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If you can't sleep or find it hard to relax, I've found the most powerful YouTube music to help - Tibetan Singing Bowls!Haha! Seriously, they're a thing! Go have a listen, there are many. My Sleepcycle app measures length and quality of sleep, clever. But seeing that the average number of hours per night is 6.5, basically I honestly just need more of it!

 

Nonetheless the August  Challenge is going fine. I've put some pics (size 12 dress!) on the new B2U blog, including Monday night's live hub. There you'll also see the summary of Antthony, Marie-Francoise and Will I.T.'s online Q&A - very illuminating! Plus something I'd love you to read - do you know anyone else, like my good pal LJ, who has 'synaesthesia?' What a fascinating blog. Go here for my B2U update this week. Also visit the qvcuk blog where there's a Decleor competition, ends Thursday middays.

 

Anyway, your question is, if I published an anthology of my two short stories and one novel, which would it be, and why? And would you go for hardback, if it was same cost as paperback? 

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have a lovely week!

 

Debs

x

ps next week - a massive (for me) announcement - you'll know before anyone else! #exciting!

 

 

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I was feeling quite flat-belly today, so got my pal, the mode Goody to take these pics in our presenters’ lounge. Nice Tiana B dress (size 12!) - am v proud my August Challenge is going well. One min leg master and a couple of one min Bodyblade exercises plus a dog walk each day. (I feel most trim on the days I do longer walk. ) doc at last health check said do longer walks, don't eat carbs late, and it's working, all under the freedom eating umbrella, naturally (Till the Fat Lady Slims book). 


By the way that's my mike pack on my back! But compare this to September 2010 - four years ago, before I gave up sugar and started on the health campaign. This was me with my daughter Lauren at her 21st birthday party. I got knocked straight off the pugil-sticks inflatable game we had that day, I wonder why!

 

Hope there are some more updates on the Break the Habit group? And hope you've been enjoying the new Monday hub on b2u?

After another fun and fabulous live online chat we had tonight, straight after I came off air off the Pecksniffs fragrance show. Antthony, Will Gowing and Marie Francoise joined us! The Monday Live B2U Hub on our Facebook Group (see below to join and to read what happened) just goes from strength to strength.

If you’re a Decleor fan, there’s a chance to win £150 of goodies at salon prices, on my QVCUK blog – go here to enter (easy – just leave a comment there). And read about the Wedding last weekend. Even then, Freedom Eating kept me on the straight and narrow!

PLUS – see the Monday Essay below - tech expert and musical genius, LJ Rich, and her fascinating insight into living with synaesthesia – the crazy condition where the senses get mixed up. Below that is the precis of this week’s Live Monday Hub on Back to You QVC Facebook group – hear from fashion expert Antthony about his sacred space, Marie-Francoise (Kipling bags) about her recent glamorous film shoot in LA and what it’s like working with Alison Young all the time, from Will ‘I.T.’ Gowing.

Next week – what happened when Mat Trim and (possibly Laura Geller – tbc) joined us on the Monday Hub.

TWO WEEKS TO GO TILL THE NEW SERIES OF BACK TO YOU ON QVC, Mondays, 9pm live.

Have a good week!

Debs

Xx

Other News

-          What French Kids Eat For School Lunch (It Puts Americans To Shame!) And why they don’t get fat – they wouldn’t need TTFLS, and it all starts at junior school… read more here.

 

-          Can getting more sun help protect against dementia?  Dr Briffa's Blog  He’s one of the best health bloggers around. This week, he reported that a study just out has found that lower levels of vitamin D are associated with much-elevated risk of dementia (including Alzheimer's disease) over time.  Ina blog post this week he explains why this sort of evidence cannot be used to infer that vitamin D actually helps protect against dementia, but also cites some other evidence which suggests it might. More here

-          Is your Omega-3 fish oil supplement any good - or a load of old codswallop? Mail Online report If you’re a veggie there may be other options, if you eat lots of healthy food and you can create your own from food sources. BUT in this article, Prof Alex Richardson – one of the country’s leading experts in HUFA’s – explains the vital facts Read this if you suffer from depression, ADHD, eczema, blood pressure or cholesterol problems, heart trouble, immune system issues, eye and sleep conditions etc, and lots lots more? Find out here.

FootnoteI take Ideal Omega tablets, 750mg per cap EPA. Seek out the best deals – tons online all the time in lots of brands, including MorEPA, Seven Seas and H&B.

 

Ps First timer? Check out the archive If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition - first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Joining In   Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on Facebook. And join in with our weekly live online chat session – the B2U Monday Hub - on Facebook on the Back to You QVC group, 8-9pm weekly till September, (when Back to You show returns to QVC for 4 Mondays too!)

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

If you’ve got a testimonial for me about how Freedom Eating has helped you, please let me know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  And don’t forget the Book is available here – on amazon – click here.

Incidentally, there will be a new updated Till the Fat Lady Slims book coming in September 2014, 12 years after the first one, incorporating the new 'When diet.'

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Living With Synaesthesia by LJ Rich

One of my best pals in the world – tech expert and musical genius, LJ Rich, blogged recently about her fascinating insight into living with synaesthesia – the crazy condition where the senses are all mixed up – find out what banana fritters sound like as a musical piece and xxx.

It’s an incredible world she lives in. The other day she took me round the streets of London using an ipad app she’d built, and two sets of earphones, and with the help of a clever delay/echo, gave me some idea of the musical interpretation her brain makes of everyday sounds, like repeated phrases or car horns, which become lyrical with enough repetition. It was pretty mind-blowing. She describes it here, where you’ll also find the link to the video clip of my awesome pal giving her TEDx talk in Tokyo, using live examples on the piano of what pedestrians and buildings sound like to her. Yes really – told you, she’s awesome!

 

Do click here for her blog, which gives us just a little insight into her own version of this fascinating condition.

-          How the green landscape on the train from Gothenburg sounds on a piano

-          How the microwave is in the same key as the washing machine

-          How sushi tastes like power chords on an acoustic guitar

-          Click here to read it. LJ Rich – Living with Perfect Pitch and Synaesthesia

And do catch her on BBC Click, where she now works. She’s a genius. We are not worthy! ;-)  her website - http://www.perfect440.com/ 

 

THE MONDAY HUB

 

As described above, here is a summary of this week’s Facebook Live Monday Hub!

 

MARIE FRANCOISE WOLFF – KIPLING BAGS GUEST

Q1) DEBBIE: Can u tell us about LA and how u stay healthy? X

A) Ha! Best bit about LA? The ocean- beach life- surfing- amazing people- opportunities. I made some great friends out there. I was in a movie with Smith from Sex in the City, playing a British stylist- it was hilarious. I also met the head of Universal and got invited to his July 4th Party. Sat next to Dicaprio and Downey Jr it was wonderful and surreal. Xo stay healthy I try and drink loads of water and eat salads most days. I'm working on trying to cut back on sugar as I find it totally addictive. Eating protein with every meals fills me up. Try and avoid crisps as I love them too!

 Q2) JOY PADLEY: And how do you manage with all that travelling to eat healthy and eat properly x

A) Joy...In LA most people are very into health so luckily there are loads of amazing restaurants to choose yummy healthy good.

 

Q3) JILL DOWDING WALKER:Hi! What is your favourite colour for bags? For years I only used a black one - until Kipling!

A)  Jill- chuffed you love Kipling. I really love turquoise/purple/pink and then tan and black tones in the leather collection.

 

Q4) MICHAEL JAMES HAMLYN:Ahhh the gorgeous Marie-Françoise! xxx

My Robbie works in women's accessories and handbags in John Lewis and we both love watching you! Him for the product info, me for the amazing bags!

Please bring us a 'man bag'! Would love a guy friendly Kipling xx

A) Michael- I've requested a man bag collection. Let's see what Kipling do! Thank you! Glad you enjoy watching the shows :

 

 

Q5) JILL DOWDING WALKER: My husband suffers from Bulging Jeans Pocket Syndrome - I'm sure it is an illness! Can there be a very manly body bag made that he MIGHT wear?

A) Jill! That's made me laugh out loud I'm gonna suggest this syndrome to Kipling and see what they come up with ;)These ones could pass for the guys...

LINK TO PICTURE

Will Gowing bought Azura the other day! Xxx

 

Q6) PAULA JANE BAKER PRICE:Hi, you must have a dream job with Kipling, you lucky thing! How many Kipling bags do you own, what is your favourite and what do you enjoy most about the job? x

A) Paula... I do love Kipling. It's a truly global brand and meeting the entire company in different locations around the world to see the preview of our new colletions it very fun. The Kipling company are fun people and there is a real family feel. I have an entire wardrobe of Kipling bags & x4 cabin size cases x3 medium cases! Many accessories! Scarfs/purses/I organise my make up and toiletries with Kipling pouches. My family and friends are addicted too so I end up giving them things too! My favourite bags? I love the one I designed ;) Marie-Françoise bag. I am using the Helena tote in tan for smarter business meetings. Right now I have a cute Kipling cool bag lunch box bag & a small leather x body. I adore Kipling leather bags too! Love working at QVC - the only thing is when I am on air sometimes- live in the studio and the producer ordirector are telling jokes in my ear. Can be hard to keep a straight face (doesn't happen often ;)) it's mainly jokes about our- often funny colour names...'sky grey' when it's a cream bag and so on!

 

Q7) DONNA MARIE WILLIAMS:Hi Marie-Françoise Wolff what is your desert island beauty product?

A) Donna I'm a Liz Earle fan! Love cleanse and polish & moisturiser xx

 

Q8) RACHEL DOWNS:Hello. I was just wondering if there will be any more pixi wallets available soon? Thank you.xx

A) Yes Rachel pixi is soo popular you will see it back but not for next 3 months we have some lovely ones coming in! tops/brownie/isaura/Uzario/trix/uki all in exclusive colours/print and also the global tones for fall x

 

Q9) JOY PADLEY:Hi Marie-Françoise I too like the leather bags but what lets them down is using material straps instead of leather.  The Helena bags had leather which made them look more classy x

A) Joy Kipling listened and for Fall they have the leather strap!

XXXSHE POSTED A PICTURE HERE XXX

 

Q10) DOnna MARIE WILLIAMS:Hi how many Kipling bags do you own?

A) Ha! I honestly don't count Donna! I feel embarrassed! I went to ikea and got the fabric shelves that hang down (like 4) so I have all my Kiplings in a huge wardrobe. I've got a shelf for small x body bags/one for back packs/one for medium Kiplings/ one for Kip leather bags/ one for purses! Addicted ;) my female friends and family tend to rummage through them and I'm a sucker for giving them bags too so I'm always updating the collection!

 

 Q11) DEBBIE:MF how do u survive qvc long days? X

A) Coffee I know I shouldn't but I love it I also try and get some fresh air! Coconut water too!

 

Q12) CAROLINE BROOKING:Hello Marie-Françoise! Am looking forward to seeing the Gracie get some new colours and prints? Nobody else is reading this but any ideas if and when that might happen? I won't tell a soul!!

A) Caroline ! I can't see Gracie being reordered  I need to check but lots of newness is coming in for Fall and over next 3 months!

 

Q13)

XxxxLots of pictures posted by MFXXXXXX

 

Q14) DEBBIE:MF what would be your dream role? X

A) Debbie I would like to be in the biggest love story of all time! Bridges over Madison County style. Or I'd like to play a strong crazy woman- like Lady Macbeth (Judi Dench Ian McKellen tv version is amazing)  ;)

 

Q15) DEBORAH FITFLOP HICK: drat missed my opportunity to ask about scarves!

A) Deborah! Scarf coming to QvC in MM Plum/animal skin pink & animal skin prp see the colours in pic above

 

We have Kipling shows this Thursday 10pm 2 hour as part of the Autumn Catwalk Collection. Shows on Friday 11am and 8pm. 24th Aug 10am, 1pm, 9pm. Then 7th Sept 10am and 3pm! XFYI Kipling have a TSV coming up in 23rd Sept ;)

 

 

ANTTHONY MARK HANKINS – FASHION EXPERT

 

Q1: carol Ann Johnson asks : Antthony If there was one woman  that inspired your

designs or you would absolutely love to design for, who would it be?  Oh yes the

capsule wardrobe for those of us fashionably challenged is a great idea.

A) I love Eydie Gorme but also Liz Taylor

 

Q2: ANDIE STEPHANY ASKS : Antt - more tunics like the last TSV please - and an

inch or two longer on the tush please xx

A) You got it Andie

 

Q3: DEBBIE FLINT ASKS : Hey my lovely friend! Welcome to our group! So lovely to

see you on here! You travel a lot, what's your spiritual home?! X

A) My spiritual home is Vaison La Romaine  when I retire I want to live there,

when I was a student in Paris, Yves Saint Laurent sent me there for two months

to design sweaters and I fell in love with the people and the village

 

Q4: KAREN GLAISTER ASKS : Hi Antthony. I like to make clothes for myself in my

spare time. What are your top tips? The fit and colours on your items is fab. I

especially loved the vibrant green snake print items you did.

A) Karen Glaister a good sewing machine and a good cutting table to lay

everything out... I have a 200 foot cutting table in my office and it saves many

a crazy day

I also find fabric shopping good for ideas... if you like to make things for

yourself go to your local fabric mall and play with bolts of fabric put them up

to your face.. twirl with them and that will help you create the perfect look

for you

 

Q5: NILE BOURNE ASKS : Anthony - I ditto Dolores request - a heavier duster coat

perhaps in the winter collection Preatty please.

A) Nile Bourne I will offer it to the buying team I had one last season and it

did fair so they decided it wasn't a customer want and need but you know timing

is everything xoxo <3

 

Q6: JOY PADLEY ASKS : Do you get inspiration for your designs from the fabric?

A) I love silk chiffon and silk crepes if I could I would only use mid weight

jerseys... I love the ease and the way they capture color. I was in a fantastic

little fabric shop in Santa Barbara and they had the most imperial chiffon you

have ever seen with motifs from heaven...blues and bottle greens in a

swirl...all from Asia like soft watercolors... I do love viscose its does the

same when the fabric is handled properly

 

Q7: JILL DOWDING WALKER ASKS : I like narrow v-neck designs to minimise my

'girls', and a lower waist (or no waist) as I have a long body which is not

comfortable in 'empire' waists. Will any of your tunics and dresses have these

features?

A) Hi Jill Dowding-Walker I have a massive line but the buyers can only bring in

so many styles I wish we could bring all of them in ...The way it works is they

go by sell thru so if something does great they ask me to revisit it... I know

what you mean when you have a enlogated body you need less empire but more of a

side dart look..I will make sure we include those tops as well..are you  a solid

or print gal?

A) Usually solid, but like some prints too! x

 

Q8: NILE BOURNE SAYS : Anthony did you ever visit the Yves Saint Laurent

house/garden in Marrakesh???

A) Nile Bourne I was really blessed to have a front row seat at YSL..l the

family was really lovely with me and Madame Saint Laurent, Yves mom was like so

sweet. she spoke English and she demanded I take short trips on the weekend...it

was an amazing time for me

 

Q10: Dolores MCSHANE ASKS : Hello Antthony,you are such a joy to watch, please

come and visit Scotland it's a beautiful place but the weather is terrible,would

love an Antthony coat.

A) Dolores Mcshane  I have Scotland on my October trip bucket.. I hope it all

comes true!!!!

 

Q11: DONNA MARIA WILLIAMS : Antthony I love your persona because you are just so

happy and enthusiastic, which comes across in your designs. What is your secret

for such a bright and breezy outlook?

A) Donna Maria Williams I surround myself with cool uplifting objects.. I wake

up to bunny rabbits and ships... and I have the best friends who text me

affirmations and I do the same for them...I try not to deny myself anything

within reason and I pray and meditate a ton.. I learned the hard way me time is

not a bad thing...everyone needs to back off and find their inner voice and

writing in my journal and having a little personal place that is all yours that

no one can go to is very important...

 

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

WILL GOWING – WILL I.T. FOR ALI YOUNG (BEAUTY EXPERT)

 

Q1) SHARON ASKS : what is the most important thing you have learned about

skincare since joining QVC?

A) Hi Sharon, I've known Alison Young for nearly 15 years so I've learnt quite a

lot from her over that time, as for the most important I'd probably say

moisturising/hydration. I use different moisturisers at different times of the

year and as I mentioned to Dawn above facial oils have become a big part of my

routine now, I LOVE them, they're so versatile. Will Gowing TV :) x

 

Q2) Wow! No wonder you have such fabulous skin! Gorgeous! Can I tie you down to

a desert island product?x

A) If I could only have one product to take with me to an actual desert island

Sharon it would be Ultrasun, if it was just one product for everyday use at home

I'd go for SBC Collagen Gel as I can use it over the eyes as well as the face,

as a mask and all over the body, it's a great afersun product too! :) x

 

Q3) JILL DOWDING WALKER ASKS : Hello Everyone! Hi Will! What did you do before

becoming AY's right hand man?

A) Hi Jill, a few things, my first job in tv was at QVC in 1999, I worked there

for 5 years, then left to work for the BBC & ITV on different shows (Blue Peter,

Crimewatch, Top of the Pops). I then began presenting on the radio, after that I

presented the travel news on ITV London during GMTV every weekday morning (lots

of 3am alarm calls) and then moved back to QVC to present technology and then to

the job I do now - phew!! :) Will Gowing TV x

 

Q4) CAROL ANN JOHNSON: Can you talk to my husband am sure he would benefit but

ignores me! Unfortunately that generation of men have not taken this skin

business on board. Sure there are lots of qvc women that know what I mean. I

will keep trying!

A) Hey Carol! Yes I do know what you mean, I hear it a lot at the Beauty Bash ;)

My advice would be to start small on things he will actually want to use, don't

buy an entire routine in one go if he's a soap & water kind of guy. A good face

wash or moisturiser to begin with sometimes does the trick - I stress

sometimes!! ;) Will Gowing TV x

 

Q5) DONNA MARIE WILLIAMS : Hi Will you are always so bubbly on screen and I love

you and Alison together. What would your daily mantra be?

A) Hi Donna!! I try to remember how lucky I am as often as possible, it's

difficult for all of us to do at times, especially when you've had a stressful

day or are having troubles, it doesn't always work but I try not to let myself

forget it! ;) Will Gowing TV x

Q6) DEBBIE FLINT ASKS: Hey will! Want to say the funniest show you've ever

worked on?! Xx

A) Hey Debbie! It would probably have to be the Saturday Night Show, that green

room is a lot of fun when you've got some fizz and a funny group of people in

it, sometimes too much fun! ;) x

 

Q7) PAULA JANE BAKER-PRICE : Hi Will, what do you like best about working on

QVC?

A) Hi Paula!! The people, in fact if you asked that question to all staff at QVC

the majority would say "the people", it's almost become a cleché (but a good

cliché). I mentioned above that QVC was my first job in telly in 1999, I worked

there for 5 years for leaving to spread my wings elsewhere and to this day the

majority of my best friends (and my fiancee) I met at QVC, the people are

awesome! Will Gowing TV :) x

 

Q8) BEVERLY BACK ASKS : Hi Will! What does your job entail when not on air? I'd

imagine lots of research on products... X

A) Hey Beverley, great question!! I'm asked a lot "what is it that you actually

do" my on air work at QVC makes up for only about 20% of the work I do for QVC.

The rest of my time is spent connecting with vendors, filming the majority of

the videos you see on the QVC website (TSV previews especially), I edit the

videos too & plan the shoots i.e travel, locations, times etc. I also have a lot

to do with organising the interactive element of shows such as Alison Young's

Beauty Fix, Saturday Night Show, Breast Cancer Care show, Gardening etc etc Will

Gowing TV :) x

 

Q9) DEBBIE FLINT :Will what's the longest hours you've done on a shift and how

do u survive? X

A) Oooooh good question Debbie, longest shift hmmmmm - do you know what I think

the longest shift I have ever done for QVC would be back in my Floor Manager

days, I did an early (6am - 4pm in those days) and then went straight into a

late shift until the early hours of the morning. #Dedication ;) xx

 

Q10) DONNA MARIE WILLIAMS ASKS : Hi Will what product from Qvc could you not

live without?

A) Hi Donna, it would probably have to be skincare related & I'll say SBC

Collagen Gel, I also love my Bose Wave System!! ;) Will Gowing TV x

 

Q11) PAULA JANE BAKER PRICE: It's lovely to work in a friendly place where

everyone gets on as you spend such a long time in work x

A) Thank you Paula and yes I completely agree, it is lovely to enjoy the place

you work, makes a huge difference, I've worked on the opposite side of the fence

a few times before ;) Will Gowing TV x

 

Q12) MICHAEL JAMES HAMLYN ASKS : I just love your chemistry with Alison, the

banter is priceless. How is the wedding preparation going?

A) Hi Michael, Ali is a very good sport, a lovely person to work with, very

generous! Wedding prep is going sort of well, we could probably be a bit more

organised, we get a lot of phone calls from our mothers put it that way!! ;)

Will Gowing TV x

 

Q13) SHARON ASKS : So Will... Which guests that have visited Qvc have you been

"starstruck" by? X

A) I tend to get more starstruck by people I watch on tv rather than music peeps

or big stars, I remember Lesley Joseph came into the studio once and all I kept

thinking was "I'm talking to Dorien!". I interviewed Pauline Quirke too, she was

the loveliest lady. I just need to meet Linda Robson now! ;) x

 

Q14) JO BROWN ASKS : we've heard Molton Brown are coming back....any other

brands returning to QVC, or any new ones coming in?

A) Yes Jo, Molton Brown are coming back, special show on the 25th August, I

can't wait, I'm hopefully filming with them soon! I haven't heard of any other

returning brands as yet, Will Gowing TV :) x

 

Q15) JO BROWN : out of all the QVC guests who would make up your dream dinner

party?

A) Ooooooh Jo that is cruel!! Ok, here goes... Lee Hohbein (he'd bring the

wine), Keeley from Elemis (she'd have the products to help us all after drinking

Lee's wine), Gill Gauntlett (because she makes me laugh without fail), errrrrrr

and SJ from bareMinerals (as if we need even more help after the wine she can

sort us out). Great question!!! :) Will Gowing TV x

 

Q16) JOY PADLEY ASKS: Hi Will, if you could choose what would your ideal TSV be?

A) Hi Joy! For beauty? My ideal TSV would be... SBC Collagen Gel, Ultrasun Face

50, Ultrasun Sport 30, a facial oil & ABC Skin Wash... oh and Elemis Cleansing

Balm... I could probably make 100 TSV suggestions, I like too many things or I

could make seasonal beauty TSV suggestions ;) Will Gowing TV x

 

Q17) JILL DOWDING WALKER: I'm a big Alpha-H fan! Say hi to Tom for me?

A) I will do Jill, I love Alpha H too, their Micro Cleanse is amazing, probably

my top exfoliator at the moment. Will Gowing TV x

 

Q18) KAREN GLAISTER: So excited to see molton brown back, first tried them

through QVC! Always have their eucalyptus shower gel in stock! Alongside my abc!

A) Hi Karen Glaister, I was thinking about their Eucalyptus Shower Gel the other

day, I hope we're getting that in a collection, it's lurrrrvly!! I love their

black pepper too, so does my Dad. Will Gowing TV x :)

 

Q19) JO BROWN SAYS: I'd like to see some new brands (I've already told Ali!) Raw

Gaia and SpaRituals :-)

A) Hi Jo, I agree, it's always nice to keep things fresh with new brands and I

promise these suggestions go to our buying department, Ali gets a lot of

feedback at events (as we all do) and it's all fed back afterwards! Will Gowing

TV x :)

 

Q20) DONNA MARIE WILLIAMS: Hi Will just to say that I always enjoy your video

previews of the up coming TSV's

A) thanks so much Donna, I absolutely LOVE making them!!! Will Gowing TV x :)

 

Q21) PAULA JANE BAKER PRICE ASKS: How do you get to attend the beauty events! x

A) Hi Paula, the Beauty Bash is the main beauty event and these tickets are

given away in a number of ways... 1) Radom selection of customers 2) QVC website

competition (look out for this on the homepage early Jan) 3) Social media

competitions (Alison Young usually gives away tickets on her twitter page). This

year there was also an option to buy tickets in association with You magazine, I

haven't heard whether or not we are doing that in 2015 yet, so watch this space!

Will Gowing TV :) x

 

WILLS POST : Just shout if you have any more questions everyone! In the

meantime, here's a little taster of some of the QCam preview videos I'll be

filming soon... Tomorrow I'm filming the Alpha H TSV with Tom O, Wednesday I'm

filming with the Emu team at their showroom, Thursday I'm filming with Perricone

as well as doing Alison Young's Beauty Fix & on Friday I'm filming behind the

scenes on the Quacker Factory promo shoot! All the videos will be on my Will

Gowing TV page over the next few weeks. ALSO I've just finished editing the

September Elemis TSV QCam preview, I can't put that up yet though, if I do I'll

never be seen again ;) Will x

 

To come in next few weeks on our live facebook chat, the Monday B2U Hub – Marjolein Brugmann from Pilates and supplements hours… Susie Adams from Northern Nights… and possibly Lee Hohbein, IT expert on 1st September, #Loccitane Alexis possibly on 8th.… Tova…

Next week – mat Trim and tbc – Laura Geller…

 

Don’t forget to leave me a comment below!

 

Published in Back to You

Hi all! Exciting news this week about my books – still can’t tell you or I’d have to kill you! But let’s just say I’m so close to a lifetime’s ambition… More news as soon as I can announce it!

What’s your life’s ambition? Did you achieve it?

Maybe it’s as simple as lose weight and get fit – well, Bodyblade Bruce was chatting live last night on our B2U group on facebook. My Monday Update contains his Q&A. Plus there’s a hint at the August Challenge if you need to get in shape! Read this for more and do leave me a comment!

Plus – CUTE PUPPY VIDEO ALERT! - my QVC blog was out last Friday with a look at the pet show I did last week with my daughter’s dog Baloo. Plus info about my health check – it didn’t go badly but there was one major recommendation – see if you can guess it? Go here to see if you’re right!

Finally – I am bereft, cast adrift in the sea of ‘just finishing an audio book’ – it was Robert Galbraith (JKR) ‘The Silkworm’ – ohhh so good! Now got to wait ages again till next one come out! So I’m looking for some recommendations if you’ve read it too – what shall I read next? Seriously – let me know – I need a new audible book which can fill the hole that one has left! See what happens when you read a great book? When it’s all over, you feel a little lost! Help me be ‘found’ and leave me a comment on my blogs or email me by pressing ‘reply’!

Have a fab week!

d x

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This week I loaded my paperback onto amazon so hopefully by the time you read this, it will have gone live! See bottom of this page for the links, or go to Writer tab above. Or google ‘debbie flint amazon’ and they should all come up – go for .co.uk if you’re in the UK! And thanks to the latest five star reviewers – twelve now, all 5 out of 5 – am v grateful.

“A terrific story. It takes you at a breath taking pace from the States, to Italy, to Tibet and I enjoyed every step of the way, as well as the surprise ending - didn't see that one coming Debbie! Would certainly recommend this book for your summer holiday read.” MJH, Amazon – bless her!

So –

Went to Devon again and discussed at length with writing pal Mary Jane Hallowell what to do about our upcoming Hallowe’en short story anthology – it’ll be free all over Hallowe’en weekend! And whilst she was telling me the outline for her new short spooky story, an idea occurred to me for another one… So I’m going to write it up and see where it takes me… beware, beta readers, it’ll be on its way soon!

Also – on the long journey to and from Belstone in Devon I listened to the new JKR, writing as Robert Galbraith – her ‘The Silkworm’ got me hooked pretty quickly again. I loved the first one, ‘Cuckoo’s Calling,’ even though I’m not normally a cosy crime reader. I even got the headphones out and took the iPod out of the car to carry on listening whilst I walk the dogs! Lol! Thoroughly recommended – will make it a book of the week when I’m finished reading it!

Meanwhile over on my QVC Blog, the book of the week is Mary Jane Hallowell’s ‘Thrill of the Chase’ short story which is free all weekend (till Monday 21st July) and also her full length charming romance ‘To Touch a Rainbow’ – also on offer atm. To see her work and choose which one – and get it quick whilst it’s a freebie – go here to Mary Jane Hallowell on Amazon.

Finally, other five star reviews kindly popping up on my latest steamy novel, ‘Hawaiian Retreat,’ and am very glad the paperback’s nearly done too – several people have been asking about it for their hols!

If you get it, enjoy! Hugs

D

X

 

Other news –

-          Tumblr For Writers: A Picture-Perfect Marketing And Promotional Tool - Web Design Relief

They’re always thinking of new ways for authors to connect to readers – this seems a sensible next move, given how ubituitous facebook and twitter are nowadays… click here.

-          Writers’ Workshop – York Festival Did you know you can pay to get in front of an agent or publisher in a one to one session? At workshops like the York Festival – I went twice, it’s fab. They say if you go, you’re 5000 times more likely to get in front of an agent than people who don’t go? click here for list of agents

 

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published two weeks ago – 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 my 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! And below that, as promised, an extract of my WIP, work in progress!

Have an adorably lovely week!

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 it. Paperback next week, PG version coming in August

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – see above – 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!

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group! NB – Brand new revised version coming Autumn 2014!

 

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

‘TTFLS’ revised version including ‘The When Diet’ – coming Autumn 2014

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the late summer. 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

Cruise News! Would you like to see lots of pics from my hol? The latest QVC blog has tons - do go here to see them, incl bikini beach pics, a karaoke vid (you have been warned!) and wicked views. What's your fave cruise holiday? Would love to know as I'm going to be booking another one for as soon as possible - talk about a convert - a different country every time you open your curtains each morning - plus amazing food, great entertainment and shade nearby at all times! Perfect for photosensitive me! lol.

Plus - book is doing well. Hope you've managed to get yours ok - I know many of the susbscribers on this list registered because of my novels - and I'd love to know what you think. If you'd care to kindly put a review on amazon - or go read them to help make up your mind! - I'd be delighted. Go here for more.

Finally - Monday 14th 8-9pm why dont you join us for a live web chat? it's on our open group Back to You QVC (search it and ping a join request to see the chat and take part!) Back to You show comes back on QVC Monday nights in September - and this chat is to build up the countdown! Go here to join group.

Do you have any health questions? if you do , health guru Marlene Watson Tara is joining us for the very first one, so it's a good time to hear what she has to say and get some answers of your own. If you've been trying to lose weight and it's just not shifting, for instance (the article on her website is amazingly informative about what might be to blame.)

Anyway - it's the weekend, I'm still yearning for my cruise, and am looking to book the next one! Any tips, let me know!

hugs

d

x

ps to reply, just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - it comes to me, not a spambot! lol 

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It’s this sundayyyy! Whooop! With only a week to go several of the Back to You Facebook group/Break the Habit BTU group are getting all prepared to meet up – some on the Saturday too with lovely marlenewatsontara.com and her brilliant food cure workshops.

Personally will I get ‘back to you’ with the little picture I put up back in February of the tighter abs? Well I’m not as flat as that for sure! Need to lose another stone to be more defined for that to happen. But am doing leg master and body blade plus longer dog walks each day and finding it’s really helping. What about you?

And in any case, this is now only a little stopping off point in our journey as we have two more things to look forward to – one is the start of our Monday B2U Live Chat on Facebook group Back to You, and the other is the return in September of the actual show itself on Monday nights on QVC UK. Where it all began – coming full circle! Considering we now have over 1100 members on the main group (160 on the closed health issues sister group Break the Habit BTU) it’d be lovely if we can hit the magic 1500 by time we go live again in September.

So if you’re not coming this Sunday to the Dorking do, 1-5 in the afternoon, or 2-4 if you’re there for the book launch, (RH56QQ Wotton Village Hall behind Wotton Hatch pub) then do put Mondays in your diary from mid July onwards – once I get back from my cruise with mummy! Gonna try to do strict Freedom Eating – which is just about listening to my body completely, in the hope that I don’t come back with too much weight back on!

Anyway – it’s been  long old six months to get to this stage, and my book, steamy romance Hawaiian Retreat, is about to be published on Amazon the same day (hence joint book launch) – and it’ll be really lovely to have got all that under my belt so I can totally relax on the cruise – my first ever!

Saturday Chat Don’t forget that the day before our get together, this Saturday 28th, Marlene Watson Tara will be giving a cooking demonstration, featuring lunch and handouts, also at Wotton Hall, near Dorking, Surrey for £75, 10-4pm. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do join us – one more space!

 

Latest Back to You group comments!

More fab updates from our Back to You and Break the Habit girls – yay! Sooo glad it’s been a great support system for everyone!

 

Join the groups via the links below – everyone’s welcome, even if you only read and don’t post much!

Other news –

Walking for weightloss – is there a science behind it? Notes on duration and how, with an expert called, ironically Wendy Bumgardner http://walking.about.com/od/weightloss/fl/How-to-Walk-for-Weight-Loss.htm

 

Business Barbie  – thought this was funny -   http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2014/06/20/entrepreneur-barbie-is-here-and-shes-unapologetic/?ncid=wsc-uk-mydaily-image

 

Another 5 Ways Fructose will mess you up | David Gillespie b2u

http://davidgillespie.org/another-5-ways-fructose-will-mess-you-up/

 

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 20th   for a little more including a fab recommendation for my book Till the Fat Lady Slims from Bev French, and chat about how walking can help you!

See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my month long run of Back to You shows returns to QVC weekly in September. And also see below for info about our weekly online live event as of mid-July!

Next week’s Monday Update - the final week!

Hugs and best wishes for a marvellous week in the (current) sunshine! Long may it last!

Debs

X

Ps If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good.

 

Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to tell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Cabbages, Kings and Umami

If you’re a regular you’ll have heard about the micro-biome and how your body’s bacteria, microscopic fungi and the like all help it work properly – in synergy with how we were meant to? Well eating probiotics is something we should all be doing – but I’m NOT talking about expensive supplements or drinks. I’m talking about fermented vegetables – the type of thing we were probably evolved to eat. Therefore it makes sense that we need it today, to help maintain our gut flora and the like.

 You can make your own – Marlene Watson Tara’s page is fab for that – we’ve featured that before. And you can get the lactobacilli from EasiYo yogurt if you’re a yogurt and dairy fan (see two weeks ago for why I can’t be one.)

But how about good old picked cabbage? How about sauerkraut? How about beetroot? Umami is one of the tastes the tongue can detect, via the 2000-5000 taste buds each containing 50-100 taste receptor cells. They are in five basic categories - sweetnesssournesssaltinessbitterness, and umami. And yes, umami is one. Officially recognised only in 1985 which is why it may sound unfamiliar to those whose schooling preceded it, it was first identified and names by a Japanese professor in 1908, when he noticed the taste of kombu seaweed broth was very palatable but distinct from sweet, sour, bitter or salty and named it umami. It can be described as a pleasant "brothy" or "meaty" taste with a long lasting, mouthwatering and coating sensation over the tongue. Its found in meats, vegetables, green tea, and in fermented and aged products, and believe it or not, in breast milk. There are more complicated sub divisions but I’ll resist the geek in me as I’m not writing a thesis! Lol. If you want to read more on wiki go here.

Personally – as Marlene says – I love it when a meal feels complete by satisfying that extra taste. So I add beetroot or sauerkraut or this morning, pickled cabbage with pilchards on gluten free toast (yes that really was my brunch!). And don’t ignore it – it’s one of the most important things you can do to get your body in balance. Miso soup every day too – that was one of my first Monday Essays in February. See archive for more. These are some of the kings of fermented veg.

Considering many of us destroy our biome with anti-biotics, which can destroy much of our biome not just (thank god) the infection it’s supposed to target, it’ vital to get it back after. Google it to find out more And here’s an excellent article from wellnessmama explaining more. Research, make these simple tweaks in your diet and you never know the benefits it may bring.

I’m sure we’ll be discussing this amongst other things in this weekend’s workshop with Marlene!

Will report back next week.

Best wishes

D

X

Next week – chats from our girls about their recommendations, as it happens on Sunday 29th get together!

Ps – all my books available here on Amazon!

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Above is the new cover fragment – a little sneaky peek at the third and final teaser of Hawaiian Retreat, book 3. The big reveal is just a week away! And the new novel just two weeks. Where does time go?!

 

Update

As my Home Page news item says, fab news about J K Rowling’s latest masterpiece – it’s out next week, and the audio book is on offer as a pre-order, with first two chapters free! Great marketing effort too. I got mine, very pleased and can’t wait. Go here to get your copy of Silkworm – writing as Robert Galbraith, it’s JK's book 2 featuring Cormoran Strike as damaged hero. I enjoyed the narration, I also enjoyed the in-depth characterisation and driving force which sucked me right in. As usual it made the journeys to and from work pass by very fast! I listen to a lot of audio books and am chuffed to have found a way of converting all my kindle e-books to audio for free – see my home page news update for info. (or sign up for newsletter updates to get them emailed to you for free each time!)

But of course the big news is that it’s now only two weeks away – so am frantically scribbling (well, metaphorically speaking I am!) away in every spare moment, to get my second book published. Due on Amazon by June 29th – ‘Hawaiian Retreat’. And the freebie updates on my QVC Author page – ‘like’ the page here  to see them each night from now on!

 

Personal Greeting for Dear Thing

Just finished listening to this top notch Richard and Judy pick, and it is totally absorbing, well crafted and brilliant! And now here’s a way of getting a personalised message to go with it – well done Julie Cohen (.com), great idea! Dear Thing is here on Amazon.

 Julie Cohen greeting

 

 

Countdown continues – Hawaiian Retreat – due out 29th June.

Just over 2 weeks until the release of my next romance novel on Amazon. As mentioned, the main pic is another cover teaser.  Plus read below for another little excerpt, in the run up to 29th June - publication weekend of the third in the trilogy (again with a steamy or PG option!) - see bottom of page.

Cover reveal is next week!

 

Win a signed copy

There will be a prize of a signed copy of my new novel for the person randomly chosen from all those who email me with ‘cover comp’ in the subject line, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by close on 19th  June, and tell me:

- what are the images going to be which will appear in the background of the cover of my new romance novel?

See if you can guess! Clue? It’s in keeping with the other two books, kind of, and is featured within the storyline! Nb - anyone who has seen the cover, is not eligible – (and please don’t tell people either! Lol!) Take a guess anyway – the winner will be randomly chosen.

Other news –

-          Screenwriting Festival – the ‘world’s biggest professional screenwriting event is booking up fast – 150 speakers over 3 days including Lynda La Plante (‘Prime Suspect’) click here for the info and book soon, two thirds gone!

-          Got $500 to spend marketing your book? So what do you do with it? Here’s one person’s recommendations and some interesting advice on what not to do too! Click here for more info.

-          Quirky - How & Why Walking Podcasts (Walkcasts) Help Authors Reach Readers  via Self-Publishing Advice.org – I began a podcast recently – will update it soon (had a techie problem with an upload that didn’t work but more soon – promise!) Read more here.

 

On QVC BLOG/ RiWiSi – And do remember there’s even more RiWiSi section on my regular Friday QVC UK.com blog! Go here. Including a book of the week from Diana Kirschner’s Love in 90 Days!

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published two weeks ago – 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 my 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! And below that, as promised, an extract of my WIP, work in progress!

Have an amazingly lovely week!

Best wishes

Debs

x

 

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 and Goodreads! Enjoy! x

 

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

4 of my books

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 coming in the Summer)

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – see above – 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!

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group! NB – Brand new revised version coming Autumn 2014!

 

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

‘Hawaiian Retreat’ – Helen’s story - book three in the trilogy, see above.

‘TTFLS’ revised version – coming Autumn 2014

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the summer. 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

 

Extract from Work In Progress – Hawaiian Retreat – first draft (due out on Amazon 29th June)
 
Alessandro was sensitive enough to leave Helen to her thoughts on the slow walk back to the house afterwards. Helen felt a dull ache from being left out of an important family occasion – like she always did - with all the family there at the restaurant together and Helen thousands of miles away like the prodigal daughter.
 
Eventually Alessandro spoke, his tone gentle and warm. ‘Things will work out, will they not? Family blood is thick, and there was genuine affection in your sister’s eyes. Every family has their little problems.’ He said, placing his warm hand in the small of Helen’s back. She shivered a little as they walked, and just nodded, staring straight ahead as she negotiated the stone pathway back to the terrace where they were to dine…

 

Oh dear! If you’ve already read Friday’s new QVC Blog you’ll have seen the link. Bet this blooper makes it onto It'll be Alright on the Night, said the editor afterwards as they tweeted it. Yes, IBAOTN got in touch within twenty four hours.

An enormous pile... at least it was! And GOSH wasn’t it a loud noise too!

Well it had to happen sometime eh? Hot on the heels of last October’s No-No cream boo boo too! Go here to read QVC Blog and to see it. Also if you loved Edge of Tomorrow, see if we agree! Plus behind the scenes on location at a hotel in Richmond with other presenters, and a teaser of upcoming products incl Ultrasun and Kim & Co dress later this week. Anyway I couldn’t believe it – seemed like slow motion when that blooper happened. Trust me eh! Watch it then do pls leave me a comment on my website here.

Plus – I have a problem with some sort of greeblie eating my daughter Lauren’s precious beetroot shoots on a wire rack up high in their little pots in the greenhouse. Any ideas? Would it be mice? It’s too high up for slugs and snails…

Oh and we’ve set up a new ‘I’m a QVC UK QUEEN’ facebook group – do Ping a request and come join us if you’re a genuine fan – current topics include Vitamix (on this Friday eve) and why it’s a troll free zone with zero tolerance – yay!

So with this lovely sunshine, it’s great to see the garden looking nice – I’m even getting outside doing some writing. Fields on three sides, and a gastro pub on the 4th – but a busy road nearby – murder when the bikers come by on a weekend! Lol. But it’s been lovely having my girl around more lately – including sitting together on the swing having a good old tea and catch up!

Fingers crossed it’s not long now till my next novel is out – Hawaiian Retreat due on Amazon Sunday 29th. Final edits taking place before upload. And little extracts being posted each night on my author facebook page which is here – click to like it and you’ll get the updates. And if you’re on twitter, follow me @debbieflint as it connects to there as well.

Anyway – it’s Monday morning and I haven’t gone to bed yet since last night – find out why on today’s Back to You blog here! So off to bed – or to write – or maybe I’ll just fall asleep right here..zzzzz….

Have a spectacular week!

Luv

Debs

X

Ps Read it Write it Sell it – for writers and readers of good books – featured a cover teaser of the latest novel ! And workshops for would be writers of crime and of scripts. 

 

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Well how has your ‘personal manifesto’ been going?!

Last week I mentioned what I wanted to try to do each day, but as Yoda says ‘do or not do, there is no try.’ So here’s my weekly update – in keeping with the last 20 weeks of updates (where HAS the time gone!) and then… a confession - I had a little boo boo. And I don’t mean the blooper I did last week on QVC! (See my blog to watch it – OMG!). BTW - don't you love the above pic? Genius or what? Or actually, not a genius at all... But you get my meaning!

So –

Yes to the check list – about 80%. Meditate, supplements, green drink, energetic dog walk, bodyblade and yoga each day, better sleep (almost) (don’t count today – the birds are already singing and it serves me right for staying behind at QVC after my midnight finish having a catch up with Goody in the green room till 1.30am! lol). And of course the food – have definitely been benefitting from the Freedom Eating swing of things.

And I’ve started getting the ‘you’re looking good, have you lost weight’ comments again. ~Which is handy ‘cos – confession time – I did put on a little weight when in Spain! Eeek! Sitting on me bum writing for hours has got a lot to answer for! So don’t lose heart if it happens to you. Btw one of our Back to You girls has begun posting daily about her Diet Chef story – always nice to follow regular updates eh? And am determined that as soon as daughter and bf move back out again into their first house and I get two rooms back, I will DEFINTELY get one of those cool ‘treadmill desks!’

Anyway, I’m enjoying having no carbs – or fewer carbs. In my journal I read that this time exactly two years ago, I was well on the way to a much lower weight, having learned about macrobiotics only two months before and lost a stone. Well Marlene Watson Tara - as you know if you’re a regular - is my erstwhile guru, who not only is running a one day intro to macrobiotic-style eating to get healthy and help deal with illness, on June 28th (info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – ask her for full details – it’s also in Surrey,) but she also has a brilliant post on her blog about fat burning simplified. It helped me understand how the insulin/glucagon switch is affected by eating simple carbs – including white breads, fruits, white rice (and obviously sweets and cakes etc). And therefore why people often report losing belly fat more easily with a low carb diet. Go here for more if your attempts to lose weight don’t seem to be getting anywhere but you don’t know why.

And for now I’ll continue my journey without adding chips or crisps or bread to meals. I actually have been feeling like green soups a lot lately. #bodyKnowsBest. Made a lovely one the other day with freshly squeezed ginger in, and toasted almond flakes to garnish – yumm!

Whatever happens, I promise that, on 29th June I will post that all important ‘after’ pic, in the hope that there’s been some change to my six pack. And not just that I’ve , er, drunk it! Lol.

 

Latest Back to You group comments!

Considering we’re in the final month till our get together on 29th in Surrey, it’s great to see these Monday updates coming through!

Jane Dunkley: I gave up sugar and sweetener at New Year and joined Slimming World a few weeks ago. I have been diagnosed with Sleep Apneoa recently and am trying to get to grips with a CPAP machine hoping that it will give me some energy as I am constantly very tired. I have lost nearly a stone though.“

Well done Jane – keep up the good work!

Join the groups via the links below – everyone’s welcome, even if you only read and don’t post much!

Other news –

-          Sugar - 12 Ways To Beat Sugar Cravings For Good if you read this blog regularly you’ll know how vital it is to get off the white stuff! Click here for more tips if you’re finding it hard!

 

-          BBC News - Offer vegetables early and often to fussy toddlers, study says – makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Find out more here.

 

-          Partner problems? Like – haven’t got one?! Lol. If you’re like me, things like this catch your eye – thought I’d include it for a giggle! A 12-Point Guide To Attract The Partner Of Your Dreams

Ps – Book of the Week in this coming Friday’s QVC Blog – ‘Love in 90 Days’ – a how-to guide! Hehe!

Don’t forget on my QVC Blog from Friday 6th  for a little more Back to You – incl what to do if you or one of your family gets itchy skin… and a 1950’s ad you won’t believe!

See below to join our Facebook group, ‘Back to You QVC,’ before my Back to You show returns to QVC weekly in September. And also see below for info about our weekly online live event as of mid-July!

Next week’s Monday Update - the acid or alkaline balance

Hugs and best wishes for a marvellous week in the (current) sunshine! Long may it last!

Debs

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Ps If anyone reading this column for the first time, has not yet come across all the amazing info about how nutrition can change your health, your illness, & your future, then do take a look at all the archive Back to You blogs, at the left on this page. There you’ll see regular articles explaining why it’s imperative for most people (according to the World Health Organisation) - to examine your nutrition first and foremost, if you’re poorly. Much more info and many links from members are also regularly posted on our facebook groups – do go join up!

Till then I’ll continue on my little campaign, and if you can pass on the word too – especially about sugar being toxic, all well and good.

 

Joining In

-          Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to tell me you’d like to come along! If you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

-          Don’t forget if you’re a member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook! Plus, from around mid July we will be having a weekly live online chat session on facebook group too!

-          Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

-          Go here to request to join the sister group – it’s a CLOSED group - Break the Habit – BTU.

-          If you’d like to see my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

-          And for more info about Freedom Eating – click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002) on Amazon. !

 

THE MONDAY ESSAY – Dairy.

Which of us were really evolved to eat dairy? It may surprise you…

This week’s topic has been inspired by my own intolerance - one of the things I discovered on Marlene’s workshop is by abstaining from dairy, Missus ‘eat a whole pot of clotted cream’ here, could banish that horrible feeling of breathlessness and awful bloating after eating milk or custard (*sigh*) or (gulp) ice cream. (boo!). And with most cheese, I get that awful mucus and coughing next morning!  Bleurgh! But health is more important so I’ve stuck to that very keenly ever since.

But why does it happen? Seems some of us evolved a gene and some didn’t.

Here’s a really interesting university article about evolving to become lactose tolerant and how much of the world isn’t. In fact in the majority of non-European populations, fresh milk is considered an unpleasant substance to be consumed only as a last resort.  It is now clear that lactose tolerant Europeans and East Africans are not typical for humanity and for the entire animal kingdom.

Some people get it mixed up of course, as you can see in this feature from the Daily Mail discussing if you’re allergic or intolerant to dairy or lactose.

But it’s pretty widespread – although a fair amount of Europeans may be lactose tolerant via evolution in the last several thousand years. I’ll be one of the ones that aren’t then! Read it here.

Plus you never know what’s in dairy – good if you know your own source, but did you know there’s a rule about allowing a maximum level of pus particles in milk, from the cow’s udders? ie there will be some in it? Eurgh! Let alone the whole debate about hormones and antibiotics in some milk. Talking of which, my own reaction may have been brought about via my increased use of antibiotics over the years when I was growing up and through early adulthood – I’d have three times a year some cough and chest infection or other, and have the resulting antibiotics prescribed for the green phlegm (sorry if you’re eating whilst reading this.) (Mind you, if you’ve read Till the Fat Lady Slims, you shouldn’t be doing anything else whilst eating! Lol). But if they killed off the wrong bacteria in my biome (read here for more about biome) then it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s one of the reasons why I now can’t have milk. Many can, and that’s fine – do what you have to do. But I can’t.

I use Almond milk, which is excellent – much better for me than soya milk – but that’s another story.

Anyway, if in doubt, get checked out, have some tests done or better still – do an abstention test and be your own scientist!

Let me know if you’re the same as me by leaving me a comment below.

Best wishes

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Next week – acid or alkaline balance

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Hah! We did it! Managed to recreate a pic from thirty years ago - me and one of my best pals Gill, on this week's holiday in Spain. Who knew that all those decades ago, we'd be returning for another sun hol together and taking another pic, both having had two kids, a boy and a girl in that order, all of whom are now grown up. Only she stayed with her hubby  - whom she met on that very holiday, would you believe! Did you meet your partner on hols? If you go read my new QVC Friday blog, do leave a comment there and let me know.You'll also see some pics of the hol in Spain this week and info about a fun murder mystery I went on, as well as the usual previews of QVC products coming soon!  go here. 

Anyway I went away to write - as you will know if you're a regular, my next steamy romance novel is out at end of June and I'm in the final countdown now. In a week or so I will be giving you a sneaky peek of the cover! But if you'd like to see some extracts, do go to my Riwisi blog on my website - where you'll also find tons of info about self publishing - including this week, do self publishers make more money? go here.

The other thing I wanted to tell you about was that my new Back to You Monday Blog is also out! I really should be writing my novel, but I ended up adding some really fascinating stuff this week, about how to lose body fat, bikini bodies, cruise ships and a new cook club! go here.

Hope you have a lovely week - shame about the weather here in the UK. Maybe I'll just get my SAD light back on again each morning - or stay in bed! But then I am a bat! (finished writing this and it's 3.42 am! - see?!)

best wishes

debs

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