Friday, January 08, 2010


porridge and other bruises

You are what you eat they say so at the moment I must be looking like a big bowl of porridge. Yes dear reader, I am back on the diet. Those who followed will know that in 2009 I lost some 12 kgs so this is a continuing saga. Well there are still 4 to be lost so I am back on the diet wagon. Without giving a bit of free advertising, I follow a diet called the "Dukan diet" which is highly protein based, and involves several phases. I am in the dieting phase, so eating only lean meats and hams, fish, seafood, eggs, no-fat dairy and veggies. No sugar, no fat, no alcohol, no carbs, no fruit. Boring I agree. But it works, 1kg in a week. And the other 12 I did keep them off.
It also involves...porridge. As such a diet makes you, whisper it, constipated, you need some fibre intake, so you have to eat oat bran and wheat bran every day, and I have found that the best way is either in little pancakes or in porridge. I do cheat, as I make it with half oats and half oat bran, but oats are quite good cereals so I do not feel too guilty.
I think I have found how to make the perfect porridge. I soaked the oat mix overnight: ratio of 1 oat to 0.8 water and a pinch of salt. Next morning I add the remaining 0.2 of milk and bring it to the boil, then simmer slowly for two minutes, stirring continuously. Serve with a splash of milk and sweetener and it is delicious. Really sticks to your ribs, and in this cold weather you need it. Fat free, low in carbs and high in fibre. Oh God I sound like a bloody ad for Special K!!
Anyway I will keep you up to date with the great diet challenge. To tell you that this summer, down the allotment, one fellow came over thinking I was a newbie - he hadn't recognized that the lady gardening was still me. So it apparently is a noticeable weight loss :-)

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I'm a regular reader of your blog, but never posted here before.

Lost 12 kgs last year..... you go girrrrrrrl! The final 4 kgs should be off by spring and then you can dazzle those grumpy old men at your allotment site with your new stunning figure ;-) Good luck!
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