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Till The Fat Lady Slims

Could Freedom Eating be for you?

The lovely writer and TV presenter Debbie Flint has three volumes of her semi-autobiographical ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ books, available published by Choc Lit, and explains how this journey started for her…

Till the Fat Lady Slims is the semi-autobiographical weight loss book I wrote when I discovered Freedom Eating, after selling a package on QVC in 1998 entitled ‘The Seven Secrets of Slim People.’ The system changed my whole life, and also the way I dealt with social conditioning around food. I have never binged since 1999, wrote the original in 2002 and updated it in September 2014 (in purple, on Amazon eBook and paperback.) The Aqua hardback version of 2.0 was limited to 3000 and sold out on QVC in summer 2015 (read the QVC post about it here).”

And about the books…

Debbie, speaks openly and honestly of her life, stresses and disappointments, and decades of battles with her weight, in this semi autobiographical, weight-loss and lifestyle book. Alongside stories of her fascinating but often stressful life, she introduces readers to the concept of Freedom Eating and how it helps to escape Food Prison. Debbie shares, in her very own personable way, how she managed to break free from the habits of a lifetime – habits that so many readers will be able to identify with. Her tale of regaining control is heart-warming and above all, inspirational.

The book also includes material covering the dangers of sugar and informationon on how to use Debbie’s method alongside traditional dieting. Debbie has taken back control and regained her right to be slim. And so can you with the help of Freedom Eating.

To find out more, do visit these pages:

 

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Flab-fighting tip No 13: Eat eggs for breakfast

Studies have shown that if you eat eggs for breakfast you will consume, on average, 400 calories less during the rest of the day than if you have a carbohydrate-only start to the morning.

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Research carried out over eight years, by dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton, showed that those eating eggs, as opposed to cereal, felt fuller for longer and therefore ate less later on. This is presumably because eggs are high in protein, which stops you feeling hungry, but they also, apparently, contain quite a specific sort of protein at that, which works well on feelings of satiety. More research is required, but eggs may also possibly affect some appetite-related gut hormones aiding feelings of fullness. In the meantime, they certainly contain Vitamin D which regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body and promotes strong bones and teeth. Hurrah!

(NB Eggs are also excellent as a hangover remedy and, together with cress and mayonnaise, make the very best sort of sandwich.)

Flab-Fighting tip no 10 – take supplements

If you’re on a diet and can’t keep to it, make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals. Sometimes cravings are your body’s way of saying what it needs. If you’re mainlining chocolate brazil nuts for example, perhaps you need selenium.

If you’re just sucking the chocolate off, you might want iron. If you’ve eaten three doughnuts, four cookies and an apple pie and it’s only 11 a.m., you want to get a grip before you’re the size of Dorset.

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Flab-fighting tip No 9 – Go on Twitter

Yes — you thought the reason you had an arse the size of Northampton was because you sat on it all day tweeting banalities about how many muffins you’ve eaten, but in fact research has proved that using Twitter can actually help you LOSE weight.

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A study carried out by the University of Carolina found that those who posted updates about their diet on twitter and got support from fellow fatties, lost more of their body weight than those who didn’t. (This is my brief Sunday Summary — for the full scientific low-down click here)

So if you feel like sharing with the world, what you had for breakfast, you are not being dull and tedious after all, but Fighting the Flab! Pleased? Don’t mention it. xx

Drink hot water with lemon and ginger

Apparently hot water makes your stomach feel full, lemon juice takes the edge off your hunger and ginger1, 2 boosts the metabolism. I can’t vouch for this. I just know it doesn’t sound as nice as a glass of Macon Blanc Villages and a bag of Kettle Chips.

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Footnote 1 – it is probably supposed to be hand-reared, organic, eco-friendly ginger but this is all I could find in the cupboard.

Footnote 2 – and I expect HE bought it. I go to Waitrose…..

HOT TIP No. 1: A Chilli a Day Keeps a Lard Arse at Bay

 

So eat a chilli. The hotter the better. Chillies raise the metabolism and the fierier they are, the greater the effect. I ate my last fresh one last night and it’s too cold to go shopping today so here, by way of illustration,  are some I bottled in olive oil the last time I was being a domestic goddess – HA!IMG_1957

Experts estimate that one can expect a 15% increase in calories burned for about two hours after eating a hot chilli sauce. Buy packets of fresh chillies from the supermarket and then keep and dry the seeds. IMG_1955Growing them yourself is easy, cheap and satisfying (sorry to sound like an excerpt from Cooking on a Shoestring in a Bedsit for One) and the plants look pretty on the kitchen window sill. I used to grow new ones each season until a nice girl called Hannah Harman, who works for

Food Network UK

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I met her at the launch of this fab book –

told me that you could cut back the plants when they’d finished fruiting, give ’em a feed, and they’d sprout again. Here are mine beginning to do just that…

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ANOTHER HOT TIP  next Sunday at 6pm (UK time). In the meantime, please try this week’s and let me know how you got on. Comments gratefully received – Before and After pictures especially welcome… 🙂

Should you be thoroughly over-excited now, you can buy the entire book 9781909520189_FCon Amazon UK or Amazon US.

And if you do, don’t forget there’s a COMPETITION to enter with the most fabulous prize you can possibly imagine… (no, it is not a packet of chillis)

Happy Eating and have a good week…

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