Thanks so much for the welcome back and for your understanding Patricia.
I'm glad in a lot of ways that 'all those chickens came home to roost'...metaphorically speaking.
The truth sets us free.
Its onwards and upwards from here on in hopefully.
My condolences for all the loss,hardship & worry you endured too Patricia; its such a hard time.
Re: my health, i bought an elliptical machine last October (which cramps up my bedroom a bit but i don't mind) so it kept me sane over the winter months when i could not get out for any walks.
I wasn't really on plan though, so my weight is possibly higher than i prefer. I was trying out healthy dinner recipes from an 'operation transformation' programme here in Ireland. Found a few i liked.
I know the CAD suits me best though;
i still feel completely drugged after eating mashed potato for example.
(That explains a lot!
Here is the link on that book i mentioned: lots of encouraging testimonials of people who had reversed the diabetes.
(Not sure if you can access this because i paid for it.)
It's VLC ketogenic but she recommended 'food supplements' by the brand 'eurodiet' ; things like protein shakes, bars etc. in some phases. I suppose it could be a help to those who want
a 'no brainer' type diet. Expensive however and non sustainable.
I admit i am tempted to try some of these products like potato chips or chocolate protein bars,
just to keep me away from the real thing and as a treat.
Her 'Phase 1' recommended the following:
low calorie, 800-1000 calories a day, (home-made soups, stir-fry, etc)
50g and under carbohydrate (for at least 12 weeks i presume)
700-800g of Vegetables a day, 2/3 or which must be lower starch.
3-4 diet supplements (high protein, low carb)
Add salt to your food
1-2 TBSP good quality oils
2 litres of water.
I'd prefer to get my protein from real food however. I think its do-able.
An example of the weight loss recipes is: Cloud bread with smoked salmon and avocado,
'supplement porridge' w/ stewed rhubarb,
'supplement product' made into a chia seed pudding,
She has a few recipes using 'miracle noodle' type products too.
I'll try them first and share the recipe if i think its nice.
Fritatta breakfast cups, tropical smoothie, vegetarian lasagne recipes for maintenance.
I tried a 'Turnip Chip' recipe and i enjoyed it. I know turnips are not the most glamorous of vegetables,,,,but this honestly was not bad. It did not have the same exact flavour of boiled turnip. It was different.
2 turnips (peeled)
30 g Butter
2 tsp. cajun seasoning, (I used a chip seasoning)
Preheat Oven to 220 C
Cut each peeled turnip into a cube, then slice each into square slices,
Finally, cut the squares into chips.
Place the butter into a baking tray & put it into oven, Once melted, add chips and seasoning,
Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes depending on her size.
Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
The next i'm looking forward to trying is 'Aubergine pizza's' and 'vegetable gratin'. Its made with celeriac, cauliflower and broccoli.
I like the idea of dieting in 'phases'...like go all out for 12 weeks, then maintain for the next few weeks...then do another stint of 'dieting'.