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My ideal (anti)Diet

This is actually taken directly from the  It’s nothing new, or revolutionary, but I agree with it, as far as calorie awareness goes.  I’d just throw in some bits about a variety of fruits and veggies & lots of cultural food for happy tastebuds.  …and I would have personally had more pictures of sexy men too…

The Anti Diet


Ok, so this is the blog post I get asked for again & again.
I’m not going to give you some faddy diet that will help you lose a stone, only to find it again next month.
Because it’s a waste of both of our time & it’s bad for you.
That’s why.
Instead, I will give you my tips, rules & advice to living your life, & losing weight along the way.

1. First & formost you need motivation.
I’m going to go out on a limb here & say that as you’re reading my blog, you like the internet.
You’re smarter than your average bear & I bet you check Facebook nearly every day.
So, how about we use that as your basic motivation?
Let’s say that by the time summer comes around, you’ll be ready to jump into a bikini and mess around with your friends. The next day, when you realised you’ve been tagged on Facebook, you don’t get a feeling of dread incase you look like the fat one, you’re just excited to see them because you all look great!

That’s your goal.
By summer, you’re going to be so comfortable with your body, you’ll be able to strip off & jump in the pool or run giggling (not jiggling) down the beach.

2. Now, let’s work on hunger.
There is a big difference between real hunger & emotional hunger.
It’s important to pay attention to real hunger, and really important that you recognise emotional hunger.
My beautiful little chart should clear this up-

3. Hunger is also one of the first signs of dehydration.
If you’re not drinking enough it’s your body’s way of saying “Please!! Need liquid, I don’t care if it’s the water from a cheap burger, I just need it!!”
Not great.
Whenever you feel hungry, stop, have a big glass of water & wait 10 mins. If you’re still hungry, eat!
The water will aid your digestion anyway & you’ll absorb less of the fat from the food you eat.

4. The key to a healthy lifestyle & shedding unwanted pounds, is understanding that there are levels of hunger.
Think of it as a scale:

You should start eating at around a 3 or a 4.
If you wait until 2 or 1, your body will go into starvation mode which means when you do finally eat, your body will hold on to every bit of fat it can get it’s hands on incase you decide to starve it again.
Not great news for weight loss.
If you accidentally get to this level of hunger, take it slow. Have something light or you’ll go right from a 1 to a 10.
If you’re actively trying to lose weight, stop at 5.
If you’re happy just maintaining your current figure, stop at 6.
You’ll soon train your body to eat what’s just right for you. It’s just a case of being in tune with what your body needs.

5. Talking of needs, let’s move on to cravings.
A craving is your body’s way of telling you you’re lacking something.
However, craving an enormous ice cream sundae with extra chocolate sauce doesn’t mean you should eat it!
Here’s a breakdown of what your cravings really mean:

Your body’s lacking Chromium, carbon phosphorus, sulphur, Tryptophan.
You can get these from: 
Broccoli, grapes, cheese, chicken, fresh fruit, beef, liver, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, cranberries, horseradish, kale, cabbage, turkey, sweet potato & spinach.

You need nitrogen.
You’ll find this in: 
High protein foods; fish, meats, nuts, beans.

Fatty snacks
You’re lacking calcium.
Eat more:
Mustard, greens, dairy, legumes & sesame seeds.

Your body’s craving phosphorous, sulfur & iron.
Try eating more: 
Chicken, beef, liver, fish, eggs, dairy, red peppers, garlic, onion, sea salt, apple vinegar, seaweed, greens & black cherries.

Carbonated drinks
You need more calcium.
Mustard, broccoli, kale, legumes, dairy & sesame.
*If you crave a specific drink, this is an addiction, we’ll talk about this later.

Salty foods
You need chloride.
Try and eat: 
Goats milk, fish & unrefined sea salt.

Obviously this is a physical addition to nicotine, but you can ease cravings by eating more silicon & tyrosine.
Eat more:
Nuts, seeds, citrus fruits, green vegetables.

Put down the chocolate, zinc is what you need young lady!
Get your hands on some:
Red meat, seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables, marmite or bovril.

My epic fish taco recipe is a great balanced meal & a fab craving buster.
So don’t go thinking meals have to be boring, just because they’re healthy.

6. While I’m getting you away from the bad stuff, stay away from McDonalds. 
I know it sounds obvious, but the ‘just once wont hurt’ attitude is what’s keeps you going back for more. 
The chemicals in fast food are highly addictive & trigger your brain to want more. This effect can last for several weeks. 
Stay away and soon you just wont want it any more. 
You need to get off your ass. 
I’m not saying you have to be in the gym every day, or ever! But you do need to get active. 
Get off the bus a stop early and power walk the last bit. 
Take the stairs, not the escalator. 
Carry your shopping bags home, don’t drive. 
Next weekend, go for a long walk or a run. Don’t kid yourself that you don’t have time. 
If you have the time to go online, you’ve got time to go for a run! 
Little changes will make a big difference in the long run. (Run… geddit?)
8. Give up fizzy drinks, especially diet ones. 
This is by far the hardest step. I’ve been addicted to Diet Coke for as long as I can remember. 
I’ve had at least 2 cans a day for the last 10 years. 
I quit just over a month ago & without changing anything else I lost 5lbs. 
Over Christmas! 
When I was eating all day every day with no regard for the hunger scale! 
Let’s just put that into perspective: 
There have been countless articles & news stories explaining just how bad diet soda is, but I’d been putting it off for years. 
In the end my friend & I quit together, and now I see the difference, I seriously recommend doing the same. 
This article explains why it’s bad for you, but basically the artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking you’re ingesting sugar. This means you produce insulin & stomach acid to break down the sugars. Obviously as there are no sugars, this just makes you incredibly hungry & you’ll need to eat. 
The most popular sweetener used by drinks companies is Aspartame, which is a proven cause of cancer. 
This doesn’t mean you should skip on over to regular Coke. Most full sugar fizzy drinks contain around 200 calories, but wont fill you up. 
This is what 200 calories looks like… 
Wouldn’t you rather have one of those? 
9. The most important part of The Anti Diet is to remember that you are not on a diet! 
This is a way of life & in order for it to be sustainable, you have to be naughty sometimes. 
That’s why I live by the 80/20 rule. 
80% of what I eat is healthy, delicious, nutritious & good for me. 
If I know I’m having something naughty for supper, I’ll have fruit for breakfast & soup for lunch. 
Or if I’ve had a couple of really naughty days, I’ll make sure I’m good for the rest of the week. 
10. Last but not least. 
Don’t stress about your weight too much. 
Food is for enjoying, not worrying about. 
Eat little & often. Snack at your desk, but try and make it carrot sticks, not a family pack of biscuits (yes, we’ve all been there). 
Quit weighing yourself. It’s not a true reflection of how you’re doing & you’ll only feel miserable. 
Go on how you feel, how you look & how well your clothes fit. 
I guarantee, if you follow these easy peasy rules, you’ll have lost 10lbs by the end of February, easy.
Oh, and remember…
Your body deserves better than they way you’ve treated it in the past. 
You need to decide to love yourself & change for good.
A year from now, you’ll wish you started today.

The Need to Compost


Isn’t it a pretty dream? Complete with Dog & someone else to do all the work? Too bad it’s not my yard yet…

So now that I’m domesticating, and have a tad more control over my space, there’s going to be stuff growing.  And a clean house.  And some wood floor installations, kitchen redesigns, attic room creation, canning, and, and, and… Well, maybe I’m a bit ahead of myself.  But there will be stuff growing. 

We’ve got 16 packets of seeds already , plus all the random seeds we’ve collected from fruits and veggies.  And a crazy yard/s.  And lots of composting materials.  And snow waiting to melt.  So I figure it’s time to get the compost going & quit “just” collecting.

Here’s my thought: We have a half full bin of food material, LOTS of extra leaves, and odd spaces all around the house.  Plus a neighbor/lover who’s got her own rocking compost pile.  …which I may just ask to be a part of… *makes a note to ask about that*… But I’m currently smitten with the idea of building one of these”:

A Cool DIY Compost Bin with building directions Here (The picture at the top is of this)

Or Picking one of These, though I haven’t clicked around too much yet.

And of course, there’s all the links for advice and info and learning, that I’m in need of too:, This Wise Bread Primer for lazy composting, and perhaps some info from the Four Season Farm who manages to grow year round in Maine. Passively.  Respect.

Polished wood fantasies…

So I’m a dork and this made me happy:

and makes me want to get my hands into some spoon oil.

Stephanie wrote:

Last weekend I gathered all my wooden spoons, bowls, cutting boards and serving pieces and polished everything with spoon oil. Spoon oil protects the wood from drying, cracking, staining and collecting unwanted bacteria. It was a really relaxing activity and would be safe and fun for even small children (the making of the spoon oil would be for adults-only, but the polishing is totally kid-friendly).

Spoon oil is a blend of beeswax and mineral oil and is completely food safe and non-toxic. I made my own, but you can also buy it bottled. I developed my spoon oil recipe after lurking around a few woodworking message boards when we were installing our wood countertops in our kitchen (which are also finished with spoon oil). All you need is natural beeswax (check craigslist or your farmer’s market for a local supply) and mineral oil which is sold in the laxative section of the pharmacy or supermarket (right there next to the milk of magnesia). For every 16 ounce bottle of mineral oil, I used about a quarter of a pound of beeswax (that’s a one pound brick in the photo). This makes a quart jar of spoon oil which should last you quite a while if you’re just treating kitchen items.

  • In a large sauce pan of boiling water, I placed a quart mason jar with my beeswax (a quarter of a pound) cut into small chunks. Once the wax was melted, I placed another jar with the 16 ounces of mineral oil in the water to gently heat. Then I poured the mineral oil in with the beeswax and allowed them to continue to heat and emulsify, gently stirring until smooth and even. Take your jar out of the water bath, allow to cool and it’s ready to use.

To treat the wood, you may want to sand surfaces that are stained or nubbly with fine grit sandpaper, then simply dip your hands into the spoon oil (it’s a thick consistency) and rub into the wood. Any spoon oil left on your hands can be just massaged into your skin (it actually makes a great moisturizer for weather-beaten winter hands). Allow the wood to sit and absorb the oil for anywhere from a few hours to a few days, then buff dry with a clean cloth. That’s it!

Can I have these, pretty please?

My current dream counter

Complete with instructions!

He was kind enough to give me instructions on how he managed to get that rich, dark, ultra-smooth finish, and so I’m sharing his secret with all of you.
1.  Top is made from 2′ x 4′ x 3/4″ knotty pine plywood (you can purchase from hardware stores in 1/4 sheet size).
2.  Edge is made from 1″ x 2″ x 4′ pine.
3.  Cut plywood to size and draw and cut out the hole for your sink.
4. Attach edging with water-based carpenter’s glue and by countersinking a finish nail on each end. Make sure to wipe up any excess glue with a damp cloth right away. Use a non-shrinking and stain-able wood filler to fill in the holes – he likes LePage.
5. After drying for 24 hours, sand with 320 grit sandpaper.
6. Apply wood sealer as per manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Apply 3 coats of stain (waiting 6 hours between each coat) in your choice of colour- he used Flecto Varathan Diamond Wood Stain in Dark Walnut. But here’s the trick- DO NOT wipe off excess stain when applying the coats. It allows it to sink into the wood for a darker finish.
8.Once dry, apply 5 coats of latex polyurethane – he used Flecto Varathane Diamond Wood Finish in satin. Sand with 320 grit paper in between each coat until smooth to the touch. Make sure to use tack cloth to wipe the counter down after each sanding.


Here’s to happy, healthy, and hectic beginnings.

My first post, oh goody, goody, and gosh. So how should we start this relationship?  Hm… How about expectations?!  For me, I hope that this site can become a puddle of resources. Something for me to draw on for expression and outbursts, and something for you to pull nuggets of wonderfully gooey and shiny quirks of just-what-you-were-looking-for’s and occasional tidbits of heavy truth. It’s probably a good thing you can’t see my impish grin as I imagine the possibilities that come with time. But, for now, let’s just begin.

A toast to our future!