MARLOE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARLOE MARLOE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Banting Mania... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784167 Banting has become quite the word in South Africa what with Prof Tim Noakes' new book The Real Meal Revolution. Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier have put together some tasty recipes and the Prof has given some great science facts behind this Revolution. <BR> <BR> Once upon a long time ago in the 70s, Dr Robert Atkins started up with the Atkins Diet which was somewhat revolutionary in the day, and later in the century many of us were low-carbing and yet there were so many nay-sayers and critic... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:25:11 EST New day, new energy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778383 i have been flattened by a tummy bug for the last three days and been feeling very poorly, dizzy, tired and listless. Today I am feeling a bit more like my old self thank goodness. <BR> <BR> The lemon juice this morning was so welcome. At 11 I had my green eggs (scrambled with chard and garlic) and then a cup of rooibos tea (red bush tea) with a slice of lemon in it and now I am on to water for the rest of the day until I feel like another herb tea. Dinner will be a vegetable soup and I wil... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:11:23 EST The End of the first IF Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775922 Dinner was early for me, 6.30 pm. I am aiming at going to bed early tonight so I wanted to make sure I had finished eating at least three hours before bed. As I write I am sipping my Earl Grey tea. <BR> <BR> 1774 calories. That was my intake for the day. I want to keep track of my calories in this IF challenge of mine so that I can see what is happening and where I am going with my food choices. Dinner meal - full cream plain Greek yoghurt with 10 strawberries blended into a smoothie follow... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:13:36 EST Challenge Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775742 <BR> Lemon juice and hot water with a pinch of salt. That is how I started my day. A friend is coming for lunch and as noon is the best time for a main meal, (Ayurveda style), we are having steak and vegetables. No wine or beer, just water. Fortunately water is my favourite drink. <BR> <BR> That T-bone was way too big so I have kept some for my scrambled eggs tomorrow morning. I finally found grass fed beef, hence the steak! It was delicious. With it I served steamed carrots, beans and caul... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:36:36 EST Learning the lessons... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769179 My diet has become non-existent and all for good reason...actually quite a few good reasons. <BR> I have finally let go of my dieting obsession. I have moved on to my kind of healthy eating (which is leaning towards anti-mucus-forming-foods) and no foods are restricted, ever. I am eating very simply and a little less. I am also moving more, walking with the dogs and managing to go up and down my little hill, sometimes with a bit of help from Maboko the gardener so that I don’t fall and ruin m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:14:01 EST Gardening excitement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768139 The compost arrived, all 4 cubic metres of it, and so did the potting soil and the vermiculite. We have been having a whale of a time today getting ready for strawberry planting tomorrow. This is the best time for above ground vegetables as it is a waxing moon. <BR> <BR> There are green leafy vegetables germinating in little plastic hothouses, little teeny vegetables - leeks, cauliflower, red cabbage and kale - growing in black bags. The cilantro is peeking out of the compost and vermiculit... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:36 EST Clean Eating and Caving In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766801 I always wondered what that meant. Clean eating. Well now I know and that is how I choose to eat, mostly. There are times, however, when the goody two shoes becomes frustrated and throws out an angry finger at the world of diets and deprivation. And then she caves... <BR> <BR> Oh yes I cave... <BR> <BR> My cave - (as in overeat) - is with (mostly whole grain) crackers and cheese. Or olive ciabatta toast with anything. Yesterday I absolutely caved and overate on cheese and crackers. Wasabi... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:01:27 EST Eat What You Can Grow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764143 <BR> Shooooo... Sjoe! Really? That’s a big ask. I might starve. Too big. <BR> <BR> Or is it? <BR> <BR> How much space have you got at a window, a veranda, a small courtyard, a piece of ground somewhere? Say, the size of a door or two. How many plastic bottles can you hang in a sunny window? Can you put a pot or two in a spot near the kitchen door? In the kitchen on a windowsill? Even in a sunny bathroom! <BR> <BR> There’s growing up...and growing up. <BR> <BR> First Grow Up: We have had ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:36:21 EST Celery and Rye Bread... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763618 Celery and rye bread. Yep. Crazy combination but it worked for me today. I have committed to eating vegetables with everything and while I was munching on a piece of rye bread and butter, I suddenly remembered. Vegetable! So I grabbed a piece of celery that sits in water waiting for me and started taking bites of celery in between bites of bread. And? It was great! I will do that again. Of course I could have had lettuce, but the change was good. <BR> <BR> Now I am about to make Chili Corian... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:28:42 EST Spring has sprung in Africa... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763052 It is Spring here in South Africa and the rains have started. It is amazing how green the fields are after two days of rain. The horses have something to nibble on in the absence of lucerne. There has been a dearth of it for over a week now. Fortunately it arrives tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Spring for me is a glorious planting time and because I believe in the alkalinity of vegetables, it is a real treat to plant all those green leafy vegetables, and carrots, onions, garlic (wow it takes a long tim... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:54:20 EST A Mindful Moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762952 I have been really agonising over the whole diet thing and after many meditations I have an answer for my dilemmas. Still those diet voices. Get rid of all the diet books. Use the info I already have that is in my over-full brain and make good choices. But the most important thing I heard when seeking guidance was only one thing. Eat more vegetables. Vegetables with every protein and/or starch. No other rules. Basically the message I got was that I know what to do. Eat ethically, organic and ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:04:32 EST Spleen health... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757031 Tongues are important for many reasons. Talking, tasting, (kissing!) and for health diagnosis in some parts of the world. My clever sister studied Ayurveda in India with various doctors and she can read tongues. (Sounds like reading palms doesn't it? :) Gillian McKeith (She of the You Are What You Eat book) also has a few pages of tongue talk in that book. <BR> <BR> My tongue is severely marked on the right side which apparently is the sign of a compromised spleen, so I went looking for the... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:47:32 EST Carb Cycling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755252 Well, last night was a dinner party for my brother's birthday at my place, cooked by me. Three quarters of the meal was Banting friendly and then there were crushed baby potatoes with garlic, rosemary and butter and chocolate birthday cake. <BR> <BR> Yes! I had some! It was delicious :) Carb cycling is a method used by some to shift stubborn plateaus so I am using that model for today...:) <BR> <BR> And my solution to a cheat - water water water! And raw vegetables. I had a whole bowl of s... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 17:19:16 EST Calorie calculator... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753571 It apparently takes a deficit of 7 700 calories per week to lose 1 kg. I found a few calorie calculators on the internet and found out what it would take to maintain my current weight and what it would take to lose a half to one kilogram per week. I adjusted my goals on my nutrition tracker because I now know just what I need to know. <BR> <BR> It also showed me just how much it takes to maintain this current body weight and that was a bit of an eye opener. I also know how many calories it ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:13:12 EST Beetroot Soup... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752963 1940 cal/108 carbs <BR> <BR> What to do with parboiled frozen beetroot? <BR> <BR> What an awesome soup. I had beetroot in the freezer, (an abundance from my organic garden). So I started off with two onions halved and thinly sliced, sautéed in some ghee and coconut oil. Added 2 carrots sliced and turned it all over together. Sling in some coriander/cilantro, some cumin, cayenne and a smidgeon of cinnamon and let it cook up with the veggies, nice and slow. <BR> <BR> Add the beetroot, then ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:40:31 EST Thank goodness for the food tracker... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752355 2439 calories/75 carbs <BR> <BR> That was today’s intake. Not quite what I had thought, but it is OK because I am back on the Sparkpeople food tracker. Thank goodness because I cannot con myself this way. <BR> <BR> The alkaline vegetables today were included in a vegetable soup, steamed veggies with the lunchtime chicken breast and a large salad with a rib eye steak dinner. To go with the steak I had a small spoonful of creamy mustard sauce. Just a little, and that was all I needed to make... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:39:52 EST Day by Day, One Mindful Step at a Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752042 Today’s plan: <BR> <BR> Varnish the painting I have recently sold. &#61514; <BR> <BR> Clear the desk – not difficult, half way there. <BR> <BR> Drink ginger tea. I love it and drink it throughout the day. A flask of ginger tea has become a fixture in my work space. <BR> <BR> Get on the spinning bike and cycle for three songs. Now THAT is a major challenge. My lungs are functioning at about 40% so I am very keen to cleanse them and build them back up again. Exercise has been my bête noir f... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 04:24:18 EST Food Decisions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751783 Food Decisions... Lower carb with an emphasis on lighter proteins and increased alkalinity. <BR> With all my reading on nutrition, all the diets I have tried throughout the years, and knowing my own favourite foods and appetites, I have come to the point where I need to choose how I am going to change my eating habits for a lifetime, and what foods I will choose to eat and what I will avoid, albeit sometimes reluctantly. The doctor has spoken. My fat is dangerous and I have to face up to the ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:09:57 EST Rebellion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751229 Rebellion reared its head today, just when I was plotting and planning my new eating habits. Potatoes. Oh my soul. I think I ate about 12 baby potatoes with butter and salt. I was so full I could hardly walk. Then I had a drink I have not had for many years. Brown Cow. My dad’s favourite. Coca cola and milk. Yep. Really. I don’t touch coca cola. Haven’t for many years. Now why would I want to do all that? Oh yes, and a spoon of molasses and a piece of recently harvested natural caramel tastin... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:06:53 EST Banting, LCHF, Paleo etc... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750824 I never thought I would go on another diet but after seeing my two doctors and realising that I am not doing so well trying to lose weight without a definite plan, I am back on the Low carb trail. Sigh... <BR> Fortunately I have a darling sister in law who is my guiding light and has agreed to accompany me on this journey. She has been on the same journey plus fruit for the last 7 months. We all know we go off the strict trail every now and then, so I shall plan for it, otherwise I might just... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:15:49 EST Day off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708106 And what a lovely day it has been, and it ain't over yet! <BR> <BR> I see my husband every second weekend, more or less. He lives and works elsewhere while I have the bliss of living my life on the farm, living my bliss. <BR> <BR> On the weekends when he is here, I relax my food guard and enjoy a wonderful weekend of good meals, healthy nevertheless. Today was a creme brulee day and I enjoyed every single morsel! There is no guilt attached to the wonderful lunch I had. The live music was ch... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:13:09 EST GAPS and Ayurveda... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707476 I sit here at my desk drinking champagne, toasting my lovely stepson who has found a dream job. I am so proud of him. But enough of my toasting and making merry...on to food and what is working for me at this time. (This toast is a special occasion and i don't get freaked out about "going off the diet" anymore.) <BR> <BR> I am eating somewhere between GAPS and Ayurveda. <BR> <BR> In other words. I am having bone broth to heal and seal my gut, (I seem to need a lot of salt with bone broth!),... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:45:38 EST Off to vote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688663 Tomorrow is voting day in South Africa so I am off to the town where I am registered and will stay there for three nights. It also happens to be our town home where my husband lives mostly. It is way too hot for me as it is in the bushveld where the temperatures can get to 46°C in summer. Winter is gorgeous there so I get to enjoy the first days of autumn and I get to see our beautiful dog Milla, a retriever/border collie mix and pick up some cuttings for my farm garden and do some shopping. ... Tue, 6 May 2014 07:11:27 EST I have a farm in Africa... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686972 One year ago today I moved into the house, which I designed, on our little farm in the mountains. <BR> What a wonderful year it has been. Where there was virgin soil I now have a fully functional organic vegetable garden full of a variety of green leaves, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, chillies and more. There are new fruit trees in the ground, pole fences are up keeping the humans in and allowing the two horses to have the rest of the farm. Two new Jack Russell dogs are my constant companions as... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:15:10 EST Food and fitness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494555 My sweet dynamo of a personal trainer wants me to do a 600 calorie diet for two weeks. I said no. <BR> <BR> This has been a lifetime of diets for me – 40 years of worrying about how I look and whether I will ever be the size I was at 30. Not anymore. <BR> <BR> All I want is to be fit and healthy. My personal trainer is my saving grace as far as the fit part is concerned. Calories in and calories going out these days instead of my sitting in front of the computer for hours on end. I love t... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:37:49 EST Finally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488917 Finally...I have been away from my blog setting up a new home in the mountains. Needless to say I have not concentrated on losing weight because I am exactly the same weight as I was in April. However, I am here to continue the journey to healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> Finally...? Is this the part of my life where I succeed in taming my voracious appetite? Is this the time when I finally make it to the fitness brigade? <BR> <BR> My new coach/personal trainer Alina started training with me yeste... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:53:20 EST The long road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488097 Here I am again after nearly 7 months. My house on the farm finally got finished and I moved in on the 4th of May. Bliss. Time has been spent sorting out not only the new house but the "from scratch" garden. There are already hanging baskets sporting lettuces, tomatoes, spinach and strawberries, while there are seedlings of more vegetables coming up in trays and bags. This is Spring where I come from and it is filled with blossoms and bright green leaves on the chestnut trees, a baby buck in... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:07:11 EST Tracking Calories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286330 <BR> Apart from SparkPeople's nutrition tracker, I use MyFitnessPal App on my phone to track my calories, keeping me honest and at 2000 calories a day whether I am fasting intermittently or not. It really is easy and very quick. You can even do it with a friend, <BR> <BR> I am doing well and enjoying the journey very much as it is getting easier by the day. I fast for 16 to 17 hours 5 days a week (8 pm to 12 noon) and then have breakfast on two mornings a week, as I choose. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:00:07 EST 9kg gone in 9 weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280412 It has been an interesting journey these last 9 weeks. For the last 6 weeks or so I have been fasting intermittently and eating more or less what I please. Slowly but surely I have been diminishing my carb intake, although I am not following any particular low carb protocol. I indulge in a handful of potato crisps, a little chocolate and maybe some ice cream over the weekend and sometimes a beer or some wine, but by and large I keep my intake simple - meat, vegetables and good quality fats, p... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:53:22 EST No No No! Back to eating anything and fasting intermittently... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256323 No No No. <BR> <BR> 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:) <BR> <BR> Nothing is forbidden. <BR> <BR> I forgot my own rule for a little while... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:42:24 EST I have been thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231549 <BR> Thinking has kept me away for a while...and experiences… <BR> <BR> and more thinking… <BR> <BR> On the food side of things? I am finding that carbs are disrupting my digestive system, I don't know about yours. My stomach gets more agitated when I eat bread, grains and sometimes legumes. Not always brown rice or lentils though. I will try wild rice as suggested by www.fitnessnerd.com. I do like his site. <BR> <BR> Over the last year I have collected dried pulses and grains for survi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:49:13 EST Fasting ROCKS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215083 Eat, Fast, Live Longer. Awesome documentary on fasting. BBC Michael Moseley. Copy and paste in your browser. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvdbtt_<BR>eat-fast-live-longer-hd_shortfilms?sea<BR>rch_algo=2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has thoroughly convinced me. I am glad I started this and I shall continue. The joy is not having to follow any specific diet except eating healthy, fresh foods across the nutritional board and fasting two days a week. I have no desire to ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 03:14:24 EST More on Intermittent Fasting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214092 More on intermittent fasting... <BR> <BR> If you look at the big picture, intermittent fasting of any kind basically boils down to eating less for a little or a long while, the length of time your choice. Some do anything from 20/4 to 14/10. Muslims eat a little before sunrise and then again after sunset and they fast twice a week I have heard. Others do Alternate Day Fasting or 5/2 or Fast 5. I eat at noon every day unless it is a feed day, then I will have a smoothie or a green drink at 10... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:04:14 EST Feeling fabulous... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207985 The rains are soaking the African bush veld and my garden is doing a happy dance. So am I. Sixteen days and four kilos gone. Happy puppy me. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful way to lose weight. Gentle exercise, good food choices and the occasional splurge seems to be working for me. What is really working though, is me being in control of my own diet. I have given myself a framework in which to make my choices, nothing is forbidden, and I feel normal and fabulous for the first time in years. <BR>... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:35:44 EST Daily and Weekly Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206113 (This is also posted on the MOD Spark Team site...come and visit:) <BR> <BR> In the super seventies (ahem) - there was a book entitled "Be Here Now" which struck a chord with me then. Today Eckhard Tolle's "The Power of Now" speaks the same language. For me it means Be mindfully in the moment. Today is the day we know. It behooves us to use it well and be happy. <BR> <BR> When we make a daily goal, it brings us right into the here and now. Not worrying about whether you are going to keep up... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:21:03 EST Discoveries on MOD... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206066 I have allowed myself just about everything over the last two weeks, and I have enjoyed wine with my meals and the occasional chocolate brownie and peanut butter cookie (all home made with good ingredients). I have lost three kilos and probably put on a bit of muscle in the Water Babes classes. (We even did a class in the soft rain this morning which was gorgeous. The rains have kissed the African bush at last. It is cooler and quite heavenly:) <BR> <BR> Although I seriously overdid the foo... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:11:22 EST A Warm Welcome to MOD... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206058 To those friends who have joined the journey on MOD (My Own Diet), the journey to healthy, happy and fabulous, thank you. It helps when we have companions travelling together, aiming for the same objective: To be fit and healthy...and happy within. <BR> <BR> There are no rules but your own. We are answerable only to ourselves. If you find something on my personal MOD (which is written up on this blog and on the team sticky topic) that resonates with you, use it. If in turn you should have an... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:30:38 EST Acid/alkaline foods cannot change the pH of the blood, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204598 There is some great information all over the Internet, some true and some false. <BR> <BR> I am aware that our blood pH cannot be changed by alkaline foods, but I choose to favour them because they are good-for-me vegetables, food that will nourish me. They are not empty foods and they have fibre which my digestive system laps up and loves. <BR> <BR> Lentils make their way into my dishes at times, with gorgeous Indian spices, while chickpeas are used for the hummus that I delight in, espec... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:12:52 EST A Cloudy Day in Africa... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204581 It has been so hot lately and today we have cloudy skies but no sign of the predicted rain. The frogs were silent last night and there was no need for air-con, just the fan. The bush dams are dry and although the veld is green, it really needs to be watered from the clouds that are gathered. The morning has been slow and peaceful. I took my herb tea and avocado on seed bread toast to the bath. What a relaxing time. Did some reading, some deep breathing, meditation and of course, some lying b... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:37:53 EST Protein Day on M O D – Baked Meatball Recipe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203578 <BR> I found my body craving protein today and I am following its wishes. Protein makes me lose water and looks good on the scale:) I had a one-off success with low carb some years ago but could never totally get back into it again, it was just not sustainable for me. I really missed savoury foods and I love good carbs. Life, and food, is there to be enjoyed and I love cooking and entertaining. <BR> <BR> Low carb got me eating a lot of animal protein, which I love. Because of it, I trie... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:22:42 EST What to do After a Binge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203107 (This is also posted on my Spark Team - M O D (Marloe's "My own Diet") It is there to encourage and help fellow heavies to design their own diet to get to that place we call thin. I started at 126 kilos, which is seriously heavy, and now the weight is slowly, steadily going down.) <BR> <BR> After a binge... <BR> <BR> The first thing to do is to reach for water and drink as much as is comfortable for you, at least two glasses. More if possible. Just imagine it being a cool waterfall inside ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 03:12:08 EST M O D Marloe's Own Diet - My Own Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202367 This is also posted on the new M O D Spark Team <BR> <BR> M O D (Marloe’s Own Diet – My Own Diet) <BR> <BR> Nothing is forbidden. <BR> Favour Alkaline 70-80% /Acid 30-20% foods <BR> <BR> Main foods: <BR> Fruit one or two a day (melons to be eaten alone) <BR> Vegetables at least three - especially greens <BR> Green Smoothies <BR> Fermented vegetables (probiotics – kimchi, raw sauerkraut)) <BR> Seeds <BR> Nuts and Nut Butters <BR> Lentils and beans according to the alkaline chart <BR> Q... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:26:15 EST Ate too much: what strategies for repair?... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200703 Ate and drank too much yesterday - so what to do today? <BR> <BR> <BR> First thing? Water. We all know that water is good for us, (and if you don't, read Batmanghelidj "The Body's Many Cries for Water" - hope I got the title right - and when I have drunk too much wine, the immediate prescription is water to rehydrate my body. As I regularly don't eat until 11 or noon, my major morning intake is water. This refreshes me from the inside out. <BR> <BR> <BR> First activities of the day were m... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:38:26 EST Food supply, container gardening, salmon quiche... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198642 My Happy Journey to Helathy <BR> <BR> That is supposed to read healthy, but every time my fingers play a game with helathy! Try and say it – H E L A T H Y. It sounds kind of...Island Style! I tell you, am helathy!!! <BR> <BR> I know you are going to say "how can that possibly be healthy!" when I tell you what I put in today’s lunch dish. A load of whole (free range) eggs, l-o-t-s of cream, fresh peppers, celery, red onion, garlic, cayenne pepper and grated zucchini sautéed in grapeseed oil... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:17:23 EST Healthy noon lunch with friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196565 OK, maybe the 2.5 bottles of good white wine was a little excessive for the three of us, but we are not counting. On M O D everything goes. <BR> <BR> My super chef buddy Marley arrived before my assistant and friend Kathy, so we ate sticks of celery and carrot while we waited and sipped on a lovely Chardonnay. The lunch was a spicy lentil and vegetable dish. The girls loved it. It is such a good feeling when you put out an experimental dish which your friends love. I will write it up for the... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:12:00 EST Swimming, Sun and Iced Water... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196288 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. <BR> <BR> <BR> 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.... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 04:33:21 EST Fish recipe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196174 I found the basic recipe on the internet and tweaked it for my tastes. <BR> <BR> Stir-Fried Fish and Vegetables <BR> <BR> 500 g white boneless fish fillets (I used frozen hake) cut into chunky strips <BR> <BR> Marinade: <BR> 1 Tbs dry sherry/rice wine <BR> 1/4 tsp sesame oil <BR> 1 egg white <BR> 1 - 2 tsp corn starch/potato flour <BR> Mix all ingredients and let fish marinate for about 15 minutes or more <BR> <BR> Sauce: <BR> 1/2 cup fish/vegetable stock <BR> 1 Tbs pad thai sauce <BR> 1/... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:37:42 EST Intermittent fasting working for this woman... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195125 ...because it makes me feel normal! I sat and ate a non-diet, substantial meal with my darling tonight and the calories for the entire day were under 1700 and I couldn't eat another thing. I only had one helping and although it was very tasty I packed the leftover away in the fridge (very quickly!) for darling to take to work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And I had my two glasses of red wine. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone want to go on a diet where you had to say no to your favourite things? On M O D ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:54:57 EST Diets make you stress and stress makes you fat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194549 On Atkins I gorged myself on meat and did not pay much attention to vegetables and alkalinity. On the Beverly Hills diet I nearly made myself sick on fruit - and did not pay much attention to the insulin spiking with all the fruit sugar. On Fit for Life I thought I was going to fart my life away with all the beans. On Paleo I craved dairy so much until I found Peter d'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type and cheered loudly because a type B could eat cheese, cream, butter and all the good things th... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:03:39 EST Intermittent fasting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192681 Wow! There is so much information out there it is scary! Cross-checking is important. My daughter Lana taught me the value of that. In the end you make up your own mind and do what feels best for you. <BR> <BR> I overdid it all yesterday again. My friend Annie is too good a cook and hostess! Shame on you Annie:) I came home from a lunch with her and the lovely Bonita and couldn't move the whole evening. Good and bad foods (all tasty), I had them all. It was most uncomfortable and I felt like... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:03:05 EST