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Fasting 5:2 Diet

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Posted by Stephanie (Napa) on 07/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Fasting 5:2 Diet

This is incredible! I have tried EVERY diet out there, doing research for years on nutrition and diet, went gluten-free for a while, went vegan, but could not lose those those last stubborn 10 pounds. I started fasting 22 hours, two days per week, and my life has changed. I am under 130 for the first time in a decade and ALL my old clothes fit again. Words cannot describe what it feels like to feel like your old self, and more importantly, feel in permanent control of your weight--it's been years of desperation and yo-yo dieting. Not to mention what it does to your mood!

I fast on Mondays and Wednesdays(or Thurs, depending on plans). I eat a full meal the night before around 7:30 and then eat 22 hours later around 5:30. I drink coffee in the morning and maybe another cup of coffee or tea around 2:00(I set an alarm on my phone) and just sip water casually throughout the day. Life changing. It's so much easier than you think just to skip a couple meals and just say to yourself, "I'm not very hungry" than it is to constantly stress about planning meals and waste time and energy counting calories. Just find projects to focus on and keep your mind distracted and you will be fine. Sipping water also prevents hunger pangs so it's easy to forget you are even fasting.

Prayer and/or journaling during these days is the easiest way to transform your mind while transforming your body. Just purge every thought out on paper and don't sensor yourself(you can always burn it! ) But try fasting, it will seriously get you off the diet roller coaster and completely reset your taste buds for healthier eating. Trust me, you really can do this!


Posted by AC (West Midlands, England) on 08/26/2008

My Mother in law has a book about herbs -- growing them and the different things that they do.

The book is called "The book of herbs" and is by Dorothy Hall. This book was published in the 1970s, so if you are seeking it you may only find it used.

In this book, the author suggests that you can improve your eye sight by "boiling fennel leaves in water until the water is reduced by half" and applying this to the eyes every day when it's cool. She lists no exact qualities because she says these aren't necessary. The body will use what it needs and discard the rest.

She also suggests drinking fennel tea to keep slim. Maybe people are confusing fennel with fenugreek which would explain several recent comments about people gaining weight while taking fenugreek.

My question is, has anyone tried these remedies? I know that fennel is good for digestion, but for weight loss and eye sight too?

Replied by Tea
(New Zealand)

Indians, after giving birth, drink loads of fennel seed tea to drop the water and baby weight.... don't know if it works but my boss was made to drink it!

Replied by ROSINA LOCK

Hi AC,

Don't know if you are still around, but you was asking if anyone had tried Fennel herb and whether it was good for weight loss or eyesight? I have always suffered with chronic constipation from a little girl and just over a year ago, it was seriously constipated for 6 WEEKS! I simply could not go. I tried 7 drugs from the NHS, none of them worked. I tried herbs, nope! I was desperate and my son Paul, was worried sick because he knew I would not go to hospital. I remember having a little jar somewhere with a powdered herb in it and thought "i wonder what ii bought that for?" It was Fennel and I found it hidden in the back of the cupboard! I took a flat teaspoon in my coffee, and a miracle occurred! Within 1 hour I went to the toilet, no pain, just went normally as though I had never been constipated! My son was releived and so was I! Now, nothing and I mean nothing works for me, despite my trying other stuff for constipation, but Fennel does it every single time. No pain, no diarreah, I just go normal within the hour to two hours of taking it in my coffee, incidentally I just ordered another 400 grams because I would be lost without it. Now I have been taking this for about 8 months virtually every day. Nope! No weight loss! My eye sight is pretty bad, and I know this for certain because April 2021, I had a very serious emergency operation for Diverticulitis and was rushed to hospital, within 10 days of being in hospital, I lost 14 lbs in weight! Simply because I couldn't eat a single thing the hospital gave me due to the most chronic acid reflux!! I was actually over the moon because I had desperately been trying to lose weight and I went from 9 stone 2 lbs to 8 stone!! Oh 16 lbs I lost!

Now I have put all the weight back on and am exactly 9 stone 2 lbs again! I am only 4 ft 9 inches tall and very petite, and although curvy at the waist, and quite nice figured for my age, 9 stone 2 lbs makes me look thick set because I am so short!! So of course, like you I came back to Earth Clinic to have a read up. Now it could be that Fennel will help you lose weight? But I have just weighed myself, and nope I am 9 stone 2 lbs, so the weight I lost last year has all come back on. I only eat 1 meal per day, and a salad or some fruit or couple salad sandwiches later in the evening, I doubt I even eat more than 1500 calories a day, but it could be because I don't exercise. So just wanted to explain that I do take Fennel powder every single day, twice a day, I regret I haven't lost any weight from it, but it is absolutely brilliant, if you suffer with constipation! It is for me anyway! Your message is a bit old so not sure if you still come online, or you've probably found your answer by now, but just in case anyone else is curious, it could help people lose weight but sadly not for me it never!

Rosina Lock UK


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Posted by Beryl (London, England) on 03/07/2008
1 out of 5 stars

One of your contributors said that she had lost weight by taking the herb Fenugreek. I tried it for five days and couldn't stop eating and found that I'd put four pounds on in five days. And when I looked up Fenugreek I discovered that it is an appetite stimulant. So other readers please be aware.

I'm not questioning what the contributor said, because I think that we all react differently to what we intake. That was her experience and it rests there.

I recently went on holiday to China and Japan, and when I arrived back was struck with an overwhelming tiredness, and every bone in my body ached. Was it jet lag, I wondered, but the symptoms still continued, so I starting taking Apple Cider Vinegar, Maple Syrup, lemon juice, bi carb, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Within a couple of days I'd started to feel well again, and so have continued with this mixture, and I am amazed at the way it has increased my energy and well being.

However, I'm sorry to report there's been no weight loss!! Thanks for your web site. I do enjoy it!

Replied by Villageofone
(Euless, Tx, USA)

This herb - regulates sugars but is more used in body building. Fennel is better for weight-loss.

Posted by Maliaka (Detroit, Michigan) on 02/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Fenugreek tea helped me lose weight. HI all, I was introduced to fenugreek seeds by a physician that does colonics. He gave it to me for weight loss. Apparently fenugreek lowers blook pressure because it cuts fat cells. He informed me that we have fat on every cell in our bodies and that when you take fenugreek as a tea it cuts the fat on your cells, which is all of them, thus causing you to lose weight as well. The way I take it is to put 1 teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half in a mug and microwave it or you can boil it in a pot and make a larger amount. The best way to take it is as a tea but if you can't stand the taste you can do as I do. I add a tea bag after I have brought the tea to a boil and add suger and lemon juice or u can do honey. It is best if done at least three times a day. However, I was trying to test it out and was only drinking one cup a day. I tried it last year and lost 25 pounds (at one cup a day). I stopped for a while and recently picked it back up and in one week lost an additional ten pounds. All of the weight loss I am speaking of was done just drinking the tea once a day and with no excercise. So imagine what it would do with excercise and a proper diet. I highly recommend it for both high blood pressure and weight loss. Do try it, it works. Good luck and definately give your feed back of how it does for you.

Replied by Haras
(San Jose, Ca)

As many others have written on this website- it is in your best interest to never microwave anything you drink or eat!

Fiber Supplement

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Posted by Sammy (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ca) on 10/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone! I don't believe I am supposed to post a brand name here so I will leave that up to the powers that be. I don't like promoting anyones brands at the best of times. But usually that's cause I am never convinced that anything actually does the trick. I have found something that works for me, and has been working for many friends and family members. A fiber supplement made here in Canada. I bought mine at Walmart and wasn't expecting much. Have tried all the diet aids out there. Most of them made me feel spinny or grumpy. Like a form of speed. This product though is JUST fiber. It takes a bit of getting used to, and I had to start taking a digestive enzyme to help my tummy with getting used to this much fiber. The fiber turns to gel when you drink a lot of water. Something that you must do with this stuff. What's so cool about it is it makes my tummy feel full. I started out taking 2 capsules 1 hour before each of my two meals a day. I noticed I am not hungry in between meals. I feel full before I even attempt to eat so I naturally am eating way less. And I am not craving bad stuff or obsessing about food like I was before. I am certainly pooing a lot more, Sorry if that's too much info. I am just thrilled that something is working for me. I eat right and work out as much as I can with a knee injury. These last 30 pounds were not coming off, Being close to 50 yrs old prob isn't helping. I hope this info helps some of you as it is helping me. And I apologize for posting the product name. If its not allowed, maybe there is some other way to make the information available to people who could benefit from this amazing find. I have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks, and haven't changed anything else. Still eating healthy food as I always am. I was getting so frustrated at not being able to use my treadmill due to a lingering knee injury. Fibroids and a sluggish thyroid make it almost impossible for me to lose weight. Iodine gave my thyroid a little help, but it was this fiber that got the pounds moving. Good luck everyone. It's an amazing discovery. Hope it helps you all too. Sammy

Food Combining

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Posted by Mary (Mukilteo, Wa) on 04/05/2010
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Food combining and sequential eating

I would like the opinion of the site on the above subjects. They sounded very good so I started this morning by having fruit, an apple, and now have indigestion which this system is supposed to eliminate.

Does it work and any suggestions?

Thank you,

Fresh Fruits and Veggies

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Posted by Shala (Ashburn,VA) on 01/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I am 30 years old, but most of my friends ask me if I am still in High school. I have 2 kids, one is 6 years old and the other is 4 years, but I still look like a girl. I was not like this before, but after I started adding lot fruits and vegg to my lunch and dinner and eating in a timely manner, I lost almost 20 pounds in 6 months, and that didn't affect my glow, I usually see people loosing weight loose their natural glow in skin, But not me, as a matter of fact it improved my glow drastically....I even stopped eating non-veg and fatty foods. Trust me, it works like miracle...u too try....I never ever use any any cream or anything to my face, except for a regular daily moisturizer any brand with no grease in it

Garcinia Cambogia

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Posted by Shakti (Toronto, CA) on 12/05/2014

Is it safe to take Garcinia Cambogia for 3 weeks without causing serious liver damage? What is the most effective way to take this product?

Garcinia Cambogia
Posted by Genda Valente (Paris, Texas) on 01/11/2014
1 out of 5 stars


Garcinia Cambogia, the supposed miracle weight loss supplement, caused severe diarrhea for about 6 months AFTER I stopped taking it.

Replied by Qalapigoli
(Encino, California)
1 out of 5 stars


Evidently, there are good scientific reasons to think that especially the prolonged use of garcinia cambogia extract increases the risk of diabetes in healthy people and worsens the disease in existing diabetics (described rather in detail in the scholarly report at How Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects Increase The Diabetes Risk).

Several of the physiological processes that product is accomplish that overlap with statin drugs which are clearly implicated with notably causing diabetes because both agents inhibit the production of cholesterol in the body.

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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc. Canada) on 06/03/2014

I just have to share this. Even though I have taught Hatha Yoga most of my adult life, I was unable to lose the fertility goddess marks, namely belly fat and heavy boobs. Even though at another time in history, that was alright.

Then, on becoming vegan and shunning wheat and gluten, in about four months I lost it! Now I can crunch a bra in one fist, and fittings are a problem of the past. All this due to education on EC!

It feels great ladies! . Namaste, Om

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Posted by Dee (Melbourne, Australia) on 12/04/2012

Hello everyone am just wondering has anybody out there has any success following blood type diet to lose weight? And also how much back strap molasses one need to increase iron levels. My iron levels are very low and doctor asked me to go for iron infusion. But am not in favour of.. Please help!!!! And also has anybody tried pea protien.. Any side effects of using that protein?

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Posted by Stella (Goose Creek, Sc/usa) on 01/18/2012

Has anyone used African Mango for weight loss? If so, how did it work for you? Thank you.

Replied by Saba
(Mento, Oh)

I did. All I can tell you is... DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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Posted by Shrinking (Anon) on 12/09/2011

In my 20s I was 5 foot 3 inches tall. I gained like 50 pounds of weight and held most of it in my 30's. Now I am 5 foot 1 inch. Has anyone ever heard of this? I am losing the weight and hope to get my height back. Thanks.

Replied by Sue

You are losing the height because the excess weight is compacting on your joints to make you shorter. Once you loose the weight as long as there is not permanent issues with your joints you should gain the inches you lost in your height back. Good luck with the weight loss. I am doing the same as you working to get the extra off.

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Posted by Gean (Salina, KS) on 12/30/2008

I would like to know if it is important to ingest fat daily (good fats such as coconut oil, etc.), or if the body can use stored fat to process the fat soluble vitamins. For those who have plenty of stored fat, would it be better to go on a fat free diet for a while, as long as one eats healthy foods and not the toxic processed diet foods? Thank you very much.

Replied by Rosy
(Orlando, Fl)

Never go on a fat free diet, or low fat. Use healthy cold pressed oils. Your body needs fats to work properly. Stored fat will not work the same way, as it has changed forms, and functions. Stored fat if used will be for energy, and only after muscle, and other tissues.

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Posted by Jatarra (Fort Myers, FL) on 01/20/2007

I hate to say it but I was raised on a the poverty level of society as I was growing up. My grandmother would do everything she could to keep our family fed and and clothed. She would buy good food, but also some not so healthy choices. Like hot dogs by the pack, and soda by the Liter, because she felt it was cost efficient. So we would normally end up having to buy food that would last the whole month, which included pork, hams, corn dogs, and etc...

If your a child being raised in a crowded home, you usually have to eat what's served on your plate regardless of nutrition. Well what's good for the goose is not necessary good for the gander. Just because Sean is 16 and is a growing boy who play football, doesn't mean 10 year old Sherry can eat a pound of potatoes smothered in butter and a huge sloppy Joe.

I was overweight most of my life. I used to be 180 pounds when I was 16, now I'm down to 145. It's all because I change my life style. Growing up I was mentally depressed. When you are depressed you tend to eat more, because your trying to fulfill an emotional need with food, but all it does is lead to weight gain. Also not having healthy choices leads to bad health. We also eat when were bored, if you having nothing to occupy your mind having some food is one of the first things that tends to go on the I do list.

When I was a little girl I was sheltered and wasn't allowed to do much in the way of having a social life. My guardian was overly protective and gave me a lot negative self talks. I couldn't go to the neighbor's house because their were boys there, but my brothers could go just about anywhere they wanted and could roughhouse all they liked. Play sports, have friends, and participate in after school activities.

I came from an African American family. My family couldn't understand why I would eat so much and they would ridicule me because of my weight and size, and to this day their are lot of emotional scars left behind. I dread gaining and weight and I am constantly trying to get down to 125. It was all ignorance and I suffered alot for something I didn't cause or couldn't help.

The point of what I am trying to say is that children who are overweight cannot help because parents and guardians simply are not giving them right choices. It pains me to see older and younger alike who are in the category of obesity. I want to tell people so badly that the food choices they are making is what's causing this epidemic, as well emotional problems.

Replied by Jose
(Leander, Tx, Usa)

Hi Jatarra, I was in the same position when I was a child growing up. Buying loads of noodles because they were cheap and fill you up. I to gained alot of weight growing up at my biggest I was 305lbs. My food choices were horrible high in fat hardly any fruits and vegetables or lean meats. I was 17years old just finished my Junior year in high school when I got tired of being 305lbs so that summer leading to my senior year I changed my diet which consisted of turkey sandchiches and drinking lots of water and green tea while playing a lot of basketball. That summer I lost close to sixty pounds. After graduation I kept gaining weight losing weight it was a back and forth thing for me.

This was my life until I started running and working out. It was not much what I was doing a run around 2 blocks and 20push ups 5pull ups and 50 sit ups was how I started but I kept at it and I started losing so much weight after that and my streghnth increased and so did my endurance. I do admit that it is hard to find motivation when you get teased but if you stick with it you can do it. I had lost at the most 170lbs just by running and doing simple workouts at home. Now I am trying to gain muscle mass but it takes years to change lifestyles and dedication with self motiviation.

Now I weigh 150lbs all I do is push ups pull ups ab work out and I took a sandbag from the side of the roads put it in a bagpack and I use that as my weight. My diet consits of lots of fruits bananas, oranges, apples. Lots of vegetables and lots of grilled chicken breast and fish.