Monday, 9 July 2012

Starting again

Good Morning Lovely Readers


Staring again .... sort of .... I am still 11lbs down but I did lose the plot last week. Mr Thrifty pointed out that I do better on a more limited choice of foods and so we are doing phase 1 (3rd time) but with some additions.....
I am including low-sugar fruits and dairy. I am hoping that this means I will stick it for longer and my plan is - at this moment in time - to carry on beyond 5 days.

How are you doing? Hanging on in there .... or fallen off the wagon?

It would be great if we could help each other through this - thank you Sue for your offers of support!

Love Mrs Thrifty

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Hello there anyone there?

I need help!

You guessed it ..... I have fallen off the wagon and I NEED to get back on .....


Mrs Thrifty

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Half a Stone in 5 days

Hello Lovely Readers

Well ... I weighed in this morning and ...

...I kind of expected it - I did eat that baguette after all - you guessed it; I didn't lose weight yesterday. I don't mind too much after all I have lost 7lbs in 5 days which I am really happy about. As Sue says, and of course Zoe Harcombe agrees with her, it's Fat meals that shift the weight, not the carb ones. So, as I go on to phase 2 I am going to try and eat more of the fat meals and restrict the carb ones. It will be interesting to see if this does make a difference.

So, have a great weekend
Love Mrs Thrifty

This is my menu planner for this week:

Harcombe Diet – phase 2 – week 1 F = fat meal C = carb meal
F Poached eggs + tomatoes
F Goats cheese salad
Strawberries + cream
C Quorn chilli + natural yoghurt + tomato salsa
C Fresh fruit + natural yoghurt
F Salmon fillet + steamed vegetables
F Poached eggs on spinach
C Porridge + natural yoghurt + blueberries
F Salad Nicoise
F Aubergine gratin

C Porridge + natural yoghurt + blueberries
F Mackerel salad
F Creole fish casserole + green salad
C Porridge + natural yoghurt + grated apple
F Feta + olive salad

C Butternut squash curry + brown rice + natural yoghurt
F Herb omelette + tomato
F Prawn stir fry
C Quorn bolognaise + buckwheat pasta
F Bacon + egg/scrambled egg
C Baked potato + low fat cottage cheese + salad
F Baked fish + steamed vegetables

Friday, 29 June 2012

Day 5 - phase 1

Good Evening Lovely Readers

I lost another pound yesterday which I am really happy about. Weight loss so far = 7lbs in 4 days (plus 4lbs not gained from the original 12lbs I lost).  It is the last day of phase 1 and to tell you the truth I couldn't be happier - I am ready for the next phase and proved this by "cheating" tonight.

I did okay all day but then Mr Thrifty and I spent all afternoon in the garden and I was tired. So when I went in to make our dinner, I couldn't be bothered to go to the effort of making a salad and instead I warmed up some mini baguettes and we had those with butter and sardines. Oh well.... it could have been worse (I think).  I will wait until the morning to weigh and see if the demon white bread made a difference! I'll let you know.

Interestingly, it filled a hole but I really haven't missed bread at all. Back on track tomorrow..
Love Mrs Thrifty

Day 5
Porridge + natural yoghurt
Egg + salad
Grilled sardines + green salad

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Day 4 - phase 1

Good Morning  Lovely Readers

I have awoken to a beautiful sunny morning here is Suffolk and that always makes the world seem brighter - don't you agree? I have lost another pound, so that takes my total in 3 days on phase 1 of this diet to 6lbs. I am only 1lb off my original SMART target and so I have added another ticker to my side bar ready for tomorrow (hopefully)... have you got yours yet? I do like to see a visual display of what I have lost. 

St Jacob's Menonite Market, Ontario - see my other blog for my recent trip.
I have tried so many diets over time - in fact, there possibly isn't a diet I haven't tried..... but this is working for me and I don't feel cheated or hungry. How are you finding it? Today's menu is at the bottom of the page.

Have a great day
Love Mrs Thrifty
Day 4
Tomato omelette made with 2-3 eggs, knob of butter, ½tsp herbs, ground black pepper
Chef's salad: a large mix of salad leaves, beetroot, tomato, cucumber, radish + spring onions, with hardboiled eggs and/or feta cheese + olives. Olive oil and black pepper for dressing
Stuffed peppers: boil 50g dry weight brown rice, stir-fry chopped mixed vegetables (not potatoes or mushrooms) in olive oil, then mix the rice and vegetables together and fill a deseeded pepper shell. Bake in a medium oven for 20-30 minutes until the pepper is soft to the touch

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

5lbs - 2 days

Good Morning Lovely Readers

I have now lost 5lbs in 2 days - actually I have also lost 0.2 of a pound (my scales are digital) but I will save that towards tomorrows lost to keep in round pounds. So again I say, if you follow the rules, this diet works. How are you doing? I would love to hear, so do leave me a little comment to let me know your progress.

New to the Harcombe Diet? Here are the rules for Phase 1

Rules for Phase 1
● Unless specified, eat as much as you like so that you don't start to feel hungry.
● You're allowed to eat unlimited unprocessed meat, fish, eggs, salads and vegetables, apart from potatoes and mushrooms. Mushrooms feed Candida albicans, while potatoes are very high in carbohydrate so they encourage Candida albicans and hypoglycaemia. Olives and tomatoes are also allowed, as is olive oil for cooking and dressings.
● You can have 50g brown rice or rice pasta per day or 75g porridge oats.
● No caffeine is allowed. But you should drink about 1.5 litres of water, herbal tea, decaffeinated tea or coffee (without milk) a day.
● And no sweeteners or sugar-free drinks - they can stimulate the insulin mechanism in a similar way to sugar and just perpetuate your desire for sweet things.
● Unless specified, all foods can be cooked in any way - roasted, fried, grilled, baked, poached etc.
● You can snack between meals on vegetable crudités or natural live yoghurt, but try and get used to eating just three big main meals a day so your body has time to digest them properly. Make meals as regular as possible so your body feels no need to store food.
● If you're following the fixed plan, you can switch around any of the meals - as long as you're only having one meal a day with rice, rice pasta or porridge oats.

Have a wonderful day - I am off to Norwich to find out about laser eye surgery ...ooohhh scary!

Love Mrs Thrifty

Day 3
75g porridge oats with water + natural yoghurt
Egg salad (packed to go)
natural live yoghurt 
Grilled sardines + a large salad

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lose 4lbs in 1 day!

Good Morning Lovely Readers

Just a quick post to let you know that when I jumped stepped on the scales this morning I had lost 4lbs! I am thrilled to bits. 

This means I have another 3lbs to go to get down to my pre-Canada weight. I have to admit that I was very naughty out there, and when I came back too... I am talking butter tarts (yum), cookies, maple syrup and pancakes, cookies, cup cakes, ice cream (oh my, that was good!), cookies, and Tim Hortons at every stop! Did I mention cookies? Oh yes, chocolate too! There, that's my confession and it cost me 5lbs in Canada and 2lbs since arriving home. I need this diet and IT WORKS!! I must admit that I am surprised that I lost 4lbs in just one day, but there you go, what more proof do you need that this diet works.

Today, when the tidying jobs are done, I am going to do some sewing to keep my mind off food. Do remember though that you don't have to be hungry on this diet - in Phase 1 you can snack on veggies, natural yoghurt, and even slices of meat if you are not vegetarian. Today's menu is at the bottom of the page.

Have a great day
Love Mrs Thrifty

Day 2
Eggs+ tomato
Salad Niçoise: a tin of tuna or a tuna steak on a bed of salad. Hard-boiled eggs, olives and anchovies are optional. Olive oil and black pepper for dressing 
Brown rice (50g dry weight) and veg (not potatoes or mushrooms) stir-fried in olive oil