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  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Things are a bit different in our household right now. I am certainly changing how I view things. I appreciate simple foods, never take anything for granted, waste nothing and am trying to be as inventive as possible with nature’s gifts !
    Nettles …crisps and soup are regulars and tomorrow I am going to attempt a nettle juice in my juice extractor.It will need a few additions ( cucumber, spinach,ginger and maybe an orange) but I will give it a go and let you know how I get on.I read in my foraging book that nettles are more nutritious than kale !!
    So my days involve reading my Foraging Book ” The Forager’s Calendar ‘ by John Wright, seeking out videos on edible plants , doing my Qigong and meditation sessions … I am also researching lactofermentation techniques so I can make my own fermented veg rather than buying them.
    I found a recipe for home made vegetable bouillon powder to save buying those little stock cubes. I had all of the ingredients except celery seeds so substituted fennel seeds. Ideal for my green soups !
    I am caught up with school work and am taking a break as this is the ‘ school holiday ‘ Kids, teachers and parents definitely need a breather !
    It seems strange to think that Easter is coming. I haven’t seen a single Easter Egg ( the choc ones) as we haven’t ventured out to any big supermarkets. I wouldn’t be buying Easter eggs anyway but I recently ordered some dark choc with my online order from the bio/organic shop. This choc was 80% and it is clearly too tempting as I scoffed the lot in no time. I cannot buy anything but 90 or 95 or even 100% cacao …and that’s it !!
    So we are grateful to have everything we need, to be healthy right now. Still doing my one or two weekly 36 hour fasts.I only managed one last week .
    So that’s my routine right now !
    Looking forward to hearing from you all xx

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning April 7th 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Yes, it really is that time again ! We hope you are all staying safe and well. It’s difficult to stay constanty focused in these unsettling times but as you know, we are always here to provide a space to share , whether to voice anxieties or to celebrate victories, however small.
    You don’t necessary have to be rigidly sticking to the 800 cal/low carb programme if it just seems too much to handle right now. To commit to avoiding snacks, sugary and empty foods is good enough even if it means going above your normal targets. Looking after ourselves, avoiding panic and comfort eating to ease stress is great. You will feel less overwhelmed, a bit more in control. You can get back to being ‘stricter’ at a later date if things are just too tough right now. However, it is important to keep your eye on why you embarked on this plan in the frst place… you don’t want to be dealing with massive regrets because you totally reverted back to your former ways and just can’t find the motivation to start again …………

    So come and join us and let us know how you are getting on or if we can inspire and help you , without judgement
    Wendy and Sunny

  • posted by  JGwen on Need to lose 8 stone
    on in Fast 800

    Hi AliceF2701,

    Welcome to the forum. I would recommend following Wendy’s advice to join the weekly thread. – You will find a mixture of people on the thread who are at different stages in their journey. I would also agree with the advice to take your measurements. – And don’t just take measurements of waist and hips. Some of us have found that our collar bones emerge and our shoe sizes change before we start to see a big change on waist and hips.

    To give you some reassurance, I am down over 7 stone since starting this way of eating. Most of that was achieved in the first year. Once you get used to this way of eating you will not want to go back. – You can do it.

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Well done for continued detemination everyone and I hope the results inspire and give encouragement to those who have gone a bit quiet ?
    Scottishgal, Amz …missing you !
    How are you getting on Dreamscometrue ? SueBlue ? Doubledutch ? PhoenixBurns ? RussianRoulade ?
    Carla45 where are you ?

    I will set up the new weekly thread later ( yes, it’s that time already !!) but just wanted to give a shout out to anyone not feeling able to post right now. We are always here to offer support xx

  • posted by  wendleg on Need to lose 8 stone
    on in Fast 800

    Hi Alice
    Bless you, don’t despair, you are in the right place !
    There are some incredible success stories on the forum, women losing 10 stone and more . Others have done well with lesser but still substantial amounts by committing to the fast 800 programme.You certainly will get quick results early on which is of course inspiring but you have to be prepared for a complete overhaul of previously accepted principles of losing weight and some radical changes.
    I would like to guide you towards the weekly thread which is active even in these unsettling times
    Look for One week at a time starting….
    We can then help with any questions or doubts you might have .
    Just to tell you about myself. I started out in September 2018 at over 16 stone.I am now under 11 stone and happily maintaining because there is no way I will ever return to my former very unhealthy ways. I lost about 9 kilos in the first 8 weeks.It’s common to lose 10% of your overall body weight in that time. I reckon most of my weight loss happened in the first year but things did slow down as I continued.
    Weigh yourself, Alice.Take your measurements.Write them down and just tell yourself I am now going to prioritise my health and get where I want to be .We will help you ! Read the Fast 800 book for the general principles as that is an essential starting point.
    You can do this, Alice !

  • posted by  AliceF2701 on Need to lose 8 stone
    on in Fast 800

    Hi all!

    I am your typical yoyo dieter and now I need to lose 8 stone. I could cry reading that I really could. I’ve previously lost nearly 7 stone doing the Cambridge Diet but of course piled it all back on (with a bit more for good luck…). I need to change. I hate how I look. I’m fed up of family making barbed comments etc. and I’d like to have a baby in the next couple of years (am 34 now). I need to do this.

    I guess what I’m really looking for here is a) tips and b) success stories. Has anyone lost a similar amount of weight? If so, how long did it take? I want this to be a new WOE but relatively quick weight loss is always inspiring. I’m currently too scared to step on the scales but weight must be around the 18 stone mark and ideally, i’d like to be closer to 10 stone.

    Thanks for your input and stay safe 🙂

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Articfox, you’ll soon be at that 88kg target and striding on to your next milestone 😊. Julz, well done on pulling yourself back in line and resisting the chips. Very interesting about vit b having an effect on how the body stores fat … definitely worth taking a look at that.

    Averaging out my stats for last week, I have been maintaining at 0.6lb above target weight, so not exactly where I want to be, but close enough not to stress about it. However, going into this week, I’d like to make this week count and hope to report an overall loss this time next week.

    Will look forward to seeing everyone on the next weekly thread …. the first for this month and given that it’s Easter at the end of the week, possibly the most challenging in April. I know we will all be up for tackling another week head on though😁

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Oh very well done WINDYJULZ and DAD! Xxx frustrating tho,one missing piece! You might come across it when you least expect to!
    Wit will always thrive. Somebody sent me this.!

    * Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter —– The Living Room or
    the Bedroom.
    * Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks.
    The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
    * I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune.
    Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.
    * I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
    * PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit.
    * Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
    * Home-schooling in my home is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1
    teacher fired for drinking on the job.
    * I don’t think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we’d go
    from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone
    * This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she
    thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog…..we laughed a lot.
    * So, after this quarantine…..will the producers of My 600 Pound Life
    just find me or do I find them?
    * Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather
    all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
    * (My favorite) My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
    * Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
    * I’m so excited — it’s time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
    * I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda . Getting tired of Los Livingroom .
    * DATING AD: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
    * Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said “I hope I don’t have the >same teacher next year”…. I’m offended.
    * Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under .🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜🦋💜

  • posted by  WindyJulz on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Happy reading all the positives. I have a few….

    1. We completed the jigsaw i got for my dad yesterday. 100 piece we had made with a photo of birds on his bird table – far too difficult and so much green! Dad got cross with it but i was determined to get through it….and we did!! Delighted even though there is one piece lost….. its been on his dining table since new year so not entirely surprising!
    2. Hubby and I have started some outdoor spring cleaning. Lots to do and making good progress
    3. Spring cleaning included preening of my young horse – he look pretty special!
    4. We have some time off this week as it the week we were supposed to be heading off for big horsey competition…. but it’ll be nice to have some down time and get jobs ticked off.
    5. My levels of washing has dropped massively – i usually have work clothes, horse clothes, gym clothes and normal clothes on the go….. but im pretty much living in jodhpurs and a top that is presentable for work clothes. 🙂
    6. Meditation is good for the soul!
    7. Today and tomorrow due to be ‘warm’….well 12 degrees …. with sunshine.
    8. I ‘ve been dabbling with a bit of running, been doing 3k once or twice a week….ran 4k on Saturday…. felt like a real achievement. I am definitely made for comfort not for speed!
    9. day 7 on plan! And motivation still high.
    10……. there’s gotta be a 10…… well frankly, family are all fit and well…this is a great thing!!


  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Quick check in. SO its day 7 since i got by self back on track properly and its going well. Made it through the weekend without going off plan. The only additions were a couple of glasses of wine….and what is very exciting about that is that, usually with the wine I end up not caring about what I’m eating and it leads to all the snack…… not so this time. Dinner was totally on plan, could of glasses, no pudding and no after dinner snack. We ate with dad last night, I made the boys maccy cheese and chips (I KNOW!) but made myself a cheesey chicken veggies bake….. and i didnt mid at all….and I love chips, but really wasnt fussed. This is a big win for me metally…long may it continue.

    Arcticfox, interesting re the protein, bit in people and horses. I am sure the protein for you thoroughbred will follow a similar science to that in people. When you are exercising, especially weight training and muscle building you will need top quality protein.
    Interestingly, my horses are mostly the opposite to yours as i have 3 fatties and struggle to keep weight off them. So Ive looked a lot at metabolism and sugars in their diet. The effect of sugar and horses weight and health is very like ours though with a lot of negative health affects associated with excess sugar and weight. Last year I muzzled my 2 real fatties for the first time – it reduces the quantity of grass the can eat, makes it very slow intake (they were inside 12hrs with hay so not starved) and they lost weight in a great way and saved my older chap from chronic laminitis. That was quite motivating for the cutting sugars in my own diet. Interestingly i also found a good B-vitamin supplement changed how they stored fat on their bodies…. I could waffle for ages…. I shall stop!!
    Oh and awesome re your discard, thats great, you sound very motivated and up beat!! Go you!

    Well don Bryla – thats a tremendous achievement for your 12 weeks!! How lovely to see your small frame back and be at your best in 20 years! If i can get close to target I would be the same. Very motivating!


  • This will my second time on BSD – I had great success a two years ago when I did the program over Christmas! There were lots of birthdays as well as other celebrations and I stuck to the program finally stopping 2 days before the 8 week mark lost 5 kgs (would have liked to loose more) lots of cms and all my blood results came back in normal range. I have put on a little over the past year but stabilised until ….. COVID-19 and lockdown!! Snacking on all the wrong foods drinking wine or G&Ts, adding in dessert and chocolate and noticing getting thicker round the middle. ENOUGH!! 90 days means I can emerge much healthier than I was in the social distancing phase! So here we go … I do have a question regarding Yogurt – Does anyone know If EasiYo home made yogurts are suitable on the plan – I have 2 packs – Greek-style Honey and Vanilla?

  • posted by  arcticfox on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Hi everyone,
    I’ve had a few good days in a row, breathing so much easier now and as of this morning I am down to 88.9kg. So that next goal of getting below 88kg is looking to be well within reach now. I remember when I came back on the forum last year that I wanted to be below this by July of this year for when I was planning to fly to the UK. Obviously that trip is unlikely to happen now, but pleased that I may make it well ahead of time. Of course, my ultimate goal is to be below 75kg, so I still have a long way to go, but inching ever closer.
    I signed up for an online bootcamp which is for 5 weeks so I’m doing that along with my usual yoga and core strength training. I’m hoping to increase my mitochondria now and help boost my metabolism. I think it was Jennie10 who posted the video about training to failure by Ted Naiman a while back? Anyway, I’ve been watching some other interviews with him that have intrigued me, particularly his idea of focusing on protein and building your meals around ensuring you have enough, so you don’t eat more energy to try and get what your body needs. This makes so much sense to me as this is exactly what my thoroughbred horse does. He needs a higher protein diet than a lot of horses; on a low protein hay, he will just high-grade it and run so much of it through his system that people have thought that he must have worms or something, but he doesn’t eat nearly so much when he is getting adequate protein. So anyway, that will be my focus going forward, increasing my mitochondria and ensuring I’m getting enough protein as I increase my exercise.
    KOKO everyone!

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Just popping in with some positives ….
    1 Cut my hair this morning. Was so fed up with the ratty ends and with no idea how much longer I might have to live with them, I took up scissors myself! Looks tidier and OH says I did a good job😁
    2 Sunny day and OH managed to get the back of the house painted, even though it was very blustery.
    3 Lovely walk this morning and noticed my favourite tree – an old oak – is just beginning to come into leaf, so I’ll have to pop back in a day or two with my camera. Have been photographing it in different seasons and weather conditions for several years.
    4 Listened to an interesting short discourse by Mooji on keeping a distance from our thoughts.
    5 Pleaseant phone chat with Mum. It’s their 65th wedding anniv and Dad’s birthday this coming week and I wanted to let them know to expect a couple of packages from Amazon.
    6 Got tired of the same few jumpers and jeans, so dug to the back of the wardrobe, so I could wear something that hasn’t seen the light of day for awhile. Figured it would be nice to have a change and make a bit of an effort, even with the lock down rules.

    Whatever you have been doing, I hope you have had so high points in your weekend and that you’ll find time to let us know about them.

  • posted by  Bryla on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Hello everyone!

    Great going, Quetzal. Sounds like you’ve got such a pragmatic approach. I think most people find that they experience less hunger quite quickly as their bodies adjust, but we’re all different. If you do suffer with any more headaches, it’s usually worth getting a bit of extra salt in. Works for me every time.

    Flour has been in short supply here too, Wendy. I don’t need it, but have been trying to get some for my parents for a couple of weeks. Succeeded yesterday! There’s definitely more stock generally in my local supermarket now, which I find quite uplifting.

    Weighed myself this morning on first day of week 13. The last bit of my initial discard goal has shifted, with an extra 1/2 pound bonus. Hooray! It feels great. If anyone is feeling impatient about progress, just hang in there. It does come, just not necessarily to our preferred schedule every time. I don’t think I’ve been this weight/size for nearly 20 years. I had forgotten that I am quite a petite person (frame rather than height- that’s pretty average).

    I now want to give some serious thought to where I take this all next. I was thinking about maintenance already a few weeks back, but didn’t really follow through. I’ve been eating maybe 50 cals extra most days for a little while. Before our normal lives went on pause, I had decided to do more strength work at the gym with a view to building some more muscle and definition. I still want to do that, so I’ll have to get more creative at home. I think there is still a couple of pounds of fat around my middle that doesn’t belong there, but I don’t want to overshoot. The aim is to be healthy, not stick thin! I’ve had a look at TDE and maintenance calories and can’t get my head around the idea that every measure seems to suggest I could/should eventually eat double the 800 for maintenance! I think I need to do a lot more homework to really understand how to proceed. I have kept my protein to around 45g, but I think I can/should up that a bit. Not expecting anyone to offer answers, just thinking out loud.

    Lots of love and positive thoughts to everyone!

    Wondering how PhoenixB is getting on…

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Dal recipe
    Boil 200g toor dal (also called pigeon pea or arhar dal) in 500ml salted water, with 0.5tsp turmeric. Add a little more water if needed to ensure the dal are soft.
    Heat oil in pan and temper half tsp each of mustard seeds, whole cumin seeds, whole coriander seeds and about 5 crumbled curry leaves. Add half tsp each of ground coriander, a tsp of ginger paste and chilli to your taste. Cook for 5mins or so, adding a little water if it starts to stick.
    Tip in boiled dal and stir through the spices. Adjust seasoning and add a tsp of tamarind paste or a squeeze of lemon juice.

    Variation …. after adding ground spices, add some chopped tomatoes, allow to cook for a few mins then add in the dal.

    Will return to add some positives a bit later on🤗🤗

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Chicken Shawarma
    Chicken pieces (skin and bone removed)
    1tsp garlic paste
    1tbsp each of ground coriander, ground cumin, ground cardamom
    Chilli or cayenne to your taste
    2tsp smoked paprika
    Black pepper
    2tbsp lemon juice
    1.5tbsp oil
    Combine marinade ingredients add chicken and ensure all is well coated. Preferably marinade overnight and up to 24hrs.
    Make a yogurt sauce with Greek yogurt, 1tsp garlic paste, 1tsp ground cumin, squeeze of lemon juice, s&p.
    Cook the chicken on bbq, grill, griddle pan or in the oven. However you cook it, it is nice with a little charring.
    Serve accompanied by the yogurt dressing.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Hi V, here are on recipes ….
    Saffron Chicken Korma
    Mix tog approx 250g Greek yogurt, half tbsp garlic paste and 1tbsp ginger paste and coat chicken (I’ve used thighs, fillets and jointed whole chicken, always skin off). Allow to marinate for about an hour.
    Warm a little milk and add saffron strands, allow to infuse.
    Heat oil and temper whole spices – 1inch cassia bark or cinnamon stick, 3 green cardamom; 1 clove. Allow to sizzle for a couple of mins and then add 1 large bay leaf broken into a few pieces.
    Add half tbsp ground coriander, chilli powder to your taste and salt. Allow to cook out for a min and then tip in the chicken and marinade. Stir well to combine the spices. When yogurt begins to split with the oil, add the saffron milk, stir well and cover to cook on a low heat.
    Keep checking and add water as needed. When the chicken is cooked through, use a little ground almond to thicken the sauce.
    When serving, top with crisp fried onions if liked.
    Will post another recipe on another post 😊

  • posted by  caronl on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Hi all, The Dutch call them “lichtpuntjes” – dots of light. And I am focusing on those when feeling despondent. They feel better than a light in the tunnel, since my brain can’t resist thinking of a train coming towards you!!

    Lovely to read all your positives. Wendleg you set the bar *very* high with twenty. But you are right that there are a lot of positives out there, even if sometimes it is appreciating what is positive in “normal” life that is temporarily absent.

    1) Back from my morning woodland walk – again in glorious sunshine and blue skies. The birds seemed particularly vocal this morning, and I managed to keep a social distance from all but one jogger. Luckily my scarf came to the rescue! Interesting to read that masks, scarves etc can actually make a difference in addition to distance.
    2) Started my second Constable jigsaw puzzle – a gorgeous sky over Dedham Vale. I really enjoy puzzles of Old Masters – they make me appreciate every detail.
    3) Have a bridge game booked with uk friends next week via houseparty and a bridge site. Intrigued to know whether it will work!
    4) My parents have agreed to give a smartphone a whirl, so looking forward to WhatsApping with them later in the week. Fingers crossed.
    5) We are all still healthy. Each morning I wake up in thanks for a new day, and that I and loved ones are OK. Not in an “I’m all right Jack” sense, but just grateful. Very much thinking of those who are not, and those who are helping them. There are so many courageous selfless people out there, who are finally receiving some of the recognition they deserve. May that continue

    Love to all

  • posted by  SunnyB on Hi
    on in Welcome to the BSD

    Welcome Jadi …. it sounds like you have plenty of good reasons to gain control and that you have really grasped the BSD concept.

    Why not consider joining the weekly and/or the monthly threads, where there is much advice and support from people at various stages on their BSD journey and you’d be made very welcome on either.

    Best wishes to you for achieving your goals and stay safe …

  • posted by  wendleg on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    I copied and pasted my post from the weekly thread, V ! I think I was responding to Bryla who was being pretty strict with her carb count !
    I am not that rigid at all either these days .I do understand what I really need to avoid. I made the mistake of picking up a bar of 80% choc on a rare shopping trip recently.That got scoffed in no time.Message to self…………don’ t buy choc under 90% cacao !!!!
    A few positives while I am here
    We are embarking on a beautiful, uplifting sunny spell of temperatures of 20 °
    I am ‘officially’ on holiday so not uploading any school work for 2 weeks to have a recharge time. I think parents need a breather too
    I will soon be able to do Qigong in the garden !
    Had a lovely Google Meet session with several members of my family yesterday , but we are not very disciplined and all talk at the same time !! It was hilarious
    I am enjoying the wacky book you recommended, V ! It makes a change from my usual reading choices. I do love my Kindle and having books available all the time.
    Did I mention my yoga teacher brought me another bag of chard, leeks and spinach yesterday ? I shared my order of sunflower and pumpkin seeds with her . My online order arrived with a lovely personal message on the package ‘ Merci Wendy ! with lots of hearts drawn on the box ! That made me smile.
    I am generally feeling less anxious .The Qigong and meditation are helping. We don’t have too many cases in this part of France as yet but we can’t get complacent.
    I will pop in again over the weekend.Take care everyone ! xx

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Hi folks!
    * VERANO Thanks for asking for that recipe and thanks WENDY for providing it,as I really love the sound of it and have the ingredients to make it
    * Looking forward to joining in a Mass Meditation later ,tho unfortunately it means waking up for 3.45! However, some nights I still havent got to sleep yet at that time,when I have an insomnia patch,so am used to being a night owl at times.
    * Bottom of laundry basket day today!woohoo!
    * Had a lovely afternoon browsing thru two magazines my DD included in my shopping earlier in the week. Not usually a fan,just flick thru,but I got engrossed in the articles and doing some crosswords
    Hope everyone is having as lovely a day as poss! 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Believe me Wendy I’m certainly not carb strict at the moment!
    I’m not a lover of halloumi although OH is. I could use chickpeas instead with the spinach. I do have a lovely, but quite carby, chickpea and squash curry. Hugh Fearnkey Whittingstall, from the Daily Mail , several years ago. Very yummy and gets better the next day!

  • posted by  wendleg on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Hi V !
    My hallouli and spinach curry is very easy

    My halloumi and spinach curry is just basically a base of softened onions with a spice mix ( turmeric, coriander, cumin and fresh ginger) with water. The recipe has a few cherry tomatoes too. I then add in the spinach in batches to wilt it and then add the diced halloumi previously browned in a pan.
    I am not as strict as you with the carb total these days and I think the tomatoes would ramp it up a bit but it’s healthy and tasty and lasts for several days. Sorry I haven’t been precise about amounts. I can look up the recipe if you want the exact quantities.
    I think I came across the recipe on line, not on the site.

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Hi everyone ! I ‘m not far away, just had to catch up a bit with family, and some down time in the garden. More lovely green veggies arrived from the farm yesterday so I am overjoyed. People here are bemoaning the lack of flour and yeast in the shops..not me 😉
    I only managed one 36 hour fast this week but that’s ok.

    Hope everyone is ok. The weekend is normally a quiet time on the thread but these days there seems to be little distinction, days seem to run into each other.
    I hope you are coping, it’s tough I know . Let us know how you are doing

    Lots of love xxx

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    P.S. Sunny I’d love some ideas for Indian dishes that aren’t took carby or too time consuming to make. I have a pretty good selection of herbs and spices. Thank you in advance!

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
    on in Fast 800

    Good afternoon!
    Well the last few days have been mixed for me but I’m going to concentrate only on the positives……
    1. Finished my first ‘lockdown’ jigsaw today.
    2. Lovely white blossom tree just coming into flower outside.
    3. Think we have a bride or bridesmaid bush, that’s grown into a tree, which is in full bloom ….. very delicate white flowers and pink leaves. Lovely!
    4. I always thought I enjoyed cooking, but I’m afraid my patience is being tried now! Made some carb friendlyish onion bhajis yesterday. Baked in the oven they were ok, not quite the real thing but acceptable.
    5. My fish man turned up on Thursday so have wonderful trout and salmon.
    6. Have been a bit lax about meditating these last few days but do ‘follow my breath’. Promise to get back into full flow tomorrow.
    7. I have an Italian style meatball casserole in the oven, never made one before, but now it’s a case of cook what I have left! Hopefully I will get a food delivery tomorrow and will have fresh green vegetables again!
    Please try to stay as positive as you can, keep safe and, above all, keep well.

  • posted by  Jadi on Hi
    on in Welcome to the BSD

    Hi everyone,
    I am 55, 5”3 and at risk of developing type 2.
    I am a Diabetic Eye Screener and have spent most of my adult life trying to lose the fat around my middle. I suffer with AF and there is heart disease throughout the family so a few red flagsfor me.
    I read Michael’s book and it made so much sense, to swap low fat, high sugar foods for full fat and high protein?
    What’s not to like. 🤗
    I have been following the SW plan, filling up on carbs and low fat, high sugar everything… It’s true, I haven’t put weight on but I haven’t lost any either, the roll of fat remains. Although I’m not hugely overweight, a few pounds would decrease the risks significantly.
    So it’s Saturday morning, I’m going to start with some eggs, write everything down and see how I get on week 1.
    Stay Safe everyone x

  • posted by  Quetzal on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
    on in Fast 800

    Day 3 – and no head-ache, I actually feel somewhat happier, looking forward to meet small goals – heading towards the main goal: healthier body with normal BMI – a looooong way to go! Still feeling hungry, but enjoyed feta-cheese and salad for lunch – and other BSD-friendly meals and it seems to pass longer and longer after each meal, hopefully a little better tomorrow. Would be so nice not to feel hungry and eat by the clock – if ever possible. Have stocked up with greek yoghurt, eggs, cheeses, salmon, vegetables, replaced red pepper with green, walnuts, lentils – and really good olive oil. But when I came home from work, the kids (primary school) had made pizza and were so excited to see mee enjoy it (homeschool makes them help out more) – and I had two tinytiny pieces. Ate it superslowly. No urge to have more. WindyJulz- I am impressed with you – well done – must feel so good to be able to just know that that stuff is no good for you – and not be tempted. Holly – 3 kg is superb, I am looking forward to your next week result! I have to share the simplest and best salad (so cheap and easy: slice half a cabbage with a cheese slicer, add two table spoons olive oil, some pepper, a little salt and juice of a lime – toss it – put in fridge – perfect with everything or alone).
    Everyone – have a wonderful weekend!

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Julz, congrats on the horse situation and the cravings switch being off.
    Yowser, I’m with you on the Grand National – I too refuse to watch.

    My positives for today are …..
    1 Have had a very busy day with messages whizzing back and forth with friends and family far and wide. Where would we be right now with out our tech?
    2 G/son messaged to say he tried out the meditation link I sent him and although he found it difficult to focus, he’ll be trying again.
    3 Resprayed my roses against black spot.
    4 Making a couple of Indian dishes for dinner this evening.
    5 Had a wonderful meditation session this morning …. was a particularly intense experience.
    6 Planning to get out in the garden this weekend, to do some tidying …. exciting!
    Keep all those positives coming folks 😁

  • posted by  SueBlue on Keeping In Touch during Covid-19
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    Thanks for setting this thread up DCT,
    Cathy I was sorry to read about your husband’s job. It’s good that you are retired now, even though it may be a little while before you can take your retirement holiday 🙂 I’m looking forward to retirement, although it’s about 5 years away for me still. I’m on leave at the moment and hoping to be able to work from home after Easter, especially as I have suppressed immunity.
    I’m also just focussing on staying well and eating healthily. I do still need to lose weight but I’d be happy to just maintain for now. I’ve been following the principles of BSD just not restricting calories. I do still log foods in My Fitness Pal though (old habits die hard!).
    On the tv today they were saying the lockdown restrictions could be in for 6 months, I sincerely hope not! I do appreciate being safe at home, but still, 6 months… I’m trying not to think about it and just focus on one day at a time.
    Take care everyone – we are all in this together, no matter where we are in the world.

  • posted by  WindyJulz on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Tossed – I can’t watch the National anymore either. I do believe the horses love their job, you’d never get them to do it otherwise. But I wouldn’t jump the Chair or Beacher on an experienced horse, but itself and a controlled approach, let alone with 20 horses round me going a speed. The jockeys are brave. The falls make me sad.
    Though it must have been fun going to talk round the fences – they are impressive!!

    Planning on sticking with meditation, not something I’d have thought would suit me…. but I’m presently surprised.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    WINDYJULZ LOved yr positives specially number nine about the horse!
    My positive for today is..
    * am so happy there is no Grand National this year and associated races..I can never watch or bet on it,cant bear to see the horses falling and injuring themselves. Tho I have fond memories of going to Jump Sunday,the week before the race,when you could walk around the course xx
    Apparently there are going to be virtual races instead …I wish that happened every year 💖
    Also,WINDY,number ten,stick with it,meditation has many benefits! X👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • posted by  WindyJulz on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Lovely positive posts. I’m in, feeling upbeat today….
    1. The sun is shining and spring is springing.
    2. We managed to buy decent meat yesterday so today I will do roast beef in the cooker for me, hubby and dad.
    3. Its friday, I dont work a Friday, I will do some work but can have a bit of down time.
    4. Its day 11 of me and hubby working from home in close proximity…..and we are still friends!!
    5. We had holidays booked for next week as we were supposed to be heading to Dressage National Winter Championships. we obviously arent going, but hubby still has to take time off and i’ll have a few days so we can get lots of outside jobs done and hubby needs a break.
    6. Its 9am and Ive done 7 pieces of the most difficult jigsaw i got for dad’s christmas – its a photo other half took of birds on our bird table….. 1000 pieces and so much green its unreal. Dad is grumpy about it as its too hard, we’ve been at it since Christmas and we still have a way to go – 7 pieces is an achievement!! haha.
    7. Realised Ive become good friends with one of my colleagues through this, she’s been in the thick of it and working SO hard; she’s a great work ethic, totally on my wave length and maintained a wicked sense of humour!
    8. My craving switch is off – I have no desire for anything off plan….. see if it can remain off for more than a couple of days! Here’s hoping.
    9. I sat on my baby horse last night, he’s pretty scared of having a human on him, he can cope in the shed which the stables are in and we managed to walk around in there a bit. Very small step forward but a fairly big deal for him and me. Someday we’ll be able to do that outside without him being terrified. Feel a little bit closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.
    10 (determined to find 10) I discovered some meditation, relaxation is good and hopefully it can calm my crazy brain a little and steer me away from the hidden anxiety i am accepting is in me!
    oh, 11 – I treated myself to a sodastream thingy – I love sparkling water and feel i am producing too much plastic so despite being pricey Ive bought myself a wee pressie. Used to have a soda stream back in the 80s when i was a kid. Lasting memories of vimto and tizer which thankfully ive grown out of.

    Wendy – when your sons website is up and going you must share it. My hubby is into photography and birds too and would be lovely to see and share.

  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Holly – posted at the same time – well done on the 3kgs and echo what Bryla said – definitely a good step in the right direction. Sorry about the furlough, we are doing the same at our work, its stressful. But its certainly not a reflection on you, it is to protect jobs and to provide ‘income’ to otherwise struggling businesses, it is a good thing, try to see it as that. It is keeping your job safe until we are out the other side of this. Try to enjoy the time off with absolutely zero guilt that you arent working!!

  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Chuffed for you Arcticfox, that must be a fair bit of a pick me up for you, good work on the sticking to plan and the courage to stand on the scales…. I’m putting that off a bit longer!!

    Quetzal, well done for making it here and to having a couple of good nutrition days despite difficult times. Long walks in the wood sounds very therapeutic and what a great time of year to be doing it too. Spring is beautiful.

    Bryla, 12 weeks solid with such low carbs is awesome! Great mentality to hahve sustained that and great motivation that you settled to it and havent felt as if youve been really hard done to!

    Ive had a really solid 2 days and feel good for it. Yesterday was a busy day with work and a trip to Asda. I was struggling for work focus quite a bit, its been a rough few weeks, but i still have work and we have a great leadership team so cant complain. Asda was ‘different’…. following a one way system was both hilarious and frustrating, i did a fair few circuits as I was shopping for both us and my dad.
    Interesting the switch has flicked to “cravings-off” – dad’s shopping list finished with chocolate (large bar cadbury’s whole nut), ginger biscuits, chips and cake! I hadnt eaten, was mildly hungry and I just bought his requirements without feeling any pangs of jealousy, no inclination to find something for myself, didnt even look at the dark chocolate section and persuade myself that would be ok. I just bought our veggies, meat, butter, cream, tuna and yogurt….. no anxiety, stress or anything – this is new – food anxiety i have come to realise is a very real thing. I think Wendy’s wise words and the bit of mediation i have done seems to have made a difference. Hopefully the switch remains at off and if it flicks back to on i know where to come!

    Wishing you all a positive Friday. Another step forward and a step closer to our goals and the end of this virus chaos (no matter how long it lasts, we are closer to the end than we were yesterday).

  • posted by  Bryla on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Thanks so much, Wendleg! I don’t need a recipe or precise amounts- I’ve got the idea now. I will get some halloumi on my next shop and give it a whirl. I’m going to relax carb restrictions a bit now and see what happens, so I’m not worried about the tomatoes.

    Sorry to hear about your furlough, Holly, but hopefully it at least gives you some certainty about the next few weeks. 3kg is fab! Who cares what the discard is made up of. We always seem to discount that water weight going, but it is the foundation for everything that comes after and a sign our bodies are responding to the woe. Well done!

    Hope everyone has a good day. The sun is trying to fight through in my neck of the woods, which is giving me a much needed lift in spirits

  • posted by  holly_v_h on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Happy Friday people!
    I got told yesterday that as of Monday we are furloughed for three weeks at 80% pay.
    However there is good news in that I have apparently lost 3kg since Monday.
    Now I know this is just water weight since I have done this before and usually have a high weight loss in the first week or two which then slows down, but I’m still really pleased with myself. I think I might win this Saturday when my husband, in-laws and myself compare losses! Definitely a step in the right direction.
    Hope you’re all ok – I have a LOT of work to do today before going off for three weeks and then I’m free!! Except stuck in the house 😂

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Hi Bryla !
    Just a quickie before I turn in. My halloumi and spinach curry is just basically a base of softened onions with a spice mix ( turmeric, coriander, cumin and fresh ginger) with water. The recipe has a few cherry tomatoes too. I then add in the spinach in batches to wilt it and then add the diced halloumi previously browned in a pan.
    I am not as strict as you with the carb total these days and I think the tomatoes would ramp it up a bit but it’s healthy and tasty and lasts for several days. Sorry I haven’t been precise about amounts. I can look up the recipe if you want the exact quantities.
    I think I came across the recipe on line, not on the site.

    Nighty night everyone. I will be back tomorrow xx

  • posted by  Bryla on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning March 31st 2020
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    Hi folks! Great going ArcticFox!!!👏 Thanks for the congrats, everyone. I really have taken it one day at a time- hope I can stay focused and help others to believe in the possibilities too. Just for interest, I have kept my carbs at 20g or below for 12 weeks, apart from a few days of maybe 22 or 23 max. I have no idea whether that’s my personal limit or not. I’ll be experimenting a bit in future, but I saw no reason not to throw the kitchen sink at this! At first I thought 20g was going to be impossible and/or hell, but I adjusted so quickly and I have no particular urge to up my carbs for any reason other than curiosity.

    Welcome Holly and Quetzal! You both sound well-prepared and well-informed. There are lots of lovely people here to help keep you on track and celebrate your success with you.

    Wendleg- that book sounds very interesting. I will definitely put it on my reading list. I love the idea of intuitive eating and I’m hoping that might become relevant to me. For the time being I am still learning what real hunger is and to tell the difference between intuition and lifelong habits. I think without this radical and committed change, I would never have been able to hear what my body actually needs over the horrible, loud and obnoxious carb monster(sibling of the ginger biscuit monster) yelling constantly. I can’t hear them any more, but it has taken 12 weeks to get here, so I’m not confident yet.

    Planning to check out some QiGong tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what the dog thinks. She gets quite involved (not always helpfully) with yoga.

    Wendleg, is the halloumi and spinach curry recipe you use one of the recipes on this site? Have googled and seen a few that didn’t look too BSD-friendly.

    Lots of love to everyone.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Thank you for all those lovely positives Wendy. And Yowser, OH recovered well from the celebrations thanks. He enjoyed his special meal and some bubbles 🍾🥂 too.
    Okay, let’s see what positives I can find for today ….
    1 Lovely evening yesterday, celebrating OH’s birthday. The meal turned out perfectly.
    2 Don’t know where I’d be without my tech right now. Today I’ve swapped recipes in messages with G in India; had 2 video chats with friends in US and Turkey; messaged several friends; had text contact with g/son. And streamed guided meditations and qigong sessions too.
    3 Made some yummy dal using G’s recipe.
    4 Cooked roasted pak choi with artichoke and truffle pesto …. delish!
    5 Half past seven and it’s still light out.
    6 The replacement chandelier for our bedroom has finally arrived. Hoping to get that installed this weekend.
    7 Sorted out the rest of my shoes and got them into trays, ready to store in my new cupboard when it’s built.
    8 Another reasonably sunny day and another batch of laundry done.
    So what were you positives today? We’d love to read about them ☺