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Monday Essay - they are what you feed them... And so are you!

had a wonderful day at this year's health seminar in London, near Holborn, courtesy of lovely Dr Alex Richardson, my former colleague when I worked in the health industry.. Their annual symposium has become a must-see. So much so that QVC's guest Dale Pinnock was also there, tweeting with me beforehand.

The  theme this year is about addiction. It was a day of talks, so this is merely a summary of some highlights! 

The overall message was the same as we've been hearing all year. Professor Graham  McGregor  - chairman of Action on Sugar talked about how their campaign against salt, gradually reduced salt in the food we buy, saving lives, costs and cutting strokes. Now they plan to do the same on sugar, and he said its a travesty we allow marketing to kids of junk food. Any marketing. AT all. 

So - cut out junk. All of it. At least 80/20 of the time.

But also that omega 3 and correct nutrition can help mitigate the bad effect of junk foods on our bodies. Omega 3 was another big topic - thanks to the sterling work of Dr Alex Richardson.

And the highlight was of course, Prof Lustig's talk about how excess sugar can keep insulin triggered. And if insulin is triggered, leptin can't work. That's the hormone which tells us we're satisfied. I'm sure the trigger of a deep breath is tied in with that moment where leptin kicks in, perhaps? Wouldn't it be nice to find out. Specially for my updated TTFLS book.

And lovely Dale Pinnock was there too - more on my main QVC blog. (go here).

Below is a summary of some of the points raised by some of the speakers, and links to further reading.

Enjoy!

D

x

Ps If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutritionfirst and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good.

Watch this to see why - it's brilliant! ABC news video by a Doctor in Australia, but world-relevance. Why sugar is toxic and why it's not fat, it's sugar.

 

Joining In

-          If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we started having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too, in the run up to the Back to You show returning to QVC in Sept.

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY

Based on the talks at the FAB seminar on 10th July - more info for which is here.

Dr Alex Richardson -

- Food policies and ‘healthy eating’ advice since the 1970s have led to excessive consumption of
both sugar and ‘bad fats’, and relative deficiencies of ‘good fats’ – notably omega-3, which are
essential for normal brain development and function (as well as for cardiovascular and immune
system health).
- Controlled trials show that increasing dietary intakes of omega-3 (specifically the long-chain forms
found in fish and seafood, EPA and DHA) can reduce symptoms of ADHD and related disorders of
behaviour and learning, and may also be of benefit in depression and other mood disorders (as an
adjunctive treatment).
- Current evidence that excessive sugar consumption directly affects mood, behaviour and
cognition remains largely circumstantial, but the totality of the evidence is now compelling,
including converging evidence that sugar may be as addictive as alcohol and tobacco.

 

Prof Robert Lustig

The obesity epidemic is no doubt being fuelled by a secular trend in caloric excess. However, humans
have a biochemical negative feedback mechanism called leptin, which should prevent such caloric excess.
Clearly, the leptin negative feedback pathway is being perturbed in specific and stereotypic ways.

Other substances that stimulate the reward pathway (e.g. nicotine, ethanol) have required a combination
of both education and public policy efforts to curtail consumption. It is suggested that obesity will require
a similar education/public health approach.

• Leptin signalling extinguishes both hunger and reward, but insulin extinguishes leptin signalling.
• By driving insulin resistance, sugar drives both “brain starvation” and increased need for reward.
• Sugar also drives dopamine, which fosters reward, but then tolerance develops, requiring more
sugar.
• Sugar resembles alcohol in terms of its liver and brain effects; resulting in a vicious cycle of
consumption and disease.

more here

Increasing evidence that sugar may be as ‘addictive’ as alcohol or tobacco can no longer be ignored.

 

 

 

 

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What a lovely time we all had! At long last, after a countdown odd 20 weeks, we met up for a fabulous health day with Marlene, and then the next day it was my Debbie's Readers group plus other B2U / book people Who came for our long awaited meet up!  Ta so much everyone who popped by, and listened to the reading. I will post some more pics on here over next few days. Bearing in mind I'm now on the Thomson Celebration cruise ship in Marmeris. Turkey, till next Monday.

 

i am going to do another couple of updates, so do come back for more! 

 

But suffice to stay it was every bit as enjoyable and rewarding as I hoped. And thanks to lovely pal Sharon for helping organise!

 

Do check the Back to You and Break the Habit facebook groups for more info! Wi-fi here is not good - so big update next week but till then enjoy the pics!

 

hugs

x

ps - update - go to blogs tab for qvc blog with much more info! X

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It’s this sundayyyy! Whooop! With only a week to go several of the Back to You Facebook group/Break the Habit BTU group are getting all prepared to meet up – some on the Saturday too with lovely marlenewatsontara.com and her brilliant food cure workshops.

Personally will I get ‘back to you’ with the little picture I put up back in February of the tighter abs? Well I’m not as flat as that for sure! Need to lose another stone to be more defined for that to happen. But am doing leg master and body blade plus longer dog walks each day and finding it’s really helping. What about you?

And in any case, this is now only a little stopping off point in our journey as we have two more things to look forward to – one is the start of our Monday B2U Live Chat on Facebook group Back to You, and the other is the return in September of the actual show itself on Monday nights on QVC UK. Where it all began – coming full circle! Considering we now have over 1100 members on the main group (160 on the closed health issues sister group Break the Habit BTU) it’d be lovely if we can hit the magic 1500 by time we go live again in September.

So if you’re not coming this Sunday to the Dorking do, 1-5 in the afternoon, or 2-4 if you’re there for the book launch, (RH56QQ Wotton Village Hall behind Wotton Hatch pub) then do put Mondays in your diary from mid July onwards – once I get back from my cruise with mummy! Gonna try to do strict Freedom Eating – which is just about listening to my body completely, in the hope that I don’t come back with too much weight back on!

Anyway – it’s been  long old six months to get to this stage, and my book, steamy romance Hawaiian Retreat, is about to be published on Amazon the same day (hence joint book launch) – and it’ll be really lovely to have got all that under my belt so I can totally relax on the cruise – my first ever!

Saturday Chat Don’t forget that the day before our get together, this Saturday 28th, Marlene Watson Tara will be giving a cooking demonstration, featuring lunch and handouts, also at Wotton Hall, near Dorking, Surrey for £75, 10-4pm. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do join us – one more space!

 

Latest Back to You group comments!

More fab updates from our Back to You and Break the Habit girls – yay! Sooo glad it’s been a great support system for everyone!

 

Join the groups via the links below – everyone’s welcome, even if you only read and don’t post much!

Other news –

Walking for weightloss – is there a science behind it? Notes on duration and how, with an expert called, ironically Wendy Bumgardner http://walking.about.com/od/weightloss/fl/How-to-Walk-for-Weight-Loss.htm

 

Business Barbie  – thought this was funny -   http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2014/06/20/entrepreneur-barbie-is-here-and-shes-unapologetic/?ncid=wsc-uk-mydaily-image

 

Another 5 Ways Fructose will mess you up | David Gillespie b2u

http://davidgillespie.org/another-5-ways-fructose-will-mess-you-up/

 

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 20th   for a little more including a fab recommendation for my book Till the Fat Lady Slims from Bev French, and chat about how walking can help you!

See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my month long run of Back to You shows returns to QVC weekly in September. And also see below for info about our weekly online live event as of mid-July!

Next week’s Monday Update - the final week!

Hugs and best wishes for a marvellous week in the (current) sunshine! Long may it last!

Debs

X

Ps If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good.

 

Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to tell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Cabbages, Kings and Umami

If you’re a regular you’ll have heard about the micro-biome and how your body’s bacteria, microscopic fungi and the like all help it work properly – in synergy with how we were meant to? Well eating probiotics is something we should all be doing – but I’m NOT talking about expensive supplements or drinks. I’m talking about fermented vegetables – the type of thing we were probably evolved to eat. Therefore it makes sense that we need it today, to help maintain our gut flora and the like.

 You can make your own – Marlene Watson Tara’s page is fab for that – we’ve featured that before. And you can get the lactobacilli from EasiYo yogurt if you’re a yogurt and dairy fan (see two weeks ago for why I can’t be one.)

But how about good old picked cabbage? How about sauerkraut? How about beetroot? Umami is one of the tastes the tongue can detect, via the 2000-5000 taste buds each containing 50-100 taste receptor cells. They are in five basic categories - sweetnesssournesssaltinessbitterness, and umami. And yes, umami is one. Officially recognised only in 1985 which is why it may sound unfamiliar to those whose schooling preceded it, it was first identified and names by a Japanese professor in 1908, when he noticed the taste of kombu seaweed broth was very palatable but distinct from sweet, sour, bitter or salty and named it umami. It can be described as a pleasant "brothy" or "meaty" taste with a long lasting, mouthwatering and coating sensation over the tongue. Its found in meats, vegetables, green tea, and in fermented and aged products, and believe it or not, in breast milk. There are more complicated sub divisions but I’ll resist the geek in me as I’m not writing a thesis! Lol. If you want to read more on wiki go here.

Personally – as Marlene says – I love it when a meal feels complete by satisfying that extra taste. So I add beetroot or sauerkraut or this morning, pickled cabbage with pilchards on gluten free toast (yes that really was my brunch!). And don’t ignore it – it’s one of the most important things you can do to get your body in balance. Miso soup every day too – that was one of my first Monday Essays in February. See archive for more. These are some of the kings of fermented veg.

Considering many of us destroy our biome with anti-biotics, which can destroy much of our biome not just (thank god) the infection it’s supposed to target, it’ vital to get it back after. Google it to find out more And here’s an excellent article from wellnessmama explaining more. Research, make these simple tweaks in your diet and you never know the benefits it may bring.

I’m sure we’ll be discussing this amongst other things in this weekend’s workshop with Marlene!

Will report back next week.

Best wishes

D

X

Next week – chats from our girls about their recommendations, as it happens on Sunday 29th get together!

Ps – all my books available here on Amazon!

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Another week, another Monday and some more reminders of what’s happened to some of our gang since this quest began!

How scary that we’re only less than two weeks away from our long awaited get together on June 29th (plus joint book launch for my new steamy novel). Time’s gone by so fast – and I do hope there may be some of you who just turn up on the day – info below. It’s all about the things we do every day, or most often, rather than the cramming-dieting that means fast weight loss but it’s not permanent. There’s some fascinating science out there about all that stuff – just a few minutes on Google is enough to give you lots of articles from revered bloggers, official health sites etc. So anything you wonder about, don’t take it for granted, find out more online!

Sugar, Fat, Food & Addiction Talk One such topic is coming up soon – on 10th July. Several top speakers at an all day health event in London – run by Food and Behaviour Research. None other than Dr Robert Lustig will be there. I’m going, are you? How great if you let me know and we can grab a coffee at some point!

The event will consist of 7 or 8 speakers throughout the day, focussing on some of the latest science covering how food makes you ill, or better. Prof Alex Richardson and her counterpart and world renowned expert in nutritional neurosciences, Cpt Joseph Hibbeln MD will also be speaking and subjects cover Sugar, Fat, Food and Addiction. More info and booking is here – but email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of how to get a special rate, if they’re still available. It’s 10th July, 9am-430pm, Royal College of Surgeons, WC2.

Plus, talking of courses, and one day workshops (which we were, kind of!) don’t forget that the day before our get together, on Saturday 28th, Marlene Watson Tara will be giving a cooking demonstration, featuring lunch and handouts, also at Wotton Hall, near Dorking, Surrey for £75, 10-4pm. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do join us – one more space!

 

Latest Back to You group comments!

Only just under two weeks to go till our get together on 29th in Surrey, it’s great to see these Monday updates coming through!

Well done to the girls in the pic at the top – keep up the good work!

Join the groups via the links below – everyone’s welcome, even if you only read and don’t post much!

Other news –

-          How drinking three litres of water a day took ten years off my face – via the Mail Online – interesting results for one journalist. Click here for more.

 

-          Cancer-Fighting Diet – from TIME mag – six diet guidelines for preventing cancer – many might not be able to do all of these, but even one or two might be useful click here for more.

 

-          Ten surprising ‘health benefits of sex Well since I’ve been editing some of my steamy romance this week, as it’s due to be published on Amazon on June 29th, this seemed a good one to feature! But what I want to know is – what if you don’t have a partner to get all these ‘benefit’s with? Second thoughts – don’t answer that! lol Find out more here.

 

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 14th  for a little more including the dating guide as Book of the Week, ‘Love in 90 Days.’ See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my month long run of Back to You shows returns to QVC weekly in September. And also see below for info about our weekly online live event as of mid-July!

Next week’s Monday Update - the final week!

Hugs and best wishes for a marvellous week in the (current) sunshine! Long may it last!

Debs

X

Ps If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good.

 

Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to tell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Acid/Alkaline

In keeping with the macrobiotic topic above, here’s some interesting info about keeping your body in an alkaline state…

There are a lot of conflicting articles online – some quite dismissive, and some fascinating ones about how so many illnesses can be affected by your acid or alkaline levels. Basic theory, as far as I understand it, is that alkaline foods (veggies, salads) make your body more alkaline, but so do very weak dilutions of acid DRINKS  like fresh lemon in water – one of the reasons why we think our lemonistas are doing so well in not getting the awful cravings by drinking several glasses a day.

Well whatever you believe, it’s a good thing to try it, and I personally know many cases where it’s definitely helped. The article above in Other News about a cancer-fighting diet will largely be an alkaline diet. And most of us don’t eat enough veg and salad (note I don’t say enough fruit and veg since fruit is so full of fructose, it’s not good in large quantities ‘cos fructose is still fructose).

So do your googling – below are a few to start off with – and see what YOU think – particularly if you can actually try it too.

Would love your feedback if so.

http://www.webmd.boots.com/diet/alkaline-diet

http://www.acidalkalinediet.net/

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

Good luck!

Best wishes

D

X

Next week –

Ps – all my books available here on Amazon!

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Well how has your ‘personal manifesto’ been going?!

Last week I mentioned what I wanted to try to do each day, but as Yoda says ‘do or not do, there is no try.’ So here’s my weekly update – in keeping with the last 20 weeks of updates (where HAS the time gone!) and then… a confession - I had a little boo boo. And I don’t mean the blooper I did last week on QVC! (See my blog to watch it – OMG!). BTW - don't you love the above pic? Genius or what? Or actually, not a genius at all... But you get my meaning!

So –

Yes to the check list – about 80%. Meditate, supplements, green drink, energetic dog walk, bodyblade and yoga each day, better sleep (almost) (don’t count today – the birds are already singing and it serves me right for staying behind at QVC after my midnight finish having a catch up with Goody in the green room till 1.30am! lol). And of course the food – have definitely been benefitting from the Freedom Eating swing of things.

And I’ve started getting the ‘you’re looking good, have you lost weight’ comments again. ~Which is handy ‘cos – confession time – I did put on a little weight when in Spain! Eeek! Sitting on me bum writing for hours has got a lot to answer for! So don’t lose heart if it happens to you. Btw one of our Back to You girls has begun posting daily about her Diet Chef story – always nice to follow regular updates eh? And am determined that as soon as daughter and bf move back out again into their first house and I get two rooms back, I will DEFINTELY get one of those cool ‘treadmill desks!’

Anyway, I’m enjoying having no carbs – or fewer carbs. In my journal I read that this time exactly two years ago, I was well on the way to a much lower weight, having learned about macrobiotics only two months before and lost a stone. Well Marlene Watson Tara - as you know if you’re a regular - is my erstwhile guru, who not only is running a one day intro to macrobiotic-style eating to get healthy and help deal with illness, on June 28th (info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – ask her for full details – it’s also in Surrey,) but she also has a brilliant post on her blog about fat burning simplified. It helped me understand how the insulin/glucagon switch is affected by eating simple carbs – including white breads, fruits, white rice (and obviously sweets and cakes etc). And therefore why people often report losing belly fat more easily with a low carb diet. Go here for more if your attempts to lose weight don’t seem to be getting anywhere but you don’t know why.

And for now I’ll continue my journey without adding chips or crisps or bread to meals. I actually have been feeling like green soups a lot lately. #bodyKnowsBest. Made a lovely one the other day with freshly squeezed ginger in, and toasted almond flakes to garnish – yumm!

Whatever happens, I promise that, on 29th June I will post that all important ‘after’ pic, in the hope that there’s been some change to my six pack. And not just that I’ve , er, drunk it! Lol.

 

Latest Back to You group comments!

Considering we’re in the final month till our get together on 29th in Surrey, it’s great to see these Monday updates coming through!

Jane Dunkley: I gave up sugar and sweetener at New Year and joined Slimming World a few weeks ago. I have been diagnosed with Sleep Apneoa recently and am trying to get to grips with a CPAP machine hoping that it will give me some energy as I am constantly very tired. I have lost nearly a stone though.“

Well done Jane – keep up the good work!

Join the groups via the links below – everyone’s welcome, even if you only read and don’t post much!

Other news –

-          Sugar - 12 Ways To Beat Sugar Cravings For Good if you read this blog regularly you’ll know how vital it is to get off the white stuff! Click here for more tips if you’re finding it hard!

 

-          BBC News - Offer vegetables early and often to fussy toddlers, study says – makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Find out more here.

 

-          Partner problems? Like – haven’t got one?! Lol. If you’re like me, things like this catch your eye – thought I’d include it for a giggle! A 12-Point Guide To Attract The Partner Of Your Dreams

Ps – Book of the Week in this coming Friday’s QVC Blog – ‘Love in 90 Days’ – a how-to guide! Hehe!

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 6th  for a little more Back to You – incl what to do if you or one of your family gets itchy skin… and a 1950’s ad you won’t believe!

See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my Back to You show returns to QVC weekly in September. And also see below for info about our weekly online live event as of mid-July!

Next week’s Monday Update - the acid or alkaline balance

Hugs and best wishes for a marvellous week in the (current) sunshine! Long may it last!

Debs

X

Ps If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good.

 

Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to tell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Dairy.

Which of us were really evolved to eat dairy? It may surprise you…

This week’s topic has been inspired by my own intolerance - one of the things I discovered on Marlene’s workshop is by abstaining from dairy, Missus ‘eat a whole pot of clotted cream’ here, could banish that horrible feeling of breathlessness and awful bloating after eating milk or custard (*sigh*) or (gulp) ice cream. (boo!). And with most cheese, I get that awful mucus and coughing next morning!  Bleurgh! But health is more important so I’ve stuck to that very keenly ever since.

But why does it happen? Seems some of us evolved a gene and some didn’t.

Here’s a really interesting university article about evolving to become lactose tolerant and how much of the world isn’t. In fact in the majority of non-European populations, fresh milk is considered an unpleasant substance to be consumed only as a last resort.  It is now clear that lactose tolerant Europeans and East Africans are not typical for humanity and for the entire animal kingdom.

Some people get it mixed up of course, as you can see in this feature from the Daily Mail discussing if you’re allergic or intolerant to dairy or lactose.

But it’s pretty widespread – although a fair amount of Europeans may be lactose tolerant via evolution in the last several thousand years. I’ll be one of the ones that aren’t then! Read it here.

Plus you never know what’s in dairy – good if you know your own source, but did you know there’s a rule about allowing a maximum level of pus particles in milk, from the cow’s udders? ie there will be some in it? Eurgh! Let alone the whole debate about hormones and antibiotics in some milk. Talking of which, my own reaction may have been brought about via my increased use of antibiotics over the years when I was growing up and through early adulthood – I’d have three times a year some cough and chest infection or other, and have the resulting antibiotics prescribed for the green phlegm (sorry if you’re eating whilst reading this.) (Mind you, if you’ve read Till the Fat Lady Slims, you shouldn’t be doing anything else whilst eating! Lol). But if they killed off the wrong bacteria in my biome (read here for more about biome) then it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s one of the reasons why I now can’t have milk. Many can, and that’s fine – do what you have to do. But I can’t.

I use Almond milk, which is excellent – much better for me than soya milk – but that’s another story.

Anyway, if in doubt, get checked out, have some tests done or better still – do an abstention test and be your own scientist!

Let me know if you’re the same as me by leaving me a comment below.

Best wishes

D

X

Next week – acid or alkaline balance

Ps – all my books available here on Amazon!

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A funny thing happened to me at QVC this week. No, I don’t mean Ingrid Tarrant on the Yong Kim fashion show – which was mayhem as usual! (Check out this link to see what I mean!) I meant in the green room, when talking to a few of the models and guests after my shift. The subject turned to health topics, and amongst other things, one of the girls whom I shall call Ann (not real name for obvious reasons) said she’d gone to the doc for reasons of tiredness, always exhausted, listless, needed to keep eating sweets to keep herself going (can you guess where I’m going with this yet?) And her doctor’s reaction? Did he ask about what she ate and nutrition? Even the slightest? Nope. Straight off for tests, and low thyroid medicine prescribed. ‘but’ we said, how much sugar do you eat? Ooh quite a lot, she said. And drinks? I never drink water, she said, but I do drink tons of cola. And lots of coffee with sugar in.

Oh dear.

Now she may well need the other medicine too. BUT don’t you think it’s about time doctors start asking about nutrition first, as the most fundamental step? Do the other stuff too, to be sure everything’s covered off and nothing’s missed. BUT surely – surely – after all the publicity this year about how sugar is toxic and the awful effects on the body – surely, our GP’s are more aware now and think to find out first what’s going in the gas tank before asking why the car engine’s not performing well enough?

Well maybe not. Have any of you come across a doctor who does? Who has basically educated themselves to know about such things, since apparently doctor’s training across seven years covers only a minuscule amount about nutrition. I know Dr Tom Gilhooly – a Glasgow based GP and nutritional therapist, whom I interviewed when I worked in the health industry – always asks about diet first, and moreover, sometimes ‘prescribes’ better food, and exercise, on a post-it note! - instead of a pill for every ill - when patients come to his surgery. If only the whole country was like that eh?

Have you also heard about the Chinese system, where the doc is paid to keep people well, so they focus more on prevention rather than waiting for sickness to appear and treating the symptoms rather than the cause?

If anyone reading this column for the first time, like the lady in the green room at QVC, has not yet read all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page, where you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperitive - for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members is also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good. To that end, see below for more info in ‘other news.’

PLUS – SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR FULL CHAPTER ONE OF TTFLS AS A LITTLE TREAT!

Personally I’m back on the healthy wagon with a manifesto to do the following –

-          Meditate each day

-          Take my supplements and green drink and miso and spring greens and eat mostly veggies and salads each day

-          Consistently exercise incl regular bodyblade and legmaster, and if poss urban rebounder too (pilates machine is tucked in under stairs cupboard since daughter moved back in with BF)

-          Get better sleep!

-          Do accurate Freedom Eating!

There you go. What’s yours?

 

Latest Back to You group comments!

Considering we’re in the final month, it’s great to see these Monday updates coming through!

Carol Ann Johnson Hi Debbie I am still loving the Easy shaper resistance bar and very motivated at the moment. I am more aware of portion size. Now it’s just me and hubbie at home learning to cook less has been quite hard, so I am freezing half or putting in fridge for the next day, and not piling it on the plate. Also I have brought a rather nice dress to wear to various summer events and have it hanging in view... x

Join the groups via the links below – everyone’s welcome, even if you only read and don’t post much!

Other news –

-          Sarah ‘I Quit Sugar’ Wilson talks to Dr Robert Lustig. The world famous endocrinologist talks to several experts, including the author who’s helping to proliferate the anti-sugar message around the world with her quit plan. He is my hero, she is many people’s hero too – here is their chat, in audio form, click this to listen, with a linked text version if you can’t hear it (it drops out a couple of times) or need the links.

-          Is sugar making you depressed? yes really - click here to read more, especially if you are depressed and you eat a lot of sugary things

-          Dr Mark Hyman explains about hungry fat cells – can’t lose weight? Can’t stop eating? It really is your fat making you fat – go here to read a fascinating article about it. That may encourage you to change to healthier eating.

-          So what to have instead? How about gluten free chocolate cashew protein balls?! Lol! – click here for more

 

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 30th  for a little more Back to You – incl Alpro’s ‘coconut original’ – a new milk alternative, and a fab TTFLS testimonial from Elizabeth via Facebook group. By the way, there’s another extract from TTFLS at bottom of this page!

See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my Back to You show returns to QVC weekly in September. And also see below for info about our weekly online live event as of mid-July!

Next week’s Monday Update – the truth about dairy intolerance! Hugs till next time! And don’t forget the Monday Essay below on coconut oil – back in favour now we know sat fats are not the demon they once thought!

Hugs and best wishes

Debs

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Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to tell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED/private group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – the latest buzzword – COCONUT OIL

As you can see from the header photo on this blog, there are a multitude of different uses for this seemingly innocuous substance, which many are now turning to instead of other fats, for cooking etc.

Apparently Coconut oil in all its different forms (many different brand names and sizes) is making a comeback, having been demonised in the 70’s due to its high saturated fat content. Well now as we know from the news headlines earlier this year, that saturated fat alone is not responsible for heart disease, high cholesterol etc, it seems it’s being recommended for all sorts of reasons. Too many to go into here, but would you click a few links to find out more?

This article is a good one for general info about coconut oil and all its medicinal properties as well as how the body converts it and uses it for hair care, skin care, the heart, immunity, digestion and a whole lot more.

At year, incredibly, the Daily Mail reported here on how coconut oil had seemingly helped with patients who had Alzheimer’s. Very interesting article.

As featured last week, 17 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil –here’s the wonderfood coming into its own for beauty – click here for more

 

And of course, the old adage about coconut oil being good for weight loss abounds – this is a fab article explaining how.

I just love all this science, at least, attempts at explaining it anyway. Looks like that’s another thing to add to the shopping basket each week!

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Next week’s Monday Essay – Dairy – which of us were really evolved to eat dairy? It may surprise you…

 

EXTRACT

 

Another extract from Till the Fat Lady Slims. This week, let’s begin at the beginning -

Chapter One

 

In The World of the Fat

 

How long have you lived like this? Were you as bad as me?

 

Surely someone who gets up in the middle of the night to rake the bin for leftovers can't be normal...

 

Fifteen years ago, it was. The Spag Bol wasn't so tempting, but skinny Jackie's barely touched jacket potato; still squashy with melted butter was calling my name, loud. So as usual I replied, fished it out of the bin, and had a couple of minutes of heaven, alone and in the dark. No one would know, no one would see, so it would all be ok, except that it was never ok, and it was never enough. Afterwards, there was always that empty hole inside still waiting to be filled - a hole that not even the congealed, cold, spaghetti bolognaise could touch. But I had to find out, just in case. After all, this time was the very last time wasn't it? The diet starts again tomorrow, and this time I'll stick to it. Sound familiar?

 

Yup, fifteen years ago. And for all that time, and for most of the ten before that, I considered myself to have a weight problem. But I didn't, not at the start anyway. I was just a normal kid with a few podgy bits. But no one convinced me that I didn't need to think I had this weight problem. So it became a food problem. Which became a big problem once I got into my own house, living all on my own, and could do what I wanted, when I wanted, with whom I wanted, and eat all the leftovers the morning after. And all the while I'd be going on every diet under the sun to try to lose the weight. The F-plan diet, the cabbage diet, the fasting diet, the hi-carb diet, the low-carb diet, the high protein diet, the detox diet, the Beverly Hills diet, and the seafood diet. Yes, some nights even Terry the Jolly Lodger was in danger if he sat still too long. Each one worked at the start, and then didn't. With every new fad, or 'technique', my search for that instant solution was running out of options and none of them worked permanently. In fact, the only thing I achieved was a weight loss yo-yo that damaged my self-esteem, annihilated my self-image, and set in motion a downward spiral of abstaining and bingeing punctuated by the 'lose a few, gain a few more' pattern we all know so well, plus a long-running series of dreams about missing out on food. How was I to know it would take another fifteen years before I came across a solution so powerful, it has literally transformed people's lives?

 

Nowadays, I look back on those times with mixed emotions. Independence brings with it a greater cost than many a trainee grown-up realises. I paid my dues in comfort eating. The thing is, the comfort only lasted as long as each mouthful, and on and off, I've gone through life dipping in and out of that safe habit place whenever the occasion arose, without quite knowing why I was there, or how to get back out again. Until this year when it all became clear.

 

At the time I wrote this, I was a happily married busy career-type thirty-something. Two pregnancies later, I'm a mother of two great kids, so now the fat's underneath a floppy belly and stretch marks. I'm a happy soul - most of the time, the food problem is always played down, right? Apart from the occasional domestic crisis, or when there was too much month left at the end of the money again. Just like with everyone else, overdraft-one, savings zero. Funny how each overdraft crisis was somehow temporarily cured with a chocolate biscuit or a bag of crisps. Still I sort of managed to get back down to a good weight for me - lOst 5lb - positively slim for me. Because - ah - let me recall. I was busy with my beloved, short-lived ideal job on BSB in 1990. Full timetable, empty belly, happy bunny.

 

But all good things come to an end (thanks Rupert), and the redundancies came, mine and my husband's, and then my Dad died, and then the new shopping channel job started. Shift work, perpetual mother's guilt, something missing at home, never-ending treadmill, not enough love. I was a bit of a nervous wreck one Christmas but, I pulled my socks up, went back to the grindstone at work, suffered more mother's guilt, and had one too many all-inclusive holidays. Then came a BBC show, major house move, no help from the man - he was busy having his own traumas setting up a new radio station in Essex. So I buried myself in as much extra work as I could get to pay for the move, including the business trips abroad. Grandma moved in to help rescue us, all time-high mother's guilt, but I did up the new house as if I was a single, not a couple. Had twenty three people staying for Christmas, severe stress, burn out, and Kaboom!

 

I was ill for a month, my marriage reached breaking point but we survived it, (thank God), and I realised I had some major rethinking to do in all aspects of my life - so did the man - and we both started doing something about it. His doing something about it came in the form of leaving the job (because of which we'd moved eighty miles incidentally), and starting up on his own, doing what he knew best, whilst getting his brain in order. My quest for the solution turned a major milestone when I came across the programme called Freedom Eating - The Seven Secrets of Slim People - and I haven't looked back since.

 

When the student is ready

 

Little did people realise it, but by the spring of 1999, I topped the scales at nearly thirteen stone - over 180lbs, and at 5'4"- that is not good. The scales don't lie. They hate you, but you can't ignore their self-righteous proclamation that you've been a gut-bucket. You know it anyway of course. I knew I'd been gaining at the rate or three or four lbs, every six months since I had my 'bit of a wreck' thing roughly four years before. I blame the man, but that's another story and we're alright now, so he's sorry and it's all ok, we're healing, we're healing. Quite an impressive feat, to hide the lot beneath designer clothes. Ever bigger ones, admittedly. Holiday shopping at Easter and I couldn't even get into size sixteen white pedal pushers - oh bugger. My first size eighteens.

 

A fitted, tailored TV wardrobe had always made it too easy to hide the extra inches. Slip into a tailored jacket as well as, thank you God, Lycra bootleg trousers, and voila! The acceptable shape of TV shopping - just. I swear if I wasn't constantly 'on-show', I'd have been a size twenty eight by that point. Acceptable until those keep-fit hours started to become less of a challenge and more of an occasion to get totally stressed out. I really was well and truly overweight by now. In an hour of selling stuff, I'd do a few exercises, then get off and let the guest instructor 'show us all how you do the next bit'. Then one day I just couldn't push myself up on the incline-bench-pulley thing, made a joke out of it with lots of grunting and heaving and joking and laughing. Ha-ha, funny fat lady. But I felt bloody frustrated, and didn't my fellow presenter make a meal out of it as only a skinny can! What could I do but join in? So they just did it more.

 

Fatty jokes had become a regular part of my repertoire, and I must say - the 10lb bars of chocolate we were selling, or the set of two rich, moist, fruit-cakes-in-a-tin, or the vertical roaster hours were crying out to be 'Debbie-fied'. Other show hosts mentioned my name in the same sentence as delicious food a little too often, and I began to truly start seeing myself as a 'fat person'.

 

-“I have to go easy with the butt toner - it takes three minutes for my backside to stop wobbling."

 

- “I'm just saving this crispy chicken skin for Debbie - I know she likes that."

 

- "Now, to demonstrate this cleaner I've just made a big chocolatey mess on the carpet, good job Debbie's not around - she'd want to eat it."

 

You know the routine, and I'll tell you more later. I must admit it was getting me down big time, and I knew I had to do something about it. But I love food - always have, and me and diets just never got on. I'd go on a diet, then come off a diet. I don't drink, smoke, gamble or a whole lot else and food was my panacea. The answer to everything. A crutch in good times and bad. You're lonely, you eat, you're angry, you eat, you're happy, let's go have a meal at the 'all-you-can eat' carvery and celebrate. "It's a special occasion, you eat, you can always go back on the diet tomorrow." "Yes," I'd think, "I might as well make the most of it tonight and stuff myself because tomorrow all this will be once more out of bounds." We've all done that, haven't we? I'd had more last suppers than normal dinners.

 

 

"It's a birthday, I've brought in cream cakes, go on, just have one," but one was never enough. The times I've 'saved' some for later, acting like an animal whose been let off the leash, being allowed to 'be bad' for a short time, thinking I'd better get as much as I can now or it'll all be gone again later. That has its roots in my childhood, I know it, and so does the accompanying fear of deprivation, fear of being hungry, panic at being hungry, instead of just realising that it's a normal part of the body's signal that it's time to eat. But what did it matter what my body said? My brain told me it was time to eat. Lunchtime, break-time, anytime it was 'special' food, or 'free'. That's why the diets never worked. I already looked at food in a totally unnatural way anyway.

 

My mind chose limited, rationed and denied mode. I was constantly in deprivation and control

 

No chance my body would win through that lot. Let alone all those years of giving out messages of famine to my body by crash dieting, by always looking for the quick fix, making it lower my metabolism year on year with each diet. One of the most amazing facts discovered during learning Food Freedom for me was the study involving adults with normal appetites who were forced to go on diets. They actually automatically put on weight long-term as a result of consistently denying the body what it needed. Their metabolic rate had slowed down to accommodate this new situation of food sparseness, and they all had eating problems thereafter. The others who were given more food than they usually ate actually found their metabolisms also adjusted after a substantial time, and coped with all the extra food, and stayed higher thereafter.1  

TO CONTINUE READING, GO HERE – TILL THE FAT LADY SLIMS (2002) ON AMAZON, PAPERBACK OR EBOOK.

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Hah! We did it! Managed to recreate a pic from thirty years ago - me and one of my best pals Gill, on this week's holiday in Spain. Who knew that all those decades ago, we'd be returning for another sun hol together and taking another pic, both having had two kids, a boy and a girl in that order, all of whom are now grown up. Only she stayed with her hubby  - whom she met on that very holiday, would you believe! Did you meet your partner on hols? If you go read my new QVC Friday blog, do leave a comment there and let me know.You'll also see some pics of the hol in Spain this week and info about a fun murder mystery I went on, as well as the usual previews of QVC products coming soon!  go here. 

Anyway I went away to write - as you will know if you're a regular, my next steamy romance novel is out at end of June and I'm in the final countdown now. In a week or so I will be giving you a sneaky peek of the cover! But if you'd like to see some extracts, do go to my Riwisi blog on my website - where you'll also find tons of info about self publishing - including this week, do self publishers make more money? go here.

The other thing I wanted to tell you about was that my new Back to You Monday Blog is also out! I really should be writing my novel, but I ended up adding some really fascinating stuff this week, about how to lose body fat, bikini bodies, cruise ships and a new cook club! go here.

Hope you have a lovely week - shame about the weather here in the UK. Maybe I'll just get my SAD light back on again each morning - or stay in bed! But then I am a bat! (finished writing this and it's 3.42 am! - see?!)

best wishes

debs

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Ok so this week it’s been brought home to me how little time there is before the end of June get together and so many people have done so well, it’s made me very proud and I look forward to meeting many of you on 28th June at Marlene’s food for health workshop, and June 29th at our B2U summer party/ joint book launch. (still time to sign up and join us – just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) BUT holidays and writing don’t help my waistline! So now – having just come away again for another four nights writing, on hol with one of my oldest and best pals in the world, Gill, to Spain, I’m going to have to get cracking I think! What about you? How have you done? Are you one of the shining examples? Or are you like me, and life has kind of gotten in the way a bit! Leave me a comment below if you like!

Still, a month is a long time and there’s ample opportunity to tone up and get back to complete Freedom Eating.  ISN’T THERE… ?!! ; - )

Hasn’t helped that my daughter’s boyfriend is such a good cook – he makes all sorts! And not all the stuff I usually eat. (They’ve moved in for a while to save for a house). BUT onwards and… downwards I guess!

 

Big news - Live Chats on Facebook from Mid July

Yes, from mid July, we’ll be having a regular live get together online - on our Facebook group and you’ll be able to see live chats happening in real time and join in with comments and questions and tips. It’s similar to the Hallowe’en event we did for our books with my readers’ group last year, and it worked really well. So join up now – info all below – to be ready to see the goings on come mid July!

 

This week it’s been National Vegetarian Week

And a note about being veggie – as you’ll know if you’re a regular, I try to eat macrobiotically as much as poss (which isn’t very poss here in Spain I can tell you!) which means no meat. Since this week (till 25th) is National Vegetarian Week – click here for more info – it’s worth a mention that for me – and it won’t be the same for everyone – not eating meat means I’m far less … er … clogged up, so to speak! It’s less about the ethics of it, for me personally, although I respect others’ opinions about that too. It’s more a choice of what suits me and my body. For instance, just like I don’t have dairy any more ‘cos my body doesn’t like it, I also don’t usually eat meat. I do eat fish and eggs, as I often crave them, and you’ll have heard me wax lyrical about the many benefits of high dose EPA omega 3 from fish oils. But tons of fresh veggies and salads is the order of the day. HOWEVER I have to say, it makes me raise an eyebrow when people claim to be vegetarian but don’t actually eat many vegetables! Pastafarian maybe…! Lol What suits you best? Leave me a comment below

 

UPDATES

Here’s another little update which made me smile – read more on our group pages every Monday.

 Jill Dowding Walker has done us proud! She says – “I have astonishing news! I've done the 10 day sugar free challenge. Weighed this morning and I have lost a staggering 14 pounds!!! A whole stone!!! Gobsmacked! Hope that motivates those of you who also struggle with sugar addiction!  !!!”

Attagirl!

Also below - the Monday essay – what does someone with totally photosensitive skin like me do when the thermometer hits 25 degrees C?!

Other News –

-          radicchio – food for thought pic -  mad!

 

 

-          Special offers on manuka honey -  saw this – thought it worth a mention - £9.95 factor 22 from manukadoctor.co.uk – down from £27.50. There’s not much I will promote like this, but good deals on the extortionately expensive but must-have anti-microbial manuka is one of them click here . or call 02455 618887

 

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 16th for a little more Back to You – incl ‘your body hears everything your mind says’…  

See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my Back to You show returns to QVC weekly in September.

Next week’s Monday Update – Hugs till next time! And don’t forget the Monday Essay below – how I prepare my photosensitive skin for the sun!

Hugs and best wishes

Debs

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Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to yell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – L-Tyrosine Tablets for my skin for sun exposure.

Now this is only me personally, not an official recommendation, but I take L-Tyrosine tablets, an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. They’re widely available in their pure form. I don’t take tan tablets, but they’re one of the ingredients in those. It’s also connected to the ingredients they use in tan accelerators to help ready the skin for sun exposure – if you’re a fan like I am, you’ll maybe agree with the many many five star review online on our different tan accelerator products on qvcuk.com where people say things like ‘no more prickly heat,’ ‘first tan ever,’ ‘best tan ever,’ ‘don’t have to go red any more,’ etc etc. Go here to read more about tan accelerators on QVC UK and maybe buy some to try yourself. Taking it a step further would mean doing what I do and using L-Tyrosine supplements too. I can’t give you full info, but do go google it, then make your own mind up – they won’t be for everybody.

However, using the combination of L-Tyrosine, tan accelerators (one of my faves is the Elemis one, for sinking in really quickly) and also a good sun cream like Ultrasun (once a day high protection creams, gels and sprays) I can avoid the old days of having to shelter in the shade all day long, and rush from tree to tree when I’m out in the open, and sit separately from everyone due to my photosensitive skin that I’ve had since I was a toddler. Thank goodness for modern innovation eh!

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Next week’s Monday Essay – the magic of Aloe Vera – great for sun drenched skins!  There was a massive aloe vera plant growing in our apartment complex here in Spain so I thought it should be the subject of the week!

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Plus  the Monday Essay – Sauerkraut – alternative probiotics! And an update on what our groups have been up to!

 

First – just to say a massive thank you to all the ladies who consistently make our B2U group an amazing place to be and a particular thanks to Sharon who helps me run the groups. She’s been an absolute joy to buddy up with to help bring you these info packed support groups, all voluntary, we’re so grateful. If you’d like to follow her on Twitter she’s @ANGELWISHES1974 ! And if you’re not a member of our Back To you QVC facebook group yet (or its sister group that’s a closed group) just pin her a request to join via facebook – links below!

Second – it’s a quick one this week cos I’ve promised myself after a month of being away a lot and finding out via my ‘sleepcycle’ app that I only had an average 6 and a half hours kip per night (!), that I would get more shut eye. So given that it’s now nearly 1am and I’m on earlier than usual today (Bank Holiday Monday) it’s a shorter B2U Monday Update.

Nevertheless enjoy!

And do leave me a comment below. There should be an easier process for comments now – I’d appreciate it if you’d test it!

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Marlene’s Diet Cure Magic – come learn more about self-cure end June

There are three – yes just three – places left at £75 on Saturday 28th June (10-4pm) near Dorking (RH56QQ) to come join myself and a dozen other mostly Back to You’ers finding out how you can help cure yourself of many of your health issues with the right nutrition. It’s a miracle journey for some. For others it’s stepping into the unknown but with one of the best in the business to hold your hand. Go see www.marlenewatsontara.com to get a glimpse. Part of the day will be discussing how you can give up sugar with her three week plan.

Back to You/Break the Habit Summer Get Together  - the day after, with a joint book launch for my third book in the Hawaiian Trilogy, several of the girls are meeting up to discuss success stories in our quest to get healthy and just have a good old chinwag!

Just get in touch with Sharon or myself to book either day! Do it – you never know what might come of it! Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. Meanwhile for a taster of the knowledge imparted here’s Marlene’s ‘Fat Burning Simplified’ – makes you think, doesn’t it?!

 

More ideas from B2U groups

The lemonistas have been at it this week, finding it’s helping with their hunger pangs and ability to avoid sugar! Yay! (see main QVC BLOG for info) and we had yet another fab idea too – from Seirian – who said she’s going to focus on something every day to be happy about – the 100 Happy Days plan. Great idea! How’s everyone doing with that? What we focus on expands, as Wayne Dyer says. He’s a Guru of mine, with tons of self help books available – click here for Wayne Dyer books on amazon – try Your Erroneous Zones or You’ll See it When You Believe It (older ones) or Excuses Begone or Manifesting Your Destiny. I listened to lots from Wayne after my split from the kids’ dad around the time I first left QVC in 2000 and for a couple of years after I immersed myself in that world – one of the best transformative methods I know to get out of a difficult period. So making yourself focus on something good is a great idea – try it – and journal about it too, eh? Plus, as Deepak Chopra says – we have 60000 thoughts each day and 95% of them are the same as yesterday. So if your brain is driving you mad over something hard right now, listen to audiobooks or watch DVD’s or youtube vids (there are loads of Wayne and Deepak) or read books, to get yourself thinking different stuff. It really works – but it’s a muscle – the more you do it the better!

Bruce was back!

Talking of muscle – hope you enjoyed seeing Bodyblade Bruce back on QVC?! The five star reviews keep stacking up – read them here – and don’t forget we’ll be gearing up for Back to You back on our screens in September, so get yours now and start using it to tone up your body, even if it’s one minute a day and not the recommended six – anything’s better than nothing! Bodyblade on QVC UK.

Other news –

-          Breaking Down – a Waking UP? There’s an interesting talk coming up at Alternatives, one of my fave venues in London for spiritual and health stuff - Russell Razzaque – BREAKING DOWN IS WAKING UP – featuring the latest findings from neuroscience and quantum physics, as well as the ancient insights of meditative traditions. Just wish I wasn’t working! It’s on May 13thclick here for more info about Russell Razzaque’s Breaking Down is Waking Up talk. And if you can’t go, maybe google him for more about his work and products, especially if you know someone who has had depression or a break down.

 

-          Feel Good Eating Smart Magazine from Woman & Home stable. If you missed seeing about this, worth a click! A magazine after my own heart! Click here for more info about Feel Good Eating Smart Magazine.

 

-          And for the fellow geeks amongst you, New Scientist Report! Catching cancer: The riveting quest for a killer virus Epstein Barr virus – click here for more.

 

-          Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 2nd there’s always a little more Back to You  - and some funnies! Go here. This week including comp to win over £200 worth of Murad skincare goodies, & how to come for a bluebell charity walk in July and meet my dogs!

 

Lots below about getting on our Facebook group, Back to You QVC, about how to take part in our challenge, and don’t forget to add your own update! Plus the new series of the hour long show will be beginning again weekly on QVC UK in September.

Next week’s Monday Update – green powder drinks – my life-saver over the last ten years!

Hugs till next time! And don’t forget the Monday Essay below – on alternative ways of getting a healthy gut!

Hugs and best wishes

Debs

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Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us! And if you’ve got a ShareStory you’d like to feature on here and you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the new CLOSED Break the Habit – BTU Group.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Sauerkraut – alternative probiotics!

This week, it’s the turn of something you may not even have considered is good for your gut – but it is! Marlene has been a champion of making your own, so you don’t even need expensive probiotics based on yogurt – just a bit of salt and knowhow. Jars of pickled veg can play a role too – include some at every meal – yes every meal! (I’m weird with my concoctions of food types on one plate anyway, but this appealed to me big time!). Go here to learn all about it and how to make your own. Your body could totally change if you get gut bacteria right – your biome – so do have a think about how you can do it.

More next week!

D

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This week, post Easter guilt fest? If you’re one of the many having a ‘start again tomorrow’ weekend, due to all the easter eggs around, have a look at some of the Info below – it’s so interesting, including how we self-sabotage when it comes to weight loss.

Plus the Monday Essay is a big extract from my book Till the Fat Lady Slims, hopefully giving you an insight into a possible rescuer for anyone who’s fallen, post-Easter.

And there’s a link all about the valuable job that spirulina may do – is it the new coffee!?

Plus how about that whole looking back thing? Several of our girls on Facebook Groups focus on their progress so far – what’s yours?

And the new film – yes, film – being released in May in the US which hopefully will make its way round the world like ‘Supersize Me’ did – featuring my hero Dr Robert Lustig, Gary Taubes, Katy Couric and more – can’t wait for this to be out so I can start asking people who want to understand more about the damage sugar does, to watch this film, as well as Lustig’s ‘youtube sensation’ Sugar the Bitter Truth.

Watch this trailer for new movie ‘Fed Up – a documentary and make up your own minds. And thanks to another of our Back to You Ambassadors Vanda Hopkin, for her consistently brilliant links to fascinating articles.

 

HOW ARE WE DOING SO FAR?

This is what I asked this week on Facebook, and these were just some of the replies I got. I ust say my own story is falling back in love with Freedom Eating – OMG it’s so powerful being able to have control over the food, not it controlling me! I’ve included a little sample of my book TTFLS at the bottom, below the Monday Essay, if you’d like to see a little of what it’s all about. But the lovely ladies who swear by Till the Fat Lady Slims are the best examples of why you should give it a go if you haven’t already and – specially after Easter – you are needing a little help!

Here are some of the updates so far, since our inception in January – thanks girls! –

- Suzi Bear – ‘A stone off yay’ 

- Jane Dunkley – ‘I gave up sugar and sweetener at New Year. This week I started Slimming World and have my first weigh in tomorrow. I had a sneaky peek on my scales and it's looking promising. I've booked on to Marlene Day in June …so that I am as well as I can be for our trip to NY and New England in October for our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and for my 60th birthday next May. Onwards and upwards!’

- Debbie Sinclair Bunn - ‘I’m as enthusiastic now as I was when I began this journey .. it has changed my life .. a dramatic statement , yep I agree but its the truth ....’

- Geraldine Hartigan - ‘14lb so far, looking forward to the next 3 months to see what I can lose x’

- Lin Brereton - ‘I was more focussed on exercise…with the blade and leg magic... So love this group - so motivational’.

 - Sue Forrest – ‘Unconditional support can always be found here in this group no strings or blame attached just 100% support from like-minded Fruitloops

- Jo Brown – ‘work/life balance much better and more consistent.... did my first Park run in 5 months yesterday after months of physio/rehab so definitely getting there’ 

- Elizabeth Pirie – ‘I've lost 12lb since January, dropped a dress size and gained loads of confidence but most importantly gained loads of friends with this supportive BTH group  xx’

Do join in with your Monday Update if you haven’t already, on the Facebook Groups or on here – comments are at the very bottom of this page! Just log in to this site first, using www.debbieflint.co.uk/login link, if you are having trouble with it letting you leave a comment. I do love hearing from you all!

 

Your Brain On Sugar

So you’ve tried and failed this weekend to keep the choc cravings at bay? You won’t be alone – many others will have had the same problems – but what do you do about it? Personally, I did have some Cadbury’s this weekend – it was a remedy to a dairy-free egg I got given which left a funny taste in my mouth – literally not metaphorically! Hehe! BUT I stopped there, and didn’t binge on everything else I could find until I felt sick, thinking – stupidly – ‘I’ll be good tomorrow, it’ll all be fine then so I’ll get as much junk down my neck as I can now to make the ‘breaking the diet’ worth it’. If that’s you then pleeeez get TTFLS and start reading about freedom eating. However, it may be that the sugar is an actual medical addiction – read the article below and have a closer look at this pic – one of the slides featured there – and be kind to yourself – it’s not just about will power and failure. Most importantly – don’t give up. As Chief Fruit Loop on the Break the Habit group, Debbie Sinclair Bunn says, rather than having one or two good days and all the rest were rubbish ones, she now has mostly good days, and the bad ones don’t make her panic and undo all the good. But if you’re actually addicted, read on for more info.  Read more here.

 

 

OTHER NEWS –

-          Spirulina – the new coffee? What do you think? Some say it is, and swear by it, Others list all kinds of benefits. I think WebMD puts it cleverly – read more here.

 

-          w&h Eating Smart Magazine - Woman And Home how fabulous! Everything we’ve all been talking about online, now in a magazine! Looks like one I’ll be adding to my list. Read more Here.

 

-          Mindbodygreen.com - 3 Ways We Sabotage Ourselves + How To Stop

Looks good – this site is also a good one BTW – Vanda is often posting links from here. This article really does take a look at why we get in our own way. Read more here.

 

-          5 Things You Need To Avoid If You Want Radiant, Youthful Skin

OK so regulars will know most of these – but it’s nice to be agreed with! Read more here.

 

-          And don’t forget on my QVC Blog there’s always a little Back to You update too and some funnies! Go here.

 

Lots below about getting on our Facebook group, Back to You QVC, about how to take part in our challenge, and don’t forget to add your own update! Plus the new series will be beginning again weekly on QVC UK in September.

Next week’s Monday Update – more extracts from Till the Fat Lady Slims! (link below if you’d like to read it!)

Hugs till next time!

Debs

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Joining In

-         Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us! And if you’ve got a ShareStory you’d like to feature on here and you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-         Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook!

-         Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-         Go here to request to join the new CLOSED Break the Habit – BTU Group.

-         If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-         And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY

Till the Fat Lady Slims book – Freedom Eating sets you free

Here’s an extract as promised from my book, Till the Fat Lady Slims, the 2002 semi-autobiographical weight loss book on Amazon eBook or paperback and used by many on their Break the Habit challenges.

 

Eureka

 

Imagine your own food prison. You're in a big cage. No one knows it's there except you. The bars of this cage are the barriers that keep you from ever feeling 'normal' around food. You've been in this cage for so long, you think there is no key. Your daily life is conducted from within its confines; your every decision surrounding meals and snacks is made by your brain - not by your body. Occasionally there'll be a visitor to your prison, an emotion, an occasion, a brief respite in a busy period when you forget you have a food problem. Bringing a reason - an excuse - not to have to set limits on your intake - not to have to restrict yourself to the sparse, depriving choices your brain would usually make as a result of so many years of teaching yourself rules. The rules that keep you inside this prison. Do these still govern your life?

 

- "You must finish your plate."

 

- "You must have your vegetables even if you don't want them."

 

- "You must have your dinner first if you want some pudding."

 

- "You're too slow - eat faster."

 

- "You can't have cheese on top - it's fattening."

 

- "Don't eat that - you'll get fat."

 

- "Look at your bum - it's cos of all those sweets you keep eating."

 

-"Don't have more bread - you won't eat your main course. "

 

And so, so many more.

 

These rules help keep you in this prison. They are the bars through which you view the world and make your decisions surrounding every scrap of food that passes your lips. Now imagine someone comes along one day; a white knight on a charger, and declares that all these rules, which you've lived by for so long, inherited or made up for yourself, just… don't count. They aren't true, and you can ignore them. He unlocks the key to your prison and lets you out. Oh my God. So this is where the slim people live!

 

Everything looks and feels different out here. The sun is shining, the air smells fresher, and the day seems rosy and bright. There are no clouds, they've always been a part of your skyline in the view from your prison, but now they're just - gone. All of a sudden, there is no good or bad, no right or wrong way to eat, no should's and shouldn'ts - all those foods you always wanted, well, you can have them. You can have them now, and you can always have them, for the rest of your life. And the funny thing is, once someone says that, and you start to believe that, a weird thing happens - they're not so coveted any more.

 

You always want what you can't have, right? Well, conversely, you don't crave what you know you can have anytime. Want cream cakes? Have one. Want battered fish and chips? Have it.

 

Want all those things you've been depriving yourself of for so long, all those things that skinnies have all the time - have them.

 

However, this is the crucial thing - the one condition - you only have it if your body really wants it.

 

This is easier to ascertain if the restrictions are removed and everything's fair game. And Food Freedom gives you all the clues you need to work this one out. Also, it's actually fun learning the process and getting to know your body, your best friend, all over again.

 

Like some long lost lover who'd fallen by the wayside because everyone around you was saying he couldn't be trusted, your body will welcome you back with open arms -just as soon as you start putting some faith in it. You really will start being able to turn down offers of 'bad' food, not because you know you should, making it feel like punishment, but because you know you don't actually want it - and you know what? It feels like heaven to do that. It equally feels like heaven to say ‘yes’ to it -  but you're only saying yes to eating that one food, right there, right then, for as long as it feels good (not to a blow out cos you ate one biscuit too many!).

 

Or you might change your mind half way through and stop, because you can.

 

But what you're not doing is saying yes to losing control for the rest of the day, and opening the doors to a tidal wave of overeating because you've stepped outside the prison and all its rules. So eat it - without judgement - if you want it and that's the next crucial pointer. You only eat it for so long as your body wants it.

 

You stop when your body is satisfied, not when you can't breathe anymore. Not when you're full up. Just doing what the body would do naturally if your mind, and society, had never interfered. The body is magic, it knows these things. The body feels set free when you stop practising deprivation and control over food and eating. You just have to re-learn what you were born knowing. Like the rules that have been drummed into you since childhood. Make a break for freedom! And, hey, guess what! Surprise, surprise! jackpot! Don't have to finish everything just because you've started it! Well, I never! Do you mean I can actually leave that half of a chocolate eclair, even if we paid over the odds for it at that fancy restaurant? Or the cheese and biscuits, just because it's included in the price? Or the mints at the end just because they're there? Really? Yes, leave them. There is no rationing – want more later? Well you can buy more anytime you want it. Don't like waste? Take it home with you ... or not. Save it for later. .. or if it's not an issue of waste for you, just let it go - throw it away.

 

'Value for money' doesn't just mean getting as much on your plate as you can and eating as much as you can possibly fit in through your mouth. A restaurant should be looked upon as a special environment to eat a nicely cooked meal with good company and with someone else to clear up afterwards. The ambience, the atmosphere, the experience.

 

And what a relief it is once you acknowledge that.

 

And what about all those times you "fill-up on vegetables." Well you don't have to, you know. Eat too much of any food and you'll put on weight. Eat when you're not hungry, and your body will just put it into storage and convert it to fat. Eat loads of 'healthy' rice and vegetables all day long, then go to sleep and you can become a Sumo wrestler! Why do so many dieters feel they have to fill themselves up by overeating vegetables? They may be only vegetables, but why overeat them?

 

There is an important point to be noted here, and that is that there are many people who trust themselves so little, that the mere thought of listening to the body to make food choices brings them out in a slight panic. If you're a serial dieter or if you just don't believe true food freedom can work for you, don't worry.

 

I'm not going to be judgmental about you, and tell you that you have to do things in a certain way. You do that enough to yourself. However, if you feel safe around 'dieting', and want to ease yourself into all this freedom stuff gradually, then don't worry, you can. The most important thing is to feel comfortable and happy with it, and if you're too scared to go the whole hog immediately, then introduce it step by step - as recommended later in this book. But do it, if you can, even if you stay at step one for a year, because long term, it will be better for you than what's been happening in your life so far. Otherwise, why would you be reading this book? Don't be frightened. Yes, unlearning the beliefs you've had for donkeys’ years will be a little scary at first. So give yourself permission to try it stage by stage, and enjoy the process. There are so many little exciting discoveries that make it all worthwhile. You just have to understand what they are.

 

For instance, do you know what?

 

Ever noticed when half way through a meal, it suddenly doesn't taste quite so drop-dead fantastic anymore? That 'Oh my God' reaction has gone? Well that’s the crucial point to look out for, the point to stop eating. That's the turning point. Ever found yourself taking a big breath, a sigh, almost around the same time? My daughter now says ‘I’ve had my deep breath’ rather than ‘I’ve had enough’.

Those are two of the main signals when you can stop, because you've reached satisfaction.

 

You can stop before it’s all gone. It's allowed.

 

Oh my god - stop? You mean stop eating when there's food still left on the plate? You mean people actually do that and don't feel like criminals? ‘I've never done it - I couldn't possibly….’  Tut tut tut, the habits of a lifetime. You learned how to override your body's signals, now all you're doing is relearning them.  And anyway, what do you mean you can't? Don't forget that ‘can't’ means you ‘must’. Do it - go on, leave just a little - just that extra potato and those onion rings to start with. They don't taste as good as when you first starting eating anyway, and d'you know, the roast chicken and the veggies were the taste explosion this time, so maybe if the food loses it’s flavour half way through, your body's telling you something. It's saying, stop, or canyon, if you still feel hungry, but just leave it a while - fifteen minutes is good, before you start eating again. If you're still hungry then, eat some more. But what you don’t have to do anymore for the rest of your life, is carry on eating just because it's on your plate. Because, well I never! Listen to your body and you may find you never really wanted it in the first place, and it feels quite nice to act like a skinny for the first time in your life. Throw off those shackles and come out of the prison, your rescuer is here!

 

Copyright Debbie Flint 2002

extract from Till the Fat Lady Slims

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