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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 16:38:19 GMT
Oh I see all this info and will check it out
I know I have been a bit "infrequently" dropping by
Well - other peeps do Spring Cleaning - OK?
At Chateau de Patti WE (the Royal WE) do use
New Year New Chateau - I could download it perhaps
to read - WE will bear it in mind - but at a later date
because the books indicate that Our Royal House is
Virtually Skint (like almost Boracic y'know?)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 22:22:12 GMT
Hmm, for the last few years a couple of my relatives have been following Jimmy Carr's advice, with surprisingly good results. Both are nearly down to their correct weight after being way, way over since the 1970s.

I have no idea who came up with it first, but they saw him on TV, slim-line after having been three or four stone overweight, talking about how his eating habits were previously awful because of performances in the evening and snacking on junk food after them, but after discovering that the only time he could have a proper meal was lunch how the pounds just fell off him.

In essence have the main meal at midday and eat nothing substantial AT ALL after about 7pm. Cut out the midnight munchies. Apparently, you can eat the same amount of food as you used to, but during the day the active body burns up that lunch, which is much better than storing supper overnight.

But I still crave that little evening something...

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 06:27:16 GMT
pixie says:
I think we all know what we should eat R.F but alot of it is to do with portion control...far too big!....I don't think anything should be "not allowed" I feel deprived if I can't have the odd treat but realise now that it should be that...a treat.
Once you know it's the way and not a diet it becomes easier....I didn't know that jimmy carr has been overweight, it's so much harder the older you get to control!...I think of all those lovely pies and doorstep hunks of bread I used to scoff when I was younger and wafer thin...not to speak of the bag of crispy bits from the fish and chip shop I used to have...oh lovely!!

Posted on 14 Jan 2014 08:11:29 GMT
Yes, Pix, you're right, when a treat becomes a necessity you have a problem. I remember as a kid, fast food or pizza was maybe (just maybe) once a week or every fortnight. Now it's the go-to meal for many parents. "They like it, and it's cheap."
You know how they rave about "the Mediterranean diet", well one of the key principles is "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, supper like a beggar." We don't have the "full English" but we do have the tradition of "second breakfast" (your elevenses). They might just have coffee and a couple of biscuits when they tumble out of bed, but mid-morning it's off to the local coffee bar for toast with serrano ham or other coldcuts or pates and coffee and sometimes fresh-squeezed orange juice. Lunch IS the main meal of the day, with usually 2 courses (soup or salad and your main). "Salad" is often a chef's-type salad.
Supper for most people is a light meal, often egg some way or cold meat or fish. For more and more young people it's just fruit and yogurt, they come home tired from work and don't want to know.
Our only problem as there are fewer and fewer SAHMs is that young women depend more and more heavily on processed foods. Pre-cooked rice and pasta in foilpack--I ask you!! How long does it take to boil water?

Posted on 14 Jan 2014 08:53:38 GMT

You quoted it fine Ori but this thing - tells you WHY - funny enough - I do not eat breakfast - hardly ever and have two meals a day - like the Vikings are alleged to have done - Early Meal and Late Meal both if possible would have meat of some sort - but not the mead - if the Vikings had drunk less mead and more coffee we might have seen them last a bit longer

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 09:10:22 GMT
pixie says:
If I had the choice to go out for lunch or dinner it would be lunch...the restaurants always seem more relaxed and there is nothing better than a few glasses of wine and good food knowing that you have the rest of the day for your tum to recover.....go shopping or whatever.

I hardly ever have processed food, my body just doesn't like it. I am lucky enough to have the time and the interest to cook from mum did and she had 2 jobs! Then again we didn't have a fridge or a freezer so everything was fresh and leftovers were a highlight! You never knew what would be dished up..never to be reproduced exactly.
If I am on holiday I love a pasty and I am ashamed to admit chinese curry sauce and chips is a fav!...after a long walk of course! Lol!

Posted on 14 Jan 2014 15:05:34 GMT
When I moved here I thought the fridge was came up to my...well, chest area. Nothing like my mum's old side-by-side fridge about 6ft tall, with chest freezer even bigger in the basement. Then when I visited the UK and saw those tiny under-unit fridges, I wonder how y'all live, particularly if there are say 4 people in the house.

Posted on 14 Jan 2014 15:07:18 GMT
I think that if you can learn to listen to your body, it has a lot of the answers. Over time I have realized that I do not like cold food. I though I was just being faddy. I am not very fond of salad as a meal, cold drinks or ice cream. Apparently, if you live in colder northern climes as we do, ice cold stuff is not very good for our digestions or general health, we need warming and nourishing foods. Maybe my body was telling me that by discouraging my taste buds from really cold stuff, see, I love veggies, but cooked and I really don,t like fresh fruit all that much but I love it cooked, preserved or dried......who knows.???xxxx

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

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.....

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?

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 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 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 16:47:08 BDT
I bought a Bento from, 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 16:49:07 BDT
Look at the 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

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.

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 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 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.....

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

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

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 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 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
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