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Mimosa23 05-02-2013 07:18 AM

UK/Expats, etc May 2013
Hi All!

Thought I'd start us off!

Here's to a good month for everyone!

Mimosa23 05-02-2013 07:24 AM

Had a day off yesterday, which was nice.

And I really enjoyed the whole Queen's/King's Day which I was able to watch on youtube... Felt a bit like I was there!

Back to normal now, lots of work on and going to Holland again this coming weekend to visit my grandmother, as she's stable at the moment.

I've been fermenting drinks like crazy, and made my own Kefir and Kombucha, both of which are so much nicer than the storebought pasteurised stuff! Homemade yogurt I've also made which is also very nice. Not sure if it's in my head, but all these nutrient dense foods are certainly helping with my hayfever and other issues.

My menu today:

B: homemade yogurt from raw milk, 1 tsp raw local honey, 1 TB bee pollen, 1 tsp cinnamon
L: salad made with a soured cream, lemon and olive/flax oil dressing, tuna and feta
D: omelette with spinach and bacon, glass of kombucha, which i second fermented with cranberry juice and acerola powder.

xxx C.

shykins 05-02-2013 09:28 AM

good grief i didnt even know may had started!!!

i used to make my own kefir and loved it. i made it with double cream for even less carbs and lovely thick it was

enjoying some sun in the UK at last

lola5k 05-02-2013 11:52 AM

Thank you Mimosa. Marking my place

Mimosa23 05-03-2013 03:23 AM


Shy: there's finally some sun here too! Looks like the bank holiday for all you UK people is going to be nice! Thanks for the tip for using cream when making Kefir... Will try that for my next batch!

Lola: hope all is well!

Everyone else: looking forward to seeing you here, and sending lots of sunny thoughts for a lovely bank holiday weekend for everyone!!!

I'm off to Holland again to see my grandmother again, and to celebrate my mother's birthday. We don't have a bank holiday weekend, but for that I already had a day off on Wednesday and next week is only a three day week because we have the 8th off and then we close the office for a long weekend! My sister is visiting then so that will be fun.

Got to go, am swamped at work, have a lovely weekend everyone!

My menu:

B: usual yogurt, honey, cinnamon, pollen concoction
L: salad with a little saurkraut, tomato and chicken which came from the chicken broth I made, of which I shall also have a cup.
D: freshly picked asparagus with homemade hollandaise sauce and ham and boiled eggs. BF will have some new potatos to go with that as well...

In between I'll have some homemade kombucha (did a second ferment with elderberry juice, it's absolutely delicious) and some kefir.

shykins 05-03-2013 08:30 AM

mimosa u have to slowly convert the beasties from milk to cream. just increase the amount of cream til its completely converted. think i stayed third cream to milk and worked up from there

have a good bank holiday everyone - well those that have one


Ailuros 05-03-2013 10:28 AM

My kefir thingies are dried up in the back of the fridge. Maybe it’s time to see if I can revive them!

We’re at my parents’ for the bank holiday weekend.

shykins 05-03-2013 10:39 AM

ha ha ailuros mine are in the freezer but apparently thats fine cos they can still be revived

have a great time

blotto76 05-05-2013 01:37 AM

Hi all, just popping in quickly to say hi. Had a fab two weeks in the UK (what glorious weather, I was so lucky) but now completely swamped catching up. I ate for England will I was away so I'm very much on a healthy eating kick now.

Happy May everyone!


Kissa 05-05-2013 02:40 AM

Back from an incredible week of sun and relaxation in Turkey. Weighed in at 130.2 which is up 5 lbs I think. :(

Now to attempt a recovery this week before we leave for 2 weeks through the Baltic States to St Petersburg on Saturday Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

shykins 05-05-2013 07:25 AM

welcome back blotto and kissa, glad u had good holidays

blotto u were SO lucky with the weather, tho prob for u it felt cold lol

kissa am so jealous of all your holidays :)


Blondie Baby 05-05-2013 07:41 AM

Welcome back Holiday Girls, Blotto - so glad you had lovely weather. Kissa, I am so jealous of your life!

DD2 turns 17 today. We celebrated yesterday, It was lovely. DD1 will be home in 2 weeks and the week after that DS3 turns 12!!! My babies are all growing up!:cry::love:

blotto76 05-05-2013 11:58 PM

Glad you had a lovely holiday Kissa. I'm sure you'll have the extra pounds off in no time.

Shy, the weather was glorious, I loved it!

Blondie, wow, they are indeed all growing up! Is DD1 back for the whole summer?


shykins 05-06-2013 12:22 AM

wow blondie they are growing up. mine is 16 now and leaving school next week EEEEK

Kissa 05-06-2013 08:43 AM

Wow Shy that is amazing. I am sure he will do well.

Maryam, I bet you love having the girls around. Miss my Mint.

Down 2.6 lbs today :)

Ailuros 05-06-2013 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by shykins (Post 16410916)
wow blondie they are growing up. mine is 16 now and leaving school next week EEEEK

:dunno: Wasn’t he 11 last week?

Kissa 05-06-2013 08:47 AM


shykins 05-06-2013 11:16 AM

lol it does seem that way doesnt it?! but no he officially leaves next friday then its back for GCSE's with the last one on 14th june. very scary but as some of u know a few years ago we didnt think we would reach this point so am very proud :)

hope everyone has enjoyed the BH sun


Kissa 05-06-2013 02:18 PM

And rightly so!

Blondie Baby 05-07-2013 01:40 AM

Shy - It does seem like he was just 11. But I always remember because he is exactly a year older than my Ameera! I'm so happy he has turned things around and done so well!!!!!

Blotto - No. :cry: Sadly DD1 will only be here 4 weeks. Summer classes start June 17!!!

Kissa - You are so right. I love having all my girls together. Don't know what I will do when they all leave home. Thinking I'll go live with them!!!!;)

Ailuros - They grow up so fast. Hard to believe mine are all double digits now!

Mimosa23 05-07-2013 02:06 AM

Hi all,

Doing a quick one with no personals. Am very busy at work, and stressed because of my grandmother.

Hope everyone is well.

Here's my menu:

B: usual yogurt breakfast, 2 cups of ginger tea (pieces of ginger with boiling water)
L: leftover meatloaf with a big salad
D: scrambled eggs

Have a good day everyone,

Kissa 05-07-2013 02:24 AM

Well I am a happy camper. All my holiday weight gone plus a pound :) 124.6

Bus, busy day today, emptying the cellar store cupboards that were damaged when it flooded, so they can take them out and replace them a week later. They actually come to remove them the day after we get back from the Baltic, but got to get it sorted before we go.

Have decided on the spur of the moment to go to York to see my sister, just for the day, tomorrow. Adding to the urgency to get the cellar sorted and the packing done.

janj 05-07-2013 02:39 AM


Just a quick check-in. Back from 2 wonderful weeks in the UK (and a short side trip to Venice). The weather was great - and the highlight was the 5 day hike with friends along the SWCP. Cornwall is so beautiful in the sunshine. Managed to stay the same weight despite too many lovely english breakfasts and pub grub washed down with cider! (Note to self - walking 15 miles a day is clearly the answer!!).

Glad to read that Blotto and Kissa enjoyed their recent hols too.

Congrats to your son, Shy (and to you for helping him get to this point):)

More later when the jetlag fog clears a bit.....

Kissa 05-07-2013 03:33 AM

Well done Jan, that must have been amazing. Just the right weather for the SWCP, and with all the spring colour it must have been really beautiful. Staying the same weight is a total bonus.

blotto76 05-07-2013 04:35 AM

Shy, yay to DS doing so well - fingers crossed for his GSCEs.

Jan, we must have almost crossed paths in the south west - such glorious weather wasn't it? Well done for no weight gain - I haven't dared get on the scales since I've been back!

Kissa, see, told you the weight would be gone in no time. You have it mastered. Have fun in York - I enjoyed my scone in Betty's!

Blondie, shame, but I'm sure you'll have a lovely 4 weeks. My poor mum only got 5 days with me :-(

Mimosa, hugs for your grandma.

Hi everyone else!


blotto76 05-09-2013 12:11 AM

It's quiet around here!

Just a quickie, I've been reading about the potato hack diet - anyone tried it?? I'm intrigued!!


shykins 05-09-2013 12:58 AM

ewww potatoes lol

what is it?

Ailuros 05-09-2013 01:02 AM

Can you have butter with them?

blotto76 05-09-2013 03:58 AM

It seems to be a short term diet where you eat nothing but potatoes - sorry, no butter Ailuros! Sounds bizarre but people seem to lose a lot of weight - I guess because you probably don't get enough calories due to the boredom of eating nothing but potatoes, lol!

I seem to remember Kissa trying it once.....


SlowSure 05-09-2013 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by blotto76 (Post 16416141)
Just a quickie, I've been reading about the potato hack diet - anyone tried it?? I'm intrigued!!

I did, for 28 days in March.

I lost 10lbs which isn't impressive compared to some people but it broke a 5week plateau for me.

I suspect that the potato hack works because it's hypocaloric as plain potato (and rice in my case as my GI tract couldn't handle only potato) completely wiped out my appetite (and it's still curbed 6 weeks later).

Other explanations are biochemically fancier and relate to:
  • glycaemic index/load, increases in blood sugar and insulin, the mobilisation of free fatty acids from the body's fat stores etc.
  • resistant starch content of *cold* potatoes and the impact of this in the large intenstine where the micro biome *might* be doing something fancy that involves producing short chain fatty acids and mobilisation of the body's fat stores etc.
There doesn't seem to be enough documented evidence to support any one particular theory of how it works or to predict its impact on some people. (There are some anecdotes of episodes that sound very like hypoglycaemia from some people. Others experience very high blood sugars which they can't readily control.)

There are several threads about the potato hack on the JUDDD board and also Paleothin.

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