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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2014 21:23:52 BDT
Well done Bz and thanks for letting us know. I know you got on really well with the IF method, it obviously suits you.xx

Posted on 12 Jun 2014 16:36:38 BDT
Long term results are always good. It's the fad diets that create longterm problems we have to be careful of.

Posted on 12 Jun 2014 14:58:08 BDT
Bz says:
( I'm posting this in the hope that it'll encourage others ) Several years ago I was diagnosed diabetic ( type2) and for several years I 'controlled' it 'by diet' - not a serious diet, I must admit, just fewer chips LOL ! Suddenly, my readings shot up the scale ( a scale which had changed several times, for some inexplicable reason). At this point a) Metformin was prescribed and b) I started the 5:2 Fasting Diet. After 12 months, when my readings had been consistently low for most of that time, I persuaded Doc to allow me to reduce the Metformin to half. 3months later my figures were still low. He reluctantly agreed that I should try no Metformin for a further 3months and to reduce my Statin to I on alternate days ( he later described this as a placebo dose ! )
Long story - sorry !
Punch Line ? Results of blood test, yesterday : Cholesterol reading down from 5.3 to 3.5 ! Diabetes reading : still 3.8 !!
So, my dieting has given results similar to those achieved by Newcastle University's experiments a couple of years ago - my Diabetes has been 'reversed' ! ( The Doc was very impressed but (somewhat reluctantly) added "Not cured, just controlled by diet !" )
I'm chuffed , but I'm still on the 5:2 !

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 23:40:36 BDT
M Inx says:
Thanks Pix, that download sounds lovely x

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 20:02:54 BDT
pixie says:
Happy Easter to you too M Inx!....Must be very special to live by the sea as you do, lucky girl! My woof loves the beach when we go.
I have a meditation download that incorporates the sound of the waves hitting the shore and binaural beats...magic!x

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 09:51:18 BDT
M Inx says:
He just might do that Ori, the real bento boxes are great but a bit too pricey really. The pots are quite small just enough for a serving of dressing but ideal for my needs... Just loaded the lonely pup in the car so we're off to catch some sea air, talk later xx

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 09:44:00 BDT
Love those pots!! My bento is prettier but I must admit yours has a better sealing system. Ah well. I use it at home anyway. Last night I dreamed I bought a big lovely box like this: Bento: Studio Ghibli Totoro Design 2-tier Bento Lunch Box (Volume: 620ml + 630ml)
I think DH would sell me if I did.
Those little sauce pots look nice!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 09:12:30 BDT
M Inx says:
Polar Gear Nova Bento Lunch Box 1.1L (Berry)Sistema Pots to Go Dressing, Pack of 4
I really love it Ori it's perfect for lunch on the days I work x

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 09:05:31 BDT
If you got your bento box from Amazon, can you post a link? I'm nosey, I'd like to see which one you chose! LOL

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 08:51:32 BDT
M Inx says:
Mornin Pix, yes we are so lucky here, the sea is never far away. Me a good book and the lonely pup off to Donegal for the day to chill out, lots of beautiful deserted beaches and Atlantic rollers so calming. Hope you have a lovely Easter xx

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 08:32:55 BDT
pixie says:
I've got my fingers in my ears going "lalalalalalal!" I am so jealous! Lunch by the sea.....? aaahhhh! Lucky Minx!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2014 07:36:52 BDT
M Inx says:
Thanks Ori, it's a great idea and as you said brilliant for portion control. I made a simple stir fry with noodles bean sprouts, mange tout and a few prawns in soy sauce in the bottom layer then strawberries melon and grapes in the top. I parked up at a lovely harbour and watched the waves rolling in while I had lunch, sheer bliss xx

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 08:22:28 BDT
Isn't it fun? Let me know if you have any questions etc.

Posted on 17 Apr 2014 20:02:03 BDT
M Inx says:
Ori, my wee bento box and sauce pots have arrived I love them can't wait to make lunch for tomorrow.....

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 19:40:39 BDT
M Inx says:
During the week I don't have the time to be artistic Ori but I like the concept, have just ordered a bento box from amazon and some little sauce pots.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 19:20:35 BDT
Just don't feel like you have to buy the "cute Bento" recipe books that expect you to make every meal a work of art.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 16:49:29 BDT
M Inx says:
Thanks Ori I shall have a look at them.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 16:49:07 BDT
Look at the JustBento.com website for easy recipes adapted to Western kitchens. I have her book, it's great. Once you grasp the basics, you can branch out with things like
Ten-Minute Bento
Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go
Hello, Bento! - A Collection of Simple Japanese Bento Recipes

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 16:47:08 BDT
I bought a Bento from Japonmania.com, they are in France but have an English version of the website. Beautiful bento boxes, but if you get one go for a total volume of about 700 mls. Too many girls buy the cute little ones meant for kids. Mine adds up to about 650 ml, but it's surprising how much food will actually fit in there. Don't fill it with saladings and think it's enough food though, you want something satisfying but light.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 16:11:44 BDT
M Inx says:
I can't say I'm familiar with Japanese cuisine, the box sounds good though. The Paul McKenna book uses the concept of mindful eating I must read it and see if I can make sense of it, meanwhile I shall use the Hairy Dieters recipes again they worked last spring.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 16:01:24 BDT
I do find the bento box for my evening meal to be a help. Partly because bento recipes are usually written for 1 serving (at least the Japanese books are) and also because if it don't fit in the box it's too much food! And because it's pretty. I can actually eat with chopsticks comfortably, which slows me down too--I don't just shove it in my face and look for more. They always say you shouldn't eat at the computer or while watching telly but I find I get interested in whatever, so I eat slower.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 14:29:39 BDT
M Inx says:
Yes Ori that would be great and I'm sure before long we'll be joined by a few more kindred spirits. My main failing since I resumed work has been lack of planning, I need to be more organised. My days can be unpredictably long with a lot of driving so I tumble through the door at night exhausted and make unwise choices x

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 13:40:06 BDT
We can do it Minxie!! You and me both! I really, really need to drop about half a stone. Shall we do this together, sweetie?

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 13:18:23 BDT
M Inx says:
Hi folks, it's that time of year again and the summer wardrobe is beckoning eeek! Anyone fancy resurrecting this thread again for a bit of support? Currently pondering my shortlist of 2 Hairy diet books, 1 biggest loser cookbook, 2 Zoe Harcombe recipe/diet books, Paul McKenna Freedom from emotional eating book and listening to same on ipad (only a small sample of my dietbook/cd collection). Oh dear, I might just have to turn myself in to the local slimming class this evening, motivation and willpower seem to have eluded me this last wee while.....

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 15:31:29 GMT
I know where you,re coming from Ori. I,ve got a larger fridge and freezer in the garage, not ideal I know, but I wouldn,t be without them. I used to do outside catering for friends and by word of mouth and I got used to the extra storage space and while they keep going I shall hang on to. Them both.xxx
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