recipe. I love humous and salads and cheese and am thinking of inventive ways to make my 800 calories work for me. Hope you all have a good day and thanks for your welcomes to this forum.

  • posted by  WindyJulz on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Apologies, not felt too positive the past few days, and been ‘on holiday’ – well not working anyway….. so not been online so much…. anyway, there are positives to be had….
    – horse had successful surgery and is now on the way to, hopefully, being fixed or at least knowing what the future holds
    – part of horsey rehab is 30 minute walking twice a day for 3 weeks …..so that will make sure I get 5km a day in!
    – Garden plans coming together, just need some useful weather to help!
    – enjoyed running yesterday – first time ever i think i actually enjoyed the process not just the after feeling.
    – there is something positive about coping with bad days without going totally off the rails….sad times dont last for ever. Good health is more important than indulging at difficult times.

    Will that do?

  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Hey folks. Good to catch up, and see so many posts. 🙂

    I’ve had a difficult few days, mentally been struggling, assume its a combination of life factors which have just made things hard (horse had surgery and now has 6 week rehab which will be a bit challenging, other horse needs an xray, relief OHs job situation seems resolved, rubbish weather hampering garden efforts, making a guy in my team at work redundant) we are on “holiday” and the foul weather and COVID restrictions made me feel hemmed in yesterday….. and we would normally ‘treat’ ourselves to all things baked when on holiday – bagels, fruit scones, malteaser slice….. and I kinda felt miserable worrying about food yesterday. In a last ditch attempt to perk myself up, i went on a quest for some endorphins and did a pretty quick 3km run – felt amazing! Think I’ve been missing some proper heart moving exercise. Lesson learned.
    Anyway, so I have been over on calories, had an apple as a treat and not nailed the past few days as planned….but I’ve been low carb, eaten plenty of stuff that is really good for me and, I think, found my mo-jo.
    Funny how we all have good days and bad days, and I think i struggle through the bad days as i would normally turn to food and that comforter is no longer used….. but it makes me feel a bit sad and blue and lost in those moments.

    Hoping to do one meal today, have a good 16:8 2 meal day tomorrow and one meal on Friday to try and get back on track. Planning a modest and controlled weekend, no alcohol, lots of salad – cant believe how much i love a salad these days. Like genuinely love it!

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Hi everyone ! Thanks for your good wishes V .I don’t really feel like a lady of leisure just yet as this is normal school holidays but September will be a different story ! I am just enjoying the summer although our usual activities have not resumed.I love a mooch around a ‘vide grenier’ but not this year.The markets are open though and I just love the abundance of veg available at this time of year.

    I hope you can get back on your travels again V. I always loved the idea of going away in September but we have nothing planned outside France. Happy Anniversary ! I am approaching 2 years ( September 1st) Let’s keep going together !

    Sunshine-girl….the reason for the !!!! at the end of your name was to express my enthusiasm at receiving a retirement gift of several nights in a guest house in Sarlat in the Dordogne. Nothing sinister 😉 
    Sorry you had to change your holiday plans but I am sure there will be other occasions.

    Welcome Lecurie ! You are now on the list of thread contributors.All the very best to you. I enjoyed reading anything I could get my hands on about nutrition, low carb as well as videos .Do you need to control diabetes ?

    Lovely to see you checking in Butterlover. We are always here to support you and well done on controlling the cravings.

    Hi Merry ! Thank you for your good wishes.Yes, a return to Australia to visit my boys and hubby’s daughter will happen but we can’t really plan yet. Last time we divided our time between Tasmania (hi EC !) and Cairns but now I don’t have the contraints of work we can stay longer and of course visit Melbourne too. My son continues to work from home after expecting to be back in to work so the new lockdown restrictions are unfortunate but there you go . I do remember you mentioned a writing project some time back ? Could you develop that for the next few weeks while the libraries are closed and your brother is not there with his stash of carbs ?

    I had better get moving now .Have agreat day/evening everyone xx

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Ok Sunny you have ‘shamed’ me into contributing!
    I’ve not meditated for a few days but I will make the time today.
    I’ve not been looking for three positives but I will make the time today.
    And finally, I’ve not been recording my carbs or calories but I will make the time today.
    So three positive steps for today to help fill my ‘busy doing nothing’ lockdown life!
    Have a good day!

  • posted by  wendleg on 6 months on fast800: results!
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    Brilliant DD ! Thank you for your inspiring post ….one to read again and again for anyone doubting and struggling !!!
    So glad that the forum helped too !!!! xx

  • posted by  Jeremy Fisher on 6 months on fast800: results!
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    Great story and posts DD. Thanks for sharing. A huge well done for such great results. And determination. Given I’ve now taken a break after just 4 weeks – you’re doing amazingly.

    In terms of thinning hair, my wife uses viviscal and finds it good. I use minoxidil which I have also found good.

    Neither are a magic bullet, but we’ve both kept at them for a couple of years as we were pleased enough with the results.

  • posted by  Jeremy Fisher on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Week 4: No weight loss (or gain), but 1/2 inch off my waste. Was a bit naughty this week and my daily calories were over my 1150 target most days. Carbs were still low. I’ve decided to take a break for 2 weeks which I hope will get my determination back. Two runs since being back on carbs… Running is a different world – so much energy and so much faster and so much more pleasurable!

    Progress so far:

    Week 1: Lost 8lb. 800 cals. TRE. Great results, but a tough week with ‘carb flu’ and horrendous running that turned into walks.
    Week 2: Lost 2lb. 1150cals, low carb, and no longer TRE to make life easier. Running a little better but still some walking needed.
    Week 3 (this week): Lost 2.5lb. 1150 cals. One day on unlimited cals, but low carb all day. Increased running mileage to burn more calories and did 5 runs. No need to walk in runs this week – more back to normal.
    Week 4: As above.

  • posted by  2eviltwins on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning June 30th 2020
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    Hi Sarah1968 – Thanks for letting me know your food for the day – it was helpful. I am actually struggling a bit. My willpower seems to be getting the best of me. With the stress of Covid I have been using sweets to help. I will try to start again new tomorrow – I have cooked up some healthy food for the next few days and may pop on here instead of snacking. Continue your positive journey as it is inspiring!

  • posted by  JGwen on Joyful July
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    Dreamscometrue, I should warn you that Dr Bikman can be quite deep, he does talk about a cellular level. This interview was all about insulin resistance, and I came away with some extra puzzles to work on. I just find his work so informative that I couldn’t stop myself from breaking off during listening to the podcast to share its existance. – You may find searching the Take a Look at this thread for links to other podcasts by him helpful.

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Happy 4th BSD birthday, V 🤸‍♂️🎉🍾 I am sure you’ll quickly sort out the pounds you don’t want. Once you get back to the regime, it all fall into place quite easily I’m sure.
    Riccoh, good to see you here again … pleased all is going well.
    Sunshine, you’re so right about checking values ourselves, especially important whilst in weigh loss phase. Well done on consolidating that loss over the weekend.
    Lecurie, I only ever had the original Fast800 book, so perhaps someone else will give advise about whether getting the newer one too is a good move.
    Butterlover, glad you’re doing well.
    Merry, sorry you are back in lockdown. Stay safe and look after yourself. Sounds like you have a good plan for making this period a good BSD one.
    Great to see so many of our usual contributors checking in. Keep on keeping on everyone.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    As no-one else seems to have positives(?), so I’d best find some to put forward ….
    🍒 No queue to get into the supermarket.
    🍒 Enjoyed some fermented veg and yogurt for lunch. Especially loving the cherry ferment!
    🍒 Another dry day, so another little gardening session. Hoping for an extend session at the w/e.
    🍒 Grateful that all family and friends seem to be staying well.
    That’s enough for today. If you have a positive, please take a moment to share it with us.

  • posted by  SunnyB on The Carb Addiction is killing my efforts
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    Nodemus, perhaps the mindset needed is more, “start again right now” than “start again tomorrow”? Aside for that though it’sbest to rid your home of non-BSD foods if you can to remove instant temptation. And when making food choices, try taking a moment before eating something high carb, to question yourself ….. Am I actually hungry? Will I feel miserable after I’ve eaten this? Is this good for me? and Will eating this help me to get where I want to be? Sometimes just taking a moment to evaluate, is enough to startle you out of mindlessly ploughing ahead.
    With regard to snacks, think along the lines of nuts and seeds or berries, with a couple of tbsp of fullgat greek yogurt.
    It really sounds to me that your problem is quite as much mindset, as cravings for high carb foods …. worth exploring? Really hope you manage to find a solution. Good news is, if you can battle through, it does get easier. Once your body has adjusted to fat burning, cravings will lessen and the desire for snacks will also abate, making things much more manageable …. unfortunately, the hard miles need to be put in first.
    Best wishes

  • posted by  Riccoh on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    Another week in and so happy with my results. My SIL had her gastric sleeve op on Friday and was back in hospital yesterday with complications. Bleeding into the abdomen. More surgery. ICU. Very rare apparently.

    I have developed so many new habits. This has been truly life saving. I think COVID and isolation has helped. Slowly emerging. Ate out twice this week and made good choices. One meal only on those days and 16:8 the other days.

    Welcome Lecurie. This group offers great support and advice.

    DoubleDutch, I read your other post. Well done. You must feel amazing.

    MerryMelba. I’m in Sydney. I can’t imagine being in strict lock down again. I think we are all good here. Fingers crossed it stays that way. I found lockdown was a great time to start new habits and this time, for the first time in many years, they seem to have stuck with me.

    Waitaminute, how are you going?

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Joyful July
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    Cathy do hope you are feeling better soon. Toothache is so wearing. Sending you get well wishes.

    Thanks JGwen for that link, will have a look tomorrow.

    Just back from my first post-lockdown haircut!

    Have a great week everyone X

  • posted by  Verano on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning July 7th 2020
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    It was my fourth BSD birthday on the 5th and so it’s a time of reflection and renewal for me now.
    Half way through 2020 and I’m maintaining nicely but the only problem is that’s it a far higher weight than I’m comfortable with!
    I have continued to eat low carb without bread, potatoes, pasta or rice. So the good news is that, from finger pricks, my blood sugar seems to be stable but I’ve not had an HbA1c for over a year. Hopefully I will get a review in the not too distant future! Anyway, I thought as we still have half a year to go, some accountability might really help me move downwards again.
    Wendy and Sunny huge thanks for this thread it’s really is so helpful for so many people. It’s good to see lots of new and returning travellers. My goals are really modest just 1lb a week would be fine.
    So here I go ….. yet again!
    Wendy, I guess you are now a ‘lady of leisure’. Enjoy your retirement and let this be the beginning of a new and really exciting phase for you x

  • posted by  BSDobsessed on 6 months on fast800: results!
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    Hi DD thanks for your post. Ive just joined – though Ive been doing the BSD for a while – and found it really helpful. Its just the sort of inspiration I need. About your hairloss, I have very fine hair and when I found it was thinning even more, I did a bit of research and discovered Biotin. I think its just some kind of vitamin for hair and nails. I don’t know if it would work for everyone but I’ve had a massive improvement in the thickness of my hair since taking it. Maybe you could have a look and see if you think it could help you.
    I look forward to seeing more of your posts and others.