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Prettypink - My Diary

I've decided to try to keep a diary on here to motivate myself and to keep track of how I do! I've dabbled in and out of the GL for the last few months. I have 3-4 stone to lose and really need some help!

Ok, so today my diet consisted of:

B: Low GL Granola, with apple and Natural Live Yoghurt (NLY)(recipe made from recipe from Patrick Holford's book)

S: 2 oatcakes with peanut butter

L: 2 sausages, 2 rashers, 1 egg and 1 slice of wholemeal toast (I know this was not ideal but we were in a greasy spoon!)

S: 2 oatcakes with peanut butter

D: Pollock with a homemade tomato sauce and roasted aubergine

Drank 1.5ltrs (might get some more in before the end of the night). Managed to drink another 1/2 litre so reached 2 litres.

Walked 2.5miles.

Slipped up and had a fairy cake :-(

Going to be really good from now on.
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irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
food looked good for today apart from the greasy spoon, lol. Overall, just keep a careful eye on portion sizes. I have found that once I do that it helps keep me on track.
Day 2 entry

Slept really well last night apart from having to get up to go to the loo (side effect of all the water!) but really struggled to get up this morning.... hope the energy you get from GI/GL lifestyle hits me soon....

Pretty good day but as you can see from my entries I have a sweet tooth which I'm going to have to try to overcome.

B: Granola with apple and NLY
S: 2 oatcakes with peanut butter and cup of tea
L: Homemade butternut squash and slices of roast chicken
S: 2 ginger oatcakes with peanut butter
D: Quorn Peppered Steak with tomato, aubergine and green bean stew
S: 3 squares of 70% chocolate, cup of tea

w: 2 ltrs
e: walk 2.5 miles

It's a long evening yet, so hopefully I don't give in to any more sweet cravings. Good luck everyone.

irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
Hope you have got through the evening. Why don't you split your snacks and save some for the evening. I often chop two plums and mix with a dessert spoon of mixed seeds and have this for nibbles through the evening.
Day 3

Why do I feel so crap?? I’ve been eating well, sleeping well, taking my vitamins, drinking lots of water and getting in some walking?? Just doesn’t make sense!
I am so tired in the mornings it is a struggle to get out of bed and then I spend the next 2 hours yawning. When I get in to work I am struggling to do any work and have no motivation, the same can be said for housework!!
Today is my third day following the GL plan and I had hoped I might have regained energy but maybe my body is detoxing from all the things I used to give it – namely fried foods and sugar. Recently I had started to have coffee again, but as I know it doesn’t agree with me I gave it up again a week or more ago so I don’t think it is caffeine withdrawals. I still have 1-2 cups of tea a day, but I have given up having any sugar in it (I used to have 2 spoons) - I tried switching over to the Rooibus tea (think that’s spelt wrong) but it doesn’t suit my taste buds – tastes like it was brewed in a hospital to me L
Feeling very flat – hopefully tomorrow might be better...
Will aim for my 2 ltrs of water and 2.5mile walk – yesterday I went on the trampoline with my 5 year old niece for about 5 minutes and it nearly killed me! Talk about being unfit, hopefully as the weight drops off I might get better. I can feel the effect the extra weight is having on my knees and hips also so I really need to shift it.
I’ve also ordered the Nigel Denby book so waiting for it to arrive. Hopefully it will give me some more inspiration.
Food for today is:
B: Granola, Apple and NLY
S: Oatcakes and peanut butter
L: Homemade Butternut squash soup, roast chicken and 1 slice of soya and linseed bread
S: Oatcakes and peanut butter
D: Homemade Chicken curry with brown rice
S: I will take IM’s suggestion and split some from earlier in the day – hopefully this will get me over my sweet craving.

Good luck everyone!
I think that day 3 or so would be spot on for withdrawals. I know that today I just could not stop thinking about crusty bread; just as well that I've been stuck at home with two sick kiddies or I would have been straight down to Sainsburys bakery lol. Stick with it - I am sure that your energy levels will improve soon. With all the healthy eating that you do with GL eating they are bound to.

Which Patrick Holford book is the granola recipe in please? I may have a go at making some.
Feeling good today, it’s the first morning I have actually had energy getting up! Hopefully this will continue.
And, my trousers feel a little looser than they previously did – Yippee:D!! Weighing in tomorrow so fingers crossed.
Plan for today is:
B: 2 egg omelette with spring onion and bacon, cup of tea
S: Oatcake and peanut butter
L: Butternut squash soup with 1 slice soya and linseed bread and roast turkey
S: Oatcake and peanut butter, cup of tea
D: Home made chicken curry and brown basmati rice

W: 2 ltrs (minimum)
E: 2.5 mile walk

I need to start introducing more fruit in to my diet, so that is my plan for next week. I will change some of my snacks to include fruit.
Weekends are always a problem as we tend to socialise in the pub so I am going to have to try to be really good....
Good luck everyone.
Hi Skerry, I'm not sure which one it is in but I will check tonight and post the recipe on here for you.

It is very simple and I make it in a batch to do 4 days, then you can vary the fruit you have with it. I actually look forward to it in the mornings!

irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
PP sounds like you have had a hard time with detoxing this week. Maybe up your water intake to about three litres to keep flushing our system.
I had the oatcakes and peanut butter a lot initially too. Then they started to taste a bit too moreish so I switched to chopped plums with a dessert spoon of mixed seeds or just a plain oatcake. This wored for me. I also keep an apple chopped in a small tub and snack on this. I find if I eat a fruit without chopping it then I eat it too quickly and am still peckish afterwards. Eating more slowly allows the brain time to compute that the hunger has been satisfied. It does work, believe me!!!
Thanks for the tips IM, I will definitely try next week to vary it a bit more. My poor hubby is going to suffer too - he has a sweet tooth but no weight problem, but the only way I can avoid things is if they are not in the house.

I've checked out the fitness plan site and inputted today's menu and exercise in it. Definitely a great tool, now all I have to do is work hard to get this weight shifted!!

How are you getting on? By the looks of your log you must be at the weight you want to be?

irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
PP, I'm doing well and hope to reach my target of 180 this week. This will have me at my average adult weight. In any event, I intend to stay eating GL foods, just upping the cals a little. I love GL as a way of eating.
I used to suffer a bit with irritable bowl, flaky scalp. GL has gotten rid of all symptoms of these. My skin is glowing or so everyone tells me!!
If I go back to eating the wrong foods then not only will those problems come back but all the bloomin weight as well!!
1 week over

So I got through my first week and weighed in yesterday and was delighted to be down by 4lb!! What a result. Ok, I felt a bit rough for the first few days but after that I have had a lot more energy and feeling much better.

Friday's menu
B: 2 egg omelette with bacon
S: oatcakes with peanut butter, tea
L: butternut squash soup, soya and linseed bread and turkey
S: oatcake with peanut butter
D: chicken curry with brown basmati rice
S: apricot and almond biscuit (patrick holford recipe)

W: 2 litres
E: 2.5mile walk

Now for the confessions.....
Saturday I did well in the morning and then fell off the wagon completely....
B: 2 egg omelette with bacon
S: apricot and almond biscuit
L: 4 slices ham
S: nothing
D: pizza:mad:

Then we went to the pub and all my great intentions of drinking vodka or wine spritzer went out the window and I ended up drinking cider! Not exactly what I should be doing if I want to lose weight!! Ah well, I've tried to get back on track today.

Will post today's menu tomorrow.

irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
4lbs was a fab loss for your first week. You know you can achieve 2 -3 lbs every week with a bit of effort.
What a pity about the pizza and , though cider is not the most unfriendly GL wise, but get back on track. It really is best to try and limit alcohol when in the weightloss phase. If I can do that then anyone can!!!
Good luck for the coming week.
Sunday's Menu

To try to make up for my over indulgence yesterday I cut back on the food today.....
B: 2 egg omelette with bacon
S: apricot and almond biscuit
L: chicken breast with small amount green veg
S: none
D: 50g rice with 1 slice ham

W: 2 litres (can’t seem to get any further than 2...)
E: 2 miles

Annoyed with myself over yesterday but know I have to move on. The trouble is we always socialise in the pub (we live in the countryside and there is nothing else around!). I know I should at least have drank something better than cider but today is another day. I will make sure to walk lots this week and eat sensibly.

irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
Don't fret, move on now. You are off to a good start by cutting back a bit. If you must have drink at weekend why not try a white wine spritzer. Better still, go to the pub but stay on the sparkling water. I've done it loads and it is not as awful as I thought it would be.
Monday's Diary

So I've officially been following GL for a week. I have decided to weigh in on a Saturday to help to motivate me over the weekend, so really my first weigh in this week was not a full week.

I suffered some withdrawal/detox side effects for the first few days but after day 4 I have really started to feel the benefits and now have much more energy. I also have a lot less bloating and gas and my bowel movements are much more regular (TMI I know!!).

My Paul Denby books arrived today so I'm looking forward to reading them as soon as I get a chance. I already have the Patrick Holford books and there are some really good recipes in there, I just have to get a little more inventive, but it is hard to find the time!

I also managed to get the Neuro Trim in Tesco over the weekend so I drank a bottle of it in the car on the way home from work at 5pm and then went for my walk and finally had my dinner at 7.30. Normally I'd be ravenous as soon as I get home but I wasn't at all hungry and lasted quite easily until my dinner was ready at 7.30. Will definitely try it again tomorrow to see how I get on.

Today was a pretty good day.
B: 45g porridge (made with water), mixed berries, ground seeds and xylitol - found I was hungry around 10 after eating this, usually if I have granola or eggs I'd last longer.
S: ginger oatcake
L: chicken salad (with dressing - I know this isn't great!)
S: Neuro trim
D: Homemade chicken curry with brown rice (probably my favourite dinner of all!)

W: 1.5ltr
E: 2.5 mile walk

Good luck everyone.
Anyone else suffer indigestion/heartburn from porridge? I even tried presoaking it last night to see if this helped but a touch of indigestion this morning.....

Any other ideas for breakfast? I tend to have either bacon and eggs, omelette or granola? Was trying porridge for a change but have never found that it gives me that long lasting feeling of fullness other people seem to get!?!
I don't find that porridge fills me up for very long (sacrilage as I am Scottish :p) and I have never been a big cereal eater, as I prefer savoury food at breakfast.

I like the cheesy bacon muffins from the Nigel Denby GL Diet made easy, and often have them for breakfast.

Cheesy bacon muffins
He says that the recipe serves 4, but I can easily get 6 muffins per recipe.

30g/2 tbsp olive-oil or olive-oil based spread
2 large free-range eggs
100g ground almonds
2 rashers lean, crispy, cooked bacon, cut into pieces (I sometimes leave out or use ham instead)
2 tbsp grated cheese such as parmesan or mature cheddar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp paprika (optional)

1. Whisk the oil and egg together
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly
3. Spoon the mix into muffin cases.
4. Bake for 15 minutes at 190

or you can put the mixture into ramekin dishes and microwave for 1 minute each (but I have never tried cooking them this way).

I also love nut butter on toast (either rye, which is an acquired taste, or Burgen soya and linseed).

irish molly

Maintaing LT loss on GL
You are doing very well and your menu looks great. It's a pity the porridge is not filling enough. I thought that to initially and did not much like it but I found I was hungrier after an egg. Once I started adding the seeds to the porridge it did leave me satisfied. I also make sure to drink about 500mls water with the porridge as well.
That's a good idea to weigh early in the weekend as it will help keep you strong when temptation comes. We always want to treat ourselves at the weekends don't we!!

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