Dieting Disaster, Dairy Decision and D-Day

So I had some bad news this week, a real blow, and it really threw me.  To my surprise I didn’t initially leap off the wagon, but a few days later without warning I did, with full force and, even for me, uncharacteristic vigour.  Who would have thought a stomach could hold so much junk?

But I’ve dragged myself back out of that hole again now and feel, curiously, finally, really motivated.  I’m going to do it this time.

While I was in that hole I contemplated the Dairy Dilemma and I came to the conclusion no dairy.  Last night I made my first non-dairy ‘butter’ – although I had no intention of even trying to replicate butter, because frankly who could?  Butter is from the gods and no hand of man could conjure it.  What I wanted was a fat that I could use in the ways I had butter, namely to fry in, to spread on and to melt over.  I don’t bake (just as well!) so I wanted something a touch savoury.  I could say a touch ‘umami’ but as all it means is savoury, I think that would be a touch pretentious.  Anyway, it’s turned out pretty good, and when it’s spectacular, I’ll post the recipe on here in case any dairy-freenies want to try it.

I am, incidentally, loving the no-breakfast-9-hour-food-window (or ‘time-restricted eating’) regime.  I tried breakfast one day for comparison and I hated it, feeling that I was constantly stuffing stuff into my mouth.  My body had liked the rest no-breakfast gave it.  So that’s staying.

So – I’m going alkaline, dairy-free and time-restricted and today is D-Day.

Wish me luck, chaps!

Day 2 – The 12 Hour Window and a Surprise Result

So I heard that really nice GP who has a book out at the moment and so talks alot on the radio talking on the radio yesterday;  and he said there is evidence that when you eat is important.  Apparently it’s been shown that if you keep your eating within a 12 Hour Window – say 8am to 8pm – it gives your body a rest and aids weight loss.

So I’m thinking I could add this to my alkaline diet and see if it makes any difference.

I have this thing I really don’t want to wake up hungry during the night, so I’m not one for having my last meal at 7pm;  more like 9 or 10pm.  The idea of not being able to eat after 8pm if I’m getting peckish panics me because I know I won’t be able to sleep.

So I decided to try missing breakfast and creating a ‘window’ from noon-to-9pm in which to eat.  I know that’s only 9 hours, but I feel I can cope with that.  Although I have to emphasise


so I really wasn’t sure how this would go.  But I’m a game girl and committed to getting my body back, so I started doing it yesterday.  And you know what?  It was really okay.

I found the morning tolerable so long as I kept well hydrated;  and after noon it felt rather as if I was feasting, because I was eating the same amount in a shorter space of time.  So my meals were more indulgent, and for a binger like me that is very nice indeed.

So I woke up this morning, and eager to see how my experiment was going I weighed myself.

I’d lost 3lbs in a day.

*startled face*


The Alkaline Diet Day 1 – So far, so smoothie

So I spent yesterday gathering together all the information I’d need to set myself up for the Alkaline Diet, and remembered – although I haven’t done it before, but I have read it before – that a big problem with it is the lack of consensus over which foods are alkali and which are acid.  For instance, mushrooms are rated by some ‘highly acidic’ and by others ‘mildly alkaline’.  I eat alot of mushrooms, so being human and so self-interested I’ve decided to label them ‘neutral’ so I can keep on eating lots of them.

Elle Macpherson’s passionate advocacy for the Alkaline Diet is what inspired me to try it, and yet even her writings on it are contradictory – she blogs (on Get The Gloss) that the nutritionist who put her onto the Alkaline Diet (Dr Simone Laubscher) tells her enthusiastically to eat walnuts.  Walnuts are acidic.  She says she always has organic butter and eggs in her fridge – but both are highly acidic.  She eats fish every day.  Acidic.  Of course, you’re only supposed to eat 80% acidic, but it does make it all rather confusing.

Incidentally, I’m not doing it because I adore Elle’s body – for the record, I prefer my women to have more womanly proportions.  I’m never quite clear why an example of perfect womanhood has a man’s shoulders, no hips and strangely elongated limbs.  Of course, Elle is perfectly entitled to, and should, love the body she’s in – but I do resent her example being held up to other women for us to aspire and compare ourselves to, always unfavourably.  We don’t look like that because that isn’t actually what women are supposed to look like.  And if that sounds a bit mean to Elle, well I wouldn’t say it about somebody who hadn’t chosen to put their body out there to be admired;  and hadn’t chosen to be fabulously well paid to work in an industry that is all about making women feel crap about being normal.

So the Alkaline Diet is clearly going to be a largely vegetarian diet but I’m good with that.  I’ve always preferred plant foods, which does make me wonder how I managed to Low Carb for a decade or so.  Mind you, I did say I always found it difficult.

I’ve always had a passion for vegetables, and one of the things I love about French food is that they take vegetables seriously and create culinary wonders with them, rather than just seeing them as a slightly damp chore on the side of your plate.  As the wonderful and much-missed Phil McCarthy once memorably said,

in Britain we boil our ‘veg’ to death, and then give it another 20 minutes to be on the safe side.

Curious that the British call it the very unglamorous ‘veg’, as if it was something dull and faintly unpleasant,  like cutting your toenails.  Mind you, I have to admit to feeling a certain disdain for the current use of the word ‘veggies’ – as if vegetables couldn’t be called vegetables anymore but had to be rebranded, to make them attractive to the gullible public who might then actually think they aren’t vegetables at all, but something new and cheerily appealing.  They don’t need rebranding, they just need cooking properly!

And what, with the rising cost of food and particularly meat, I’m not sure who will be able to afford to eat meat soon, but I won’t be among them. Could be we may all have to make much better friends with vegetables soon.

Anyway, from the many conflicting Acid/Alkali charts, I’ve compiled one that makes sense to me;  I’ve had a Tesco shop delivered this morning busting at the seams with nut butters, kale and almond milk;  and I am SO BORED WITH BEING FAT that I guess I’m good to go.

Wish me luck!