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Final Back to You show, Q&A with Rosa Yankee and Bruce Bodyblade - and the diet that solves illnesses. Plus What Inspired Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0?
28 January 2016

Well with back to you over for another year, and January finished – hurray we survived – it's time to seriously consider how to get healthy again after the Christmas indulgences, isn't it? We’ve passed Blue Monday – when people usually feel the most depressed. And we’ve probably gone by the wayside a few times, if we’re ‘normal.’ Time to pick ourselves up, and get back on track, but without the benefit of New Year New You energy from early January. Plus there’s a noticeable decline in the miraculous health transformations going on all around us online and in the media

OK so the first thing to do is obviously to examine what we are putting in that big hole in our face every day.

I think there are some things you can do every day that makes such a difference, if your body is like mine. I like to do some regular things picked up from my foray into macrobiotics – miso soup, for one, fermented vegetables another. Greens – yummm. And lots of fresh veg, rather than fruit. So far so good. But what then? With a bombardment of choices of this diet or that diet, counting these smart points or those syns, what’s best? More importantly, what’s best for us individually?

Well I saw this post talking about the DASH diet – it’s interesting. Less for what it says you should eat, (which lists what basically seems to be the norm for most diets which claim to be the best in the world nowadays,) more for the fact that they are recognising a healthy ‘balanced’ diet can solve specific medical conditions.

It says the diet known as ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ (hypertension is high blood pressure) — better known as the DASH diet — was originally developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a way to lower blood pressure without using medication. The researchers wanted to take the best of vegetarian and Mediterranean diets to create a plan flexible enough to accommodate the food and taste preferences of most Americans.

Because of those strengths, the DASH diet has been researched like no other diet. Not only has following this eating style been found to lower blood pressure as originally intended (in as little as 14 days), it’s also shown to be effective for long-term weight loss and for lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes,strokeheart disease, and some cancers.

Sounds too good to be true? If it does, you may be a stranger to the wealth of info about a bad diet creating illness in our bodies. Maybe you think ‘if it’s so effective, why don’t all doctors know this?’ Good question. Well some do. But many don’t. I got told once that in seven years of training, a traditional GP in the UK got half a day on nutrition. I got told that when I worked in the health food industry in the early to mid 2000s, so I can only hope it’s not the case nowadays, especially as regards sugar. But if it is true, and if GPs get their ongoing ‘training’ from drug companies – is it any wonder they don’t advocate these healthy diets to solve illnesses? With the reliance on ‘peer reviewed, double blind, placebo controlled scientific studies’ is it any wonder there’s a lack of funding for studies on broccoli?

When I went to my very first macrobiotic workshop up in Scotland in 2012, four years ago, (blimey where has time gone) Marlene Watson Tara (lose weight and feel great Nature's Way), opened my eyes to a whole new world of food as medicine.

Food – as medicine.

Not weird roots and shoots but cutting out everyday ‘normal’ food which causes such problems for so many.

So this post about DASH really is no surprise to me – in fact, it’s a surprise that so many people are surprised by this knowledge. Have a read of this article and then think about your own food choices.

So – I do know all of this stuff. The problem is not knowing what to do. It is doing what I know. Are you the same?

For me, that's where Freedom Eating comes in. Why? Because the little twist of psychology in my head bestowed upon me by Freedom Eating means that my brain is freed up from the stupid restrictions and habits and means I lived by for most of my life. Before I discovered Freedom Eating. And started shaking free from the ridiculous credos that social conditioning instilled into my poor mind. Freedom Eating, for those who don’t know, is a set of principles which allow you to listen to your body and choose what is right for you, and you alone, regardless of what the clock or society or your mother or your inner chimp say. If you don’t know the basics, do go to Amazon where you can read the first bit for free, and see most of the super six principles. Go here –

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ diet on amazon (ebook or papberback – 65 x 5* reviews)

Some can diet, but I’ve found most can’t, and worse than that, WHEN they can’t, they fail spectacularly. Why? Because of the psychology of dieting. And Freedom Eating helps to sort that out.

You see if I took the DASH diet at face value, and just instructed myself to follow it religiously, I would rebel. It’s true. All my life I’ve done it – if someone tells me I can’t, I want to! If the list of healthy foods was ALL I could have, before long I would be driving myself up the wall craving the things on the forbidden list. Even if I did not want to eat rubbish before!!  I wasn't bothered about crisps, I could say no to chips, I absolutely didn't want cake or biscuits beforehand. BUT as soon as I know they are now off limits, and I am supposed to be following a strict regime, then my brain rebels, and within a day and a half I am feeling depressed, angry, like the future is not bright any more … all those stupid things our brains do to sabotage us when we are supposed to be dieting. Because dieting to most of us, means deprivation and control and it hurts.

When I found out about Freedom Eating in 1999, it was like a light bulb went on. As soon as I tried the six principles, something clicked. Once they were allowed, they stopped being ‘treasure’ and therefore I discovered that the flipside is also true, total freedom means realising I can choose not to be controlled by bad foods. To some people this will sound stupid, and obvious, and in some respects, it is. I do wish that I was always able to just stick with a slim person's mentality and end up being normal around food but social conditioning did not allow this to happen.

The full story of why, including many anecdotes is in my Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet book - see if you feel the same way, by reading that book first. It has the whole semi-autobiographical account of what I used to be like, plus the full run down of the super six principles of freedom eating, and other information.

Roll forward to January 2016 and the Facebook group Till the Fat Lady Slims has over 1000 fun participants reporting their progress, their hiccups and being normal.

A big part of my ongoing learning for the last two years since I started writing the update, book 2.0, to the original, has revolved around the Wayside. We now know, the wayside is part of the journey, just don’t set up camp there.

Dealing with the ‘Wayside’ and the various forms of tent, types of pitch and duration of stay, has created a whole new method of confronting the demon Inner Chimp. I discovered some new books, some new philosophies and some fantastic testimonial from the Freedom Eaters in our group. Then I noticed there were several different categories of person, and started to note their behaviours.  It was fascinating to me to see how different people handled Freedom Eating different ways. I already knew from my ex-weight watchers leader sister Linda, that the super six principles can be integrated into any traditional diet – ANY. But now I was seeing other attitudes and reactions and patterns and therefore the ‘six guises of Freedom Eaters’ came to be. With a sprinkle of psychology from a book about the inner chimp – called The Chimp Paradox (I highly recommend it) and a dose of biology from the book called Gut by Giulia Enders (also a revelation especially when it comes to why foods react so differently inside the body,) I formed the plan for book 3.0 – Tips and Tales to Inspire. The cornerstone of book three is also the tale of Dawn Allen – who has lost six and a half stone in the last twelve months, all, she says, down to Till the Fat Lady Slims method and Freedom Eating has changed her life. And much other feedback and advice from those now following the system and recommending it to others.

The book is out on amazon at the end of January and it is designed to be a follow up to book 2.

The best bit about this book for me is that all the profits are going to help Medical Detection Dogs, who are currently raising funds for a new prostate cancer detection dog to be trained – go here to donate and to see a brilliant video from Dr Claire Guest the founder talking about the need to expand their cancer detection department and how the dogs do it. I’m an ambassador and it warms my heart to know I can donate the profits to help provide diabetic alert dogs amongst others and help fund crucial research into early detection of prostate and other cancers, even breast cancer, down the line. All using clever canines. So buying the book will help you, the dogs and the ultimate beneficiaries of the research.

For more about my TTFLS method and books, go to the TTFLS tab above. 

STOP PRESS - HOW TO ORDER A SIGNED COPY OVER THE PHONE! Just call Emily at the Chiswick Bookshop and she will help make it happen. 0208 994 8020)

Of course I'll be donating the profits to my lovely charity Medical Detection Dogs.



Even though Back to You is over for another run, the support continues online though, on Facebook in our many groups - Back to You, Till the Fat Lady Slims etc - go here to get links and come join us!


Webchats -

on our groups this week we had -

Rosa Speyer from yankee candles discussing the joys of true to life fragrances, on TSV day! go here

Bruce Bodyblade with his super advice about his amazing device. go here

my own webchat - the final one on Friday 22nd - go here.


keep in touch and have a great week!



ps dont forget the book signing near Chiswick! if you'd like news on the next TTFLS 3.0, see a preview at Chiswick Bookshop on Thursday 4th February - full info here.


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