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  • #76
    We put in for a bach in early january with my ILs. I promised myself I would not plan this holiday, but I am because DH is procrastinating and honestly, I don't want to live with my ILs in my tiny, 450 sq ft cottage for 21 days with nothing planned.

    First, I found accommodation for them -- I put in the booking enquiry, but they said we shouldn't hear back until November (that's when they'll know about the booking availability). It's really annoying, because things can book up very quickly, you know? I just can't have them staying in my house. But, I found a place that's $440/wk, and that's probably the best price, honestly. Has it's own little kitchen, bath, and bedroom. And it's in a nice side of town, honestly. Well, there are several in nice sides of town.

    Second, I put in a request for a bach near Ngawi. DH and I went there five years ago and really loved it, and so we want to go back -- hike the pinnacles, see the light house, hang on the beach, etc. And, overall, have a relaxing time. I don't know how actually possible that is with my ILs, but at least I'll have my own room in the house to escape to for goodness sakes. Of course, i don't like them being around my kid, so that might be another element for me.

    Third, I'm trying to figure out the alternative day trips and stuff. I thought we'd do a little up kapiti way -- there's plenty to do for sure. We can do day trips as well -- it's an hour in and an hour out for most things, so that's easy enough. And, we have all of the things we want to do *in* wellington as well, which includes staying home and doing things in and around seatoun.

    Still, it's super annoying that I'm doing the planning again.

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    • #77
      Hi,
      Also a Kiwi in central Auckland. I've been reading this site for a few months now after stumbling across it while googling the gluten status of rolled oats. Had gradually cut out all other sources before that when they didn't seem to be doing me any good. I was actually diagnosed gluten intolerant as a kid but thought later that it was a mistake. Pity this site wasn't around years ago - back then the advice was to substitute other very bad tasting flour products. Perhaps I would never have gone vege/semi-vege!

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      • #78
        Bearcat - welcome to our ever growing thread. Its great to have you join us.
        I so agree about all this wonderful advice etc... being around years ago. The time that i have wasted over the years conforming to CW !
        We have just had the most awful hail/thunder/lightening storm pass through. Actually its still raining very heavily, so Look out Zoe girl. Batten down the hatches, cos its comin on up your way !
        Hope you get the bach Zoe, and yes you so need to have your own safe haven to disappear to when on holiday with others.
        The best times - the worst times !!!! holidays....with others !
        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

        ...small steps....

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        • #79
          Hi all, just stumbles across this thread. I also live in NZ, half hr north of Hamilton, tried to introduce myself on the meet and greet forum but couldn't work out how to do that. Oh well.

          I have been on a different diet this last week, the harcombe diet, phase 1 is for 5 days in which you do not consume any mushrooms, vinegar or sugar (that includes all processed carbs) Anyway, I am now in phase 2 and it is very, very similar to the MDA programme. I haven't lost any weight yet but feel good today after having a very tired week full of really bad headaches.

          I am in the middle of menopause and also have hypothyroidism, so wondered if that has been the main problem with my weight. I've read about the reason why this diet does not use any grains and it makes a lot of sense to me. I do miss the sourdough toast in the mornings tho but can live without it. Wine is another story, but I don't actually crave it today, had no wine at all last week, untill Friday night after work.
          Tonight we had steak and a leek dish which had no cheese sauce like normal, I used a recipe from the Sunday paper which used only whole foods and it was very nice.
          A question about other drinks: I know that even tonic water has sugar in it, so will not drink that, but instead of wine and water (which I'm sick of) what can I drink? Is stevia allowed on this diet? I've got a bottle of CHI' which has stevia, it's drinkable so wondered if I could have that? And dairy products? Does the primal diet not include that?

          Cheers, I will be following this thread now that I've found it :-)

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          • #80
            tasted like watery cocoa.

            Hi Seaweed,
            Try grinding the raw beans, I used to and put it in my banana or blueberry smoothie! Tastes lovely and that's coming from me who isn't into chocolat at all. If you were to keep grinding them they would turn into chocolate paste.(Native Mexicans use a kind of pestle and mortar I believe) I've stopped buying it as I found it quite expensive.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Bearcat View Post
              Hi,
              Pity this site wasn't around years ago - back then the advice was to substitute other very bad tasting flour products. Perhaps I would never have gone vege/semi-vege!
              That is what lead me to this site! I never used to buy much in the way of prepackaged stuff until I went gluten free but it was such a huge change I was a bit lost so started buying heaps of GF things like biscuits etc and blurk they all taste pretty awful. So somehow I discovered this site and it made alot of sense to me so I bought the book and it all really clicked into place that I really don't need these substitute grains at all. I have had arthritis for nearly 13 years and have had such a big improvement, I'm kind of annoyed that all of the specialists I have seen over the years have never talked about nutrition at all. I do wonder if I had found this way of eating much earlier in my life would my arthritis have been triggered at all or at least the damage would have been less. Oh well, we'll never know but at least I have started making a change now

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              • #82
                lady in red - welcome, nice to have you on board. I am originally from Matamata, so hail from nearly up your way, years ago.
                I hate calling this a diet, its more of a lifestyle, which you can pick and choose how paleo/primal you go. I ditched the grains, sugar, processed foods all overnight, and I haven't felt this good in years.
                The only naughty ? thing that I indulge in is cream in my coffee, and red wine !. However alot of people here on MDA think that cream, dairy, wine, chocolate is fine - so who am I to argue !!!! I haven't done the chocolate thing yet, but once I get down to my desired weight (18kg to go ), then I will introduce a little cheese, chocolate etc... into my daily intake.
                I DO have a bottle or two of wine per week. Love it !!!
                I was well into the hot flushes before going primal, and I mean serious hot flushes, but then they disappeared and I haven't had any since. I have no idea if I am going through the 'pause' thou, as I had a hysterectomy at 32 (am now 48).
                So you might find that this lifestyle helps. You may also find that you don't proceed past phase two ! you might just stick with it !
                Good luck
                G
                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                ...small steps....

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                • #83
                  lady in red, I find I am ok with mostly water (and coffee which I am really trying to cut down) but the 12 yr old was the queen of fizzy drinks so she is finding that part of things quite tough. So I have been making her iced tea with herbal teas (she likes the wildberry kind of flavours) - just a few herbal tea bags steeped in a litre of water with a couple of spoons of honey and a couple of tsp equivalent sachets of stevia (I find mixing the two there is less of the bitter stevia aftertaste) and she likes that. Well, she'd stll rather have a fanta lol but it's enough to stop her complaining lol. Otherwise some sliced citrus fruit left in a jug of water in the fridge flavours the water just enough to make it seem different than plain water.
                  Honey, maple syrup and stevia are all ok in small amounts.

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                  • #84
                    [QUOTE=NZBee; I have had arthritis for nearly 13 years and have had such a big improvement, I'm kind of annoyed that all of the specialists I have seen over the years have never talked about nutrition at all. I do wonder if I had found this way of eating much earlier in my life would my arthritis have been triggered at all or at least the damage would have been less. Oh well, we'll never know but at least I have started making a change now[/QUOTE]

                    NZBee I so hear what you are saying. We seriously need to get our medical team on board, and I suppose word of mouth is the most powerful advertisement ! As well as being well and healthy! I am thrilled that you are making in-roads with your arthritis. I have a friend who suffers severe symptoms. I think that I am slowly changing her view on CW foods.
                    Anyways my girl, have a wonderful pain free? day
                    G
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • #85
                      Hi Seaweed,
                      Try grinding the raw beans, I used to and put it in my banana or blueberry smoothie! Tastes lovely and that's coming from me who isn't into chocolat at all. If you were to keep grinding them they would turn into chocolate paste.(Native Mexicans use a kind of pestle and mortar I believe) I've stopped buying it as I found it quite expensive.
                      they are expensive and i dont reckon worth it. I'd rather spend the $s on 85% lindt chocolate lol we were trying to make a crio bru knock off which is made from roasted cacao and you brew it sorta like coffee. in terms of drinks, i read somewhere about a drink they have in spain which is red wine with sparkling water and a slice of orange. i havent tried it yet but it sounded good. i have cream in my coffee, i have decaf real coffee and rooibos after lunch, or am trying to. next time i go shopping i am going to try a chai rooibos which has horopito in.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                        The only naughty ? thing that I indulge in is cream in my coffee, and red wine !. However alot of people here on MDA think that cream, dairy, wine, chocolate is fine - so who am I to argue !!!! I haven't done the chocolate thing yet, but once I get down to my desired weight (18kg to go ), then I will introduce a little cheese, chocolate etc... into my daily intake.
                        You may find it better not to wait on the chocolate - frequency (not volume) of chocolate intake is negatively correlated with weight gain, from what I've read. Help yourself to some Lindt 85%
                        Argue not with idiots, lest they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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                        • #87
                          I haven't ever been a chocolaholic, however maybe after another 18 kg gone, I might have a piece at christmas ? just one little measly piece ? please ??????
                          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                          ...small steps....

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                          • #88
                            Go on gwamma dooooooo eeeeeeeet!
                            I think you'll find that the high % cocoa chocolate is quite low cal, and it's very strong in flavor so 4 or 5 pieces is plenty. I like the whittakers dark Ghana, and a family sized block lasts me a fourtnight, just nibbled with a cuppa in the evenings or a piece or two at afternoon tea time to tide me over until dinner.

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                            • #89
                              can I have another red wine instead ????????????????? (big toothy grin)
                              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                              ...small steps....

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                              • #90
                                you so need to live near me! i like the odd glass of red wine but can never justify getting a whole bottle as it turns to very expensive vinegar before i can drink it. i do hear people talking about drinking whole bottles on their own but it really does mystify me. give me whisky or bourbon anyday. just maybe not the whole bottle at once tho

                                on a positive note. My clubbells should be here tomorrow!!!! i am going thru town in the avo so i will go demand them from the courier. i've been looking up exercise routines and it is all very exciting.

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