Monday, 31 January 2011

Nearly there...

Tomorrow is the last day of the first phase of this new way of eating. I've felt reasonably good again today, aside from the odd half-hour here or there. I really think it's to do with my sinuses. Maybe my improved diet will help me.

So it was back to work, and today I tried a new approach to the snacking. I took a couple of chicken drumsticks I'd cooked last night with me as a mid-morning snack, and it definitely helped my energy levels stay constant. I had lunch a bit later than normal, then a late-afternoon snack of nuts, before having tea at about 7pm, AFTER a blast on the Wii Fit (step/hula/push-up/box) that was meant to be a quick weight check and 10 minute blast but ended up as almost 30 minutes of working out. Such are my energy levels, I just feel myself wanting to do it.

As for the weight, that's another 1lb off. That makes 13lb since the diet started, and overall since I got Wii Fit, I have lost around 2 stone (28lbs/13kg).

Food diary:

Breakfast: Greek yog, strawbs, bluebs

Snack: 2 chicken drumsticks

Lunch: 3 bean, tomato and bacon soup with side salad

Snack: nuts

Tea: Mackerel stir fried with veg and a few rice noodles.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The weekend comes, the motor hums...

bringing more cake to me. Well, near me. It was offered but refused...again. Why does everyone have to have birthdays when I'm doing this diet?

Anyway, I found myself going along to food shopping yesterday, and the shopping bill increased by about 60% on last week. Such is the risk of having me along, seeing this and that on the vegetables to try, chicken drumsticks to take to work as a snack...the wife knows that it's dangerous to have me with her now.

It would have been nice to be able to have a cheat meal this weekend. As I said, birthdays were on the agenda (my sister-in-law's), so we had a Sunday roast at the in-laws' house. I had pork, roast parsnips, carrots, cauliflower, 1 small plain boiled potato and NO gravy, stuffing or Yorkshire Puddings to start. I just sat in the living room during the starter. Maybe another time.

More temptation could have surfaced at rugby training (my boy's, not mine, I hasten to add). Bacon sarnies and cups of coffee are the order of the day from the clubhouse on most occasions, but this time I stayed out of the club and went to get the car washed before watching a bit of the training.

It wasn't too hard to resist. My resolve this time has been pretty unshakeable. It's just a shame I still feel crappy for periods of time. I don't know what it is, I just hope they reduce as I get leaner and fitter.

Another week beckons, then. I am looking forward to getting to Tuesday night and feeling like I've achieved something. I'm not going to go crazy, I'm going to stick to the prescribed 2 cheat meals a week.

So, food diary for the weekend:


Breakfast: Omelette with bacon, spinach and peppers

Lunch: Veggie soup

Tea: Home-made burgers, sweet potato chips and hummus

Snack: Can't remember if I did, actually!


Breakfast: Smoothie (using new smoothie maker procured on Saturday) made with banana, frozen berries and greek yoghurt. Yummy!

Lunch: Roast pork with veg (as described above)

Tea: Small burger left over from last night with small stir-fry veg portion

Snack: rice cakes with PB

Friday, 28 January 2011

Er...what day is it?

Friday already! The weekend! My second on the detox diet. Jeez, it's going quickly. It's been a manic week at work, and a drink would be nice...a large glass of red wine. But, I don't really mind that I'm not going to have one. I can wait.

Of course, I could choose never to have another glass of wine again. Or a spoonful of wheat or sugar. Maybe that would be the best way. As Gary Taubes said in an interview, we should treat these bad carbs like drugs. You wouldn't say to an alcoholic, "OK, go and have one or two drinks."

Food for thought...although I do have 3 and a half bottles of whisky left to drink from birthday and Christmas!

Still, today was mixed again. I felt OK most of the time, but quite tired in the afternoon. I'm not sure if I'm eating enough through the day. You'll see what I mean from my food diary. I may have to address this and change my eating times to keep my energy levels stable. I'm sure my mentor can advise.

I also had another attack of loose bowels this morning - just a one off, seemingly. I suspect it's IBS. It seems to flare up now and again, especially during times of stress. Work, as I said, has been manic this week.

And I had another indicator that my health is heading the right way. I went to have my blood pressure checked this morning and it was 130 over 88, if I remember correctly. Even with all the stress, it is as low as it has been for years. My dream situation would be to be able to get off the multiple medications I take. Beta-blockers, Acid reflux reducers, BP reducers, antihistamines...I rattle in the morning after I take all the tablets.

Another pound and a bit has come off as well, according to Wii Fit. That's 11 or 12 off, something like that. I had a good 30 minute session again tonight. It was quite a bit of yoga and muscle work, with a quick step aerobic blast at the end. I used the Routine function, telling it I wanted to work on my hips, thighs, waist, shoulders and so on, and it chucked a selection of exercises at me. Enjoyed it. And variety is always good, I think.

Food today:

Breakfast: Greek yog with mixed berries and a pinch of seeds

Lunch: Three-bean soup and side salad (is beetroot OK?)

Snack: Nuts

Tea: Organic sausages with roasted veg.

I might have a rice cake with some of the organic peanut butter in a bit. I had one last night and it was yummy.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Day 9

A strange day of contrasts today. Felt good for the best part of it, and found myself bounding up stairs and walking around briskly with an energy I've not had in ages. My belt has had to come in another notch as well, and there's at least an inch between notches.

I'm becoming a bit of a bore at work, I'm afraid to say. My colleagues think I'm slightly mad as I warn them about sugar in things. I was offered mini flapjacks and caramel slices galore today (someone brought them in for their birthday), but just wasn't tempted whatsoever.

The perceived wisdom is really programmed into people: fat is BAD. Sugary isn't. I talk about making my own mayo, and a chap pipes up that it's too much of a faff on and I might as well get the stuff in a jar. I say that it's full of crap, and they say to try the low-fat stuff. I stifle a belly laugh and leave them in disbelief when I tell them that the low-far stuff is probably even worse.

I will now plug some reading material: I'm reading a book called "Trick and Treat" by a chap called Barry Groves. It's about nutrition, health, medicine (some shocking exposes of the health/pharmaceutical industry), all those things I find have played a big part in my life. A LOT of the perceived wisdom would appear to be wrong, and I think I am slowly coming round to the idea that a diet low in starchy carbs is a good one. It's what we're genetically predisposed to eat. There are many people waking up to this. There are loads of books out there. Another would be Gary Taubes's "The Diet Delusion" or "Good Galories Bad Calories" (USA). He has a new one out which is supposedly easier to read than the first, called "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It".

Enough preaching...back to my day. I was busy, really busy, and felt quite jaded and tired for an hour or so at home. I rushed home and paid a flying visit to Tesco, ostensibly to get some fuel for the car, but picking up some goodies (organic peanut butter, rice cakes, brown rice, fresh prawns) whilst I was there. I wolfed my spicy tea down far too quickly and suffered indigestion again. I need to slow down! I'm going to do some more wii fit in a bit, if I can get the TV remote off the wife...


Breakfast: Blueberries and Greek Yog

Lunch: Veg broth and salad

Snack: nuts

Tea: Chilli Prawn stir fry.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Week 2 begins

And I'm finally feeling quite...normal. Normal is good for me, given that I have felt so shite for so long.

There have been a few headaches and a bit of indigestion, but nothing remarkable or debilitating. I hope it continues.

Even the mega-stressful environs of work haven't ruined the day for me. I got over the highly-fraught meeting I had this afternoon quite quickly and rushed home to get my tea.

Food today:

Breakfast: Yogurt and berries and seeds

Lunch: Jacket spud with mexican chicken, onion, carrot, cucumber

Tea: Home-made bolognese-style mince, mashed sweet potato and a few roasted veg left over from last night

Snack: Nuts

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

We're halfway there...

We're living on a prayer. One week down, one to go.

Much, much better day today...well, from 3pm onwards. Up until then I felt OK then pretty rough after lunch. I'd even gone for a little walk outside on my way to the canteen, but after eating I was really sleepy. My stomach settled down eventually, though.

After 3pm I just seemed to get a new lease of life. It might have been going to a different office/site at work. Who knows? It lasted all the way till home time, and tonight I was really keen to get on the Wii Fit and had a good 30 minute blast, doing some step aerobics, a couple of muscle things (lunges, twists and tricep lifts), some hula hoop and a good blast on the medium level of rhythm boxing. My heart was going quite fast at the end, but some yogic deep breathing got it back under control.

Talking of my heart, I hate to tempt fate, but the old tickerooni has been on amazingly good behaviour of late. I used to have at least one ectopic/PVC a day, but they seem to have all but disappeared, or just aren't big enough to notice. Coincidence? I think not.

My cravings for crap have gone as well. Not completely, but on day 3 or 4 I was dying for a capuccino and a muffin or such like. Now I can smell naughty food and it doesn't bother me a lot. I don't find myself hungry at all. I'll still make sure to treat myself at the end of this 2 week "induction" phase, of course.

As for my weight, I have now lost 10lbs since starting this diet. In a week. I am under 18 stone for the first time in years. My mentor tells me this is not unusual for someone who has a lot of weight to shed in these early stages.

So, food:

Brek: 3 egg omelette with spinach and peppers

Lunch: Scotch broth with dry side salad

Tea: Roasted veg (carrot, parsnip, pepper, courgette, sweet potato) with hummus and a couple of slices of ham

Snack: Greek Yog with a few blueberries and 2 strawberries.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Day Six


B: FF Greek Yog with strawberries and blueberries
L: Jacket spud with beefy stuff
T: Chicken stir-fry

Feeling shite. Bad guts, bad head. Is it toxins or depression?


Got on the Wii Fit for a bit of Yoga. It told me I've lost another 5lbs. That's 7lb in less than a week. Crikey.

The yoga made me feel better as well.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Day Five...still alive

I think the headaches are starting to abate, and I do feel a bit better. My bowels are as well behaved as they have been in a long time, which is nice.

It was a test today in that I was out and about for most of it, taxiing children to rugby matches. The hardest bit was getting the requisite water into myself.

I got a good couple of miles of walking under my belt today, like. Especially at Wensleydale Rugby Club, which is in a valley with lots of slopes and steps to climb.

Food today:

Brekky: Yog with berries and seeds

Lunch: 2 poached eggs with toasted rye bread

Tea: Grilled salmon fillet and baked potato, carrots and broccoli.

Snack: Apple and hummus

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Dave Oar

Have had a relaxing day today, playing X-Box with the boy and just generally chilling. I'd like to start feeling better. The headaches aren't as bad, but they're still there. I don't know if it's my sinuses acting up, the toxins coming out or what. My mentor says it could be both.

The good lady did the food shopping today, and came back with a mass of fresh veg, organic yoghurts and little things to add flavour to dishes (chilli flakes, ginger, etc). I expected her to tell me it had cost a fortune, but it had cost no more than usual. Surprising. I still need to get some rice noodles, organic rice cakes, maybe organic, sugar-free peanut butter...if I can find it.

So, food today:

Brekky: Banana omelette with cinnamon. I was surprised how nice it was.

Lunch: Pork strips fried in a bit of olive oil with onion, mushroom and a couple of left over cooked new potatoes. I mixed a touch of the full fat yog and a tsp of grainy mustard to give it some flavour.

Snack: Nuts!

Tea: Organic sausages (Debbie & Andrews make, wheat free) and some stir fry veg, livened up with some chilli flakes, garlic and ginger. It was really quite nice. I could end up living on stir-fries.

Snack: Carrot and hummus.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Three Steps To...?

I think the headaches and general feelings of grottiness are subsiding. A bit. I am sitting here typing this and my guts don't feel wonderful, to be honest. A little bit ropey. I am hoping this is just another side-effect of the detox.

I managed to do some exercise tonight. Nothing too heavy, of course, just a quick blast on the Wii Fit...a few minutes of rhythm boxing, kung fu, basic step and a couple of yoga poses...20 minutes of actual working out in total. I felt OK afterwards, so I'm glad I got going again. Oh, and the wii fit board told me I was 18 stone 7lbs, which is only 2lbs more than I was before the Xmas blow-out. One would hazard a guess that one has already lost a few pounds since Wednesday!

Today's food:

Breakfast: Full fat natural yoghurt with mixed berries and a sprinkle of mixed seeds.

Not much to it, but it was tasty and kept me going till lunchtime.

Lunch: Veggie Soup and side salad (lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, carrot)

Was worried with it being cream of veg, but I don't think there was any milk in it.

Snack: handful nuts

Tea: 2 small pork steaks and roasted veg (carrot/parsnip/pepper) and 2 small boiled new potatoes.

I might try the banana omelette tomorrow...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

(a) Day Two (far)


It's a struggle, folks. A mighty struggle. The headaches and tiredness seem to hit me in waves. I have perked up a few times, almost feeling normal. Having this damned bursitis on my hip isn't helping matters, either. I woke up with a lot of pain from that area this morning, and it only really settled after 2 high-powered anti-inflammatory tablets. I need and want to do some exercise on the Wii Fit, but really don't have the energy.

Talking about drugs...I take it all these chemicals I am taking for blood pressure, allergies and so on are going to stay in my system. It's only going to be a partial detox at best, I would say. But then again, if I lose loads of weight and get fit, I might not need all these meds. That would be great.

Here's today's food diary:

Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with yellow pepper.

Lunch: jacket potato with a little serving of chicken casserole, lettuce, tomato, onions.

Snack: handful of nuts

Tea: prawn stir-fry, dash of soya sauce.

I might have a few carrot sticks with hummus again in a bit. I might just try that wii fit for 15 minutes, just to get moving.

On we go. I hope one starts feeling better soon. I talked to my mum tonight, who did a similar diet regime before Xmas, and she told me it takes 2 weeks to get used to it! I gotta keep focused, though. It's tough when the rest of family are tucking into fish and chips!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A Tale Of Two Titties...Day 1

Christmas has gone, and the hangover continues.

I went a bit mad, I'm afraid. I ate and drank enough to feed whole African villages for a year. It's a shame, because before Xmas I had lost a stone (14lbs) with the aid of Wii Fit (Rhythm Boxing) and sensible eating. I had hoped not to do too much damage, but was weak and have probably put back 5 to 6lbs of fat.

It's not just the fat that is the problem, it's how I feel. I have been feeling really quite shite for the last couple of weeks. Work has been a struggle, especially the 80-mile round trip. I told myself it was just post-seasonal depression, or the after-effects of the cold that finally got hold of me on Boxing Day, despite my attempts to head it off at the pass.

It culminated yesterday, and I decided enough was enough. My brother has very kindly offered to help me, giving me the benefit of his credentials and knowledge on nutrition and exercise.

As a starting point he has suggested a seriously brutal-sounding detox regime for 2 weeks, which doesn't allow any wheat, alcohol, tea, coffee, sugar, sweetener, and only very limited access to dairy products. There are suggested meals on the plan, but I'm guessing the basics can be used as a framework, and there is some flexibility in the menu. The plan suggests lots of anti-oxidant rich food like berries, spinach and so on. And then there are the banana omelettes. When I try one, I'll report on how it tastes!

And I'm going to get back into the Wii Fit. I will record it all on here.

So, Day 1

Breakfast - Morrisons Extra Creamy Pro biotic Strawberry Yoghurt and a banana.

Hmm. Not the ideal start, as this kind of yoghurt ain't really the one to use. I have now bought some proper full-fat natural stuff for the future.

Lunch - Tomato and Three Bean soup from works canteen.

Snack - Handful of nuts (pistachio, cashew and almond)

Tea - Chicken in a jarred Chasseur sauce with basmati rice.

Not ideal, either. Sauce from a jar? Probably sugar-laden (2.5g per portion, actually) White rice is probably a no-no, although better than pasta. I need to buy some brown rice.

Snack - One carrot cut into sticks and some hummus.

Drinks - 2 cups of green tea and loads of water.

I am meant to drink 3 litres, and I have probably managed 2. I am peeing a lot.

Activity - none today, other than lugging a load of office gear up some stairs. I have had some strange peaks and troughs of energy today, feeling OK sometimes, and even more rotten at other times, especially this morning when I was dying to drink some caffeine!