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So glad it’s finally here! This weekend we will have our fab table top sale raising funds for the wonderful charity Medical Detection Dogs who help people with type 1 diabetes and also breast cancer is in pipeline, prostate cancer, other serious illnesses that need the owner to be alerted to their condition changing. Go here to find out more about it, but if you’re near Dorking, come down to the village hall behind the Wotton hatch pub RH56QQ 11-5pm – so many familiar faces helping out behind the afternoon tea bar, or helping to run an informal fashion show – Patrick quacker, Criag Rowe, ginetta Veronese, Abi ultrasun (and her UVA scanner), Polly from Imedeen (and their collagen analysis machine), Selin from noNo, poss Russ from Miele, poss Lee hohbein and more - plus the bodyblade bunch will be doing a special tag event to raise funds – and lots more including QVC fashions in mostly medium/14-16, size 7/8 shoes and lots of household stuff from my declutter – things I love but must let go of to raise funds! And the dogs and owners themselves will accompany the charity reps from the organisers.

If we can raise over £2000 we can name a puppy!

Do come – more info about the Table Top event is here on my website or here on Facebook (tick that you’re coming!).

Or if you can’t come there’s a superb online Mega Draw via just giving organised by the lovely PR chief Sara Brown – go here to enter and see donated prizes including four months of Imedeen, Nu-Face-jowl-toner, a NoNo, fab beauty eg Prai, Benefit, SBC, Alpha H, and much more – just donate online here now, to enter – closes midnight Friday 7th.

Another Story from Medical Detection Dogs

CLAIRE AND MAGIC “Magic and I have been together since September 2013, and life quite simply has not been the same since! It was a tricky decision to make in having an assistance dog for diabetes, especially when I work as a diabetes nurse for children and teenagers. I work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and lead the nursing team who help care for and support nearly 300 children, young people and families with diabetes. I’ve had diabetes since I was a teenager myself so it can be pretty useful knowing all the tips and tricks. I am used to people popping in to my office to say hello and ask questions, but since Magic has joined the diabetes team at the hospital I have never been so popular!

Magic now has a very important role in the diabetes clinic – welcoming the children and young people and making sure they are listening when we run teaching sessions. He has heard the sessions so many times he now falls asleep quite quickly and can often be heard snoring under the table. Whenever the office gets a little busy or stressed, he will yawn or have wind, stopping whatever is going on and allows everyone to have a little giggle before getting back on with their work. What is truly amazing is that although he is surrounded by children and young people with diabetes, many of whom come in with low blood glucose levels, he hasn’t alerted to anyone else – something I have to put down to his excellent training by Medical Detection Dogs. Many of our

patients now like to come in and say hello to Magic before saying hello to anyone else – although we don’t want this popularity to go to his head! It seems that the magic of Magic has far exceeded anything that anyone had planned – not only does he have a major role in keeping me

safe every day and helps me live my life, he also is helping many of my patients – making the diabetes clinic a happy and welcoming place. I think every clinic should have one – although, there is only one Magic in this world!” Claire


Other news –

-          Jason Vale coming to QVC… hot on the heels of Davina, another giant in the world of healthy living, his 28 day juice special changes lives – been loving the DVD, and his blender may be on QVC  in September – along with some fab news about my weekly webchats!


-          Dr Barnard’s amazing work using diet to solve diabetes issues – watch this video interview – the incredible work goes on and on…


Ps heads up - Monday 10th, it will be me in the hot seat, talking about Till the Fat Lady Slims book and Freedom Eating as I'm giving the eBook away free for the whole weekend 8-10, to mark the occasion of the fab Table Top sale for Medical Detection Dogs. Another story to come, pop back again over the weekend! I'll have wifi again next week! lol!

best wishes



Ps just over ONE WEEK until the big news about bigger webchats…x

Pps – ttfls -
Don't forget you can use it alongside ANy traditional diet plan - any. Can't you ladies? Anyone done just that? For the benefit of the newcomers! Welcome newcomers, by the way! x
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Back You Live Web Chat Radical 3rd August 2015

Sisters Liz & Rachel will be here answering questions about their amazing skincare line. During an Ad hoc web-chat here, Qvc's resident beauty expert Alison Young was singing the praises of, and recommending this brand for Rosacea! As well as wonderful skincare, Rachel & Liz have an amazing outlook on life.

 Rachel: “To me Radical means living a life with intention, being kind and compassionate to myself and others, and being completely present in the moment with those around me. Taking a stand for something or someone to be that difference however big or small means I am on the right path for living a Radical life.

 Liz: "To me Being Radical means living a life that is full of passion and purpose with no excuses and no regrets while carrying the energy of kindness regardless. Feeling awake and alive through inspiring and empowering another and knowing that at the end of the day I didn't forget the simple things that really matter. " The first 10 unique questions ( not already asked) will receive a surprise Radical Skincare Gift



Dawn Robinson Hello Rachel & Liz , We could all truly live in harmony with each other taking some positive energy from both of you, My first question is which one of you beautiful ladies came up with the idea first to bring out this amazing & fabulous collection of skincare ? Also my Son is 16 and suffering from outbreaks ! Please can you advise me what product would help him the most ? Thank you xx

Sue Stewart Hi ladies what is dark circles under the eyes and what can I do to improve the look of it.

Chris Calvert We now live in an age where women are world leaders and trailblazers. What is your opinion on the women's movement and would you say that in the beauty industry, the glass ceiling has been broken unlike in other professions?

Chris Calvert What are the most common lifestyle and environmental factors that aggravate rosacea or trigger flare-ups?

Liz Clark those satements are rather profound for me Chris Calvert i still haven't woken up yet lol

I'm going to be naughty and ask two questions xxx

What would you recommend from your range for me; male, 33, sensitive/reactive skin can get oily, still get blemishes, large pores and the early signs of ageing x I know your products are great for both sensitivity and anti-ageing but didn't know if there was a good starting point for guys?


My second question (I hope all the above counts as one!!) I'd love to hear your guilty pleasure! Mine is collecting Lego if you are stuck for ideas!


I quite often miss the web chats, but will make a special effort as I love watching your shows xxx

Sue Stewart I'm multi tasking!

Debbie Flint Hey girls, have fun on here tonight and best of luck back on air! I am moving home so am off this week, but have lots of fun big hugs X PS one of our best product ranges for rosacea, as per Alison Young Webchats a month or two ago on here

Dawn Robinson Im glad you've mentioned Rosacea Debbie im finding mainly after getting out the bath or shower my left cheek in particular is very red & hot for a couple of hours ! What would you advise please ? xx


Jacqueline Jackson Hello and welcome, I keep getting breakouts on my cheek area, bizarrely just on one side. Is there anything in your range that could help me. I'm 51 with dry skin. Thank you x

Sharon Harvay The smell in these products is so uplifting, they make me feel so happy!! x

Rachel Edlich It is so great to see so many great questions and Radical LOVE. Radical is committed to making an impact in each persons life from the inside out, so all of your support means so much to us!

Sharon Harvay Welcome x

Francesca Bumstead What's best for dark circles around eyes x

Rachel Edlich Dawn Robinson, it was truly a perfect storm for the both of us. Liz was looking in the mirror and seeing that Gravity is truly real because is is the OLDER sister…HA! I had to say it because she is so cute!! She wasn't embracing what was looking back at her in the mirror. I was having my own 911 about my skin when I developed Rosacea after my second child and really lost all self confidence. We both looked at each other selfishly and said we need to fix our face no matter what the cost. That is truly what happened. Our moment of adversity we turned into an opportunitiy to change our skin and life. Sister truly on a mission!

Liz Edlich Chris Calvert great question….great question….The Women’s movement ? You mean the Radical Movement : ) !

I really believe that the only ceiling is the one that we impose on ourselves today. I agree that as woman we are mega Radical multi taskers and each industry presents challenges, but it is possible to love your skin again, it is possible to love your life, you just need to be Radical in your approach. Rachel and I have traveled around the world and in the process have been writing our book coming out in January named :GET RADICAL- Life Changing Secrets to Create a Life You Love. We interviewed thousands about what “Beauty “ means to them. And in all of the interviews, no one ever said dark hair , bright eyes, 5”7

In all cases they talked about how someone shows up on the inside that makes them beautiful . So love, giving , authenticity, kindness and generosity is what it blowing away all glass ceilings, combined with a commitment to Get Radical and make a difference.

Sharon Harvay Wow! Absolutely amazing xx

Dawn Robinson That's fantastic ! Sisters working together, Can i ask what age difference there is between you ? You both look stunning xx

Chris Calvert Fantastic Liz Edlich thank you for answering my question in such a Radical way smile emoticon i totally agree i think beauty is more about the person than how they look. I would love to read your book when it comes out.

Rachel Edlich Dawn Robinson, your Son should use the Exfoliating pads for SURE. My son uses those every day and steals mine :o).. make sure he is hydrating as well so the Youth Infusion would be great for him too. Light weight, hydrating and really men love this product too.

Sharon Harvay Youth Infusion is stunning!!! I am absolutely addicted and will be sharing my thoughts about it really is a skin changer, which then becomes a life changer x

Jill Dowding-Walker Totally agree Liz! We need to take care of our container, but what is essential is invisible to the eye! (Thanks, Little Prince!)

Francesca Bumstead Agree with Sharon would not be without it xx


Francesca Bumstead Have to go feeling a little under the weather, have a great time xx

Dawn Robinson Thank you so much i really appreciate your advice ! He is feeling extremely self conscious about it at the moment, so glad that these products suit all ages xx

Liz Edlich sue stewart and Francesca Bumstead - Dark Circels - What are they ? Ha Ha After RADICAL SKINCARE THEY ARE A THING FROM THE [email protected]!!! When you apply your eye cream, go from the inside out , think of your lymphatic drainage as your trash can fro toxins. So move it all out and easy on the alcohol and a bit of sleep helps. But since the last two are hard to come by…. i will use my Radical Eye Reviv elite a religion and pray a little extra xoxoxo

Rachel Edlich Chris Calvert I get that question so much about what flares up Rosacea. Each person has a different experience on what triggers flair ups ranging from spicy food, STRESS, sun, overheating and lack of moisture to the skin. Some people experience a flushing sensation like I did and get red bumps and inflammation. Did I mention the change in HORMONES? You might not feel my pain in this area(darn men), however, that is what triggered everything for me.

Liz Edlich Chris Calvert - maybe the YOUNGER sister can step aside so the wiser sister can get you an early copy of the manuscript !!!

Jill Dowding-Walker Broken capillary veins on face - very fair skin. What will prevent more/calm down existing ones?

Dawn Robinson We can all see you're both extremely passionate about your products do you get any spare time if so what do you like to do ? X

Sue Stewart Thank you Liz I am tea total and sleep for 8 hours a night. Perhaps it will have to be the Radical Eye reviv. Thank you x

Chris Calvert Hi Rachel Edlich thank you for answering my question and giving your own personal experience with this area, i find its stress what can make my flare up the most, but was wondering if there was other factors, which you have answered so well. Im sure men get their share of hormone imbalances too haha.

Chris Calvert That would be absolutley fantastic Liz Edlich I would love to get a copy, as i am very excited about the release from the information you gave in your answer. Ha Ha i like how you put YOUNGER in caps smile emoticon

Sharon Harvay Ladies, you have such a zest and enthusiam for life and for you skincare range. It is very contagious! What do you enjoy to do in your spare time, when you need to recharge?x

Dawn Robinson Just wondering Rachel & Liz if you could only take one of your fabulous products on an Island for a week.. Which one would you pick ?? xx

Rachel Edlich Jacqueline Jackson I am sure that is very frustrating. Our Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are your ticket to smooth skin. Not will they help with pimples but reduce pore size, wrinkles around the Eye area(yes that gentle to use around your eyes), and I would follow with our Advance Peptide and Restorative moisture. You need to get the balance of moisture back into your skin and bring down inflammation down. good luck!

Liz Edlich michael james hamlyn michael james hamlyn 33 ? OK, you are running behind ! Time to get Radical - That is why we call it life changing skincare. We have loads of 18 year olds that use the products to balance reactive skin, For you - The cleanser - perfect for cleansing and shaving and stops those shaving bumps, then follow with the Anti Aging Exfoliating pads ( use at night ) to REDUCE pore size and wrinkles and get rid of the dead dull skin- follow with our Youth Infusion Serum which for you may act as enough anti aging hydration. if not , our Restorative moisture should follow. Then GET READY… this is a RADICAL game changer. No Fear ALL CLEAR when you wake up each day and your skin is the last thing that you have to think of and only get to beat off the ladies compliments: ) WOO HOO Jacqueline Jackson Thank you for your advice I really appreciate it. x

Sue Stewart If you go on the desert island as Dawn Robinson suggests with your favourite product. Would you please take me with you and give me a facial x

Rachel Edlich Dawn Robinson I am way younger! Not really… I am young childlike 46 and my sister is a rockstar 52 adorable old sis.

Liz Edlich my sister is answering the age question , she will be 47 in a sec !!! don't let her throw me under the bus girls, The older we get the more we know and the more we ROCK , Radically of course!!!


Michael James Hamlyn Not really sure about compliments from the LADIES Liz!!! wink emoticon But thanks for the reply, will certainly be getting RADICAL soon xxx

Sharon Harvay xxxxxx 30 minutes of live chat left, please post your questions xxxxx

Rachel Edlich Francesca Bumstead so good to have you here chatting! One of our most loyal Radical girls!! Don't miss our hour show coming up this Thursday at 12pm! Can wait to share some new Radical sets with you.XOXOX

Liz Edlich Dawn Robinson Dawn, I have a house in the Bahamas and Tahiti and I know for a fact that they allow more than one product on the islands, OR I would sell both homes…. but lets just say that there was a ban on weight overages, I would leave my clothes !!! not my skincare… OK seriously, your killing me,….. I would take the power duo-the Youth infusion and the Extreme Moisture

Sharon Harvay I would really urge everone who hasn t yet, to try this range. The results are amazing and your products are an absolute pleasure to use. I am addicted to the cleanser, it is the perfect way to start and end my day x

Dawn Robinson I love how your positive energy bounces off each other "beautiful" x

Liz Edlich michael james hamlyn - my must have … hot sauce , I carry that and asking care in my purse !

Rachel Edlich Don't forget the exfoliating pads to remove the dead skin from all the sun…! I CANT PICK JUST ONE. …and the eye Cream…Don't forget to cleanse with our hydrating cleanser!..( i need an stressed out emoji showing that I can't make a decision.How do I do that?)

Sue Stewart

Dawn Robinson I can imagine that all your friends & family get really excited when it's there Birthdays or Christmas hoping to receive one of your amazing products x


Jacqueline Jackson When will your shows be on QVC? x

Rosie Lee Hi there fab sisters. great to have you back in the UK Just one question i have beeen using the eye serum for over a year but for the last few weeks it has been irritating my eyes, an ideas why x

Sue Stewart Found a stressed fox for you. He looks scared in case he forgets your products x

Sharon Harvay hahahahahahahahaa x


Sharon Harvay xxxxxxxxxx 15 minutes of live chat left xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rachel Edlich Jill Dowding-Walker that is always a difficult one on the broken capillaries. I had several when my skin was super inflamed with bumps all over it. The beauty with Radical Skincare is that it is the strongest skincare for anti aging designed for sensitive skin. Our Youth Infusion works to even and brightening the skin while the restorative moisture has three brightening ingredients that will help with evening the skin tone.

Liz Edlich dawn robinson dawn robinson Spare time ??/Thank goodness Rachel and I travel together or I wouldn't get to see one of my best friends on the planet. My spare time and passion and purpose is wrapped up in inspiring people to have a life they love. That is why , as much as our book GET RADICAL that comes out in January , is as painful as giving birth , so Rachel says : ), it embodies the legacy of making a Radical difference that lights us up daily. A difference in skin and in life. Just like our Dad changed the landscape of medicine from his wheel chair, we intend to change the landscape of skincare and be more than skin deep. xo

Rachel Edlich OMG..How do I get that FOX it is perfect!

Sue Stewart Rachel Edlich press and hold the fox it should ask if you want to download lots of them x

Sharon Harvay Liz Edlich - i love the Radical booklet that comes with your products, its very inspiring x

Michelle Rosemary White I loved your try me kit .... Would love it to be in bigger sizes and a set .....I love the exfoliating pads

Dawn Robinson How wonderful i was actually thinking you should bring a book out, bless your Dad so would you say you get your zest & passion for life from your Dad x

Liz Edlich The excerpts from our book are in some of the sets and the chapters are also online .. xoxoxox get Radically inspired!

Rachel Edlich We have an airing this Weds August 5th evening in the 8pm hour with Allison Young with a new Top to Toe set that we are CRAZY about!!! Cant wait to share it with you!! Yay!! Join us with Jackie for our hour show on August 6th at 12pm. Can't wait to be back :o)

Sharon Harvay i must try the exfoliating pads x

Liz Edlich Rosie , i know how much the eye cream is a spa for your eyes and how you love it - and designed not to irritate.Many times eye irritation comes from food allergies that develop all of the sudden when you have too much of a good thing. Check out your latest and greatest. Speak soon xo

Rachel Edlich Our Dad was a huge inspiration to us along with our outstanding mom. We were fortunate to have such amazing Radical parents surrounding us driving to make a difference. They showed us how we can be that difference everyday. They are our inspiration.. feel blessed

Sharon Harvay Ladies, if a first time user was thinking of trying your products, what would you suggest they start with and what would their skin issues be? x

Sharon Harvay And they would be very x

Sharon Harvay xxxxxxxxxxxx 5 minutes of web chat left xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rachel Edlich Our discovery kit is a great way to try the range and get Radical Results! You will see the difference in the texture of your skin so quickly and we clinically test our core products to insure results!! More Honesty, More potency and More Performance, Strong Skincare Strong Values, Radical Results and Nothing Else.

Sue Stewart Rachel and Liz I have enjoyed learning about your products tonight. Thank you for your time. I will be watching the shows xxx


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Rosie Lee Thanks Liz Have been a little stressed lately and not eating that well. Time to brush myself down and get RADICAL again. X

Liz Edlich Michelle Rosemary White There are many new kits offered on QVC that are giving you a month to two month supply at amazing values. SO your wish is our command to Get Radical and give you the skin that you love!!

Liz Edlich check out Rachels before pictures online and on QVC Wed and Thurs. PS she wear NO make up, That is Radical

Sharon Harvay These are Rachels amazing photos! For those of you thinking about using the range, its clear to see the results that can be achieved! Wow such a huge change x

Rachel Edlich That is ME!! Poster child for transformation and happy to be that girl! I will be on air with NO make..(except my mascara and lips gloss..cant be without that). You will see my skin up close :o)..

Michelle Rosemary White Thank you Liz Edlich

Liz Edlich WE loved this moment , and just wish we were faster typers !!!! So much Radical love to share and so little time and so few fingers !!!

Sharon Harvay Back To You You Qvc please join me in thanking Liz and Rachel for being so generous with their time this evening. Ladies thank you so much for answering all our questions, it really has been a joy and pleasure chatting wit you and learing more about your brand. We look forward to joining you on your shows this Weds August 5th in the 8pm hour with Allison Young & Join Jackie for an hour show on August 6th at 12pm. You are always welcome back! take care and thank you x

Rosie Lee Have a great time on QVC will see you there {hopefully} hope to speak soon xxxx

Rachel Edlich It was so great to spend the time together and thank you for all of your questions and support. It really takes all of your support to make an impact so please share the Radical vision with those around you. Everyone has something to share and can make another person smile and shine from the inside out XOXOX

Dawn Robinson Thank you so much Liz Rachel & Sharon for your time ive really enjoyed this hour xoxoxo

Jill Dowding-Walker Thank you! x

Jacqueline Jackson Thank you Liz, Rachel and Sharon. x

Sharon Harvay Thank you everyone! What an amazingly uplifting hour x

Sue Stewart Thanks Sharon. Another hit x

Sharon Harvay For those of you considering trying this range, I have written a blog about my experience with it. Enjoy xx


Jacqueline Jackson Thanks Sharon will take a look x

Francesca Bumstead My daily routine,



Sharon Harvay Thank you Jacqueline xx

Sharon Harvay Ooohhh lovely Francesca! You are Radical

Published in Back to You

For anyone who hasn't already seen it, the full explanation of where my semi-autobiographical weight loss book came from is below, as originally featured on TTFLS blog on the website - here.

I was thrilled to be asked to do a special hardback version for QVC, and 3000 were duly signed and delivered to the UK's top shopping channel early 2015. over 2000 went after the first airing, and the rest may still be available - links below.

A full facebook group has sprung up and is a fantastic supportive resource for anyone buying the book and wanting to chat on a safe forum amongst friends - do come join us. click here for Till the Fat Lady Slims Facebook group and ping a request, as soon as you've bought the book and want to discuss it. And click here to 'like' the page, for regular 'Tip of the Day' hints to keep you going.

And on this website, more info about all things Freedom Eating can be seen on the TTFLs tab - or click here.

If you have any questions whatsoever about my book, or for press info, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet @debbieflint.

Best wishes and good luck to everyone embarking on the Freedom Eating challenge!




ps following the QVC airing the purple cover version on eBook also scaled the heights of the Amazon Charts - reaching number three in a weight loss chart! See below for info about my other books. And do watch out for the archive blogs - bottom left of this page - with previous books of the week, links and info about writing and industry news.  


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

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

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

And don’t forget to kindly leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you don’t mind!




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 - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited run extended, the PG trilogy all in one paperback book! More news about it on my 'writing' page above… Available now on Amazon.

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



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

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

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

Plus - 12 Dates of Ex-Mas - short story originally, being expanded into a full length novel for Xmas 2015. Short story revied into 'Battle of the Exes', coming Valentine's Day 2015.


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


January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)





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

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

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

'The 12 Dates of X-mas' - renamed for Valentine's Day 2015. Sign up for newsletter so you don't miss it!

Have a fab week!


Original Blog for QVC HOme Page about TTFLs, Jan 2015

Hi all – what a momentous year this has been so far! And one of the biggest moments of my writing career is coming up on QVC.

I don’t know if you’re aware of my ‘Try It For The First Time club?’ For new readers of my weekly blogs here, it’s where you do something different, at least once a month, that you’ve never done before. Over the last year I’ve done indoor sky-diving, been a 1950’s announcer in ‘Happy Days the Musical’ and sat four feet away from a beautiful hummingbird on a balcony in LA.

Well I had a big one this week – I signed 3000 books! I’m proudly going to be bringing you my semi-autobiographical weight loss book, the brand new version with added content just for QVC.

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’, is the updated version of my original semi-autobiographical weight loss book and it’s going on air for its first full airing soon. I can’t believe how many have already been allocated via waitlist! It’s item 704285. There have only been 3000 produced though and it’s going fast. It’s a collectors’ special hardback edition that’s been signed.

Transformation During the first Back to You series, many people found the 2002 book on Amazon and began using it and reporting how it was changing their bodies. Lots of lovely members on the Facebook group ‘Back to You QVC’ were losing weight and transforming their relationship around food and posting their updates. For me it was gripping – Debbie S. and Chloe H my other cover girl have both followed the Freedom Eating plan! Plus so many more, a selection of which are featured on my TTFLS page on my website and below.

TTFLS Deb Bunn

Signed My lovely mum and sister came with me to the warehouse and we got a bit of a production line going. Me and my pixie helpers started at 9am, and finished just before 3pm, in a warehouse just outside Ipswich. I signed all 3000 in one day, and they’re all now being prepared for delivery to QVC in stages.

Mum and sis

Monday 26th 9pm The first official full airing of TTHFLS is during the series-finale of my Back to You, well-being show.  Every week we focus on a well-being theme in my month-long occasional series, and I’m very proud to be bringing you this book – the end result of more than fourteen years of writing, learning and losing weight. The book is currently available on a waiting list ( over 500 have been ordered so-far), pre-order now to make sure you don’y miss out!

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

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

What is Freedom Eating? It’s based on the secrets of slim people and how your body knows what to do, we just override our key signals. This system helps you identify how to get back to your own natural relationship with food as fuel – not as reward, or solace or revenge. And helps you reclaim your own natural birthright to be slim. It’s just common sense, but it’s my take on an old theme, and it’s my own journey that makes this one different. It’s based on a version of the ‘The Seven Secrets of Slim People’ which is similar to the book  ‘Diets Don’t Work’. Since 2000 many other health and well-being books have come out with other versions of this same common sense and I’m not sure why my one resonates with so many people, but it does. A lot of people have found that this is the one that’s made all the difference.

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

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

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


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

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

“As a once constant slimmer until Debbie’s Book which has been a great help and a good read plus the best bit ….. working well. Simpler than following very high-powered or sloppy food diets, have recommend to friends. Have old version but have also ordered hard back for myself too.” Wahwoo, QVC Review

“This book has been such a help. It has changed the way I view my eating pattern and has helped me create a much better diet for myself. My eating habits were so poor before hand but now I have a new attitude to food which has helped me so much.” Ace1, QVC review

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


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

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

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

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

  • It does NOT tell you what to eat and what not to eat, it’s not a meal-plan
  • It is NOT a short-term system, it’s a long-term approach which will make everything different from now on, and if you can do full Freedom Eating your body takes back its natural power which has been over-ridden by bad habits around food.
  • It is NOT some weird kooky system, it’s just how slim people eat their whole lives.

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


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

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

704285.v.004The ‘When’ Diet For some who like structure though, like my sister Linda, pictured above helping me at the signing, it’s a different story. She uses it for maintenance and to help stay on traditional diets. She’s an ex-slimming club leader and saw how Freedom eating helped transform my behaviour around food. She and I then co-created The ‘When’ Diet section – designed to help put a stop to those ‘start again tomorrow’ moments and make normal dieting a bit more closely aligned with how your body is supposed to act around food.

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

  • This book will hold your hand
  • This book will provide answers when you feel desperately low about your weight
  • This new mindset will offer freedom like many have never known, from the constant curse of dieting.

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

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

Julia warned me about shoulder ache after her signing of 5000 of her books, so I’m off to find the arnica.

Back to You If you’re a Back to You fan, even though the last show is Jan 26th don’t worry! The support system continues with over 2600 members on our Back to You QVC facebook group, and via my regular Back to You blog on my website. And who knows, maybe there’ll be another series later in the year – the 4th!

Join me on the final airing of Back to You for this series, on Monday 26th at 9pm on air, and the webchat on the Facebook group just before that, featuring my TTFLS chat plus the Camouflage sisters, 8-9pm.

I will put a link on my blog on my website if you miss it, so don’t worry – it’ll be on, on the Back to You page weekly blog, where you’ll also see the Q&A transcripts from the the webchats.

Have a great week and maybe make 2015 the year you do things completely differently than ever before – starting with considering this book – ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’ – as the game-changer.

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

Best wishes.



Ps more weekly every Friday on my QVC blog where I post sneaky peeks of upcoming bargains, shows and fun bloopers to make you smile! Go here each week to read more. You can also find all the other presenters’ blogs via that page too. Big hugs and thanks for reading!


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15 January 2015

As promised.

Hi all! As promised, I said I'd let you know when the Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet came available on QVC. Well it's up online! If you go here and look at 704285 you'll see it's currently on Waitlist. When it comes in the warehouse you'll have secured yours and it'll be on its way - ready for around 26th when it'll feature on the final Back to You show 9pm on QVC UK. It differs from the 2015 version with the purple cover, as this new QVC version has hardback, signature, and it's also got extra content - eg a chapter covering the personal story of when I was away from QVC. 

If you find it hard to stick to a diet, this is for you, or someone you know, certainly if the nine 5* reviews already on there, are anything to go by! I have to warn you though, there are only a finite number, less than 3000 have been made, so don't leave it too long. Thanks to everyone who's got it, keep me informed about how it helps you too.


Beauty Bash

Looking forward to seeing some of you at next week's Beauty Bash too? And also if you fancy helping me out with choosing the cover for that story I was telling you about, let me know what you think of these covers - just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - or let me know on one of the posts on Facebook or Twitter. Choose - red, green or multi.

 Email me your thoughts! You can just press reply - it will come to me, not a spambot!

Best wishes and have a great week!



ps my new QVC blog tomorrow (16th) will include sneaky peeks of Laura Geller and Acer TSV, plus some reaaaally funny videos! see QVC tab above.

Published in Debbie's News

updated April 2016

As I write in my book Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – The ‘When’ Diet, it’s vital to wean yourself off sugar.

Sugar is listed as being linked with all manner of health issues, and crucially it prevents you trusting the signals of your body. It will say ‘give me sugar’ instead of ‘now I want protein/ green veg/ fish’ and will keep you being controlled by the sugar demon in your veins.

These links are here for you to keep dipping into, whenever you feel the need. Now, maybe? If you're reading this for the first time, watch this summary of the 

CNN Sixty Minutes reports from Sanjay Gupta, the famous 'most trusted guy in America', summarising WHY SUGAR RUINS YOUR HEALTH then see below for more.

One of the latest and one of the best is from RTE, featuring Professor Robert Lustig and also Damon Gameau from 'That Sugar Film'' - is on this link - especially if you buy 'low fat' food but can't understand why your weight loss has plateaued. click here to watch SUGAR CRASH and it's mentioned in a Back to you blog here.

And one of the latest youtube chats from the godfather of the anti-sugar movement, Prof Robert Lustig, Sugar pandemic , here.

All calories are NOT equal.

I began my sugar free journey by slowly giving up sugar in coffee and tea, eg a quarter of a teaspoon less each week over four weeks, giving up ‘treats’ which now seemed like insidious tricks to keep me trapped and to keep my insulin levels too high to shed fat. The next four weeks I then cut down on any sugar as an added ingredient. Within that time I lost a stone.

Hope this all helps. It’s hard, especially at first, but not impossible.

How to tell that you definitely need to cut back

-          You find yourself reaching for a dessert or sugary sweet treat regularly through the day

-          You feel you ‘have’ to end each meal with sugar

-          You tell yourself you ‘can’t’ give up sugar in coffee – ‘can’t’ means you need to

-          You KNOW you are not hungry but your thoughts go to sugar and you find yourself restless till you get some.

-          You have energy peaks then feel exhausted and rely on sweets etc as a pick-me-up.

-          You indulge at Xmas and still in early January you crave sugar again regularly

-          You can’t stop once you’ve started. It’s still not enough. It’s never enough.

You’re not ‘bad.’  It’s ok, you know, once you’ve read the below you’ll begin to understand why it’s not simply about willpower. You’re in the grip of an addiction, caused by ever more sugar in our food.

It’s been happening since the early 1900’s, and consumption exploded after WWII rationing ended. In 1982 a big mistake happened. A massive error in how they read the studies back then meant that instead of demonising sugar AND fat, it was just fat. It should have been ‘eat low sugar and eat low fat’ in order to cut health problems and encourage weight loss. Instead, sugar escaped through the net.  Food giants strove to make lower fat foods taste more palatable so piled in the sugar. Worse, a fruit sugar, fructose, began being used in a pure form. High Fructose Corn Syrup was cheap and helped keep down sugar prices. More than that it was even sweeter than ordinary table sugar, (which is half glucose and half fructose.) This is bad, because pure fructose should not be consumed without the ‘antidote,’ the fibre in the rest of the fruit. It does bad things in the only place it can be metabolised, the liver. Glucose on the other hand, can be used up in every part of the body, but we don’t need added sugar/glucose, because our body can make it from all normal foods including vegetables and complex carbs.

Starting in the liver, a third of all calories we eat as fructose are converted straight back into fat, no matter what exercise we do, no matter what deficit we create in calories and no matter how high our metabolism. (from ‘Sugar the Bitter Truth’ university lecture, see below.) Scary, right? Fructose by-passes the usual appetite-satisfying signals in the body (leptin, grehlin) and leaves us unsatiated. Fructose in the brain acts like cocaine – rats eating both were seven times more attracted to the sugar than to the cocaine. So don’t be a rat.


Simple carbohydrates (white bread, rice, potatoes, crisps, chips) are also bad but for a different reason – they keep insulin high which prevents the body going into fat burning mode.

There’s a ton of info below. DO please dip into it and make yourself aware of what’s controlling you. Get free of it, drink enough water so you’re not dehydrated, and use my Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 (TTFLS) book to help break free from food prison.

The habits of a lifetime can be changed, and it starts right here. it's as easy as watching the videos below.

if you have kids around you with bad bad teeth who drink juice, get their parents to watch this.
If you have overweight people around you who 'can't give up sugar' get them to watch this.
If you think it's normal to have sweet stuff after every meal, watch this.
If you still think low fat is the way to go, watch this.
If you drink hot drinks with ever more sugar, watch this.







Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ diet This is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – if all else fails, and you still need to reach for the biscuit tin, this is how to stop it becoming a binge. FREEDOM EATING means sugar is not treasure – therefore resisting is easier. for general info and testimonials and pics of eg 5stone weight loss

Ebook or paperback – ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’ – on Amazon - click here.


The Chimp Paradox – it’s a chimp, that part of your brain linked to being a cave man, but there are ways of dealing with it even if you currently think it can’t be controlled. Understand how to deal with it and how it can help stop self-destructive habits. Fascinating book about human behaviour.

The Chimp Paradox’ on Amazon – click here.

Gut: by Giulia Enders - another amazing resource. Examines how our microbiota in our gut is the beginning of many health issues. Genius new science. eg we have 'chubby' bacteria and how too much sugar affects our whole digestive system which affects our whole body, and our brain. Did you know we even have different bacteria if we are depressed?

Gut by Giulia Enders on Amazon - click here

 Prof Alex Richardson on omega 3 and health - click here for FAB research video clip april 2016



Fat burning simplified Nutrition guru Marlene Watson Tara (.com) has a hard hitting but simple to understand article about why eating simple sugars means insulin is released and having insulin in your body means the cells CANNOT shed fat. Fat Burning Simplified is here – it helped me stop reaching for sugary ‘treats’ – they’re not treats, they’re an insulin switch.


Addicted Oreos are legal crack – so says this website – go here to see the effects of sugar on the brain and why they can be as addictive as cocaine. Isn’t it best to get off it?


Trapped If the idea of being controlled by others makes your blood boil, just look at this astonishing article about how food makers deliberately targeted the overweight consumers to make them sugar addicted and buy more. Are you one of their minions? Have they got you addicted? Read this to understand why the answer is to cut down on sugar, then rebel.


yet more research - improve kids' health in ten days - here's an October 2015 New York Times report on the latest findings from Professor Lustig and team on what happened to obese kids' health in little over a week of cutting right back on added sugars - it's amazing reading. 




If you’re like me, watching these iconic videos will make you WANT to stop eating the chronic poison that mucks up your metabolism and keeps you trapped –

 - Sugar the Bitter Truth –

1. the original YouTube sensation An hour and a half of a university lecture in 2004 by Professor Robert Lustig the anti-sugar campaigner who is changing the world one click at a time. I watched this FOUR times before I reduced it so much that I ate no sugar at all for a whole month, and lost a stone. So worth while. If getting the info affects your mindset at the moment of decision, then watch them over and over. And keep watching more till you find it easier to leave the dangerous white stuff alone. Sugar the Bitter Truth on youtube is here. 90 mins long – I watched it 4 times – full of science.

2.or this 2011 version  is superb - 'frontiers of Science - WHY sugar is bad - do watch both - and alternate if you need reminders from time to time.

3.(nb if you want a summary, here's the 2011 New York Times article explaining it in more or less layman's terms, if you don't have 90 mins or the science is too confusing. read 'is sugar toxic, sweet and vicious' here.

4. The updated video lecture will help decry the nay sayers - see Prof lustig rip apart the studies 'proving' it's not sugar - watch the first fifteen mins or so here in 'Prof Robert Lustig - sugar; the newest, bitterest truth.' it's BRILLIANT.

-          Toxic Sugar – ABC news report – great for beginners - 18 mins long –click here

-          Is sugar Toxic (the Sixty Minute show) – 14 mins long – click here AND THE FOUR MINUTE SUMMARY HERE

-          Prof Lustig video – by me! And taking it back to basics – combining exercise with the whole ‘avoid too much sugar if you want to lose weight’ theme, which we return to over and over again (!), here’s an eleven minute segment from a talk I went to by anti-sugar crusader, Prof Robert Lustig – this section is about the all-important hormones which influence our eating - incl insulin, and the other hormones that signal satiety in the body and how sugar disrupts it all. Click here to watch.

-          Dr Eric Berg's Youtube Channel - including this 14 min clip - the second half is most riveting - layman's terms about toxicity- click here

 -          Plus Watch out for – Fed upthe US sensation, on YouTube and from March 2015That Sugar Film’,by an Aussie reporter, and starring Steven Fry. ( )

-          And if you have a brave stomach, watch this about FATTY LIVER, bleaurgh! Click here to read 'Liver Fat is a Serious Health Risk'


 - the RTE documentary featuring so many current experts, Professor Robert Lustig and also Damon Gameau from That Sugar film - watch Sugar Crash here. A good one to watch with the kids. 

 - how OVERCONSUMPTION OF SUGAR CAN HAVE ADDICTIVE EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN - a bit of science for you in a TED Ed vid - go here - only 5 mins long

- Aprl 2016 - the famous That Sugar Film currently on Youtube (or buy it if it's been deleted) shows definitively it's not about the calories. Click here.

- FED UP film - click here - scary - another amazing movie made by health campaigner with some truly scary politics leading to appalling kids' health. 




There’s a long list inside part two of TTFLs 2.0. In addition sign up for the newsletters listed and visit the scientific study sites like, all listed in the book. Or on google or amazon etc.



Davina MacCall had a complete pull out in You Magazine at the beginning of January 2015 about giving up sugar and how you can cook differently to accommodate cutting down the white stuff. Lots of knowledge, and suggestions, and for some, that’s all they need. Well done Davina! More here about ‘Five Weeks to Sugar Free’.

Sarah Wilson's classic 'I Quit Sugar' of course, in its various incarnations, if you like following a strict plan.

And Christianne Wolff's book via QVC 'Body Rescue Plan' for a healthy eating diet. And so many more.

Marlene’s Home-cooked treats has some fabulous links to videos of her cooking sugar alternatives –

-          Nut bars

-          Sweet vegetable tea

March 2015 - THat Sugar Film and That Sugar Book from Damon Gameau an Ozzie who proved 'healthy' options are so sugar packed he super-sized eating just those. How 60 days of eating 'health' foods with too much sugar led to fatty liver disease. More here on the website

September 2015 - Jamie Oliver's Sugar Rush on Channel 4, and a whole page on his website about why it's vital to cut back - well done Jamie! go here.

And more.

This page is regularly updated. Please come back for more.




EXERCISE – maybe an endorphine rush or a tighter tum helps keep you wanting to persevere. Easy quick exercise in a few minutes every day. The Bodyblade is brilliant – here’s the ‘Beach video super6 workout’ Bruce and I did in LA to show how quick and enjoyable exercise can be.


Also – search for Urban rebounder, Leg Master, Lesley Sansone Walking DVD’s and if you have room the Pilates reformer. Or just dance.



And don’t forget to come join us on the various related support groups –

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

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

‘Back to You QVC’ group – click here to join – well being support amongst QVC viewers.


Bodyblade QVC’ group – click here to join


Plus regular blogs from me - – sign up for newsletter. Writing, Back to You weekly Blog, TTFLS tab etc

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



Other news – links to help with your sugar addiction, because I believe that more info makes you make better choices.




Published in Back to You
28 November 2014

Links to my books

Links to all my eBooks - in order of publication on Amazon - click here to see them all on or

Valentine's Surprise - short story - you're never too old to find love

Hawaiian Affair - over 100 five star reviews, awarded the 'BRAG Medallion' for self-publishing excellence - Sadie's story - with the steamy bits!

Hawaiian Affair PG - spicy rather than steamy - fewer shades of grey!

Hawaiian Escape - prequel to Hawaiian Affair - meet Sadie and her sister Helen and their funny family, prior to Sadie's adventure with Mac. Helen's steamy bits left in.

Hawaiian Escape PG - toned down for gifting to granny - depending on the granny!

When Dreams Return - a short novella - supernatural goings on for Chel - a magic spell to find her man on spooky Hallowe'en

Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter - journal style madcap romp for Abigail, a twenty-something journalist who enters a 'Selly Telly Star' contest!

Hawaiian Retreat - conclusion of the Hawaiian Trilogy - Helen's story - with steamy bits, as she follows her heart to Tibet, Tuscany, Colorado and Thailand

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet - updated version of semi-autobiographical weight loss book - dozens of five star reviews. Break free from food prison.

Hocus Pocus - an anthology of short spooky stories edited by Debbie Flint, including her 'When Dreams Return.'


early December 2014 - 'Hawaiian Trilogy' - the PG versions - in paperback for the first time - for Xmas gifting.

'French or Dutch' - early 2015 - a series of novellas following the fortunes of four nurses, two horse-drawn caravans and one scandalous ideal in 1920's Britain.

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info about any of the above.

go to Debbie's author page for more details on amazon by clicking on her name on amazon.


more info on Writer tab on this website.


Had a fabulous weekend away. At the end of the two days at Julie Cohen and Rowan Coleman’s writing retreat in Somerset, I’d -

- completed over a quarter of the revisions to Hawaiian Affair, for my publisher Choc Lit

- finalised a new title for my WIP - a series of novellas based on a scandalous ideal in 1920's, a kind of Mr Selfridge meets Call the midwife meets Downton Abbey.

- worked out the theme, the byline for the front cover and covered off the plot arcs for the first seven novellas in the series and the overall first series arc.

- made lots of new pals

- heard some fabulous tips

- walked in a wood with Badger viewing areas, a woodland classroom and a pig you could stroke (I was surprised how warm its skin was – don’t know why I thought it would be cooler!)

- ate some fabulous food and avoided too much bad stuff, and even did a bit of Bodyblade in my lovely studio room that overlooked the rolling distant hills. Read more about it on my News blog from Sunday, here.

It’s how I write, getting away from it all. Then I can totally focus and not let life get in the way. Which it does for most of us of course. But some of the promised we made at the end of the course were a schedule of what we would do by when. And at least I know after the punishing schedule I had this year, that I am capable of it, even if it means little sleep and stiff shoulders! Now I’ve just got to do it!

Meanwhile the Till the Fat Lady Slims weight loss book continues to sell well. I guess books in that genre always will. The thing is, what do you do when they… don’t? Joanna Penn wrote a feature about what to do if your book isn’t selling – more for first time self-publishers, but interesting none the less – find out more about the checklist she’s created after years of her own experiences. Click here for ‘help my book isn’t selling by Joanna Penn.’


AudioBook of the Week – The Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch’s supernatural book came on the back of our Hallowe’en anthology, so I was just in the mood to read about river sprites and wizards and people being possessed – in a ‘cosy crime’ kind of way though – it’s a bit of both! But the star of the audiobook is the narrator – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is definitely on my watch list now – his narration was funny, great accents, fabulous delivery and excellent timing. His Mr Punch voice is utterly spine chilling too! He lifted a good book to a great one – I’d listen to it again and there aren’t many I’d say that about! 9 out of ten from me. Here’s a taster:

“My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just a probationary constable in that mighty army for justice … the Metropolitan Police Service (known) as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – where you do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England…”

Roll on book 2 – Moon over Soho!

Click here to see it on Amazon


Update on Paperback of whole Hawaiian Trilogy in PG

‘Course what you could do is offer an unbelievable deal! Well, a good one – IMHO, lol! All three of my romance novels, Hawaiian Escape, Hawaiian Affair and Hawaiian Retreat, in that order, will be going up on Amazon for one month only in one bumper paperback, in PG version for gifting. More news next week, when I’ll have the big cover reveal! But do get ready to buy it on December 1st! The preorder will go on sale before that.


How to’s

Lots of people still asking advice about where to begin with self-publishing, naturally. There is a plethora of info out there. Notably some of the sites listed on my ‘beginner’s guide’ – see below. Just recently another person commented on the guest blog I did for The Creative Penn in April – asking about how to set up a readers group to help get reviews. This was my reply –

“Some beginner authors I know build up their social media platform, first, following and chatting to followers/readers of other authors who write in a genre similar to their own. Then you can ask if any of these new contacts could help with reviews. You may find, as I did, that you can form your own little beta readers group on Facebook.  (Relationship building is what social media is there for nowadays, of course, so a newcomer should in general be doing this anyway to build up their platform if they want to be taken seriously later by a publisher.) Good luck!”

Go here to read more, including a new update in the comments section on how Facebook has changed even since April and how to use it in your quest to gain readers – and sales.


Other news –

-          Three of the biggest books in self-publishing all for 99p for a short period only – go here to find out more.

-          How do TV writers write? Index card magic. Julie Cohen uses post it’s like index cards, so this amused me – click for a fab pic, good insights and a video telling you more click here

-          Julie’s courses – Getting to the Heart of Your Novel in June - just in case you’re interested in going too, I am! More here.


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

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

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

Have a great week!

And don’t forget to kindly leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you don’t mind!

Best wishes





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


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

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


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

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

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

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

STOP PRESS! Limited to pre-Xmas only, the PG trilogy all in one book! More news about release date soon…

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



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

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

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

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.



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


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

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

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

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

Have a fab week!



Spooky Question So I have a question for you – to tie in with our spooky Hocus Pocus anthology – have you ever had a spooky experience? Let me know (500 words or 50, up to you) by commenting below or emailing me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! It can be an uncanny coincidence or a full blown 'can't explain it' supernatural event! 

I’m doing a ‘stranger than fiction’ thirteenth chapter – those chosen will see their name in our book! And the best will get a signed paperback!

Other news for you this week –

-          Another before and after from Freedom Eating fan Chloe – fab pics – and a bikini top pic of me from 2000 as inspiration to keep me going for another stone! New updated eBook of TTFLS out on 29th Sept! Go here to read more.


-          Watch out for the new QVC blog later – with a really funny moment or two from my recent show, and from Joan Rivers with Charlie and some messy cake, god rest her. Go here.


Had a lovely time watching the Importance of Earnest at the theatre too – but there’s so much cinema I need to see. It’s not a ‘want’ it’s a neeeeed! But first I have to finish my Till the Fat Lady Slims Update! Free first chapter will be on next week’s blog!

Have a great week – see you on QVC if you get chance to tune in!

Best wishes



Published in Debbie's News



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


One of them is Shawn Goodman and she met me last week (early August 2017) after a gap of 15 years or so. The last time I met up with her, I believe I was in LA with the kids on one of our adventure hols I used to take them on, and she met us for a meal in Santa Monica. I think. Well all these years later, Shawn was over in the UK with her other half who is in the medical profession, and asked me to meet up for afternoon tea. So we did!


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


Basics of Freedom Eating


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


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


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



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


More about the system and testimonials on my webpage here.


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







Till the Fat Lady Slims features the Freedom Eating system and includes - 

- A concise summary of the Supersix Principles of Freedom Eating - to guide you on your journey out of food prison.

- how the Super Six Principles of Freedom Eating can be used alongside ANY traditional diet and can save your anxiety and guilt if you get to the stage where you think you're going to fail! 

- how it can change the bad habits of a lifetime around food - no more 'starting again tomorrow' and letting the scales make or break your day

- and how it can help you become like a slim person around food, taking your body back to how it would have been if you'd never ever dieted.

- plus updated info vital to listening to your body's signals - - eg why toxic sugar affects your body's ability to lose weight and determine what food it really needs.

Go here to get TTFLS 2.0 in paperback or eBook on Amazon - and read the first chapter free.

Go here to get TTFLS 3.0 - Tips and Tales to Inspire in paperback or eBook on Amazon - first chapter available free.

Go here to get TTFLS - Break free from Food Prison (2017) on amazon - or order from your local bookshop courtesy of publisher Choc Lit.





QVC Bonus - the hardback aqua version features another chapter in my own saga of losing weight, was only available on QVC version and not previously anywhere else. This info is now in the latest TTFLS (2017) book, along with many other autobiographical events to help you understand why this system revolutionised the way I treat food and why I stopped bingeing in 1999. (NB aqua one limited edition of 3000, sold out on QVC summer 2015. contact me in case I still have some slightly damaged ones left to sell with proceeds going to Medical Detection Dogs charity.)

Book 3.0



Book 4 - 'Till the Fat Lady Slims - 'break free from food prison' (2017) - Jan 2017, to order in bookshops and online. 

The 4th book in the series, TTFLS (2017) - features more original chapters - including some never told before even to her friends - of Debbie's story - and is now available to order in bookshops like Foyles, via Choc Lit  or on amazon. More about it here in the launch post written for Read it Write it Sell it blog. It features the reaction in the wholesaler's magazine that goes out to bookshops.





For newcomers who are curious to find out more, there is an associated TTFLS Facebook PAGE - click 'like' on this link here . A new 'tip of the day' goes up regularly. some of these will be found in the new COMPANION book 3.0 too.

And for seasoned Freedom Eaters who have begun losing weight, there's a Facebook private group with an ever growing band of happy members who are leaving their own testimonials on the group pages - some are included in the new updated book. If you can't wait, spin down this post and you'll see some of them below. If you've discovered Freedom Eating definitely works for you too, and want to share your success story, just go join the TTFLS Facebook GROUP here - Or email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or @debbieflint on Twitter.

let me know what you think of the new book!



PS Don't forget to leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads for - Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - The 'When' Diet!


Extra Material to help TTFLS journey - 


'aids to cutting back sugar' - blog featuring all the links mentioned in the book - click here.


 Thanks for your interest in my Freedom Eating series of books. Below are some testimonials . Do come join us on the Facebook Group and read the Back to You tab (above) regular blogs for more info.



Purple paperback: For bonus material for purple book - click here - and insert the exact reference code when asked.

QVC Hardback -if you managed to get it before it sold out - For bonus material for aqua book - click here - and insert the exact reference code when asked.

 nb - bonus material includes this visualisation track, also on sale on this link - TTFLS visualisation track or this link - TTFLS visualisation track via amazon


Fabulous Reviews

I'm delighted at the long list of wonderful reviews which have been placed on Amazon uk now - over 30 and almost all five stars - here's just one.




Dawn's Story - posted on our Facebook group in Aug 2015 


Dawn's total loss reached TEN STONE - her weight loss story and how TTFLS has helped her is available to inspire you to get the books - go here to find out more. 


January 2016 - Dawn Allen's latest update - click here to read it and hear her podcast - lost 6 and half stone in twelve months solely using Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet


More of Dawn's own story in book 3.0



'freedom eating is what has given me so much control, when I read your book I cried because it was like you were writing about me, the guilt of blowing a diet would make me eat everything in the house, & I really struggled with the clear my plate syndrome. I now eat the best bit 1st, so I don't mind stopping eating. Now if I really fancy something I have it, but I can now stop too, I have learned to listen to my body, only eat if I'm hungry,  when I take that deep breath I know it's time to stop, & I actually enjoy salad now.' more of her story here.

Chloe's Story - features in book 2.0

"I have been overweight ever since I can remember. An emotional comfort eater! My weight was negatively impacting my emotional, social and physical well being. I felt overwhelmed with how much weight I had to lose but with the use of Debbie's book 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' I was able to build up the courage to start my weight loss journey. Slowly but surely I have now lost 3 stone in 7 months, still got a way to go but I've made it this far which at the beginning I thought would be impossible! I'm now aware of my body's signals of hunger and being satisfied! When I have cravings for certain foods I now ask myself whether I'm actually hungry. Do I really want this particular food? Am I thirsty? I enjoy my food even more so now as I eat slower and take the time to actually taste it! This book has helped me to create a positive relationship with food"  Chloe H, aged 25, Jan - Aug 2014


Debbie Sinclair Bunn's Story - features in book 2.0

Debbie has now normalised her eaitng habits and left behind forever beating herself up about getting her food choices wrong. She listens to her body and is amazing. Debbie said as a 50 something with a disability mobile, it's been a godsend to free herself of the prison she'd built herself regarding diets, diet food and obeying the rules. Forget the rules - listen to your body, like Deb did!


“When I first came across the Debbie Flints TTFLS via Facebook B2U group I was very sceptical and to be honest thought it was just a ploy to sell the book. It took me a few weeks before I started to think maybe there was something to this.

After years of yoyo dieting, slimming clubs, diet pills etc being told to eat more carbs then eat less carbs more protein or I was just plain greedy .. TLFLS shames all of them and sings to all of us that have fought with our weight most of our lives ...

It opened up a whole new world for me, once I dipped my toe in. Within a few weeks I was shouting it from the roof tops .. it works! .. The fact that you can tweak it to suit your lifestyle .. I’m disabled and it worked and still works for me .... I no longer gnaw on a tasteless cardboard tasting crispbread, no more eating sloppy diet meals and my shopping bill reduced ...

So if like me you thought being disabled on lots of medication this is not for you, please, please give it a try - what have you got to lose? Not only do I feel healthier than I have ever felt, I am no longer bloated, my skin is no longer dull, I use the bodyblade and legmaster - not as much as others but that’s ok - as this is my journey and I can honestly say it has kick started my life. That may sound like a very dramatic statement but I can say this as Debbie Flint saw me at the beginning - it has seriously changed my life ....”


Sue Stewart's Story. Sue contributed to book 3.0, where we discuss for the first time, different personality types and how they use Freedom Eating and TTFLS principles to aid their own weight loss. A 'Linda' guise of Freedom Eater is someone who used it alongside traditional dieting, for instance.

"I'm definitely a Linda. I lost my weight with Weight Watchers. I threw away my scales and only weigh once a week or so. But once I got to goal I found support wasn't there for me and I needed something else I my life. That's when I found your TTFLS group and Freedom Eating. It gives me the control of what and when to eat. It's given me more tools to live and lead a healthy lifestyle and not to be afraid of food! The support factor also is there with the group. What a great bunch they are. I'm also now happy to help them along their Freedom Eating journey too.

I'm a Linda eater.  I weighed 11st 4lb or perhaps a little more when I thought enough was enough.   I had looked at holiday photo's and deleted alot of mine.  I'm 5ft tall and basically I was fat.

My daughter was getting re married it was a white wedding and I didn't want to be the 'fat mother of the bride'.  It was my incentive to loose weight.   

All through the year's I had yo yo dieted.  Lost it, gained it.  

My help came from Weight Watchers.  I found a local group with a fabulous leader.  I could never 'point' my food , I just couldn't get my head round it.  All that weighing and pointing. But she helped with Filling & Healthy.  No counting I got to goal weight.  I continued to eat that way, but my weight started to become unsteady, a bit up and down.   I struggled with support, not from my leader, but from WW.  Around this time I found Debbie's TTFLS group and her TTFLS book. Bought the book and got support and tips from the group and have never looked back.  Ditched the bathroom scales.  It had clicked into place. How to freedom eat.  It was my light bulb moment.

My weight has become more stable and I've been let out of food prison.  It's helped me not to become the food police on family and friends and enjoy some of those treats with them.   I still go to WW to weigh and to enjoy the company and new friends I have made.  WW has changed to Smart Points now. I can point now.  But I No Count in other words I Freedom Eat.  

I eat good healthy meals. Cooked from scratch.  My attitude to food has changed.  I eat on the hunger scale and not to the clock. Stopping when 'full'.  Eating the right food. Even my husband has lost weight as he's had to have new clothes too!


I've bought a Bodyblade and joined a fantastic Facebook group of people.   We Bodyblade together and we virtual wobble with one another and virtual walk with one another. Bodyblade and walking has toned me.  It's even made me a much happier person.  Less shy and retiring.

I've learned to accept compliments and not to brush them aside.  I've learned how to give them too!  I've even done some modelling for our town centre.

From the start to today I've gone from 11st 4lb to 8st 2lb.  Dropped from a size 16 to size 8 in clothes, and found out that I even lost weight on my feet - how strange is that!"

Use it with any other Diet Plan

The useful thing about Till the Fat Lady Slims method, Freedom Eating, is that you can combine the basic principles with any other diet plan. They are not original quirky fad-based principles, they are simply a summary of how our bodies were evolved to eat, until society and bad habits got on the way. Therefore you can easily use freedom Eating as a fall back. IF YOU PANIC, OR 'BREAK' YOUR DIET, use this plan to avoid ruining it completely - no more 'starting again tomorrow' - ever. 



TTFLS Facebook Group quotes and testimonials continue on Facebook group 'Till the Fat Lady Slims.'


26th January - I asked 'what makes Freedom Eating and TTFLS such a different system compared to what you've tried before':


Pam Merrifield After many years struggling with my weight and trying every diet known to man and failing big time, I bought Debbie's book and it is such a life changer. A totally different, but sensible, way of looking at weight loss. Written in a friendly, conversational way by someone who has gone through the same issues and has come out the otherside. Having lost weight for the first time in ages I can't thank Debbie enough. X

26 January at 06:05 ·


Denise Large I was to be honest,not overweight.. Just felt a bit lumpy in places.. Menopause had kicked in ... Not feeling like me... Tried counting cals .. Didn't want to sit with others at a group... Downloaded the book..... Felt at ease with the author (Debbie Flint) and have lost over 8lbs. Don't want to be a skinny minny. Just want to be me .... Get the book x

26 January at 11:02 ·


Jacqueline Jackson TTFLS gives you a change in perspective that you don't get with diet clubs, you learn to listen to your body and just feel normal again. x

26 January at 08:10 ·


Wendy Payne Fab book (reading it in Kindle app). Very motivational and so far so good. Debbie you're an angel hun x

26 January at 08:28 ·


Lorri Vick Freedom eating was so new to me and took a while to fully understand it but it works! For first time in my life I am giving up sugar and it has opened my eyes to understanding hunger, dehydration etc and its written in a way everyone can understand - xx

26 January at 08:29 ·


Sara Brown Had been reading the book for two weeks when people started commenting Id lost weight and asking which diet I was on. Proud to say I wasn't on a traditional weight loss money making diet but just changing and learning about what my eating habits were.

26 January at 08:49 ·


Sue Davies This book makes total sense. Do what your body tells you. I used to think I was really hungry when I woke but it was dehydration. Drinking water has made such a different. This book has a really sensible approach to longterm wellbeing.

26 January at 08:51 ·


Jane Dearman The book made me view food in a totally different way. I've been listening to what my body is asking for. The result - I lost eight pounds in two weeks.

26 January at 11:08 ·


Nile Bourne This is not another diet book - it's about your attitude to food - I now look at food as fuel not a mood enhancer - if you yoyo diet read it

26 January at 12:07


Anne Keating Debbie - … wish you all the luck in the world. You deserve it. Your book has turned my life around. Not only has it changed my attitude to food, it has also helped me to lose weight - a stone since November by using your book in conjunction with a conventional slimming club - and the Bodyblade. So not only am I losing weight, I'm toning up as the same time. I'm on holiday at the mo and I have your book and the Bodyblade with me so I can dip into the book as well as the sea! And the BB bent to fit into my medium suitcase so I didn't have to stop my beach workout except this time I have my own beach to exercise on! I wish everyone knew that conventional dieting isn't the long term answer - but freedom eating is! No more failed diets! Good luck. Anne. xx

26 January at 12:56 ·


Paula Jane Baker-Price Good luck Debbie and thanks for all your help and support. My aha moment came reading your book and I have conquered my food demons x

26 January at 14:41 ·


Nicky Crane TTFLS has changed my view on food I feel I have been released from food prison with 6 common sense, easy, manageable steps. It's lead to a new healthier me and I do not feel restricted best bit because I know I can have naughty food I don't want it, It takes a while to get to know your body but well worth it the best things in life take time. Can't thank you enough Debbie. ..Good luck for later we are all behind you and very grateful for your inspiration, motivation and continued support xx

26 January at 14:46 ·


Lesley Young Made me think about why I am ffat so that I can break my habits. A serious thoughtful book that is changing my life… I have lost two pounds this week so that’s five in total, in a fortnight. 26 January at 15:30 ·


Elizabeth Gray Good luck for tonight Debbie best thing about this regime for me is nothing is banned and I find that I don't crave things because I can have what I want when I want when im hungry and I don't think / obsess about food your book points you in the right direction for support and is written by a wonderful lady who knows what it's like to not be the perfect size at all times don't weigh myself -banished the scales but lost 3.5 4 inches off my waist up to now so steady away toning up with body blade cos easy and quick xx

26 January at 17:01 ·


Tracy McCann Hi Debs I've been dipping in and out of your book whilst keeping a food diary and doing exercise whilst controlling my calories and now the weight is starting to come off. Today I had a break through because of your book. I'm a comfort eater and always turn to chocolate/crisps/cakes and I can never resist when going round the supermarket - not today, my mind was clear and the old feelings that used to make me put all the junk in my trolley just weren't there. Thank you Debbie even though it's early days and I get the occasional craving; I no longer feel like a slave to food and am learning that the cravings pass and I'm in control of me and what goes in my body  xx

26 January at 17:46 ·


Chloe Hillier - update Debbie's book has enabled me to have a positive attitude towards food! It's great not feeling restricted or deprived of certain foods - which I always felt when using other diets! Freedom eating has helped me to overcome my emotional eating habits and really listen to my body's cues of hunger, satisfaction and dehydration. Plus I've managed to lose 5 stone in a year by embracing freedom eating and exercising! Xxx

26 January at 18:40 ·


Emily Curtis Ttfls has given me back my body and energy and I've made loads of new friends on facebook I have given up the devil in disguise SUGAR and I feel fabulous its all happened since I watched the btu shows in January 2014 and listened to Debbie Flint and freedom eating I haven't looked back since then and feel so much better Debbie is a marvellous genius of a woman and deserves some medals for all she has done for me and all the other group members going to miss the shows but will keep in touch online forever plus ive told Debbie we need more steamy novels lol!!! Love to everyone watching tonight Emily xx

26 January at 21:33 ·


Debbie Flint Thanks everyone! Fab input, you do me proud!! X

26 January at 22:41 · Like · 7




19th January 2015 - tons of new ones:

Lorri Vick I definitely dont feel deprived following TTFLS - I do make sure I have all the right food at home and plan what I will eat etc - one day at work last week, I actually forgot to eat all day which is a first for me lol - used to have hunger, or what i thought was hunger, all the time . I reckon it was dehydration that gave me those evil hunger thoughts! I am making sure i am drinking way more water than I ever did without TTFLS and beginning to listen to my body - yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so happy you wrote this book Debbie PS stopping at satisfied has helped me as i always used to eat everything on my plate and then felt bloated for rest of day - my uniform always felt tight and uncomfortable in the afternoon but none of that at the moment - infact, its beginning to loosen - yay!! 

Amy Wall Not been on Freedom Eating that long before I noticed a difference in how I felt regarding my food intake. Like Lorri Vick I always thought I was hungry when in fact I was just being a little piggie. If it was there I ate it but NO MORE thanks to Debbie Flints amazing book and support. I plan my weeks food needs and am cooking from scratch rather than those ready meals which I had most days ( not being a lover of cooking) and finding out how much sugar is in them. In the past I had to have a sweet after meals but even that has stopped. Just been out for lunch(regular thing) with a friend and Mum. They had roast and sticky toffee pudding, me I had a bowl of soup as I have my lovely fish and veg tea to enjoy very soon and didn't think I COULDNT have it I just didn't NEED it. Must say though I have all the support from friends and family now I have explained how TTFLS works and they can see how I am benefitting from it. Wish I had found this years ago. Support from group is amazing. Thank you all. PS - I hate diets with a vengeance. I stick to them and then when I reach my target and start eating what I think is properly on the weight goes again but twice as much. It was my brain that needed educating as far as food was concerned not my stomach and that is what you and TTFLS has done for me so can't thank you enough xx

Lorraine Simpson It doesn't feel like a diet - I don't do diets, the thought of one makes me hungry and crave foods usually high in sugar. When I started reading TTFLS it made so much sense - there are no banned foods, no calorie counting or starving yourself or clearing your plate (now that's a novelty in itself) we were brought up to eat everything put in front of us. It's total common sense. Eat when you're hungry not when the clock says it's time, and stop when you're satisfied even if there's food left on your plate. Also, if your body really wants something then allow it to have it, yep even a dessert. Everything in moderation and cut out the sugar. Since reading the book in October on my kindle, it's made me think more about the foods I used to really crave: chocolate, cake and buns and pies - any type, meat or fruit. I had 2 chocolates at Christmas, the christmas cake is still uneaten and I don't have a muffin when we go out for coffee. This is not because the foods are forbidden, it's because I can now recognise if it's my sugar gremlin or my body that's wanting these things as I have a drink and then decide. Combine this book with a little more exercise - even just an extra walk - and you really can't fail to see results. Slow and sure - forever.

Jean Tallon for me the thought of going on a "diet" makes me feel depressed so I like to think that I have genuine choices about what I eat and when, not relying on some outside rules or time frame to accomplish my goal of being fit and healthy. I focus on a plan that fits into my life , not me trying to fit into the plan (and getting frustrated and trapped by rules ) I can live with TTFLS for the rest of my life as it allows for error, and it makes sense to me that im in charge of my own body and its needs.  I have a FAT head from all my calorie, carbs , exercise and points knowledge ,and a black belt in dieting ---- so , no more diets for me personally as ive failed miserably in spite of all my efforts and regimes xxx

Mary-Rose Harris Just can't do diets, too regimented and don't take into account what I feel like eating, like you Debs, as soon as I know I can't have something, I'm desperate to have some. I now realise that I've been eating too much when I'm not even hungry, just out of habit like watching telly and eating chocolate because it's part of my chillaxing ritual. TTFLS makes sense, I get it, I've never been able to diet and I won't be combining TTFLS with any diet.



Anne Keatingabout the same time as buying Debbie Flint's book, I started at Slimming World. I've been combining this with the Bodyblade and with swimming and walking and I've lost another eleven and a half pounds giving me a much fitter, healthier and lighter health style with everyone's support. So, as I said, having read some of the articles on sugar suggested by Debbie, I've been cutting down this week especially fruit sugar - just two pieces of fruit instead of snacking on it all day. Not a hardship as I'm not cutting it out completely. And this morning my blood sugar level was 5.8. I've never had a reading like this before. Maybe, just maybe, if I can continue like this, it might be possible to reverse the medication I was put on in September. Fingers crossed! xx

Lynne Sneddon - 13th January - Hi Everyone, I rejoined slimming world last week and decided to put the principles of TTFLS into practice alongside it as well as using my bodyblade, I went to class this morning and I have lost 3.5lb in a week - fabulous. Have a great day as I know I am. x

Maureen Green - 8th January -  I'm less now than before Xmas. Previous years I would gain half a stone not go back to meeting keep eating and gain a couple stone by Easter then start again!!!


Sept 11th 2014

Adele, TTFLS Facebook group

Not finished Debbie Flint s book yet but its sinking in. just had dinner didn't want all of it. Hubby says ‘don't you want that sausage?’ I said ‘no I'm satisfied.’ So he ate it.

Pudding, very naughty – I’d made choc cake (practising for my macmillian coffee morning) left some, hubby said ‘you have left some,’ so i said ‘dont need to finish it.’ guess what? Yes! He finished it. He looked at me with a funny look on his face. I told him to read the book it’s good. I feel so proud of myself. He said ‘very commendable.’ wow im happy.

 And this one from old hand Debbie Sinclair Bunn in response –

Well done Adele , it’s so liberating to NOT be on a diet , all I can say is one day at a time, listen to your body. Knowing when you need water rather than food is an amazing breakthrough, it took me a few weeks. Throwing out my scales was also a fantastic feeling ... the hardest bit I think is being honest with yourself.

I have been a yo-yo dieter for years - been to clubs, had diet pills the lot, but TTFLS has finally worked for me ... if you ever need a buddy please just give me a shout ... Good Luck xxx


Marcella's Story - "Before reading Debbie's TTFLS...I'd always had a guilty relationship with food ever since I can remember - shouldn't eat this...shouldn't eat that...I won't have dinner because I feel fat and don't deserve it - then I'd binge on crisps and olives when the kids had gone to bed because I was ravenous!...and then I felt like a bloated failure! ..I had tried lots of so called healthy eating plans but found them to be extremely boring...and so I would fall into my bad habits again. ..I never weigh myself but go by how certain items of clothing fit instead...and since 'listening' to the book, I have found that I can eat when I'm hungry...and not just for the sake of can be done, will power is needed of course but I just keep thinking about what's in the book....I'm eating healthier too - cooking veg instead of having chips for dinner every day - I also don't beat myself up any more, about having a take away meal every Wednesday after the kids have their swimming's our little treat. It's funny because the book has helped me see that I can have freedom with other things I feel about myself, how I dress...and how I deal with my children!! - Freedom - not to conform to how others think I should be - I just needed to be 'me'....and I'm starting to like myself again - it's been a very long time since I have been able to say that!"

Others posted on Facebook group Till the Fat Lady Slims, summer 2014 - come join us! 


25 July,

Bev F, TTFLS Facebook group

All my adult life I was caught up in a cycle of dieting and overeating. Each year was divided up into the months when I was dieting (and feeling positive & confident) and the months when I was overeating (and feeling guilty & depressed). At the end of last year I was into the overeating phase, my clothes were getting too tight and I was really unhappy. Something had to change, time for yet another diet. Then I discovered the 'Back to You QVC’ group on Facebook and sister ‘Break the Habit' group and through that heard about Debbie Flint's book 'Till the Fat Lady Slims'. I downloaded a copy and reading it has truly changed my life! 
Freedom eating helped me to gain control of my appetite for the first time, no more dieting just healthy eating. I learnt how to recognise the signals my body sends me, to recognise the difference between true hunger and thirst. Now I only eat when I'm hungry and stop eating when I begin to feel satisfied. I no longer eat for emotional reasons or to change my mood. 
Seven months later I've never felt better or healthier. Those clothes still don't fit me though....they're too big!
'Till the Fat Lady Slims' changed my life. Thank you Debbie!

 Bev9th September update -

Hello everyone! I haven't done an update for ages so here goes: it’s just my way of life now! I'm now in my 9th month of Freedom Eating and still avoiding all added sugar & processed foods. I've added nuts and seeds to my diet and take a high dose vitamin B complex along with my Omega 3 capsules. I can't believe how easy it's been and really wish I'd read TTFLS years ago!
Most people notice I've lost weight and are very complimentary. Mind you a 'friend' did have this to say "have you lost weight, you're too thin", I was fuming but then thought it was sour grapes! 
I'm very happy with my body now and the added bonus of less aches and pains (thanks to the tip on Omega 3). 
Thank you Debbie from the bottom of my heart, you are such an inspiration.  Xx

Ps My pre-freedom eating clothes no longer fit. I used to be size 12 bottoms and 14 tops, now I'm size 8/10. Obviously I'm thrilled with my new shape but more importantly I feel more confident and balanced. Because I now control my food, not vice versa, and my eating is guilt free. Freedom eating is a way of life for me now, no more dieting or calorie counting. Just wholesome food and only when I'm truly hungry. I've lost at least 2 stone and gone down two dress sizes, effortlessly!



8th September,

Dianne, TTFLS group

Half way through the fat lady and having watched one of Robert Lustig's youtube videos I decided I would try to put some of it into practice last night. 
My 32nd wedding anniversary meal. An occasion where I would normally take the opportunity to eat and drink to my heart’s content (or rather until I was stuffed, unable to move and probably inebriated). I managed (reasonably well, I think!!) to listen to my body. I declined a starter and ate my main course slowly, taking my time, allowing my stomach and brain to communicate. I then declined a pudding and even said no to a liquor coffee. I did have more champagne that I needed and as the bottle was open I had to finish it. LOL.
Obviously I've still got a long long way to go but a goodish start nevertheless. 
Will finish Debbie Flint's fantastic book today and do more research of Dr Lustig's work. 
As a lifelong yo-yo dieter I'm determined (again) not to let my recent three stone weight loss go back on.
Will watch my intake today to compensate for champagne over indulgence!!


 21 Aug, Emily, Facebook TTFLS group.

Emily Curtis - I find ttfls helped me understand that i was eating because i was bored and just reached for easy to eat rubbish. Now I've gone back to basics eating fresh fruit and vegetables lean protein nuts seeds beans sprouts and dairy and non dairy unprocessed natural foods that i would never had even tried like alpro coconut milk in my coffee or porridge in sprouting my own seeds … I eat when I’m hungry and always drink water first to make sure it’s hunger and not thirst. My weight is now stable at around 68 kg and my GP, dietician, etc are all very pleased … the ‘Back to You QVC’ Facebook group and other related groups really help too … support for each other even though most of us have never met.

TTFLS really made me stop and think about not just my diet but my reason for doing things, my attitude towards new tasks. Am trying to increase exercise whilst disabled and putting my body first. It also made me think about my emotional behavior and I've taught myself about cognitive psychology … all these things together have helped me get from my highest weight of 144kg down to the 68kg that i am now

 I recommend everyone to read your book and to try something new each day no matter how small the idea or task, they all add up and could make a big difference to your life. Thanks for writing the book and I look forward to the new updated version which i shall buy thanks Debbie xx

13th September Update

Right here goes Debbie has asked me to tell you all about my story of freedom eating and ditching the sugar I read many books including Debbie's ttfls and was having cognitive psychology sessions with a dietician at the hospital after long time illness what I learnt was this freedom eating has helped me to reclaim my control over food. No more counting calories eating for comfort or because I'm bored or sad. I find to freedom eat is to quit dieting and know what to eat without any external controls such as society saying diets are necessary this food is good this one is bad.

I have gone back to having the ability to let go of emotional eating restricting foods, bingeing and obssessing etc... I now rely on my brain’s ability to eat when hungry and stop when I've had enough, working with my hunger and not just eating because someone says it's lunchtime. With regard to exercise I do what my body allows me to - most of it is seated but since buying my vionics orthotic footwear, I have been walking more often as they have helped with the pains and alignment in my left foot and leg.


With freedom eating comes sugar detox. For help with this I looked up an American doctor called Dr Mark Hyman. His opening statement is - sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. This blew my mind. Working in pharmacy I've met many addicts and would never had included myself as one – but I am – a sugar and bad carb addict. Following Dr hyman's rules it takes approximately 10days to go cold turkey. My key benefits learnt from his book are eating in a way that reconnects my internal signals of hunger and satiety feeling more comfortable in my body, beginning to eat more healthily… finding my natural and healthy weight for me and – vital – overcoming exercise resistance and finally decoding eating behaviours and body image.

With regards to sugars and sweeteners you have to keep in mind that when you eat or drink them they give you a temporary boost then you feel crap for the next 6 hours, so stop eating it – go cold turkey – you will bloat get bad brain fog, reflux, memory and mood problems, but by day 10 or beforehand if you are lucky, these will all disappear. You will feel like you want to start eating good proteins and good fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil omegas 3 6 & 9. If I need to sweeten something I use agave syrup – it’s from a cactus like plant and 20 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. Look out for hidden sugars in ketchups and tinned foods. Eat good carbs especially green vegetables courgettes spinach greens peppers squash and beets.

Also make sure you sleep well try to get 8 hours a night - whilst you sleep, your appetite suppression hormones will build up for the day ahead. If you don't get enough sleep, your cravings for sugar will increase.

I hope this helps at least one person, it’s a very good book to go along side Debbie’s. So when trying freedom eating and sugar detox, get The Blood Sugar Solution 10 day detox diet by Dr Mark Hyman. Thank you for reading this post. 


7th September, Marcella – TTFL Facebook group

Before reading Debbie's TTFLS...I'd always had a guilty relationship with food ever since I can remember - shouldn't eat this...shouldn't eat that...I won't have dinner because I feel fat and don't deserve it - then I'd binge on crisps and olives when the kids had gone to bed because I was ravenous!...and then I felt like a bloated failure!
I had tried lots of so called healthy eating plans but found them to be extremely boring...and so I would fall into my bad habits again.
I never weigh myself but go by how certain items of clothing fit instead...and since 'listening' to the book, I have found that I can eat when I'm hungry...and not just for the sake of can be done, will power is needed of course but I just keep thinking about what's in the book....I'm eating healthier too - cooking veg and eating salads instead of having chips for dinner every day - I also don't beat myself up any more, about having a take away meal every Wednesday after the kids have their swimming lessons... it's our little treat.
It was also great to find out that I wasn't the only one having a battle with food...and even better to find that there was someone willing and able to put it down in writing for those of us who need some guidance! 
Last year I was disappointed in myself because I couldn't fit into the dress I wanted to wear...then this August - a REAL smile because I could finally wear the dress!... Yayy! 
It's funny because the book has helped me see that I can have freedom with other things too... how I feel about myself, how I dress... and how I deal with my children!! - Freedom - not to conform to how others think I should be - I just needed to be 'me'... and I'm starting to like myself again - it's been a very long time since I have been able to say that!... I even took the kids swimming on Wednesday after their lesson ended... I just put my tankini in the bag and off we went - I didn't worry about whether or not I had hair products, make-up, jewellery or anything!... and I survived!... haha... thanks for this great little book, Debbie, it's helped me to be me again!... xxxx



7th sept Sandra, TTFLS Facebook group.

Morning all!  I just wanted to share with you. I bought the TTFLS book yesterday lunchtime. I have read the first chapter so far. I have well and truly started on my journey. 
For dinner last night I had prawn cocktail for starters then steak, new potatoes and veg for main course. I ate the prawn cocktail and had the feeling I was satisfied! Thinking oh no I still have the main course.
I went into the kitchen and when my husband was dishing up I said that’s enough potatoes. So I halved what I would have got. Normally I would say the only bad thing for me was the sauce on the prawn cocktail and the sauce on the steak. Instead I thought I thoroughly enjoyed that and felt really satisfied. A feeling I never get.
I felt wonderful so much so I had no cravings at all that evening. This morning I would normally have cereal and a cuppa for breakfast. This morning was different I didn’t feel I needed to eat so just had a cuppa. I can fall asleep after eating my breakfast sometimes, but instead I have been up and about, done lots more than normal. I feel great and my body still feels satisfied. 
I am looking forward to reading more of the book today. I picked flowers from the garden this morning. They are beautiful which is just how I feel 
Have a great day everyone xx

 12th September update

Almost a week since I bought the TTFLS book. Changes for me are: I am eating when hungry and not because it's time. I look at myself including my body in the mirror (which I didn't do before)! This week has gone so quick. My husband has noticed I have been more active and brighter in myself. All in all I am a lot happier x



6th September -

Jill Dowding Walker – testimonial.

My thoughts about Till The Fat Lady Slims

I am a middle-aged woman, married with one teenager. I also happen to be disabled with an illness that has impacted my mobility for many years, finally diagnosed in 2008. Being less and less able to move in the whirlwind fashion I previously enjoyed, now often confined to bed or wheelchair, my weight increased and my exercise lessened because it was too painful and exhausting. Inevitably I gained more and more weight.

In combination with a few other motivational tools, (and near starvation, feeling hungry all the time) I did manage to reduce my weight by three and a half stones within a year. Unfortunately as I lost interest for a period, I regained five stones over the next two years! Then I found TTFLS and the simple, clear advice resonated with me.

Reading TTFLS was an eye-opener! Written in a friendly tone and supportive manner, it helped me realise I was far from alone in my struggles with food. That emotional connection felt good and the information piqued my interest. Enough evidence was presented to satisfy my inner geek, while the really doable advice given could be tried out and followed if it suited me.

The best ideas for me to follow are to recognise when I am hungry and when I am not. You would think that was simple, but it takes building habits and recognising signals from your body to ascertain this. TTFLS explains why and how to learn strategies to overcome this disconnection, or misunderstanding the language of your body.

My top tips were learning to recognise what I wanted and when I really wanted it, whatever time of day, or situation I was in. I learned to question myself. What was I feeling? What did my body need? Was I sufficiently hydrated? So, was I thirsty or really hungry?

Also, when I am eating, no matter what, or how hungry I am, as soon as I notice myself taking a breath and sighing, I know it is a signal to stop eating now. Why do we sigh? Usually and unconsciously it is because our body is satisfied.

There are many more tips in Debbie’s book, but those above are especially the ones that have positively impacted my eating habits. I cannot diet. It feels like deprivation. But healthier choices are always possible. I am still obese, but gradually making better choices to reduce my weight and improve my peace of mind, whilst feeling nourished.




30th August -

Lynne Sneddon – TTFLS Facebook group


My family and my Mum went to the Harvester last night to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary (today) and my Mum's birthday on Monday and I have to say I am rather impressed with myself. I visited the salad bar and didn't have any dressing or anything like croutons or crispy onions on my salad bowl. For my main course I chose the gammon steak with peas and jacket potato with no butter. For sweet, I had fruit salad with vanilla ice cream The ice cream was served in a tiny cup similar to an expresso cup. Drink wise I went for diet cola as I didn't fancy any alcohol. We had a fab time and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I could have chosen a huge rhubarb & custard sundae or a honeycomb one like my mom but I didn't feel hungry enough to know that I would have enjoyed it but I wanted something sweet to finish my meal off. The fruit and ice cream did the trick without feeling full to bursting. ‪#‎TTFLSisKickingIn - hopefully 

I will get slim in time to renew our wedding vows in the Canary Islands in 2 years time 




31st July -

Chloe Hillier -  TTFLS testimonial  

I have been overweight ever since I can remember. An emotional comfort eater! My weight was negatively impacting my emotional, social and physical well being. 
I felt overwhelmed with how much weight I had to lose but with the use of Debbie's book 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' I was able to build up the courage to start my weight loss journey. Slowly but surely I have now lost 3 stone in 7 months, still got a way to go but I've made it this far which at the beginning I thought would be impossible! 
I'm now aware of my body's signals of hunger and being satisfied! 
When I have cravings for certain foods I now ask myself whether I'm actually hungry. Do I really want this particular food? Am I thirsty? I enjoy my food even more so now as I eat slower and take the time to actually taste it! 
This book has helped me to create a positive relationship with food. I do over indulge a bit too much sometimes but I'm learning not to 'punish' myself! And not turn a 'bad' meal into an entire week of bingeing! 
With freedom eating I don't feel restricted from any foods. I'm now making healthier choices and living a healthier lifestyle. No more silly diets!

 Update –

24th September

I started my weightloss journey in January this year. I started using the freedom eating principles combined with exercise after reading Debbie's book TTFLS. The main thing that I am pleased about is how it's enabled me to have a healthy, positive relationship with food. If I overindulge I just start again the next day. I'm not 'punishing' myself like I used to or experiencing the awful guilt that I used to put myself through. I was shocked to find out that I had lost a pound whilst on holiday in Thailand for two weeks and I really did treat myself to lovely food! 
I have now lost four stone and recently treated myself to a size 14 dress :) previously I was wearing size 18-20! I've still got more weight to lose but I will continue to use the freedom eating principles even when I reach my goal weight!



24th September –

Chris Jopp

The main thing I learned was that I don't need to think of myself as being on a diet! I am making better choices (most days LOL!) and although my weightloss is slow (by choice) I'm happy to go slowly. If I want to have something naughty, I have it but in a smaller portion and then I leave out something later in the day. If we eat out then hubby and I share a starter and/or a dessert (if we feel we want to have them) and if I want a starter or dessert to myself (I don't have both!) then I will cut out something from the main, like carbs. It’s a process of substitution and portion control. And listening to your body.

When I first started reading Debbie Flint's book I didn't think it would have an impact on me but it did, I may not always stick to it but it did leave an impression that makes me think about what I'm eating and that's so important to me. Thank you Debbie, I'm re-reading it and look forward to the updated version. Xxxxx




27th July -

Linda Bignell – TTFLS Facebook group

When my sis gave me her book in 2002 I read it and felt liberated! Always a member of weight watchers I would count and weigh and often over ride my body in judging the obvious! ........ So although I still weigh once a week! (Just can't let go!!!) I now listen to myself! What does my body WANT to eat? Stopping when I'm satisfied ...... Being more active..... Smaller plates and portions!......I’m 50 now and I'm not trapped in diet prison any more! I take the best of freedom eating skills and combine it with healthy choices! Life is sunny and I'm so happy! Here's to our happiness for us all ladies x



Published in Page Content

Plus some more fabulous updates from our Break the Habit ladies on Facebook who are following 'the programme'! And at the bottom - as promised, another extract from Till the Fat Lady Slims book - the summary of chapter 13 - what it's all about!

It’s amazing what a difference a week makes. A week ago I was fresh back from my yoga writing retreat in Devon and giving myself a sugar hangover with the blimmin’ ‘treat’ choccie egg (little one, honest!) we were all given by The Management for Easter. Gawd. When will I learn! One sugar hangover later (seriously – I’m such a lightweight now I hardly ‘do’ sugar any more!) and I’m back on my serious health kick in the run down to end of June deadline for our ‘Break the Habit’ challenges – see bottom of blog for info about that date.

SO – this week, here are a few more fabulous mentions about giving up the evil stuff. First, the Mail on Sunday magazine had another serialisation of the ‘I Quit Sugar’ excellent book – our facebook groups are often posting links to some of their pearls of wisdom. Then I saw this – now it’s not often I get to post a link to VOGUE magazine! But this excellent article includes gems like this, from a lady who’s lost two stone and is now much, much healthier and has fewer health problems. And importantly – fewer wrinkles. This may be why -

As for its effect on our faces: "There are several reasons too much sugar is harmful for your skin," says aesthetic doctor Mica Engel of London's Waterhouse Young Clinic. “In cases of glycation, excess glucose binds to the skin's youth proteins and turns them brittle and stiff. The surfaces of cells are effectively caramelised; the by-products of glycation accumulate in the body and skin constantly appears dull and aged."

Cell inflammation not only ages the skin; it depletes the stores of vitamins and minerals in your body, compromising your immune system. "It's not only the skin that suffers," continues Dr Engel. "There are other, more serious, issues presented by people with too much sugar in their bodies - circulatory problems, inflammation of the cartilages and joints [arthritis], eye problems [cataracts] and liver and kidney problems, to name a few…’

Do go here to read the whole Vogue article – it’s very, very interesting.

And if it helps just one of you embark upon a sugar divorce, then that’s great news. For me, mine began two years ago when I first saw Dr Robert Lustig’s excellent video, Sugar the Bitter Truth, and the Sixty Minutes programme ‘Is Sugar Toxic’ – if you know any seriously ill people, do watch that and pass it on – it could be the turning point they need.


Toxic relationships? – And it’s not just sugar that’s poison. I got shot of a very toxic relationship in my life this week – I won’t go into details as it is totally in the past now, but basically a cyber bully was getting in the way of some friends and me achieving our writing aims. And we had to part ways. So part ways we did. Spectacularly as it happens, she bowed out just as she conducted herself within the group, but then it was over.

What I found afterwards was that a huge cloud had lifted, one I didn’t even realise was hovering there, it had become so insidious over the months it had been happening since last summer. I’m a very patient person – as one of the other ladies told me, who promptly rejoined our gang once the Toxic One had departed. Turns out, toxic people just don’t deserve to be in your life.

But it’s funny, whilst I can make myself move on VERY quickly from things like that, others can’t and it fills your head and distracts you if you let it. Well, all I can say is that if you have anyone like that in your life, remember this –

- You only get treated how you ALLOW yourself to be treated

- You may let them go and move on WITHOUT needing them to agree that you are right

- If they are not going to change (and most won’t) the only thing that can change is how you deal with it

- And if you can be independent of the bad (or good) opinion of others, you’ll be a happier person and live a happier life.

Now, that’s easier when it’s not family. But if you can, try spending as little time as possible with that person. To find out how affected you are by toxic relationships, do a little exercise and jot down some of the things that currently try you. Things that bug you. That are ‘other people’s fault’. Can just dropping them from your life solve the issue? If you give up your need to be right?

Then write a list of whom you spend time with, and next to each of them, put a plus or a minus – do they leave you energised or do they leave you drained? What are there most of on your list, plusses or minuses? If it’s mostly minuses, you may have a reason why you spend your days feeling frustrated. Then maybe it’s time to get rid of a few of the minuses. Work out if there’s a way you can extricate that person/event/situation from your life. You don’t have to explain why – just be a little less available than you have been, and concentrate on YOU.

We all need balance – and we all deserve to be happy.

And the ONLY person who is with you your whole life through - is you. So take care of you, first and foremost (not withstanding infants or young kids of course, but even then, what you give out you get back, and that’s a whole ‘nother topic! Meanwhile, all I’d say is read ‘How to Talk so kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk’ – it changed my whole way of dealing with young teenagers many years ago. And if you’re facing under 7’s, read Biology of Belief by Dr Robert Lipton, who explains some of the most fascinating info ever about how young children develop. It should be taught at all ante-natal classes in my opinion!)

BTW - my lovely QVC Yong Kim pal Ingrid Tarrant published a fab article in yesterday's Mail on Sunday - all about her own reaction to divorce and getting on without a toxic relationship in her life - read it online here.

Anyway, that’s the thought for the day from me! I don’t always get it right myself, but I’m a damn sight closer nowadays than ever before, so I’m pretty happy about me right now. Who I am and what I do. Losing weight is just one of the things on my list, and Till the Fat Lady Slims principles of Freedom Eating are helping me get back to basics on that, in the run up to the end of June. Hope to see you there!

And read this if pain is your problem – very, very true, and very useful! Thanks as usual to Vanda for the posts. Ten questions to help you get to the source of your chronic pain and heal.



Continued updates from our girls on the facebook groups –

Loved some of the fabulous updates this week, posted on the ‘Break the Habit BTU’ closed group on Facebook, upon new members joining. Some of the regulars re-introduced themselves – here’s just a selection – makes me very proud to have begun this supportive environment! –

Dawn Titmarsh‎ Break The Habit - BTU

26 April at 21:41 ·

Hi to all the new ladies you will find us a very friendly bunch and we will never judge you.
I joined the group in Feb I had already lost some weight through various diet clubs but started to struggle so gave up the clubs and doing it myself by following Debbie Flint’s book TTFLS - it takes a bit of getting used to but I am getting there. I also wanted to increase my exercise and water intake which I am now doing.
So ladies feel free to join in with us and ask anything you want and we will try and help you out with advice from our own experiences xx


Jo Brown ‎Break The Habit - BTU

26 April at 22:18 ·

I love the fact that we are getting more and more ladies joining all the time, how fab is that - I mean it just goes to show, long after the distant memory of New Years resolutions we can still keep going breaking habits or making new ones… I joined a little later, my challenges were to improve my work/life balance, increase my fitness/get back to running after a long term injury and boost my confidence after ending a long term relationship... all of which are on track and I even joined Rock Choir at the end of January thanks to this group. Enjoy the group and good luck with your challenges. Xx


Elaine Zena Feather ‎Break The Habit - BTU

· Browns Plains, Australia ·

Big warm welcome to all newcomers. At the moment I am in Oz so our morning is your night which makes it a bit difficult for me to keep up with everyone. I am here with my lovely daughter & her equally lovely partner & my gorgeous granddaughter. Will be home on May 24th. Have more good news on the weight front today and I am now 77.5 so doing really well! I have lipoedema too which makes losing weight very hard but with the love & support of all these wonderful people &, of course, our brilliant Debbie Flint, I am doing great. Since I arrived in Oz I have gone from 83 kg to 77.5
Hope everyone else is doing really well & looking after themselves! Big hugs to one & all xxxxx




Other news -


- 15 Foods A Nutritionist Refuses To Eat – you’ll be surprised at some of them!


- Are you a good liar – take this five second test and find out!


- 26 Tweaks To Help You Lose Weight & Feel Great – some very good tips!


- And don’t forget on my QVC Blog there’s always a little Back to You update too and some funnies! Go here. This week including 15 habits of healthy couples, more BTU updates, and several links about the importance of sleep.


Lots below about getting on our Facebook group, Back to You QVC, about how to take part in our challenge, and don’t forget to add your own update! Plus the new series of the hour long show will be beginning again weekly on QVC UK in September.

Next week’s Monday Update – sauerkraut – alternative pro-biotics! And news of how to get a free download of the mini version of my book.

Hugs till next time! And don’t forget the Monday Essay below – on the vital importance of alkalising the body! And as promised, another extract from Till the Fat Lady Slims at the bottom of the page!

Hugs and best wishes



Joining In

- Our Challenge Party date is Sunday 29th June, (in Surrey) it’s still not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us! And if you’ve got a ShareStory you’d like to feature on here and 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!

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

- Go here to request to join the new CLOSED Break the Habit – BTU Group.

- 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 - Alkalising your Body.



Many moons ago I went to a Tony Robbins seminar, after following his CD pack bought on QVC. There he talked at length about alkalising your body, and recommended reading Dr Robert Young (google him) who knew all about its effects on the body. In years to come I loved finding out more, including the explanations that –


- Cancer has to have an acidic environment, if it’s alkaline it cannot survive.


- Green foodstuffs generally alkalise your body, as can slightly acidic drinks like lemon juice - ironically – all to do with the stomach reacting to it with an alkaline reaction


- Yet alkaline water just gets swallowed up in the pH 2 acidity of the stomach contents. (there used to be some debate about this as some recommend alkaline water to alkalise, but I say lemon juice every time.)


- If your body is alkaline it can spend its energy on repairing itself rather than on fixing the pH


- And amazingly, that you can turn your body acid in a heartbeat, by getting annoyed etc.


All fascinating stuff, and worth more investigation, especially if you’re ill. I do believe that’s one of the reasons why diets heavy in plant stuffs work so well. As the old adage goes – ‘eat little, and often, mainly plants’ – there’s a lot to be said for it. Hence my interest in macrobiotics **


Anyway, on the Break the Habit BTU facebook group, a number of the girls have decided to do a week drinking lemon juice. For more reasons as to why, read this -


It’s a great way to start the day and after all, it can’t hurt, can it?


If you feel separate and alone in your quest for better health, just join one of our groups – details above. The closed members group, Break the Habit is the one where the girls share all their intimate problems and secrets and give each other amazing support – don’t be shy, come join us.


And in the meantime, do please go google ‘benefits of alkalising your body’ – maybe it’s the next best thing you can do in your quest for better health. Alongside exercising more. And eating less, etc etc! Lol.






** can you come to a one day class near Dorking, Surrey on 29th June? Marlene Watson Tara will be talking us through macrobiotics as a way of life, including cooking lunch and discussing the amazing health benefits of the plant-cased way of eating. If so, email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s 10-4pm, and it’s £75. We have five places left only, at time of writing! Would love you to come along, please do. (And if you want to make a weekend of it, then do stay locally overnight and come to our ‘Back to You/Break the Habit facebook groups get together / joint book launch for Hawaiian Retreat, the third in my trilogy, on the Sunday in the same hall in Wotton! RH56QQ)






Taken from the book Till the Fat Lady Slims available on Amazon.


Here are the principles in a nutshell – taken from the summary chapter, Ch 13.


Recap - The Key Points to Food Freedom


1- Only eat when you're physically hungry.


2- Only eat till you're satisfied, not till you're full.


3- Give the food your full attention.


4- Think about what your body really needs, not what your brain really wants.


5- You can do this even if you're on a diet.


6- If you want something 'bad', go ahead and eat it. Or maybe if during one meal, you end up overeating slightly, just don't beat yourself up about it afterwards.


7 - Be an observer, not a judge.


8- Don't set yourself up to fail by having too many rules. Forget every rule surrounding food.


9- Listen to how your body responds to the food in your stomach and learn how to make a good match. Learn to trust your body.


10- Don't forget the water thing.


11- Keep listening.


l2- Accept whatever shape and weight your body wants to be.


13- Don't let others, or your own thoughts, get you down.


14- Stand guard at the door of your mind.


Want to Read More?


Here’s the link to the full eBook,


If you do enjoy it, and find this system works for you, do please kindly add your review to this Amazon page!



Full length book contains




The Secret Food Prisoner




Where it all began.


Chapter One- In The World of the Fat


How long have you lived like this?


Chapter Two- In The World of the Slim


The first steps to ‘unlearning’ all the beliefs that have made you so fat.


Chapter Three- Ten Pounds of Lard


Don’t let the scales decide if you’re going to have a good day.


Chapter Four- Do What I Do


Water and the body’s many cries for help.


Chapter Five- Suffering the Slings and Arrows


You don’t have to be fat to have a food problem


Chapter Six - A Partner in Crime


The perils of contentment.


Chapter Seven- Ecstasy on a Plate


For food lovers everywhere - how to get the most out of your meal.


Chapter Eight- Hunger Know Thyself


Two more keys to help you escape from food prison.


Chapter Nine- What They Say


Even your children can break free from the pattern, if you do it first.


Chapter Ten- More From the Fat Lady


The biography continued - Bridget Jones eat your heart out.


Chapter Eleven- Emotional Eating


The reasons I eventually ballooned.


Chapter Twelve- The Whole Identity Thing


Powerful visualisations - reclaim your natural birthright to be slim.


Chapter Thirteen- Food Freedom in a Nutshell


How you can finally get out of food prison- just do it.


Chapter Fourteen- Binge Management


Breakthrough time! The system that recognizes we’re human. This is your emergency routine





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