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  • posted by  Aliba on Eating out
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    I’ve forgotten to take lunch a couple of times but managed to get boiled eggs and spinach from Pret and hummus and carrot sticks are always available in M and S or any supermarket

  • posted by  Aliba on 'Weigh in' thread
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    Brilliant Laska….well done!
    I’m a week in and lost 7lbs…..just tried on two dresses that wouldn’t fit and they look great!

  • posted by  Aliba on Getting some NHS support for your diet?
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    Well nothing recommended worked for me until I started this. The NHS is using our money to pay for our care and I’ve cost them ( and therefore everyone else) a fortune in drugs and appointments since diagnosis so could save them a fortune now and in the future if I finally take care of my own health.
    Unfortunately it takes a while for the powers that be to catch up….not their fault but they need tons of research etc.
    Luckily we don’t.
    I’ve felt really ropey, particularly this past year and truly have never felt so well since starting this eating plan. Given the vile complications of diabetes I’m happy to risk it for a biscuit๐Ÿ˜‡.I don’t even crave them anymore,
    So it’s a win for me and a win for the NHS.

  • posted by  Anne on High cholesterol?
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    Hi, I have high cholesterol so I’m trying hard to get it down with this diet as I need to loose weight and it looks as if I have the start of angina which I’m gutted about as only 58. I’m not sure whether I should be having low fat or no fat products to lower it. Some advice would be helpful please.
    Many thanks

  • posted by  Laska on 'Weigh in' thread
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    Thought I’d start a WI thread , so we can see how we are doing.
    (My ‘official’ WI is Fridays ) ,

    I have been doing the BSD a week and a half and have lost 8.5 lbs .. so thrilled!

  • posted by  Laska on Eating out
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    I had Pizza Express leggera superfood salad with chicken , when I went out last week,
    It was yummy and myfitness pal puts it as 385 calories

  • posted by  Bill1954 on Getting some NHS support for your diet?
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    Steve and Ei
    I went to see the nurse last week and told her I was starting this. She said she hoped it would work and told me to watch the blood sugar and, if my levels were getting constantly low, to reduce my medication.
    It just goes to show how opinions can differ. I suppose I’m lucky as my surgery has a doctor and a nurse who are experienced in diabetic care. I was offfered DESMOND but declined.

  • posted by  pmshrink on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    Hi Casey
    Welcome to the forum. You sound a bit like a lot of us! Hope it’s going ok.
    See my post to Bordercol re shakes you can make yourself which are fantastically nutritious.
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    Hi Bordercol
    There’s a book I’m using called The 5:2 Diet Low carb Nurtibullet recipe book by Susan Fotherington. Lots of info about nutirients. You wouldn’t believe the amazing nutrients in a leaf of kale or a strawberry! Really encouraging- and UK based I think. Gives cals and basic nutrients for each shake. They’re each about 250. They often use protein powder of various sorts which are a bit prices but last for ages. I get mine from Indigo Nitrition through Amazon. I haven’t lost much in the 4 days I’ve done, but enough to just move me from’obese’ to ‘overweight’ and feeling very perky with all these nutrients.
    Penny

  • posted by  Melanie on Eating out
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    Hi all,
    I’m starting this topic to hopefully support us when we have to eat out, I’m thinking more for quick lunches rather than fine dining…thought it might be useful if we share suggestions when we grab something from M&S, Pret, Boots….etc. It’s not been a challenge yet (on holiday) but it may hit next week. I try & always do packed lunches but sometimes that unravels by Friday.

  • posted by  Melanie on The challenge of the Fast 800
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    I started this diet on 27th Jan & I’ve lost 7lb so far. It’s slowing this week but I think that’s because I’m on holiday so not running around as much. Still last year it took me a year to lose a stone so to do half that in 10 days is very encouraging! I’m struggling if I’m not organised. But I skipped breakfast today to have a lovely lunch of figs, mozzarella, tomatoes & prosciutto – 200 cal. Small plate but felt indulgent & so nice to have proper buffalo mozzarella. Fingers crossed work doesn’t derail me next week!

  • You are a lucky man, then. Most health professionals I have met are working from a (out of date?) script. I asked about Newcastle, and diet, and did they want volunteers to try something different, a year ago, and was told “that is only for fat people”.
    At DESMOND I queried the “must eat carbs”, and asked for a view on low carbing as an alternative way out, and was told that “it would put your cholesterol up, wouldn’t it. Better to raise your glucose levels and then take drugs”.

  • posted by  Bill1954 on Just read book and starting tomorrow
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    Hey Penny
    weight loss does tend to fluctuate, I was told years ago not to weigh myself too often as you can lose confidence when the rsults aren’t what you expect.
    Best to pick a certain day each week and make that your weigh day.

  • posted by  sf9999 on Some helpful resouces
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    Hi Everyone, I purchased the BSD book this week and am still reading – I’m a slow reader! My BS is typically about 12 and I have 100lbs to lose. I was diagnosed with diabetes one year ago at my surgery after signing up for a free health check – unfortunately I already had full on diabetes and some liver malfunction. I am on Metformin SR which I tolerate perfectly well – unlike the regular Metformin that made me feel nauseous. I suspect I have a genetic tendency to diabetes as even at 7.5 stone my waist was thickish. Anyhow, I am very unfit but gonna try some HIIT walks – that is walk as fast as I can up hill for 1 minute then slow down to a relaxed pace for 1 min – and try and keep going. Also gonna try and complete at least 10k steps daily. I usually do about 200-400 steps a day so quite a change. For food I am planning on eating soups from The Soup Cleanse by Angela Blatteis and Vivienne Vellaa. I’m thinking I won’t bother with breakfast and try and keep my eating window to 6 hours (midday to 6pm) – that’s fasting for 18 out of 24 hours. Fingers crossed.

  • posted by  Whoopsie Daisy on Cholesterol
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    Tesco Cholesterol Reducing Strawberry Yoghurt Drinks is better, at 3.5g sugar per bottle, cheaper too! I think I will swap. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • posted by  Whoopsie Daisy on Cholesterol
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    Thank you. I’ve just had a look and Benecol light (the one I usually have) has 4.7g of sugar per bottle – nearly 1tsp. Is that OK or too much sugar? I’ll see if I can compare with some other makes, such as own brands.

  • posted by  Bill1954 on This has to work for me
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    Guys thanks so much for the comments and the support. Sugar reading was 7.8 again this morning, I have to say that I’m not really having any of the side effects that others have had, never felt hungy, and I feel that I’ll be able to stay on the plan for as long as it takes.
    I’ve been following a Utube channel for quite a while that specialises in absolutely brilliant Indian food. I’m sure the recipes could be easily adapted to this diet so I’m going to go through them all this weekend to check them out.
    If anyones interested, the channel is Als kitchen, and if you decide to indulge, remember to make the base gravy first and bear in mind, it’s not a dish, it’s an ingredient.

  • posted by  Bill1954 on Getting some NHS support for your diet?
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    My nurse fully supports the diet. TBH the guys who came up with this are far more experienced than your nurse and have been involved in the actual research from the start.
    This diet isn’t faddy, it’s common sense really, and it works.
    Tell her to ring professor Taylor at Newcastle university if she has reservations.

  • I have had reports from two people, now, that their NHS diabetic nurse has warned them off this diet. They were given the usual script about low fat, 1/3 plate carbs etc.- “this diet will harm you in the long run”.
    Personally I’m pretty thrilled with the diet so far. Continual (carb addiction?) hunger gone, energy up, mood better, BG down.

    Now, I’ve got an HbA1c coming up next month. I’m already a stone lighter than last time, and my fasting BG has been around the low 4s, as opposed to 6-7. I’m assuming the BG results will be good. Not sure what I’m expecting the cholesterol to do, but the hope is for down, as I’m pretty convinced the fat-cholesterol connection is a mistake.
    But do you tell her what you’ve been doing? Is it easier to keep schtum, and let them take the credit, and avoid arguments? It would be nice to have some NHS back up on this. Get them on board. You’d think they’d be interested to have some guinea pigs.

  • posted by  hashimoto on Starting on Sun 7th
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    It’s not as difficult as it sounds! I felt hungry the first 3 or 4 days making it easy to drink lots of fluids but now I don’t even feel any hunger. I started the diet on the 20th January. A tip I would give you for the first few days is make sure your next meal is prepared as I found the hunger could hit suddenly the first few days.
    As you see the weight drop of and your clothes become looser it is much easier to be motivated.
    I also need to lose 2 stones or so. I have lost almost one stone already. I find I lose more weight on the days I have done more exercise – mostly walking and resistance work.
    So hold on to your hat and let the good times roll!!!

  • posted by  hashimoto on Starting today….
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    Although I live on my own which makes dieting easier I still manage to have friends and family round for meals. I calculate the overall calories in a dish – so if I am cooking for three people I may divide the total calories by 4 and give myself one quarter and divide the remainder between the two guests. Just by leaving out the carbs I can eat the same food. I also use the Fast diet recipe book which helps when catering for others, I may make two low calorie meals from the book and have a half portion of each for myself. Guests are happy with their two course delicious meal.
    Investing in a spiraliser to make courgetti has been really helpful. A ‘starter’ of courgetti with a simple dressing of garlic and chilli with a small sprinkle of parmesan or a tablespoon of low fat cream cheese stirred in is only around 100 calories or so.

  • posted by  Bill1954 on new to this way of eating
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    Stick with it, people on this forum are having amazing results.
    I started on Monday and already I’m seeing a blood sugar reduction, down from 9.8 to 7.8 and if i can do it, anyone can.

  • posted by  Ela on Is this for me?
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    I am on day 5 and am shocked I’ve not had a headache as it’s something I would normally get on a fast too but think it’s because I have drunk so much water and most of it warm… Never drunk so much in my life…. Water, water, water…. Wee, wee, wee…. But it works!

  • posted by  Sardow on Is this for me?
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    Have just read the BSD book and wondering if it’s for me. My blood sugar is fine (so far!) but have PCOS, my Dad had type II diabetes and I’m about 20kg overweight (carrying lots of this weight around my waist). I have tried the 5/2 diet but would always get a migraine on the fast days. Thoughts? Suggestions?

  • posted by  Julia_hc on easy breakfast
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    Thanks Squidgy. I tried the yoghurt and berries etc and prepd it then took into work . It tasted a lot better than I thought it would . Will definitely have it again

  • posted by  Tuppence on NO CARB BIRCHER RECIPE FROM BOOK
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    Hi Hippo

    Holland & Barrett sell flaxseeds.

    It does sound nice but I have found that carbs push up my blood sugars too much – even healthy oats – I think I must be really carb sensitive.

    I’m hoping with time and clearing out my liver that it gets better!

    Tuppence

  • posted by  NiKe70 on Move more and get fit
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    Hi I am Day 5 tomorrow. This is the only diet I think I’ve ever enjoyed. Being type 2 D for 6 years I have finally made a stark reality check with myself.
    I am a little concerned that I have gone over my 800 cals the last couple of days by about 30 to 50 cals…
    But I am also thrilled that I have gone from having good no exercise to almost 10000 steps every day which is equating to just over an hour of brisk walking.
    The calories I’m burning walking – will that impact on me going over slightly ???

  • posted by  Hippo100 on The 8-week blood sugar diet book
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    Well we are on day 4 and I am pleased to say, that hubby and I have lost 1/2 stone each already!

    Favourite meals so far are the No carb ploughmans, No carb bircher, Portobello toast with goatโ€™s cheese and pine nuts (outstanding) plus had Sardine dip for lunch – very tasty. No issues with eating less calories. I actually feel better – no spikes in blood sugar. So good so far.

    Hippo

  • posted by  Aliba on Starting on Sun 7th
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    It’s weird Bill ……I felt exactly the same. Didn’t know how I’d survive especially as I had absorbed all the advice about eating carbs etc.
    I’m a week in, lost 6lbs and feel brilliant. Haven’t felt this good since I was diagnosed. Sleeping well, eating well, wake up feeling alert not worn out, more energy, better mood. Have missed sugar, bread etc and no cravings.
    To be honest there hasn’t been a downside for me, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I love these forums.
    Lots of positive encouragement which we all need

  • posted by  Aliba on What to eat!
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    Hi Southern
    This just what I have…..I’m sure others will have different ideas.
    The practice nurse gave me a Mediterranean diet off the internet last year but I had no idea about how to put it together or what to do on a daily basis.
    This is much easier and I’ve lost 6lbs in a week.
    Hope you’re going to give it a go…..I was a bit scared that it wouldn’t be possible or I would faint through lack of food but nothing could be further from the truth…..it’s been remarkably straight forward!
    Good luck

  • posted by  Salky on Offal
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    Is it ok to use liver/kidneys and the like in the 8 week diet? I notice it’s never mentioned in the book.

  • posted by  Highland Margo on Starting today….
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    I started 17 days ago. Have lost 11lbs – delighted. I have not been diagnosed type 2 yet. My fasting blood sugars have been high for a few years now regularly over 7 and sometimes over 8. It is now down to 5.7 already. I have a family history of diabetes and I think I was eating my way towards it with my head in the sand.

  • posted by  chinta on Just read book and starting tomorrow
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    I live in Normandy. Have just been on 5 diabetes workshops run by the local health authority. They got quite cross with me because I refuse to have a starchy carb with every meal !!! It’s also sometimes difficult to get hold of certain products or produce here, being rural France. For example, Michael Mosley puts spring onions in a huge amount of his recipes and they’re just impossible to get here. In the summer my husband grows them for me but at this time of winter in rural France you have the options of carrots, leaks, onions, green beans, turnips (and in recent years broccoli and parsnips)!!

  • posted by  Bill1954 on Starting tomorrow
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    Best of luck Poppyseed. My Niece is type 1 and I know the way she struggles.
    I hope this all works out for you.