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wave Morning everyone. 

I did not realise how many cookery books I had until I decided to pack them all up this morning.  surprised   I might let you know how many I found!!!   eeek

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Oh wow Nadine, I'm the one who has to thank you!  You've been so helpful (well, all of you have), but if it's also helped you then that's a bonus.

Yes I have had a return of symptoms - stomach troubles, burning mouth, eczema coming back, strong thirst again the last couple of days.  If all that's not an incentive to get on with it again, I don't know what is!

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danast said:

wave Morning everyone. 

I did not realise how many cookery books I had until I decided to pack them all up this morning.  surprised   I might let you know how many I found!!!   eeek

Morning Danuta,

Now you have to tell us.....come on, give us the total Danuta......  what_the_heck

I have guilty secrets in that area too.....big_laugh

 

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wave Sue, I know how difficult it is to get back on a good eating plan.  I have put on weight since I came back from holiday, but I have decided to do nothing drastic till after I have moved house, other than keep an eye on the scales to stop myself putting on any more.  However I do not have health problems that are making me feel ill, so perhaps for your own good it would be best to try to watch what you are eating.  God, this sounds so patronising Sue and you know it is not meant to.  How else can I put it??  Get your finger out girl, you know you want to feel better.  

You know if someone was talking to me about my diet like this I would tell them to bog off and mind their own business!!!!!  big_laugh   

 big_hug    Good luck my dear Sue.  big_hug  I think you do so well and I believe you needed the break.  

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If it was anyone else, Danuta, I would!!! (as my husband would tell you big_laugh).  I'm a stubborn cow and don't like being told what to do.....I don't mean by you, dear lady.....the mere fact of having to drastically change my diet and the feeling of being dictated to by the diabetes etc, has been getting to me a bit.  Stupid I know - it's my health, for goodness sake!  So it makes extremely good sense to take care of my diet and thus my health.  I WILL get my head round it all again (if only because you, my friend, told me to! big_hug).  And I know I'm getting such a lot of support from everyone on here, as well as from my husband, family and good friends.

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Sue, big_hug

I find it easier to avoid eating what I shouldn't if I keep off it altogether. I wonder if trying the occasional slice of bread is too much at the moment, for example. I suspect there is a reaction, where the food (or drink) causes you (or me) to feel bad, you have some more which masks the reaction, so you keep eating it but it makes you worse so the cycle goes on and on till you collapse or have to do something about it. It happens a lot with coffee, but I suspect it can happen with any food. 

Christmas cooking here was interesting. My daughter is slightly allergic to nuts (she noticed very early signs, tingling in the mouth) and so she avoids them. I make the Chirstmas cake without nuts, and she makes mock marzipan for a small stollen just for her so I can have marzipan in the bigger one. Since a nut allergy is cumulative avaoiding them means it shouldn't get worse, and if she inadvertantly has something with nuts in it when she is out or eating with friends, it shouldn't do her any harm. So our food was nut free, gluten free, trying for low GI for her. thumbs_down cry frown aargh  eeek big_laugh

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You're quite right Barbara.  I've always loved good bread, and anything with pastry (sweet or savoury)....I've been eating the odd slice of seeded or multigrain bread here and there, and had a few (homemade) pastry things - mince pies, cheese straws, things I made for Xmas/New Year (for others I have to say - not supposedly for me!! embarassedbig_laugh).  And the more I eat of them, the more I want them, and the worse my symptoms are.  Fool, aren't I roll_eyesdoh.  I know I should go cold turkey (yuck!  I don't even like turkey big_laugh) and simply cut it all out - but it's so boring eating all this plain healthy stuff!!! yell

It would be so much easier if it was just one thing I had to cut out, or just one health issue to deal with.  Well, these things are sent to try us, so they say (I must have been such a bad girl, or him up there hates me whistlebig_laugh). 

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Oh, and I'm just hoping the sourdough bread won't upset my system....I'm determined to give it a go.  If it does - well, damn and blast!! monster

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As a lifetime dieter I know cold turkey is the only way. I can do without chocolate for example for ages but just one small bit and I am addicted again! I often have rebellious thoughts about eating what I want but I know if I do I will gain weight. I have 2 insulin dependent siblings and my father had a major stroke when he was 54 which is why I try to keep control. It is very hard with a world that has yummy food all around us

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Sue, I love bread too! Sourdough is supposed to cause fewer reactions because of the slow rising, so it may be ok. I want to get a GF starter going, but don't have the energy for it quite yet. But the gluten-free bread machine cookbook is brilliant--it makes loaves that my offspring were happy to eat and they came prepared to make or buy their own bread if necessary. The flour mix in there seems to work well. Maybe by next Christmas I will be mixing all my own flours and not using the Doves Farm GF plain and self-raising. Gluten free baking and Artisanal gluten free cooking both are good--the second one seems better and isn't just baking, but it uses sorghum flour which I haven't found yet. I am going to try the mix they use but with buckwheat flour, or maybe some buckwheat and some ground almonds, which I think should work.

I didn't make any mince pies this year, but my daughter made mincemeat bars instead. It uses what is essentially a crumble mixture as the base, then mincemeat, and then crumble mixture, baked and cut into pieces when cold. It is actually better with GF than with ordinary oats and flour. surprised

I think that most problems with GF baking can be overcome by trial and error and by picking other people's brains or pinching their ideas. My concerns are that all the flours seem to be pretty low in fiber, and probably very high GI index.

We had pizza on Christmas Eve. My son made the dough, using his usual recipe and Doves Farm flour, and found he needed to add an egg to it. If he had used my usual recipe, an Elizabeth David one, that uses an egg, it would have worked even better. whistle

If you want to talk through some of the recipes, or get some of the flour mix proportions, PM me with your phone number and a good time to phone and we can have a moan together about it.

I am new to GF flours at the moment, but my offspring reminded me I had done it twice in the past and how much better GF flours and foods are now than they were 20 years ago. Which is true, but not much consolation! wink

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Thanks for all that Barbara, it's very kind of you big_hug

While I was at the doctor's the other day, I saw on the noticeboard a leaflet stating that they would no longer be providing GF foods on prescription (for Coeliacs, I presume).  It said that it wasn't their decision, but the decision of Somerset Health Authority.  Clearly another costcutting exercise....and presumably the reason why I can't get blood glucose testing equipment on prescription either aargh.  Don't they realise it makes so much more sense for us to be able to have a pro-active role in our health issues, which will in turn help keep us well and therefore be less of a burden on the NHS? steam

(oops, this isn't the ranting thread! sorry)

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Not providing blood glucose testing equipment on prescription for diabetics--that is appalling! monster

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It's a postcode lottery thing Barbara, some health authorities do, some don't.  Type 1's get it, case of having to, but Type 2's don't if your area doesn't support it, unless you have to have insulin (which I don't).

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Sue please check what is available at your local pharmacy, I saw one offering this service but I don't know if it was free.

I'll try that again!

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Toffeeapple said:

Sue please check what is available at your local pharmacy, I saw one offering this service but I don't know if it was free.

 

TA, I think I've seen that service advertised, but I believe it's a test to find out if you are diabetic.  The testing equipment I'm talking about is a meter, lancets (finger pricking devices) and test strips which you use to check your blood glucose levels throughout the day - e.g. first thing in the morning (a fasting one), then just before meals and again 2 hours after a meal.  So a diabetic could be testing their levels 7 or 8 times a day.  It's not necessary to do that all the time (too expensive, for one thing!  The strips cost quite a bit), but in the early weeks after being diagnosed, it's the only way you can check how your blood glucose levels respond to different foods.  If my BG levels rise after eating pasta, say (which they do), then I know not to eat it very often and, when I do, to only have a very small amount.

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