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by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Urban Mysteriously Standing Around Edition
Replies: 6
Views: 6903

Great idea :) But I'm naturally kind of a lazy cat who will sit at any opportunity :D I might give this a try though. I saw something on TV about the usefulness of adding more NEAT to your every day life (someone said it might actually be more important than formal exercise, but I don't remember the...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Urban ranger - baby wearing edition
Replies: 3
Views: 4764

Just thought I'd post an update on this, I had diastasis recti after having my daughter (separation of the abdominal muscles) and I discovered that walking around carrying her in the baby sling was making it worse - so just a note of caution to any ladies who might have that (a telltale sign is if y...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Where do you walk if you don't need to go anywhere?
Replies: 23
Views: 20158

Hi, just a very late check back on this thread, nice to see some replies and suggestions :) I have a baby now so taking her out usually gives me a reason to get out walking. There is a nice new large supermarket (Sainsburys) nearby so I sometimes take my little one there in the stroller, it's about ...
by bonnieUK
Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Newbie question: anyone else had binge eating problems?
Replies: 15
Views: 6820

I tried the 5:2 diet for a couple of weeks and found it caused crazy rebound binges (and I had been doing No S for years, I should know better than to deviate into fad diets). Having dealt with orthorexia issues (No S has been a big help there) I think I've realised that binge eating tends to be a r...
by bonnieUK
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone else do this?
Replies: 5
Views: 3686

This is why I eat instant oats (plain unsweetened variety, I get a supermarket own brand version of Ready Brek), I find regular oats hard to digest unless I cook them really well. Instant oats just makes my life easier. I also always have some sliced bread in the freezer for toasting and occasionall...
by bonnieUK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Accidental No-S'er
Replies: 10
Views: 7993

Re: The Accidental No-S'er

As I delved into reading about diet, I became intrigued with veganism because they do say a lot that's true. But I couldn't quite go all the way for one reason: there has never been a society that has been vegan. If you read THE CHINA STUDY carefully, the author never claims that the rural Chinese ...
by bonnieUK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: low blood sugar shakes
Replies: 6
Views: 5190

That happened to me some when nursing. I ditto the protein suggestion - to me a snack of something like string cheese or some greek yogurt or cottage cheese isn't like a big handful of crackers or something. Maybe you could build a mini-4th meal around nursing time or somehow work your meal times c...
by bonnieUK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: low blood sugar shakes
Replies: 6
Views: 5190

Re: low blood sugar shakes

[/quote]Hi Bonnie, That's great you're breastfeeding at 7 months. (Seems like lots of moms are ready to throw in the towel right about then.) I took the above quote from another thread. I see you are eating little or no protein at breakfast and trying to eat late suppers... it seems like those facto...
by bonnieUK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hunger and Craving Patterns
Replies: 7
Views: 5278

That seems to be my experience too, I think the between breakfast and lunch hunger is due to just not eating enough for breakfast (especially not eating enough protein) and the afternoon craving tends to be a desire for something sweet, probably to pick up energy levels, a cup of tea with honey help...
by bonnieUK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: not overweight but feeling crazy about food?
Replies: 13
Views: 8534

Something from my own experience (may be different for you) is that if I'm obsessing over food it means I'm just not eating enough, and either need to up the food intake or reduce exercise output. I wrote on the forum somewhere a while back about an intuitive eating experiment I did in which I found...
by bonnieUK
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Typical day of eating - What's yours?
Replies: 7
Views: 5747

Breakfast: tea/coffee, fruit juice and 2-3 slices of thick toast (wholewheat) with butter and 100% fruit jam, sometimes an egg. Lunch: Rice, beans, veg/salad. Some kind of protein (veggie burger, tofu, fish or chicken). Late afternoon snack: Toast or crackers, cheese, nuts & fruit. Dinner: Leftovers...
by bonnieUK
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: low blood sugar shakes
Replies: 6
Views: 5190

low blood sugar shakes

Hi, I'm back on vanilla No S having had something of a break due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. One issue I seem to have recently is that low blood sugar shaky feeling that causes me to immediately want a snack in order to feel better. My baby is 7 months and I'm still breastfeeding her about 4-5 t...
by bonnieUK
Tue May 12, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Urban ranger - baby wearing edition
Replies: 3
Views: 4764

Urban ranger - baby wearing edition

Just wanted to mention that carrying my baby in a sling has been great for keeping up with urban rangering with a new baby. Somehow it feels like less hassle than setting up the stroller, plus body heat generated in the sling means I don't have to dress her up so much, if it's cold I can just wrap u...
by bonnieUK
Tue May 12, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Victorian Housework
Replies: 9
Views: 6181

I do think these little things add up. After I had my baby, we were generally based downstairs in the living room (for resting and nursing) but I deliberately set up her changing station upstairs so that I would have to go upstairs (carrying 3.5kg bundle!) multiple times a day to change her. It was ...
by bonnieUK
Tue May 12, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Question About Seconds
Replies: 11
Views: 6629

I generally allow seconds of vegetables, salad or soup (unless prepared in a really calorific way, like fried or smothered in butter). A trick I do at social meals (which for me are usually buffet style family meals) is choose a small amount of everything as a taster, so if and when seconds are offe...
by bonnieUK
Tue May 12, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: on going to unsweetened coffee
Replies: 10
Views: 6081

Sugar in tea in my family is frowned upon. For coffee, my test of a good coffee is "can I enjoy this without sugar?". If the answer is no, then the coffee isn't good enough. I make an exception for espresso, but as I only really drink espresso at the end of fancy meals out, it's hardly ever an issu...
by bonnieUK
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Pregnancy #2 and NoS framework
Replies: 4
Views: 4085

Belated congratulations :) How are you now? I also had an awful first trimester and pretty much lived on fruit juice, toast and crackers. I've heard that protein aversion is very normal in early pregnancy, something to do with how the body can't handle the processing of protein for a while (I think ...
by bonnieUK
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lovedby2
Replies: 25
Views: 14716

About exercise, I recently saw a documentary (can't remember where now unfortunately) where a guy did an intense bike workout and had his calorie burn measured. The next day, he attempted to get the same calorie burn (on top of his usual daily activities) by adding more natural activities - he did t...
by bonnieUK
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Intuitive eating
Replies: 33
Views: 22342

I have had issues in the past with orthorexia (obsession with "dietary purity") and had many occasions where I would deprive myself of food groups I enjoyed because they were "bad" or force myself to eat things I didn't like because they were "good". I've since recovered from 99% of those issues an...
by bonnieUK
Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Intuitive eating
Replies: 33
Views: 22342

Just adding a late reply to this, I like to combine both. I like to follow my intuition about what to eat (mostly), but have the No S structure for when, and also to limit sweets and seconds. I have had issues in the past with orthorexia (obsession with "dietary purity") and had many occasions where...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Anyone ever make a huge career change?
Replies: 6
Views: 3855

I did. I had been an Office Manager for several years and a Personal Assistant prior to that. A career I enjoyed and felt well suited to. After 10 years in the office rat race though, the stressful daily commute, the office politics, the difficult clients and constant "firefighting" really burned me...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Green smoothie hacks
Replies: 2
Views: 5478

Green smoothie hacks

I really like green smoothies and sometimes go through phases of having them daily. The issue I have found in the past is that smoothies can get very calorie packed if you are not careful about the different additions some people recommend (nuts/seeds, protein powder, juices, milk, yoghurt, oats etc...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A strategy if you really must snack
Replies: 3
Views: 3084

A strategy if you really must snack

Hi all, Just thought I'd share something that's been working for me over the last several months. I'm currently 38 weeks pregnant (2 weeks to go!), the one S that has been difficult for me during pregnancy has been the no snack rule. My most snack prone times are mornings, I think purely because I o...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Horizon on reasons for overeating
Replies: 12
Views: 7730

Neat article. I find myself in all three categories but when I took the quiz I was mostly constant craver. I'm also not sure how the low calorie days would work for me as I like to exercise. As you say No S addresses them all! I was mostly a constant craver too, with zero emotional eater (I kind of...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Horizon on reasons for overeating
Replies: 12
Views: 7730

I found it interesting that the intermittent diet they recommend for constant cravers is basically the No S diet in reverse - 2 severely restricted days and 5 unrestricted days. Personally I think compliance is easier with 5 moderately restricted days and 2 unrestricted days - the restriction isn't ...
by bonnieUK
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Horizon on reasons for overeating
Replies: 12
Views: 7730

BBC Horizon on reasons for overeating

Sorry if this is off topic, I've just watched the 3 BBC Horizon programs made recently about reasons for overeating, this article sums it up http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30709297 There's a quiz and video clips here (and the episodes) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ddsd9 I doubt people outs...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No S and Infertility
Replies: 42
Views: 19344

Congratulations on your baby! :) I'm 35 and was having issues with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), something that helped me get my cycle back was to let go of my desires to be athletically thin and just relax a bit about weight (I had to allow myself to eat to my full appetite rather than trying t...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New here with a few questions - portion size and drinks
Replies: 10
Views: 6043

I sometimes do multi course meals, French style. My husband grew up in Greece so this pattern is familiar to him too. So we might have soup or salad, somekind of main dish, then plain yoghurt or plain fruit as a dessert. But I try to keep my amount of overall food in a meal to something that could l...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Help with Fridays please!
Replies: 24
Views: 11105

For me, Friday evenings have always felt like they should be the start of S days :) For me, I tend to focus more on S events rather than whole days, so a good meal that can include seconds and dessert a couple of times a week (generally weekends) and maybe something on a weekday like tea & cake at a...
by bonnieUK
Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What's your No S?
Replies: 45
Views: 30702

Nice idea Jibaholic, I used to do the no web surfing at work before lunch thing, really should get into that! (I used to call it "morning luddite" even though technically I'd be using a computer etc. for work, just not doing anything other than work related tasks). Mine has varied a lot over the yea...
by bonnieUK
Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: A year on No S - habits rather than diet dogma!
Replies: 12
Views: 23412

I notice it's been 4 years or so since my last update here, wow time flies! I'm now in my third trimester of pregnancy (baby due in February 2015), so a lot has changed for me this year! What's new No S has always been a consistent thing to return to every time I feel like I need to get my eating ha...
by bonnieUK
Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Weekday vegetarian
Replies: 1
Views: 5136

Weekday vegetarian

Hi, Not sure if we're allowed to post links, but I just saw this TED talk and thought it seemed like the kind of thing people here would like: http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_weekday_vegetarian?language=en I think weekday veg could be a good challenge for some for the new year as a way of relyi...
by bonnieUK
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Any tips for pregnancy/morning sickness
Replies: 13
Views: 7251

Just thought I'd update this. Thanks for all the replies! I'm now 18 weeks and my nausea settled down about a month ago. I still get queasy sometimes but also feel ravenously hungry pretty much all day too (weird feeling!). I had a great sweet spot for about a month where I could comfortably eat 3 l...
by bonnieUK
Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: "Obesogenic Environments"
Replies: 20
Views: 8760

Very interesting ice cream story eschano! When I was a kid my parents wouldn't let me have things like magnums, giant cornettos, king size mars bars or any other "supersized" treat. I was a greedy kid so did use to ask :D If I were allowed treats they were appropriately kid sized. I did have a rebel...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: School meals in UK
Replies: 2
Views: 2113

School meals in UK

I mentioned in another post that I was impressed by the healthy lunch menu at the school of a friend's children, all healthy real food, actual vegetables and no deep fried chicken nuggets and chips in sight! (and no "ketchup is an honorary vegetable" nonsense :D) I did notice though that desserts ar...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Any tips for pregnancy/morning sickness
Replies: 13
Views: 7251

Thanks :) and good tip re: 5-6 scheduled small meals per day, I'm aiming for that as I figured that eventually I'll have less stomach capacity for big meals anyway so best to get in the habit now. A good thing is that I also have an aversion to sweets at the moment, so at least I don't have to worry...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Thinking of dropping an S rule! (No sweets)
Replies: 20
Views: 8721

You can add or subtract anything you want. It's just not Vanilla. Also, what children do and what adults do are often different in slim cultures. And some things are easier to do when the whole culture is doing it and when there is no history of overdoing it. Children in France have a dessert at lu...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Thinking of dropping an S rule! (No sweets)
Replies: 20
Views: 8721

Another thought, a friend recently showed me a healthy menu that is offered to her kids at school, the lunch meal (real food, no chicken nuggets and french fries!) always comes with a simple dessert like home cooked pudding and custard or fruit salad. It seems that traditionally (here in England any...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Thinking of dropping an S rule! (No sweets)
Replies: 20
Views: 8721

I've had issues in the past with "needing" something sweet after lunch in order to avoid an afternoon slump, but I overcame it by ditching the "no snack" thing instead, I just find that I can manage my energy better eating more frequently and feel less need for sweet things. That said, a small glass...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Any tips for pregnancy/morning sickness
Replies: 13
Views: 7251

Any tips for pregnancy/morning sickness

Hi all I'm 8 weeks pregnant (yay :) ) but suffering quite a bit with all day nausea. I've had some relief from travel sickness wrist bands thankfully, and never letting my stomach get empty helps a lot. No s diet has gone out the window as I'm just eating what I can when I can. I have a very strong ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Only 2 weeks in, and oh the lessons I've learned
Replies: 9
Views: 4433

I love the terM "IE with training wheels"! Since I stopped being a sugar addict in my late teens (15 or so years ago!) I have been able to intuitively eat the right types of food food, but the intuitive eating thing doesn't seem to work for me regarding when to eat. This is where No S came in and sa...
by bonnieUK
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Inner turmoil....
Replies: 13
Views: 5951

Re: Inner turmoil....

My NoS habits have NOT been going well for me this summer. I have been ravenous from the physical work. And so I eat. You would think I would lose weight from 8 hours a day of physical labor wouldn't ya? Have actually gained about 5 pounds this summer. It feels like a lot on my 5'1" frame. It just ...
by bonnieUK
Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: NoS and intermittent fasting
Replies: 137
Views: 82991

Found Should you be Fasting or Is It a Fad while looking for something else on The Stonesoup Interesting article, thanks Wosnes. I have dabbled with IF too and found the same thing as her, sometimes it is good for mental clarity but many times it leads to anxiety / irritability and then fatigue (af...
by bonnieUK
Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Diets We Have Tried
Replies: 51
Views: 23055

The only thing I have ever found to be really transformative but I was unable to sustain was no sugar. It seemed that if I could stop sugar completely for a week then somehow my whole body started to relax, and my appetite dropped. I have found this too! Without sugar you learn to appreciate the na...
by bonnieUK
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Everyday Cleaning System
Replies: 11
Views: 14774

I was just thinking I could do with an everyday system for cleaning and then came across this. I've tried FlyLady too, but I used it for cleaning in the same way I used "Getting Things Done" for work, i.e. I created elaborate plans, schedules and lists but never seemed to get to the "doing" part :D ...
by bonnieUK
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Diets We Have Tried
Replies: 51
Views: 23055

I've never been able to stick to a weight loss diet for more than a week or two, but have been able to stick with No S for about 5 years now I think (maybe 6? I'll have to check). I was also a vegan in my youth but that wasn't a weight loss thing. I have tried: Raw food vegan - lasted less than a we...
by bonnieUK
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: Where do you walk if you don't need to go anywhere?
Replies: 23
Views: 20158

Where do you walk if you don't need to go anywhere?

Hi peeps! This may sound silly but where do you walk if you don't have a specific place to go? Do you say "I'll walk x blocks" or "I'll walk for 20 minutes"? or loop the same route once or twice? I recently moved to a small town and have a supermarket 15 mins walk in one direction, town center 15 mi...
by bonnieUK
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Dangers of free workplace snacks
Replies: 31
Views: 13729

A good technique to avoid the snacks is to think of the negative effects, if any, the food has on you and why you want to avoid that. I don't mean just thinking "I want to stay thin" but thinking that you don't want to spoil your appetite, or have a blood sugar crash, or get indigestion. I have a se...
by bonnieUK
Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone eat their first meal of the day at lunch time?
Replies: 32
Views: 14395

It has been a while since I posted here, but I'm thinking about doing this too. I've tried eating more at meals but it doesn't seem to help curb my appetite, I seem to be hungry all day from the moment I eat breakfast. I think if I skip breakfast I can then have 3 meals (lunch, afternoon snack, dinn...
by bonnieUK
Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No sweets in the house rule
Replies: 59
Views: 22473

I can't allow sweets in my house! I've always been all or nothing with sweets. For that reason, I don't even eat sweets on S days unless it is something amazing (it has to really be worth it!). When I do get sweets, I just get a single serving of something (e.g. a chocolate bar or small cake). Occas...
by bonnieUK
Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No Caffeine
Replies: 20
Views: 6621

Good for you! I too feel much better when I'm off the coffee, I replaced my morning coffee with cocoa or green tea and find my energy levels are much better throughout the day and I don't seem to get so irritable/anxious about things! I do still like coffee occasionally though but I just try not to ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: More on exercise vs dieting
Replies: 19
Views: 6773

Just thought I'd add to this interesting thread! I've known for years that for me, more exercise just means a bigger appetite! When I was young (18-21) I used to dance and took 2-3 hours of dance classes a day, plus daily Pilates for another hour, and on top of that I walked everywhere, probably for...
by bonnieUK
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Dealing with low energy days - any tips/hacks etc?
Replies: 4
Views: 6448

Dealing with low energy days - any tips/hacks etc?

Hi guys ok, so the "low energy" days I'm talking about in my case are related to PMS but I didn't want to make this post just about a women's issue. I have a husband so know that men get "low energy" days too, just not on a convenient (LOL) 28 day schedule. I know that I'll have 3-4 days every month...
by bonnieUK
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: French eat nos?
Replies: 9
Views: 4070

Hi :) Just coming back here after a long time away. I've noticed similar habits in Portugal and in Greece. The people I know in Greece typically eat like this: Breakfast - nothing, or fresh fruit such as figs from a neighbor's tree 2pm Lunch - a family meal at a table - usually some kind of casserol...
by bonnieUK
Thu May 26, 2011 12:14 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Oatmeal, revisited
Replies: 52
Views: 22098

I like my oatmeal (usually organic rolled oats, sometimes steel cut oats) cooked in water, then with some soy milk mixed in and topped with chooped dates, 1 tbs ground flax seeds and 2 tsps almond butter, the almond butter goes all melty and nice :) The only problem I find with oats is that they som...
by bonnieUK
Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: A year on No S - habits rather than diet dogma!
Replies: 12
Views: 23412

Wow, time flies!

Hello I just thought it was about time for an update on the "yearly check in". I have been successfully "half S ing" :wink: for the last year or so, by that I mean that I do the No Seconds & No Sweets thing but do allow "permitted snacks" 2x per day (usually fruit, nuts, some almond butter or a prot...
by bonnieUK
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What is “lots†of protein?
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

A lot of people assume vegetarians or vegans don't get enough protein, but this is more due to a poor diet than being a vegetarian or vegan itself. I'd agree with that, Last time I went for accupuncture the therapist mentioned he'd observed that British vegetarians are often less healthy than India...
by bonnieUK
Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hungry between lunch and dinner...?
Replies: 20
Views: 5176

(Brings to mind "making lemonade out of lemons"). Best wishes for recovery, Winnie Thanks Winnie, I try to see the bright side of things :) You just randomly reminded me of a competition that ran on the Dilbert site once upon a time, the grouchy Sourpuss character said "When life gives you lemons.....
by bonnieUK
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Great article in TIME--Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
Replies: 42
Views: 9907

As westerners I think we get stuck in the “more must be better†mind set too often. That level of training and exercise is beyond healthy; it's excessive and inevitably causes the body to break down. I've got stuck in that mindset in the past too with exercise, and usually ended up tired, excess...
by bonnieUK
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hungry between lunch and dinner...?
Replies: 20
Views: 5176

I've been No-S-ing for almost a year, quite successfully, but I'm almost at the point of concluding that a mid-afternoon "light infusion of food" (I can't bring myself to use the word "snack") would make my life a whole lot easier. It won't be some random food selected at the last minute; it will b...
by bonnieUK
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Possible gallbladder issue, seconds deterrent!
Replies: 4
Views: 1901

Thanks Winnie & Maggie :) Since posting this I've been to my doc as the problem persisted/worsened. I'm waiting for him to arrange an ultrasound to look at my gallbladder. He thinks gallstones is a likely possibility considering family history etc. I recently made the mistake of going out for an Ind...
by bonnieUK
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Rice
Replies: 23
Views: 6235

Interesting! I have often thought white rice isn't so bad. I don't like the coarse, chewy texture of some brown rices, apart from Uncle Ben's easy cook brown rice or brown basmati rice. I sometimes buy white rice mixed with wild rice, goes well with lots of veggies and beans.
by bonnieUK
Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:09 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: sweet tooth
Replies: 8
Views: 2570

If chocolate is something you crave, you could try raw cocao nibs mixed with nuts and raisins, a kind of No S chocolate :) My hubby has a much sweeter tooth than me and satisfies it with raw cocao mix daily, or he sometimes has some almonds dipped in honey (honey is one of those No S gray areas, som...
by bonnieUK
Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: You know your plate is too full when....
Replies: 35
Views: 11015

A waiter comes up and asks you if you want a "waffer thin mint"*

(*obligatory Monty Python reference!)
by bonnieUK
Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:57 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Reinhard said something interesting
Replies: 18
Views: 6156

I have FINALLY decided to let my body determine what its weight will be. I need to do this too, I'm on No S as a maintainer, as the logical part of my mind knows that I don't need to lose more weight. However, every time I weigh myself I feel bad for being 6 kgs heavier than I was at the age of 20,...
by bonnieUK
Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Celebrating One Year of NoS Sanity!
Replies: 17
Views: 20650

Hi vmsurbat and thanks for sharing this inspirational testimonial, go you! :D I too noticed that the benefits of No S are much more hollistic than just losing a bit of weight (the main focus of other diets). I've mentioned in various posts that No S has helped me in the following ways: * increased e...
by bonnieUK
Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Possible gallbladder issue, seconds deterrent!
Replies: 4
Views: 1901

Possible gallbladder issue, seconds deterrent!

Hi Peeps, I just wanted to share what I'm hoping will turn out to be a blessing in disguise rather than anything scarey. Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed that when I eat seconds on S days (rare thesedays but I do have my moments) I end up with pain in my upper right abdominal region (possi...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: For those of us who struggled with seconds discuss here.
Replies: 18
Views: 9430

Seconds was my biggest issue too. I think I was kind of a food addict, basically if food was in range I'd want to eat it until it was gone, no matter how stuffed I got :roll: Surprisingly though the seconds habit was the easiest to get out of. The No S structure helped me re-condition myself to not ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Beating pms bloating... Help!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3748

Re: Beating pms bloating... Help!!!

Please anyone who knows,,,, are there safe ways to minimise water retention/bloating during pms that you know of??? I get this too, there are a few things that help me in order of helpfulness, especially if I think ahead a bit and start doing them before PMS strikes at full force: * take a herbal w...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Discuss the influence of low carb diets here.
Replies: 55
Views: 11340

Can you imagine what No S-branded diet foods would be like? I'm picturing, like, an apple with a No S sticker on it. Or a cheeseburger with a No S sticker on it ... LOL I was just thinking the same thing, I was imagining "optimised oatmeal" bars (with no added sugar of course!), and for S days a bi...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Help a newbie with a sample day of your food
Replies: 21
Views: 5292

Hi Jumbotights, I definitely recommend looking through the daily check-ins. I think we've had posts here before about typical day's food (possibly under "suggested menu" "meal ideas" or something like that). I vaguely remember that someone managed to get Reinhard to post a week's food once upon a ti...
by bonnieUK
Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Urban Ranger General Discussion
Topic: cellulite
Replies: 3
Views: 5234

I think adding some yoga, pilates or T-tapp occasionally to a walking regimen is a good strategy (this kind of exercise can be a good way to stretch after a long walk too). Nothing major, just 10 - 15 minutes every day or every other day can be enough. I think these kind of exercises really help sti...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Discuss the influence of low carb diets here.
Replies: 55
Views: 11340

I'll just chime in to say that my dr. recommended a specific diet for me that is supposed to help with ovarian cysts. The idea is this: very high protein, pair carbs with protein, plenty of fruits and veggies. I'm supposed to eat a lot of proteins and if I eat non-bean/legume/veggie/some fruit carb...
by bonnieUK
Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Anyone use Friday as an S day?
Replies: 22
Views: 5563

Hi burbanum, Until now I've had Friday as a "half S day" so from the afternoon onwards I can have a treat and/or snack if I really want to. I started doing this so I could still participate in the office cookie/cake offerings to some degree. If someone brings nice cookies or birthday cake, instead o...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: One of those goofy newbie questions . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 2305

I make smoothies with 1 cup soya milk, 1 scoop protein powder, ground flax seeds and fruit (e.g. chopped apple, frozen berries). I don't feel that this is a meal in itself though, so usually add a small plate of something to go with it, such as 1 slice toast with PB or a small bowl of oatmeal.
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hello! Newbie intro
Replies: 12
Views: 3242

Welcome Rebecca! I admire your discipline regarding the square of G&Bs! Not something I could do, I sometimes buy their miniature bars, despite DH's complaint that it's better value for money to buy the full sized ones. I am basically paying a premium for built in portion control :lol: Happy No S-in...
by bonnieUK
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: the snacking obsession among parents today
Replies: 63
Views: 14345

When I was a child, especially a teenager, I ate 5 or 6 times a day. But the thing is it was not a snack. It was a meal; every one of them was a small meal. Morning tea and afternoon tea were fruit, yoghurt, veggies, homemade biscuits and even another sandwich sometimes. I know as a teenager I was ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Be careful of unleashed animals when you are out walking...
Replies: 26
Views: 6262

Glad you're ok Mimi! I will definitely implement those tips as I go walking quite a lot. Often random dogs will come running up to me, but on the whole they're the kind with wagging tails and an owner not far behind (luckily!). I was attacked by a pitbull as a kid, the scary thing was it was at a fa...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What happened to sometimes?
Replies: 64
Views: 80383

Love seeing this thread get re-bumped. It reminds me of a Dr Seus story I read as a kid about a war between one group who butter the top of their bread and a group who butter the bottom of their bread :lol:

p.s. I'm a sometimesian & a butter side upper 8)
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What have you read about the importance of snacking?
Replies: 8
Views: 2483

I think the word "snack" is a problem in itself because it conjours up (for me at least) images of sugary granola bars, crisps, corn chips, cookies etc. and the notion that you can graze all day whenever you are hungry. I'm reminded of my poor old cat who's bowl of meow mix seemed to be constantly r...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Random thought - compensation for marginal failures?
Replies: 6
Views: 2177

My way of keeping track of little slips (ok-failures!) of the strictness of the diet--but so I can note whether this was a biggie or just one extra helping of one item and one healthy type snack, perhaps. . . I give myself a RED if my slip-ups were more massive! Hi LA Loser, You're right, this is a...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Random thought - compensation for marginal failures?
Replies: 6
Views: 2177

Random thought - compensation for marginal failures?

The Uni where I work actually gave me this idea! When a student who normally gets good grades and has a good to high average, we have a system of applying compensation so that they pass a failed assignment. For example, if a student gets 5 marks below the pass mark on one assignment, but has passed ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Had my first bad No S day..
Replies: 6
Views: 2248

I had a time in my life when I was quite drastically underweight after an illness, I really wish I had known about No S back then as I believe No S would help the underweight gain as much as it can help the overweight lose (I seem to remember Reinhard said this somewhere too). Instead I figured bein...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: how many habits are you tracking?
Replies: 13
Views: 2713

My ones are: Diet - No S, protein with meals, lots of veggies Exercise - T-tapp at least 4 times per week, urban rangering most days, 1 extra workout e.g yoga DVD FLYlady routines - these are basic daily quick routines to keep one's home in order (and out of CHAOS = Cant Have Anyone Over Syndrome :l...
by bonnieUK
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: From Time Mag -What the world eats in pictures -
Replies: 9
Views: 2658

Fascinating! Personally I'd like to go to the Indian family's house for dinner :wink: One observation my DH has made about the UK (he's German) is that pre-packed foods ready meals and junk foods etc. are cheaper than fresh produce and whole foods (fresh bread, beans and grains etc.). He feels that ...
by bonnieUK
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone use brewer's (nutritional) yeast?
Replies: 16
Views: 6143

I must try this out too, in my vegan days everyone raved about this being a vegan staple food, but I could never find small enough amounts to try (didn't want to buy a huge bulk container and then not like it). I've heard it is a good source of protein and minerals as well as being a good cheese sub...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: average steps - 10 professions
Replies: 10
Views: 3094

My sister is a midwife in a busy hospital, she sometimes wears a pedometer, one time she told me she did 8 miles in one long night shift (it's a big hospital) I don't know how many steps that is though.
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: How did you first Hear about No S?
Replies: 33
Views: 7008

I used to write a company internal newsletter and used to add a "here's something interesting/random/wacky to try" section each week. I came accross an article about Shovelglove in a Guardian web news article. I put a snippet about it in my newsletter and challenged the guys in my office to try it (...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BLT Redux
Replies: 6
Views: 1757

Had to laugh at the dinner time comment. Hey, if I have waited patiently to have my third meal and he isn't ready to eat well, he'll be eating later. :roll: :lol: I do this too. DH only eats 2 meals per day (and good sized full plates) and doesn't get hungry easily. I'm usually ravenous by 8pm and ...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I'm an idiot.
Replies: 20
Views: 4421

I'm amazed anyone can stick to a low carb diet at all. I've had the odd low carb experiment (usually when DH has tried it - we're both veggies so you can imagine how interesting that can be LOL) I've since found what seems to be a good ratio of carbs to protein for me, which is something like 2/3 a ...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: July challenge!
Replies: 91
Views: 16027

I'm in! I'm doing well at the moment thanks to some diet tweaks (more protein, less restriction on fats). So I'd also like to have a great No S month of July. My goals for July are: Do T-tapp or yoga for 15 minutes most mornings (preferably every morning). Do my daily FLYlady routines (keeping my ho...
by bonnieUK
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Skinny Bitchin and No S
Replies: 17
Views: 3795

I'd advise caution to anyone considering a vegan diet, my advice would be make sure you get plenty of protein and good fats. There are a lot of vegans out there who will tell you you don't need to worry about protein if you eat enough variety of vegetables, grains etc. but in my experience this was ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: the snacking obsession among parents today
Replies: 63
Views: 14345

I think I've noticed a change already in my lifetime, when I was a kid snacking wasn't a big thing. If we did have a snack, it was normal food just in a smaller amount (I was partial to little squares of toast with butter and marmite). I notice thesedays that supermarkets seem full of kid's snacky t...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No S "mods" (add yours!)
Replies: 167
Views: 200601

Re: No PB

My one accomodation is that peanut butter is an "S" food for me. I used to have peanut butter as an "S" food too, because having it in the house meant I'd often have a failure day due to giving into the temptation of an unscheduled PB sandwich :roll: However I've recently re-introduced it and have ...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: why are "snack foods" so unappealing on a plate?
Replies: 4
Views: 1770

Since starting No S (almost 2 years ago now) I have had hardly any desire to eat snack foods. I used to quite like tortilla chips, pretzels and kettle chips. But now I'd much rather eat carbs in the form of something substantial (like buttered warm wholegrain bread, or warm chapatis with Indian food...
by bonnieUK
Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Typical menus for successful No-Sers?
Replies: 32
Views: 14123

Last week I had possibly the best most succesful N days ever (after making tweaks to my diet to up protein intake) and thought I'd share what I ate on a typical day: Breakfast: 2 slices wholegrain toast with butter, sliced tofu, sliced cucumbers & tomatoes. Second breakfast - yeah, I'm a hobbit :win...
by bonnieUK
Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Protein breakfasts killed sweet cravings!
Replies: 3
Views: 1512

Stir fried veggies sounds like a good idea, I always find those nice and satisfying. The success of the protein breakfast thing has got me thinking about having more "dinner" like meals for breakfast, such as stir fried veggies with quorn pieces, tofu or egg. I'll definitely try it on a day I'm feel...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Typical menus for successful No-Sers?
Replies: 32
Views: 14123

p.s. I just thought I'd mention that all the Turkish people I met were quite slim and healthy (not necessarily skinny, but not overweight either) and the ones I stayed with ate the breakfast mentioned above, plus a substantial lunch, afternoon tea with a piece of cake and dinner (dinner was quite li...
by bonnieUK
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Typical menus for successful No-Sers?
Replies: 32
Views: 14123

I quite like the salad with breakfast idea too. It's something I've been doing more lately since trying out higher protein breakfasts (which often consist of tofu or eggs, both of which go well with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers). I got the salad idea after a holiday in Turkey where the typical...