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General Discussion / Re: Weight loss tips anyone please?
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:03:23 AM »
Hi Barbara,

I've read the book and I mainly eat pure foods, I never buy packet or tinned foods. 

This, literally, is my regular food source: 

Protein :  cheese (either cheddar or mozarella); eggs; chicken; tuna; smoked salmon, smoked haddock; beef; fat-free plain yoghurt
Vegetables:  broccoli, brussell sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, tomato, celery, bell peppers, chili, cabbage, kale, onion, basil, mushrooms, spinach, leeks.
Oils, herbs and spices:  Extra virgin Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pure mayonnaise, butter, turmeric, coriander, cumin, paprika, himalayan pink salt, pepper
Drinks:  Sparkling water, regular filter coffee with semi-skimmed milk with sweeteners, tea with sweeteners
Treat:  90% chocolate - 2 squares now and again

I will stop the nuts.

I don't see where I need to check labels as most of the above are fresh ingredients.  Admittedly I probably only drink 2 glass of water a day, as well as 2 cups of coffee and maybe 1 cup of tea.

I do 20 mins (at the moment) on the treadmill 3 x week.

General Discussion / Weight loss tips anyone please?
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:23:37 PM »
Years ago there was the 'Shape Challenge' diet - a carb counted lo carb/high protein diet plan which worked very well for me.  At the time I remember eating a lot of chicken, cheese and eggs.  Twenty years later, I need to shift the weight again but this time it's harder; the hormonal changes at this time of life, with PCOS, on anti-depressants, and not always getting a good night's sleep, all hinder any good efforts I make.  Now three weeks into the Wheat Belly diet, I've lost a few pounds but not going as quickly as I'd hoped.

Admittedly for the past few weeks I've been eating rather a lot of nuts - being a complete ignoramus, I never realised they had carbs - I thought, for some reason, they were pure protein!  So, for a start, they can go out of my desk drawer at work.

What other snack items can I have, that I can take to work with me? 

I assume those of us that are wanting to lose weight, we must consider how much fat we are eating, surely?  I mean, we can't eat lbs and lbs of butter or cheese without taking account of their calorific content?

I want to lose 90lbs - so, any help and advice in the weight loss department would be really appreciated!

Thanks  :)

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 23, 2016, 03:34:24 PM »
It takes time for your body to adjust.  Water is important to help clean out your system and allow your cells to heal.  Nuts are healthy and have many benefits, but they are high in carbs so you need to calculate how many carbs you are actually eating with them.  Remember that all the accidental ingestion of grains and sugars will set you back days if not longer in your quest for better health and normal weight.

Hi Barb,

I thought nuts were ok to eat; if they're high in carbs, what sort of snacks can I have?

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 19, 2016, 02:37:45 PM »
We had a staff function in the office today - I avoided the carb canapes and instead opted for the mozzarella/tomato on sticks.  But.. I forgot that the fizzy lemon drink I was drinking was probably full of carbs.. was so busy with chatting, just completely went off the radar.

I hadn't had a big lunch, not many nuts, and have just eaten a nice cheese and mushroom omelette with salad.

I've noticed that when I first started this regime, I felt much lighter, my stomach flatter but now it feels solid again.  Why?  Perhaps I'm not drinking enough water?

Over n out day 17

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 18, 2016, 03:00:14 PM »
It's the beginning of a new week and I held back on the nuts, too busy at work!

Lunch was the usual mozzarella salad.
Dinner was some chicken, salad and kale chips.

Oh boy!  First time i've made kale chips and they are delicious!!!  They'll definitely replace the nuts for snacks at the weekend.

And got on the scales - lost 2.2lbs - yay!!!

So ending on a happy note, day 16..

Over n out!

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:03:08 PM »
Oh dear.. the weekend.

I never had carbs but tended to overeat on other things.

Saturday I had halloumi for breakfast which was ok.  But throughout the day until dinner I was snacking on nuts - cashews, brazils, pecans etc., more than a handful!  Dinner was a chicken roast, again ok but afterwards, snacking on nuts.  Nuts are good but they are calorific.  It's a waste of time eating extra calories when I'm trying to lose weight, in my opinion, even though they are 'good' calories.

Sunday - rest of halloumi and a whole pack of smoked salmon.  More snacking on nuts.  Dinner was carb-free meatballs with salad. 

I haven't done any exercise over the weekend, just sit on my backside watching tv.  It has been cold and perhaps I've been a little lazy and bored, and yes, tired (I work all week and sometimes it's mentally very tiring), due to not sleeping well.

I'm not looking forward to getting on the scales tomorrow (Day 15)

Over n out.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:12:05 PM »
Day.. 12

Training day so grabbed a couple cups of coffee and some nuts.

Lunch, thank goodness, included some salad rather than the normal fare of sandwiches that one would expect, but it was just a few spoonfuls so rather hungry today.

Came home to mincemeat kebab (just mince and onion, baked), some boiled chicked, avocado and salad.  Cup of tea and yoghurt later.

Hubby bought me some halloumi to have for breakfast tomorrow.

Going to try making some kale chips.

Over n out day 12.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 14, 2016, 04:16:43 PM »
Oh bad anxiety today, low tolerance for certain work colleague's continual busybodying and trying to teach me how to suck eggs.  Had lunch and almost didn't taste it I was so uptight.  Arrghh hate that feeling but my bloody was boiling. 

Anyway.  Almost weekend.

Was going to have chicken and salad tonight but hubby didn't take the chicken from the freezer so it was salmon again with a cheese and chili omelette. 

Plus 20 mins on the treadmill.  It will increase but it's slow going as I'm so tired in the evenings.

I decided that I'd like to try making some chicken patties with chicken mince, eggs and leeks etc., will see how it goes next week.

Have a day out of the office training tomorrow and lunch will be provided.  Not quite sure what will be lunch, hoping some salad - besides the obvious sandwiches which of course I'll refuse.  Must remember to take my nuts with me!

Advocating the diet to other work colleagues who can't believe that, from what I'm eating, I can feel full!  Well it's true.  I'm always very satisfied after my protein lunch and dinners.   Except today.  Feeling a little emotional made me want to reach for some carbs, cookies, bread, anything that would 'hug' me.

Over n out day 11

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 14, 2016, 04:04:27 PM »
Yes, I have a diary here too.  Diary of a Wheaty Girl. (diary of a wimpy kid was on my mind for some reason..LOL)

And it makes for good reading  ;) ;D

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 13, 2016, 01:44:01 PM »
Another day..

Got on the treadmill last night, a couple of hours after eating.  Felt much better doing it this way than what I normally do, which is exercising before eating. 

Lovely lunch today of tuna with chili pepper, lime and dollop of mayo on a bed of avocado and rocket, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.   
Dinner was same as yesterday, smoked salmon, mushroom omelette, side salad and some raw cauliflower and green pesto.

Snacking is always nuts.

Oh, and bought some 90% chocolate (wow, that's bitter!, but rather nice).

Must say my 'movements' aren't as regular as before so just need to up the liquid intake.

At work we have cupboards full of cookies (biscuits), chips (crisps), sweets in bowls dotted around the office - lots of non-healthy items, along with bowls of fruit etc.  Before my current regime, I would often have a few cookies with my morning coffee, then for lunch maybe a packet of chips with again, a few cookies.  I would sometimes bring in a salad but not every day, but I would still snack on the chips and cookies throughout the day and then dive into a large pile of rice, and slices of bread when I got home, for dinner.  Now I don't bother with them - I have bags of nuts in my desk drawers and after having my lovely lunch, there's no room for anything else!  See the impact of empty carbs - makes us crave more, yet the fulfilling protein lunches/dinner keeps us going for longer.

Day.. 10 (I think) over n out.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 13, 2016, 01:30:02 PM »
Hi Robin,

It's a pain, isn't it.  I started peri in my early 40s and I'm 50 this year, main symptoms thankfully only for the last three years.  I believe Barbara is correct in that this way of eating is better for us at this stage of our lives.  Are you keeping a journal on here too?  Lots of support from this website to help you  :)   One day at a time.


Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never... Day 9
« on: January 12, 2016, 12:13:49 PM »
Hi there,

I never realised food could be sooo tasty!

Today's lunch was the same as yesterday, just loving tuna and fresh coriander.

I love the feeling of being sated without having to resort to carbs!

And dinner was just scrumptious: 

Mushrooms sauteed in a knob of butter, then added 2 eggs for a mushroom omlette.  On the side I had some fresh smoked salmon, avocado and a lovely salad, sprinkled with some pink salt - recently discovered that Himalayan salt and my goodness it's nice!

Finished off with a hot cup of tea to warm my fingers; and little later will jump on the treadmill.

People look at me with disbelief when I say that I no longer eat carbs, that I'm eating butter, cheese, eggs, oil etc., they say 'Oh but you need carbohydrates!', and those are the ones that, ah hem, look like they need to stay away from the carbs!  ;D

Over n out day 9

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:49:41 PM »
Thanks Barbara, good website with good recipes!

Monday day 8

Handful of nuts to snack on after coffee this morning.

Tuna mayo with bed of lettuce and cucumber - very nice.

More nuts to snack

Dinner was boiled chicken with a dollop of mayo, with a good plate of salad.

I can never exercise on a Monday evening, too tired after work.  So my treadmill days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Tonight I have a grocery delivery coming so I can stock up - bought chocolate  ;D

First time to weigh myself.  I'm going through perimenopause so all the weight is, besides everywhere, greatly around my middle.   So yes, the goal is to lose 70lbs (that's 5 UK stone - I'm from the UK - 14lbs = 1 stone).  The most I've ever lost has been 3 stone.  Wish I had weighed myself last week but I was so scared.. however weighing myself tonight, it was the same as a couple of years ago so I would have been 'pleasantly' surprised.

Day 8 over n out.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 10, 2016, 04:43:53 PM »

Thanks for the tips and motivation ladies - I'll certainly take these on board  :D

Am I missing wheat, specifically bread?  Well yes as I love to bake bread, all different types, and up until last week, I regularly made bread every couple of weeks to put in the freezer (my hubby is Iraqi so we I make their style of flat bread called samoun).  Was always a treat to have it fresh from the oven with cheese.  I do miss being able to mop up a stew or something with some nice thick white bread.

Anyway, onto a different subject  ;)   Sunday today so rose late and had lunch of cheese and mushroom omelette.  Spent the afternoon cleaning the house, chilled out afterwards and then prepared dinner - roast beef, cabbage, carrots, baked onion and my 'treat' - roasted sweet potato, followed by a yoghurt.

The hubz will be working nights for the next few weeks.  He was on earlies last week so he had dinner prepared for me.  So this week I shall be wanting meals that I can quickly make when I come home.  Any ideas ladies, besides omelettes?!

Over n out Day Seven.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never... Day 6
« on: January 09, 2016, 03:03:17 PM »
Weekend - normally a wheatathon so for breakfast I  had layers of lettuce and cucumber topped with tuna, fresh coriander and mixed with some mayonnaise.  Very nice.

Dinner was cauliflower rice which, I have to say, I shan't bother with again unless I can find a good way of doing it.  Was disappointed it was soft (I had grated and then roasted to dry it out); with a lovely chicken curry, with salad.

I haven't really been that hungry and if I have, I've eaten a few nuts or had a yoghurt.

I've also been on the treadmill twice this week, and got in some walking and on Monday I will weigh myself for the first time and do then on a weekly basis. 

The success I think will be keeping the food interesting and varied.  The cauliflower rice didn't substitute normal rice for me.  Love the fact that I can eat cheese and eggs.  I am also keeping an eye on calories so it's a lighter mature cheese for me, and trying to opt for lighter options wherever possible - lean meat, not too much oil or butter, and not overdoing the nuts... just enough to keep me satiated.

Tomorrow is another day. 

Over n out.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 08, 2016, 01:58:25 PM »
Day 5

Feeling much better already.

Same lunch as yesterday - it's so satisfying I don't see why I need to vary it unless I get fed up of it.

Now dinner.  Yes, a little fed up with either chicken or fish and veg or salad, so today I decided to do a wheat-free pizza, sauteeing some mushrooms, chillis, peppers and onions, and then making a 2-egg omelette on which I put the vegetables and then put some grated cheese on top.  Had that with a salad.  Very nice and will add to my list of main meals. 

I need to get more sleep.  I need to drink more water.

Over n out.

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 07, 2016, 02:32:03 PM »

Rita, thanks for your message - especially the information.  I think it's difficult for people to accept that lo-carb is good, and fat even better but I'm trying to get people to read.

Day 3

Oh.. last night I did 20 mins on the treadmill.  Haven't been on for months so wanted to take it easy for the first session.  It's really satisfying when you can go for an hour and just feel you can go on for ever.. even better when you've got some good, upbeat music to stride out to.

Yesterday's meals consisted of the same during the day, but chicken and vegetables this time for dinner, and some pomegranate to dessert (but I think that's quite high in sugar?).

Day 4

I know I'm not drinking enough water even though I'm going to the loo more than ever.  But I'm one of those people that can't drink unless I'm thirsty otherwise it makes me gag. 

Meals today same as 2nd day (caprese salad and salmon etc.) 

Hello cauliflower and green pesto !  Wow, what a treat, can almost make myself believe it's al dente pasta :-)

Tomorrow's another day but so far so good and feeling much 'lighter' already.  I didn't weigh myself at the beginning (too scared haha), but will do on Monday.  I would like to lose between 70 and 84 pounds.  (That's 5-6 stone in UK money hehe.)

Day 4 over n out  ;D

Personal Diaries / Re: It's now or never...
« on: January 05, 2016, 01:56:33 PM »
Thanks for the reply Barbara.

Like others, I've been brainwashed for so many years that fat is bad so I'm struggling a little with using fat.  Meantime, I'll continue and use moderately.

Have to say that last night (when I went to bed), had a bad headache, and got up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet three times!  When I'm eating carbs that never happens.  Headache possibly withdrawal?

Today's food:

Walnuts and coffee for breakfast
Caprese salad for lunch (1 avocado, 1 slab of mozzarella, 1 tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and sprinkling of mixed seeds
Poached salmon, 2 egg omelette, salad, yoghurt

Yes, I am feeling hungry in the evenings but compared to what I used to eat (big plate of rice with bread or pasta with stew, and seconds; then later in the evening chips (crisps in the UK) or cake or biscuits ... it's not surprising and my body is having to get used to eating less food.

I finished work late tonight, then had train delays so I don't feel like doing much else now -  I'm disappointed with myself that I haven't gone on my treadmill tonight but tomorrow is another day and I will try to leave work on time so that I can come home and go straight on the treadmill before eating.

Have to try and make my meals more exciting - I can't eat fish and salad, chicken and salad, fish and vegetables, chicken and vegetables otherwise I'll end up completely bored and that won't work.

Over n out for today.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Another newbie here!
« on: January 05, 2016, 01:42:35 PM »
Hi Barbara,

Lovely to hear from you; I expect you burn a few calories looking after your grandchildren  ;)   I hope your Mum is fit and well at 85? 

Yes, I think keeping a journal is good.  It can help me see where I may need to step it up a bit.  I've been reading yours too and like your chatty format  :)

Anyway, time to post over there.

Best wishes,


Personal Diaries / It's now or never...
« on: January 04, 2016, 12:22:32 PM »
I don't know why I've always had a weight problem - when I was a little kid I was always chubby - was it because Mum used to say to me, 'You won't get any dessert if you don't eat your main meal!'  I don't know, but from the time I can remember I've always been watching my weight, usually watching it going up and up.  When I was in my early 20s I came across the 'Shape Challenge', a point based lo-carb diet which proved extremely successful for me and I lost much weight.  But then I went back to my old habits of bingeing on full-filling, satiating carbs - bread, pasta, chips, cookies and back to square one.

Having therefore recently finished reading Wheat Belly I know that it's time.  Time to make changes, once and for all.  I'm 50 this year and besides wanting to travel to meet members of my hubby's family for the first time and don't want to be the 'fat aunt', I want to improve my health.  If it doesn't happen this year then it probably never will and that thought depresses me greatly.

Onwards - day one.  (I need to do a good shop to have all my ingredients but I'm keeping it simple until then.)

Breakfast - not good at this unless it's the weekend - would rather sleep an extra hour than eat, but once I got to work I had a coffee and a few walnuts.

Lunch - bought some mozzarella cheese, basil, tomatoes, avocados, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and had a delicious caprese salad.  Didn't miss the bread to mop up the sauce one little bit.

Another coffee.

Dinner - boiled chicken breast and leg, with cabbage, cauliflower and carrot, with a couple of small pieces of butter over the top of the veg.

Will probably have a yoghurt for dessert until I get the chocolate :-)

What I can't understand is why it's okay to have fat?  What's the science behind this?  Not that I'm complaining, I mean, I love olive oil and butter, and the knowledge that I can have cheese is very exciting.. ;-)

I think I need to do a weekly menu soon. 

Day one over n out.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Another newbie here!
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:59:25 AM »
Hi there,

I'm from London, UK, and just finished the book.  Having been on lo-carb diets before with success, I know it all makes complete sense.  My only problem when I've always reached my goal weight is that I go back to bad habits and on goes back all the weight.  Being 50 this year I need to get a grip and lose the weight again but this time to make it a way of life, not just for a few months or so.

I hope to find lots of inspiration on this forum, and to share ups and downs with everyone.                                   

So today was day one. So far so good! 

Thanks for reading and have a great day :-)

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