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Debbie Flint

You know one of those moments when you meet up again with someone you’ve not seen for over a decade, and you just pick up where you left off? I have a couple of old boyfriends in that category who are dear to me. And also several female friends who have been pivotal in my life.

One of them is Shawn Goodman and she met me last week after a gap of 15 years or so. The last time I met up with her, I believe I was in LA with the kids on one of our adventure hols I used to take them on, and she met us for a meal in Santa Monica. I think. Well all these years later, Shawn was over in the UK with her other half who is in the medical profession, and asked me to meet up for afternoon tea. So we did!

It was amazing to catch up with her, and it reminded me of those early days when Freedom Eating was an alien concept. Basically it’s all about listening to your body instead of over ruling it with your brain.

Basics of Freedom Eating

If you can listen to your body it will tell you when to eat, WHEN being really important, plus how to eat and what food to choose. Usually it's based on what we now know is messages from your gut, associated with your microbiome. In the old days, like with The Seven Secrets, they said listen to your body, they just didn't know why. When I wrote my version, the original Til the Fat Lady Slims book in 2002 and it's updated version 2.0 in 2014, I refined the guidelines into six principles, and explained all about the 'When' diet - and how it could work alongside any traditional diet plan - any. Also how to do it, but not really why it's so successful where so many other pure diet plans fail. The facebook group kicked off, and the online support really made a difference to everyone in it, as we encouraged each other to remember things like 'the wayside is part of the journey, just don't set up camp there.' And much discussion about NSV's - non-scales victories - which help us avoid relying on the dreaded scales too much.

Then came a revolution in understanding the signalling from the body and the connection between that and the food we eat. So since the new technology allowed scientists to examine the gut in more detail, and its links to the whole of the rest of the body and the mind, I made the connection and put it in the book 3.0. - the companion to my original TTFLS book about Freedom Eating. It became a fascination to me also, to observe other people and their own diet habits - or non diet habits, as the case maybe. And from those observations, I created several 'guises' or types of Freedom Eater - gave them all a name, and described them in book 3.0. These six guises help you understand yourself and your own particular type of food prison, and how to get out of it using TTFLs principles. 

All of this was then incorporated into a newly updated version published by Choc Lit my publisher, in January 2017 - the end product is this one, and is available to order in good bookshops and of course online, eg on amazon here.

 It made me very proud this week to bring Shawn right up to speed and has reminded me how much this system helps people who could never manage their behaviour around food before. So hats off to you, Shawn Goodman and Vicky Hansen the original Freedom Eating founders, and thank you for giving me my life back!

More about the system and testimonials on my webpage here.

Who knows, maybe come join our Facebook group (here) having read the books and found out more from the big TTFLS QVC blog i did when it sold there, perhaps you too will have an experience a bit like Penni Rowe -

Talking of books - had a superb audiobook to keep me company on my long journeys last week ...

Book of the week  - Matt Haig’s ‘How to Stop Time’ – very enthralling book! And very well narrated on audiobook too – enjoyed it very much. More here.

New dates for Retreats for You Our little guest house is getting very busy this time of year! Am chuffed at how writers are booking and loving it. THere's a yoga writers' retreat next week, with two sessions a day, so I should be extra flexible when I get back to QVC next Thursday night for the Coco bianco launch! 

RFY news - incl new courses - inc retreats west one next year - click here- and two new yoga retreats this September and October. Plus Sara Sarre, the brilliant editor with agent connections, is back next year too - more here if you'd like to come! Don't forget the QVC viewers week on October 2nd! Still only £90 pppn incl full board and wine at dinner. Or just email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x

Jazz Event and Bookings I was delighted this week to get bookings not only for December but also four weeks next year are now block booked! It makes it all worthwhile doesn’t it. And of course the other thing people are booking is this jazz event at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington – was chuffed to be featured in the Sheepwash Chronicle too – our local rag! A news page and an ad will help – the new programme is out next week though so hopefully that’ll help even more!

Facebook Vlog Had a huge response to this vlog I posted on FAcebook this week – talking about the big development in our little village of Sheepwash that’s causing a bit of a furore locally. (Check out some of the objections in documents to find out more.) What would you think? Some interesting reactions on Facebook! Go here to watch it – and don’t forget to click ‘like’ on the page to get all the updates in the future.

Early Bird order links - superb Decleor deal with huge value for only £66 (3xEZ) is Sunday's TSV on QVC - go here to buy it now though and get in early and get in before it launches - before so many other people do! click here for more Early Bird links when they happen on my web page. 

 

 HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

best wishes

Debs

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ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! Go to retreatsforyou.co.uk or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 2nd October can include wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 6700 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

Published in Debbie's News

Deb's new book is out! (Jan 6th) = Till the Fat Lady Slims - Break free from Food Prison (2017) - well it's out! And as promised, here's the cover reveal! This latest version has several chapters that have never been in any other version, about my own story - much more in depth than ever before. Most people who love it say that it's like reading their own journey, so this may resonate even more given what I reveal inside it! It'll be available to order in

 

bookshops and of course online.

 

Here's the interview I did for fun little website OAPs Chat - part one and part two of the interviews, explaining all about it.

And here's the link to Choc Lit, the publisher's TTFLS page, with links to all the different ways you can now order it - all platforms plus from all good bookstores.

 

I was delighted in December to read this super write up too, in the industry magazine that goes via wholesaler to booksellers.

"A title that many of your customers will be all too ready for (and me too if I keep scoffing the hummus) the in the New Year is Till the Fat Lady SlimsbyDebbie Flint(£7.99, pb, 978 178189333 3). I appreciate that there are an absolute deluge of diet titles competing for your bookshelves; but the USP of this one is that previously self-published this semi-autobiographical weight-loss and lifestyle book on Kindle with much success, and this new paperback edition includes many testimonials from her fans – the author is a very successful presenter on QVC. In 1998 Debbie found herself more than two stone overweight, under stress and in need of help. Enter Freedom Eating. This natural weight loss method helped Debbie break free from Food Prison and un-learn all the bad habits from a lifetime of 'starting again on Monday'. Till the Fat Lady Slimscontains some painful secrets which many readers will find familiar. The book also includes material covering the dangers of sugar, information on how to use Debbie's method alongside traditional dieting and endorsements from successful slimmers. “Debbie Flint’s honest account of what she went through will hit home to every yo-yo dieter out there. Life-changing and well-worth reading. Till the Fat Lady Slims is in my view absolutely BRILLIANT!” It’s published (rather ironically, I feel) by Choc Lit in January."

for the whole piece, click here.

Buy it now online or order from bookshops - you can actually order it in advance here on the Amazon website for kindle, or other platforms -

click here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims - break free from Food Prison (2017)

and of course there's a whole section about it on the TTFLS tab here.

Plus don't forget to join our Facebook Group Till the Fat Lady Slims or 'like' the page here!

lots always going on and a great group of girls to give support and galvanize people to abandon the wayside... read the book and you'll get what I mean! And keep in touch to let me know what you think - we love a personal story.

d

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Freedom Eating One Month Programme – part three

So how are you doing? If you’ve been following the one month programme, have you felt the tide turning as far as listening to your body? I’ve had some amazing feedback this week on Till the Fat Lady Slims facebook group, from our lovely members who are reporting superb results and ‘aha’ moments.

Lisa O - Was awful but I'm loving FE Debbie. I like feeling hungry before I eat (today I couldn't as was on a course so food times out of my control). And I realise how horrible I feel if I over eat. I crave fresh light food too. Thank you xx

Lyn says - Lost another pound this week, still reading the book, makes so much sense. It will take a while for the guilt to go and I had a blip yesterday (and felt physically sick from overeating) but feeling less obsessed about food.
I'm finding it nice to relax around food for a change, normally I'm 'on a diet' which equals deprivation or 'having a break' which equals eating everything I can 'just in case' (in case of what I don't know, but my fat reserves are ready for anything!) 
I'm thinking back to when I was a (skinny) child when I ate when I was hungry and didn't when I wasn't, ate full fat milk and butter and still didn't gain weight, that started when I decided to 'diet' (why? I was size 10) sorry for the essay but feeling really inspired at the moment lol x

We have healthy debates, confessionals, cries for help and sometimes just cries – whether laughter or tears, on the group. Support is vital so you don’t feel you’re the odd one out and you’re on your own. Chances are what you’re going through is exactly what someone else is going through and some good friendships are being made on there too. Don’t forget to join us – here.

Now back to a few more basics for the one month programme – please refer back to the last four weeks’ blogs in the archive bottom left if you are late to the party!

 

Drink more water.

We all know we should, but some of us have very bad habits which mean we don't drink enough clean water every day. Whatever your views about the recommended daily intake, your body will function better when it is hydrated. So assuming you don't get enough, read on.

I used to work in the bottled water industry and knew a lot about the benefits of hydration for health. The problem is that hunger and thirst are very close in the brain, so we mistake being thirsty for being hungry, and eat out of habit instead of just drinking some water. That is why one of the little guidelines for freedom eating is to drink a glass of water first, if you're not sure you are hungry enough. More importantly, as is the case with me sometimes, if your body keeps giving you signals to eat different foods with no clear choice I know I’m thirsty. I’ve been doing this for over 15 years now and it’s easy once the new habits have been formed. BUT newcomers, baby steps are perfectly allowable and doing it bit by bit is better than staying stuck. Once you know you have drunk a full glass of water, if you are still hungry 15 minutes later, then try again to choose the most ideal food.

Here are some ideas to get more water into you. It may also feel more like a treat if you give yourself these to drink, rather than plain ordinary water

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24251/turn-your-water-into-a-tonic-with-these-5-simple-recipes.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=160409-turn-your-water-into-a-tonic-with-these-5-simple-recipes

Habit

On the facebook group we often ask ourselves ‘is it hunger, thirst, mood or habit?’ (or gut) So what about this habit thing? I personally always drink a cup of tea in the morning with Almond milk. I just like it. My inner chimp loves the routine of it, and the freedom of being able to choose a good cuppa. However I would have already had a glass of water along with my probiotic tablets (mightidophilus 12 or 24, Solaray). They are helping to make a huge difference to my gut, I just feel it, which in turn helps my mood which in turn helps make the right choices ‘cos I’m not feeling down therefore reaching for ‘treats’. Once I have drunk my tea, checked my emails and read the morning paper, and also ideally done my meditation, I will get cracking on the morning must-do-list.

Forming a new habit takes 3 to 4 weeks, then our bodies are in a routine and we like routine. So work hard for 3 to 4 weeks to change your routine, into a more healthy one. My list?

Look at this additional super six. My super six probiotic magic-workers. Every morning I will have most of the following-
- miso soup
- my probiotic tablets
- some kefir (home made fermented drink tastes a bit like beer or soda water OMG I love it!)
- and at some point before I leave the house, my glass of water with a desert spoon of apple cider vinegar, (the best kind, including the 'mother', see more here)
- Every day I will also try to include fermented veg, eg sauerkraut, I had it with my breakfast this morning which was an egg with a veggie sausage and some asparagus! Ha ha! (In salt only, not in vinegar)
- and every day, especially just before I go to bed, I have a spoonful of my probiotic super greens in water.
And you wonder why I’m single. Haha!

As you can see this does include quite a lot of fluid. I should have another two 500 mil bottles of water as well, ‘cos I know that makes my body feel good, and I usually manage at least one, often including a squeeze of fresh lemon juice which makes it more appealing to me (and also makes the water very slightly acidic, which makes the body very slightly more alkaline. It has lots of other health benefits as well, just google it, there are tons of social media articles about it too. Isn't research a wonderful thing!)

I do however like coffee, decaf usually, and I will have a flask on my work journeys. I use Almond milk in it which is very very low sugar compare to ordinary milk, which I can’t have as my body doesn’t like it, including giving me bloating and a bit of asthma. And it is one of my daily treats. If I wanted to follow very strict diet I probably would not have this. However my inner chimp would run riot if it was told you can't. That’s my chimp – others may be different. The paradox of freedom eating is that I have to know I can, otherwise I want tons of it! :-).

So give some thought to your fluid intake. If you are hydrated, you are less likely to 8. At the wrong time. And it's all about timing.

The When diet

As you may know my book 2.0 has the subtitle – the "when "diet. This is because it is all about timing.

We’ve been discussing this this week on the group too – Anne K says she has gone off a bit on the wayside of late, because of partly having been poorly she’s been not getting the timing right, and also because she sometimes eats when she’s not hungry but instead her hubby’s hungry! After the chat Anne realised where she’d been going wrong and also that she finds doing a diet quite effective so will go back to a traditional meal plan for a while, whilst using Freedom Eating – as she is a Linda guise of Freedom Eater – a Linda actually combines Freedom Eating with the discipline of a plan and can stick to a diet. There are six other guises mentioned in book 3.0, the Linda is just one of them.

So – in the interests of this week’s part three of the One Month Programme, the When Diet asks you to wait till you are properly hungry, six on the hunger scale. Wait till you have exactly the right food but your body is crying out for at that moment, and when you can give the mail your full attention and do nothing else. Also stop eating when you are satisfied, not full to bursting, that is crucial. And of course then wait till the next hunger comes along again, ideally eating at six on the hunger scale because that’s when your body will know exactly what it wants. There is a lot more to it than that of course, and it is all in book 2.0.

Eat at Six on the Hunger Scale

One topic that came up on Facebook this week was that someone did not get six on the hunger scale at all. She did not understand 6 or 1 or 10. She was either not hungry or hungry, like, binary. Ffor her she said her scale was a 1,2 or 3. Two others were in the same position, although the cast majority have no problems understanding how to tell ‘six’. So it’s a good point to cover for those lovely ladies who are struggling a bit. My solution to not knowing is this -  do what you need to do, do what is right for yourself, just try not to graze or snack if it’s just out of habit. Only eat when your body is properly hungry – food is fuel, not comfort or a companion or reward or comisseration.

But it is a good point. Some people lose the ability to detect clear hunger signals, they may instead get slightly faint, distracted, or angry. Just experiment and get to know your own body. If you are properly hungry, the food will taste outstanding especially if you picked the right thing. So as a guideline here it is but don't forget it is all in book 2.0 along with much much more information on every one of these topics.
0 - absolutely not hungry, not interested in food
3 - peckish
6 - absolutely ready to eat, possibly hunger pangs. You are laser focussed on finding food.
10 - over hungry, ready to inhale anything, gulp down food and eat too fast, will prob overshoot the satisfied signal too

The amazing thing about being six on the hunger scale is that if you get the food choices right, and stop at six, you get THE most amazing buzz, almost a high – that’s principle five – the bliss point. This helps make redefining your relationship with food and creating a whole new future with long term weight loss, an enjoyable reality and something you can stick to. Often for the first time in your life. Or that’s what the girls say on the group, and what I know too. Hope that helps, but don't forget there is so much more in book 2.0 about this topic.

MORE NEXT WEEK ABOUT FREEDOM EATING PROGRAMME –

But get book 2.0 on amazon here

And get book 3.0 here = both in either paperback or ebook

And find all the links for our groups and pages here.

 

Other news

The Doris Dalton back to you chat from 11th on Facebook is here by the way click here and don’t forget to sign up to Sharon’s Back to You page/blog to get updates on what’s happening when, special offers, reviews and stop press news! Congrats for over 100,000 views on the website too!

Bruce’s Bodyblade shows were fab too – here’s the link to buy it on qvc – and apologies for Bruce not being able to get online fast enough for much of a chat on his Facebook group Bodyblade QVC! Here’s much of what we spoke about on my 7pm show including some fab free videos! Click here (join first).

Here’s a nice comment left on my QVC blog last week –

Clare Harris said – ‘
Hi Debbie I was hoping that you would be able to pass on a HUGE thank you to Bruce the lovely Body Blade man who I believe you’re doing a show with later on at 7pm – after badly and I mean badly breaking my wrist last year (two plates a bone graph and about 10 screws) I started using the body blade again in Jan this year – i had to go very slowly to start with but I use it most days now sometimes 2 or 3 times a day and I’m getting my strength back with the added bonus of tone and sculpting – thanks Bruce 

 

Full resources list is on part one.

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and keep up the good work

debs

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Published in Back to You

SO HOW ARE YOU DOING SO FAR?

Read part one of the Freedom Eating One Month Programme here if you haven't yet.

 

BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT

Lovely Wendy C on my Till the Fat Lady Slims group on Facebook (do join it here) has been summing up in a nutshell the importance of breaking through that self-esteem barrier. Prof Steve Peters (see recent blog) told me on Skype this week that low self-esteem is intrinsically linked with the likelihood of being overweight and overeating. It's a vicious spiral obviously, as feeling worthless makes it more likely you'll not care enough about your own appearance and health, feeling down and comfort eating. So seeing Wendy post this, this week, was heart-warming as she's taking those all-important baby steps towards becoming a true Freedom Eater. We see other ladies talking about taking pride in their clothes which they've never done before, or finally buying and using makeup for the first time, or even not minding being in photos. So always remember when you automatically go to settle for second best, don't. Take first best - you're worth it.

WENDY says - Definitely feeling the FE vibe, learning to listen to my body. I wasn't hungry when I got up so just had my water and lemon first thing. Actually walked to my Dr's appointment instead of driving like I normally would have (bonus did not have the usual hassle of finding a parking space) by now my stomach was beginning to make it known it needs food, so I sat there waiting to be called wondering what to eat when I got home. I really fancied melon so I called in the shop on my walk home and treated myself. Yes I did say treated, in the past I wouldn't have spent £2 on melon and £2 on raspberries just for me, but do you know what, I have realised I am worth it! Besides I wouldn't have thought twice about buying chocolate in the past would I? (All this was going through my mind walking home lol)
Anyway that was my breakfast and I thoroughly enjoyed it
."

Wendy is one of  my current case stories, more from the lovely lady below. What's your own story? Join us on Facebook here or email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you can't leave a comment below.

 

THE BIG OMEGA THREE TIDAL WAVE

OMG there are so many reasons to have omega three in your diet. I just got back from a super talk with Dr Alex Richardson, the UK eminent expert on the topic, in Bristol. Lovely Eileen Davies came with me and it was very enlightening. Too much to go into here but I managed to get a fairly long video of one section of the talk, explaining info for vegetarians, those with depression, and why we need it from fish.

watch it here on facebook - COMING SOON - BIG FILE - won't upload on youtube - give me time! if you're a member of TTFLs group you can see it on a post there -

click here

 

 

SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Here's a summary of why and there's tons more online. If you've ever felt rubbish due to lack of sleep and ended up making unwise food choices it could be due to your inner chimp playing up (see last week's part one blog). The chimp needs to sleep. (The Chimp Paradox book by Prof Steve Peters, and my interview with him in archives below left.) If you've had a jippy belly or constipation after lack of sleep, it could be due to your gut bacteria being affected by it, as the microbes are upset and don't work as well (Brainmaker, by Dr David Perlmutter.) If you are stressed, that in turn affects the hormones, the gut bacteria and the chimp. Sleep is vital so one of the key guidelines for part two this week is - get more sleep.

Note that the wrong foods will make sleeping worse - do read Aids to Cutting back Sugar blog

 

, plus here's the latest concise talk from Prof Robert Lustig, the world's guru on the topic. So worth watching if you know you get hyper with too much sugar - particularly watch 17 minutes in, if you've ever wondered why you can't give up easily.

Can I also ask if you need any jog in the right direction, to check out That Sugar Film (watch it before they remove it from this link or buy it)? It's a stark proof that low fat foods are not the answer and for those whose weight loss has stalled or who just can't seem to get past a certain point, it's a bible. You'll be shocked. Particularly look 20 minutes in if you have lots of fruit or muesli or smoothies or cereal or juice eg at breakfast time.

STEP 2. TIPS

Last week we looked at the Freedom Eating basics. Am assuming you've begun to read the Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 and 3.0 books (here on amazon - paperback or ebook - with a free 'look inside' that states the main principles.) So this week, what happens to people when they get stuck in, and what has helped make a true turning point happen? this is Wendy's take on it -

WENDY SAYS -

After promising myself to think what does my body need instead of what do I want, I was a bit nervous when hubby suggested stopping at a food market when we were out earlier.
However I am proud to say, I turned down, numerous cakes, pasties, sausage rolls, fudge and burgers. I told hubby to feel free to have what he wanted but rather sulkily he walked away with nothing too, lol. (He will get over it)
You see in the past we would probably have had a taste of most things on offer hence we both have a weight problem.
Driving home I knew I had put a casserole in the slow cooker for tonight's meal but I did feel peckish so when I got home I had what I felt I needed - a small slice of bread, marmite, tomato and cucumber (got a craving for cucumber at the moment).
I love this feeling."

So I asked her what was the turning point?

"That's hard to answer Debbie, perseverance I guess. After 40 years of yo-yo dieting and being bigger than I had ever been its plain that conventional diets don't work for me, not long term anyway.
I won't lie, I had several attempts at freedom eating 
before I finally 'got it'. 
I find it hard to stop at satisfied if I am really enjoying what I'm eating, so I using a smaller plate works better for me. Also thinking about the fistful of food thing has helped. I always piled my plate high and would scoff the lot then be too full to move, lol. Now I have less in the knowledge that if I'm not satisfied I can always have more but nine times out of ten I don't need it.
Eg I used to follow a diet where I was allowed as much meat, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes and veg as I could eat, so would pile that plate with bacon, egg, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes etc for breakfast. Since freedom eating I have discovered I don't really like the texture of meat so I'm happier with just an egg on toast and I feel much more alert too. Not to mention happy and in control.
Not to mention all the support I get from you Debbie and all the other lovely people on this page. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me find my life again."

How great is that?

Wendy needed to take baby steps but others got it straight away. There are different types of Freedom Eaters (see 'guises' listed in book 3.0). Which are you?

1. Consider your preferences for losing weight - can you stick to a diet? No? Do full freedom eating. If you can, do the 'When' diet (book 2.0) The principles are listed for free at the start of the book, viewable in the 'look inside' on amazon - do go see if you're new. But get used to the whole listening to your body thing. The Vagus nerve is connected to the brain and extends to the gut. It's the source of why we get a 'gut feeling' and why I believe it works to 'touch in with your gut' when it's time to choose what to eat. Do what Wendy does - really give yourself permission to go for what your body wants, not what the clock says or the family need. Use pacing, as I said previously, to ensure you can get the timing right. And explore the ways others use Freedom eating by joining the TTFLS facebook group here, and get advice for your particular concerns. It really works to share.

2. Make sure you have enough sleep. This is a key one for this week. No matter what else you do this week, give yourself the full permission to treat yourself to some proper hours in bed. Don't stay up late, just to get alone time, you're alone when you're asleep in bed once you go off to dreamland!

DAILY TO DO'S

1. Have a think about taking some probiotics to help your gut bacteria - there are lots on offer either in foods, like fermented foods, or in capsule form - google it to get some proper info or check out my previous blogs in archives on this page. I take 'mightidophilus 12' every day, plus a miso soup ( I use the cup a soup pastes if it needs to be instant) plus some home made kefir, plus a glass of water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar, more on that here, plus a glass of my fave Barleans Greens which contains fab pro and pre biotics. Sauerkraut is often added to my plate as I llike it - there's other fermented options you can choose to get good probiotics into your belly tho, depending upon your choices.

2. Try drinking more water (which ever water is best for you just watch squashes and cordials for too much sugar or artificial sweeteners which are not great for the palate.) Ideally a glass of hot water with a splash of fresh lemon juice will be great to start the day - you'll be in good company - apparently Jennifer Anniston does it too!

3. PLEASE UP YOUR VEGETABLES if you possibly can. They are prebiotics (if the probiotics are seeds, then the prebiotics are the fertiliser and the good soil.) There are some which are even better than others, like asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onions ... but google them and get used to eating them gradually if your tummy doesn't like them. And if you are a Katie or Anita type of Freedom Eating Guise (book 3.0) then you might need to adjust it according to your own medical recommendations. BUT investigate - many conditions can be aided with enough green and fibrous vegetables. Please get enough into your body.

4. If meals are smaller, and more frequent, that's fine. Who says it's not? Old rules from childhood? If you're a grown up in charge of your own mouth now, why not venture onto this whole new world - how exciting!

MOOD HUNGRY THIRSTY BORED GUT...  And what is the real REASON for your hunger? if you can wait till 6 on the hunger scale, everything falls into place. Food won't help you if you're bored. Or lonely. As Lesley one of our members says  - I could be an unhappy big fat bird who eats tons or I could be a slowly reducing less unhappy less fat bird who listens to her body and isn't controlled by food anymore.

More on this next time.

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and keep up the good work

debs

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Welcome to the Programme that could change your behaviour around food forever. Seriously?

Is she kidding? Nope.

It did mine, way back in 1999, more than 16 years ago and whilst I'm not promising a super skinny you by the end of the one month, if you follow these guidelines and the step by step programme I'm going to lay out over the next four weeks, the rest of your life could be lived outside of food prison. Or at least it can provide food for thought about why your diets keep failing.

I'm going to give you a little background, then launch into the first few baby steps you can take towards adopting the basics of Freedom Eating using the Super Six Principles. They will help you unlearn the sabotaging habits and put in place new ones - the habits of slim people. All this system does is to reconnect us with our natural birth right to use food for fuel - no more, no less - not for comfort, not for reward, not to cover up other feelings, nothing. Just fuel.

Not everyone will end up skinny, that's not the aim. Freedom is the aim. And once people master Freedom Eating they start discovering things like Freedom shopping, Freedom family relationships and eventually Freedom Living. 

I'd like you to read this introduction then get a big cup of tea or whatever, and give yourself the precious treat of some me-time because you deserve it, so that you can quietly digest what this programme is all about.

So first will come the introduction.

Then I will break it down into bite sized chunks in a step by step guide which you can pick up any time you like - latecomers can begin in your own time too - and gradually work your way through.

 

PREPARE

The three preparation blogs before this one are worth a read - 

-          Pre-programme PREPARATION blog – click here.

-          Two weeks to go PREPARATION blog – click here.

-          One week to go PREPARATION blog – click here. THIS INCLUDES THE FULL RUN DOWN OF HOW TO PREPARE - please read this first.

Assuming you've worked your way through the prep, it's time to acquaint yourself with the six principles. I need newcomers to go to the FREE 'look inside' on amazon to read the first chapter of Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' diet. - click here and please feel free to continue reading (kindle ebook - read on app or kindle or computer) in order to fully understand my own story.

Those who are up to speed know that Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 - tips and tales to inspire - was released in January. This features success stories and yet more science behind why you can trust your body to know what is best for it. Crucially you will find out about which GUISE OF FREEDOM EATER you are - which will become important as we go through this programme. If you want, order the paperback so you can dip in and out of it and begin to get the idea of how it's helped others and what to do in certain situations.

I'm not going to reproduce here all of what's in the beginning of book 2.0, since you can read it for free on amazon as above. It covers the basic principles, the way you can use it with any traditional diet - ANY - and extra research which brought my 2002 Freedom Eating original, bang up to date in 2014. So click here to read it through if you would please.

Or don't. You have to do what's right for you. If you find yourself thinking 'I'll go back to it later' then there's a cheats guide here. Just flick through - it won't be for everybody. Some - a few - will think 'what's all the fuss about, it's just common sense'; if you do, then thank you for taking an interest but this system is not for you. Others will think it's amazing, groundbreaking and like nothing they've ever tried before. 

 

ONCE YOU'VE READ IT -

I hope you will join us on the Till the Fat Lady Slims group on Facebook to get support - it's crucial for your Inner Chimp to feel like they're not in this alone. click the link to ping an invite to join.

Or you can email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or try leaving a comment at the bottom of this page.

Chimp update See also the separate blog featuring the Skype chat I had this week. I interviewed the wonderful Prof Steve Peters, author of the Chimp Paradox, and inspiration for the Inner Chimp section in book 3.0. He told me some amazing things about how our Inner Chimp works during times of stress and in particular during attempts at weight loss. He told me something fascinating which helps to explain why my Facebook support group Till the Fat Lady Slims has been doing so well. He said that it’s vital that everyone has someone to confide in. Do you? One thing I noticed is how many of our members on my TTFLS group talk about needing to share and open up in a way they obviously don’t outside of the group in their real lives. That’s an interesting notion isn’t it, that my support group is helping to breed success where previously people had failed. Obviously why some slimming groups work for some people too, but by no means all. More about this on my b2u Steve Peters blog here.

 

FREEDOM EATING PROGRAMME - INTRODUCTION

I asked a couple of our ladies what their top tips are for those needing baby steps to adopt Freedom Eating as a diet-cracking/busting code. They said -

'1) forget everything you learned about 'diets'

2) trust in freedom eating, your body will eventually let you know what you need (it may not happen straight away with everyone, I had a couple of false starts)

3) keep hydrated, quite often it's thirst not hunger

I accept that my own journey is going to take time and it has changed not only my eating habits but my whole outlook on life. I know that sounds extreme but it's true.'

Wendy C

and from Pamela G - 

'1) simply - don't eat if you are not hungry 2) experiment - different things work on different days 3) don't listen to anyone but yourself . Just have to listen to my own advice now.'

Now i know it's ironic that you're following someone else's instructions using this very programme But the gist of it is to put you back in charge of your own body and LISTEN TO ITS SIGNALS.

So here is the first step - 

STEP 1.

Three things make Freedom Eating truly work - if you do them you can say you are Freedom Eating. If not, you're still on your way there.

I'd like you to consider how to get these into your life today - not tomorrow, and not after you've finished the cupboards to 'start again tomorrow'.

1. Can you wait till you are truly at 6 (out of ten) on the hunger scale (how to tell is listed in detail in book 2.0) If you can do this one as well, that's great. Otherwise make sure you do the next step - this is the most vital of all -

2. Can you stop at Satisfied - NOT FULL (hunger shouts but satisfaction whispers and one of the keys to losing weight is to not over fill your body at one sitting. Full info on how to detect the signals is in book 2.0. BUT it's about a fist full of food. Please note, you can keep the rest till later - it's actually ESSENTIAL that you allow yourself to stop at satisfied and keep the rest till later so you banish any thoughts of 'wasting' it.)

3. Can you observe afterwards - don't be a judge. If you decide you want to eat a bag of crisps 'cos that's what you think your body really wants, it's OK to do so. If a slim person had a cake at someone's birthday they would probably eat less later. Typical dieters would eat tons more since they've 'broken the diet' and they need to 'make it worth it' before they 'start again tomorrow'. This terminology is not used within Freedom Eating. Starting again tomorrow is not an option, just let it go, allow yourself to observe and learn and make better choices - the next meal time. By not beating yourself up afterwards you may find you don't repeat the patterns of a lifetime and binge until tomorrow. (See below if you are a on a traditional diet too)

Now there's a lot more to it than that - and if you skipped reading it when I asked you to above, you can do so now if you like - you'll be able to read it al in the FREE 'look inside' of book 2.0 on amazon. The full summary of the supersix principles is at the start of the book, so you don't have to pay a penny to join in with this programme. BUT if you can't wait to find out more, go full steam ahead and read both books. It's up to you - you're the one in charge.

BABY STEPS VERSION - study your body when you eat. What does it feel like as you eat? Can you spot a moment where you take a deep breath, meaning your body is full now? Could you possibly stop at that point? it might be half of what you normally eat - that's fine - you can go back to it later when you're properly hungry once more. Satisfied is not FULL. It's not being able to feel the food in your stomach. it's having a wave of happiness 'cos your body's got what it needs. Try doing that for each meal - you can always binge again tomorrow. (I'm only half joking - sometimes just by saying you 'can' means you don't want to.)

DIETERS VERSION - again see if you can do it and stop at satisfied - why 'fill up' on vegetables. Do realise that the feeling of hunger is valuable to the body, it's not to be feared. But do not get too hungry - being starving is not a natural state, and if you can wait till 6 on the hunger scale but then eat properly that's the best way, as far as Freedom Eating is concerned. Choose from within your diet plan, but stop at satisfied. 

TIPS - 

-  do nothing else whilst you eat - NOTHING - don't watch TV, don't read, don't talk, don't drive, don't watch a movie, don't even listen to the radio. Give the food your entire attention.

-  a deep breath often indicates satisfied

-  please drink a whole glass of water half an hour before your meal. One of our tips is to make sure it's true hunger and not thirst, then you can truly tell what your body really wants.

- but if your body is demanding sugar, that's ok, it just means you are addicted. And you need to get off it whatever way works for you - using a programme like I Quit Sugar, or alternatively by educating your way out of it like I did - see below. 

- PARADOX - know that if you really really have to eat chocolate, with Freedom Eating, it's ok to do so - as long as you eat between hungry and satisfied and give it your full attention.

DAILY TO-DOs - edition 1.

I'm going to suggest some reading and a video each day, plus a reminder of two things I'd like you to consider in order to work your way towards full Freedom Eating.

- please watch this 14 minute video about sugar from CNN's sixty minutes - 'is sugar toxic' on youtube. It's utterly fascinating. If you liked it, grab the chance to watch the whole of this one too - That Sugar Film - it's legendary but they usually delete it off youtube, so if it's still working on this link, please watch it urgently! click here for That Sugar Film or buy it - it's fab. People report that it's the biggest eye opener as to how to adjust the diet to reduce sugar.

- please peruse this blog too - tons more to watch and read - Aids to Cutting Back Sugar.

- please consider this - your gut loves healthy food and destroying the balance of gut bacteria eg if you've taken antibiotics or have a lot of bad food each day, might lead to health problems. Can you consider watching this - Gut Reaction parts 1& 2 on youtube.

- want even more info? Then go to my TTFLs tab on my website - use the codes inside your book 2.0 to access a special exclusive section too.

 

RULE 1 - TAKE FROM THIS WHATEVER FEELS RIGHT FOR YOU - you are the one who knows what's best for you - if you get out  of your body's way, just try it. But above all, try to give the food your full attention and do nothing else when you eat. Break the bad habits and it can start right here.

 

MORE IN PART TWO COMING SOON. 

Please come join us to chat about this on the Till the Fat Lady Slims facebook group - see below, for a closed group with private converstation. Please note that the other platforms are public and will be seen by family and friends.

 

FULL LIST OF RESOURCES ONLINE

 

The Till the Fat Lady Slims facebook PAGE is a public page which will bulletin all the updates happening as the month progresses. Previous posts include over 150 ‘tip of the day’ updates, free to anyone who clicks on the page and consults the archives. CLICK ‘LIKE’ HERE – ttflS PAGE

My own Debbie Flint facebook page will summarise them, as well as featuring all the usual QVC, author and competition updates. CLICK ‘LIKE’ HERE - DebbieFlintQVCFanpage

The Till the fat lady Slims group is a private (closed) group which freedom eaters are welcome to join to share their experiences and consult the many regulars who have lost weight – up to six and a half stone in Dawn Allen’s case – and can give guidance and support. Join TTFLS GROUP here.

The umbrella event ‘20lb in 2016’ is where you can see year long posts about everything happening everywhere. CLICK ‘GOING’ - HERE.

Website. And of course the posts themselves, which will be on my website under the Back to You tab, laying out the recommendations for those who want a guided programme and who feel a benefit from doing it alongside others.

 

keep me informed!!

debs

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Published in Back to You

Countdown to one month Freedom Eating programme

Not long to go now! Have you been helping your body help itself by cutting back on sugar? if not, why not start doing so, as opposed to stuffing as much as you can before the 'diet' begins? Because if that's what you've been doing, you're only punishing yourself! Isn't it time to try breaking free?

Freedom Eating for those who don't know, is the lifestyle system of listening to your body and reclaiming your birthright to be slim. I know it sounds cliched but it's totally true - in my books, Freedom Eating will help you unlearn all the social conditioning that resulted in your current antipathy towards dieting, addiction to sugar and pattern of putting on more weight every single time you diet. For those who want to know more, click on the links below and read the reviews, and the feedback on facebook groups and pages too. Or read the books!

I'm planning a week by week programme guiding newcomers through what to do , step by step, if you love to be led. it will begin the end of March after Easter. If you're going to have sugar, at least do it the freedom eating way. 

Anatomy of a Binge.

This was one of the most controversial chapters in my original book, reproduced in full in Book 2.0. In it, I list all the foods I ate in one 12 hour period - some people would never believe it. Yet others amongst you would say 'is that all?' Read it and see how you compare, if you've ever been - or still are - a binger. It's quite scary really, because getting to satisfied then saving the rest till later is one of the most liberating experiences ever. And it only took me 37 years to discover it. Yes I grew up amongst a family where nanny would sit forcing the rest of her dinner down her, and was from the generation who told each other 'you've done well' if they finished a heaped plate. Mum did some of that too. So it was a total relief to find out it wasn't how we were evolved to be. Stopping at satisfied is about a fistful of food each time - but wait a few hours and you'll be hungry enough again (6 on the hunger scale) to have the rest. There's no 'you can't' only 'listen to your body.' And that's why this system worked for me and so many others, and works where others fail. Because it proves we are human.

Guises of Freedom Eater

Another innovation is acknowledging that there's no one-size fits all. In Book 3.0 (2016) I identify six types of Freedom Eater - many of whom were inspired by the posts I was reading over the last two years on Facebook group 'till the Fat Lady Slims' (come join us). Which will you be? Do let me know.

Preparing for the One Month Freedom Eating Programme

Previous blogs have helped by indicating how gut bacteria may be helping to create problems in your attempts at dieting - do use the archive below left, and catch up. Then do kindly read through at least parts one and two of Book 2.0. If you'd like a teaser before you buy, remember amazon do a free 'look inside'.

Also you can go back over 155 Tips of the Day on the Facebook PAGE - public access. And join me on mmy '20lb in 2016 event page on Facebook if you'd like to be counted and register your intent to take part  just by clicking 'going' here.

More next week.

 

Webchats –

Lovely Axel Ruth from Flora Mare was our webchat guest doing the Q&A on Back to You QVC facebook group this week on Mondays 8-9pm. Join the group if you haven’t already and read his Q&A here.

Bruce Bodyblade was present again for his on Bodyblade QVC facebook group giving superb advice about this brilliant fitness device. More here (join first).

 

 

Other news –

-          Is fermented food a recipe for good gut health ?

The answer is yes! Even the BBC is spreading the word. Yay. Lots of basic info in this article for those who are curious. And don't forget the best thing to do is to listen to your own body as it will tell you what is the most effective. Look at your own ceases and follow the Bristol scale of what looks like A perfect poo. But do you start getting some of this stuff into your body. They should have also mentioned about what not to eat though because nothing will overcome a diet rich in sugars and processed rubbish or someone taking antibiotics over and over again and wondering why they has a dodgy tummy. Good info here thank you Garry X
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35780468

 

-          8 anti-inflammatory ingredients to eat now

Another interesting take on why omega three is good for you. It's listed in these ingredients and lovely Joe tells us why :-) anyone tried any recipes with the other things he mentions in detail on this article? X
http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/8-anti-inflammatory-nutrients-to-eat-now/

 

-          Drinking water could aid weight loss

On average, people who drank between one and three cups of water more than usual consumed 5-18 grams less sugar and decreased their cholesterol consumption by 7-21 grams daily.

Researchers said that it didn't matter whether the water consumed was through a drinking fountain, tap or bottle. It all had the same impact.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/03/02/water-could-aid-weight-loss_n_9364816.html

Have a great week!

Do look back through the archives if you’d like to see some of the weekly ‘Monday Essay’s I wrote when Back to You first began. From Omega 3 to Miso soup to Shitake Mushrooms to meditation, the topics are many and varied and help get to grips with some of the current scientific thinking about health.

hugs

debs

x

Published in Back to You

So what is Freedom Eating and why has it helped so many people so much? As I approach the release of my new book, number 3.0 in the series, here's my number one student and her story is amazing - it's really made me proud. I'm only sharing the principles I learned years ago and have adapted with extra well-being info, but when you hear what Dawn had to say about how different her life is, you'll understand why I'm beaming with pride.

For those who don't know, in 1998 I was very overweight - and very unhappy. Bingeing was part of my secret relationship with food. Some foods were treasure, some were like homework and I found myself almost never being able to eat without feeling guilty. Plus I was eating for all sorts of reasons, as I had done all my life, instead of just for hunger.

Then I discovered the original Freedom Eating system which helped me out of Food Prison and I've been passing on the word ever since. 

 

DAWN ALLEN'S STORY - SIX AND A HALF STONE LIGHTER IN JUST TWELVE MONTHS

What a lovely trip I had down to see my Freedom Eating superstar pal Dawn Allen in Southampton this week. It was a long awaited visit to congratulate her on her incredible weight loss and find out her story. How has my 'Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the When Diet' system and it's Supersix principles helped? Listen to her story and find out -

- which everyday tasks were so hard to do before

- how it's helped her relationship

- when she finally realised this was a long term solution 

- how it feels to be normal around food

A couple of before and after pics really help to paint a picture of her super weight loss journey. at her heaviest, Dawn was size 30/32 and weighed more than the scales could measure - over 23 stone. She tried hard to lose but went up and down over time and across a decade it reduced by 5 stone but was tough.

This is Dawn at her heaviest - she almost never had photos taken. 

 

Then last January Dawn found my book - it was an exclusive offer in signed hardback via QVC UK (3000 sold out almost as soon as it was aired.) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet covers six basic principles which meant Dawn suddenly discovered a whole new way to be around food - 

1. Wait until you are hungry enough - we say six out of ten on the hunger scale. 

2. Choose what your body really really wants - not your brain. Drink water if you're not sure.

3. Eat mindfully - give the meal your FULL attention, especially when you're new to it.

4. Stop when you are satisfied NOT when you are full. Often about a palm sized amount, leading to a tell-tale deep breath which signifies satisfied.

5. Watch out for the bliss point - this is when your body has had exactly the right food, at the right time, in the right quantity and your body feels great.

6. Be an observer not a judge. Don't beat yourself up if you don't get it right, just learn and move on. Also, crucially, listen to your body AFTER you've eaten - learn the effect on your body - and make wiser choices next time.

Freedom means never having to 'start again tomorrow' = you just start again next mealtime, simply waiting till you are sufficiently hungry. These are simple straightforward principles and on their own may not be a surprise. 

But what some people have loved is that my own story is warts and all sharing, meaning that many people have told me they were reduced to tears when reading it - Dawn included. That wasn't my intention, it was just to tell my own tale in a starkly honest way that doesn't usually happen. But something clicked in Dawn's head and she found herself changing to a whole new way of being around food - really listening to her own body, and educating it and in the process, herself. Now a year later, she's managed to reach a comfortable level, size 12-14, and is a total of 11 and a half stone lighter - six and a half of which she puts down totally to Freedom Eating. I'm so so glad it's helped.

 

Here's her tale - in two parts - just ten minutes per audio chat - have a listen:

Dawn Allen part 1 - discovering life outside Food Prison and being normal around food for the first time ever.

 

Dawn Allen part 2 - how life is different 11 stone lighter

 

both are about ten minutes long. (pls allow time for the podcast to download)

 

Needless to say our quest to help people on the Facebook group continues. Here's another lady's recent story - see below. It's going to be a busy year!

Get the main book - Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet - from Amazon in paperback or eBook here. - highly reviewed (65 x 5* at time of writing). Watch out for book 3.0 - in aid of Medical Detection Dogs - end of January 2016!

Best wishes

Debs

x

ps all my other books can be found on my Amazon page here.

Published in Debbie's News

Q Where did it come from?

A. Transformation During the first Back to You series, many people found the 2002 book on Amazon and began using it and reporting how it was changing their bodies. Lots of lovely members of my Facebook group ‘Back to You QVC’ were losing weight and transforming their relationship around food and posting their updates. For me it was gripping - Debbie S. has gone from a size 20 to a 14. And Chloe H my other cover girl has now lost five stone! Plus so many, many more, a selection of which are featured on my TTFLS page on my website. And below.

Original The 2002 version was first written when I lost 35lb after following the Freedom Eating principles 14 years ago and I haven’t binged since. And if you want to compare notes, OMG just have a look at the ‘binge management’ section towards the back – see what I used to go through – are you the same? Plus so many other common mistakes people make on their dieting journeys. And we’ve all done them.

The most common reaction I get is ‘it was like reading about myself… so good to see I’m not the only one.’

Q. What is Freedom Eating?

A. It’s based on the secrets of slim people and how your body knows what to do, we just override our key signals. This system helps you identify how to get back to your own natural relationship with food as fuel – not as reward, or solace or revenge. And helps you reclaim your own natural birthright to be slim. It’s just common sense, but it’s my take on an old theme, and it’s my own journey that makes this one different. It’s based on a version of the 7 Secrets of Slim People which was itself based on Diets Don’t Work which itself was no doubt based on something else. Since 2000 many other books have come out with other versions of this same common sense and I’m not sure why my one resonates with so many people, but it does. They say this is the one that’s made all the difference.

Freedom. It’s so liberating. Whenever I do full Freedom Eating, I find it so easy, not hard at all, and it’s like food becomes LESS important in my life every day instead of ruling my every thought and living from meal to meal. Others agree – eg on our Facebook group. It’s never ceased to amaze me what I learned about how slim people do it and loved putting it in writing all those years ago.

New Version But more than a decade later there is a lot of new info that needed to go in, so I issued an updated version in September last year, including crucial new material, as well as a slightly abridged version of the original. Version 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet was born! I put it online with its purple cover and it started to inspire people so much that QVC asked me to do a version just for us!

Q. How is it new?

A. The new aqua one is a limited collector’s edition with a bonus chapter inside, not seen elsewhere yet, about my own personal story, in the years I was away from QVC. Plus further links to more exclusive material over on my website! It’s in hardback, as it’s designed to be a reference book, read over and over again.

Groundbreaking The principles are so ground-breaking for some lifelong dieters that they say stuff like this -

After trying so many diets over a few decades now finally found an eating regime that works. Till the fat lady slim book by Debbie Flint has made me look at eating in a whole new light. No longer have good and bad things to eat just what my body tells me I need. …changing my eating habits forever. Please, please if you are struggling at the time of reading this, give it a go.” Starlight, QVCuk.com review

If you're fed up of silly diets and yo-yo dieting then this book is for you! I'm featured in the book as through freedom eating I have managed to lose four stone! With this book you can develop a positive and healthy relationship with food. Learn about your body's signals of satiety and hunger.
Lose weight and keep it off”
Chloe, Amazon review, July 2013

I have lost about 4 pounds over the Xmas period. Losing the weight is not as important for me as not being at war with myself about food. Thanks to Debbie for sharing this. It is absolutely life changing as I know it has changed how I think about myself and food forever.” Laura S, Amazon Jan ‘15

I watched the BBC2 Horizon programme at 3.30 ish this morning - they would have found TTFLS fitted in with all three categories of eating problems! I'm the last group - constant craving for food. But I'm looking at food differently now thanks to the book. Best thing I've ever bought - oh, and the Bodyblade.” Anne, Facebook.

Lard These and many more similar testimonials echo how I felt back in the day when I first read about Freedom Eating and began bringing pats of lard into the studio on a tray representing how many pounds I was losing – ultimately two and a half stone. The pic on the book shows a couple of pics from back then – anyone remember those days on QVC?

Chuffed Can’t tell you how delighted it’s making me, to know that so many people are breaking out of ‘food prison’ ‘cos of my writing. The steamy novels went down a storm and that was lovely, but this is a different type of chuffed entirely! Knowing so many people are using it to make their diets easier makes me so proud.

Be prepared to dip into it continually as you gradually adjust whilst your body gets used to listening to its signals and eating like a slim person does.

With over 170 pages of testimonials old and new, it still includes the full, slightly-abridged original TTFLS book from 2002 remember – that’s in part three. But parts one and two are crucial to understand why this system works and how it’s NOT a diet plan.

What it’s not. If you’re not prepared to let go of old beliefs this book is not for you. Or if you follow a rigid structure easily, maybe you’re one of the lucky people who go on a diet and stick to it no problem, lose the weight and don’t see what all the fuss is about, then this system is probably not for you.

-          It does NOT tell you what to eat and what not to eat, it’s not a meal-plan

-          It is NOT a short term system, it’s a long-term approach which will make everything different from now on, and if you can do full Freedom Eating your body takes back its natural power which has been over-ridden by bad habits around food.

-          It is NOT some weird kooky system, it’s just how slim people eat their whole lives.

What it is It is, however, for anyone who CAN’T DIET. Who has the BEST intentions and really means to stick to the next brand new shiny diet plan or slimming club regime BUT deep down – below all the best laid plans that this time it will be different – knows they won’t. Or likes a plan but drops off it after a while, this can help you too.

Q. What’s in it?

A. Contents

Part One explains the basics about Freedom Eating – and changing your whole mindset about dieting. It helps break free from that horrible place we’ve all been to, if we’ve experienced ‘food prison.’ For instance, within the first chapter I’ve put my ‘Super Six’ principles, so you can look at the free sample - go here on my website, debbieflint.com, where people can see the link to the free sample so you can see what it’s all about if you’re in any doubt about whether to buy it. I’d hate for anyone to take a copy if it’s not for them, as someone else may miss out. So do go look if you’re not sure. If you do decide to get it though, be quick since, as I’ve said, this QVC version is limited!  

Part Two has some crucial information which cannot be ignored if you want to get it right - an important chapter that explains why the latest knowledge about certain foods really helps. It makes it easier for me, when I watch all the video links and read all the articles to choose correctly, as it helps me make those decisions more easily. And advice about what to do first on your way to full Freedom Eating. Full freedom eating is where nothing is banned. If being told  you can’t have something means you can’t stop thinking about it, this book is for you. The reason is, if you’re like me, the opposite is also true and knowing you ‘can’ means you eat it less. The psychology is fascinating. And this book features a long list of misapprehensions that need to be unlearned, and helps you unlearn them.

The ‘When’ Diet For some who like structure though, like my sister Linda, pictured above helping me at the signing, it’s a different story. She uses it for maintenance and to help stay on traditional diets. She’s an ex-slimming club leader and saw how Freedom eating helped transform my behaviour around food. She and I then co-created The ‘When’ Diet section – designed to help put a stop to those ‘start again tomorrow’ moments and make normal dieting a bit more closely aligned with how your body is supposed to act around food.

If you DO want to use it alongside traditional diets, that works too, it’s what the ‘When’ Diet section is for.

-          This book will hold your hand

-          This book will provide answers when you feel desperately low about your weight

-          This new mindset will offer freedom like many have never known, from the constant curse of dieting.

Q. What support is there?

A. Stories from others & Facebook I can’t tell you what a thrill it has been to hear from so many people, like all the Freedom Eating converts from my lovely Facebook group, ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ and those who have kindly put their reviews on item 704285. The main thing is that it’s helping so many now – and of course there are far more stories on my website here – click here to see the TTFLS page .

Anyway, at time of writing, my shoulder is just a little bit hot right now, after all that signing. Only a few had a slightly more squirly signature, and they’ve got the word ‘enjoy’ on. Some have a few extra kisses. And one special one was the final one I signed which has an extra little message in the front as it was number 3000 out of 3000!

Make 2015 the year you do things completely differently than ever before – starting with considering this book – ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’  from QVC, or from Amazon if it’s sold out – as the game-changer.

I’m very proud to be bringing you this book – the end result of more than fourteen years of writing, learning and losing weight. I’m told unlike anything people might have seen before.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions at all, you can ask me personal ones via www.debbieflint.com – sign up there for my regular email newsletter for updates.

Best wishes.

Debs

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Groups

So do join the groups now.

‘Back to You QVC’ group – click here to join

Bodyblade QVC’ group – click here to join

‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ group – click here to join

‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ PAGE – click here to ‘like’ – anyone can see – incl tips of the day.

Debbie Flint page on Facebook – anyone can see – incl news of my novels, QVC deals, etc

www.debbieflint.com – sign up for newsletter. Writing, Back to You weekly Blog, TTFLS tab etc

pps more weekly every Friday on my QVC blog where I post sneaky peeks of upcoming bargains, shows and fun bloopers to make you smile! Go here each week to read more. Or on the QVC tab above.

Published in Back to You

Q Where did it come from?

A. Transformation During the first Back to You series, many people found the 2002 book on Amazon and began using it and reporting how it was changing their bodies. Lots of lovely members of my Facebook group ‘Back to You QVC’ were losing weight and transforming their relationship around food and posting their updates. For me it was gripping - Debbie S. has gone from a size 20 to a 14. And Chloe H my other cover girl has now lost five stone! Plus so many, many more, a selection of which are featured on my TTFLS page on my website. And below.

Original The 2002 version was first written when I lost 35lb after following the Freedom Eating principles 14 years ago and I haven’t binged since. And if you want to compare notes, OMG just have a look at the ‘binge management’ section towards the back – see what I used to go through – are you the same? Plus so many other common mistakes people make on their dieting journeys. And we’ve all done them.

The most common reaction I get is ‘it was like reading about myself… so good to see I’m not the only one.’

Q. What is Freedom Eating?

A. It’s based on the secrets of slim people and how your body knows what to do, we just override our key signals. This system helps you identify how to get back to your own natural relationship with food as fuel – not as reward, or solace or revenge. And helps you reclaim your own natural birthright to be slim. It’s just common sense, but it’s my take on an old theme, and it’s my own journey that makes this one different. It’s based on a version of the 7 Secrets of Slim People which was itself based on Diets Don’t Work which itself was no doubt based on something else. Since 2000 many other books have come out with other versions of this same common sense and I’m not sure why my one resonates with so many people, but it does. They say this is the one that’s made all the difference.

Freedom. It’s so liberating. Whenever I do full Freedom Eating, I find it so easy, not hard at all, and it’s like food becomes LESS important in my life every day instead of ruling my every thought and living from meal to meal. Others agree – eg on our Facebook group. It’s never ceased to amaze me what I learned about how slim people do it and loved putting it in writing all those years ago.

New Version But more than a decade later there is a lot of new info that needed to go in, so I issued an updated version in September last year, including crucial new material, as well as a slightly abridged version of the original. Version 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet was born! I put it online with its purple cover and it started to inspire people so much that QVC asked me to do a version just for us!

Q. How is it new?

A. The new aqua one is a limited collector’s edition with a bonus chapter inside, not seen elsewhere yet, about my own personal story, in the years I was away from QVC. Plus further links to more exclusive material over on my website! It’s in hardback, as it’s designed to be a reference book, read over and over again.

Groundbreaking The principles are so ground-breaking for some lifelong dieters that they say stuff like this -

After trying so many diets over a few decades now finally found an eating regime that works. Till the fat lady slim book by Debbie Flint has made me look at eating in a whole new light. No longer have good and bad things to eat just what my body tells me I need. …changing my eating habits forever. Please, please if you are struggling at the time of reading this, give it a go.” Starlight, QVCuk.com review

If you're fed up of silly diets and yo-yo dieting then this book is for you! I'm featured in the book as through freedom eating I have managed to lose four stone! With this book you can develop a positive and healthy relationship with food. Learn about your body's signals of satiety and hunger.
Lose weight and keep it off”
Chloe, Amazon review, July 2013

I have lost about 4 pounds over the Xmas period. Losing the weight is not as important for me as not being at war with myself about food. Thanks to Debbie for sharing this. It is absolutely life changing as I know it has changed how I think about myself and food forever.” Laura S, Amazon Jan ‘15

I watched the BBC2 Horizon programme at 3.30 ish this morning - they would have found TTFLS fitted in with all three categories of eating problems! I'm the last group - constant craving for food. But I'm looking at food differently now thanks to the book. Best thing I've ever bought - oh, and the Bodyblade.” Anne, Facebook.

Lard These and many more similar testimonials echo how I felt back in the day when I first read about Freedom Eating and began bringing pats of lard into the studio on a tray representing how many pounds I was losing – ultimately two and a half stone. The pic on the book shows a couple of pics from back then – anyone remember those days on QVC?

Chuffed Can’t tell you how delighted it’s making me, to know that so many people are breaking out of ‘food prison’ ‘cos of my writing. The steamy novels went down a storm and that was lovely, but this is a different type of chuffed entirely! Knowing so many people are using it to make their diets easier makes me so proud.

Be prepared to dip into it continually as you gradually adjust whilst your body gets used to listening to its signals and eating like a slim person does.

With over 170 pages of testimonials old and new, it still includes the full, slightly-abridged original TTFLS book from 2002 remember – that’s in part three. But parts one and two are crucial to understand why this system works and how it’s NOT a diet plan.

What it’s not. If you’re not prepared to let go of old beliefs this book is not for you. Or if you follow a rigid structure easily, maybe you’re one of the lucky people who go on a diet and stick to it no problem, lose the weight and don’t see what all the fuss is about, then this system is probably not for you.

-          It does NOT tell you what to eat and what not to eat, it’s not a meal-plan

-          It is NOT a short term system, it’s a long-term approach which will make everything different from now on, and if you can do full Freedom Eating your body takes back its natural power which has been over-ridden by bad habits around food.

-          It is NOT some weird kooky system, it’s just how slim people eat their whole lives.

What it is It is, however, for anyone who CAN’T DIET. Who has the BEST intentions and really means to stick to the next brand new shiny diet plan or slimming club regime BUT deep down – below all the best laid plans that this time it will be different – knows they won’t. Or likes a plan but drops off it after a while, this can help you too.

Q. What’s in it?

A. Contents

Part One explains the basics about Freedom Eating – and changing your whole mindset about dieting. It helps break free from that horrible place we’ve all been to, if we’ve experienced ‘food prison.’ For instance, within the first chapter I’ve put my ‘Super Six’ principles, so you can look at the free sample - go here on my website, debbieflint.com, where people can see the link to the free sample so you can see what it’s all about if you’re in any doubt about whether to buy it. I’d hate for anyone to take a copy if it’s not for them, as someone else may miss out. So do go look if you’re not sure. If you do decide to get it though, be quick since, as I’ve said, this QVC version is limited!  

Part Two has some crucial information which cannot be ignored if you want to get it right - an important chapter that explains why the latest knowledge about certain foods really helps. It makes it easier for me, when I watch all the video links and read all the articles to choose correctly, as it helps me make those decisions more easily. And advice about what to do first on your way to full Freedom Eating. Full freedom eating is where nothing is banned. If being told  you can’t have something means you can’t stop thinking about it, this book is for you. The reason is, if you’re like me, the opposite is also true and knowing you ‘can’ means you eat it less. The psychology is fascinating. And this book features a long list of misapprehensions that need to be unlearned, and helps you unlearn them.

The ‘When’ Diet For some who like structure though, like my sister Linda, pictured above helping me at the signing, it’s a different story. She uses it for maintenance and to help stay on traditional diets. She’s an ex-slimming club leader and saw how Freedom eating helped transform my behaviour around food. She and I then co-created The ‘When’ Diet section – designed to help put a stop to those ‘start again tomorrow’ moments and make normal dieting a bit more closely aligned with how your body is supposed to act around food.

If you DO want to use it alongside traditional diets, that works too, it’s what the ‘When’ Diet section is for.

-          This book will hold your hand

-          This book will provide answers when you feel desperately low about your weight

-          This new mindset will offer freedom like many have never known, from the constant curse of dieting.

Q. What support is there?

A. Stories from others & Facebook I can’t tell you what a thrill it has been to hear from so many people, like all the Freedom Eating converts from my lovely Facebook group, ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ and those who have kindly put their reviews on item 704285. The main thing is that it’s helping so many now – and of course there are far more stories on my website here – click here to see the TTFLS page .

Anyway, at time of writing, my shoulder is just a little bit hot right now, after all that signing. Only a few had a slightly more squirly signature, and they’ve got the word ‘enjoy’ on. Some have a few extra kisses. And one special one was the final one I signed which has an extra little message in the front as it was number 3000 out of 3000!

Make 2015 the year you do things completely differently than ever before – starting with considering this book – ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’  from QVC, or from Amazon if it’s sold out – as the game-changer.

I’m very proud to be bringing you this book – the end result of more than fourteen years of writing, learning and losing weight. I’m told unlike anything people might have seen before.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions at all, you can ask me personal ones via www.debbieflint.com – sign up there for my regular email newsletter for updates.

Best wishes.

Debs

X

Ps

Groups

So do join the groups now.

‘Back to You QVC’ group – click here to join

Bodyblade QVC’ group – click here to join

‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ group – click here to join

‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ PAGE – click here to ‘like’ – anyone can see – incl tips of the day.

Debbie Flint page on Facebook – anyone can see – incl news of my novels, QVC deals, etc

www.debbieflint.com – sign up for newsletter. Writing, Back to You weekly Blog, TTFLS tab etc

pps more weekly every Friday on my QVC blog where I post sneaky peeks of upcoming bargains, shows and fun bloopers to make you smile! Go here each week to read more. Or on the QVC tab above.

Published in Back to You

TTFLS 2.0 Yes I was very chuffed to see so many people loving Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – The ‘When’ Diet on social media this week – it makes all the hard work worth while. Also it got to number 3 in the main kindle health and fitness/diets chart for eBooks! Whoop!  Click here to get the eBook on Amazon – and the paperback is out imminently! You can click on that link and read the first chapter too – would love to know what you think. It’s not fiction – it’s semi-autobiographical – and lays out what I’ve been using to lose weight lately. That and the bodyblade! (All the info is in my latest Back to You blog – see tab above or go here to read Monday’s one.)

Hallowe’en Update This week I’ve been putting the finishing touches to the collection of thirteen short spooky stories in the upcoming Hallowe’en Anthology. It’s now going on sale October 17th, but catch the freebie Oct 28th-1st Nov, with a special Facebook online party for Hallowe’en on 31st! Below I introduce you to two more of the authors featured. Some of the stories are very good I must say!

Jackie Kabler’s Book Deal And talking of authors, how about fellow QVC presenter Jackie Kabler getting a book deal with Accent press! Soooo proud of her – and she’s so humble about it, such a lovely lady. Can’t wait to read it. Jackie says –

while I was still working at GMTV six years ago, I started writing a murder mystery novel. When I left the breakfast show to go freelance, I thought I’d have time to finish it, but work became so frantic that the book was put to one side. This year, I finally took it out again, dusted it off and got it finished. Then two weeks ago, after nervously starting to send it off to literary agents and publishers, I found myself in the frankly astonishing position of being offered book deals by THREE different publishing companies. Fortunately I had by then acquired myself a wonderful literary agent who took over the reins and led me in the right direction. The result? I am still slightly in shock but thrilled to announce that I have signed a three book deal with the fabulous Accent Press, home to some of the biggest names in women’s fiction. The first of my crime novels will be released in 2015, with two more in the same series to follow. It’s a childhood dream come true, and I can’t tell you how delighted, thrilled and happy I am!”

And we are too, Jackie, for you! More here, and I will keep you informed when they become available!

Choc Lit Update Meanwhile my own book deal is at editing stage – Hawaiian Affair and the Hawaiian Trilogy have been signed to Choc Lit, for those who don’t know! It’s a fabulous publishing house – go here to find some new authors to read! I’m currently listening to an audio book by Christina Courtenay (I have several on the go at once for different moods!) Do you? Leave me a comment below or let me know by emailing me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Audio Book of the Week  So here’s what I’m reading at the moment – Broadchurch. I thought I’d go for the audiobook from Audible rather than watch the TV series on catch up. BUT I’ll probably binge-watch it afterwards too since Olivia Coleman is in it and she’s one of my fave actresses. So far it’s capturing my imagination – even though I think I remember who ‘dunnit,’ from the coverage around the TV series, I’m enjoying the cosy crime element to it. There’s even a psychic! Lol!

However, not everything I make myself finish listening to gets a rave recommendation. I can’t say go listen to The Child by Sebastien Fitzek. I wanted to like it – Andy Serkis is one of the actors in it and it’s read like a play, rather than a single narrator. BUT I’m not at all sure that’s preferable – you’ve only got to have one or two be under par and it spoils it. Sadly for me several were. Also the way it was written was too melodramatic – even though it was read by one of my top narrators, Robert Glenister (he reads J K Rowling’s ‘Robert Galbraith’ mysteries.) Some will enjoy it, but I didn’t so much especially combined by the theme of the story – a paeodophile ring (eurgh – and no, I didn’t realise, just as I didn’t realise that The Paying Guests had a sub-theme of lesbianism! Glad I read the latter though, that was very well done by Juliet Stephenson – see archive for review of that one.) I actually thought it was more about reincarnation. Which it wasn’t, eventually. Overall 6.5 out of ten.

 

Other News –

Does the Face Fit? Do you avoid certain books because the author puts you off? One of my best pals and fellow writer Shyama Perera raised that point in her blog this week – she makes some very good points! Do you agree? read more here

 

-          Hallowe’en Anthology Author interviews – Lizzie Lamb & Adrienne Vaughan – introducing the second and third of our fabulous dozen – the writers who are collaborating with me on our Hallowe’en Short Story Anthology (out 17th Oct, freebie and online Facebook party on 31st). Lizzie and Adrienne are part of the @NewRomantics4 writing group. Follow Lizzie @lizzie_lamb and Read the interview here, including links to her books.

Follow Adrienne @adrienneauthor and see an interview with Adrienne here.

 

-          Here’s a list of 75 banned books you can read for free. Bubblecow bring us a list of books which were once banned and how to get them. Yay! More here.

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published on here in the archives – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Next week –Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – The ‘When’ Diet – paperback will be released – come back here to get the links, or just search on Amazon. And meet the next group of authors taking part in the spooky anthology for Hallowe’en!

Best wishes

Debs

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Ps – see below for all my links to my own books.

 

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ – click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – coming for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors!

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  Here’s the original, just 99p on eBook. Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab for updates!)

‘Spooky Tales with a Twist – Volume 1’ – a Hallowe’en anthology FREEBIE – coming end October

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the winter. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

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