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Debbie Flint

This week  - In the Monday Essay – how amazing are shitake mushrooms? Plus news of how to get my Freedom Eating (semi-autobiographical 2002) weight loss book for 99p next weekend! Plus the Bodyblade is rocking our group! And the lower carb chocolate that could help solve your cravings.

In ‘other news’ below… switch to Stevia? Can this new sugar substitute be the salvation of the sugar industry – or your sugar cravings!? Plus see bottom left of this page for the archived Monday updates packed with fab health facts (stretching back to January, including links to all the January QVC Back to You shows)

Better and Better…

This week I was dead chuffed about the pics being taken for my blog – must’ve been the right lighting or something ‘cos I was pleased to see quite a more slimline look starting to come through! Is it a fluke?! Lol. Well the Dennis Basso TSV QVC jacket was definitely slimming but the legs are definitely being helped by the old Leg Master! (avail on Qvcuk.com). I’m on it for about a minute a day. Yes, really. It’s helping with the shape of my bum for sure – and saddle bags – and thighs. I haven’t been totally strict either – just been trying to adhere to Freedom Eating primarily, and opting for the healthiest options most of the time. BUT mainly making the portions smaller with the clever old ‘stopping at satisfied’ ploy.

Am loving the book ‘What are you Hungry for’ by Deepak Chopra too – which I’ll be examining next week on here. Do come back for another helping next Monday! I’ll have a ‘beginning of april update pic’ the week after too – when we’ll be half way there to the end of June get together party and joint book launch. BTW, my weight loss book is also cut price for the great Mothers’ Day Giveaway next weekend!

 

TTFLS is 99p for Mother’s Day! Would you like to learn all about listening to your body and eating how slim people eat? It’s heartwarming that Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) is helping people – ta to all those putting their comments on our Facebook groups about how Freedom Eating has changed everything for them. So that’s why I’m doing a lovely little 66% off offer on Amazon next weekend (28-31 march) paperback or eBook on Amazon – do read the reviews! And do kindly add yours!

 

 BodyBlade Big-Ups

Course moving more and toning is cool too – and you know when you recommend something, and you’re so certain about it, you really want it to work for others too? Specially me being a blinking QVC presenter too – kind of important things work, right?! Well a lot of our ladies on the Facebook groups have been raving about their Bodyblades too! I’ll include a little summary of the comments about Body Blade when one of the girls asked for some feedback since she wasn’t sure whether or not it would be a waste of money. Was so reassured to see these comments come flooding through – so glad it’s not just me who thinks it’s great.

 

 

Dark Chocolate 85% saviour?

Haha! Just for those who need their chocolate fix, my fave which I have from time to time is dark choc – but 70% is still about 23% sugar. My sis Linda was raving about 85% tho, so I looked this week and saw it was only 13% - ie, just under three tsp sugar in a whole 100g big bar. So a couple of squares of that are ok as far as I’m concerned! Give it a go if you still need a ‘treat’ – assuming your body is telling you that’s what you need! More about benefits here.

OR – Stevia to the Rescue? Yes Stevia – a plant – looks like being a sweet-tooth’s best friend. Although experts say it’s best to cut down completely to reduce a sweet tooth, it might help. Read more here on Woman and Home site.

 

By the way – I saw this this week, and thought the exact same thing – did you? -

Why have the press not picked up on the amazing new reports about how Omega 3 helps blood pressure problems? What a very good question!! Some jump to announce statins are actually ok (though some doctors and experts quickly threw doubt on those headlines) and high protein from animals is worse than smoking (though most experts immediately threw doubt on those headlines!) – so why hasn’t the same happened for some even more heavyweight studies showing omega 3 could significantly improve blood pressure.   Something smells fishy indeed! Read more here.

 

Other news –

-          60 Small Ways to Improve Your Health in the Next 100 Days – also on this site called VYTDKnow (Various things you didn’t know), stuff like ’15 powerful things happy people do differently’ and ‘5 Thoughts that will instantly make you happier’! Do go explore! click here for more

 

-          A Healthy Mid Life Diet May Prevent Dementia Later -  do you or someone you love regularly eat foods classed as ‘unhealthy’ like sausages, sweets, sugary drinks, salty fish, saturated fats from milk products and spreads? Whatever the studies hitting the headlines recently throwing doubt on the high fat link to heart problems, (as mentioned on recent archive articles – see below left on this page) studies like this new one do include sat fat as well as the other typically ‘bad’ foods in a study showing people aged 50 suffer from more dementia later if they eat crap now. You’d think that was obvious? If you didn’t read this. Click here for more info.

 

-          The most recent Dr Robert Lustig vid – (Sadly last week’s recommendation The Truth About Fat - BBC 2 show isn’t on iplayer or youtube – if you see it on repeat do please email me and let me know.) But instead, here’s something even more exciting. It’s last year’s update from the world’s most eminent expert on obesity and how to sort out your nutrition.What I love about it are the stats he includes – scary stuff. And soooo watchable. And life-changing. Seriously. Give yourself some time and watch it in parts or a couple of times so it sinks in. Need another reason to watch it? He says –

 Obesity is never gluttony and sloth. It’s always biochemistry. The secret is finding out what the biochemistry is… 25% of diabetes worldwide is caused by sugar… Do I have your attention…?”

 If he does, do watch it! There’s even a Will Smith clip! Watch this and see how a calorie is NOT a calorie. And get all the gen on hormones Leptin and Grehlin etc .

Click here to watch it - Fat Chance : Fructose 2

 

-          Follow up – if you follow my ongoing strand about the positive effects of high dose EPA Omega 3’s – there’s  More here on FABResearch.org.

 

Hope you’re loving the little round ups each week, regulars! Do leave me a comment below every now and then, ok?!!

 

 

Joining In

Even though we’re nearly at week 9 of 18 on our way to our Challenge Party date of Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us, it’s never too late! 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 facebook 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 join in on 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. Remember it’s only 99p on eBook next weekend!

Next week’s Monday Update – more from our ‘Break the Habit Challengers’ about their week, and the benefits of the amazing Daikon (mooli) radish! Smells vile but does so much cleansing! And looks phallic but hey, can’t have everything. Or maybe you can! Lol. Plus Deepak Chopra’s book – the enlightening psychological diet aid ‘What are you Hungry For’ which I’m loving on audiobook in my car (in between John Grisham’s ‘Sycamore Row’ which is faaaab!)

Big hugs for a happy healthy week ahead!

Luv

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THE MONDAY ESSAY

The magic of shitake mushrooms and What is the Biome?

The person most responsible for stimulating the current medicinal interest in shiitake was Japan’s Kisaku Mori, PhD. In 1936, Dr Mori established the Institute of Mushroom Research in Tokyo. Until his death in 1977, he worked with scientists from around the world to document the medicinal effects of shiitake. Using analytical techniques, Mori found shiitake high in many enzymes and vitamins that were not usually found in plants. Working for years with human subjects he discovered that shiitake was effective in treating a long list of ailments.

For more about shitake read on here.

And of course, it comes into play with the effect on the bacteria living in our gut. And that’s where, experts say, a lot starts to go wrong with our health. It’s interesting when you get to researching what happens in the gut and how it affects the immune system – do google it - and maybe why people are talking so much about probiotics nowadays. Funny isn’t it?

 

Using bacteria to promote human health – the microbiome

There’s been an explosion of microbiome science lately, said one article on one of the health science sites I follow. See here. So I wondered what they were talking about and asked my food guru Marlene. She said -

“We have been teaching the Microbiome for decades… but you don’t need expensive probiotics... when will humans ever learn that all they need is in their kitchen... make fermented vegetables and create your own probiotics that feed the biome, the good guys living in your gut.  A biome therefore is the environment in which living creatures dwell. Plants, animals, sea life, all have a region in which they survive in, which varies geographically.  Tundra's, forests, grasslands, prairies, are just a few examples of different biomes.  


"When I get up from my chair, ten times more bacterial cells get up than human ones,"  because the bacteria in our body outnumber our cells in our body by 10 to 1. Deep in the large intestine, layers of invisible creatures dance with food to create our bloodstream. They are superbugs, super adaptable and super sensitive and they do an amazing job protecting the body and digesting nutrients and even evolving on the spot to the get the job done. The more they thrive, the better we feel. 


The use of the word 'flora' to describe gut bacteria is apt. Just as weeds compete for space and nutrients in a garden and 'choke out' healthy plants, so 'bad' bacteria can behave the same way in the intestines, potentially threatening digestive – and therefore overall – health. In a healthy gut flora, the activities of the good bacteria predominate over those that are considered more harmful.”

So cherry pick your added ingredients to help your body’s biome, or go the whole hog and investigate the macrobiotic approach – including all sorts of shitake recommendations and making your own probiotics with fermented vegetables.

“Though we’ve tended to think of bacteria as agents of destruction, they are invaluable creators as well. Gut bugs manufacture essential vitamins (including vitamin K as well as several B vitamins) and a great many other compounds scientists are only just beginning to recognize.

Overly-processed foods typical of Western diets don’t contain enough fibre to sustain our gut bacteria – unlike probiotic foods such as pickled vegetables, miso and other fermented food.  The lack of fibre in our diet is, in effect, starving our gut and its microbial residents. We have changed the human diet in such a way that it no longer feeds the whole superorganism, as it were, only our human selves. We’re eating for one, when we need to be eating for a few trillion. 

It makes sense therefore that the more healthy bacteria you eat, the more you crowd out the bad guys, and it’s so simple to make some fermented dishes in your own kitchen”

 

Go here to read more on Marlene Watson Tara’s website.

 

Enjoy!

Debs

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ANDY ROONEY – WOMEN OVER 40 – the full article! And who actually wrote it…?

Ever read something on Facebook, love it, take it at face value then google it and discover a whole topsy turvy version of what you first read?

This pic is Andy Rooney, many years ago. On Facebook there’s a post still circulating three years after his death in 2011 at the age of 92, which has amassed some 500 000 likes! ‘His’ essay on the appreciation of women over forty has even spawned a Facebook Group called, yes, ‘Andy Rooney, Women Over 40!’

He was an American radio and television writer and author of many books. He was best known for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, 2011. He died one month later, on November 4, 2011, at age 92. Some of his topics were controversial, and many retractions followed. BUT many were light hearted and whimsical on topics like shopping and so many types of milk. And he often used others’ words too…

Turns out – and here’s where I get all QI on you! (the internet is a wonderful thing!) – Rooney’s broadcast on women over 40 was not written by him at all, but according to comments on one blog post, by a guy called Frank Keiser in 2000 for suddenly.senior.com. Rooney read them out in around 2002/3, but added the last paragraph about the cow and the pig himself. Apparently! Depending on which internet site you visit! Lol!

In any case, Rooney reading it out made it go viral, so here it is in full.

It tickled me, so I thought I’d add it as a little article to make you smile! Ladies under 40 you’re fab too! But ladies bothered about being over 40, get Back to You a little easier knowing that at least some guys out there thing this about us! Even if it was originally Frank Keiser!

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Andy Rooney (1919-2011)

 

-           Andy Rooney’s broadcast on Sixty Minutes – on the topic of Women over Forty. Do you agree? 

“As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.


If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.


A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.


Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.


Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.


A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.


Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.


A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.


Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.


Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.


Ladies, I apologize.


For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.”

 

 

Haha! Words by Frank Keiser, read and made viral by Andy Rooney, who died in 2011 aged 92.

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Gosh what a palaver I had this week on kdp (where you publish your eBooks to Amazon.) I’d uploaded the latest novel, Hawaiian Escape in Steamy version so you can now buy the paperback. But because you use a different site for the paperback (createspace) I requested that it be manually linked to the eBook on Amazon. That way Hawaiian Escape (Steamy) appears on one page with a choice of kindle (eBook) or paperback. Easy, right?

Well – apparently not! An email arrived which frustrated the heck out of me! I said ‘we have as requested linked the Steamy Version to the PG Version’ … What?!! Firstly – how. Secondly – what the..! Anyway, if the Steamy Paperback disappeared this week, I can only apologise. But it’s now available properly, and showing on the same page as the alternative kindle version.

The final book in the trilogy – Hawaiian Retreat, Helen’s Story - is coming out end of June! (All my book links are below).

This week’s info about self-publishing, below, includes the scary news about Amazon lowering some royalty rates and whether you should stick with just them or publish your works elsewhere – a theme which will continue next week too.

Giveaway Don’t forget – now it’s only TWO weeks left until the Mothers’ Day Giveaway! All the info is on the main RiWiSi page of my QVC Blog (see blogs tab above) but basically When Dreams Return will be a freebie on eBook via Amazon, and – fanfare! – latest update is that Till the Fat Lady Slims anti-diet eBook will now be on offer for the weekend at just 99p! That’s nearly 70% off! Whoop!

Have a great week!

Debs

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OTHER NEWS

-          Diversify Your Publishing: Why Amazon’s ACX Royalty Change Matters. Apparently if you were thinking of creating audio books via ACX for amazon (audible) the royalties have now gone down. It raises an interesting question about whether to stick with just amazon if you self-publish, whether or not you create audio books. Next week I’ll be hearing from Lynda Renham about why she diversifies and also why she never sells her books at 99p. Till then, do read this article, where you’ll also read in the comments below, lots of things you never knew about audio book processes.

More here

 

-          More Info for Self-Publishers – part 1 – choosing where to publish

If you’re new to self-publishing, there’s a whole lot of info in my earlier RiWiSi blogs – check out the archive bottom left of this page. But here’s some extra info. Firstly, choosing a platform. This blog enlightens the uninitiated and informs the intermediate too!

More here

 

-          Part 2 – a complete beginners site –so if you have no idea where to begin, this Writers and Artists website may be quite a useful resource As I say, along with early blogs from this page dating back to last autumn. Click here for beginners self publishing info.

-          Writing Romance? Check Out a St.Patrick’s Day Facebook Pitch Event On Sunday 16th March at 7pm, there will be a chance to pitch live on Facebook to a publishers in Ireland. It’s quite fun to watch too, this kind of pitch. So tune in if you can, to their facebook group and see what catches a publisher’s eye.

More here

 

Keeping in Touch & Finding my Books

Follow me on twitter @debbieflint


Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. Special offer pricing of 70% off, 28th March weekend – just 99p!

The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad! And will be on offer on Valentine’s weekend as a freebie on Amazon.

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab above for updates!)

‘Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter’ – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in Holy Man… coming Easter 2014

‘When Dreams Return’ – short story – coming Mothers’ Day 2014!

Week 7 of 18 – Our Break the Habit Challenge Continues – and some key 'aha' moments...

This week  - In the Monday Essay - both sides of the Paleo Diet – what’s the logic behind it? ... massiv massiv massiv massiv info about how great Vitamin D is – see ‘other news’ below… My omega Quest continues - listen to the UK’s top expert talking about EPA fish oils and how they help mood, at a recent webinar… Plus see bottom left of this page for the archived Monday updates packed with fab health facts (stretching back to January, including links to all the January QVC Back to You shows)

It’s a timing thing…

This week I was at Champneys spa with my QVC colleague and bestest boy pal craigy, (more info on the latest QVC Blog, go to blogs page) and I realised just how much my timing was out. Eating wise. Freedom eating is my thing, isn’t it? It’s what I do? It’s what I help explain to others? And there I was unwisely and out of habit – choosing not quite the right timing to have my dinner etc. Yes waiting till you’re 6 on the hunger scale is everything. And I’m tightening up on it from now on, to reach my goal of a flatter more toned belly by end June in the Break the Habit challenge. Deal? Deal. Now keep me to it! Lol.

Sis Linda was telling me she also has been being really strict with the waiting till the right time and stopping when satisfied (as well as not having any sugar at all, if she can avoid it – like her old Weight Watchers bars are NOT ok. That’s her choice – you have to do yours. And this week she’s lost another 3 lb! Three! On a little 5 foot body like hers, that’s substantial! She’s happy with knowing her weight and measuring, so well done sis. She also raised an interesting topic in her observations about chocolate and really choosing the right thing for your body each time it’s time to eat…

Coping with Crisis – Stress is a challenge though, for all of us. 

Linda’s quote – “Chocolate craving!!! .......... At the weekend I was listening to my body and it really wanted chocolate! Now as some of you know I'm also trying to cut out those hidden sugars. So when I selected my favourite 70%Lindt with sea salt I also picked up 85% Lindt with far less sugar! So had two squares of the 85% and it gave me the cocoa hit! Then tasted the 70% which really didn't do it for me. Really listening to how food makes me feel is a Part of freedom eating I'm really learning from! I'm always going to be someone who weighs myself once a week! And that's ok too as this is a journey for sure! Anyone else finding that when they give themselves permission with no guilt suddenly the desire isn't as great!!??”

Fabulous!

 

TTFLS A cornerstone of the advice I give on the facebook groups is based on Freedom Eating which Linda’s talking about above. (All about listening to your body and learning to be around food how slim people are. Theoretically.) Am so glad the book Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) is helping people like my sis. Thanks to everyone who’s been posting nice reviews on Amazon, where you can get the paperback or eBook, too – like this five star one from Karen Whenman.

“I just love this book, it is helping me overcome 50 plus years of dieting, which ultimately has cost me thousands and left me with the same old weight problem. This book frees you from all that and when reading it you can relate to so much of the content. My honest opinion is that I only wish I had read this book when it originally came out, but better late than never. Buy it, put it into practice and you will not be disappointed.”

And to be honest, that’s exactly why I love Freedom Eating so much. Just look in the Till the Fat Lady Slims book and you will see what I mean. Just like so many of the ladies on the group did – I keep seeing lovely updates – mainly on Break the Habit (closed sister group) – which is so rewarding I can’t tell you. Even when there’s a blip, people keep encouraging each other to get back to their goals – whatever they may be.

 

 Bodyblade was back on with Bruce this week! And he’s done a special video for all those who wanted ‘sitting down’ exercises – hope this little video helps! Click here to watch it! And click here to buy it from QVC – it may be on advanced orders by the time you click, so ‘book’ yours for april or may!

 

Vitamin D In the News PLUS there was all that stuff about Vitamin D. Three separate findings all extolling its virtues – this one about it helping heart health, this one about it helping with social behaviour and brain development, and this one linking it to better breast cancer survival. Fascinating. Sounds like the sunny weather couldn’t have come at a better time! Roll up your sleeves and get some rays – 15 mins a day I read somewhere. Then I have to wear high sun factors – I can’t go out in the sun for long, got photosensitive skin – but that’s a whole ‘nother story! Lol . Where’s me SAD light?! Hehe.

 

twins pic

 

Twins’ Faces Aged by Smoking Anti smoking day this week, so here’s a feature from my current QVC blog – soooo fascinating to see how two twins’ faces were affected by different smoking habits! Interesting eh! They say the sun is ageing, well I guess smoking is a close second for many. Click here to see them all. And it seems the give-up campaigning is helping – click here to read how the number of smokers in the UK is set to fall below 20% for the first time in a century. Yay!

 

‘Your Life in Your Hands’ – Health book of the week, by Dr Jane Plant, for anyone affected by breast cancer – one woman’s heart warming and enlightening story – it’s inspiring for sure. Really makes you think. Click here for more info.

 

 

Extras

-          Zoe Harcombe – Expert of the Week.  This UK obesity expert really knows her stuff. Mostly. Up to you to take from it what you need. I love her no-nonsense attitude and pretty well-researched viewpoints. She said everything so many peope thinking about the shoddy Horizon Fat v Sugar programme using the two awfully poor twin doctors in her blog post – and she can be a useful go-to resource when you read scary headlines about diet or health too. Look at her archive too. Warning – she’s got very strong opinions, so I’d urge you to just take what you need from her if she’s too forceful for you or you know differently from reading other science.  click here for more info  Including freebie downloads like this one:

 

-          Free Zoe Harcombe eBook on Diet Myths – and you don’t have to have a kindle to get it. Just follow the link for her fascinating download concerning 20 myths about how to lose weight. It’s really an eye opener in many respects. Only a couple raised an eyebrow – what do you think? Go see.  click here for more.

 -         Women Over 40 - by Andy Rooney? Go here to read the full article - whoever wrote it originally, it's heart warming for us older girls! lol.

-          Sugar Summary More here about sugar addiction – is it real. Or read this – 15 things that happen if you eat sugar. And the Sugar Debate is a webinar happening soon – register here to listen to the experts live, including the fabulous guru Dr Robert Lustig.

 

-          Horizon – The Truth About Fat - BBC 2 SHOW 9pm on Tuesday, 20th March – a reminder that that programme I mentioned a few weeks back (about obesity being affected by hormones) is on this week too. Sooooo promising! (But let’s hope it doesn’t feature those ill-informed twin doctors!!) click here to read more on the BBC site  

 

 

-          Follow up – to my ongoing strand about the positive effects of high dose EPA Omega 3’s – yet more headlines from doctor alex – higher levels of omega 3 are associated with better sleep!  More here on FABResearch.org.

 

Don’t you just love all this info? The internet is truly a magical thing!

 

 

Joining In

Not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us, it’s never too late! 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 facebook 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 join in on 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.

 

Next week’s Monday Update – more from our ‘Break the Habit Challengers’ about their week, and the magic of Shitake Mushrooms!

Big hugs for a happy healthy week ahead!

Luv

Debs

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THE MONDAY ESSAY

The PALEO DIET – PROS AND CONS

Are we really supposed to eat only how cave man ate? What about grains? The interesting thing about this feature is that it gives the other side – I’m not at all sure about loads of meat, but lean protein seems to make sense for a lot of people and you have to choose what’s right for you. I liked reading the main story tho, and what happened when switching to the diet. Do google it for more info, but here’s a good jist of it.

Personally I’d say if you’re able to eat as nature intended, with lots of fresh veg and leafy greens every day, with protein from the relevant source for you (beans etc, but I do have the occasional egg and I like fish), it’s much better than some of our western 21st century diets. Maybe give it a go and report back and let me know what you think! The rest of the ‘essay’ is pretty much written for me, on this article -

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/10586465/The-paleo-diet-can-it-really-be-good-for-you.html

Enjoy!

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Or go the whole hog and go the macrobiotic approach -

Go here to read more on Marlene Watson Tara’s website.

Hello all!

Just a quickie - to say that the Monday Updates are becoming very popular on my website now, on the Back to You page. Don't forget to go read all about some of the brilliant health research that's happening at the mo - and the Monday Essay is all about 'one of the most amazing medicinal foods/drinks available' - miso soup! Why? Well, I must admit I wondered that originally when I first discovered it. But just google it and you'll be surprised - really good for those mid afternoon munchies moments, I find. Several people have asked where you get it and my answer is... Tescos! hehe! Actually you can get it in paste form in good health food stores too, but I just get the little grey and red box with the miso paste sachets for a cup-a-soup type drink. 

Plus - some funnies on the latest QVC blog - (go to qvc blog tab on website) - including Alison Young our beauty presenter who made a rather unfortunate boo boo when she was talking about the 'Pick of the Day'... do go watch! Plus there are sneaky peeks as usual of upcoming bargains. And a way of 'travoltifying' your name, after John Travolta's recent Oscars ceremony slip of the tongue. V funny!

RiWiSi, all about the books, has some interesting info if you're writing your own book. And don't forget the useful resource of the archives if you want to find out more about back issues, including tons of beginners info about self-publishing!

This week I've also added a little 'Work in Progress' page - to keep me going and gee me along! 

In fact, the news about my writing is that the short story called 'When Dreams Return,' begun last October and being finished for a freebie giveaway on eBook for Mothers' Day, is at 'cover design' stage - I may give you a little teaser next week!

If you haven't yet read Hawaiian Escape, BTW, remember the steamy complete version is now on amazon. Is anyone not on amazon? Is there any other platform you use which you wish more books could be published on? Do let me know - if you don't ask, you don't get, eh!

Anyway, with the sunshine winning the battle with the clouds, down south at least, it's lovely to know Spring' just around the corner... We hope!

Have a great week, and don't forget to leave me a comment or two!

I'm off for a little break at a spa with Craigy my QVC BFF, or OOMBFF to be precise in case Jilly's reading this! hehe!

Best wishes

debs

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Week 6 of 18 – Our Break the Habit Challenge Continues

Getting Geeky So this week, there I was minding my own business and happily posting merrily away on our ‘Back to You QVC’ and ‘Break the Habit BTU (closed)’ groups on facebook – all kinds of things about health and diet, when lo and behold, up popped a little link about even more studies showing EPA is so essential. Not one, but two! So I’ve put them below. Basically, it helps with arteries and with kids who have lack of concentration. More new studies for Debbie to get excited over and be all geeky! Yay! Lol. Links are below.

In the News PLUS there was all that stuff about not eating too much protein either – which I’m ok with ‘cos I don’t really eat meat, just fish. But did you look past the headlines? Sometimes it pays to. Click here for more info. But it does make you wonder doesn’t it, considering the Atkins diet – mainly protein! – was all the rage nearly a decade ago. So what to believe? Well Helen asked that very pertinent question this week on the Facebook BTH group – ‘you can’t have this, you can’t have that, what do I do, it’s driving me mad!’ And to be honest, that’s exactly why I love Freedom Eating so much. Just look in the Till the Fat Lady Slims book and you will see what I mean. Just like so many of the ladies on the group did – I keep seeing lovely updates – mainly on Break the Habit (closed sister group) – which is so rewarding I can’t tell you. Including a bodyblade update!

 Jacqueline says –

bodyblade tones your arms and back initially. If you can master the vertical move it really works your stomach muscles. Hand on heart I can honestly say my shape has changed in 5 weeks. My bra is looser on my back, my waist is smaller and my arms have definition. I love it and it has been my solution to target my upper body as I cycle and walk a lot already

PS -  Bodyblade back on with Bruce mid-March and Back to You returns weekly to QVC UK in September! 

 

Extras

-          Ten Day Sugar Detox Six times New York best-seller, author Dr Mark Hyman explains how ten days could cut your illness and improve your shape – a great video on this link explains it all – good for beginners to the whole Sugar Conspiracy.  click here for more info And do have a good look around his site too, for little gems like this:–

-          Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine –Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings — leading to uncontrolled overeating. This is not a limited phenomenon. It’s the reason nearly 70 percent of Americans and 40 percent of kids are overweight. In one study, Harvard scientists found that a high-sugar milkshake (compared to a low-sugar one) not only spiked blood sugar and insulin and led to sugar cravings, but it caused huge changes in the brain. The sugar lit up the addiction center in the brain like the sky on the Fourth of July. Think cocaine cookies, morphine muffins or smack sodas!” Still want to feed them to your kids? Actually , sometimes ‘a little of what you fancy’ does NOT do you any good whatsoever! Lol. More here.

 

-          Manuka honey on food unwrapped Medicinal honey light years away? Apparently not! Watched ‘Food Unwrapped’ on ch4 showing how Manuka – my mainstay for anything from sore throats to general malaise to Daisy dog’s ear infection (she eats it, it doesn’t go in her ears! Lol). Was very glad to see their report backed up my beliefs – how nice when that happens!  click here for more info

 

-          My Sister’s book recommendation – the two day diet plan This is the one which Kathy Tayler told my sis Linda Bignell about (the Red carpet Manicure guest  - she’s my sister!). Linda likes Freedom Eating but also likes a bit of a guide, so this is working well for her! Click here for more info.

 

-          Follow up – to last week’s feature about omega 3’s – they hit the news again this week:

High consumption of omega-3 fish oils may reduce artery calcification

An intake of omega-3 fatty acids comparable to those of people living in Japan may be linked to protection against artery calcification and heart disease, according to new research.

and

Omega-3 supplements may boost neuropsychological measures for kids who need most support

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve attention, processing speed, executive function and hand-to-eye coordination in malnourished children, scientists report.

 

Don’t you just love all this info? The internet is truly a magical thing!

 

 

Joining In

Not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us, it’s never too late! 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 facebook 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 join in on my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

And for more info about Freedom Eating, for Till the Fat Lady Slims book – click here for Amazon.

 

Next week – come back for another Monday Update when you’ll be hearing from more of our ‘Break the Habit Challengers’ about what’s been working for them.

Best wishes to you all and whatever your challenge, here’s to a happy healthy, successful week ahead!

Luv

Debs

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THE MONDAY ESSAY

The POWER OF MISO

 

One of the best things to come out of my macrobiotic cookery week in Scotland in April 2012 with lovely Marlene Watson Tara was picking up some really good regular diet habits. Daily green drinks, daily portions of leafy greens and home made soups (all on her website) and making my own Miso soup.

Miso is a fermented soybean paste used to flavour various dishes, but most widely used as a stock to season soups. 

Miso’s natural fermentation process creates a combination of enzymes that strengthen and nourish the intestinal tract.  As a result, the blood that nourishes the balance of the body is much stronger.  The quality of our blood creates the people we are, and the health we possess.  That all makes sense when I drink it. As you may know I do Freedom Eating (as in my Till the Fat Lady Slims book) and it demands that you listen to your body to help decide what to eat and how much of it. Well I almost never ‘don’t feel like’ eating miso soup. I also love putting white miso into the green soup (with toasted almond sprinklings) – yummmm!

Marlene’s also done a video on how to make your own miso soup at home, nice and easy. She says – “This basic miso soup should be a daily staple of your diet.  It encompasses the use of sea vegetables to mineralize the blood and a variety of fresh vegetables.  The balance of these ingredients creates a strengthening energy vital to life.  Miso has been used for centuries in the Orient as a remedy for cancer, weak digestion, low libido several types of intestinal infections, lowering cholesterol, and so much more and is one of the world’s most medicinal foods.

Do google it some more, and you’ll want to give it a go. You can get ready to make cup a soup type versions, which are better than nothing, but the pastes in pots or sachets of paste are the best rather than dried. And making your own soup from scratch like on this video will be best of all! Plus OMG it’s delicious!

Enjoy!

Debs

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Go here to read more on Marlene’s website.

Go here for her recipe on how to make miso soup! Plus on youtube - marlene's magic mineral broth video to help you along and for a bit of variation!

 

Book ban brings sales boom for crazy erotica category! RNA members vote to change rules about letting in self-publishers. And killing your babies – self-edit your way to professionalism.

What a weird week! Including World Book Day, which gave rise to plenty of tweets from mothers whose offspring were fancy-dressed up in their own fave characters, and featuring yet more blogs bemoaning the recent tidy up of weird and not so wonderful eBooks by some of the top sites. Not Amazon, incidentally, who already had their own method of ensuring unacceptable ‘porn’ was not offered (or was not searchable, which is altogether different).

BTW, my new  STEAMY version of Hawaiian Escape is (ahem) going down well. Which continues to please me, having just recently uploaded it - it’s now outselling the original (PG version, published at end Nov) by about six to one! With Hawaiian Affair it’s generally about 8 to 1 also. Steamy wins Again! So you’re liking a bit of raunch out there eh! Well now I definitely know I have to offer both versions with the third and final book in the trilogy – Hawaiian Retreat, coming out end of June! (All my book links are below).

Some more fab general tidbits about books and writing below, hope they’re useful!

And my own writing continues with the news that I will be producing a freebie Short Story – a kind of beyond the grave type love story – just in time for Mothers’ Day. More info on this will be on the usual RiWiSi segment on my main Friday QVC Blog (see tab above).

Have a great week!

Debs

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Dinosaur Porn – Seriously?!

Yes silly season is here again – must be the warmer weather! The recent clamp down on erotica titles on WH Smiths site, after some complaints about unacceptable types of porn, meant that many standard erotic novels got caught up in the sweep clean, only to be reinstated slowly again afterwards. BUT which will remain banned. As this blogger says, maybe a ban is raising awareness of certain types of category which otherwise might have withered away in obscurity. Now I’m sure there’ll be people who even go check out the Look Inside just to be curious! You don’t need to, incidentally, just read Scott’s blog – click here – for a very witty take on it all!

PS – my own novels weren’t involved at all since I’m only on Amazon at the moment.

 

 

OTHER NEWS

-          RNA to vote to allow self-pub members in This is pretty big news, and follows a big demand for the long-established doyenne of the romance writing collective to give in and allow successful but self-published authors to be members without having to have a publishing contract with a trad publisher. I am a member of the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) and love the interaction with other like-minded females at the regular meetings etc. New Writers have a scheme to join too but it’s highly sought after. Will report back on the result of their upcoming poll and let you know what’s happened with membership criteria. Self-publishers cannot be ignored any longer, surely! click here for more about the RNA and how to join.

PS coming soon – the RoNA 2014 Awards!

 

-          Editing How to edit your own work before you self-publish a book – some salient tips here. Not, as some people think, just write it, tidy up the typos in the first draft and that’s it done! It’s well known in ‘the trade’ that authors tend to do a ‘SFD’ – a sh**ty first draft! Yes it’s a thing! The point being, that you edit edit edit to improve it,. I tend to download a brain dump as my first draft, which contains a lot of back story. Then rethink the structure and make it more ‘clever’ if I can. Then I do two more edits using beta readers’ feedback and my own eagle-proofing-eye to try to make it as tight as possible. And/or I’ll use a professional editor as well. Here’s a blog talking about another author’s recommendations for the process!   More here.

 

DEB’S BOOKS –

Full info on my titles below, all on Amazon.

Have a great week! And don’t forget to check out the main RiWiSi on my new QVC UK blog out today. Click ‘blog’ tab at top for more info. – it includes

Best wishes

Debs

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PS Follow me on twitter @debbieflint


Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique.

The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad! And will be on offer on Valentine’s weekend as a freebie on Amazon.

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab above for updates!)

‘Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter’ – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in Holy Man… coming Easter 2014

‘When Dreams Return’ – short story – coming Mothers’ Day 2014!

...PLUS DEB’S RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

 

The Magic of Omega 3.

In response to a query on the Back to You QVC facebook group, about life after anti-depressants, and how omega 3 fish oils can help so many aspects of your health. This was my response, with input from the leading UK industry expert.


I too was on SSRI's for 6 months, once, as some of u already know. (10mg low dose citalopram in mid 2000's) I cut down slowly and came off them after which it took another two years to really get back to normal, but high dose EPA omega 3 fish oils really help all brain function - and there's a lot of proof available for this.


Professor Alex Richardson, senior research fellow at Oxford University and the UK’s foremost omega 3 and brain expert, (founder of Food and Behaviour Research (FAB Research),) has dedicated her life to better nutrition and was behind the original Durham school trials which led to the explosion of omega 3's in everything. I interviewed her once when I worked in the health food industry (why do u think Sadie runs a health store in my romance novels...! Lol).

Anyway she is fascinating and her site FABresearch.org has tons of info and references to double blind placebo controlled randomized scientific studies about EFA's (essential fatty acids) amongst which omega 3 (not 6 or 9 btw) are the most important ones to take more of – and they need to be the long-chain ones, EPA and DHA.

Yes eat relevant oily fish. But if anyone is worried about possible contamination problems (e.g. pregnant women, who our esteemed health authorities say should only have it once a week), high quality supplements are the obvious alternative, she says. (In fact – even for pregnant women, all the evidence shows that the benefits of eating fish and seafood far outweigh any possible risks from mercury etc – see FAB Research Analysis of the study from Hibbeln et al, the Lancet 2007 if you don’t believe me – but that’s another story…)

Experts believe it should be a minimum of 500-1000mg of the actual EPA omega 3 per day (American Psychiatric Association recommend at least 1000mg EPA+DHA as an ‘add-on’ treatment for depression – show your doctor the reference if he doesn’t believe you -  http://www.fabresearch.org/1060 )

(But with supplements – do check the labels, some say 1000mg omega 3 per cap on the bottle, but the EPA part is low, eg 186mg per tab is typical.). Get the highest dose of EPA in each tab or capsule or spoonful.


FYI I take the brand Ideal Omega. It's 700mg per tablet. I take two a day. But even 1 a day would be a big help.


Another expert, Dr Tom Gilhooly of Glasgow, takes 3000mg per day and treats drug addicts, prisoners, ADHD kids etc. His passion is explaining the vital importance of the omega 6 to omega 3 balance. Too much six (we get it in meat, dairy, oils etc so do NOT need to take extra) is what leads to imbalances which are not natural and create concentration problems etc. there is a fabulous blood test u can pay for (I think via Glasgow health solutions, or something like that), which tells u your current ratio, and how much extra omega 3 u need to get closer to the healthiest balance of 2:1 or 3:1 (twice or three times as much omega 6 to 3) In problem patients he has found them to have 15:1, or even 35:1 for an alcoholic.

I went to a healthy eating conference run by FABresearch in September. The top pic shows how much better a brain cell was functioning with enough omega 3, rather than with too much omega 6. Think of it like this – omega 6 comes from animals, mainly, and animal fat goes hard at room temperature right? Well fish oils stay fluid, they don't even freeze in a freezer if u get pure enough ones. Naturally they wouldn’t, given where fish live.
So -
If your body's given enough omega 3 it will form cell membranes from fluid fats, rather than those from omega 6 that are tougher for signals to get through. Sluggish cells, sluggish thoughts. Alternatively, lots of omega 3 EPA will allow cell membranes to form which are much more conducive to allowing signals to pass around your body more efficiently. That’s why a lack affects so many illnesses and conditions and aspects of the body - see list below.

That make sense to anyone so far?

Tons of scientific studies have been done, but the drug companies still rule the doctors, on the whole. So if this evidence about omega 3 is so solid, 'why don't doctors tell u that'? Well some docs do, in fact, ever more now are understanding about how important nutrition is to illness and health.

I think I got most of that right. It's from memory. But hope it helps. Will copy into a separate strand so it's easier to refer back to in future.

Has anyone started taking higher dose EPA's and found exactly what I said above?
It also stops my daughter’s eczema, alongside avoiding sulphates in washing gels.
It also helps eyes and skin and hair and nails
And the immune system
And oh my GOD are they good for anti-inflammatory effects eg arthritis etc helped HUGELY (alongside avoiding the food that causes the inflammation in your body, sugars and breads in me for instance. EPA works on the same pathways as eg ibuprofen hence has a natural anti-inflammatory effect. Got arthritis? Take huge doses for a month, and see what happens)
And it is proven to help the heart
And high blood pressure (it has a slight blood anti-thickening effect)
And high cholesterol (my sis in law took high dose 4 weeks and her cholesterol went right down - that was her)
Need any more convincing? Read her book 'you are what you feed them'. She's a clever lady, dr Alex Richardson. Or check out a recent webinar she did for Nutraingedients (you have to log in – but it’s free and will give you – and your doctor! - loads more info - http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Dr-Alex-Richardson-Q-A-Nutritional-Lipids-for-Mood-and-Behaviour
Pps your body is capable of making its own EPA from veggie sources but the conversion rate from (ALA? Flax etc?) is very very tiny and tons has to be right in the body to make it efficient. But if u don't eat fish it's better than nothing. And there are now some vegan-friendly supplements of EPA and DHA – although they’re expensive.  Best tho is take EPA direct.(my capsules don't repeat on me btw).
THEN your body can make the next omega 3 down, called DHA. DHA is vital if you're pregnant or nursing, and for adequate brain cell formulation in under 5's. Most tablets with EPA have DHA too. Just check how much of each – and v broadly, go for a higher EPA:DHA ratio for depression, and higher DHA:EPA ratio for pregnancy as a rule of thumb. 

Ok there you go.
If u do start taking high dose (1000-2000mg per day, nb u can't overdose unless you're on warfarin or blood thinning drugs) EPA, give it at LEAST four weeks, pref two months. (Google it or check with docs re other medication tho, eg warfarin. But remember some docs and nurses and even midwives come to that have not a clue about EPA's studies. I often find people who claim 'there is no evidence or no studies to show that...' Just haven't done enough research so remain uninformed. About so many things. Like those silly twin doctors on that 'fat v sugar ' prog, but that's another story a dont get me started in that! Lol)

And don't eat loads of chocolate. If you're like me that makes me feel down and depressed. Google other foods that do same.

Also a SAD light, thirty mins a day in dull weather or if u don't get out, can really lift the spirits. They do me, but then as u know, I am a bat. And quite right about the exercise. And do freedom eating and stop when satisfied not full, will make your body more happy too.

HYDRATION and other curiosities…

"Every cell in your body works better when properly hydrated…” More of which elsewhere. BUT I’m often asked what I do each day/week/month. And here’s what I do. It won’t be identical for everybody – do your own research and find out what’s right for you and your situation and your loved ones, then take action!)

 

DEB’S OWN RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

And when cell membrane is made of the right fats, ie omega 3 fatty acids - they are almost always lacking in most of us, hence I take 1400mg EPA (2caps) a day. Then all the neurons can fire better, the signals can work better and we can function and heal better. (As per Dr Alex Richardson wonderful book 'they are what you feed them')

 But I do add safeguards cos I don't do it perfectly -

I take a multi vit/min, 1000mg time release vit C, CoQ10 and another one i cant remember, but as per Patrick Holford book.

 THEN

 Add plant based diet plus appropriate protein (less than you'd think), (or change your eating radically and solve many many illnesses and maladies, as per macrobiotic miracle diet - as per Marlene Watson Tara book n website n youtube videos), including, vital each day: miso soup and greens, and at least 7 a day, none of them fruit, one max 2 pieces extra and pref high sugar ones only as treats.

 (I avoid dairy, as per my body's reactions, and now as per Dr Jane Plant's amazing breast cancer book Your Life in Your Hands), And manuka w hot water n fresh organic unwashed lemons, and Barleans Greens or other super power green drink in times of need (the science on green powders is incredible)

 DON'T FORGET:

 plus quality sleep (i fall down on that one sometimes, need to be more strict! ‪#‎iAmABat)

and meditation, (some fab guides free on youtube

AND and of course good exercise (looks like HIIT is the new way to go, Bodyblade is perfect),

and some walking and stretching.

Great skincare, hair care, bodycare. Inc desert island items, lip lift, tea tree, Elasticizer, & enough me time.

PLUS-

And not worrying or beating yourself up!

And some sunlight/ half hour in front of a SAD light, especially in the mornings #iAmABat.

Helping someone, feeling useful or planning exciting future goals.

Getting good balance - work/Life/family/others/me

And this is vital - Feeling love and loved every day even if only learning to love yourself (wayne Dyer books and cd's are brilliant for that, so is George Bensons song!).

Er.... And some sex. Ok not the last one I made that up. Probably just as well... Lolol xx

‪#‎Debbie'sRecipeForAGoodLife !

 Ps I make up for the last one being missing with my writing...!

 Ps nearly all these were achieved thru baby steps, tiny changes, and most over the last 14 years.

First a big HELLO (that big enough?!) to the 119 new subscribers to my email list since Feb 15th, for whom this may be the first newsletter! And I hope you managed to download the free steamy chapter 20 of Hawaiian Escape?! If not, you get it when you respond to the pop up on my website, and sign up. It's a secret downloads page, along with a secret log in and password you need to use to access Chapter 20, Helen And Alessandro in Tuscany! Shhhh Secret Squirrel! (Cue Mission Impossible music!)

If however, you haven't even begun Hawaiian Escape yet, (book 1 in the trilogy so as Julie Andrews would say, it's a very good place to start. (OK she'd sing it). AND the big news this week is that by popular demand, I've given in and published to Amazon the complete steamy version early. EBook or (imminently) paperback too. Go here to find out more (plus on RiWiSi, the funniest top ten book titles - some are just plain weird!)

Update: the Week 5 Back to You Monday Update, out on my website on 3rd, gives the most amazing insight into how hormones could make or break your diet. And There's also a new 'Work in Progress' page on my website, which gives a tantalising hint as to what's in progress - what's in the Pipeline! If you love steamy novels it's going to be a good year!

Plus if you have enjoyed my books, do kindly leave me a review on Amazon? Pleez? Fank u.

Have a great week. I did - and you can find out why on my latest QVC blog! (links all on my website or facebook or twitter @debbieflint)

Best wishes

Debs

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THE MONDAY UPDATE 

Week 5 of 18 – Our Break the Habit Challenge Continues with my second monthly pic!

Well here we go with the second ‘before’ pic on my journey towards the end of June as part of our ‘Break the Habit Challenge’ (full info on facebook group – see links at bottom). I’ve found it’s been an enlightening process, getting back to Freedom Eating, my proven method of eating like a slim person (as in Till the Fat Lady Slims book – links at bottom). But of course in ‘98-2000 I already used it to lose 35lb and keep it off for much of the next five years. (The slow move away came during a period of tough times which I will be covering in the updated version of TTFLS out at the end of the Summer.) SO – listening to my body and stopping at satisfied, not beating myself up and breaking free from food prison is easier having done it all before. BUT it did take me about three to four months to adopt the principles fully when I discovered the process originally so I’m enjoying going through some of that learning process again now. I’ve lost weight, I know that, and clothes are fitting better, my cheekbones are a little more prominent and I’ve had some lovely comments from people noticing the changes when I’m on air. THANK YOU!

So here’s the latest pic. Another one each start of the month in the run up to end of June joint get together for BTH gang, and my romantic novel 3 book launch!

PLUS - StopPress! - some amazing new info about hormones and their signals that's finally given me the scientific evidence that Freedom Eating works. See below for what that discovery is!

What I’m LOVING though is reading the incredible reactions from some of the people on the facebook groups who are all encouraging each other to join the Freedom Eating drive, break out of Food Prison, and become one of the TTFLS brigade, and describing their results.

One of the results is mentioned on Friday’s (28th) QVC Blog – click this link or see tab above to go read it – it’s heart warming!

And of course I keep seeing things like this – which is so rewarding I can’t tell you:

Jane Sargeant says –

“ Just a little bit of self praise. Yesterday my son phoned to say "Mum, don't make dinner, I'm bringing round a KFC! I politely refused and sat quite happily watching my hubby and son devour copious amounts of chicken whilst I stuck into my low fat lasagne. Today, I made dinner for my friend who brought pudding. Swiss roll. She insisted I'm allowed a treat, which yes I am but (and get this Debbie Flint, you'll be proud) my body didn't crave it. So, I had a nice cuppa whilst they chowed down. Ok self praise over but this really is getting easier. 7 weeks ago I would have had both the chicken and the ice cream!!! So, I guess the moral of the story is...carry on and stick at it...it really does get easier to deal with and the mini meltdowns get fewer and fewer xxx 

Lots of feeling proud for me on our groups this week! Thank you girls.

(Link for TTFLS - Till the Fat Lady Slims - book is at bottom of this post). 

 

HORMONES AND FAT

This week’s Monday Essay, below at bottom of blog, focusses on the amazing job of hormones in natural weight management, including Leptin – and that fab discovery - an amazing observation I’ve made by putting two and two together after watching how Leptin’s action is totally mucked up by eating too much sugar. Do read the Monday Essay below, and tell me if you agree – there are links to some pretty life-changing videos for you to watch, too.

Just as Freedom Eating is life-changing.

The Discovery - And then whilst on the BBC site, a link to another upcoming show popped up, which made me smile.

There on the BBC report about a new Horizon show was one paragraph which I will be incorporating into my updated TTFLS in September. Because it backs up my whole assertation about listening to your body and losing weight. 

If you go to read the report, by clicking here to go to the BBC site, you’ll read a pretty similar view about how Leptin can help moderate eating and how if it’s disrupted you get obese.

Half way down, is this interesting paragraph –

“In 2001, the research unit at Imperial discovered vital clues. They identified two previously unknown hormones called PYY and ghrelin which seem to play a part in our sensations of fullness and hunger.

Ghrelin was linked to the sensation of hunger and PYY to fullness.

"It completely opened up a new chapter," said Dr Le Roux, "because for the first time we understood that the gut can actually talk to the brain and influence how hungry you are, or how full you are."

Aha!! After all those years of knowing that my body was giving me signals about what it wanted and when to stop, and here it is in medical speak.

So there you go. Freedom Eating has an aspect grounded in science. Give it a go. And watch out for the Horizon show The Truth About Fat - Do Our Hormones Make Us Fat - on 20th March.

And now forever more, when I talk about the signals your body gives you when it reaches satisfied, I can say it's the gut that is actually talking to the brain, influencing how hungry you are or how full you are. As proven by science. Involving hormones Leptin, Grehlin and PYY. 

 

Extras -

- How dark choc could help ward off diabetes risk - well it's got to be done... Actually I found a new one in Tesco sweetened with Stevia and with cocoa nibs for fibre. Made me feel a bit sick after just two tiny squares tho. Oh well... click here for more

- Sugar is Toxic, simplified - I love the science but if you don't, and you're desperate for a solution to those damned sugar cravings in the first few weeks of a diet, do have a listen to this. Sugar-Podcast really makes it simple. And do please share with anyone addicted to fizzy drinks or orange juice too. click here for more. 

Dr Alex Richardson  strikes again - the UK's leading expert on omega 3's has just emaile dme with some science attached to why EPA and DHA omega 3's are so vital and how they can help so many things from depression to arthritis to sleep to eczema to ADHD to immune system to high cholesterol and blood pressure - the list goes on and on. In fact it's so good, I've posted a separate blog about it. Go here for more. However, there's also another seminar coming up, on March 21st, in London which you can book yourself in on if you have children who have ADHD. click here to book asap.

 

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THE MONDAY ESSAY

The POWER OF HORMONES – how broken Leptin signals can make us put on weight and the history of hormones in medicine.

If you saw, as I did, the BBC4 show ‘The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass’ you’ll have seen how hormones were first ‘discovered’ and how eventually exxperts found out that certain essential hormones are made not within an organ but within our FAT CELLS. There’s a summary of the show below. But the most interesting bit for weight loss was in the last ten minutes . For those that didn’t see it, there’s a basic outline of what was in the show below at the bottom - catch it before Wednesday 6th March, when it’s no longer available on this link - Click here to see it on i-Player – fast before it’s removed! (Do look on youtube or google it in case it’s been posted somewhere else.)

But basically, the final ten minutes talked about the hormone Leptin, which switches off our hunger signal once we’re satiated. Theoretically.

Yes some people’s Leptin doesn’t work properly, but the proportion of medically diagnosed Leptin deficiency is tiny. More’s the point, a lot of us are creating it ourselves with what we eat.  (Although they didn’t say it on the show, sadly - obviously the prof didn’t watch the video I’m about to mention!)

If you want to look for the main culprit for one of the reasons why so many people find their Leptin signals are not working, just examine the youtube sensation ‘Sugar the Bitter Truth.’ Within the first ten minutes you’ll hear Dr Robert Lustig talking about how this hormone comes from within your fat cells and tells you to stop eating any more, and how for millions this system is now broken. He says it’s happened since the FDA brought in low-fat in 1982, which actually raised sugar consumption. It should have been BOTH sugar combined with the fat, but a mistake – yes a mistake – in the calculations of the science back in the 70’s led to just fat being demonised.

As a result, this systematic excess sugar consumption has led to the exact opposite result of what they wanted to achieve. For instance, 15 and a half pounds of extra fat per year from just one excess can of fizzy sugary drink per day. The bio-chemical feedback mechanism is not working as a result of this extra sugar. Within the youtube video, if you like your science as I do (sorry, I’m a geek like that!)  you’ll hear EXACTLY why the intake of sugar and the way it’s processed in the liver produces that effect.

ALSO – the undisputable truth that a calorie is NOT a calorie is NOT calorie. Yes, if you eat sugar calories, a third of all those sugar calories end up unavoidably going back onto your body as FAT. No matter what exercise you do, no matter what else you eat. The bio-chemistry is all there clear for all to see – just watch it and be amazed. That fact alone helps me not reach for the ‘treats’ – they no longer feel like treats if they’re like three steps forward one step back in my quest to lose weight.

Let alone their effect on CHOLESTEROL and BLOOD PRESSURE

Let alone their effect on Leptin and Ghrelin.

 

 

 

 

 

So do your own research, investigate – get curious. And seriously rethink the whole sugar thing if you’re in need of losing weight and keep finding yourself craving sugary ‘treats.’ Well these ‘treats’ may be directly contributing to your poor health in ways you never realised. Education is a wonderful thing, so arm yourself and research, research, research.

PLUS – watch this other show I always point people towards, ‘Is Sugar Toxic’ – the famous fourteen minute long report from the renowned US news programme Sixty Minutes. And spread the word about it – especially if you know anyone who’s suffering from cancer. Watch this report and you’ll see why I say that.

Anyway, that’s it for now!

Read on for my abbreviated notes on the Professor Wass show on hormones.

Best wishes

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More than 80 known hormones in humans alone

Eg Stressed – we produce cortisol

Eg Adrenalin- for exercise – for fight or flight response

Eg Oxytocin – bonding process

Several kinds of hormones – Amines, peptides, steroids

Hormones target particular cells – a hormone matches their specific chemical structure – only fits one cell, otherwise it’s like trying to unlock a door with the wrong key. Hormone in correct cell effectively unlocks it, and makes it change to perform a specific task – eg adrenalin makes heart beat faster.

Some long lasting, Eg Oestrogen secreted every Day has effects that last for years

Eg Growth hormone – chris greener is 7’5” as he had a tumour in his pituitary gland which meant he kept growing.

In 1780’s – Irishman Charles Byrne was enormous – a medical curiosity collector kept his skeleton. 100yrs later Harvey cushing said Byrne’s pituitary gland looked enlarged. The gland usually sits on a stalk at base of brain nestling inside protective bone. When he looked at Byrne’s skull the hole for the gland was much bigger – he probably had a tumour on his pituitary. Similar tumour caused chriss greener’s height. This study put a stop to some of the utter rubbish about hormones in the early 1900’s.

Like Brown sequards – rubbish cures – involving semen etc

Hormone Insulin – prob best known of all – without it you develop diabetes – before it was disovered, diabetes was a death sentence (diabetes = sweet urine, couldn’t store energy and child wasted away and died in teens). In the late 1800’s pancreas removed from dogs, who had diabetes. Pancreas produces insulin but mostly it just secretes digestive enzymes – virtually no insulin in it. Frederick Banting was an unlikely hero to find a cure – was a failing Canadian GP. Sensational and dramatic discovery:

JANUARY 1922 – tied off dogs pancreatic duct – only producing insulin now – used this concentrated dog insulin on other diabetic dogs and it worked. Then tried it on a dying guy – Leonard Thomson took this ‘brown muck’ – he became the first patient ever to be successfully treated and survived way past childhood.

In 1920’s, a new wave of hormone research promised miracle cures. BUT had unwelcome consequences – off track – involving bizarre fads – Eugene stynACK claimed to reverse the ageing process in lab – eg isolate male hormone testosterone – did it by tying off the tube carrying the sperm (vasectomy) – he was a sensation, people flocking to have it done on themselves (incl William butler yeates – 69, writer’s block – noticed increase in sexual desire, wrote better poetry… eg the wild old wicked man, in 1938; Dated a 42 yrs younger actress? Had Stynack stumbled upon secret of eternal youth!? No scientific rationale tho. He thought the more testosterone circ around body the more vigour. Publicity around his claims spurred on huge research. This gave more understanding of pituitary (and where this guy went very wrong. Coupled with the study of Byrne’s skeleton, this didn’t make sense, as Pituitary ensures body hormone levels regulate- acts like a thermostat. So if not enough, it would make more. So Stynack’s work stopped making sense.

More recent research challenges our views of how hormones regulate us. Dr sadaf faruck has studied Leptin.

Eg Leptin – mice obese – this was a brand new type of hormone – using a new system for how fat is regulated in our bodies. Produced not by a gland like other hormones, but by our FAT ITSELF.

Fat can make hormones – EG leptin. Acts in brain to control our weight. Fat cells themselves can control how much we eat – feedback loop with brain. More fat stores = more leptin, means it tells our brain SOONER, not to eat.

BUT If for some reason the fat cells DON’T make leptin, sadaf faruck has found it could be genes. Mutation or gene defect disrupting leptin production – unable to control appetite, eat more than need, become obese. Showed a case study where it is definitely Genes. 

Hormones are a key factor in us controlling our appetite. Gave people leptin injections and effectively cured some patients.

On verge of discovering a whole range of new hormones. Grehlin and PP5 (?) even more recently discovered. It’s going to be vast.

 

Before you run off to get tested for genetic reasons for not enough leptin, watch Sugar the Bitter Truth and ask yourself seriously if diet might be the cause first.

 

work in progress