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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  louiseh on Mon 22 Feb - 16:26

And talking about fruit, I found a market stall that sells wonderful things like figs, ready to eat, a quid for six. I can't stop eating them now, one is as filling as a mars bar (well nearly). Also foreign type stalls have the most amazing things these days. Hopefully 4timesanan you can find something to take over from the leftover 'goodies' so you end up not wanting them at all and just stick to the lovely healthy stuff

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Post  4timesanan on Thu 25 Feb - 13:52

week 1.. WW today...loss 2 1/2lbs...well pleased.

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Post  AnnaEsse on Thu 25 Feb - 16:57

4timesanan wrote:week 1.. WW today...loss 2 1/2lbs...well pleased.

Losing weight gradually is the best way to do it. Well done!

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Post  wjk on Fri 26 Feb - 17:04

Well done, nan!

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  4timesanan on Wed 3 Mar - 15:09

i fancied a treat and ate a pork sandwich.....does anyone know roughly how many cals in those takeaway 'hot pork sanwiches'..i know it depends on weight, our shop does them quite chunky on two slices of medium white bread..

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Post  buildersbum on Thu 4 Mar - 11:52

lost 3lbs nothing like having a cold virus to help you on your way with losing weight, going to try for another 4lbs for that half stone!!!!

Just have a breakfast, dinner and tea no rubbish or alcohol in the week usually does the trick. then just a little bit of a treat on a weekend

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  4timesanan on Thu 4 Mar - 13:23

buldersbum..i'm envious..well done. i havn't lost this week but to tell the truth i didn't watch my points , had a bad week because my little grandaughter had been very ill.. and i was to and fro to the hospital.... begin again today...at least i didn't put any weight back on.

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Post  wjk on Thu 4 Mar - 15:33

Hope your little grandaughter is ok, nan x

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  buildersbum on Thu 4 Mar - 15:42

4timesanan wrote: buldersbum..i'm envious..well done. i havn't lost this week but to tell the truth i didn't watch my points , had a bad week because my little grandaughter had been very ill.. and i was to and fro to the hospital.... begin again today...at least i didn't put any weight back on.



Nan I think when you have your children not well especially at the hospital diet and food the last thing on your mind, hope she gets on okay.
As you say at least you didnt put any on, you will be able to concentrate better when she's ok

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  4timesanan on Sun 7 Mar - 20:00

advice please, i want to buy either a hand blender or a mini food processor, which is best, russell hobs do a mini processor for around £25...and asda have a value hand blender for around £5. ....i want to make soups and smotthies ....which should i buy?.. i have never used either one of these items before.
thanks, anna advise please? ....also i am thinking of getting a food steamer, and as i am a bit frugally inclined i have been using a colonder on top of a saucepan to steam veg, and they taste so much nicer than boiled veg, really enjoyed eating them.

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Post  4timesanan on Sun 7 Mar - 20:23

eddie, thankyou for the recipe, yes i do have a slow cooker, i used it this weekend to make a casserole, i love the way the flavours are enriched by the overnight slow cooking.
would a mini food processor chop salad stuff, i dont really know what they do.

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  4timesanan on Sun 7 Mar - 20:47

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See Kenwood White Compact Food Processor.420/0442 £27.99
i have seen this one on offer at argos, i would like to try making the low calorie cake recipies from weight watchers, the WW brand ready made cakes are too xpensive,
so will be able to do smoothies in this gadget?

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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 7 Mar - 21:13

4timesanan wrote:Email a friendPrint page

See Kenwood White Compact Food Processor.420/0442 £27.99
i have seen this one on offer at argos, i would like to try making the low calorie cake recipies from weight watchers, the WW brand ready made cakes are too xpensive,
so will be able to do smoothies in this gadget?

I use this for making cakes. I use the all-in-one method where you just put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with this fine gadget.

Antony Worrall Thompson by Breville HM5 Triple Beater Hand Mixer

Amazon

I use this for chopping, blending soups, grating and lots more. It makes smoothies and chops for cole slaw and lots more.

Magimix 3200 Compact Food Processor.

Amazon

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Post  4timesanan on Sun 7 Mar - 21:45

ok. thanks....i think i will try the cheap kenwood one for starters, i live alone so i think the small one will do for me, what about halogen cookers, i was thinking of getting one of these for my parteners birthday , he doesn't really cook, just fast food.

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Post  4timesanan on Mon 8 Mar - 10:09

Enlarge photo .Low-carbohydrate "Atkins"-style diets, low fat and Mediterranean diets were equally effective, scientists found.

Tests showed that patients who went on the diets, lost moderate amounts of weight and lowered their blood pressure, developed healthier arteries.

Researchers used ultrasound to measure the wall volume and thickness of carotid arteries, which supply the brain with blood.

Thicker and heavier arteries indicated a build up of fatty deposits on the blood vessel walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis which is closely associated with heart attacks and strokes.

After two years, the carotid arteries of patients on the diets had lost 5% of their wall volume on average and 1.1% of their thickness.

Compared with less successful patients, those whose arteries had improved most lost more weight and underwent a greater reduction in blood pressure.

The findings linked sustained moderate weight loss with a reversal of artery damage.

Study leader Dr Iris Shai, from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, said: "Long-term adherence to weight-loss diets is effective for reversing carotid arteriosclerosis as long as we stick to one of the current options of healthy diet strategy."


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Post  buildersbum on Mon 8 Mar - 10:54

So this info says to go on a "Atkins" type of diet will help with blood pressure, I would have thought all the protien foods would put Pressure up????

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  buildersbum on Mon 8 Mar - 18:19

I work alot from home and today Ive had a load of paper work todo, pissed off, so yes Ive fallen off the wagon.............Chocolate crisps, and even a bloody lg sausage roll, felt better for 10 mins then now in deep depression after my pork out, oh well always another day lets hope I dont wake up tomorrow feeling like I did today or Il be eating the bloody house

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Post  AnnaEsse on Mon 8 Mar - 18:33

buildersbum wrote:I work alot from home and today Ive had a load of paper work todo, pissed off, so yes Ive fallen off the wagon.............Chocolate crisps, and even a bloody lg sausage roll, felt better for 10 mins then now in deep depression after my pork out, oh well always another day lets hope I dont wake up tomorrow feeling like I did today or Il be eating the bloody house

You've probably gone into a deep depression because of what that lot did to your blood sugar levels. You've eaten mostly sugar and refined carbohydrates that produce a quick rise in sugar levels, but then a dip that can go right down below your baseline for blood sugar and you get that low feeling.

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Post  4timesanan on Mon 8 Mar - 20:41

hi buildersbump,....i know how it feels to get fed up, but it only one day, pick up and start again, you will do it. i get my weigh in this thursday, keep in touch. 4xnan

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Re: Who is on a diet at the moment

Post  AnnaEsse on Mon 8 Mar - 21:05

eddie wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:
buildersbum wrote:I work alot from home and today Ive had a load of paper work todo, pissed off, so yes Ive fallen off the wagon.............Chocolate crisps, and even a bloody lg sausage roll, felt better for 10 mins then now in deep depression after my pork out, oh well always another day lets hope I dont wake up tomorrow feeling like I did today or Il be eating the bloody house

You've probably gone into a deep depression because of what that lot did to your blood sugar levels. You've eaten mostly sugar and refined carbohydrates that produce a quick rise in sugar levels, but then a dip that can go right down below your baseline for blood sugar and you get that low feeling.

I know this is probably going to go down like a lead balloon but.....
If I crave something sweet I drink Fruit tea. I swear it stops you wanting chocolate etc

I also tell myself that Friday/Saturday nights are treat night and will only allow treats on that night.

Builderbum, if you feel down you should exercise - believe me, it makes you feel 100% better immediately!

I have developed the taste for good quality dark chocolate of around 80% cocoa solids, which means there's less sugar. Also, my "something sweet," is usually something I have cooked myself, like the batch of date slices I made yesterday, which have just 112g/4oz of sugar to 12 slices and 170g/6oz of butter. The very sweet taste comes from 450g/1lb of dates!

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Post  AnnaEsse on Mon 8 Mar - 21:37

eddie wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:

You've probably gone into a deep depression because of what that lot did to your blood sugar levels. You've eaten mostly sugar and refined carbohydrates that produce a quick rise in sugar levels, but then a dip that can go right down below your baseline for blood sugar and you get that low feeling.

I know this is probably going to go down like a lead balloon but.....
If I crave something sweet I drink Fruit tea. I swear it stops you wanting chocolate etc

I also tell myself that Friday/Saturday nights are treat night and will only allow treats on that night.

Builderbum, if you feel down you should exercise - believe me, it makes you feel 100% better immediately!

I have developed the taste for good quality dark chocolate of around 80% cocoa solids, which means there's less sugar. Also, my "something sweet," is usually something I have cooked myself, like the batch of date slices I made yesterday, which have just 112g/4oz of sugar to 12 slices and 170g/6oz of butter. The very sweet taste comes from 450g/1lb of dates![/quote]

You're a lady after my own heart....
I was wondering today how to make low-fat fig rolls...I love the Jacobs ones and wondered if I could improve on them?
I must add though, soups, casseroles, pasta dishes and roast chicken pies are my speciality - I am not a dessert-making person.

I try to find recipes for sweet things that get their sweetness from fruit, rather than sugar and are low in fat. I adapt the date slices recipe with apricots and I think I might try figs. I'll type up the recipe tomorrow. It's a Cranks one.

ETA: I make a lot of soups and was recently given the Moro East cookbook, from which I have tried Moroccan yoghourt with meatballs and today roasted pumpkin, using up the last of the pumpkins from my garden last year.


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Post  AnnaEsse on Tue 9 Mar - 19:43

Cranks Date Slices

I reduce the fat content from Cranks' original of 200g/7oz to 175g/6oz

Ingredients

500g/1lb dates
175g/6oz butter
300g/10oz plain flour
100g/4oz soft brown sugar
125g/5oz oats

Cranks adds 2 tablespoons of water to the oats/flour mixture but I find the texture is better without.

Method

1) Set oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6

2) Grease and line a baking dish or line with parchment. I use a dish that is 9.5"/24cm square.

2) Steam the dates over a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes until soft, then mash loosely with a fork. I add a tablespoon of fresh orange juice for flavour and texture.

3) Rub the butter into the flour and add the sugar.

4) Add the oats and mix lightly.

5) Spread half the oat/flour mixture into the oven dish and press down firmly.

6) Spread the date mixture on top.

7) Sprinkle the other half of the oat/flour mixture over the dates, so it resembles a rough crumble.

8) Bake for around 30 minutes.

Eat hot or cold. Nice with cream, ice cream or my favourite, Booja Booja Stuff In A Tub. Mostly I eat this cold on its own.

Good idea to mark into squares while hot but not to separate until it cools a bit.

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Post  4timesanan on Tue 9 Mar - 19:59

Mmmmm, cant wait to try this

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Post  AnnaEsse on Tue 9 Mar - 20:04

4timesanan wrote:Mmmmm, cant wait to try this

It really is a treat. The dates make it very sweet and there isn't a lot of fat or sugar when you cut it into 12 (good-sized) slices. I have made it with apricots, which is nice too. I also like the fact that the ingredients list isn't half a page long! Then it's got oats which are good for the heart and the dates help the digestive tract.

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Post  4timesanan on Wed 10 Mar - 20:50

i have really begun to change the way i eat, now i have a steamer i am really enjoying my veg and enjoy fruit instead of sweets, occasionaly get a bit fed up but its all about bad/good habits, i was so used to 'junk fats food'.... who is on the slimming world diet, i would like to hear about it...and how is everyone else doing.

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