SUNNY112358's SparkPeople Blog SUNNY112358's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Intermittent Fasting Intermittent Fasting (IF) is gaining ever more interest in the UK and Australia, with various celebrities claimed to be doing it, though it does not appear to have become that trendy yet in the USA. There has for some time been serious medical research into the longevity benefits of severe calorie deprivation. Some research now indicates that even occasional severe calorie deprivation can have these benefits, hence 'intermittent fasting'. There are several versions of this, ranging from no... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:20:16 EST obesity drugs, weight regain I've just read this interesting article <BR> <link><BR>besity-drugs-and-weight-loss-how-we-fa<BR>il-fat-people </link> <BR> with some discouraging graphs showing how little one loses with diet and diet + exercise, and how much of the lost weight is regained. <BR> It's an uphill battle, but some do succeed, so let's try to be among them. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:38:16 EST The Harcombe Diet Developed by Zoe Harcombe after years of research, this attacks three underlying causes of cravings and bad eating choices that lead to overweight/obesity: Candida, Food Intolerance and Hypoglycaemia. <BR> Phase One lasts for five days: unprocessed meat, fish, chicken, eggs, olive oil, butter, all vegetables except mushrooms, potatoes and corn. One natural live (bio) yoghurt. Optional: 50g (dry weight) brown rice or old-fashioned rolled oats. No tea, coffee or other sources of caffeine, ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 22:54:29 EST Aerial Greece video Greece has unfortunately been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. I just came across this video and thought I would share it to remind us of what a beautiful country it still is: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Long but worth it! Enjoy. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:40:03 EST Fat Business I was moved by the lady who said she learnt to sew because she was tired of having to buy clothes that fit rather than what she liked to wear--brought back sad memories of when I was at my heaviest (around 93kg) and living in Japan, a land of petite ladies with dainty chests, so my mother in desperation got me a maternity dress for a blouse. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 03:57:38 EST A history of celebrity diets Celebrity diets are nothing new: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Nor are low-carb diets--according to this article, one of the first such diet books was written in 1825, though according to Palaeo-Diet proponents, this was the original way human hunter-gatherers ate, with agriculture introducing large amounts of grains in the human diet a mere 10,000 years ago. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 07:41:20 EST Knitting I love knitting and was most impressed by these creations: <BR> <link><BR>4250 </link> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:58:08 EST Low-Carb just two days a week New study shows better results than daily calorie restriction by eating protein, vegetables, good fats and even a piece of fruit (limiting carbs to 50gr per day) for just two days a week and eating sensibly the other five days: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-diet_and_nutrition/t/cutting-carbs<BR>-just-days-week-can-spur-weight-loss/ </link> <BR> <BR> This sounds like something anyone could manage--I'm going to recommend this to my mother-in-law, who is 80. ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 01:01:10 EST The Thin Commandments Is BMI misleading? Should we be focussing on health, not weight? <BR> <link><BR>in-commandments-documentary/index.html </link> Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:46:33 EST The stigma of obesity <link><BR>s-usa-campaign-christie-obesity-idUSTR<BR>E7911YH20111003 </link> <BR> I'm not American, never heard of this guy before, but interesting article about 'the stigma of obesity'. <BR> Sorry, no time to comment, I have to do some work now, but if you follow the link you'll find food for thought. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 22:37:04 EST Fat tax? Just read this while sipping my first cup of tea of the day and waking up gently: <BR> <link><BR>7948 </link> <BR> Can they be lumping extra virgin olive oil in the same category as trans-fat laden hard margarine? Also, as the article says, 'some scientists' believe there may be other items more detrimental to health, such as 'salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates'. <BR> This is hot on the footsteps of recent higher sales taxes on soft drinks (I belie... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:28:17 EST Putting things in perspective One of my friends made this wise comment on my previous blog entry: <BR> 'When you are 80 is when you will realize that nothing matters more than good health and personality.' <BR> This is so true, and puts all our petty obsessions with our physical appearance into perspective. <BR> Another bit of wisdom I read many years ago in a magazine, and have applied in my life ever since, is that after we die we won't be remembered for our ironed towels and sheets. I hope my son will remember me fo... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 02:05:48 EST Conventional beauty standards This entry is triggered by my friend Anepanalipti's recent blog about 'conventional beauty standards' and not wanting to fit the cookie cutter. <BR> My first degree was in Art History and I have a very good idea of how these 'beauty standards' have changed over the years. Look at the steatopygeous Willendorf Venus, the rounded tummy of the Aphrodite of Melos, the dimpled (some would say cellulite-riddled) thighs of a Rubens model. The first really thin idealised women in art I can think o... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:20:30 EST My new eating plan This is the weekly personalised eating plan devised for me by the slimming institute dietician. Do be aware that it's based on my personal preferences and the patterns she saw in my food diary (see previous blog entry) so if you went there yours might look somewhat different. It's mainly based on the Mediterranean Diet, with awareness of low-GI principles. Here are the main options: <BR> Breakfast: black tea+200ml milk+ either porridge made with 40g rolled oats; or 2 eggs with 1 slice whol... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:25:25 EST Slimming Institutes In my lifelong quest to lose weight I've got talked into parting with serious money at several slimming/beauty institutes. I'm not convinced that the machines, such as 'passive exercise' with pads and electric current, or heat chambers etc, really do anything. Recently they've added more sophisticated treatments such as mesotherapy or lasers to 'dissolve' the fat, but while those may work, I'm concerned about the safety aspect, though they claim they are operated by doctors. <BR> One thin... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 21:54:38 EST Pets Most mornings I read the news online while drinking several cups of tea. It's "my" time, while my menfolk are still sleeping. <BR> This morning I came across this delightful quote: <BR> '16th Century French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, loved cats because he knew he would never be able to enter their minds. "When I play with my cat," he asked, "how do I know she is not amusing herself with me rather than I with her?" ' in <link> </link> <BR> I'm sure... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 03:14:05 EST The psychology of numbers, clothes sizes When I started Sparking just over a year ago I was 82kg (180 lbs), and while I mainly wore L size, in some styles I needed XL, or size 22 (UK), 46/48 (European). <BR> A year later, 11 kg off and most of my L size trousers need taking in, I've even bought some M size shorts! I was wearing size 18 (UK) capri jeans when darling Son made my day by saying he almost couldn't recognise me from behind because of the weight I had lost. I still wear L size tops but that's partly because I like my t... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 02:50:06 EST Changing habits I've just subscribed to this: <BR><BR>tem/ <BR> The idea is to track each time you keep/don't keep a new habit. After 21 consecutive days it has become ingrained, and you can add a new habit to work on. Each time you miss a day you have to start counting all over again from 1. There is a tracking form to print out (or it's in Excel format if you prefer). <BR> You choose the habits you want to work on, so it could be used not only for dieting, but al... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 01:33:44 EST Mediterranean & 'MediterrAsian' Diets I'm sure you've all read the news stories about the Greek financial crisis and seen the videos or photos of the violent demonstrations. But there are still some good things left about living in Greece, and the food is one of them. <BR> There's been talk about the benefits of the Mediterranean since Ancel Keys' famous Seven Countries epidemiological study in the 1950s; this is just the latest research confirming it: <BR><BR>iet-lengthens-life-1237567... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 06:45:19 EST Multilingualism Just came across this interesting (but not surprising, at least to me) news snippet:\<BR>ce/health_news_detail.asp?health_day=6<BR>49534 <BR> Bilinguals also have other advantages: fairly recent research shows lower incidence of Alzheimers. Cognitive benefits include higher IQs and more flexible thinking ability--de Bono (of lateral thinking fame) said that bilinguals have "two heads" and that if one can't find a solution to a problem it could come if one th... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 02:51:11 EST Low Self-Esteem A couple of days ago Son's agency had a live appearance on a morning TV chat show, and they insisted on Son coming, along with some of the other children they represent, and their parents. Husband didn't want to do it so he pushed me into it despite my protests. But while I was watching the other mother being made up I chickened out. She was half my age, half my weight, in mini skirt and stiletto boots, with professionally manicured nails and blonde hair that had obviously spent half the p... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:43:27 EST Spendfree 2011, Tithing Being a linguist, I dithered a while over the title of this entry, not wanting to start the year with negative words such as No Spending in 2011. Finally I created the word 'spendfree', modelled on spendthrift but meaning the polar opposite. <BR> Today is the day when most people make resultions for the new year. To make sure I don't break them after a few days or weeks, I'm committing myself by posting mine publically here: <BR> 1. Not to buy anything but absolute essentials such as foo... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 02:31:03 EST Proud Mummy again! Here's my son's latest TV spot <BR><BR>jg <BR> BTW while googling for a link to his upcoming theatre role I was amazed to find my Spark blog entry about this in the first ten sites! <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:18:57 EST Hi-Protein Low-GI the best Here's a report on 'the world's largest diet study', which shows that a high-protein low-GI approach is best for losing and, more importantly, maintaining weight. <BR><BR>10/966_diogenes.aspx <BR> No calorie counting. Even the children lost weight when their families switched to this way of eating. <BR> Sorry no time to write more, but definitely food for thought. Thu, 25 Nov 2010 22:47:22 EST Low GI/GL and The Greek Doctor's Diet A SparkFriend asked about low GI/GL and I thought I would copy here what I replied. <BR> <BR> I'm not a scientist so I'm oversimplifying, but in a nutshell, the Glycaemic Index (GI) value shows how the food affects one's blood sugar--does it cause a sudden insulin rush or is it processed more evenly by the body. These values have been determined by feeding volunteers fixed amounts of certain foods and then testing their blood at specific intervals, so they show how foods really affect us ra... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 02:24:27 EST Bodyline Institute Diet Because I've been stuck on a plateau all week, and I have set myself the challenge of losing at least half a kilo a week between now and Xmas, I'm copying here the Bodyline diet as I'm about to delete it from my page. I'm also adding Week 1. <BR> NB Milk, yoghurt & cheese should always be low-fat. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1 glass milk with 2 melba toasts (fryganies sykaleos) & 2 tsp honey OR <BR> 1 glass milk with 5 Tbsp cereal <BR> Mid-Morning snack: 2 pieces fruit or 1 glass fruit ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 01:51:07 EST Xmas Challenge I'm posting this on several Teams I belong to, and thought it might be useful to put it on my blog as well. <BR> I've just realised that it's 50 days to Christmas, so that leaves 7 full weeks of dieting before the feast. My personal goal is to lose 4 kilos by then. <BR> Would anyone care to join me? I really need your help. <BR> I'll start by posting my weight today: 76.8 kg. If you don't want to say your weight just post every Friday how much you lost that week. Fri, 5 Nov 2010 00:54:31 EST Thankful Thursday That is the title of a thread started by Ivory1825 on the Living Healthy with Insulin Resistance/Low GI Diet team forum, and I found it such a great concept that I thought I would copy my response here. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for my son, who came after 13 years of marriage, two operations, three IVFs. <BR> I'm thankful for my daily "bread", although on a low-GI plan I don't eat that much of it any more, but there are so many other delicious foods I can eat. <BR> I'm thankful for my jobs, p... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 00:52:12 EST Is the Calorie dead? Title of article: Has the calorie had its day? <BR><BR>6 <BR> Personally I don't count calories. It leads to my obsessing about food, the first step on the slippery slope of eating disorders. I consider the GI/GL values to be more useful for me. <BR> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 15:18:32 EST Kung Fu Panda This afternoon Son said I looked like Kung Fu Panda. When I asked why he said it's because I'm fat and I have a big stomach. <em>24</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:10:45 EST Free Rice <BR> This is not new but it's worth repeating for anybody who doesn't know it. It started with test-your-vocabulary quizzes, but they've added all sorts of other subjects now-- <BR> <BR> my favourites are Famous Paintings and Spanish but I'm going to work my way through all of them to refresh my knowledge. Every correct answer earns ten grains of rice, donated by the advertisers on the website, and distributed by the United Nations ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 03:33:19 EST Land's End Discount Code This will probably only be useful to Europe-based people. I've just received a 20% discount code (you type it into a special box during check-out) for all online purchases from Land's End UK. <BR> FRIEND20A <BR> I don't know whether it might work for US people but it might be worth a try. <BR> I bought two down-filled coats from them last year, and I'm very pleased with their quality and service. Faithful to my pledge, I won't buy any clothes until I lose weight, so I thought I would pass... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 01:34:46 EST Sunny's Spark Cookbook<BR>sp?cookbook=274685 <BR> <em>301</em> <em>286</em> <em>302</em> <BR> Just a few recipes for now but I'll add to this when I finish that marking!!! <em>149</em> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 04:16:37 EST Vegetarian Low-Carb I've just come across this article <BR><BR>w-carb-and-healthy-new-study-finds-atk<BR>ins-got-it-half-right/#more-7225 <BR> confirming that low-carb diets do work best for weight loss. However, the researchers found that replacing refined carbs with meats leads to other health problems due to their saturated fats, and they recommend getting protein from vegetable sources such as legumes, tofu, nuts. Interestingly, they link the increase in refined ca... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 02:36:12 EST The Day After Those of you who read that I was visitng a beer garden on Saturday night may have been wondering why I still managed to lose weight last week. Well, on Sunday morning I woke up +1.7 kg. I freaked out and had only my usual tea with milk in the morning, and frankly I was still feeling too full for breakfast. We visited in-laws where I had a large beef steak and a big salad for lunch. I drank a lot of water all day and nothing else, then went to bed early to stop thinking about supper. And... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:34:21 EST Walking--one advantage of not having a car Today I took Son to his first day at school, walking 15', then bus and 5' walk to supermarket, walked home 20' uphill lugging stuff, walked 15' to Son's school to pick him up, bus and 5' walk to stationery shop to get some things for school, walked home 20' uphill lugging stuff, and walked nearly 15' to tennis to see which group he'll be enrolled in. Fortunately Husband picked us up from tennis. My feet are throbbing now! And I was wearing the Skecher Shape-Ups which are very comfortable. I... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:24:31 EST Dressing tips--Spark article<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=240 <BR> I've just read this and printed it out for when I have lost the weight and go out to get a new wardrobe. <BR> I'm hereby pledging to stop buying clothes until I reach my goal. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 05:42:21 EST Excuse for regaining? Just came across this article, which ties in with my earlier blog entry re yo-yo dieting. It seems I'm not entirely to blame for always regaining the weight I lose. But how do I overcome that hormonal predisposition? <BR> <BR><BR>th_news_detail.asp?health_day=642972 Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:50:28 EST Plum Liqueur Recipe For Northern Hemisphere readers who don't want to wait until cheap strawberries next year, here is another liqueur recipe which you could make now, just in time for Xmas gift giving or personal enjoyment. <BR> I usually make this with a plum called Vanilies in Greek, I've found the variety called Friar in an English book and it looks the same in the photo. <BR> 1 kg plums, stemmed, washed and dried <BR> 1 kg sugar <BR> 1 kg neutral alcohol such as vodka, rum or grappa, or Greek tsikoudhia (... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:34:28 EST Strawberry Liqueur Recipe I posted this on one of the teams I've joined, but I thought I would repost it here for my Friends who aren't members of that team. It's not exactly strawberry season yet, but this is a recipe worth saving for next year. Come to think of it, it won't be long before they come into season Down Under, so perhaps some readers won't have to wait that long. <BR> <BR> I make this liqueur when strawberries are plentiful and cheap. Wash 2kg strawberries, drain thoroughly on a towel, hull and cut i... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:15:22 EST 'Aha' Moment--Confessions of a Yo-Yo dieter I started my current effort on 19th July 2011 at 81.9kg, BMI 30.2--officially obese. That was my 'aha' moment, as I recorded it on PeerTrainer, another free dieters' website where I had started before--fortunately--finding SparkPeople. I lost a bit over a kilo over the next couple of weeks, but then holidays intervened, and I returned from holiday at exactly that same weight again, 81.9. When I joined Sparkpeople on 23rd August I had lost 700g but I wasn't able to log a retroactive start d... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 02:40:35 EST Milestones and Rewards There's something magical about certain numbers. For instance, since yesterday I feel just a little taller because I broke the 80 kg barrier and I'm in my 70s again. At 78.9 kg very much at the top of the 70s, but it sounds so much better than 80-something <em>20</em> <BR> I need these milestones and mini-goals to highlight my progress, because my goal is a year away and it does seem a long journey. I think I'm not alone, as most of the pages I've visited display the tickertape showing t... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 05:05:27 EST Supplements In an ideal world we would eat sunripened unsprayed produce picked from our garden moments before eating it, still bursting with vitamins, gather eggs from our free-range hens, drink foaming milk freshly squeezed from our goat, etc. In the real world where produce is picked green because it travels hundreds, even thousands of kilometres, is stored for days or months, is sprayed, irradiated, pasteurised etc, I doubt it carries its full complement of nutrients as Mother Nature had intended. I... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 00:43:19 EST The need to eat regularly Yesterday I thought I would do a day of just fruit and veg detox to atone for the previous evening's meal out at friends' place. I had grapes for breakfast, then I was busy and honestly I did not feel hungry so I thought I would be clever and skip lunch and snacks. At some point in the late afternoon I had something to eat and then just could not stop. As soon as I finished one thing I ate something else. Apart from some pitta bread it was all food permitted on the plan, but I was horrifi... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 15:25:31 EST Recipe: Japanese boiled fish This is the way my late Japanese grandmother used to cook mackerel. Any other good-sized fish can be used. <BR> Scale and gut fish, wash, cut off head, tail and fins, lay it with the spine side down on a cutting board and with a cleaver, large chef's knife or santoku split the fish in half downwards alongside the spine bone. Or ask your fishmonger to do this. You'll get one fillet and one half with bone. You could remove the bone to get two fillets if you like--I don't bother because I ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 06:48:22 EST A day at a time I've stated that I am following the Fat Smash diet. In fact I don't have the book yet (I've ordered from Amazon but it hasn't arrived yet) so I'm using a bare-bones outline I found on the web. However, I'm doing it my own way, adding one new food item every day or two. This was the method I used when I was weaning my son, except it was a full week on each new food before adding another, to see any reactions. I credit this approach for the fact that he has no allergies. <BR> Back to me. T... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:30:20 EST Useful website for saving money on food I've just posted this link on the Living Life on a Shoestring group, and thought it might be useful for my Friends here as well. <BR> <BR> It has lots of tips and a two-week menu planner with suggestions for cooking some things in double quantities so they can be used for a different dish later in the week. I don't follow the menu exactly but it's given me lots of ideas. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 03:01:12 EST Chilled Japanese Noodles These make a light meal in summer. <BR> Make the dipping sauce the day before if possible. <BR> 1 cup dashi (fish bouillon from instant granules--can substitute chicken stock cubes) <BR> a good pinch of dried bonito shavings if you can get them <BR> 1/2 cup mirin (sweet sake for cooking, you could substitute ordinary sake and a spoonful of sugar, or sherry if you can't find either) <BR> 1/4 cup dark soy sauce <BR> small handful of small dried shrimp (if available) <BR> Combine, simmer 5' over... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 01:26:32 EST Meatless days (I'm copying this comment I made on somebody else's blogpost.) <BR> Interesting blogpost, and I agree wholeheartedly that it is not necessary to eat meat at every meal. However, I think the term 'vegetarian' should remain reserved for people who do not eat animal flesh (and yes, that includes fish). Make up new words if you like, but please don't debase the term or try to take on some of the virtue of genuine vegetarians and vegans. Humans are omnivores, that means they *can* eat meat, but... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:21:53 EST Recipe: Greek style stewed vegetables One of the delights of Greek cuisine, if properly cooked, is the 'ladhera' or 'oily' dishes. These are vegetables such as peas, okra, French beans, often with chopped tomatoes, simmered in olive oil until very tender. Forget al dente in Greek cuisine. In summer these vegetables are served at room temperature as a main course, with crusty bread and feta cheese. <BR> Traditional recipes begin with one cupful of olive oil. Obviously this isn't going to help weight loss. Also, olive oil is... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:41:26 EST