intermittent fasting

Dieting is a Crock of Shit!


Listen, I have to tell you that I think dieting is a crock of shit. The very word DIET sends me into paroxysms of loathing. I think of how much money I have spent on dieting aids, books by the score, internet purchases and much more. I don’t want to continue like that for one more day and I will not.

 

My interest in nutrition and weight loss started when I went vegetarian for seven years in England in the 70s. Being part of the hippie culture I learned about whole foods: sprouts, rice, and vegetables usually grown organically in the back yard of the commune or picked up at the local market. Good times. Tasty food. Lots of carbohydrates.

 

Another side of my eating was the stress of wondering when and from whence the next gig would come, and if I was going to be “thin enough” for stage. Being emotional to start with, eating has always been my go-to activity when stress appeared. But not only then. Stressed, sad, happy, delighted, confused, successful – you name the emotion – they all result in eating.

 

Of course, events along the way helped to pile on the pounds. Motorbike accident, stopped cigarettes, hysterectomy, and a back operation: they all contributed. The sad thing is that I started dieting at a weight I could only dream of achieving now. Being over 60 and having spent years battling weight gain I do not expect to become a lissom wand, ever!

 

And if truth be told, food is one of my greatest passions.

 

I have spent the last month or more rebelling against Banting and all other diets. However, I have now managed to slow the runaway train and am a tad more thoughtful about food choices once more. It has resulted in rummaging deep within me to find some answers. My own answers and my own choices.

 

So what are they?

 

The upshot of it all is that I have decided to eat from all the Banting lists. From all food sources, all categories, nothing to be left out. Even sugar. Gasp!

 

And how do I intend to lose weight? Do I want to lose weight? How healthy am I? All these questions have been roaring around my addled brain, seeking the true answers that reside in my inner being. Profound, I know…

 

Eating less will do for starters. One helping and not two. How do intend to achieve that? By eating slowly, putting my fork or spoon down between mouthfuls, basically – eating mindfully. Big words, but achievable.

 

What will I be eating? Mostly everything that is natural and not processed by man. I did say mostly. There is nothing on my AVOID list because such a list does not exist for me anymore. The Amarula Crème Brûlée I had after lunch yesterday was a true delight and I refuse to go out and deny myself something so delicious, sugar and all. Sure, I will make my own at home with xylitol, but really? To go out and have a ‘normal’ meal is a huge pleasure.

 

Through all the years of dieting, (Low carb, keto, Banting, GAPS, Protein Power, Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Schwarzbein) – they have all contributed to a store of good knowledge about foods and nutrition in general. I know what to eat and I am sure we all know basically what to eat. I don’t touch MSG as a rule, but there are Doritos and Lays days in my life. Mostly they were eaten with great guilt in the past, but no longer. Once in a while is fine by me.

 

I eat bread. Gasp again! These days I have access to stone ground non-GMO organic flour and have great fun trying out different recipes. In the past I would probably have eaten the whole loaf in a fit of secrecy and shame, but no more of that. Delicious with grass fed butter (it always sounds strange – butter doesn’t eat grass! Yes, I know, I know…) and local organic cheeses, very yum.

 

Every one of us has things we mean to do but never get round to. Things we know are beneficial but somehow manage to elude us in our daily routines. So I am making a list of those I am endeavouring to execute, out of which I plan to make a habit.

 

Habit Challenge List

 

Borax in filtered water daily for arthritis in my broken bones. (Google it…)

 

Krill oil capsules occasionally to replace the fish I very seldom eat due to mercury scares.

 

Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in the mornings with coconut oil and salt. (This habit is already in place.)

 

Eat within an eight to ten hour window. This is intermittent fasting which I practice at least four days a week and sometimes more.

 

Sprout organic seeds and enjoy the abundance of nutrition, and one day make a sprouted seed bread, just for fun.

 

Soak oats and nuts overnight as an occasional breakfast. (Soaking breaks down the enzyme inhibitors, making the food more easily digestible. And – I like it!)

 

Eat vegetables, preferably raw but also cooked any other way. Raw blended green juices are the one thing with which I struggle, but now that I am eating off all the lists, I shall use apples and bananas to make them more palatable, together with seeds and nuts for protein.

 

Make kimchi and other fermented foods and eat regularly. The thing is to find organic cabbage. A red cabbage is growing in a pot and I am sowing more seed after the next new moon. Carrots abound in my garden and I have loads of kale, so no excuse.

 

Make yogurt more often.

 

Deep breathing daily. (I often do three mindful breaths throughout the day and also at night before I sleep.)

 

One last but most important thing of all – Love my body, fat or thin!

 

There you have it. My own lifestyle, tailored just for me.  I will let you know how it goes…

 

 

 

Banting – it’s working!!!…

 

 

I found the answer for my body. Keep the carbs under 20 and the fat percentage anywhere between 70 and 80%.

A few days ago I made fish cakes with coconut flour and that was a mistake. My weight went up instantly – about 800g. I was not pleased. So I cut carbs down to below 20 and voilà! A whole kilo gone in 4 days. Must have been water weight, but it taught me something.

The other trick is to eat a l-i-t-t-l-e supper. I had 2 boiled eggs and some mayo and that was more than enough.

Breakfast this morning was at 10:15 (I eat between 10 and noon) and I made sure it was high fat. Here it is…

This is a very South African dish – called Skilpadjies which means tortoises – with not a tortoise in sight! It comprises lamb liver minced and flavoured and made into a pattie and wrapped in caul fat and this was fried in coconut oil. The avo is full of lipase and helps to break down fat while the eggs are…well we all know eggs! Great protein and good stuff.

That will keep me satisfied for a l-o-n-g time.

Until later…

 

 

Banting My Way…

 

 

This morning’s breakfast was the standard Eggs, Bacon and Avo. To my horror, when I punched in my food into Spark People’s Nutrition Tracker, I had eaten all but one of my 20 carbs in that one meal! That was because I had taken the seemingly sage advice to eat a whole avo with my breakfast…at 15 carbs! I will not do that again. Half an avo is just fine for me. I will also be soaking seeds for my lipase containing sprouts today. They are so low in carbs and great for snacking straight from the fridge.

 

Dinner was a 300g T-bone steak, and a tiny bit of biltong (beef jerky) while I was cooking. And some salted butter on the tip of my finger. Love butter!

 

My thoughts on a few things: Having the same breakfast every day is as boring as bullshit. No replica foods is even more boring, especially if you are an avid cook such as I am. And a taste fiend! I LOVE different tastes. So off I went trawling the internet for keto recipes and I found masses of delicious looking dishes. I also have some good ones in the Real Meal Revolution Cookbook. After all, that is how I started this Low Carb High Fat journey.

 

Brunch with Amanda:

Bacon and Egg Scramble with Cheese Grillers, Mushrooms with Garlic and Ginger, and Guacamole

 

I have committed to doing two weeks induction (as in Atkins) with my buddy Amanda, to accompany her on the start of her LCHF/Keto journey. This is a good thing for me as I am in need of a bit of discipline right now. AND… I am already looking forward to some awesome cooking experiments to come after our Fat Burning Fortnight! Yay! Pancakes, breads and muffins, waffles…all sorts of tasty morsels. Craig from ruled.me is so prolific with wonderful keto recipes, it’s like being a kid in a candy store visiting his site!

 

But in the meantime – off to boil 6 eggs for quick snacks. Loving this healthy journey!

 

Cruising with the Revolution!

(I follow The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jono Proudfoot and David Grier)

 

 

 

 

 

Banting – Finding My Own Way…

 

This has been an interesting week.

 

Now I do not subscribe totally to anyone’s particular idea of Banting. I use however much I need, wherever it resonates with me and suits my needs, wants and desires. Yep, all those things. Needless to say, my desire is to be healthy above all. Slim is good. Health is my main priority – physically, mentally and emotionally.

 

Physically means getting good nutrients into this bod, organic where possible and more than that, out of my garden! Being fit and active is important – so that I can get around the streets of Edinburgh and Pittenweem when I visit my sis – and to be able to walk in my little forest with the dogs and to dance with my horses. As I get lighter, all this becomes easier to do. Being healthy and fit enough to live a full active life is my sincere want, need and desire.

 

Mentally? Hmmmm… Keeping my brain busy is not too difficult. It wants to explore all the time! Discovering and using knowledge is ongoing, continually. Discovering what works best for me as far as food and health is concerned takes up a fair bit of my time as well. Nutrition has long been my interest. Ideas come, get used, get discarded at times and then the chosen principles get added to my lifestyle. All in all I am a healthy fat girl. Now I am on my way to being a healthy slim girl!

 

Emotional well-being is important so I ask myself what can I do to keep my sometimes rampant emotions happy? What do I like to do? Meditation and Qi Gong for starters. And then, I love to cook. Tastes turn me on. I love to develop recipes out of whatever I have at the time, and sometimes I plan. I certainly think simple is best, but there are times when a bit of luxury and food decadence suits the moment! We are not robots and we like variety. Well I certainly do. To eat the same things every day is not how I like to live. It would be like painting the same picture every day, and now and then get let out for good behaviour to paint something new. Ugh! I am a rainbow being, as are we all. I just like to let all the colours shine! Not just pink!!!

See! That’s the emotional side :)

 

The last week has been one of those emotional ones and food, of course, has come into play. Rebellion and resistance is part of my nature and sometimes it roars to the forefront of my emotional day. I know I am not alone. There are many of us emotional peeps out there and many of us rely on food to comfort us or to assist in the rebellion of the moment. I am not saying it is right, it just is like this at times. Just is.

 

We move on.

 

So what do I do on a regular basis? What I like to do. Drink my lemon water, coconut oil and salt in the morning – I happen to love it – and then I wait until I am hungry. My natural bent, my desire, is to do intermittent fasting, which means I eat anywhere between 10 am and noon, and I eat supper anywhere between 6 and 8 pm. And supper is always small. That feels good to me, and I am the one who knows what works for me. The principles behind intermittent fasting ring very true and my body likes it. I have written about it in previous posts, so do go and have a read. LCHF/Banting/Low Carb is how I choose my food. Sometimes I deviate, but not too often. I like banting. It’s good food.

 

Recently I relinquished all my outside responsibilities and resigned from committees etc. This is because I have an art exhibition coming up in July, so I have gone into my painting cave for the next four months. However, I am also writing my little Banting Recipe Book to release at our Silver Mist Holistic and Health Fair on 11 and 12 July 2015 here in Haenertsburg. Go to the facebook page to check out what’s coming.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-Mist-Holistic-and-Health-Fair/829255893767369

 

Recent Banting Food Photos

 

Shirataki Noodles with Basil & Moringa Pesto

Shirataki Noodles with Bacon & Cream Sauce

Banting Snack: Celery with Whipped Cream & Blue Cheese

 

Until the next post – keep smiling and do the healthy thing…

 

Rockin’ on – Following the Real Meal Revolution

www.realmealrevolution.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Foods for Spike Day…

 

 

 

Spike Day Foods – Replica Foods!

 

Now my thinking is to get away from the original baddies like pizza and pasta, muffins and focaccia, chocolate mousse and panna cotta, not to mention crème brulee, with their inflammatory ingredients. Yes I believe in getting back to basics and clean eating, simple foods, and I totally concur with the idea of a Spike Day (Re-set Metabolism Day!) or a Reward Meal or Carb Cycling, however you want to do it that suits. However, I do not subscribe to the idea of eating previously dis-empowering food just because I can…I do the 90% chocolate thing and will not go back to Cadbury’s Whole Nut. No sir. After all, I am in the business of re-training my whole system to do without glucose and rather to use my stored fat for fuel.

 

So, back to Spike Day Foods.  Spike Day is not for calorie or carb counting, it is there to be thoroughly enjoyed with no guilt! This is the day for me to have fun with food!!

 

This is the first time my sis and I have been successful at losing weight together and it is very exciting!  We love to cook and entertain. It’s in our blood, our genes…it is a passion. (That and a host of other things!) Cooking is our creative therapy in a way. It’s also our way of putting up with/knuckling down to/readjusting to our chosen lifestyle – LCHF/Banting/Ketogenic/Lowcarb. For Life!

 

Spike Day for me is to be used for recipe trials with all sorts of wonderful Banting-friendly ingredients. Spike Day for me is for delicious but legal Banting Foods. I work very hard during the week to keep my carbs low and my food really simple so why would I want to jeopardise my progress? Up the carbs and calories, yes! But not empty calories. I might just want more! Scary but true…

 

Austerity is one thing, but the Greeks showed us it’s not for everyone! I can happily be austere and rigid in my food intake for 6 days. Hey! Even take it below 20 or 10 grams! But then on the seventh day I wanna party!

 

Each week we will try out one Spike Day recipe each. A Dish to Delight. A Banting Pizza Pizzazz! Or muffins, or pasta, crackers and breads, puddings and cakes. You get the idea?  I need to try out the substitutes for some of the foods I love and miss the most. Scones, muffins, crackers and cheese, cheesecake and ice cream. As I need to wait for Spike Day to have those, I strongly believe that I should stay within Banting ingredient guidelines – and not indulge in the foods on the Red List. There are stunning low carb recipes for most if not all of my favourite foods, Banting-legal style! Replica foods. With my experiments I will make my Foodie Muse very happy:)

 

So here we go with our first Spike Day Delight! Coconut Pancakes. So good you don’t even need to put butter on them. You could also make a fresh berry jam to slather on them if you like…all Banting–legal! Here I have used macadamia nut butter and cream.

 

Coconut Pancakes with Macadamia Nut Butter Cream

Flavoured with Cinnamon, Unsweetened Cocoa and Xylitol

 

 

Ingredients

 

2 XL Eggs, beaten

1 to 2 tsp Xylitol or Stevia to taste (I used 1 heaped tsp Xylitol)

Pinch Himalayan (Pink) or Celtic Salt

½ tsp Vanilla Essence

3 to 4 Tbs Coconut Flour (I adjusted this and put in about 6 Tbs to get the thickness I like)

½ Cup Coconut Milk (I use the thick part at the top)

¼ tsp Baking Powder (I eventually put in ½ tsp)

Combine coconut flour and baking powder in a bowl

Mix all the other ingredients in another bowl

Put the two together and mix to form a smooth batter.

Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then stir again.

 

Now you are ready to start frying up those babies!

 

Brush a frying pan, skillet or griddle with about a tablespoon of oil, preferably coconut oil.

 

Pour or spoon the batter into the hot pan, making pancakes about 6 cm diameter. Actually, make ‘em any size you want! I have even made one big one in a pan on its own. Yum! They are fragile, so turn them gently once the underside is golden brown. Make sure the pan is always well greased so they don’t stick.

 

Macadamia Nut Butter Cream (serves 1)

1 heaped teaspoon Macadamia Nut Butter

2 Tbs Fresh Cream

Stir the two together until well combined

Add Cinnamon, unsweetened Cocoa and Xylitol to taste

 

Fill the pancake with Macadamia Nut Butter Cream, leaving a spoonful for the top. Roll up pancake and spoon the Macadamia Cream over the top. Pour a little fresh cream over and sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar made with Xylitol and cinnamon.

 

I challenge you not to eat one until they are all cooked…

ENJOY!!!

 

Let’s get Cooking with The Revolution!

(The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier)

 

 

Banting 15.2 kg Gone – How I Eat…

 

15.2 kg gone in 124 days, (that is just under 18 weeks). I am happy with half a kilo a week so this is great.

 

After researching low carb diets for a few years, and starting and failing on all, I bumped into Banting. By that time I had come across Ayurveda (best time to eat at 12 noon), Intermittent Fasting (stop eating at 8 pm and eat at 12 noon the next day – 16 hr fast) and Carb Cycling/Reward Meals/Spike Day (for re-stoking the metabolic fires).

 

I have done intermittent fasting for some while now while trying to find my way in the already tried and failed low carb world. Then I found Banting which just slotted in as if my journey had been waiting for just that moment.

 

Energy abounds! The morning starts with my Coconut, Lemon and Salt and Hot Water (I should call it CLASH Water). I am hardly ever hungry and my first meal of the day at noon is sometimes hard to finish. Like breakfast this morning!

 

 Lamb’s Liver sauteed in Burnt Sage Butter and Scrambled Egg

&

 Stir-fried Spinach with Garlic and Red Onion served with Avocado

 

Eating to satiety is something I learnt from the Big Banting Breakfast Debate (BBBD) group on Facebook. Eat to satiety off the Green List in The Real Meal Revolution (you can get the lists by visiting their website www.realmealrevolution.co.za). The rest of the day is a breeze.

 

I must explain that Charles Lubbe who runs the BBBD recommends eating within 30 minutes of waking and while I understand the principle which I have also found on some body building sites (I have been strange places), my experience of intermittent fasting has brought me to this place on my journey. Charles always says “there are no nannies here” so I walk my path confidently in the way it works for me and this sure works!

 

The glorious lack of hunger indicates that my body is a truly hot fat burning furnace. I can just see all those fat cells letting go of their contents! I get through the day very easily after that first meal. Any snack late afternoon is small, perhaps half an avocado, a small handful of nuts or biltong, or some seeds.

 

Supper is invariably small, often just some protein and fat if I don’t feel like vegetables. Left over chicken or perhaps a bowl of bone broth. (That is one of my favourite small meals.) I do try to eat a salad some nights.

 

I set myself a challenge after losing 15 kilos, and that is to exercise before every meal, and I am not allowed to eat unless I have cycled for at least 10 minutes. This has resulted in me getting more and more into movement and now I have added walking in my forest with the dogs, and this is on a slope so when I head for home, it’s upward all the way. It works up a sweat and my heart is working hard by the time I get back to the house. When I talked on the phone yesterday, I found myself bouncing gently on the rebounder for a good few minutes and I know the enormous benefits of doing just that. Amazing.

 

For years I have been writing a recipe book, and it is only now that I have joined the Real Meal Revolution that everything is falling into place. My first meal of the day is the most important to me so that requires thought and nutritional creativity. Just up my alley! In the writing of this book I am committed to creating something different for 52 weeks of this year. That’s 52 recipes…

 

Join my Banting Journey and watch this space for the first recipes.

(The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier)

 

 

 

Reward Meals, do they work?…

 

Mine has been a long journey with diets, weight loss, weight gain and more diets and I have finally found something I can really live with, and it came about after much research, trial and error, experimentation, failures and now success. Here I am, steadily losing weight at a reasonable pace. MOD – My Own Diet. I knew I would find it one day, and it totally appeals to me every single day. Everything I have read and experienced about healthy foods and different low carb diets, everything that has resonated with me has been included in my diet. Not all at once of course.

 

I have lost and found so many kilos on low carb because I could never stick to any one regime absolutely and there were always a whole new slew of special low carb recipes to learn when all I wanted was to eat some of my favourite dishes from a “normal” life (like real mashed potatoes instead of faux potatoes made with cauliflower!). So I would stop the diet and go back to my favourites, and that would cause more and more cravings and I would put on some serious kilos all over again.

 

My Own Diet involves a few basic ideas that work for me. First is intermittent fasting, and that is not every day mind you, probably most of the week with perhaps a day or two of Reward Meal breakfasts or brunches and lunches with friends. (Read about intermittent fasting in an earlier post on this blog.) The one thing that supports intermittent fasting and makes it possible is fat in the diet. That is the secret weapon – appetite suppressing fat. As I write, the spinach and garlic is cooking in coconut oil waiting for the cheese and eggs. It will be followed by Earl Grey tea with a touch of cream. This first meal is eaten close to 12 noon.

 

This meal will hold me until 3 or 4 pm when I will have some biltong (beef jerky) or a piece of roast chicken (with the skin). Or, if I am really feeling in the mood, I may make some almond flour pancakes. Often I am not that hungry, especially if I have eaten a protein and fat snack. Another good reason for having my first meal at around 12 noon is because of the Ayurvedic premise that the digestive fire, agni, is at its strongest. The evening meal is usually eaten between 6 and 7 and if I should feel at all peckish later, which is not often, a little more biltong does it.

 

My eating lifestyle is now never boring and I don’t feel deprived in the slightest. My first drink of the day is usually lemon juice and warm water with a touch of salt and later in the morning I have my favourite freshly ground mocha java with a little cream. Sometimes it is followed with a black coffee, and always throughout the day, water.  The first meal is anything done Banting style from the Real Meal Revolution, as well as Atkins and general low carb meals learned along the way. Through the years I have collected many a low carb recipe and I have no less than a zillion low carb books…OK, maybe 15 or so. And then there is my collection of other cookbooks which include many recipes that can be converted to low carb cooking, or eaten at the reward meal.

 

Low Carb Cookbooks Galore!

 

I am so excited. Why? Well, since one of my top passions is reading cookbooks, cooking and entertaining my friends and family with really yummy food, I can do so with whatever food I please within my reward meal hour, with no guilt. My husband is easy to please as long as I don’t give him too many vegetables. Meat and salad have become his way of eating of late and now he rarely eats bread and he has never been a great fan of rice either. It is easy living with him on this lifestyle. Of course I do try to hide an extra vegetable or two in somewhere, like in a soup.

 

For further explanation as regards my excitement, it is all about the best meal of the day for me. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet Reward Meal is the reason I think so many lose weight on that regime, and it would appear that 80% keep it off. What I have discovered is certainly exciting for me. If I eat a reward meal and do not go crazy with refined carbs, I continue to lose weight, 0.1 to 0.3 kg in a day. The ratio of the reward meal is protein, low carbs and starches in thirds. (Rule of thirds? :) Of course it doesn’t always work out like that, and that’s OK too. Yesterday, when out shopping, I had a reward meal lunch and that was a scone with jam, cheese and cream and some filter coffee with cream, (no thirds here) but then I kept the rest of the day’s food really low carb and quantities minimal as well. This morning the scale was .3 kg kinder to me.

 

So far I have lost 10.5 kg in seven and a half weeks which is extremely cool. The weight loss got stuck on 9 kilos for a while and then I started enjoying Reward Meals. The next 1.5 kilos loss happened in the course of this week while enjoying a daily hour of food and wine that I love. Needless to say, I choose fairly healthy reward meals and that is because I like the concept of alkaline food, vegetarian food now and then, but mostly I likw real food. Meat from animals that are reared ethically, raised and killed humanely, and natural food grown organically for my table. Of course it isn’t always perfect. Yesterday I looked at the mince from free range beef and it had in it fillers, unnamed vegetable oil, preservatives and soya that no-one can guarantee is not GMO. Why would one want to do that to healthy free range meat?

 

It may not always be easy to keep to a low carb lifestyle, but the reward meal has made it so much more alluring and do-able for me. It is eaten in the space of an hour so that the insulin release stays manageable. At least that is how I interpret it. Since I am pre-diabetic this is truly good news.

 

So what is my reward meal for today? A large green salad with a few baby tomatoes, strips of yellow pepper, shredded red cabbage and freshly picked snow peas with some feta cheese and a few raisins. This is dressed with extra virgin olive oil and verjuice. With this a free range medium rare rump steak served with a grainy mustard cream sauce. With that I will have one or two glasses of good red wine. As I have said before, this is eaten within an hour. An hour of food bliss.

 

That was bliss, even though I made the mistake of munching on some salad ingredients and salami before actually sitting down to dinner. The result is that I did not have time to finish the steak, the salad nor the second glass of wine. I stopped on the hour, determined to keep to the rule, but it taught me to hold back while cooking and wait to sit down when the entire meal is ready and then really enjoy the hour.

 

All that I have tried, learned, failed, tried again, all this has brought me to this point and now I really am excited!

 

Tonight’s Reward Meal

Steak and Salad with Creamy Mustard Sauce

 

Reward Meals Rock!!!…

 

 

 

Fasting 16 hours, Feasting 8…

 

No No No.

 

No primal or paleo, no low carb, no low fat, no fads or fiddly things, no foolish mono-diets, no no no no no. Just intermittent fasting and eating healthy foods at least 70-80% of the time. By that I mean vegetables, and many of them raw, as well as all the other natural foods like chicken, fish and meat, grains, legumes, cheese, eggs, buttermilk, yogurt and even cream…and ice cream:)

 

Nothing is forbidden.

 

I forgot my own rule for a little while and nearly landed up in the depression ditch being frustrated and disheartened yet again. Fortunately good sense prevailed and I sighed a rather large sigh of relief as I dug into my delicious dinner of whatever I jolly well pleased and returned to the best way I know for me to lose weight – Intermittent Fasting.

 

Fasting allowed me to eat that gorgeous gourmet meal and thoroughly enjoy it, no guilt, no remorse, no excuses. I am just eating less, that is all. After all, it is energy in and energy out isn’t it? The secret to all weight loss.

 

Breakfast is now something I may eat at 12 noon, which is when I start eating. Water and herb teas are the only things I have in the morning and I have not felt dizzy, weak or dejected. That is because I am genuinely not hungry until noon and my body is having a well-deserved break. Feasting is from noon to 8 pm after which I am done with food and return to drinking water until I go to bed.

 

I find that I basically have one main meal in a day and the rest is pretty much snacking on healthy foods. After trawling the net for 100 calorie snacks I now have a comprehensive list written in my food diary to which I refer when needed. It is really handy information. Imagine this, you can have one meal of 750 calories, and really enjoy it, and then you still have at least 5 to 10 other 100 calorie snacks left over to enjoy in the 8 hour feasting period.

 

Well, that’s one way to look at it.

 

The fact that I can have pizza for my main meal of the day thrills me no end, and strangely enough, I haven’t had pizza in ages. The very fact that I can have it makes me not crave it. But I know I can have it anytime. After all, it is MOD (My Own Diet) and I make the rules:))

 

I used to think it very important to eat breakfast and I would argue that point quite strongly in the past. Not now though. I feel much better for not eating in the morning; far more energetic and lively. It just goes to show that we keep on learning and that we can change course at any age :)

 

Keep on truckin’ mama!

 

Swimming, sun and iced water…

 

 

The day started with writing and then our lovely Water Babes class. It followed with the only cup of black filter coffee I have in a day.

 
I do love Water Babes! It makes me feel so good.  And yesterday I swam 30 laps without stopping in my 15 metre long pool. Believe me, you need a pool in the hot northern reaches of this land. Summer is one long sweat, and if sweating could make us lose weight, I would be Twiggy by now, or I would have slipped down the plughole in the bath.

 
When I arrived here 17 years ago I immediately started putting on weight. On speaking to the leader of Weight Watchers at that time, she told me that a doctor had addressed the WW gathering a few weeks before and what she told me has stuck in my mind ever since. I might not say it the way he did, but this is my understanding.

 

 

In a hot climate such as ours, our bodies get really warm and our metabolism slows down. The doctor suggested that we drink iced water and exercise in air conditioned rooms. Now I know that many nutritionists and health practitioners suggest room temperature water, which I love and drink copiously. However, iced water is so very welcome on a hot day, and it begs a trial, so I am going to experiment with it. Interesting about the metabolism though. I think I will consult Google Scholar on that one.

 
Needless to say, here in our sunny clime, we do not need vitamin D supplements. My skin is turning a light gold from the pool activities and somehow one always looks that little bit healthier with a bit of tan. My legs are still milky white, but then again, I hardly ever show them! My beautiful daughter Jennifer has black skin and even she tans. Strange but amazing what the sun does for us – warms us and feeds us with vitamins – and like a little plant when it is fed good compost and kept free of pesticides and poisons (read preservatives and white carbs) we grow strong and beautiful.

 
It really is important that we see ourselves as beautiful. That we speak the language of kindness to ourselves as well as others. Go on. Say it…I am indeed beautiful and I love the me I am. Dare you…

 
Just because I am fat (as I said – tell it like it is) does not mean that I cannot strike a confident pose, a sexy pose even:) I am what I am inside…my spirit is playful and I am learning all the time. So exciting. I love life…and I am learning to love sincerely. My friends, my family, the beautiful planet that nurtures me. It is like melting into Source (whatever your name for the Centre of All) and realising just how much a part we all are of this awesome thing called Love. How the fibre of our spider’s webs are inextricably linked. We are indeed one.

 
OK. Enough rambling. Back to food!

 
Noon meal, (first of the day) is to be a lentil and vegetable curry type stew/soup thing. Don’t you love making up dishes from whatever is in the fridge? Spices are a must, especially cayenne and turmeric. If you ask Aunty G (Google/Google Scholar) about the health benefits, you will find that cayenne helps the heart as well as a whole bunch of other things and turmeric is anti-inflammatory and is a great after-dinner/meal drink with 50/50 plain yogurt and water. Yum. In fact, I might just have one after lunch.

 
Let you know later about the Lentil and Veg recipe…off to cook

 

 

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