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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:56 pm

court wrote:is wholegrain spagetti made without egg? have you worked out the cals in this per serve Al? Sounds AWESOME mmmm


Yeah, it's just dried pasta so there are no eggs in it. The packet says it's 1733kJ per serve, but they state a serve is 125g, which is double the recommended serve for all other pastas. I typed it into Calorie King and found that with the San Remo brand for 100g the wholegrain pasta is 332 calories and the normal pasta is 363 calories.
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Postby court » Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:05 pm

are you serious? dried pasta has no egg??? hahaha that is so funny when i was younger (and trying to be vegan) i never ate it as i thought it had eggs in it! Hmmm i coulda eaten more food after all!!
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Postby miss_viva » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:46 pm

Hi EWQ!

I just popped in to say hi, and I'm glad that everything is going well for you. Well done on being at 71.6kgs, that's so good! I wish I was in your position! Good luck with you thesis :)
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:31 pm

Thanks, Miss Viva!

I went to Borders yesterday to see if they had any low GI vegetarian cookbooks. One of the staff helped me look for them, since there were two books fitting that criteria on the shelves according to their system (which normally means there were two on the shelves that now reside on the shelves of shoplifters!) We couldn't find any and he kept saying 'There are lots of other low GI books here. This one is by the same author, etc.' Yes... but they're not vegetarian are they? I kept telling him that buying non-vegetarian cookbooks was a waste of time for me because I couldn't make most of the recipes in them. 'Why? What do they have in them that you can't eat?', he asks. Ummm... MEAT perhaps!?

This is why I like shopping online. I don't have to deal with anywhere near the same level of stupid.

So I bit the bullet and ordered those two low GI vegetarian cookbooks online last night. I ordered them from a UK site that is very cheap and has free worldwide delivery. I just hope they arrive quickly and in one piece! I just hate waiting for delivery. Though it does end up a bit like Christmas when the parcels finally arrive.

While I was at Borders I bought a great book on Asian vegan cooking. Many of the recipes aren't weight-loss friendly, but I love cooking Asian food. I have a heap of recipe books on cooking Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc. but most of the recipes contain animal products. So to have a whole cookbook full of 'safe' recipes is a godsend! I can hardly wait to put it to use!
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Postby HappyGirl83 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:47 pm

Hey EWQ!! How exciting and terrifing at the same time that you are TCC!!

That website sounds awesome! Do they have all types of books or just cook books? I have been bitten by the cooking bug recently, I am making everyone at work quite jealous with my home made healthy lunches!
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:15 pm

They have all types of books, but I'm hesitant to mention the site's name until my books arrive! I don't want to go around recommending a dodgy online seller! If you want the URL right now I'm happy to message you with it, though.

I love home cooking. Last night I made a huge pot of vegetable, barley and lentil soup. Though it was more from necessity than choice. I've got a dreadful cold right now and I was too ill to go out and get any other food. Luckily we had some veggies in the fridge that I could make soup from.

I'm very pleased today (aside from my headcold). I didn't bring lunch with me so I popped into our uni cafeteria hoping against hope there was something I could eat there. Lo and behold they had pre-made vegan sandwiches! They look very yummy, with hommus, roast eggplant, dark rye bread, capsicum, pumpkin and semi-dried tomato.
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Postby Czarina » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:28 pm

I'd be picking the vegan sandwich myself! All of my favourite sandwich fillings there!
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:54 pm

It was very yummy!

I've had a head-cold over the last week so I'm not feeling the best. On the upside, it means lots of soup. On the downside, it's hard to work, I feel like crap, I'm all bloaty and I just feel like I can't shake it.

We've got a digital telly now. I'm very pleased. I wasn't so pleased earlier in the week when we couldn't get reception. For anyone wanting to use an indoor antenna with a digital television here are my tips:
1) make sure the antenna is at least three or four metres away from the TV. Digital televisions have computers inside them that create interference so antennas won't work close to them. Took us a while to figure that one out.
2) Use an indoor antenna with a booster, either built in or separate, they're a hell of a lot more powerful than simple rabbit ears.
3) Find out where your transmission tower is and what its polarisation is (horizontal or vertical).
4) Point the antenna towards the tower. Make sure the rabbit ears run according to the polarisation of the tower (horizontal or vertical). Don't put them up in a 'v' shape - they're not built to operate that way! For instance, my tower is in Dandenong as is horizontally polarised, so my antenna points towards Dandenong and I have the rabbit ears pointing straight out, horizontally.
5) To adjust the antenna for various channels you shorten or lengthen the rabbit ears. Optimal rabbit ear length is determined by wavelength and all channels are on different frequencies. Worst case scenario you'll have to adjust the ears each time you change channels, though you should be able to find a near-enough length for most channels. So don't pull them out as far as they'll go thinking that it'll give you better reception. In most cases it won't.
6) Don't buy a digital antenna. They're a waste of money. Digital channels transmit on UHF or VHF so UHF/VHF antennas do just fine. The only difference would be an outdoor antenna that is shielded against non-TV frequencies (this is why old analogue antennas won't work with digital televisions, the new DTV frequencies are shielded against as a type of interference!)

It took us nearly a week to figure all of this out, and in the meantime we've tested three different indoor antennas (we settled with the one we originally had), we tried a separate booster and we even made our own UHF and VHF antennas (fun, educational but in the end a complete waste of time), and I spent a small fortune at Dick Smith (won't be going back. Their advice was the exact opposite of useful.)

I spoke to a lot of friends in flats about their digital TVs and most say they only watch DVDs now because they couldn't get reception. Hopefully this will help other people with their television problems!
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Postby Freddy » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:38 pm

Just something us cyclists keep saying to each other when not feeling like riding with a cold: Anything above the neck, you can ride out.
I've tried telling myself this for some times, as I get a cold pretty easily, and when I do ride with a cold it is gone within two days. When I don't ride, it's there for at least a week.
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:39 pm

Well, I don't cycle but I tried simply toughing out the cold initially - still walking for an hour each day regardless of the cold and rain and still working my bum off on my thesis. All it did was prolong my illness. I'm starting to feel better now, having spent a few days resting indoors and drinking bucket-loads of vegetable soup. Unfortunately I think stress has severely compromised my immune system, making it easy for me to catch illnesses. I've had a series of gum ulcers over the last month. The last two times I went to my dentist with gum ulcers he said it was because of the impact of stress on my immune system.

I've borrowed a book from the library on ways to deal with anxiety disorders, so hopefully that will help lower my stress. The irony is that trying to find time to read the book is causing stress in itself!

My books on vegetarian low GI arrived from the UK, quite quickly when you consider they're being sent internationally! They're really good. One is more vegetarian than vegan, so I'd have to alter or ignore a lot of the recipes with cheese and eggs. The other is overwhelmingly vegan, which is great for me! For anyone interested the online bookseller I used is called The Book Depository (.co.uk). I won't link directly to them as it's against forum rules to link to a commercial site, but you can Google the name. I don't know how long their offer of free delivery worldwide will last, but I saved a heap of money by buying through them.

Nothing much else happening. I need to finish my student marking this week, I'm still a little snotty as I'm still getting over my cold, and I'm desperately trying to finish my thesis. I'm looking forward to getting my life back at the end of this PhD so I can start concentrating on other things again! As it is I'm happy to just try and maintain or, preferably, lose a small amount of weight slowly. Trying to achieve anything more than that will just add too much stress to my already overloaded schedule.

I hope everyone is having a great week. It's freezing in Melbourne right now, so I hope where-ever you are you're toasty and warm!
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Postby matchbox » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:53 pm

hey Ali, hope you're feeling better soon! I use The Book Depository all the time and hardly ever buy books in bookstores now - they ALWAYS have free shipping internationally - it's great it makes everything so much cheaper!

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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:39 pm

Good to hear that free worldwide shipping is a permanent thing there, Lexi.

I just ordered two books from Borders because I got a 20% off voucher, so it made their prices quite reasonable. One is a vegan cookbook as a gift for a friend, the other is a Steampunk anthology of short stories.

I was worried that I'd gained heaps of weight recently. I haven't weighed myself again for a while. However, I'm fitting into a skirt I bought ages ago online that was too tight to wear comfortably before! I'm quite happy about that because the skirt is a) gorgeous and b) warm!
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Postby minusfour » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:09 pm

Hi Ali,

Just a hint for the mouth ulcers- rinsing for a minute with olive oil in the mornings. I know it sounds foul, but it's meant to be really effective. (Used a lot in Eastern Europe- I'm a dentist and learnt this trick at a dental course- no one knows why it works, but all the other dentists who had tried it were impressed with its effects.) The other one- an ole chestnut- is to increase your vitamin Bs intake. Ideally reduce stress, but I know how easily that is sometimes. Good luck!
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:40 pm

That's a fantastic tip, Minusfour. Thanks! Should I brush after the olive oil rinse, or leave the oil there as long as possible?

My B12 and B9 levels are fine (had them tested recently) but I have no idea about the other B vitamins. I'll see if I can get my other B vitamin levels tested when I go back to the GP next month. I'll also see if my pregnancy multivitamin has the other B group vitamins in it and if not supplement for specific vitamins. Normally I'd just take a Berocca for all my vitamin B needs (I LOVE Berocca) but since Berocca and the pregnancy multivitamin contain lots of other vitamins and trace elements I worry I might end up taking too much of something with a known toxic level.

Thanks again for your advice! :D
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby nothing2lose » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:44 pm

Hi EWQ,

I have been reading through some of your posts (sorry, I feel like a stalker when I say that!!) and I noticed you are TTC. Me too. Unfortunately it has been a while for us now (I think mainly due to Polycystic ovaries, Adenomyosis and Endometriosis) and I have been to see a Fertility Specialist. I am embarking on more tests before we decide a course of action. It probably doesnt help that I am now 39 and HUGELY overweight!

I was thinking of starting a new thread for people who are trying for a child. I am sure there are lots of people on here whose motivation to lose weight is to start a family -- not that it is my overwhelming motivation, just a contributing factor!

Anyway, just wanted to say good luck (is that the right thing to say?? is have fun more apt??)

As they say on the fertility forums...Wishing lots of baby dust your way (sorry for the syrupy euphemism :D !!)

Take care

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