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Desserts and Sweets / cream jelly? jelly cream? jc?
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:03:21 AM »
Trying something new - cream and jelly but not the conventional way.
I often flavour my whipped cream with cocoa (few drops of zero or other sweetner) to make chocolate cream or cocoa and coffee granules for mocha flavor - fantastic dessert.  Today I sprinkled no sugar jelly crystals over my cream and started to whip.
Raspberry flavour (not the whole packet just what I thought would be sufficient)... it looked pretty (pink), the little taste I had was good.  Popped it in the fridge for tomorrow.  I want to know how the setting agent in the jelly will affect the cream.  Will it be firmer or same as whipped cream?  Results will be announced soon.  This opens up all those other flavours - orange, pineapple, get the drift.
And you don't have to add any sweetner because it is already in the jelly.  I hope it ends up a little firmer as this would help when putting on cake/cheesecake or, well, anything.

Will let you know....morgan 

General Discussion / Touching Base
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:24:53 PM »
Hello everyone, just touching base to see how everyone is going with their "trials and tribulations".   How's the goal setting??  The triumphs?? The tears and frustrations??   Good??  Glad to hear it.  I've been doing well and have lost 18kgs (40lb - wow, haha, gotta say it sounds heaps more in poundage) since mid October last year - approx 32 wks or so.  That might not mean a lot to some in the length of time,  but this is a post menopausal woman here and it is a heap better than putting it on.   I've sauntered through this not really putting much effort (when I say not much effort - I am following the guidelines, but I am not stressing or obsessing) into it to be honest, just taken it day by day.  I keep telling myself I must start to exercise but I'm hard put to get motivated to do anything let alone exercise.  It is the beginning of winter here and it is absolutely freezing already.  But each day I am getting closer to that treadmill set up in the lounge room.  I'll get there - maybe I'm waiting for a plateau to actually have to shake my body up to keep losing.  I see it for what it is - an EXCUSE.  I know it, I own it, I WILL??? overcome it.    ;D

Hope everyone is well and doing well.


General Discussion / New People
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:13:04 AM »
Hello Newbies......joined in the fun yet?? 

Decided on the lifestyle change?? 
(I hope I'm hearing a resounding YES!!)

Decided to make yourself healthier and thinner?? 
(You gotta start somewhere, some how.)

Or are you sitting on the fence wondering if it is too hard?? 
(Life my friend is hard - not all the time, but it's not always easy.)

Or if you are too old?? 
(Haven't you heard - you're never too old  :D)

Or do you just want to press a button and your weight issues will disappear??? (Sorry it ain't happening - well maybe one day, but not today, so you're just going to have to make the effort.)

(I love me my question marks  ;D)

We live in a world of instant....we don't want to put in the effort, but we expect the results.   This lifestyle can be a bit tricky,  but it can be seamless.  You can eat lots of things, and there are lots of substitutions.  Don't be narky though if you can't get your sugar fix though, because that's what got you on this site in the first place.

I have my cake and eat it too  :),  I just have to bake it first.  That way I know exactly what's in it. I even had pavlova and whipped chocolate cream (2 carbs) (all sugar free) yesterday and today for dessert.  I have lo-carb bread (I either make it myself or buy a lo-carb one - I don't eat more that a slice a day and not every day.  It's not that I can't, it just that after a while you just don't crave it.  Pasta is another issue - I've tried to substitute with the zero noodles and I enjoyed them at the start, but now I just give them a miss.   Potato/rice - I love me my cauliflower substitute.  A much better food item for anyone.  I can have bacon and eggs every day if I want, or omelette or even pancakes.  And if you love cheese - go for it.  In the States I understand you can buy heaps more of lo-carb products than in Australia - take advantage of it.

That's it for now.  I hope I have helped someone/anyone. 

If you don't want to say anything in the comments leave a emoji (happy or other face) for me - make my day  ;D

General Discussion / HAPPY NEW YEAR
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:50:26 AM »
Happy New Year one and all.....have a safe, healthy and happy 2018.

Many of us will be making resolutions and taking stock of our lives and our health.

I think the No 1 resolution is usually one of "losing weight".  Always a good start.
Strike while the iron is hot and be determined to see it through.   I am committed to see the end of my weight struggles this year.  I'm so done of being a "yo-yo".  I didn't start on 1 January, I restarted mid October - just after my birthday.  So far I have lost 8kg (17lb).   Not bad since I'm post menopausal.  My age is another issue because I have to talk myself out of the "I'm too old - why bother" - "everything won't shrink back" .  No it won't and I won't be miraculously young again either.  But if I had found this lifestyle years ago, it would have made a huge difference then.

I have been on and off F2S for a few years now...think I started in 2012.  I have always done well when I commit to this lifestyle - unfortunately life got in the way and I have fallen off many times, BUT  I have always climbed back on and continued.  Sometimes being so disheartened by putting on the weight I had lost.   

It's not that I find it hard to follow this lifestyle but the fact that I couldn't cope with events that had me returning to old habits.

The positive, and yes there is a positive, is that I know what to do.   I know how to substitute, I know how to cook almost carb free,  I have learned coping skills and I know that unless I give "permission" to myself to fail (by having something I know is so bad for me) I CANNOT FAIL.

I don't cry over 'spilt milk' and fall off the wagon because something unexpected happened - for example,  I went out for coffee with a friend and had an almond milk latte and then when I finished I found out that they used sweetened almond milk at 9 carbs/250ml.   That's almost half my daily intake of 20 carbs.  I would have had black with cream if I had of known.  My bad - I should have checked beforehand but cafe was sooooo busy, I assumed they used same brand as the other cafe.....

Word of advice - NEVER ASSUME!!!!!!

I have to adjust what I was planning on having for dinner....sigh.

So everyone,  know it is never too late and it doesn't matter if your skin ends up being  a bit loose.  It too can be fixed - it's up to you as to how.  Exercise helps and surgery if it doesn't.  It depends on what you can live with.  But, firstly, you have to lose it  :)

One step at a time.....what's the saying? - a journey of a 1000 miles starts with one step.  You just have to take that step.....

Just remember, there is always someone here to help....take care everyone.

General Discussion / Christmas 2017 - Menu Planning
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:50:43 PM »
Well, needless to say, Christmas is coming along at a cracking pace - 37 days (omgosh) I didn't realise how close until I looked it up just now.

Planning is everything.  Sometimes you can wing it and hope it all turns out alright, but it's better if you have a Plan B (or C, D, E - you get my drift).  Most people have ham or turkey which is easy (watch out for honey or sugar glazing though).  I always turn up with something I have prepared - especially in the dessert section.  Whilst  you can usually get away with something on offer from the mains section, few people cater for our lifestyle - thinking fruit salad is good for those watching their weight.  Actually I've know people to throw in a tin of syrup laden fruit into the fresh fruit and adding marshmellows.  lol

I usually take mini cheesecakes which everyone loves, especially when I tell them it's sugarfree.  Then I can easily have 1 or 2 with some whipped cream (watch out for the added sugar variety) without drama.   I make a nice almond meal sponge cake with whipped cream and sf choc ganache also. 

Anyone got some helpful ideas???

General Discussion / Ah Caulifower, I remember you well
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:10:34 PM »
 I made Caulifower hash browns the other day and they were so yum  - I then renenbered  how truly versatile this vegetable is. 

Considering this was my most hated vegetable when I was growing up.  I think my mother only served it boiled so that could explain a lot.  When I was older I tried cauli in cheese sauce - always a favourite - I think this changed my mind. 

When I started F2S I did cauli mash instead of potatoes and I enjoyed that:  I think I prefer it now to potato.  Then came cauli rice, which is really heaps better than stodgy white rice.  Cauli is also great in casseroles as a replacement for potato, but my hash browns(or substitute potato pancakes or fritters)  - yummo.  I hadn't made them in ages and forgot how great they were.

Now that it's almost summer here in Australia and the weather really is warming up - I've realised how easy it is to make coleslaw compared to the ones you buy already made.  I cannot believe the carb count!!!!   Do they add a spoonful of sugar prior to packaging?? either that or they use a really carb load mayo/dressing.

General Discussion / COME ON PEOPLE - get involved
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:23:29 AM »
As I said - come on people.  While I have been on line there have been 56 guests and only 1 user (me).   It's fun to read the comments but it's great to be involved.   The people who regularly come on this forum have been through all the things you will be going through as a newbie.   We have been there, done that, fallen off the wagon, cried, screamed and gotten support.  That's what we are here for.   I live in a regional country town in Australia, pop 350 (approx).   I live alone and don't really get support from those around me.  My kids have left home...and you would think it would be easier, but in reality there is no one to share a meal, come up with ideas or even share allowable cakes/cookies.  So you don't bother because really you shouldn't eat it all by yourself.   Mouseissue (Tony) is really great and has been a great help on this forum - I think he has seen it all and is invaluable with his advice.

So please people - join in, make friends.  Tell us your hopes or disappointments.
And as Frasier says "I'm (we're) listening"....... ;D

General Discussion / merry christmas and a happy new year
« on: December 29, 2016, 06:43:55 AM »
Hello all - a bit late on the merry christmas, but I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and I'm early on the happy new year, so there is still time for NYE's resolutions.

Time just flies.  It just seems like yesterday was christmas and I just put away the tree when here it is again.

I've been away on a few holidays (my credit card got a good workout that's for sure).  I had a milestone birthday along with 2 of my friends.  I had promised to go away with both of them to celebrate.  Unfortunately, neither of them would agree to the destination so I did 2 holidays (on the plus side YAY on the financial side REALLY???!!!).

Good time was had on both.  Spent time in China - lots of walking- unfortunately carbs abounded but they are not big on desserts, so came home roughly same weight as I left. I don't think they believe in sugarfree anything.   Second was a cruise - my girls call it a floating buffet -  pretty much a death knell on a healthy eating plan.   Yes I know, I could have been really strict and not been tempted, but I'm human and.......(insert appropriate excuse here).   It wasn't too bad but with lots of relaxing -and I am not one of those people that feels one should go to the gym on holiday (or any other time if truth be told), a few pounds were put on.   

I have been flat out cooking 'sugar laden' foods for the craft shop I bake for.  I don't usually eat any of my baked goods which is good, but I have to admit to having a piece of shortbread after making so many of them. 

Looking forward to the new year, new resolutions, new enthusiasm, new focus.  Hoping to 'see' everyone in the new year.

General Discussion / bored with breakfast
« on: July 18, 2016, 04:42:22 AM »
okay - i'm sick of eggs and dare I say bacon ----say it ain't so.   

'Fraid so - would like a little kickstart for a new breakfast menu. 

Any suggestions people? --- something with protein is a given  ;D

General Discussion / Most versatile food ??
« on: May 13, 2016, 04:52:38 AM »
For me - I've found the most versatile food is cauliflower.  As a child this was the most hated of vegetables for me.  I would put it into the pockets of my cheeks and go spit it out in the garden.  Bleah.....

Years later I could tolerate it in cheese sauce or with tomato (ketchup to you lot) sauce, but now I use it as 'rice', 'mashed potato', in soup, fritters and with cheese sauce.  I know you can use it as 'potato salad' but that one still eludes me.

What's your favourite or most versatile food?

General Discussion / helllloooooooo.......
« on: May 04, 2016, 07:36:53 AM »
No one has been saying anything for awhile, so I thought I would drop a few lines and see how everyone is. is everyone????????

General Discussion / Healthy Fats
« on: April 05, 2016, 12:30:47 AM »
When we are told to increase our fat - I'm presuming healthy fats - what are they?

Coconut oil?

I would have added cream and butter - but is it one of the things you would increase?

I eat the fat of meat (including chicken skin) - this something I should be skipping?

Breakfast Recipes / HASH BROWNS
« on: March 28, 2016, 11:46:50 PM »
I was touring the breakfast section and got hash browns on my mind.  (I'd also just watched how to rice cauli in a blender).

Thinking of a way to make hash browns out of cauli rice - any suggestions??

General Discussion / People Who Watch What You Eat
« on: March 28, 2016, 08:34:02 PM »
Funny actually.  I really don't watch what people eat, it is their business.  Then again I'm not very observant to physical characteristics either.  I have a friend who can tell me eye color, height, scars, attitude, etc, and probably if they put on a pound.  She should have worked for a government agency she's so scary.  I couldn't tell you my friends' eye colors without really thinking about it. I seem to work on the inside of people rather than the outside.
Having said that there are people who seem invested what I put in my mouth (and these people really have no right - except my mother, she seems to have a right to do or say whatever - but that's mothers for you  ;)).  When I am eating FTS, they seem to worry - "oh, she took the bun off her burger, she refused the biscuit, cake, rice, pasta.  She's doing that sugarfree thing again, what a bother'.  They don't say the last bit aloud (because they know I will just say I don't care),  but you can hear the eye roll - it makes me smile sometimes and cross at other times.

I don't make them change things that they have planned, I work around or with it.  I don't make an issue out of things but they do.  Though I do remember going into a coffee shop and asking if they have cream for my coffee and low and behold my friend announced to all and sundry that I was on carb-free.  Why would she do that??? I wasn't making an issue. If no cream then I would ask for some milk on the side so I could put the amount I wanted in - no biggie.

On the plus side, when I started FTS more than 2/3 years ago, I could not get almond milk unless I went online, now I'm happy to say I can go to my local supermarket and there it is, also almond meal.  But the most FANTASTIC thing was that I can go to a lot of the coffee places and they can make my coffee with almond milk - I don't mind the extra 50c - well worth it.  I noticed it first at Gloria Jeans, I was SOOOOOOOO HAPPPPPPY.  In case you didn't realise I am a huge coffee lover.

So to the new people - minor warning - don't let other's put you off.  If you are feeling better (and you will) that's all you need to know.  There will be days where you will say it is all so UNFREAKING UNFAIR, but in the long run you will be better for it.   ;) ;) ;)

General Discussion / Food Pyramid - Australia
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:47:20 AM »
Australia updated its food pyramid last year sometime and has actually moved grains up from the bottom.  From eat most to eat moderately.  It is also recommending we avoid sugar and salt.  As a matter of interest I googled America's food pyramid and was surprised that Native American's have their own pyramid, not to mention Latin American and Italian.  Wonder why.  What did interest me was that your pyramid suggests 6-11 servings of grains/pasta/rice - that seemed somewhat excessive.  Thoughts?

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