Breakfast in America (without gluten)

“Can we have kippers for breakfast?”

I wish! I haven’t found kippers since I moved to the US. There again I live in Colorado, maybe I could get kippers on the East Coast. I used to love kippers. My breakfast’s are a little different these days. I smell the aroma of croissants warming in the oven and remember how they tasted. I crave their flakey, buttery deliciousness. Life is different when you’re gluten free. I enjoyed my sweet dark grapes, and cheese, washed down with a Cappuccino, but oh to just have a bite of a croissant!

Remember Super Tramp. I used to love this song. Its a classic. Enjoy!



Breaking the Habit!


How many steps have I done? Got to reach 10,000 – no wait, let’s go for 13,000! Oh no, forgot to put on my fitbit, got to turn around and go home to get it.

Does that sound stressful to you?

It all started with the Nike Fuel. My first fitness tracker. I really enjoyed using it. All I wanted to do was track my steps and try to walk five miles each day. It was simple to use, fairly nice to look at and it served its purpose well.

Unfortunately, just before mine needed replacing, Nike stopped making them. Rumor has it that Apple poached their experts. I had to find a new way to track my steps, (well I didn’t have to, but it had become a habit). I invested in a fitbit! The first one I bought was the Fitbit Flex. Didn’t care for it at all. The band didn’t display as much info as I needed, plus it got me hooked into recording everything I ate, drank as well as logging my sleep patterns. I used it for a while, but spent too much time at my computer, inputting my life.

Next I bought a Fitbit Alta. I liked the display on this one. Steps, miles, calories. It also buzzed when my phone rang, or when I got a text! Then there were the competitions….. Was I the step leader for the week. YES! How was everyone else doing? How many miles can I do before noon. Yes, it made me get up and walk, but really, shouldn’t I be doing that anyway? It was synced with my phone and I checked it WAY TOO OFTEN.

Last night, while packing my grocery shopping in the back of my car, I went to check my steps. OMG! SHOCK! HORROR!

My Fitbit wasn’t there! OK calm down! I went back into the grocery store and looked around, checked the parking lot, checked my purse, my shopping bags, my car! My heart was beating fast. How many steps have I done?

I drove home, wondering if I should stop off and buy a new one in Target or Walmart so I didn’t miss recording too many steps!

Wait a minute, stop right there!

I’m almost sixty. I’ve managed to walk and exercise without being reminded, for my whole life. Why oh why is this a problem? I chuckled to myself as I drove home!

When I got out of bed this morning I didn’t immediately rush to find that ugly piece of plastic and put it on my arm. It felt good. I’m looking at my little gold bracelet that I haven’t appreciated in months because it’s always been hidden. I’m still walking! I’ll still exercise and eat healthily. Not checking my steps every twenty minutes means I have one less thing to worry about. One day I’ll get an apple watch, which will be much more difficult to lose because it has a sensible strap with a buckle, but I’ll buy it when I’m ready. For now I’m going to enjoy life and be FITBIT FREE!

Gluten Free – Beware!

gluten_free_club_cartoon_gluten-ectomyAfter fighting stomach issues for a while, I discovered I may have Celiac Disease. I had all the signs of adult Celiac, right down to the early onset of mild Osteoporosis. Nothing to panic about, just a lifestyle change…come on, its only gluten. I can still drink wine!

I cut gluten from my diet in January and after about a month, began to feel the benefits. My stomach issues aren’t gone, but I’d say they’re 70% better. The main thing I noticed, after being gluten-free for over a month, is how different I feel. I didn’t realize I had brain fog until I didn’t have it anymore. I feel nimble, even though I haven’t lost a huge amount of weight. Three or four pound slid away without my noticing, but nothing drastic.

I’m sharper, quicker to react to things. The difference is quite stunning and I’m very happy about it. Having told you all of this I want to add a big BEWARE!

My diet since January has included more fruit and veggies. I buy Gluten Free pasta and substitute rice for a lot of things. Not a big hardship really. However, this weekend I decided to treat myself to some Gluten Free crackers. Just felt the need!


I read the package carefully and it stipulated everything was Gluten Free! They made me sick! My stomach became bloated I got heartburn. All the old symptoms I’d worked so hard to cure returned, and quickly. So Celiac people, and those of you who are Gluten intolerant beware. Stick to naturally Gluten Free foods its safer.

Goodbye to Gluten

evil-bread-300x229I have not actually been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but I’ve been ill for three months. Nothing seems to make me feel better. After being referred to a wonderful gastroenterologist, I started eliminating foods and researching symptoms. I know, the internet is a great tool, but most likely every doctor’s nightmare.

I’ve been feeling foggy in my brain at times, and felt discomfort in my small intestine as well as having low energy and generally feeling lethargic.  CT scans showed up a mass, which was possibly bacteria, but antibiotics didn’t move it. Since October I’ve been miserable, so I talked to my gastroenterologist and also took matters into my own hands. It’s my body after all.

I had weird little sores on my back, started throwing up for no reason, had no energy and just didn’t feel like me. I’ve never really eaten bread or cakes, mainly because I’m always trying to keep my weight down, but I discovered that every time I got sick I’d eaten either pasta, crackers, or something else that contained gluten!

Since Tuesday I’ve completely eliminated gluten from my diet, only three days I know, but when I woke up this morning I actually WOKE UP! I didn’t have a sleep hangover or feel bleary eyed (despite a couple of glasses of wine last night). It feels good.

So I’ll persevere and monitor my results. I’m sure being on a completely gluten-free diet will take some getting used to, but I feel because I don’t eat pastries and bread, I’m well on the way. It just means an awful lot of reading when I go shopping, as well as adjusting the recipes of a lifetime…..change is good right!

In tune with your body!

In TuneAs I’ve grown older I’ve learned to pay heed to my body, listen to what it’s telling me.

My body thanks me for organic foods.

It hungrily slurps juiced green veggies.

It begs for as much water as I can drink.

It reminds me to take a lunchtime walk.

My body openly rejects prescribed medicines. Oh I know one day I may need medication of some kind, or maybe I won’t!

I deeply inhale the fresh morning air and linger outside as the sun sets.

I laugh long and hard even when I’m alone.

Life is but the blink of an eye, so stop when you can and listen to your body, it’s telling you what it needs to make your journey more pleasurable.

This Fitness thingy!

My husband tired of his Nike fuel band. I knew he would. He works out every day and doesn’t need a wrist band to tell him how well he’s done.

I, on the other hand need some encouragement, so I re-set the band for my use. That was two weeks ago. I don’t know if it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, or the worst thing I’ve ever done. I have it set at 10,000 steps and my fuel is set at 2,500. I walk two and a half mile most lunchtimes (scared not to because Nike is monitoring me), and meet my Nike Fuel goal everyday. Yes, I know, I’ll have to increase it again. It is a little harder to get 10,000 steps in every day if I don’t do my lunchtime walk, like today.

When I got home from work I was 5000 steps short, and felt guilty, so I donned my tennis shoes and walked through my beautiful neighborhood. Take a look at my reward.



I also made a new friend. She walked with me for three miles and eventually I called the number on her tag for her owners to come and get her. She was very good company.


Now my brain is cleared of the clutter from my day at work, and I can settle down and work on my next book!

Dead of July – A German Ghost Story

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Beware of supplements not approved by the FDA

I am a very healthy 55-year-old woman. I have hardly ever taken antibiotics or prescribed medication of any kind.

I work-out, walk, snowboard, hike and bike. I eat fresh healthy foods, nothing processed or pre-prepared.

I am not a vegetarian, but I prefer white meat and fish. I eat steak sometimes, but not often.

In January of this year I started to take a supplement that was recommended to help my cholesterol, which was minimally high, not high enough to warrant any hard-core medication.

In the middle of January I became extremely ill. So ill that I had several days off work. That is almost unheard of for me.

I felt nauseous and dizzy. I was lifeless, had muscle pain and could barely make it through my turbo kickboxing and body pump classes. I almost passed out twice on my way home from these classes. I visited my doctor several times, was sent for numerous tests, including an MRI.

After being over $1000 out-of-pocket, and still no closer to solving my problem, I retraced what had changed in my diet. I had started taking the new supplement a week or so before all of these symptoms started. I immediately stopped taking all supplements, and then reintroduced them one at a time (all except one).

Guess what? I feel better. The new rogue supplement was the problem.

Not sure what would have happened had I continued to take it. Kidney failure? Who knows? I have informed the company who produce it, but I am warning you all to take care of your health and be careful of what you put in your body.

Mexico diet!

My diet blog fizzled out. Not making excuses, but the year started with a bang. I have only lost five pounds, but  five pounds is two regular bags of sugar, and when you are carrying tha in a shopping bag, its heavy.

So this week I started my diet again. Mexico is only seven weeks away. I don’t want to be ashamed of my body by the pool.








Being from Europe, a one piece swimming costume does not work. I am bikini born and bred, so the body needs a quick make over ready for the sun.

Okay, so maybe I’m asking a little too much. I would love to look like this, but I would have to shed a few years too.

Five pounds down and ten more to loose. I knoew I can do it in six weeks.

I already eat a healthy diet, fresh fruit and veg. Nothing tinned, frozen or processed crosses my lips. Now I have to learn to cut my portions in half, and the rest is a doddle.

Looking forward to buying that new bikini.



Mexico – Part of my Diet Plan

Grand Velas

Yes I took this photograph myself. Looks too good to be true, but it is a real place.

Isn’t it beautiful? Haven’t been there since 2009 and I don’t know why I left it so long to go back.

We also went to Cabo San Lucas at the end of 2009. Lovely way to escape the cold.

We visited Rome in 2010










Richmond Castle










We returned to our home country of England in 2011 where we hung out with family and visited Castles.


I haven’t had the time or the money to go back to ‘The Grand Velas’ in Nuevo Vallarta until this year. The trip is long over due, as is the diet. When we stayed here in 2009, I had just lost forty pounds and was very skinny. I don’t want to be that skinny again (it made me feel old), but I do want to lose fifteen pounds or so.

How is my diet going?  Pretty well actually, probably helped by the fact I have been sick this past couple of days, and had no appetite. I will take what ever help I can get. I have lost five pounds since I started my diet last week. Not bad right?

I have been dieting ‘my way’ and just eating smaller portions of the foods I enjoy. It seems to be working. Five gone and fifteen more to go.

I want to be a comfortable 8 by the end of May. Can I do it, check back to see.










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Do it yourself diet – Days 3,4 and 5

The struggle continues on day three.

Breakfast:  crisp bread and salmon.

Beverages: Two cups of fat-free latte and lots of water.

Lunch:  Two ounces of cheese and an apple

Dinner: Solitary (but rather large) pork chop.


Yes, this was a slightly better day, but how did it look on the scales?

I got up on Tuesday morning, took a deep breath, and stepped onto the dreaded contraption.

At last, I lost some weight, three pounds to be exact. Just enough to give me a boost and the will to continue.

I did well on day four, eating small portions of vegetables and protein.

On Tuesday night I went to my weekly Turbo Kickboxing class and worked my little heart out. It made me feel good. After kickboxing I was too tired to prepare a meal, so I had a bowl of cereal for dinner, not perfect but it hit the spot.

I weighed on Wednesday morning and the three pounds had stayed off, so I was content. Why is dieting so hard?

My day at work today was straight from h*#@. It started badly and deteriorated. I should have been at a ‘body pump’ class tonight, but couldn’t get away from work in time.

By the time I left work the only thing in my head was wine. My friend and I stopped at a bar instead and had a glass of Chardonnay (well actually two). Wine always means nibbles so we ordered some pita chips and artichoke dip. OOps I forgot I was on a diet. Now I have to weigh in tomorrow again. Wish me luck!



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