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More Skinny Weight Loss Techniques

Hmm…. If you’re trying to lose weight, read my 10 Skinny Techniques.  And here’s another one. 

Change your space!

Move your furniture around.  And doing a clear-out and clean-up.  Getting in control of your space will give your body and mind the signals it needs to help change other habits. 

Here are 10 steps to clearing the clutter and re-inventing your space:

  1. Give yourself time and space – a whole day or weekend.
  2. Un-plug your television and put on some inspirational music.  Nothing sad!
  3. Go from room to room with a large trash bag or bin and throw away ANYTHING you possibly can.
  4. Start with your living room.  Move the couch, chairs, TV, end tables, coffee tables so that the room is changed.
  5. Ditto the bedroom.
  6. Ditto the kitchen, don’t forget to read this post on good kitchens.  Clear out ALL the junk.
  7. Ditto the bathroom, try making it a sanctuary if you can, and plan to have more hot baths with candles and oils.
  8. Thoroughy clean all rooms as you go along.
  9. Try and bring as much natural light into your space as you can. 
  10. Make a list of things you would like to do with your space, and plan on doing them.

Love to you all!
La Libertini


Your Weight Loss Kitchen

A Better Kitchen

I think kitchens are best when they are simple.  Also when they are free and clear of all processed foods and junk. 

I have provided you with a shopping list.  In addition to shopping you will need to clear out all the bad food from your pantry, cupboards, closets, refrigerator and freezer

When you get rid of all the bad food, look also at the other “noise” in your kitchen, from appliances, to rubbish foodstuffs.  It should be enough for us to enjoy just a few simple things.  

My personal bug-bears are needless and largely unused appliances, which will eventually be buried in a landfill, or picked apart by some poor Third World child for the metal or other content. 

Among them are microwaves, and coffee makers that use a pod to make a cup of coffee

How is it at all environmentally responsible to use anything other than a simple cafetiere to make quality coffee?  More waste, more metal, more packaging, more junk!! 

Microwaves are also something that you should not need.  What are you cooking in there?  Chances are it is processed or pre-prepared food.  Lose it. 

The only thing you need in your kitchen are:

  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Tea kettle
  • Toaster
  • MagiMix / RoboCoup Food Processor (optional nice to have)
  • Quality wood cutting board(s)
  • 2 or 3 good knives
  • Vegetable peeler / scrubber
  • Knife sharpener
  • Pressure cooker (optional nice to have)
  • Cafetiere or your existing filter coffee maker
  • Stainless steel pots and pans
  • Iron skillet(s)
  • Wooden spoons
  • Ceramic baking dishes
  • Ceramic serving dishes
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Chop sticks (optional nice to have)

Blenders rarely get used, but if you are using them to make quality vegetable juices or veg/fruit combos for refreshes, super – keep it.  At least the blender can do more than one thing!

Please do not cook with aluminum, and also avoid ‘non-natural’ cooking implements like plastic or Teflon.    

If you know that you will still need to cook for or eat with family who are not trying to lose weight, you will need to have a will of steel.  

I suggest separating your foodstuffs for the moment, and know that eventually your new way will be understood, or even adopted amongst children, spouses or partners. 

I do not condone separate eating or separate kitchens.  In fact, I believe that it is best that families eat together whenever possible, and at least once on the weekend for a family meal, preferably on Sunday. 

Even if you can’t for the moment, your objective must be to eventually live in a home that is completely free of bad food and bad ingredients, and brimming over with healthy grains, pulses and legumes, fruits, vegetables and organic lean meats and fish! 

Once you have this knowledge, and in particular when people see your results, you will find it easier to persuade others. 

Love to you all!
La Libertini

Quick – Print Now! The Shopping List to Save Your Life!

Here is your shopping list.  Please buy the highest quality, in season, organic foods wherever possible.

Vine tomatoes
Greens – 3 types – Kale / Collard Greens / Chard / Bok Choy
Pumpkin / squash / gourds
Green beans
Sweet potato
Courgette / Zucchini
Fresh chili peppers
3-4 Lemons
2-3 Limes
Corn if in season
Low sodium V8

Indigenous in-season fruits – apples, peaches, pears, plums, etc.
Raisins / Sultanas
Melons – honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon

Dried Apricots

Unsweetened coconut juice

Crab sticks / kamabako “surimi”
Dolphin friendly tuna in spring water
2-3 varieties white fish
Octopus  / squid / scungilli
Mackerel (smoked or fresh)
Sardines (fresh or canned)
One whole fish if desired

One whole organic chicken

Wholemeal or Gluten-Free Bread
Brown rice
Pearl barley
Red Camargue rice
Wild rice
Oat groats
Mung bean or rice vermicelli (Asian glass noodles)

Unsweetened soy milk, rice milk, oat milk

Skim / fat free dairy milk
Non-fat PLAIN yogurt

Bran flakes
Spelt flakes or
Gluten-free flakes

Porridge oats / uncooked oatmeal with NO additives

4-seed mix (sunflower / pumpkin / flax / hemp / linseed, etc.)

Extra virgin olive oil
Organic honey
Sea salt
Fresh black pepper
Tamari soy sauce
Brown rice vinegar
Roasted / toasted sesame seeds
Balsamic vinegar

Chicken stock cube – organic, low sodium
Dijon or other French style mustard

Tea bags – Green, Jasmine Green, Rooibos (Red Bush), Peppermint
Coffee (not instant)

Barley miso
Brown rice miso
Tofu (Nigari)

Dried or canned chick peas, kidney beans, lentils, cannellini beans, flageolet, borlotti
Canned plum tomatoes

Why Organic?

Why Organic?

My simple answer to this is – why not?  If you have a choice, why would you choose the non-organic?  It is not a mystery – organic food tastes better and retains more of its naturally found nutrients. 

I don’t want to eat food that’s been reared or grown in an environment that is ridden with inorganic compounds – fertilizers, pesticides, hormones or whatever  the manufacturer or farmer has used to get the goods to market in a hastened or unnatural way.  It really is that simple. 

I think there will come a day when we look back on non-organic food and see it as just a phase that we went through in a post-industrialized world.  A phase that thankfully ended. 

For now, we should be demanding full digital disclosure on the barcodes of all food labels – organic or not. 

If the manufacturer can’t fit lots of information on the package, we should be able to enter a barcode online at home and get all the information about the production and/or growing processes. (Clothes too for that matter…) 

This way, we could have the correct information about what we are buying and can make the best, most informed choice. 

If you are a convert, please tell others about the goodness of organic foods.  Cook with them, tell people where to find them, and discuss the quality of organic foods with anyone who wants to know.

If you are worried about the cost, it may be worth doing a real comparison shop.  I think you will find the cost is not that different. 

And think not only about the cost to your health from eating inorganic compounds.  Think about being efficient with your food, not wasting your money on processed foods or foods you don’t need, and even growing your own garden. 

Start an organic garden – for you and your kids

If you have the space, try growing your own vegetables, herbs and even fruit.  There is no greater testament to organic, than to taste food that you have grown organically in your own back yard. 

There are many rather large suburban gardens that in summertime, could be heaving with fresh produce.  Yet, we go back and forth to the supermarket to buy what we could have grown, essentially for free. 

For children, taking part in the activities of a garden is educational and a truly wholesome way to spend time. 

Many urban areas have schemes for land-sharing and allotments.  Some are easier to join than others.  If this appeals to you, why not get involved?

Love to you all!
La Libertini

What on Earth is Jurassic Salt?

If you’ve not got any Jurassic salt in your arsenal, you should. 

Mine is coarse Himalayan Rose Pink Crystal Salt, and the label tells me it is “mineral rich crystal salt from the foothills of the Himalayas – formed over 250 million years ago from ancient unpolluted seas

There’s a lot of brands on the market, but I though £2.59 was OK for a 500g bag of coarse salt from the Organic on Clifton Road.  Alex grinds a little bit in a mortar and we use it over a couple of days.

The best is taste – it tastes lighter, less salty and more effervescent.  It tastes fresh, clean, you can almost taste the ancient sea.  Seriously.

La Libertini

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