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Aseo Siéntese para afeitarse, peinarse y lavarse los dientes Apoyo sus codos en una superficie mientras se arregla o se afeita. I make the stock, but after straining out the bones, I just add onions, carrots, rice or whatever tiny pasta is in the cupboard. In fact, you might feel just fine until your kidneys have almost stopped working. Umm… do u think it would be ok for me to drink Diet Coke Zero calories thrum the day? A problem arises because dairy products contain calcium but little magnesium. Then by all means, go and truly enjoy it.


So totally hear ya about how hard it can be dealing with food. Most of the squash will be the main ingredient in soup. I season with herbs, a little bit of salt, and a dash of chipotle chili, but you could use anything and could make it more sweet than spicy.

You would have to skip the few that involve oats. Potatoes in 15 minutes, brown rice in Beans, lentils, kale, soup — no more standing over the stove — dump in and set.

I have brown basmati rice frozen in pint-sized packets for quick meals, too, plus lots of quart-sized soups and stews ready.

Our biggest food priority is eating healthy fish sourced in the most environmentally responsible way. So we invest in shipping pounds of wild-caught Alaskan salmon every year, plus 80 cans of sockeye for salmon salad and fish patties. Some people buy a side of beef, we buy Alaskan salmon and follow a Native American version of the Mediterranean Diet, which is a little seafood, lots of greens and vegetables, and some nuts, beans, legumes, and a few grains.

That quinoa bowl looks yum! Do you scramble the egg? Did I really say that?!? Must have been a moment of delusion was I pregnant at the time?

The thing is that Mr. FW is really good at cooking and he enjoys it, whereas me, not so much on either of those. If I absolutely had to cook, I would. But I prefer to clean and do the laundry while he manages all things culinary: Have you considered purchasing an instant pot? Worth every penny in my opinion. I use it to make yogurt, rice, quinoa, and so on. I currently have frozen chicken breasts in there that will cook up in 15 minutes flat.

It helps me avoid to the temptation to buy takeout and premade foods because it is so quick and easy to use. Yes, I agree the Instant Pot is great!! I make yogurt, soups, stews, and breakfast and lunch preps for the week.

After considerable research, and hemming and hawing, I finally purchased an instant pot for many of the same reasons. One big purchase we feel has paid us back tenfold.

A friend, however, makes them regularly and said the secret is brown rice syrup. She buys it from a co-op grocery store, it seems to be the kind of thing you either find at a health food store or at an Asian supermarket. I bake them, shred off whatever meat I can, and then turn the bones lots of bones!

I priced it out as being about 50 cents per quart of broth made to store-bought strength, though I do reduce it for the freezer to save space. The meat is useful for soup, casseroles, chicken salad, etc. Other protein— the cut of meat called top blade steaks, or Spencer steaks in the midwest, or flat iron steaks. They are usually rather thin cut, oblong shape well-marbled meat with a line of gristle down the middle.

The other cut I get is called chuck eye, only one of my local grocery stores carries it. I use that to make homemade cured salmon, aka lox. We also use that salmon to make salmon sandwiches, basically eaten just like a burger with a piece of salmon instead of beef. We have a lot in common when it comes to food and groceries. My wife and I buy mostly whole foods, and organic when it matters. What we put into our bodies is very important to us. Sure we splurge every now and then on unhealthy food, but we keep it to a minimum.

Making meals ahead saves us big time during the week. After a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is think about making food. Having something frozen that I can heat up is a life saver during the week.

I loved reading this article! Hey guys, Apart from all the great tips from Mrs. Frugalwoods, I have a great tip I came up with while shopping for groceries. Say NO to one of the products in your cart! I am saying this because I, as probably many of you, love to just throw in ingredients or foods that we love, that are not necessarily cheap nor healthy. It saves you money 2. What a super, easy way to save money on groceries.

Thanks so much the the great tip. If spinach is cheap in your area you should really try it out! So much great information here. A cheese sandwich tastes so much nicer with a good green tomato chutney, or dill pickle. And it is very empowering not to mention cheap to make your own. My homemade mango chutney is streets ahead of any of the sugary commercial stuff, and a lot spicier too: PS Totally off-topic, but we gave our greyhound puppy the empty peanut butter jar to lick this morning and she was in seventh heaven: This is the first time I ever saw this.

Way to go frugalwoods. My parents did teach me plenty, mostly about the importance of home-cooking and having food on the table every night. From the Food Network watching, I learned a lot about how to do different techniques, like butterflying a chicken breast helps avoid the super thick and bland problem. Sometimes, I do one sauce in a big thing a Le Cruset or a casserole dish or pyrex. The other night, I used smaller ones and did two different sauces, but it gave me three nights worth of dinners where all we had to do was prepare a side veggie.

What are some of your favorite brands of box wines and styles-cabernet, merlot? I was wondering, do you guys have an opinion on the zero waste movement? You guys have offered a ton of great zero waste options—Sodastream, make coffee at home, make hummus or bread by hand.

Your article gave some great advice but I had to laugh out loud when you suggested hummus and veggies is enough for dinner. My husband would absolutely freak out! It was the only part I thought was completely unrealistic expectations and points to why you guys are so thin and America as a whole is overweight.

Eating whole homemade food in small quantities and snacking on fruits and veggies is what the majority of American would call a diet! I made the epic-ly frugal lunch recipe yesterday. Eating it while I type. Curious as to the use of canned black beans vs. This post was very informative. I agree that bringing snacks and your lunch to work can save you SO much money.

There are several people at my office that eat out every day or go pick up fast food. We also purposefully make too much food for dinner so that we can have leftovers for lunch the next day. My husband and I also like to drink alcohol, but we limit that to the weekends now because it is so expensive.

We are doing the low carb diet so I have to limit wine intake. My favorite drink is a chilton club soda, lemon, salt, and vodka. Food has always been my struggle. I love food and spend way too much money satisfying cravings and experiments.

I make a batch of this every Sunday and eat throughout the week. I also pack them when my toddler and I are running errands to keep hunger at bay. The base of this is the nut butter and oats, and you can really play around with the rest. I sometimes add dried fruit or chopped nuts to it. If I find chia seeds on sale I will add a tablespoon of those. Mix all ingredients together your hands will work better than a spoon and then mold into a glass dish and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Cut into the portions you want. I keep these in the fridge all week and take out as I want to eat them. You can also just mix all ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate, and then mold into balls. I am getting better I eat red sauce! We have reduced it to every other week.

Our friends also love to host and vice versa. We pick a theme and everyone brings dish. We also do grilled pizza in the summer which is a steal!

Makes 12 wedges at approximately calories each. A yummy oatmeal variation is what I call my banana bread oatmeal. I always cook my oatmeal in the microwave. Great post and comments, too. For example, I bought a bag of fresh turmeric for a few bucks at an Indian store.

Compared to the health food store super cheap. At Asian stores, I get teas for much cheaper. We have been doing it for years and have no children. We try to do bigger portions so as to do multiple lunch meals which we take for our respective offices and soups for most dinners of the week.

Do you have any other ideas come to mind? Thank you very much and keep writing! Have you thought to purchase garage sale a pressure canner?. Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for great granola bars. You can use whatever nuts or dried fruit you have on hand. Bring water to boil Gently add a dozen eggs Boil 6 minutes Take off heat, let sit 20 minutes Drain hit water, add cool water,ice 20 mins. Similar to above, we call them power balls not granola bars: Store in fridge and grab when you need them.

I usually add T of flax seed meal for omega-3s and vitamins. Can add choc chips, coconut flakes, raisins, etc. But I usually make them plain. My kids LOVE them. The recipe is on my website. I cut them into bars and freeze each bar. I totally agree that finding a workable granola bar recipe is tough. What I do is make loose granola to top our homemade yogurt..

I like the crunch it brings to the meal. I have found that it is much easier to save on groceries, eat clean and healthy and not to throw away food when ordering all food via e-shop.

For few months now I have planned our meals family of 4 , ordered the stuff online and my husband just went to pick up the prepacked goods from store. Much less destraction and impulse bought items, much better planning and lots of saved time.

S- where we live it is free of charge to preorder and pick up groceries. I love that you keep weeknights simple. That is something I try and do also. As for granola bars. I love having a simple snack and this recipe has been my go-to for years. Out family of 3 can polish off a pan in a week or so and they taste simply amazing on top of a little bit of plain greek yogurt.

Melt peanut butter, honey and butter together. Then add any ingredients you want. Looks like you guys do consistent lunch and breakfast and then a more varied dinner. We are in Milwaukee, so we shop on Sundays during the Packers game. It is like a ghost town. Do you have an average cost per meal per person that you try to maintain? We are mostly utilizing the recipes link from BlueApron, but rather than use their service we go to the grocery store and buy the ingredients ourselves.

This might sound like an odd one but it worked for me and when I pointed it out to my colleague she noted the cost savings too. I rarely eat meat but when I do I eat halal meat. We have a very large Muslim community in my city — large enough that there is a section at the grocery store for the halal meats and products in a very basic sense like kosher for Jewish.

The overall price point is different and when they do markdowns they are more substantial. Food has always been my easiest area to tackle with frugality. I then go back and write a new list, re-ordering my items based on my path around the store.

If you are NOT familiar with your store, ask customer service for a map. Seriously, most grocery stores have a map. Anyway, write your items down in an order from door to register in one straight trip. I have saved SO much by doing this because I am a HUGE compulsive buyer and my persuasive snack side is far stronger than my practical frugal side. The other thing I do is buy whole raw chicken. Out grocery store usually has them for.

With the leftovers, I can usually squeeze out more chicken meals that are all cheap. Then with the bones, I make my own chicken stock and throw that in the freezer for other meals. When my freezer starts to overflow with chicken stock, we just have chicken soup. I make the stock, but after straining out the bones, I just add onions, carrots, rice or whatever tiny pasta is in the cupboard. Last, ask if your store has markdown sections. Ours regularly has a bread markdown randomly located in one of the frozen food aisles….

I make it a point to always browse these. It was about 4 times the amount I usually buy for my daughter for only about half a dollar more. I wonder what do the Frugalwoods use to store some of the bulk items, such as the big bags of oatmeal, quinoa, etc.? Homemade bread is also a good place to add good stuff.

Just blend twice as much whole flax seeds as you would use oil. Flax seeds keep for years. For real whole wheat bread, add in wheat germ. It can be bitter, so add as much as tastes good to you. I totally agree with your view on the judicious use of proteins. My wife tries to use meat with every meal, but eating too much protein can be costly and even unhealthy. Keep up the great work!

We eat out a couple of times a month. Yes, it costs more than cooking at home but we have some strategies to keep the bill reasonable. We always portion out at least half the meal to take home and take any leftover bread to use for breakfast or lunch the next day. We also try to avoid buying coffee or tea out. I have good travel mugs and will make drinks at home to take with us when we go for walks in the park. Other than that we do cook at home from scratch as much as possible.

Soups are one of my favorite things to make since you can often add in odds and ends and it still comes out good. I added leftover rice to my split pea soup and it helped to thicken it nicely. When you have a spoonful of peas left on the dinner table—too little to serve again, too much to finish off—put that spoonful in the soup box. Repeat with whatever spoonful portions are left at the end of the meal.

When the soup box is full, all you need for a great soup is to make the base of your choice broth, tomato, etc and add in the goodies. Avoids waste and saves both time and money. Equal parts raw nut cashews typically, peanut is also good and dates.

Pinch of salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Have to use a Vitamix. For the granola bar question, I make these granola bars religiously. They use brown rice cereal and brown rice syrup those ingredients are a bit more expensive , but making these homemade certainly saves and they are SO. If you have a food processing, another fun thing to do is to see how many things you can make in a row without having to wash it in between!

Keep a few to eat, and freeze the rest for later! The same holds true with grating cheese! Just buy chunks of cheese, and grate it yourself in your food processor! Bag each type of cheese into a freezer ziplock bag, and toss them into the freezer. Grated cheese at your fingertips whenever you want! Then, when you end up with a batch of raspberries, for ex. My trick to saving on baby food is skipping purée, homemade and store-bought, and doing baby-led weaning… Baby had what we had from the start and all we had to do was forfeit one or two spoonfuls from our plates to the little guy.

Bulk foods are hard to find in Australia in the way they seem available in America. Things like rice are available but other things that are suitable for coeliacs are not. Your email address will not be published. My homemade sweet bread.

My beloved Market Basket. Babywoods modeling some of our bulk, raw ingredients. FW whipping up homemade hummus. My sweet chef husband.

Modeling one of my many baking fails. Homemade chili portioned out and ready to freeze! Babywoods investigating our bulk whole grain oats. Me harvesting asparagus from our garden.

My grocery shopping helper. Coffee date at home! Frugal Hound models our air popper. An excessive amount of watermelon. There was an error submitting your subscription. Frugalize Your Groceries 26 Apr, Full Time Finance says: January 18, at January 19, at 5: January 18, at 3: January 18, at 9: January 19, at January 18, at 1: January 18, at 2: January 18, at 7: January 19, at 9: January 20, at 1: February 2, at 5: February 5, at 7: Cindy in the South says: February 20, at 4: January 20, at January 18, at 8: February 3, at 3: January 21, at 9: January 19, at 2: January 19, at 1: January 19, at 3: January 18, at 6: Kalie Pretend to Be Poor says: January 18, at 4: Elaina D Barbaree says: The Green Swan says: January 18, at 5: Adventures with Poopsie says: January 19, at 7: January 19, at 4: January 19, at 8: DC Urban Hipster says: January 20, at 9: February 2, at 7: January 19, at 6: January 20, at 2: January 21, at January 21, at 2: January 21, at 7: January 22, at January 24, at Stuart Epic Quiver says: January 27, at 1: January 27, at January 28, at January 30, at 8: A pH of 14 is the extreme alkaline end of the scale and has an electrical charge of millivolts.

Each step in the pH scale is plus or minus 60 millivolts. From this we can calculate that a pH of 7. Children are reported to have an electrical charge of millivolts which equates to a pH of 7.

Injured tissue heals at to millivolts , and if this charge cannot be attained by the body then healing does not take place. Minus 50 to millivolts equates to a pH between 7. All these healthy pH values have a negative electrical charge.

This reversal of polarity from negative to positive electrical charge damages tissues, prevents healing, deprives tissues of oxygen, and interferes with the transfer of nutrients into cells and wastes out.

These are called acid minerals. Minerals with a positive electrical charge are attracted to the negatively charged OH - ion.

These are called alkaline minerals. Also important for cancer treatment and prevention are the alkaline trace minerals rubidium and cesium. To determine if a food is acid or alkaline, it is burned and the ash is mixed with water. If the solution is acid or alkaline then the food is called acid or alkaline.

Ash is the mineral content of the food. This method removes volatile organic acids that will be metabolized to carbon dioxide and water. It seems surprising that a lemon or grapefruit would be considered alkaline, but it is the effect of the food on the physiology AFTER it has been digested and metabolized that we are interested in.

If your saliva is too acid you may wish to increase the alkalinity of your body. Ways to do this include: Eat mostly alkaline foods. Minimize the "strongly acid" foods. So about three quarters of your plate should be covered with alkaline foods.

It is the chlorine in municipal drinking water, sulphur in the concentrated protein of meat, fish, eggs and hard cheese, and phosphorous in meat and soft drinks that makes these foods so acidic. In general, a more vegetarian diet is more alkaline. It is a question of balance, and at present the balance is tilted too heavily in the direction of acid foods. Fats and oils have a neutral pH, neither acid nor alkaline. Plant-based beverages tea, coffee, cocoa, herbal teas, beer, wine, juices of fruits and vegetables are generally mildly alkaline.

The above summary is based on a detailed Acid Base Food Table your computer should be able to translate this for you. If you want more information, here are some articles you can read 1 , 2. The healthiest dairy products to consume have never been pasteurized or homogenized. Look for "raw" milk, and cheese made from raw milk. Kefir is better for your gut than yoghurt. The healthiest way to consume grains and legumes is in the form of sprouts. In a sense, by sprouting grains or legumes you are turning them into vegetables.

Plus, the sprouting process deactivates enzyme inhibitors and other chemicals in the seeds so that in some cases cooking is no longer necessary.

There are many advantages to eating foods raw when possible, as we discuss on our raw foods page. Alkalize For Health endorses the "nutritarian" diet advocated by Dr. Supplement your diet with alkaline minerals. The main alkaline minerals in the body are calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These minerals complement each other. For example, calcium is needed to contract a muscle and magnesium is needed to relax it. At a cellular level, your cells maintain a balance of potassium inside and sodium outside, but this pumping of potassium and sodium requires magnesium.

The calcium concentration in cells is controlled by sodium. All four of these minerals work together in the body. Problems arise in the body when one or more of the minerals are deficient or when the minerals are out of balance with each other. For example, here is a look at potassium vs. As sodium enters the cells they swell with water cellular edema , energy production is reduced, and the cellular metabolism of proteins and fats is inhibited.

People in North America tend to consume too much calcium and sodium and insufficient potassium and magnesium. This is often reflected in urine tests which show calcium and sodium being excreted while potassium and magnesium are being retained.

This is why we are not much interested in urine pH, which simply reflects waste being discarded by the body. Of much greater interest is the pH of saliva, which reflects your success in maintaining an alkaline condition within your body.

Beyond this, we do suggest checking your blood oxygen level using a finger pulse oximeter. See our oxygen page for more information. If you are having difficulty in becoming alkaline, checking the pH of your urine and finding that it is alkaline will show that the alkalinity is being absorbed into the blood.

Some of it will then be excreted by the kidneys as alkaline urine. You can take three pH strips and line them up on the edge of the bathroom sink.

Dip the first into water containing potassium bicarbonate, dip the second into the urine stream and dip the third into saliva. Ideally they will look quite similar. These two minerals need to be consumed in an appropriate balance. A problem arises because dairy products contain calcium but little magnesium. There is no relationship between the consumption of calcium and the incidence of osteoporosis. However, magnesium does increase bone density. In the North American diet, excess calcium is coming primarily from dairy products and supplements, and excess sodium is coming from "prepared foods" that are loaded with salt.

Largely missing from the diet are potassium and magnesium that would come from eating fruits and vegetables. A diet based on fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, with a small amount of dairy, would give the body all four of the alkaline minerals in better balance. This is the diet we recommend in point number 1 above. Just make sure that your diet contains all four of the alkaline minerals in reasonable balance. For example, the food label " Daily Value " for sodium is 2, mg.

This is MUCH higher than the RDA for sodium and is extremely misleading in favor of food manufacturers who add salt to "enhance" the flavor of their flavorless foods. The "Daily Value" for potassium is just the opposite. At 3, mg it is is far below the RDA. The proposed changes to the food label omit magnesium entirely. It is completely ignored which is a clue that magnesium is genuinely important to your health. Also, this hides the lack of magnesium in dairy products which is an embarrassment to the dairy industry.

The dairy industry will love this. Calcium supplements are generally mg to 1, mg, which is probably too much. This lower amount of calcium is easily obtainable from food. Too much calcium, particularly if not accompanied by sufficient magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, and trace minerals can CAUSE many health problems 1 , 2.

People in third world countries generally have strong bones yet consume much less calcium than in wealthier countries. The secret is they get plenty of vitamin D from sunshine and lots of potassium and magnesium from fruits and vegetables. From the above table it is clear that potassium is the main alkalizing mineral in the body. Therefore, it is interesting that potassium supplements are generally 99 mg which is virtually useless thank the FDA for this. There are about 5 grams in a teaspoon of baking soda, and of this about 2 grams are potassium and 3 grams are bicarbonate.

Watch this 10 minute video. Here is a link to the paper discussed in the video. Potassium bicarbonate is available as an alternative to the sodium bicarbonate ordinarily used as baking soda. In our experience, potassium bicarbonate in water has a pleasant slightly salty taste. Potassium bicarbonate supplementation reduces calcium loss from the body. This is evidence of chronic acidosis, because calcium from bone is used by the body as a last resort buffer in response to prolonged metabolic acidosis.

Potassium and bicarbonate are the main alkalizing ions in saliva. As a side note, the salivary glands also have pumps known as "sodium-iodide symporter" to concentrate iodide into the saliva. The iodide concentration in saliva can reach times that seen in plasma. Iodide accumulation in both the salivary glands and thyroid gland is inhibited by perchlorate and nitrate which are commonly found in drinking water.

Thiocyanate found in cigarette smoke also inhibits iodide accumulation in the salivary glands and thyroid. This gives a convenient way to talk about very small numbers, such as the measurement of substances in biological fluids. If you are just beginning to alkalize your body, you might want to take a little more potassium bicarbonate for your initial "loading".

As a general rule, when supplementing with potassium bicarbonate start with half a teaspoon taken with water once or twice a day. Slowly increase the number of doses and the size of each dose at a rate your body finds comfortable. Level off when your saliva pH is between 7 and 7. Maintain this pH for the rest of your life, letting the pH test tell you what is a sufficient daily dose of potassium bicarbonate.

Don't be impatient and do not get discouraged. It may take some time for the accumulation of acid in your body to be neutralized. You can also put half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and half a teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate into your cup of water. Here is a secret known to chefs. The salty taste can be masked by sweetness, acidity or fat. So you might add a little sweetener xylitol or stevia plus ascorbic acid powder vitamin C to your daily bicarbonate drinks.

The result is a fizzy effervescent drink. Here is our formula. You now have a glass of wonderful tasty beverage much like soda pop except that it is alkaline instead of acid. The whole family will enjoy this. Give it a good stir and drink with a straw. If you save some undissolved xylitol crystals for the end, then they leave a sweet aftertaste in the mouth. Calcium supplements generally contain some magnesium. However, magnesium is difficult to absorb and there are indications 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 that you should get as much magnesium as calcium, which is why we suggest taking supplemental magnesium daily.

Do an Internet search for "rda magnesium too low" for more information. Magnesium deficiency is a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease , and plays a role in type 2 diabetes.

Each of these tablets give you mg of magnesium, mg of potassium plus these two alkaline minerals are chelated with five organic acids that are used in the Krebs cycle. The Krebs cycle, also known as the citric acid cycle, is the process in cells that creates cellular energy and is known as cellular respiration.

We discuss this in greater detail on our oxygen page. Potassium citrate is helpful to increase the zeta potential of bodily fluids, as is discussed in point number 7 below. Magnesium oxide and citric acid in water will produce magnesium citrate. If you want to eat salt, use unrefined salt which contains about 60 trace minerals in addition to sodium chloride. It is generally colored grey, pink and comes in large crystals.

Put it in a grinder and keep it on the dining table beside the pepper grinder. There is evidence that " high sodium intake induces a low grade metabolic acidosis and thereby causes bone resorption. Robert Young has created an alkalizing nutritional supplement called pHour Salts that contains sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. Respiratory acidosis and alkalosis are basically caused by too little or too much breathing. Too little breathing allows carbonic acid to build up in the blood, causing the blood to become acidic.

Too much breathing hyperventilation causes carbonic acid in the blood to fall to abnormally low levels making the blood more alkaline.

Carbonic acid is created by combining carbon dioxide with water. Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis are caused by diet and metabolism. All metabolic wastes are acids: Uric acid C 5 H 4 N 4 O 3 results from the metabolism of purines which are a substance found in dying cells and certain foods.

For example, consumption of animal protein leads to increased uric acid. The excretion of acid by the kidneys 40 to 80 mEq of hydrogen ions mostly in the form of uric acid, phosphates and ammonia assumes the kidneys are healthy and functioning at full capacity. Chronic dehydration significantly reduces how much waste the kidneys can excrete. Consumption of unhealthy fats, too much sugar and salt, heavy metals mercury, lead, cadmium , drugs, toxins, infections, atherosclerosis, amyloidosis, and other factors damage the kidneys.

Kidney disease in children is also increasing. In reality, very few people have fully functioning kidneys. The kidneys are a vast network of filters. Each individual filter is called a "nephron", and each of your two kidneys has about one million nephrons. However, as the kidneys are damaged due to trauma, diet and lifestyle defects, infections, drugs, etc. In fact, you might feel just fine until your kidneys have almost stopped working. Vitamin D is converted by the kidneys to "active vitamin D" and as kidney function declines so does active vitamin D.

To diagnose acidosis, Guyton and Hall page state, "Therefore, in metabolic acidosis, one would expect a low pH, a low plasma bicarbonate concentration, and a reduction in Pco 2 after partial respiratory compensation. The greatest volume of acid is removed by the lungs, followed by a very limited ability of the kidneys to remove acid, and sweating.

Beyond this, the body depends on buffers to neutralize acids. We maintain that declining kidney function combined with the highly acid modern diet eventually overwhelms the kidneys and buffers, resulting in chronic metabolic acidosis.

To some degree, respiratory alkalosis can balance metabolic acidosis. Beyond this, the result is osteoporosis, gout, kidney stones, gall stones and other problems from accumulating acid in the system.

When we read about acidosis and alkalosis on the Internet, the medical profession always seems focused on the blood. The pH of blood is kept within a narrow range. Our focus is what happens to the rest of the body.

The potassium is used by the body, and surplus potassium will be removed by the kidneys. The red blood cells pick up oxygen from the plasma. Note that bicarbonate is used up by this process. Bicarbonate is the main buffer in the body. Bicarbonate and bicarbonate precursors occur naturally in fruits and vegetables , and the ancient hunter gatherer diet contained far more bicarbonate than the modern meat and grain diet.

Instead, the meat and grain diet depletes the body's store of bicarbonate. This protein is replaced by fat. By old age the accumulated loss of muscle mass causes frailty that leads to falls, lack of mobility and eventual loss of independence.

The main reason for loss of muscle mass is said to be lack of exercise. Loss of muscle mass brings reduced physical activity that further reduces muscle mass. Other causes of muscle atrophy include medications corticosteroids and diseases polio, Lou Gehrig's, Guillain-Barre, muscular dystrophy.

Cachexia is associated with cancer. As cancer consumes the body's resources, the body wastes away. This wasting away is called cachexia. All protein contains carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. Fat and sugar are made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The uniqueness of protein is nitrogen. When protein is broken down, the nitrogen is released as NH 2 -. In the article Diet, evolution and aging on page we read, "In disorders that cause chronic metabolic acidosis, protein degradation in skeletal muscle is accelerated [], which increases the production of nitrogen end-products that are eliminated in the urine, thereby inducing negative nitrogen balance [77].

The article goes on to say, "And by correcting the pre-existing low-grade metabolic acidosis, KHCO3 decreased the pre-treatment rate of muscle proteolysis , further contributing to the improvement in nitrogen balance. The magnitude of the KHCO3-induced nitrogen sparing effect was potentially sufficient to both prevent continuing loss of muscle mass and to restore previously accrued deficits. In other words, the kidneys create bicarbonate at the expense of protein. The kidneys create bicarbonate only in the presence of acidosis.

When the body is alkaline, the blood does not need more bicarbonate. Possible Consequences of Non-Compensated Latent Acidosis In the case of experimental acidosis induced orally, the result is a general reduction of buffer capacity - firstly to that of the blood and, with further acidic stress, to that of the intra-cellular spaces and the bone surface.

If acid is supplied over a longer period, buffering is performed by releasing minerals from bone Lemann et al.

This observation has led to the hypothesis that a significant cause of osteoporosis weakening of the bones is a high acid strain associated with diet Wachman und Bernstein, In the case of latent acidosis, the connective tissue also suffers. When the buffer capacity is falling, the acid formed in the cells is stored in the musculature and in the connective tissue.

The collagen tissue consists of proteoglycan, whose portion of glucosaminoglycan is, for example, strongly charged with many sulphur residues. If these charges are neutralized by protons, the capacity of the proteoglycan to absorb water is reduced. The consequence is a loss of elasticity that has a deleterious effect on the functioning of cartilage tissue, tendons and ligaments.

In the case of mechanical strain, the wearing of the cartilage tissue in particular will be further promoted. Even the musculature itself can also suffer structural inflexibility because of acid deposits through the transition of the inter-cellular fibres from a standard, rather liquid state to a less liquid gel ; circulation declines and the disposal of acids is also handicapped by this.

Muscle hardening and rheumatism of the soft parts can also be the consequence. The "acid deposits" mentioned above may take some time to be neutralized by your new alkaline diet and supplements. So if your saliva pH stubbornly remains acidic, or turns acid again a short while after consuming potassium bicarbonate, do not give up. Persistence and determination are needed as you continue to alkalize your body until the accumulated acid deposits are dissolved and an alkaline condition is created throughout the body.

Bones and teeth are made from calcium phosphate. You can consume calcium in the form of bone meal or calcium hydroxyapatite which contain the needed phosphate, or you can take your calcium with a separate source of phosphate, such as lecithin or chia seeds. To preserve your bones and teeth it is good to consume about one gram of calcium and one tablespoon of lecithin or chia seeds daily. We mention lecithin and chia seeds in several places on this website because they provide many benefits to the body.

Vitamins A, D and K are needed for absorption and utilization of calcium, and doctors are recommending more vitamin D as the benefits of vitamin D become known. Vitamin D can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer. Vitamin K 1 is abundant in leafy green vegetables, and vitamin K 2 is made by healthy gut flora.

Both forms of vitamin K are needed by the body for good health, however it is K 2 that is essential for healthy teeth and bones. Based on the body's indicated daily vitamin D usage, the Vitamin D Council recommends the following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in the absence of proper sun exposure.

Additionally, children and adults with chronic health conditions may need as much as double these amounts. If you want to supplement your diet with 5, IU of vitamin D daily, it is not necessary to consume a dozen low dose soft gels. If you search the Internet, you will find 5, IU soft gels available. Given that the body can produce 10, to 20, IU of vitamin D daily from sunshine, a supplement of 5, IU does not seem excessive.

It is still a good idea to expose your skin to the sun or a UVB sunlamp on a regular basis, because the skin produces a variety of forms of vitamin D, including a water-soluble form called vitamin D3 sulfate that can do things and go places in the body that the fat soluble vitamin D cannot. The body will not produce more vitamin D than it needs, so getting too much vitamin D is unlikely. If you want to take 10, IU per day in supplements then a divided dose of one 5, IU soft gel with food at two different meals may be best.

Teeth are held in the gums by connective tissue, and formation of connective tissue needs vitamins C, A and D. About 3 or 4 grams of vitamin C daily plus adequate vitamins A and D are required to prevent receding gums and the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums.

Nearly everyone has subclinical scurvy. The gingival sulcus is the space between the tooth and the gum. If you have gum problems, it is helpful to clean this space gently and properly. The technique is different from cleaning the teeth. Here is a video showing how to clean the sulcus. To clean the sulcus in this manner you will need a special "blotting brush" available on the Internet.

You might also use a dental irrigator with a spoonful of bleach added to the water. Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Every micro-organism in the mouth is lipid coated. Rinsing the mouth with water does not wash out the micro-organisms. However, daily rinsing the mouth with oil washes them away. Any healthy oil should work. Spit the oil into the garbage when you are done.

Read more about the benefits of oil pulling 1 , 2 , 3. Some doctors advocate this as an alternative to gum surgery 1 , 2. Over a period of several years, with this treatment the gum can reattach to the tooth and pockets fill in. Teeth are made from calcium phosphate which must be obtained from the diet.

Good sources include bone meal and calcium hydroxyapatite. Proper utilization of calcium within the body requires adequate magnesium plus vitamins D and K 2. These nutrients all need to be in proper balance. Tooth enamel is rebuilt both from within and without by an enzyme called adenosine diphosphatase. This enzyme is one of dozens of enzymes in the body that are inactivated by fluoride.

It is best to avoid all sources of fluoride. Yoshiaki Omura found that eating one tablespoon of cilantro daily will help clear the body of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminum. These metals can be incorporated into enzymes throughout the body, rendering the enzymes dysfunctional.

Avoid eating dried fruit that sticks to the teeth. Make extra sure your teeth are clean before going to bed. That way your teeth will be maximum clean for the longest time, giving them an opportunity to heal. From time to time, use a "disclosure tablet" and redo missed areas.

Alkaline saliva is necessary to preserve and rebuild tooth enamel. Drink acidic liquids e. Rinse the mouth with water after consuming an acidic food or liquid. Oral bacteria live in specific pH ranges. Acid producing anaerobic bacteria live in an acid environment and die when the saliva becomes alkaline.

Ideally, you need a permanent conversion to healthy oral bacteria living in an alkaline environment. Use a toothpaste containing xylitol 1 , 2 , 3 , 4. Xylitol breaks up the biofilm that protects decay-causing bacteria and holds acidic bacterial waste against the enamel.

Xylitol also changes the bacterial population of the mouth, favoring non-decay causing bacteria. Alternatively, baking soda makes a good toothpaste, and a little hydrogen peroxide mixed with it will help break down bacterial biofilm.

You might consider using an extra soft toothbrush designed for sensitive gums 1 , 2. Eat a diet of whole, unrefined foods. Weston Price examined the excellent dental health of primitive peoples around the world and found that the common factor was a diet of whole, unrefined foods. This diet contains fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fresh organic meats, fats, plus raw and fermented dairy. No white flour, white sugar, white rice, modern vegetable oils, or canned goods.

Of particular importance for strong bones and teeth are the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K 2. Kefir and sauerkraut are sources of vitamin K 2. Kevin Boyd, dental plaque is not intrinsically acid-producing. It does not produce tooth decay until it becomes "activated". What activates plaque is simple carbohydrates that are not conjugated to their native fiber which actually provides mechanical cleansing of the teeth.

Don't eat sugar or white flour. Teeth are porous and healthy teeth have a flow of fluid from within carrying nutrients through to the outer structure of the tooth. Sugar , white flour and stress stop this flow of fluid, preventing the teeth from maintaining themselves. For more information search the Internet for "dentinal fluid transport" or read the book.

By "stress" what is meant here is stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, also called the "fight or flight" response. This is the opposite of stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system or the "rest and repair" response which facilitates the healthy flow of dentinal fluid.

Eat fruit, vegetables, proteins and fats. A ketogenic diet that is based on fat for energy rather than carbohydrates is better for your teeth. On the ketogenic diet, your meals and snacks should essentially be vegetables, proteins and healthy fats. Find a dentist who practices minimally invasive dentistry and biomimetic dentistry 1 , 2 , 3. For a whitener that is gentle on sensitive teeth try Smiles to Go. What percentage of the population between the ages of 65 to 74 has no teeth?

There is a link between oral health and systemic health. Perhaps you can find a potassium drink in your local health food store. Potassium tablets are commonly available. Potassium chloride is often found in grocery stores as a dietary salt alternative to sodium chloride. Search on the Internet for a suppliers of potassium chloride, potassium bicarbonate , potassium citrate, and potassium iodide if you cannot find them locally. Salts of the alkaline minerals cesium, rubidium and potassium have been found by Dr.

Brewer to be particularly effective in fighting cancer. In contrast cancer membranes did not transmit sodium, magnesium, and calcium into the cell: Potassium transports glucose into the cell. Calcium and magnesium transport oxygen into the cell. As a consequence of the above, oxygen cannot enter cancer cells so the glucose which is normally burned to carbon dioxide and water undergoes fermentation to form lactic acid within the cell.

This anaerobic condition was pointed out by Warburg, as early as Potassium, and especially rubidium and cesium are the most basic of the elements. When they are taken up by the cancer cells they will thus raise the pH of the cells. Since they are very strong bases as compared to the weak lactic acid it is possible that the pH will be raised to values in the 8.

In this range the life of the cancer cell is short, being a matter of days at the most. The dead cancer cells are then absorbed by the body fluids and eventually eliminated from the system. This resulted in me making a slight gain in weight.

But my question at this point is this: Cheating is creeping into my day and the small cheats are really starting to add up. But… if you got some early results with it, it might benefit you to return to the way you were doing it when you got the results, i. Down from several weeks ago to as of today. Not as fast as I would like, but how can one complain about losing a pound a week after so many weeks?

And 2 I am worried about what will happen when I re-introduce lunch to my diet. Will I regain all this weight? What I do now is drink coffee with Equal for breakfast and another for lunch. For dinner, I take buckets of vitamins as well as my cholesterol medicine, then I feast. Now doing this HAS resulted in a much-needed weight loss.

But am I wrecking havoc on my body? Regarding the second issue, I will be the first to admit that I am mentally addicted to the idea of lunch. But I sure as heck would like to have it!

I mean dinner on a two-meal-a-day diet will still be big like it is now. Nothing else was working, not eating three healthy meals a day and not running long distance several times a week. If two meals a day is shouting out to you as the way to keep it sustainable, it has to be worth experimenting with for a while. I definitely liked two meals a day and I did lose some weight doing that.

I really really need to lose at a minimum about 60 pounds. If I do get hungry, I would pop in a few grapes, or two or three crackers. I am going to now track weight loss and see if I cant get a little slimmer with one meal a day and some excersize. For instance, I just did a Jillian Micheals workout and I can hardly walk…I cant do this for thirty days……id die. It might not fall off like some of the other fad diets like the atkins diet, no carbs what-so-ever but it may come off.

And, like you I would prefer people I know, not to know I am on another weight loss kick. It will be interesting to see if it works for me as well as it has worked for you. On a day to day basis tracking weight can be tough but you just have to have faith that as long as you stick to your eating plan the weight will come off.

I can really relate to you wanting to keep it to yourself. Adopting this as mid to long term lifestyle change helps. Please let me know how you get on!

Brooke Good luck to you and I believe you can do it! I have tried every diet there is, practically, none of them worked. I am soooo determined this time. I have about 40 lbs or a bit more to lose and then I am going to have to firm shore up the devastation I have caused.

Boy oh boy is it gonna be some work. On week one, I was seeing a daily loss result on the scales but annoyingly it seems to have stalled for the last five days. I lost about two stone over the course of a couple of months doing a low carb diet but have since put it all back on. You are doing so well! They lie big time! It sounds like you have a good thing going on there. Having a wider window during which to eat sounds like a great way to do it. I found it so beneficial in that it gave me something to look forward to.

I knew I was in it for the long haul so it was motivation for me to be strict throughout the week. There are conflicting arguments about starvation mode and plateauing. Which is largely why I stopped weighing myself and trusted the feel of my waistband and the view in the mirror and later, the tape measure. Thank you for the reply. The scales showed a difference of 3 lbs in two weigh-ins within 10 seconds of each other today. Time to ignore it! I refuel at 20, so I should be fine.

Would it be between or lower? One of the biggest favours I did for myself with this diet was to ignore all the conventional wisdom about starvation modes and the like and I just got on with it. I got to a point where I started to doubt almost everything I read and wanted to see for myself. I go for about calories on my dinner plate and the other comes from the dessert and any snacks I eat during the day. I use a small dinner plate and fill it to the edges.

Some days I over eat, some days I under eat. Anyway, your plan to leave it for two weeks feels like a good one. Thank you for the calorie estimate. I managed to sneak in a bag of chocolate popcorn yesterday and justified it. I won the battle with the Curly Wurly. I gave the wretched thing to my wife and she ate it.

Not too fast and not too slow but still allows you some room to manoeuvre. I find that I often learn more from my failures than my successes. Fantastic read and just want I was looking for. I took part in the fasting period of Lent earlier this year and gave up eating two meals, so just had the one in the evening. I made sure my evening meal was small to medium size and as I stopped feeling hungry, my meals got smaller. I would also drink green tea with some vinegar and honey in it which helped suppress my appetite after dinner.

I did not weigh myself, but I knew I was losing weight because my clothes were getting much looser. I also worked out times a week. I enjoyed eating once because I could have small meals and still have my favourite biscuits or even some chocolate after my meals. I felt good about myself and had so much energy. Due to developing a chest infection second time around, I stopped eating once a day and started eating times and even started eating bread which is like kryptonite to me…….

I love it, but it bloats me terribly. Needless to say my clothes have gotten tighter. I want to start back because eating once a day is liberating for me. I do need to ask, is it ok to drink cups if coffee with sugar, no milk or cream? Regarding the coffee, I think one of the best things about this diet is that you can adapt it to suit yourelf. For me, the tea with whole milk and one sugar got me through the day.

It gave me something to look forward to and kept me from raiding the larder. I set out on this diet partly as an experiment to see if I could prove the conventional wisdom wrong — and all that I can tell you is that I have indeed gained some muscle. There are some pictures here from my 10, push up challenge. He might be right to suggest that your results might be better if you chose a more optimal approach to dieting, i.

Third world body builders put on massive muscle on dreadful diets. I was thrilled to receive a reply from you. Still going strong eating once a day, but having some difficulty establishing a cut off time for not eating. Want to have my dinner between 6pm and 8pm and never let anything pass my lips after that. This seems to be an ongoing battle.

Any words of advice?? It is indeed a battle and one I still have to fight. I finish with something sweet, like a piece of chocolate. I drink a coffee like I would at the end of a meal at a restaurant it signals the end of the meal. I get straight out of the kitchen and do something else. I tap into some negative ot positive thoughts whichever has more pull at the time emotions drive actions.

Thanks for the tips, David. Will shorten the window for eating to an hour and then find something to occupy my mind and time. Things still going well and I am finding it easier to stick to this and the hunger pangs are becoming more easier to manage and ignore. I re-read your blog and have only just seen that you had two meals on the weekend. Did you find eating two meals on Sunday make eating one meal on Monday more difficult?

Yeah, I eat two meals on the weekend. Because the weekend is about family, so I like to sit down with them at lunch and eat with them. Because two meals will pretty much be my lifestyle when I reach my fat loss goal. Eating is a joy… why deny it? It requires practice and practice often brings failure. I failed a lot to begin with, and I fail less often now.

I just kept the long term view that I would eventually learn to deal with it… and mostly, I have. When I get it badly wrong, I start over again the next day. Trial and error, refine as you go along. I swear it took all of 1 or 2 mins the first day to eat all my stuff.

Five minutes the second. I will try harder to slow down. This was one of the most intersting post i have read up on about one meal a day diets. I have read them all,but this one really caught my attention. I have always tryed this way of eating but never made it past friday after starting monday. Every thing you wrote about really made since to me. I like what you said about eating one morsel extra would just send you off to eat more and for me im better off not to eat often like most diets require because id just over eat.

I need to do this for me and my marriage my husband never says anything but i know my weight holds us back from going out and doing activities because im so self consious, im gonna try this concept and let you know how im doing.

I believe your post will inspire many people. Do this for yourself. Do it for how it will make you feel to have achieved a small step towards your goal every single day. Make yourself happy first and that happiness has a way of spreading. Your husband will start to see you differently — more because of your state of mind than anything else. See it as a long term thing but also something where you get to win or succeed every day.

Hi David I am so inspired by this whole website!!! Actually, I started out first with intermittent fasting to gain the control of when to eat. I did only one 24 hour day to challenge myself. But I knew sticking to not eating at all, for several days was not my cup of tea. And when I did start back eating I over ate every time so what weight I did lose I gained back and more. In one week I went from lbs. One day at time. But when u said scales can lie. The jeans is a perfect Idea!!

I think that the bottom line is that in order to loose weight, you have to eat less calories than you burn. Unless you want to exercise A LOT, you have to decrease the amount of food you eat. I like eating good food pizza, fried rice, bacon, etc and I like feeling full, but I can deal with hunger, so one meal a day was the obvious diet for me. By the way, I once lived on nothing but MREs for 2 months and lost 20 pounds as a result.

Hi Lucy, thanks for sharing your experience. Your own results are fantastic! For anyone who really struggles with hunger, then I guess meal replacements would be a good option! I found your site because I just started this diet and went looking for others trying it. Like you say, the type of diet working for every individual probably varies.

I know it works for me because I did this ten years ago and lost 20 kg in 4 months, from to This suited me at the time as I could eat at a restaurant next to my workplace and as I then lived alone I could have soup in the evening. This worked so well because I promised myself I could have three courses everyday if I wanted: Soup, main course and dessert. Which I almost never did but I could if I wanted to. If I was going out to dinner, I just had a bowl of soup at lunch. I think this is an ideal diet for me as there is only one rule.

No counting, remembering when to eat next etc. Anyway, I got overweight again so I want to use this method. I started out yesterday at It will be interesting to see how this works out now. I could easily see myself eating a chicken salad for my evening meal during the summer at least.

I have been toying with the IF lifestyle and doing loads of research for a while now. On Thursday I started the 1 meal a day approach and you know what, I lived! Granted I have only done 2 days with 1 meal per day as, like you I plan to eat lunch on the weekends.

I lie to eat big meals, my husband is a fantastic cook. I love wine as well! I used to exercise hours and hours a day just to maintain my weight. So one meal a day for me it is. I turn 40 in September and I want to be on my way to my ideal weight then. I started drinking spirulina powder with water this morning. It tastes like pond water which I guess it is actually. It works better for me this way.

Kgs are fine by me. I used to do Judo when I was younger and less broken and the weight categories were in Kgs. And now at the end I realise that the Last reply is from yesterday!! I once did this kind of diet, but unknowingly.

I lost 15 kg in only 3 months. Well, today was my First day. I plan on taking a Cup of tea with milk and sugar, If i feel weak. Sorry about the kg and cm, German influence. Yeah, this is a great thread. There are lots of great comments and perspective from others who are trying to make this diet work. Some are definitely doing it! I am 19 years old going on 20 soon.. Smh yeai know almost 6 years. I would say that I need to lose a GoOd pounds. Which just resulted me losing Muscle and not fat.

Because when I stepped on the scale I would weigh lighter than before …. I just have one question …. Are you sure you can eat whatever you want when you have that. One meal a day was a means to an end for me. I wanted to limit the times between which I could eat a meal because it took away any other choice. I pretty much ate anything I wanted, but to be fair I already had a reasonably balanced diet with fruit and vegetables featuring strongly in many of my meals.

And also how big should your portion size be? I did eat some of the things you mentioned but not all the time. Somewhere along the line I think we have to learn to make better choices about our nutrition and this diet has been a great way for me to do that.

Portion size is difficult. A plate full of lard is obviously different to a plate full of lettuce. Thanks for answeing my questions! Alright so ill take it into consideration that certain foods have to be eatin in moderation. And ill make sure that my One meal a day consist of mostly healthy foods majority of the time.

Umm… do u think it would be ok for me to drink Diet Coke Zero calories thrum the day? Ofcourse ill drink lots of water also. Reading some of the other comments and your story I am Super excited to start this. I am more than ready to shed these extra pounds! You can adjust as you go along. Sort of need a bit of encouragement here. Yes, around my waist, clothes are looser, but my stomach looks arwful, much more bloated looking. I look at your pictures and I can see such a difference in your body.

I know I do have a lot of body fat around my middle, but I thought with eating once a day , cutting down on carbs and killing myself at the gym would show good results.

Maybe I need to shock my body into letting go of fat as it seems to be holding on for dear life. Limit your salt intake, because you will retain water on a high salt diet. How I look at it, you have to break down a wall. Fat loss is deceptive. You can lose several pounds and see no real difference in the way you look.. Part of the problem here is we look only where we can see i. Maybe in August try a different approach? Keep in mind that this can be a long process and try to get your feelings of success from sticking to your plan rather than the apparent lack of physical results.

Also keep in mind that doing it the way I did it… guessing about calorie content and paying little attention to nutrition is far from optimal — so results are bound to be slower. I was just surfing the web and found your blog. I myself do a similar diet. I work out twice a day and eat one substantial meal for lunch. This is a routine I follow during the weekday and I have my cheat days on the weekend as well. I feel fuller doing this vs eating six times a day. I have always found that eating that many times a day to stay full just seemed too tedious.

Thank you for your words of encouragement. You are right about others saying that I look slimmer. My sister says it, but I always think to myself.. Could you tell me what you eat on your cheat days? Also, do you think that very overweight people trying to lose weight, should have a cheat day at all? You must feel amazing and look fantastic?!

I unfortunately have to change my plan as from today: On the other hand, i hate sleeping hungry! Skip breakfast, have lunch with enough carbohydrates, Then Dinner with Low carbs or with carbs?

I plan on Jogging 7km for two days and Then One day rest! I really want to Take Part in the race, and i want to lose weight too. Having one meal a day the last werk has really motivated me. Anyone have an advice for me? Hi Fatuma, I hope the diet is still working for you.

The most important thing for me is that I eat fewer calories than my body needs each day. I love only eating 1 lunch a day as I feel I sleep better at night without needing to digest food in my stomach. I have a question for you: After you lost the first 20 pounds and waited a while to lose the last 10 pounds, how long did you wait and did you continue with the 1 meal a day?

Or did you go back to 3 meals a day during this period of time? Hi Karen, Well done on losing the 7lbs in a month. After I lost the first 20lbs I was pretty much straight into the next 10lbs. The first twenty took me five months and the last ten took me just one month.

Sorry that it took me so long to reply. Last time I weighed a week ago I was down 16lbs! I want to look at this as something I can adapt to for the rest of my life. I used to be on a prescription drug a few years back that seriously suppressed my appetite and it just occurred to me that this was exactly how I ate! I was also drinking almost every night back then too.

Not a good thing. I like your blog David so thank you for sharing! I will let you know how I get on! I want to lose another 58lb by Christmas and I figure I can if I lose around 2. Aelie, You have done a fantastic job with the weight loss! You mentioned the wild variation in your calories and although I have nothing to back it up, I think that can be a good thing. It keeps your body guessing. Somehow that sinks into my subconscious mind and helps me on the days when I under-eat. I hope it went well.

I basically eat dinner only. Every now and then I may squeeze in a small snack. On Monday I feel bloated because I eat more on the weekend. The weight has fallen off. What do you think about my situation? I have to thank you and everyone who has kept me motivated. I finally saw the scales move. Not much, but it did cheer me up. I have fallen off the wagon for a couple of days, but back on today. So basically I will be fasting till dinner time, but I will be drinking water through out the day.

All that matters is that you get back on and keep trying. I hope all is well for you. Sorry again for the late reply. I started this diet exactly a month ago now simply bcos I was tried from carrying excess weight around. I should add that this was not visible to me in the mirror, am just glad I was not discourage. Thank you again for this blog. The tape measure is a great way to monitor your progress and an inch is a fantastic achievement.

I think you will eventually see the difference in the mirror but if not maybe taking photos will help you. Maybe one day you could describe your food to me, I would love to hear about your diet. I should tell you how am following this diet, I drink a cup of coffee in the morning before going to work and another cup around midday with lot of water throughout the day.

I eat my one meal around 6: I just discover I need to stick to my one hour window by reading some of the comment. I would described my dinner but am African, our food is different. There are just some days when I have to snack.

Keep up the good work!! Thanks for writing this! Iam sure i will be able to contineue. Hi Sonam, sorry for the delay in replying to you. Hi Angela, 4 lbs is a good result for the 1st eight days! Hi Jose, 85lbs in six months is an incredible achievement! I know that you put the weight back on again but sometimes when life hits you hard you just have to find a way to survive.

The key thing here is that you started again and have lost another totally amazing 38 lbs. Good luck as you continue towards your goal.

By the way, your English is superb!! And the I eat my main meal Actually I have been losing weight with the 6meal plan but all of a suden I just stoped losing for the past 2 months.

So my main goal is to lose the last bit of fat 15lbs This type of diet suits my lifestyle perfectly and I wish I had found out a long time ago. I don;t feel I have to worry too much what I order or how much of it I eat within reason. Perhaps what you need to do is give it some more time? Good luck and sorry for the delay in replying to you. I need to catch up on a few things around here, including replying to those of you kind enough to leave comments. Sorry for the delay in approving some of the comments, and apologies for appearing to ignore you.

Hi Christopher, I think as long as we make some changes to our diet, i. But I have a few more rules. I have lost 9kgs which is around 20 pounds in about five months. The beauty of this diet is that it prevents the one mouthful leading to another effect, which was my downfall and the only reason I ever got fat in the first place. I am in fantastic health as well. Good skin, hair, nails. Trim waistline and flat tummy.

This is the diet for me. Saturday is my cheat day and sunday two meals from monday to freiday again the same plan. Where in Germany do you live? I live in Bavaria, maybe we could share more of our experince about the One meal a day: Bavaria i dont really know where it is?

Soman, there are no rules to this diet, you just make them up to suit yourself. I found the best way for myself by experimenting and I still do experiment. See how it works out for you. Hi Bubbles, I love the way you do it. I love your attitude to falling off the wagon. It really helps to pick the positive angle and just get back to it.

I was wondering what types of food you would eat when you did eat. Thanks Sonam, send you an Email………… dj i always say, If its going to be just One meal a day, then ist has to count, i Would otherwise Start craving for stuff that i deprive myself……….. Hi Nancy hope all is well,how are you doing with your one meal,myself in thired week and i have lost only 4 pounds but this time iam not going to give it up.

Hi dj, I pretty much eat anything and everything that takes my fancy. There are certain things I avoid like sodas, but from time to time I still enjoy a glass of cola. I eat all the regular foods like pasta, pizza, potatoes, bread, rice, chciken, fish, beef, pork, pies, pastries, cakes, ice cream and lots of fruit and vegetables.

I needed to the time to arrange my return and I wanted to make sure I rememebered my summer for something other than my diet. Now published — click here. Hi just come accross this, i wasnt looking for a diet, was looking for cheap ways to eat. Anyway decided to read and the more i read the more i got it. Now in my 40s i dont want to be a 6 or an 8 but i want to be a darn lot smaller then i am, so tomorrow will be my first day trying it out, how much i weigh isnt the issue so i am not going to weigh myself i am going to go off my clothes size.

Hi Polly, I think you have a good way of looking at it. I look forward to hearing how you get on. Wish I could think of a suitable Arnie quote in response.

Ive been reading this website for quite a few days as i googled One Meal a Day diet as this is the only type of diet that has ever worked. First of all i just want to say HI to David and im totally inspired by how much weight youve lost and how youve managed to keep it a secret from your family ie eating normally with them …have they not noticed your fantastic weight loss? I like doing this diet as i enjoy socialising and i do not want it to affect my life going out for meals with friends etc.

A couple of years ago i slimmed down ALOT like 3 stone…. I have planned to change this and decided that today would be the day id finally post on here as i think we could all deffinitely spur eachother on to lose weight. So far i have gone from 11 stone to 10st 4 but i has taken me a couple of months and i dont know whether my metabolism has slowed down or im not drinking enough water but i cant get the rest off.

Ive been at the same weight for a while now. I go to the gym and workout but i dont do enough weights to bulk up. I am doing 1 meal a day and fruit but recently the last week ive not had any fruit.