Presenter bake-off, and well done Helen!


Presenter bake-off!
Debbie baking her macrobiotic muffinsOh my goodness – what a year of changes for my culinary skills! Not only do I now regularly cook from scratch using proper ingredients and everyfink! (lol), but I even accepted the presenter bake off challenge this week, versus Simon, Kathy and Craigy!

We were all cooking our own fave bakes for a show that airs in September. Fun to do something a bit different! Here's a little behind the scenes clip!


My macrobiotic muffins worked out quite well - apple, walnuts, spelt flour, brown rice syrup… (oh, OK, I know what it sounds like!! But they tasted OK! Lol). Watch out for the 'Baking Boutique' in a month or so's time – it'll be a proper competition online and on air, where you can vote for whose look the best. I'll be counting on ya, regulars! Haha!

Winner's story
Helen - our macrobiotic competition winnerWinner of the macrobiotic comp a few weeks ago was lovely Helen from Belfast, who's got a long list of issues she wanted help with from the prize – the book and consultation with Marlene ( To read Helen's original comment from the competition, go here.

Helen's said she doesn't mind me giving you little updates on here. So I'll include a summary of how macrobiotic eating is helping her too every so often. Marlene says she's doing well after just a couple of weeks. This is from Helen:

'Blimey, if you only knew how difficult embarking on any sort of diet is for me – you see I'm usually the one who attends a Slimming Class and puts weight ON! Pathetic weightloss – up and down like a yo-yo! I was desperate for help and guidance. I would recommend her book to anyone as it is so very informative.

Prior to entering the competition I had reached a stage in my life where I wasn't living life to the full – in fact I wasn't really 'living' at all, I was just about 'existing' and this decline had been going on for many years – horrendous chronic fatigue, pains and debilitating depression – it was just awful! We all try to get on with things as best we can when suffering but it can be such a massive chore.

I have definitely found myself looking at food in a different way. The initial period of embarking on the diet recommendations was such a shock to my body I found it, to be honest, a bit rough, to say the least – I realise now, of course, my body was detoxing.

Since then I have been feeling less fatigued, I feel more like doing things that I had previously become totally disinterested in and I'm making more contact with the 'outside world'. I've even lost some weight. And I'm eating food items I would NEVER have thought of eating! TO BE CONTINUED…'

If anyone else has been doing really well via Marlene's book and advice do add a comment below! I know a couple of you have tweeted me about weight loss etc, so it'd be good to know!

Debbie with Baloo the puppyGrandpog update – sadly my daughter's lovely poggie, Baloo, can't have puppies, they found out this week – due to hernia problems apparently. Boooo! Was hoping to one day have one of them! Shame.

Seems it runs in our 'family', considering the issues Patch had with her two tiny litters, plus Holly only ever took once, and both choccie labs Gracie and Daisy are both neutered 'cos of poor hips! Oh well, will have to find another way in future – shame 'cos I love puppies!

Facebook funny for you
A pic doing the rounds made me think of Lee Hohbein – Angry birdhe's always on about the computer game 'Angry Birds', right?

I don't really get the fuss myself, but I know many do. Do you? Anyway I thought I'd post this pic this week, considering the recent run of funny animal pics I've been showing you. Poor little fat bird! Made me smile tho!

The science bit
Cool video to watch this week from the 'Embarrassing Bodies' team about how Brussel sprouts have a special compound in them which helps the body combat illness. See? A Brussel sprout is not just for Christmas! Lol. Go to the P.S. at the end of this post to find out where to watch.

WATCH – the 'Inbetweeners' movie on DVD.


Gotta say, this home grown big screen version of the Channel 4 hit had me laughing out loud within a few minutes – mainly 'cos I'd seen most of the TV series and knew what to expect: coarse, crude comedy of the coming of age kind – good for anyone who's ever been – or never been – on one of those sun, sea, sangria and sex holidays (I'm a 'never', unless you count a four-girl trip to a secluded fishing village when I was 21 – mind you, my best pal at the time met her hubbie in the bar there, so it happens!)

Find out what happens to Simon, Jay, Will and the gormless Neil on DVD from one of the sleeper hits of last summer. Some silly – no, STUPID – bits, but overall a funny 8 out of ten from me.

QVC – have been off this week, including having a successful and surprisingly pain-free root canal being redone (yuk). But am back on air on Saturday at 10pm, including the new Canon camera Today's Special Value (launches midnight Friday, so assuming it's still there!)

It has a brilliant 20x optical zoom – amazing for a compact like this. Means you can get from here (spot the black dog!), to here…

      Photo without zoom    Photo with zoom

… all without having to move nearer! How funny is Patchy's expression! Haha!

Lulu Guinness TSV bagThen I'm launching Saturday night/Sunday's TSV from Lulu Guinness – can't wait! Here's a glimpse!

Have a great week, and look out next blog for the 'Batman' review! Am going tomorrow! If you've seen any good films or DVDs lately let me know by leaving a comment below!

And if you did anything unusual in July – for the Try it For the First Time club, let me know what your TiFFT was!


P.S. Channel 4 allow you to watch any old progs by just registering for free and sitting thru a few ads. For the clip on Brussel sprouts and cancer, just go here to get the amazing info from Doctor Dawn – it's 'Embarrassing Bodies Live', series 2, episode 5, after around 16 minutes of actual programme time – it's the programme with 'penis problems and testicle troubles' too – eg. testicular testing – which is kinda interesting also.
NB – whilst you're waiting for the ads to finish, maybe write me a comment on this week's blog! Easy to do – just enter your info below!


  1. martin forbes August 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    another enjoyable blog debbie you dont seem to be able to relax at all you are a very busy lady

  2. Cheryl Williams August 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Your muffins look good enough to eat!!
    Sorry to hear about your beautiful Grandpog Baloo πŸ™ but Im sure she will make a great auntiepog
    Patchy looks worried as if to say oh uh mummy can see what I’m up to more easily and then she will go and tell everyone about it on her blog. But she knows everyone wants to know what the pogs are up to!!
    Hope your mouth is feeling better
    Take care
    Love Cheryl xx

  3. Carl August 12, 2012 at 7:29 am -  Reply

    A couple of weeks ago you posted a link to an article about Fat Burning by Marlene Watson-Tara. The article was absolutly brilliant – I have been slowly gaining weight for a while now, and feeling more and more lethargic with it. I have been quite desperate to loose weight, and so have been eating smaller portions at meal times, but the weight never seems to shift! After reading this article, I feel I have suddenly seen the light – it’s not smaller portions I need to think about, it’s what’s in the portions that is more important. It became suddenly clear to me, that my insulin levels were obviously always high, eating lots of bread, pasta, potatoes etc meant my body was never able to lower my insulin levels, and was only storing fat and not burning it. So in order to release glucagon and trigger my fat-burning switch, I have changed my diet. I have chosen a low carb diet which I carefully track using an app on my phone. In three weeks I have lost 10lbs and I’m still seeing improvement. I have more energy and have started to exercise again too – this article has really had an impact!
    So a big thank you Debbie, your link to this article, and Marlene’s excellent explanation of how our bodies deal with food has been a great help to me. I would recommend the article to anyone wanting to lose weight.

  4. Helen August 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Oh my goodness where did you get that pic? lol! Even ‘Patch’ looks better in this cute pic! ha! Hopefully one taken ‘after the introduction of macrobiotics’ will be an improvement! Well, I’m still hanging in there! Taking one day at a time & eating things I have never eaten before in my life!! Making developments changing my mindset & becoming more aware of what food/s I am actually putting into my mouth! Well done Debs on your ‘bake-off’ – great idea from QVC! I would loved to have tasted those muffins – will just have to make my own though I much prefer to ‘eat’ rather than ‘cook’! ha! πŸ™‚
    Luv Hx

  5. jan rigby August 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Debs right try it for the first time!!!! horse riding with my dear friend Dot from work. We went to Bilsdale on a beautiful sunny day (one of the few lol) and had a 2hour hack! I was alittle nervous but after about an hour I`d settled in and began to really enjoy it, it was fab and I would recommend it to anyone only you cant have my friend to look after you lol, take care Debs love Jan xxx

  6. Michelle Roberts August 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Just wanted to up date you on my macrobiotic ” Journey” I kicked off with a liver cleanse, not the most glamorous thing I know but with the amount of tablets I take I thought this was a good idea. treated myself to water filter, emptied the cupboards of all sugar products and re-placed with seeds stocks and pastes etc.
    I’ve cooked gallons of spring miso soup. Hubby now says I spend a large part of my shopping day in the health food shop and not the SHOE and HANDBAG shop any more!!!! I already feel better and certainly have more energy, I am slowly trying out lots of healthy goodies!
    I loved the Olympics espically the equestrian, talking of which what happened to the horse riding?
    I hope Helen has continued better health, enjoyed reading her story.
    Thankyou for kindly posting Marlene’s book to me which now lies constantly on the kitchen table.
    Hope you win the bake-off Debs
    Big hug to you and the lovely pogs!!!
    Michelle x x x

  7. Nigel August 13, 2012 at 1:44 am -  Reply

    Debs – Is it me or is Patch trying to look like an Angry Bird !
    Just seen the Closing Ceremony – wot a great party to end a superb games – highlight for me apart from Eric, Jessie and Queen was the 80,000 pixel light show which made the stadium come alive – fantastic – hats off to the lighting engineers.
    Re ‘me me me’ being annoying in documentaries – totally agree – that and dumbing down and repetition – its as though they don’t credit us with any intelligence let alone common sense !
    Have a good week, Nige :))
    BTW losing about half a lb a week atm so should reach BMI target of 22 by Xmas – just in time for all that festive food so might have to start all over again !

  8. debs flint August 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    martin – very busy! thank you !
    : – )

  9. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Oh gosh sorry guys – didn’t realise I was so far behind with replies. Here are a few for u! How time flies! D x

  10. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cheryl! Hope ur well. Ta for reply. Yes Patchy is very nonplussed by all the fuss – all she cares about is her toys! Hugs x

  11. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Carl – alias Mr_mcfisto on twitter. Well done! Another great example of what can happen when u make the right food choices, specially with the help of blog article ‘fat burning simplified’ from early July. (see below).
    Would you give us a fewupdatesover the next few months too hon? Thanks so much – very interesting!

  12. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Helen – lovely of you to post hon! And hope you will keep us up to date on how you’re getting on! Now at least we can picture you from the photo above! Yes, agree about patchy! And I used to be same about culinary skills, but am ok now – not great mind you, but ok! Lol. Latest are some coconut cookies which I made the other day and keep the mixture in the fridge so I can bake a few when I feel like a little macrobiotic treat! Keep up the good work hon! X

  13. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Jan ( and dot!), wow what a fabulous Try it For The First Time event! Horse riding is brill and yes very tiring – so top marks for doing a two hour hack first time out! Wonder if you’ve been again since then? I intend to, after my outing with craigy in February, but am always so busy I haven’t got round to it yet! And wake boarding! Am sure will do both at some stage of the year! Lol do keep us informed! X

  14. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Michelle – good to hear our good news too, on top of Carl’s and Helen’s below. Horse riding – see comment to jan below! Lol.
    Glad to hear you’re feeling better by changing stuff – warms me cockles! Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  15. Debs f August 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Nigel – am guessing your job is keeping you quite trim and fit too is it? Well done on the steady progress! Don’t think I’ve been BMI 22 since I was 22 – months! Lol x

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