Saturday, 29 December 2012

Spit out the Statins!



We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience and having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

 These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. You kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labeled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Shane Ellison M.S. - - Statins

As a drug chemist for a leading pharmaceu-tical company I made a startling discovery: you do not have to be dependent on FDA approved drugs to, avoid heart disease.
In fact, research clearly shows the opposite.
You don't need a single prescription drug to avoid this killer. The best selling drugs of all time are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as "statins". They procure drug makers and their shareholders billions of dollars in profits every year.
The success of these drugs is not attributed to their effectiveness but instead to slick and misleading marketing practices. This hype is fueled by egregious conflicts of interest amongst drug company servants disguised as experts. Don't I be surprised if your own doctor falls within this group. The truth be told, statin drugs are poisons - foreign to the human body and may at times be, life threatening.
Avoiding heart disease should not be expensive or dangerous. A plethora of natural alternatives exist.
 Understanding them as outlined in this paradigm shifting book will arm you with the understanding and courage not to accept popular dogma. It may prove to be one of the greatest assets to your health.
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

My Healthy Fat-Burning Chili Recipe

My Healthy Fat-Burning Chili Recipe

healthy chili recipeby Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author -
The Truth About 6-Pack Abs

Today's Lean-Body Recipe

I was surprised to find that many people don't realize that chili can be a VERY healthy meal. And no, this does NOT mean you have to use turkey or chicken to make the chili... actually certain types of red meat are MUCH healthier (since most of the chicken and turkey farms in the US raise unhealthy birds fed the wrong types of feed)
If you follow my recipe, you'll get a satisfying and tasty meal with a good macro-nutrient balance (prot-carb-fat ratio) that is also full of a diverse array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Enjoy!
Plus, this recipe has a few interesting ingredients... like the small amount of dark chocolate...yes, in chili!
Geary's Fat-Burning Healthy Chili Recipe:
  • 1.5 lbs of a healthy type of ground meat (I like to use ground grass-fed buffalo, ostrich, venison, or grass-fed beef as the preferred healthiest meat choices... as a last resort, lean ground turkey or chicken can work also -- but just try to NEVER use factory-farm raised meat)
  • 1 large red pepper diced
  • 5-6 jalapeno peppers diced (adjust based on your desired "hotness")
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes or 5-6 large fresh tomatoes diced
  • 1 can of kidney beans or black beans (good source of antioxidants and fiber)
  • half a bag of frozen chopped spinach (adds extra nutrient density... add in towards the end of cooking)
  • 2 tbsp molasses (this is a good source of antioxidants, adds great flavor, and only adds minimal sugar)
  • 2-3 squares of extra dark chocolate (sounds weird, but trust me...this adds just a touch of great extra flavor, and a little bit of extra antioxidants)
  • 1 or 2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 or 2 tsp of cumin
  • 1 or 2 tbsp of crushed garlic
  • if you like your chili extra HOT, add some cayenne pepper to the mix also (this is also a metabolism booster!)
  • a small touch of celtic sea salt (I don't measure... I just use a couple small pinches)
  • 1/2 cup oat bran (adds fiber and also helps soak up some of the extra moisture)
  • I also like to add some fresh chopped cilantro while it's cooking
  • Some avocado (for use as a topping after chili is cooked and served)
  • some grass-fed raw cheese if you can find it (topping after cooked)
Use a large pot and start with the olive oil and ground meat cooking. Just start adding all of the diced vegetables and other ingredients as you get them ready. If you want to get a little crazy, and increase the nutrition content of this chili even further, you can even mix the ground meat you're using with ground grass-fed organ meats (like this healthy organ meats article described) since organ meats are the most nutrient-dense meat types available.
Once it's all together and cooking in the pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 40-50 minutes. Top each bowl with freshly diced ripe avocado (which adds even more satisfying healthy fats) and sprinkle with shredded raw grass-fed cheese. You've got an awesome hot delicious meal! This recipe makes about 6 servings.
Save the leftovers and bring healthy lunches or midmeals with you to work each day.
It doesn't get any more nutrient dense than this! This is the type of meal that is so dense in micro-nutrients, that it will satisfy your body's needs for nutrition (hence, eliminating cravings), but do it without overloading on calories.
Approximate macro-nutrient breakdown per serving:
36 g. protein, 44 g. carbs, 9 g. fiber, 14 g. fat (all healthy fat), 430 calories

Remember that in addition to all of the unique workouts, and fat-burning nutrition tips, you also get 84 additional lean body meal plans like this one with my Truth about Six Pack Abs Program.

Monday, 10 September 2012

One Stroke Too Many

Well, this is me six months on having a game of putting and I went round the 18 holes in 53 strokes!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Low Fat Breakfast... Con of the Century?

One of my favourite breakfasts:

Take a slice of Spelt bread and spread it with 2oz of Cottage Cheese* and put a fried egg* on top.

I call it my healthy Uitsmijter (Dutch Fried Egg & Ham Breakfast) as sometimes I will have organic ham on top.

I sprinke Salt*n Pepper n Turmeric on top.


* I don't use anything with a 'Low-Fat' sales trickery so it's bog standard full fat cottage cheese.
* Egg is cooked in coconut oil.
* I only use organic Celtic Sea Salt.

Snake Venom is good for you...

Well I never... that's what I'm taking for the next 30 days so I'll let you know.

I trust my new found doctor so I am confident of the positive effects this will have on my well being.

I am including the following in my diet:

The Good Stuff.

DSP Healthy Food Plan - click Isobel's photo above.
No more Red Meat for me, turkey burgers instead.
Snake Venom ( yummy)
Milk Thistle for organ health
Coenzyme Q10 - healthy heart
Hawthorn                    "
Flax Seed Oil              "
Vitamin D
Lestrin ( to control Cholersterol)

Increase my exposure to good sunshine and excercise with cycling and golf although it will have to start as putting since I cannot walk very far at the moment.

So, six months ago I was lying in a hospital bed with no idea of my survival prospects. I couldn't walk or talk. I could not see the food in front of me and the newspaper was just a blur of jumbled up words.

Six months on and I have been declared fit for work, in pretty good shape and feel great!

The not so Good Stuff.   

Although I am truly thankful for the Thombolysis and all the drugs that I was given at the time of my stroke, I am now keen to use as many natural foods, products and remedies as I can.

My ultimate aim is to lose my excess weight, increase my excercise, have a healthy diet and consume zero prescription drugs. - To be Happy Healthy Wealthy & Wise.

I have reduced my medication from 7 or 8 ( I've lost count now) tablets to only 3. Theses are Clopidogrel, Amlodipine and Ramipril.

I no longer take:
(and I've lost my list of others I took earlier)
AND when Dr Kemp from Atos took my blood pressure yesterday it was 130/80)

Have a Great Day!
remember " Every Day above the ground is a Good Day!"

Monday, 3 September 2012

Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them,

A primary care doctor is skeptical of his patient’s concerns. A hospital nurse or intern is unaware of a drug’s potential side effects. A physician makes the most “common” diagnosis while overlooking the signs of a rarer and more serious illness, and the patient doesn’t see the necessary specialist until it’s too late. A pharmacist dispenses the wrong drug and a patient dies as a result.

Sadly, these kinds of mistakes happen all the time. Each year, 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug disasters, and medical treatments. A decade ago, the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 people died in hospitals each year from preventable medical errors. And new research from the University of Utah, HealthGrades of Denver, and elsewhere suggests the toll is much higher.
Patient advocates and bestselling authors Joe and Teresa Graedon came face-to-face with the tragic consequences of doctors’ screwups when Joe’s mother died in Duke Hospital—one of the best in the world—due to a disastrous series of entirely preventable errors. In Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them, the Graedons expose the most common medical mistakes, from doctor’s offices and hospitals to the pharmacy counters and nursing homes. Patients across the country shared their riveting horror stories, and doctors recounted the disastrous—and sometimes deadly—consequences of their colleagues’ oversights and errors. While many patients feel vulnerable and dependent on their health care providers, this book is a startling wake-up call to how wrong doctors can be.

Homeopathy Cures my NHS Sickness...

I am a great fan of the NHS and I thank them for caring for me.

However, my NHS Sickness or maybe better described as a slight pain has been greatly reduced by the introduction or Dr Homeopathy ( Dr. H) taken on a daily basis.

It's now six month since a had a stroke and I am forever grateful for the help given by the NHS Staff, Nurses and Doctors. I have nothing but praise for the work they do 24/7.

'So when is he gonna start moaning about them...?'

OK - I am not going to have a moan just a wee observation...

As I said, it's six months now and not one of my many doctors and advisors have mentioned the D word 'Diet' "Hey Stewart, have you ever considered losing some weight?" or "Stewart, how are you feeling?"

Not a sausage ( pardon the pun)

I have had Physio, Language, Occupational Therapy. Blood tests, Organ Scans, Head Scans and every poke and prod you can imagine but no-one has ever asked "what do you eat?" or "How ya feeling?"

Nobody has yet asked me to keep a Diary of what I consume on a weekly basis or if I have any highs or lows that concern me... I was surprised that nobody from the mental health unit scanned me.

However, I guess they maybe did....

Now, that is not a moan and I reiterate my gratitude to all who cared for me.

Luckily I do care about what I consume as you have seen in previous articles and my weight loss plan has been and is very enjoyable.

Loads of great healthy food - I wish I had found this plan many years ago.

I am very happy with my eating plan which is based on reducing sugar intake and removing other harmful products from my diet. It promotes the eating of a balance of healthy Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats using organic natural foods which are readily available in the supermarket.

I have read that countless studies and real world results have proven every principle taught in this plan to be the most effective way to lose weight and prevent disease and negative health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

These three issues are my main concern High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes. My stroke was caused by high blood pressure and a blood clot in my brain and thankfully the doctors helped me using Thrombolysis.

For some types of stroke caused by a blood clot, a 'clot-busting' drug is available to try and stop more damage to the brain. You have this treatment, called thrombolysis, through an injection.

Thrombolysis can only be given within four and a half hours of your stroke symptoms starting, though the sooner it is given the better. It isn’t suitable for everyone, but it is available in a growing number of hospitals in the UK.

About 10 per cent of people treated with thrombolysis will make a good recovery. If it is given within two hours, the recovery rate is even better.

A lot of people are unsuitable for thrombolysis. Some possible reasons for this are:
  • You have a bleed in the brain
  • You do not know or cannot tell the staff when your symptoms began
  • You have a bleeding disorder
  • You have had major surgery within the past two weeks
  • You have had another stroke or head injury within the past three months
  • You are aged under 18 or over 80
  • You do not reach hospital in time.
Every time I read that, it scares me - and I thank my lucky stars.

However, over the last six months whilst taking prescription medications my blood sugar levels have risen bringing me dangerously close to diabetes.

Thankfully I have been taken off Indapamide, one of the drugs given to me to help bring my blood pressure down, but known to increase sugar levels.

I have also chosen to remove Bisoprolol and Simvastatin and include the natural plant sterols and milk thistle instead.

I am down to only three medications now but I hope, through homeopathy, I can reduce that even further and maybe even eliminate prescrition drugs completely.

til next time..

Thursday, 30 August 2012

So who cares about healthy weight loss? Well, if the information below means anything there is a large portion of society which should care.
Over 65% of adults 20 years or older can be classified as obese. Additionally, 17% of adolescents of ages 12-19 years are overweight and 19% of children age 6-11 years. Obesity is and will continue to be a serious problem in the future. In fact, it is predicted that obesity will reach epidemic levels by the year 2020.

While everyone understands that being overweight, or obese, is "not good for you", many people do not understand the risks they and their loved ones face if they fall into this category.

Obese or overweight people are at increased risk for some or all of the following conditions:

1. Various forms of heart disease
2. Strokes
3. Diabetes
4. Cancer
5. Arthritis
6. Respiratory problems
7. Psychological disorders
6. High blood pressure or hypertension

It is estimated that 300,000 deaths in the U. S. and UK each year are associated with obesity, and the economic cost of obesity in the United States was about $117 billion in 2000. Economic costs include the out-of-pocket expenditures of the individuals involved, the costs of the institutions and organizations which help provide services, and the costs born by every member of society whether they are in this group or not.

A healthy weight loss program could do much to help individuals avoid the personal and financial risks associated with being overweight while helping them achieve longer, happier, more productive lives more years of healthy enjoyment once they leave the work place behind them.

Unfortunately these days, one is more likely to hear of a "fast" weight loss program than a healthy weight loss program, and it is next to impossible to include both terms in the same sentence. The fast weight loss programs which are so prevalent are short term, temporary "fixes" when they fix anything at all. These programs, which commonly involve drinks, supplements, pills, or exotic exercise equipment, simply do not work, at least not for permanent, healthy weight loss.

Worse, many of these fast weight loss programs may actually contribute to further weight gain, decreased enjoyment of life, diminished health, and, in extreme cases, even death.

Fortunately, there are healthy weight loss programs, plans, systems, and options which can provide, or contribute not only to healthy weight loss, but a lifetime of healthy weight management.

While a full program would take a book to explain all the possible actions you can take for healthy weight loss, here are a few tips that can help anyone get started on a lifelong program for health and fitness.

Here are some tips on how you can lose those unwanted pounds the healthy way:

1. Start moving. One of the most effective weight loss strategies around is exercise. Sadly, many people have no idea how much or which exercise they should do. Many do not even realize that simple, enjoyable activities such as gardening, swimming, or playing tag with the kids can be part of an exercise program. Exercise is such a diverse topic that anyone serious about losing weight should do a little research on the types of activities that may possibly be a part of their weight loss program.

2. Eat smart. There is a lot you can do to improve what and how you eat, but some of it takes training and knowledge most people do not have. It also involves all sorts of convoluted decision making, sometimes based on charts and lists, good carbs, bad carbs, high glycemic index foods and low glycemic index foods. If you are able to learn all that great, but just use come common sense in the meantime. Eat lots of veggies and fruits, have some protein, but not a ton, and stay away from stuff with sugar. Teach yourself to use natural  sweeteners instead of sugar, and start looking at labels.

3. Eat small. Eat small, healthy meals and snacks several times a day. One failure mechanism built in to a diet is the denial of food. It is not just the denial of pleasure of food and eating, but your body also reacts one way when food is denied, and another when it is regularly supplied daily with small healthy meals and snacks.

4. Team up. Get together with a friend who has much the same goals as you. Take a walk with them every day. Meet them for lunch. They won't make faces when you order something for your health rather than for the fun of it. In fact, why not get a group together? That way, if one person is not available, maybe someone else will be. Plus the social interaction is good for you. People who "go on diets" tend to start avoiding people, and that often is at least a part of the reason they fall off the diet wagon.

5. Think health. Don't try to lose weight. Instead, try to get healthy. First of all, a positive goal is easier to work towards than a negative one. Second, doing things to make yourself healthy is easier to sell to yourself and to others than "trying to lose weight". Also, there will be setbacks along the way. These are normal. If you fail to lose weight as fast as you think you ought to, or if you gain weight, in your mind you will have "failed". If however you eat a second piece of pie, you have slowed down on your path to health, but you can get back on track within minutes simply by going for a walk or remembering to use sweetener in your drink rather than sugar.

6. Get rest. When your body is tired, certain chemical changes take place and substances are released that contribute to weight gain or slow weight loss. It is easier to get involved in activity when you are rested.

7. Have fun. Two of the reasons you want to lose weight is so that you can feel good, and feel good about yourself. You want to enjoy life. It works both ways. If you lose weight and feel healthy, you will want to enjoy life, and you will feel good about yourself. If you go out of your way to enjoy life, you will probably be more active, and this, combined with other beneficial effects related to weight gain and weight loss will help your healthy weight loss program.

8. Drink water. Many times we interpret the body's signals as hunger when they are actually thirst. Often, a glass of water will satisfy what we believe are hunger pangs. Keeping the body properly hydrated helps it process toxins and perform a myriad of functions more efficiently.

9. Don't quit. When you are on a healthy weight loss program, your weight loss will be slow. Many people are disheartened when they think of only losing one or two pounds a week on average.

 However, that would be a weight loss of 52 to 104 pounds in a year and 104 to 208 pounds in two years! To put that in proportion, I had a friend who had a gastric bypass. She was told that even with surgery, she would probably only lose about 75 pounds in her first year, and the weight loss would slow down in the second year! Many people could accomplish similar results just by building up to a daily 20 to 30 minute walk and by cutting a few empty calories out of their diet.

By the way, if you have not been exercising and begin exercising as part of a healthy weight loss program, it is highly likely that you will actually GAIN weight at first. Don't let this dishearten you. It is entirely normal and can actually be considered part of the body's preparation to lose weight and live a healthier life!

Be happy with your results. If you are living in a healthy manner, you will lose weight. Certainly, how much weight you lose will depend on a lot of factors, and, if you are walking 20 minutes a day and haven't lost what you would like to lose, you can walk 30 minutes a day, or 15 minutes twice a day. Adapt and move on. However, do not expect to be the man or woman you were in high school or college. You might never fit into your old prom dress or army uniform again. I don't, and I exercise regularly and try to eat right. I feel great and am in excellent health, but my old army uniform is just a memory hanging in my closet now.

Go on. Have some fun. Do what you can. Reward yourself for your gains and forgive yourself for non-gains. I refuse to call them failures. There is no failure until you give up completely.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Carrot Cake n Burgers Diet that Works

Well, that's been three weeks to remember...I didn't realise that I had not blogged for so long.

It's true - I ate Carrot Cake (a lot) and had a number of Home Made Burgers during the last few weeks and I am totally amazed at the results.

I have reached my first target of 14 pounds weight loss! ( One Stone)

So - it has not been a quick weight loss but it's a steady controlled weight loss which is far better for keeping it off. With this healthy eating plan it will not be difficult to keep the weight off.

I started my weight plan on 11 June and it's now 21st August... I'm happy with that!

Watch this space - we've got a wedding to go to in 6 weeks so the target is 2 lbs off per week - Boy! That could be another 12 lbs off ===> Watch This Space <===


Sunday, 22 July 2012

I've been lied to for years! The Diet Plan that Works...

Well that's another week in on my diet and Mr. Wii told me yesterday that.......
 I had lost another 2 lbs. OMG!

At Last - - I've found a healthy eating plan that does what it says on the tin.

My total weight loss is now 11 pounds since 11th June 2012 and I've been eating great food, a great variety and Alison has conjoured up some great recipes n menu plans - - in fact you would never know that I was on a diet.

I've been lied to most of my life!

Successive Governments have lied to me with regards to saturated fat and eggs, sweeteners and sugary yoghurt drinks. GM foods, Salmon, 100% beef, Organic food, Barn Fresh Chickens etc etc

I used to favour one political party but now I realise they are all complete tossers and will always say one thing and do the other...promise to do great things whilst in opposition but once in power they will blame the previous government for the state of the country/world and tell us they can't deliver on their promises.

Like any promise it's worth nothing unless it's delivered.

TV and all media advertising is equally very shady - - say one thing, actual truth is something else - they will say anything ( within the law, and that seems quite flexible) to sell products.

Sell sell sell and bugger the health of the consumers (pardon the expression)

When I was a kid the tv ads were saying 'Go to work on an Egg' but it's real purpose was to stimulate the British egg industry not to improve the health of the nation and later Eggwina Curry had a go at eggs saying that they were bad for you - Choleresterol was a new buzz word.

And then with health comes sickness and that's a great business opportunity for the pharma companies.

I wont rant any longer, suffice to say that I don't listen to anyone any government and any media or insider reports, it's all bull!

The best advice will come from your Granny or Grandad or people of the third age. I am now eating foods that my granny ate, products of the land - no skinny latte for me just milky coffee.

No double dip low fat margarine spread for me just butter.

No low calorie processed weight watchers ready meal full of crap for me - - just good ol food!

And it works! Yipee - - -11 lb weight loss and more than that I am confident that this plan works so I have planned my target weight party. I will be slim for the first time in years by Christmas this year.

Watch this space.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Chocolate Fudge weight loss diet...

Yes! Yes! Yes!

I had my weigh-in on my wii this morning and lost another 2 lbs.

Very happy - - that's a total of 9 lbs in the last few weeks (see previous posts)

I am so happy that I have finally found a simple healthy eating plan that works!

have a great day

Friday, 13 July 2012

Fat Friday's will be a thing of the past with my new diet

Thursday's consumptions:

Breakfast: Bread n butter n Cottage Cheese

Lunch: Bread n butter n 2 eggs

Evening:Pork Stew (crockpot) + mixed veg

Supper: Bacon n Egg n Cottage Cheese

all came within my allowance of 14:8:3

Friday Morning: I have developed this great breakfast, it's Bread (of course Spelt) n Butter ( real butter) Cottage Cheese with a poached egg on top ( could have fried) topped with salt n pepper ( yes, you can have healthy Celtic sea salt) - - Delicious!

This breakfast only uses 2 Proteins : 1 Carb : 1 Fat ( 2:1:1)

That's from my allowance of 16:9:3

then I had a pear, some more bread n butter and green tea..

Can't wait until Tea-Time, it's gonna be Salmon on a bed of Mixed Beans.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Chocolate Brownies on a Diet?

Well I can't believe how the time flies when your losing weight and writing everything down.

Maybe I'm just more conscious of what I'm eating because I'm writing it down.

Yesterday wasn't such a good day as I had to go to the dentist for two extractions... tryin not to think about it because I have to go back in two weeks to lose another two - - -that's one way to lose weight?

However, I consumed the following:

Tues - Poached egg on Spelt Bread n Butter, a banana.

Chicken Stir Fry on a bed of buckwheat, peppers and peas ( great recipe)

a pear

Tea and slice of Chocolate Brownie ( yes - it's allowed as part of this healthy eating program)

Chocolate Brownie recipe is available on our site.

Not very hungry after the dentist but I had:

Bread n butter

2 bananas

Mince n Chick Peas

Fruit Salad

then my appetite came back so had Smoked Makerel on brean n butter

All was within my Daily P:C:F allowance


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Monday's Mince & Tatties Diet

Yes, today I had mince n tatties - delicious!

I enjoyed bread n butter and poached egg in the morning and later some ripe cherries.

Recipes are all available at DSP..

stay happy!

Monday, 9 July 2012

7 lbs Weight-Loss for Stroke Survivor

Oh, I'm so excited now that I've found a sustainable weight loss plan.

So far I've lost a total of 7 lbs and that's regular weight loss over 4 weeks, slow n steady but reliable -  (could be my wife's description of me - a typical Taurean)

However, I've tried the Fast n Furious weight loss plans before and as usual when you've exhausted the enthusiasm of a Fad Diet all the weight goes back on and some more... sound familiar?

So, here goes for another week of delicious food choices!

Yesterday's consumptions:

Breakfast - spinach omlette
bread n butter

11's - 10 cherries

Lunch - bacon sandwich

17 grapes

Evening - huge plate of roast chicken, mixed veg (brocc, cauli,carrots, potatoes)
fruit cocktail n yoghurt

Supper: honey smoked trout, boiled egg, avocado, bread n butter - tea.

have a good day!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

3 Healthy Diet Meal Plans

Hi, I have given you some idea of the foods that I have been eating and just because I lack imagination - you don't have to.

Here's some ideas for healthy, filling meals...

Click This Link!

Saturday's Slap up Meals for Weight Loss

Well, it's Sunday morning and I have just weighed in on my wii and the result is ------

Weight Loss of 3 lbs

I am very happy to say the least!

This is my first weigh-in after starting the DSP but don't get confused - - -this is not some first week fluke weight loss.

I have spent the last three weeks on my own calorie counting plan so I'm way past the easy bit that many get excited about after their first week weigh in.

You can see the last three weeks posts in this blog detailing the food I ate and the weight I lost.

Week 1 = lost 2 lbs
Week 2 = 0 lbs
Week 3 = lost 2 lbs
This Week = Changed my eating plan to DSP = lost another 3 lbs

This is what I ate yesterday:

2oz peppered makerel
1 boiled egg

3 bacon medallions on bread
1 peach

Thai Chicken Curry and Rice (what a fill, I was stuffed)

17 Fresh Cherries

1 bread n butter

Click Here!
This is the DSP video that explains what I have been doing and how you can get started for $1

Friday, 6 July 2012

Fat Loss Friday with Spicy Lamb

This is how I scribble in my note pad:

My Notepad

                                                   Protein                          Carbs                                   Fats

3 bacon                    3

1 egg                         1                                                                                                          0.5

1 bread                                                                                 1

1 butter                                                                                                                                1

1 peach                                                                                 1

bread                                                                                     1

butter                                                                                                                                   1

mixed nuts                       1

Minced Lamb and Spicy Beans  8                                        3

mixed nuts                     1

sultanas                                                                                     1

bread                                                                                            1

sardines                       1.5                                    

Allowance = 16 : 9 : 3
Used = 15.5 : 8 : 2.5

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Thursday's Diet Plan

This morning I had a slice of delicious Spelt & Pumkin Seed bread n butter with a mug of green tea.

Then I had 4oz of Peppered Makerel, Bread n Butter

and later I had 5oz of Pan Fried Pork Loin, with Bacon Medallions and Egg ( tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes)
Fruit Salad with Yoghurt

I used 12P, 7C and 2F

regards Stewart

Wednesday's Diet Solution Plan

Hello and good day to you,

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs on bread n butter + a banana

Lunch: 80g peppered makerel on bread

slice of bread n butter

Evening: grilled salmon and sweet potato n turnip mash + fruit salad n yoghurt

So from a DSP point of view I had 10 Proteins, 10 Carbs and 2 Fats - so far so good!

We have now discovered that we can tweak the protein/carb ratio to suit so we are going to move to a 16P : 9C : 3F from tomorrow.

Just to clarify - every one has a 28 point starting total based on a 2000 kcals intake. The ratio depends on whether you are a Carb Type, Protein Type or Mixed

16+9+3 = 28

(it's all explained in the DSP literature)


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Does Fat really make you Fat?

This may be confusing but Fat is not all bad - in fact, it's Good!

Watch this clip for clarification.


Belly Busting Diet Plan

So, here's the rules that I follow...

Bread - has to be Spelt or Sprouted Whole Grain - No poisonous white

Butter has to be butter and not - Poisonous junk that 'can't believe it's not butter'

Meat has to at least 'aim for' Organic where possible - an No it's not too expensive (I've checked)

Eggs - Organic to avoid the 'drugs' that chicken dope heads push on the chic dudes

Once you have worked out your Body Type ( Protein, Carb. or Mixed) you get an eating plan allowance which means you get a Belly Busting healthy food plan to follow.

My 'allowance' is 14 Protein, 12 Carbohydrate and 2 Fats per day so  yesterday's breakdown was this:

2 boiled eggs = 2P (protein)
1 bread = 1C ( carbs)
1 butter = 1F (fat)

3 bacon = 3P

1 pear = 1C

4 walnuts = 4P

5 chicken = 5P
2 beans = 2C

2 fruit = 2C
1 yoghurt = 1C

1 bread = 1C
1 butter = 1F

= 14P + 8C + 2F

that means I used up all my Proteins and Fats but only used 8 of my 12 carbs. ( no you can't carry them over) and I was very satisfied with my foods.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

4lbs down and raring to go with new Diet Plan...


Hello again, this is day 2 of the Diet Solution Plan (DSP)

2 boiled eggs and tea

1 slice of buttered bread with 3 rashers of bacon on top

1 x Pear
40g of Walnuts

Roasted Chicken on a bed of Spicy mixed Beans
Fruit Salad n Yoghurt

1 slice of bread n butter

==> the five foods you should never eat

Weight Loss 2 lbs again!

Hello again, here's my update - I weighed in on the Wii on Sunday morning and Yes! lost 2lbs

Very happy with that but fed up of counting calories, however, it works! If you write down what you are eating and I mean Everything - down on paper and keep below 2000 cals you will lose weight.

I have now changed my eating plan to the Diet Solution Programme and I am loving it.

Monday I had:

Breakfast = 2 Poached Eggs on a slice of buttered bread + tea

Lunch = 3 rashers of Bacon and a fried egg

PM = nibbled on 2 oz cooked chicken , 2 x pears

Evening = 250g beef stir fry ( mince,veg,)

Mixed fruit salad and yohgurt

Feeling full and satisfied.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Enough of Counting Calories... I've Got a New Plan

OK, you will have seen that I have a very boring diet and it's very repetitive. I am done with counting calories and found a new plan - it looks great and you can eat lots of healthy food with no calorie counting.

1st - You just decide your Body Type ( Protein, Carb. or Mixed type) answer some questions.

Then choose a meal plan that suits you.

I am starting on monday morning!

Looking forward to it.

I will be having a weigh-in tomorrow and getting ready for a good result.

You can see the meal plans on this video - Click Here!

I'll keep you post on the progress and food choices.



Good day to you all, guess what I had for breakfast - yes! Weetabix and Banana = 269 cals.

You know that I have been looking at this new healthy eating program - - well I got an email today explaining a few things... I'm gonna go for it so I'll keep you posted.

Here's the jist of it --

...So I gave him 3 super easy rules to follow. (These are my magic bullets for getting your metabolism in fat burning mode.)

"Tio, follow these three rules and I guarantee you, better yet, I promise you, you will lose a minimum of 10 lbs. in 14 days."

1. Don't eat anything that is white. Think about most foods that are white and chances are you shouldn't be eating it. Specifically, I'm talking about white bread, pasta, sugar, white rice, and most milk products. Healthy foods like cauliflower, chicken, turkey, fish are all exceptions to this rule. Based on Tio's current eating habits, I didn't think he was all too worried about cauliflower anyway.

2. Only drink water, NOTHING else! How about coffee? Just to keep any possible withdrawal headaches at bay, one small cup of organic black coffee is ok. Can you add half and half?...Well is it white?

3. Don't eat anything with the word wheat in the ingredients list. What if it's whole wheat? Look, if the word starts with W and ends in T and has the letters h-e-a in between, you can't eat it.

Tio agreed that he was up for the challenge. Anything to make the knee pain go away and make his niece stop lecturing.

I highly recommend you follow those same rules for the next 14 days (No, not for the rest of your life. Just for the next 14 days.) You will absolutely amaze yourself with your results. Remember, no white foods (except for the few I mentioned above), only water to drink and no wheat products.

I promise this is not how you have to eat for the long term in order to lose weight and keep it off but I do know that this is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism and see some initial weight come off a bit faster.

Stay tuned as I will continue to explain in this e-course exactly which delicious foods you will be able to enjoy while keeping your body on fat burning overdrive.

Don't let one more day go by without feeling and looking as great as I know you can! Don't wait until you have eaten all the food in your fridge or "used up" all the food in your pantry. It's not worth the wait! Commit to this e-course and your new incredible body right now and I promise the results will be worth it. And I will be here to guide you and support you along the way.

In health and happiness,

Fry Up Friday...Sausage & Eggs

Good morning, today I had:

2 fried eggs = 192
1 Quorn Sausage = 86
Toast = 137
Butter 10
= 425 cals

Bix = 156
Bix = 119
Bix = 156

Tuna = 250
Bread = 137
2 x Cheese = 144
Ham x 2 = 75

3 x Weetabix = 326

Muller Custard/Rice = 211

Bavaria non-alc beer = 270

Total = 2269

I have finished off the weetabix now as I am getting organised for Monday's start of my new diet.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Garlic Stuffed Chicken on Spicy Beans - Yum!

Today I started with:

Quorn Sausage = 88
Eggs x 2 (96) = 192
Toast = 137
Cheese = 72

total breakfast = 498

later - toast n cheese n spread = 241

bix = 156
Time Out bar = 86

Evening: WoW! - excellent home made stuffed chicken on spicy beans = 500

2 x non-alcohol beers = 276

Muller Rice n Custard = 211

Milky Coffee n Crispie = 271


Weetabix Wednesday

Breakfast: Weetabix n Banana

Tea n Crispie

Evening: Tuna and Beetroot

Tea n Crispie

Toast n Cheese n Spread

Time Out Bar

Muller Rice

Time Out

Short n Sweet today.

Total cals = 1453

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Diet Day 15 - Tuesday - Blood Test!

Good Morning!

Breakfast was a delight having fasted until the blood test this morning. I had 2 x toast, cheese and sandwich spread. My how repetitive! = new bread today though, 137 cals per slice.= 366

Time Out biscuit = 99

Weetabix = 209
Time Out = 99

Tuna Tea + beetroot + potato salad = 370
Crispie Bix = 156

Toast (again) = 137, Cheese (72) new cheese, Spread = 225

muesli = 450
total = 1974

Boomtown Rats...I don't like Mondays...Diets

Diet days are all the same whether it's Mondays or Fridays but I think my diet is going to get a whole lot better from now on. Got an encouraging email from Diet Support so I'm going to start my new eating plan soon.

But for today it's good old boring Weetabix for breakfast although I did break out a small banana to liven it up today. = 296

Toast + Pastrami + Cheese and Spread ( as usual) X 2 = 434

Square Bix = 156

Evening: John West Tuna + Potato Salad n Beetroot = 360
Muller Rice n Custard = 211

Total = 1457
That's all I can have tonight because I have a blood test in the morning and I have to fast from 9pm...


Monday, 25 June 2012


I think I am going to try this program from now. It's getting very good reviews and I like what I see. I am going to continue my blog using these principles so watch this space.
To watch her video CLICK HERE!

The Truth about Cholesterol...

Hi, I just found a cool link about cholesterol.

Click Here for the details.


Sunday Roast?....yes you can! Diet Day 14

I have read stories of how you can 'enjoy your favourite roast and still lose weight..' I don't think so!

Maybe if you have a matchbox size piece of beef and one roast potato.

My favourite roast is normally so big you cannot see the plate underneath it so you'd have to consider around 1000 calories if you want one.

So, no - I wont be having a roast today but I will be having a Milky Coffee!

It seems as if everywhere I go people are clambering the streets to find the best coffee shop, Starbucks or Costa? Is it a modern thing..

I have been drinking Latte since I was a wee boy and my grandmothers both made a mean Latte in Deerness, Orkney where we lived.

The fact is in my childhood days it was simply called 'Milky Coffee' and had nothing to do with famous Italian coffee houses.

Todays recipe for Milky Coffee is:

2 teaspoons Necafe Original in a large coffee cup = 2 cals
300 mls 2% semi-skimmed milk = 150 cals.

Heat milk in microwave for 5 mins, pour onto coffee granules and serve - delish!

Breakfast: toast n cheese n pastrami = 181
Square Biscuit = 156

11's - milky coffee n square b. = 308

Alc-Free Beer = 300


Home made Chilli con carne = 400
Bread = 108
Cheese = 55
Sandwich Spread = 16
Rice = 196
Square = 156

Muesli = 450

Total = 2028 my school report card said "Could do Better"

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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Saturday's Saturated Fats..? Diet Day 13

Short n Sweet today:


Lost the plot. I left my house with just having my Weetabix at 9 am and went to the market for some fruit and veg etc. However, I felt a bit shaky by 1pm and had to grab something to eat. I popped into a corner shop and thought that I would have a light sandwich but upon searching the best they had was boiled egg and ham. I selected the sandwich and quickly had a look at the label and to my horror - - -there was no calorie breakdown on the label! I was shocked - - - I could tell the calories in this sandwich... so I guessed around 300. A Sausage Roll caught my eye and it had a lable saying each pack contained 240 cals so I chose to eat this instead. I made a poor choice but I needed to eat something as I felt too bad - - the moral to the story is "Don't go shopping on an empty stomach!"

2 x sausage rolls = 480


Chinese Special Curry and Boiled Rice = 600
Muller Rice = 196
Square = 156

All washed down with several beers from my Alcohol-Free order = 456

Total = 2253

I weighed in on the Wii this morning and was still the same weight :(
Total Weight Loss = 0      
I think it would be fair to say, that was another bad day. Not a crazy, really bad day but at around 2500 cals I will gain weight. 2253 is acceptable only to maintain my current weight. I need to keep below 2000 to lose another 2 lbs.

Tomorrow is another day!  :)

Friday, 22 June 2012

Diet Day 12 - - - - Fish on Fridays?

Checking out a tin of Makerel in tomato sauce, I noticed that half a can is 120 ish calories and most people focus on the number on the front of the can.

But turn to the back of the tin and see calories per 100g ( I think that's a better way)

Tesco own brand 100g = 195 kcals
Princes brand = 100g = 200 kcals

most cans are 125g in weight and that's ok but how many people eat only half a wee tiny can?

So tin of fish = 200 kcals x 1.25 = 250 calories in a wee tin!

I think not.

Comparison: Tesco Tin of Sardines in brine.

Half a can = 72 cals. 100g = 172 cals and a whole tin = 206 cals (tin size is 120g) however it's about 50 cals less - ditch the tomato sauce or switch the tomato sauce...

Did you know that you could have half a tin of Light Choices Beans (Tesco) for 150 cals instead!
Nice one - I think I will be switching to beans.

Breakfast: Today : Weetabix (209)

Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese (169), Toast (108) Cheese (55) = 332

Square Choc Biscuit = 156

Evening: Stuffed Garlic Chicken and Spicy Beans (Home Made) = 500
Muller Rice = 196

Toast n Cheese = 179

Muesli = 375 + Milk (75) = 450

Alc-Free beer = 260

Total = 2282

Bad Day at Blackrock....Curry Kid hits the Calories

Started off well with good old Weetabix, Toast and Cheese. Choc Square. = 528

Then I had more Toast n Cheese, and a Square = 319 aroound 11.30 am

lots of tea


BUT - - - -another curry crept up on me and it was a baddie = 800
( always helps to check the lable before purchase)

Had a couple of beers in the later evening Jupiler N*A = 400

Then I had a Supper Craving - Muesli = 325

Total for today = 2372

phew... it could be worse I guess but that's a bad day with poor choices..

Hey ho! Tomorrow is another day!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Turning to Drink?... Diet Day 10 - Wednesday

I've ordered a mixed case of alcohol free beer and I'm quite pleased at all aspects of it but especially interested in their calories...

Toast & Spread and Tea for breakfast and later a Choc Square = 282

You might be saying to yourself "what a boring diet he has.." and "what NO vegetables.." well you would be correct as my intake of fruit & veg is quite poor but I am working on it. I like routine and I like food in a box that tells me what's in it.

However, my lunch boxes contain:

Cooked Pasta (24%) (Water, Wheat Flour, Egg White Powder), Skipjack Tuna (22%, sourced from the Atlantic Ocean), Green Pepper (9%), Red Pepper (8%), Flageolet Bean (8%), Onion, Chargrilled Onion (6%), Concentrated Tomato Puree (5%), Rapeseed Oil, Water, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Concentrated Lime Juice, Salt, Herbs, Thickener: Guar Gum, Spice, Colour: Paprika Extract = 275
so that's not bad?

+ Muller Rice = 211

Slice of bread ( this one is 108 cals per slice) and Cheese (55) = 163

Evening - Chicken Balti and Boiled Rice ( I liked it so much last week) = 624

Had a couple of bottles of german 'Erdinger alkoholfrei' = 625

Total 2180

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Happy Tuesday!

It's a beautiful day here in West Sussex and I enjoyed my Weetabix for breakfast = 209 cals

Then around 12.00 I had Makerel fillets in rich tomato sauce = 186 cals.

2 x Toast and Cheese and sandwich spread = 287 cals

Caramel log = 134 cals

Around 6pm I had a John West Tuna 250 + Potato Salad 55 = 305 cals
Crispie 'Squares' as they are officially called = 156 cals
Toffee Muller Rice = 201

All washed down with lashings of Tetley Green Tea.

Fried Egg on Toast = 196

total = 1674

Monday, 18 June 2012

A New Day a New Diet - continued weight-loss - Day 8

Hi, this is day eight and after that 2 lb weight loss I am fired up and raring to do the same again this week.

So here goes - guess what I had for b'fast - Yip! - good old Weetabix


2 x Toast, Cheese and Spread = 200, 55 and 32

Just to recap - the bread is 100 per slice.
Cheese is Leerdammer (Dutch) Light @ 55 per slice and I use half per slice of toast.
Heinz Sandwich Spread (Light) is a Tangy Crunchy spread of finely chopped vegetables in a light mayo, a bit like coleslaw - I Love it - (google it for more info) - 10ml dessert spoon = 16 cals.

I am making my own tuna evening meal today with:

Tin of tuna = 130 cals
Roasted Peppers a quarter of a jar = 35 cals
Sandwich Spread 2 dessert spoons = 32 cals
Total = 197
Crispie = 156 x 2 312
Caramel log = 134

Muller Yoghurt (Mint) = 90

Had the munchies...

2 x toast, cheese and sandwich spread = 287
Crispie = 156

total = 1618

Weight Loss Result - Dropped 2 lbs - Lost 2 lbs!!

Yippee! Result!

Sunday Morning Weigh-In using the Wii when the little guy speaks so me ( yes it's true!)

He did say firstly 'Too High'  - he was referring to my BMI - ( If my height was seven foot two it would be ok) but he did make me happy with a clear 2 pound weight loss.

Oh, let's celebrate with a cream cake..?

Although I do believe in celebrating an acheivement and rewarding a good result it would be wrong to lose the plot and pig-out on Sundays.

However, this is what I consumed...

Usual Breakfast but had toast with cheese and pastrami. ( Pastrami = only 18 cals per slice)

Lunch: Tesco finest Teriyaki Chicken + Rice = 390 cals.
+ Crispie Biscuit.

Evening: Home Made Chilli (Mince Beef with Spicy Beans), Bread, Biscuits, + Alc-free Beer

I don't count calories on Sunday but I do write it down - There's just something about writing it down that helps you keep on track.

Well, here's to another good week!

Slim Down Saturday - Weight Plan

Good day to you!

(I'll keep it brief: please refer to previous posts for kcal detail.)

Weetabix ( surprise?) 134 + 75
Toast ( 100 cals per slice) x 1
Cheese ( 55 cals per slice) x 1
Sandwich Spread 16 cals per spoon x 1
Green Tea 0
Kellogs Crispie 156

John West Tuna Salad 275
Kellogs Crispie 156

Home Made Fish Pie ( loads of it) 750 + ( guesstimate)
Kaliber (Alc. Free Beer) 118
Bavaria (") 90

Saturday Total = 1836 .... at least it's around/below 2000

If you want to know more about alcohol-free beer there a great page below.


Friday, 15 June 2012

Friday's Fat Loss Diet - Alcohol Free!

Hello again, I forgot to mention that I had a couple of beers last night whilst watching Question Time on the TV.

It's our favourite politics show, and often good for a laugh at the same time, oh how they do avoid the questions...

However, before you right me off for boozing - Look for this great drink!

It's called Equator.

  • Beer flavour
  • Zero Sugar
  • Zero Calories
  • Zero Alcohol
Can go wrong with such a beverage - and it's very refreshing.

Got some great cheese today called Leerdammer Light - only 55 cals per slice.

So today I have had Weetabix ( again?...I know, how boring I am but I like a bit of routine..and it's quick and easy, I promised myself a chopped banana on top..but just couldn't do it!)
209 kcals

Again, I had a tasty John West (Light Lunch in a tin) French Style = 250

+ Toast x 2 - 100 cals per slice with Sandwich Spread and 1 cheese slice between them = 304
Choc Biscuit 158

Friday Night is Curry night!

Chicken Balti (Tesco) 410
+ Rice 144
= 554 cals
Caramel Chocolate Bar 134 cals

AND - a couple of Biers... 189 cals

Why Bavaria Wit? Where to start? It's a wheat beer, not just "another" alcohol-free lager. It's non-alcoholic (not 0.5%, not 0.05% - it's really 0.00%). Oh, and it tastes amazing!
Calories? Only 27 Kcal per 100ml. That means a 330ml can comes in at 90 kcals... yippee!

total today - - - 1798 kcals ... i can't believe it..

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Daily Weightloss Diet Day Four

Good Day!

I have had my usual Weetabix today = 209


Green Tea and Kellogs Chocolate Rice Crispie Square Biscuit = 158

Lunch =  John West Light Lunch, Tuna Salad with Lime & Black Pepper Sauce = 275
Tea + KRC Square -- yummy! = 158

Evening = home made pasta 100, Cheese 72, + 72, Heinz Sandwich Spread (Light) 32.
Bread 115 x 2 230 + Cheese 72
Biscuit (Kellogs) 158 x 2 = 315
Muller Rice pot = 211

Total = 1904 kcals.

Had a bit of a struggle today with the Chocolate Rice Crispy Biscuits but kept my kcals below 2000.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Daily Diet or Healthy Eating Plan - Day Three

I decided to stick with the Weetabix this morning so that's a 134 + Milk 75 = 209kcals

Just had a Campbell's Cream of Chicken Cup Soup = 106kcals  yummy!

Lunch time - 2 egg Omlette with Pastrami and Cheese = 288kcal

OK, I am using medium eggs @ 90 cals in my book, could be less of course depending on the weight but I am not measuring the oil in the pan but use sparingly so call them 90, large eggs = 100.

Just for interest I do not use salt but I do add pepper - sometimes cayenne for a little heat!
Pastrami 18 cals per slice x 2
Cheese = Edamski ( Polish in case you hadn't guessed) 72 cals per slice

Evening   John West (Light Lunch) - Moroccan Style Salmon Salad
(Potatoes, Chickpeas, Mixed Peppers...)                                               = 305

Alpen Biscuit = 123
Muller Rice/Custard = 211
Kellogs Square Rice Crispie Biscuit = 156 x 2 = 312

Tesco Fruit & Nut Muesli = 325

Total = 1879

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Stroke Victor Diet Day 2

Good Morning!

Breakfast = 2 x Toast, Cheese & Sandwich Spread + Tea = 406 kcals

Toast = each slice 115
Cheese = each slice = 72
Spread = each slice = 16

I think it's better to stick to my Weetabix?

Lunch = Egg, Sausage + Tea = 176 kcals
Quorn Sausage  86 - Medium Egg 90
Alpen Bar = 123

Evening Meal = John West Tuna Salad ( Light Lunch) Tomato Salsa + Potato Salad  = 305kcals
Muller Light Rice/Custard = 211
Alpen Bar = 123

Total... 1344 kcals


Monday, 11 June 2012

The Calorie Count

I just wanted to share with you that although I am not 'counting calories' as in a Diet Club, I will be reading labels and taking an interest in what I am consuming - it's the only way - I believe, and if I am taking an interest in what I am eating it's best to 'Write it Down'.

Some people use a diary and find that very useful.

I will log all my consumptions in here.

So, as you will have seen in an earlier post, I am 216lbs ( 15 stone 6 lbs) and that's a good 3 stone ( 42lbs) TOO heavy so my mission is to lose the extra 42+ lbs necessary.

Today I have enjoyed:

 2 x Weetabix in 150mls 2% semi-skimmed milk - Weetabix = 134kcals + milk 75kcals - don't forget to add the 209 kcalories

John West Light Lunch - French Style Tuna Salad - fabulous choice, comes in a tin less than 250kcals

Alpen Cereal Bar = 123 kcals

Main Meal tonight was 2 x Wraps and Mexican Chilli Sauce ( with minced beef) = 500 kcals

Muller Light Rice Custard = 211 kcals

Tea & Alpen Bar = 123

Bowl of cereal = 325

Total = 1741  Pretty Good Day!


Portions Sizes could Treble!

Wow, I guess I could be guilty of poor portion control...if you see what the recommended portion sizes are on the cereal packets?

But that's a thing of the past and this morning I enjoyed 2 x Weetbix with 125 mls semi-skimmed milk for breakfast.

I have also taken a liking to Green Tea these past few months after the Stroke - don't ask me why... just fancied some and have really started to enjoy it in my big Cappuccino cup 3 or 4 times a day.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to be turning into a 'freaky nut-cruncher' but I have been doing some research - simply called 'reading the labels'... and I've learned a few things.

I LOVE Cheese! - but it's not allowed?

Oh Yes it is! - if you look carefully at the labels you may be surprised.

I have found some delicious cheeses that are classified as 'Low Fat' but even better they don't feel or taste like plastic - look out for Leerdammer (Light) or Edam but beware of spreads that are super low cal and low fat. Some of them are tastless and often because of that you are tempted to pile on more which defeats the purpose.

It's a bit like skimmed milk - some people construct a cup of tea based on what it looks like and if using skimmed milk may be temped to colour their tea by pouring in half a cup of milk when in fact they would get the same effect using less semi-skimmed or just a spot of whole milk.

See - there's method in this madness...


Healthy Eating Plan - Day 1

OK, so here's the plan...
If I am going to have a healthy steady weight loss I will need to restrict my calorie intake to less than 2000 kcalories?

I seached the internet and one of the Calorie Calculators showed this:

Me = 54 years
216 lbs ( 15stone 6 lbs)
Height = 5 foot 8"
Excercise Level = none / desk job
To maintain this weight I need to eat 2156 kcals per day
To lose weight I need to drop to 1728 kcals per day

A second Calorie Counter showed that I need to drop to 1785 kcals to lose a pound a week and 1285 kcals to lose 2 lbs a week.

And finally I had a look at the UK National Health Service website and it states that:

'An average man needs around 2,500 calories a day to maintain his weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000 calories a day. These values can vary depending on age and levels of physical activity, among other factors.

However, instead of focusing on how many calories you consume each day, to maintain a healthy weight you should:

  • eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • take part in physical activities.
  • balance the amount of calories you eat with the amount of calories you burn'

So, there's a clear message there - We're all different so I'm not going to be measuring the my millilitres or counting my peas, I'm just going to aim for a kcal reduction to around 2000 per day.