Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The poo on the floor

I thought I would talk a little bit about Audrey (aka D-Dog). She was such a problematic little soul over the summer but has really come good. She is fine when she is left, sleeps at night, walks miles every morning in all weathers and is Scarlett's best friend.
However, she is a stealth pooer. We put her outside, she comes back in, we put on the kettle and there is a poo on the floor by the front door, we are all in the sitting room (or so we think) and there is a poo on the floor, I keep her in the kitchen with me so I can watch her like a hawk, she goes into the garden every fifteen minutes and still there is a POO ON THE FLOOR.
She obviously has some incorrect learning, it is obviously our failing not hers, she obviously finds herself in the wrong place at the right time but honestly .........

Monday, 29 November 2010

Phase One Done

Last week was hard work but I am through it and now I am eating normal food again.
A big sigh of relief all round, I suspect, as I was quite literally a bear with a sore head.
Having taken advice it appears my headaches were so bad as it was more to do with sugar and wheat than caffeine so I am steering well clear and it seems all my cravings seems to have disappeared.
I now notice how many times I popped a dried apricot in my mouth when I passed the cupboard, a piece of chocolate from the fridge door (nice and dark so healthy, right?), finished off Scarlett's buttery toast in the mornings, kept returning to the pan of tomato pasta on the hob.
You get the picture......
Oh, and I'm two and a half pounds lighter.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

One word ....

....headaches.
Was I really so toxic? When I started the extreme Phase One of this diet I didn't think it would make me feel so bad but oh my goodness. One afternoon I even had to go to bed.
I want to know what causes the headaches. A quick search on the internet tells me that either my body is 'getting used to the dramatic reduction in poisons', that the toxins circulate the body on their way out and affect certain areas or that it's all to do with coffee and how it blocks receptors in the brain that can dilate blood vessels causing headaches.
More worryingly I have just found an article on a woman who suffered brain damage following a detox.
That is why you shouldn't do too much research on the internet.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Have I found the answer?

My relationship with food is interesting. I eat plenty but I am rarely happy when I am eating. I care a huge amount about the quality of what goes into my mouth but sometimes I seem unable to control the quantity. I am not obese but I'm not skinny and I've always carried a few extra pounds - sometimes a few extra stone. I'm quite clever, I know all the theories and I have opinions on every diet going so why am I not as slim as I would like to be?
I have a really bright friend who has similar problems. She sent me an e mail today about Zoe Harcombe and the Harcombe Diet. This same friend previously leant me a book called The Diet Delusion - I haven't even started it, but perhaps now I don't need to (yay!).
This diet is based on the theories in that hefty book; they are as follows:
  • In The Diet Delusion, Gary Taubes says the evidence is that weight gain is not a simple calories in = calories out and can't be solved by more self-control or exercise. It's all about insulin causing the body to store fat.
  • Our obesity epidemic is not because we are lazy or eating too much meat but from our increase in the consumption of sugar, white flour and white rice.
  • Taubes also says that fat is constantly going in and out of fat cells but insulin interferes with this movement so the excess fat is stored. This then starves your cells of the background energy that is normally constantly coming out of fat cells and is why you feel hungry and lethargic.
  • People are not fat because they are greedy and lazy but because hunger and lethagy are the symptoms of being sensitive to insulin and hence overweight.
I'll let you know how I get on.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Why I'm having a break from facebook

I'm having a self-imposed break from facebook. I've been enjoying its charms a little too much lately, posting daily status updates and wasting plenty of time reading about other people's lives. And then it happened. I wrote an amusing anecdote, randomly made a friend cross and he/she showed their displeasure with a pointed comment that around 300 people could have read. We've to'd and fro'd a bit, the comment has been removed, but our friendship is in a bit of a state.
I was on facebook in the early days and then one day cancelled my account and left well alone. I found the intimacy too much I suppose. I then started this blog and gradually moved into twitter. Then I returned to facebook (damn them for remembering my login details) and have been having some fun.
But there is a certain section of social networking that I find quite scary - people living every minute of their day through their updates, saying things that are surely not for broadcasting and writing remarks that wouldn't pass the lips if the writer was looking into the eyes of the person it was directed towards.
Here are my own personal rules for twitter, facebook, e mails and this blog:
I try not to write anything too personal about people other than me.
I try not to vent.
I only say what I am confident enough to be overheard saying (I think I have broken this rule once, but I'm only human).
So I will tell you that I am taking some time out from facebook to stop peering into other people's lives but the truth is that I am scared of seeing more comments regarding my recent melee.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

My clever friend


This necklace is designed by my friend Nicky and is in the latest issue of Simply Knitting (although it's crochet).
She would be dangerous if she knew how talented she was.
By the way, I will write properly soon .....

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

My handiwork



The latest issue of The Knitter