Archive - March 2014

Almased – The good, the bad and the ugly (that’s me ;-) )

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#F4B700″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]W[/mks_dropcap]ell, here we go.  I’m Zoe and was diagnosed as Type 1 diabetic back on Sept 2013.  For the last 3 years I have tried just about every diet you can think off. All with little or no success, and all quickly leading to the weight creeping slowly back on.  When I found out I was diabetic, I decided I really had to grab this “get healthy” malarky by the horns and lose weight, and get fit for the sake of my children (corny but true!)

When I read about the Almased trial I was intrigued and excited; a meal replacement that has been scientifically proven to stimulate your metabolism, and encourage your body to burn more fat.  I must admit I was a little sceptical about the fact it claims to keep you feeling full for 4 hours.

I excitedly tracked “Andy” the delivery driver who brought my package, via the confirmation email and hurriedly removed the packaging like a child on christmas morning.  Then the reality began to dawn that this was it, this was my chance to take a step forward and shout to my inner Zoe “I’m coming to get you!”

Today Monday 31/03 was my first day, and Almased recommends 3 drinks only for the first 3 days (accompanied by a homemade vegetable broth, for which the recipe is provided) this prepares your body for when your metabolism readjusts itself.  I must admit I was a little nervous, as the Queen of snackers I was apprehensive that my resolve would hold.

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[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#F4B700″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]S[/mks_dropcap]o the kids have gone to bed and I have more than 5 minutes to myself, so I have dug out the instructions from my Almased parcel.

This trial is a 14 day programme so my plan is to keep notes and upload a blog in the evening the good, bad and the ugly, thought I might start with sharing some information on what the next 14 days will consist of. 

So, reading my booklet the 14 day plan is set into 4 phases:

Phase 1: Initiation phase days 1-3, which will be 3 Almased shakes a day.

Phase 2: reduction phase days4-7,  three Almased shakes a day plus one normal meal.

Phase 3: stabilisation phase 8-10, two meals a day plus one Almased shake a day.

Phase 4: life phase beginning of day 11, three lovely meals a day plus one Almased shake 

Now if like myself you struggle with your weight this can seem like a good aid to your weight loss as it claims you can lose up to 10 pounds in 14 days, and as well as containing important nutrients and other fancy things are body needs its gluten-free and contains NO ADDED SUGAR yes, you heard right, so you guessed it: diabetic friendly.

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Almased Review: Introducing myself

I would first like to introduce myself my name is Lisa, I am 31 years old, I have had a diabetic since 2006.

I have been struggling with my weight since just before I was diagnosed.

when I saw the advert for people to trial the Almased, I thought what the hell i’ll apply I have nothing to lose but maybe a lot to gain, I have tried other slimming programmes like slimming world and weight care but I didn’t get on with them.

I have 4 children at home an currently don’t work.

Today I received the package and apart from being like a kid at christmas wondering what was inside I finally got a 1st look at what to expect from this trail inside my package was 3 tubs of Almased powder a shaker and a leaflet explaining how to follow the plan which to my surprise looks more manageable then expected.

As I am  busy full time mummy I have only at this point managed to have a quick look but once I have done with dinner, bath and bedtime I plan to read through the booklet before i embark on this journey and will keep you all posted

lisa x

Stigma – how much is it in the mind?

In my 20-odd years of having type 1 diabetes, I’ve experienced changes in how I view it.

Upon being diagnosed at 11 years old in the early 1990s I wasn’t too keen on shouting about my diabetes and would prefer it not to be noticed if possible. Back then, type 1 diabetes meant taking injections by syringe and a relatively long procedure of drawing up a mix of 2 different types of insulin.

Performing this ritual was fine around people familiar with my diabetes but at school any trips to anywhere different, I dreaded having to find somewhere quiet and out of the way to carry out the mixing and delivery of the injection. I remember well the fear that someone would catch me mid injection and throw me out of a venue thinking I was injection class A narcotics.

By the time I started to use an insulin pen in my late teenage years, despite being a much easier way of performing an injection, I still had the view that diabetes was better off hidden where possible. I viewed diabetes as a weakness and something that could easily be misinterpreted. The fear of misinterpretation being a result of having been used to carrying around those hypodermic syringes.

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Chocolate… causing hypos

Last Wednesday evening, I tried some of the new Free’ist range of sugar free chocolate and biscuits. Of these, I had some of the dark chocolate (yum!) and some of the cookies (also yum!).

I didn’t have a good experience with them and feel compelled to let people know as it means I will need to say no to trying any similar sugar free foods in future.

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