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Topic: *Trigger warning* Eating for Health and Wellness

  1. Shelll
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    10 August 2021 in reply to The Bro

    And yeah.. Quite interesting reading your post. I like to know how other people take care of themselves in this way. It urges me on to keep going with my own health. So thankyou.

    Thankyou for calling me a legend. Like that.

    I have seen people paddling whilst standing up. And wondered how fun and if its challenging to do it. Like would you need good balance? I have seen them paddling along in very calm water.

  2. Shelll
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    Lately I have been eating real adventurous salads. Foods I haven't tried before. Or I have tried and not liked the taste of some of the food ingredients. One such food was and is fresh corriander or as the US says cilantro. I absolutely hated the taste of it. It used to taste like soap. Cough, cough, cough. But at the moment it tastes delicious. I am pretty sure the more you eat fresh vegetables and fruits the more your taste buds change to liking them. So yeah I felt encouraged by that change in hating the taste of it so much to really liking it. The more I think of it.... the more I can see slowly the taste bud change. Even Brussel sprouts were disgusting to me. Gross. They too are delicious finely shredded, and raw in a salad with a yummy dressing on it.

    So anyone reading this... and hates vegetables. Be encouraged the more you eat them well often the taste buds change into enjoying them.

    So yeah today's salad was supposed to be Vietnamese salad rolls. Using thin rice paper you roll up with yumminess in side. Then dip them in a tasty sauce and eat the crunchy morsels. The rice paper is new to me.... so I just wasn't confident with it. But I soon will be. So I put everything into a lettuce leaf and ate it extremely messy like.

    Ingredients in the lettuce leaf were :

    Lentil and walnut patte

    Strips of thinly sliced vegetables.. capsicum, carrot, cucumber, yummy fresh corriander ( soft stems and leaves) radishes, diced red onion.

    Then carefully dip it into a sauce of tamari, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and a punch of mustard powder. There you have it. Yummy!

    I have also been eating tons mandarines. And drinking green smoothies.

    But also and I admit it eating comfort food of snack chocolate. And hot chips.

    So that is where I am at in regards to food.

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  3. Shelll
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    11 August 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Ate and blended up this today. Good source of omega 3

    Chocolate Chia Pudding

    Ingredients: soy milk, pitted medjool dates, chia seeds, cacao and vanilla.

    Method: Blend up dates with the milk until smooth. (Soak dates if your blender is not powerful). Then add Chia seeds, cacao and vanilla. Blend untill thick and smooth. Spoon into glass jars, top with organic strawberries, shredded coconut and cacoa nibs.

    I have eaten this a lot and it did help me with the blocks if chocolate cravings.

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    11 August 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelly and everyone..

    Its been just over a month since I changed my eating habits..and I have lost 5 kilos...Which made me sooo happy..

    Instead of Just frying up chips or zapping pies, or just having toast or crumpets....I am now eating fresh vegetables..,instead of frozen.,,,

    Oh I love vegetables now I’ve discovered fresh ones, Brussel sprouts has always been a favourite of mine, they taste like little cabbages...I don’t know most of the different types of food talked about on this thread as I haven’t experimented much with different foods...only use the everyday basic foods...but I’m starting to learn.,.

    I did comfort eat today....and that’s okay..it’s only one day out 30 days....Dark chocolate with cherries in it...only had 2 rows...then some kettle chips....I stopped their...Tonight it will be 1 carrot, 1 small potato, little bit of pumpkin, 4 x Brussel sprouts and 1 small zucchini...all roasted in my air fryer....

    I have to be honest and tell you..that since I’ve started my new eating habits..I have been feeling healthier....Maybe give vegetables a try....I’m pleased Shelly that you are experimenting with Brussel sprouts...they really are yummy with grated grated garlic...

    Kind thoughts everyone..

    Grandy...🤗

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  5. Shelll
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    11 August 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    That's awesome you lost 5 kg Grandy. I feel like clapping you on or something. Yeah why not. 🎉👏👏You are doing so well. And it inspires me to keep on going.

    Fresh vegetables are super great. So many varieties of them to choose from. And they do heal our bodies. And we do feel healthier when we eat them. I like that nourished feeling.

    I like all those vegetables you mentioned that you roast in the air fryer. Especially roast pumpkin. Yet to eat roast zucchini though. I like that in a stir fry and love making raw zucchini noodles.

    If you have never tried zucchini noodles Grandy, I encourage you to try them. They are just fun to make I guess. You need a gadget called a spriraliser. You can buy tiny ones from most kitchen type shops. You feed young zucchini through it and it comes out like long spaghetti strands.

    Yes Brussel sprouts do exactly look like mini cabbages.

    If you ever want to know about any food I have mentioned. Feel free just to ask me. No pressure though.

    I eat these seeds called flaxseeds and chia seeds. And also walnuts. Because I am trying to improve the health of my heart as well. These are good for this. Good source of omega 3... Omega 3 good for heart health amongst other things. Walnuts are so good for our brains

    Anyway good on you Grandy

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    11 August 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Grandy congratulstions on weight loss. Was your intention to lose weight or to eat healthier.

    I need to eat more verges, I love salads but in winter I eat baked vegetables or vegetables in soup. I like fruit but I probably eat too much.

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    12 August 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Hello, Shelly, Quirky, and everyone.....🤗

    Thank you Shelly and Quirky, My Dr. told me if I don’t start eating heavy I may become diabetic....because my sugars have been increasing at each blood test...any my cholesterol going up and my Dr. increased my meds for cholesterol...

    I started eating fresh vegetables and fruit...to lower those bads in my body....and it looks like I have been rewarded by loosing some weight..yay...

    Giving up bread, pasta and rice is the hardest part of it all...I do love fresh bread and am missing it....maybe once my sugars and cholesterol go down I can limit myself to a couple of slices of bread a week....

    I am so pleased that my new eating plan..but it’s getting boring, so thank you Shelly with your offer to help with the foods I don’t know about.....

    We are never too old to learn about nutrition or different foods..

    Big hugs everyone...🤗

    Grandy..

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    6 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Hello everyone....

    I have continued to eat more fresh vegetables and fruit daily....and still eliminating bread, rice, pasta, white flour etc...I have noticed that I have more energy...not much motivation to use up the energy though😁...and seem to be sleeping a little better...

    I did have some withdrawal symptoms from cutting out lots of sugary foods, starchy foods etc..but they have now passed...yay...

    The biggest and most rewarding of all is I’ve lost another 4 kilos...yippie that 9 kilos so far..and I can see the difference in the mirror and feel the difference with my clothes getting loose...

    One of my favourite dishes I’ve been making is..

    Stir fry’s....I use mushrooms, zucchini, carrot, onions, garlic, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, add a bit of protein and olive oil....Cook it all together on my stove top...no stir fry sauce....just the olive oil and the juices from the vegetables are really enough flavour for me......I cook enough for a few nights..

    I have tried carrot noodles, but not zucchini ones..I have ordered a spiraliser online and once it get delivered I will try zucchini noodles....

    Oh white capped mushrooms is something new that I tried..and they are yummier then they look...

    Kind thoughts everyone..,

    Grandy.,

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  9. Shelll
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    7 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Oh Grandy you are doing so very well. I am happy for you. So super good for us all the vegetables. You are encouraging me by writing the improvements you have noticed with your self.

    I am hoping to go better with eating. Like only choosing the foods that will be of benefit for me. I feel so much better when I do. More energy just like you experienced.

    Struggling though with comfort eating.

    Anyway just wanted to cheer you on. 👑🎉

  10. Shelll
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    13 September 2021

    Lately I have been experimenting with salads.

    One of my favourites has finely shredded cabbage, red capsicum sliced thinly, carrot sliced thinly, diced apple, sultanas and a dressing.

    Tonight I made a simple and similar one with cabbage, capsicum, watercress and fresh coriander. With a dressing.

    The new vegetable I tried this week was watercress.

    Smoothie I drank at 10am had coconut water, orange, mango, pineapple, spinach, flaxseeds and 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric

    Still having struggles with chocolate and hot chips

  11. Shelll
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    14 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Lunch today was cauliflower, potato, onion and sweet potato soup.

    Dinner is cooking at the moment. Roast potato and pumpkin. Then green beans, cauliflower, carrot all with mushroom gravy.

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  12. Paw Prints
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    14 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shell,

    Your post reminded me that I still haven't tried sweet potatoes... I tend to just automatically grab white potatoes... plus I think there is also a doubt in my mind about what they might taste like...

    I see your soup had potatoes plus sweet potatoes... I'm curious how you find using sweet potatoes... are they like white potatoes in texture & bland taste or more like pumpkins or carrots etc.

    I do want to keep increasing the variety of vegetables I use... I have slowly been adding new things (new for me)... but I do still only eat a limited number of things.

    Paws

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  13. Shelll
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    14 September 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi dear Paws,

    The soup was mostly cauliflower. The sweet potato in this was cut up real small, just to give the soup a bit more colour.

    I buy the sweet potato that is orange inside. And orange on the outside. I don't find it bland. It tastes a little like pumpkin but not as strong. The orange one is sweeter then a white potato. I like them roasted the best. There is a purple sweet potato and a white one I believe. I haven't tried either of these. But keen to try the purple one.

    The texture yeah is pretty similar to a white potato texture. Mashed sweet potato is yummy too.

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    15 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelly, Paws and everyone...

    Ive not tried watercress, so I googled it..and it is very nutritious...This is something that I will try soon...Thank you for mentioning it..

    I did try fennel in my salad yesterday..oh the flavour it added was so yummy...Definitely a must for my fridge..Summertime means salad time for me and many others...it’s the only thing I like about summer....

    I have had sweet potato a few times at my neighbours but never bought it..I agree it does taste a little like pumpkin..I love pumpkin the best of all...If I roasted a full one..I’m sure I’ll eat the whole lot in one sitting😂😂...

    Never tried smoothies really....Oh I did once and it was horrible, thick and tasteless..I’m sure I done it wrong though...I will look more into the ingredients that blend together...

    I have hit a plateau and not lost any more weight..That’s not bothering much as I do like my new eating habits..and don’t think I will change it very much...

    A few nights ago..feeling down and crying..I started comfort eating...A large pkt of Smith Chips..followed by a couple of chocolate biscuits...I was angry with myself after I finished...but then realised that I can return to my healthy eating the next day....and just accepted that I fell backwards for a day....and that is okay...Everyday is a new day and everyday we can start again towards healthy eating...

    This week..I did buy another packet of Smith’s Chips...because I like them..this time I won’t devour the whole packet in one sitting...or will I ?....😂😂.

    Take care everyone...and if you comfort eat today..tomorrow you can always start again...

    A movie I like is Dinotopia..There is a quote that the daughter said to her father...

    We eat to live...not live to eat...I love this little quote and it has helped me so much....I have it on my fridge and cupboards doors...

    My love and hugs to all you beautiful people..💜🤗

    Grandy..

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    15 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Ggrand...I agree sometimes we all eat our comfort foods and go a little overboard - but you're right we can always start again the next day!

    For me I love dark chocolate, helps with my happy hormones as well :)

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  16. Shelll
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    I have been struggling enormously with comfort eating of both chocolate and hot chips. And someone in my household bought cinamon fruit bread from bakers delight. It is just too hard to see it sit there and not eat any of it. So I did lots of slices.

    I am still eating either a salad or a smoothie in a day.

    Feeling so flat, sad, crying more, far away and alone at times.

    I know for me I cope so much better and emotions are so stable when absolutely I only eat mostly plants, vegetabkes, fruit, a small amount of oats, seeds and raw nuts. And on occasions whole grain spelt pasta. Plus fresh juices. And plenty of filtered water.

    My thoughts are more clear too. No brain fog. More energy.

    Think I need to be honest with myself... I am addicted to the sugar, salt crap food. Only with those junk food I mentioned. I don't seem to turn to much other junk. I am unable to eat only one piece of chocolate and leave the rest for another day. It sucks. Wish I could. Truly like an alcoholic. I don't drink it. But this addiction seems the same. I can abstain from junk for a time..Maybe even a few months. Then bam that's it. Just taste a small amount of refined sugar in something. Then as the days go on, I want more and more. Until it gets so bad, like now.

    It starts to make me feel my heartbeat in my head. Motivation to take care of myself decreases. When I feel sad and flat. I just seem not to care. I get headaches. I feel like crying ( not when I am far away though) that is the flat feeling.

    I think I am one of those people that need to eat my personal healthy, I need to exercise, I need to sleep good, I need sunshine and fresh air to feel better in not only physical ways, but mental, spiritual, and emotional ways.

    It is not easy when your household eats different either.

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    20 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Dear Shelly...

    I am lucky in one way that for me to buy a chocolate or junk food I need to travel to the nearest shops which is 25 kilometres away....and over an hour of travelling time..not to mention the cost of fuel...

    When I shop I don’t buy chocolates or much junk food, except either Smith’s/Arnott chips..I buy only 2 packets and I spread that over 2 weeks....I don’t buy biscuits or cakes...or I’ll eat them....now I buy fresh strawberries, pineapples, and kiwi fruit for my sugar cravings..they seem to be working mostly....The chips I usually have Friday/Saturday and/or Sunday nights only to make the weekend feel a bit special..the fruits I eat when ever I’m hungry between meals...

    It wasn’t always like that though...after I lost my husband well a few years after..I started buying lots of chocolate, biscuits, cake etc and take away meals...because now I could..with no one around to tell me off and throw them away....That went on for a few years...With the depression and the anxiety meds plus all the junk food, my weight went up..I was tired and breathless all the time...So I made up my mind to stop...hmmm..it took another couple of years of trying to get off the junk food with a lot of berating myself., tears, sadness, etc...before I realised that I can do this this...

    Not that long ago..just a few months, I put my plan into action of not buying any junk food..so far so good...I think there is a reason behind comfort eating..the reason for me was...that I could buy it and not be told off....

    Sometimes when we deny ourselves things for a while, then have some..it is like something goes bang in our head and the craving escalate that much it’s hard to stop..Maybe a little each second day might squash those overwhelming cravings....I mean a little, just a small piece of “junk” food I found was enough to keep my cravings at bay...and while you’re eating healthy foods for your main meals, your weight, moods, mental and physical health won’t suffer as much as binge eating in one sitting....I know it’s hard Shelly..because I’ve been their...it’s like a vicious never ending circle....

    My kind thoughts beautiful Shelly...with my care and respect..

    Grandy..

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  18. Hanna3
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    20 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Gosh I don't know why i haven't been following this thread it's great!

    Grandy when you cook the stir fry do you cook the veggies first? Like simmer the carrots in water? I've never done a stir fry and I want to eat more veggies!

    🍅🥕🍆🍄🌽

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    21 September 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna...and everyone..

    Yes I do Hanns..I cut what vegetables I like fairly chuncky...carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas..and zap them in a microwave steamer with a bit of water for 4-5 minutes..empty the water out then add to my frypan with some diced mushrooms and some chicken pieces from a Woolworths bbq chicken...and salt, pepper, garlic that I crush and parsley...all fresh..

    Then just fry them all together in the frypan with a small bit of olive oil....I don’t like the stir fry sauces...It’s up to you if you want to use them....I just prefer the different flavours of the vegetables..I find the stir fry sauces hides the flavours...

    Kind thoughts everyone..

    Grandy

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  20. Shelll
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    21 September 2021

    Hi👋

    Grandy I do like the sound of all those vegetables in your stir fry. I am imagining the mushrooms and garlic would add a yummy flavour. I do like your tip on steaming the vegetables before stir frying. I am going to do that next time I make a stir fry. See how I go.

    Grandy yeah that would be easier to not buy junk living so far away from a shop. There is a 24 hour service station just down the road from my place. It sells a vast array of chocolate etc. And a supermarket about a 20 minute walk. And loads of takeaways on the drive to the beach. Not taking any money or ATM card to the beach has helped me not buy junk in the past. I don't buy any junk food for myself when I do a big grocery shop either.

    Yum strawberries, pineapple and kwi fruit are good for a snack. I like those...I only buy organic strawberries because the ones around here are sprayed with harmful chemicals. I am liking fresh blueberries at the moment.

    And yeah you probably felt so much freedom to be able to choose junk food back then. No one was now controlling you. When I got my first job... around about 16 years old. I bought regular packets of chocolate biscuits with my own money. Quite a few packets at once and ate them from large glass cookie jar that I had in my bedroom. Because I could now.

    Like you, I also like pumpkin especially roasted. And fennel in a salad. I have added it in a fresh juice. Maybe I will experiment with it in a salad too.

    Hello Hanna, Paws and Miz

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  21. Hanna3
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    21 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Thanks for this Grandy I must try it! I try not to eat much meat and lots of vegetables is what I like!

    How fantastic you have lost so much weight good on you!

    Off for my second AZ jab this afternoon. Had a lovely long walk with Sam and he had several paddles in the river as he loves the cold weather! 😊

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  22. Shelll
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    23 September 2021

    Still struggling with comfort eating today... so sick of it. I just want to be free from it.

    However today I made and ate a delicious salad. A new one addapted from a recipe book.

    I served it in a large bowl as it just looks more fun, colourful and appetising to me.

    I cooked quinoa. And while that was cooking I mixed some canned kidney beans in with some diced fresh tomato. Then placed cos lettuce, chopped red capsicum and some fresh coriander into the bowl. Next to that I placed the kidney bean mix, then next to that some cooked quinoa. Poured a dressing of balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and tamari (like soy sauce) over the greens and capsicum. So yummy. Then added a tiny bit of creamy basil dressing (blend cashews, water, lemon juice, salt and basil)

    It tasted yummy to me and super filling. As the quinoa and beans fill me up.

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    24 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell and everyone,

    I have quinoa in the cupboard and it's been sitting there for months. I really need to start using it.

    I too have been making salads and I made 3 ltrs of green juice with kale, celery, cucumber, pineapple, apple, and coconut water. This juice makes me feel on top of the world. Literally makes me feel so good and energized.

    My junk of choice has been chips, lollies, and U don't feel the best after consumption I agree.

    Anywho just thought I'd pop in and add a post. My weight loss has kinda stalled but I'm still trying to get it off.

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  24. Shelll
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    24 September 2021 in reply to monkey_magic

    Gosh yeah MM, you just feel like uh awful word... but crap when you eat junk. Think you notice it more when we eat very healthy for a while. Then start getting into the junk again. Because you know how much better your body feels. Like the comparison.

    I am so glad you posted, because I know we think similar in some things..

    You so inspired by all your juicing there. So good all that green leafy kale. Do you mix up the leafy greens at all?

    I ate pretty much the same salad I had yesterday... well because I wanted to use up the rest of the beans. I added corn to it this time as well.

    I am wanting to lose weight too, for health reasons. I am pretty much the same as I was a few months back.

    And yeah quinoa.. It can be super filling especially paired with beans. Do you think you will pair it with a salad?

    Thankyou for popping in. It was so very nice to see you

  25. Shelll
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    25 September 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Made a brand new smoothie today. So delicious. It had frozen pineapple, frozen mango, I whole peeled lime, coconut water and a scoop of this green powder ( spirulina, barely grass)
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  26. Guest_206
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    13 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi there,

    Just thought I'd pop in to say that SBS Insight had an episode on Emotional Eating that you might be interested in watching.

    Xg

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  27. Shelll
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    13 October 2021 in reply to Guest_206
    Hi dear Guest, thankyou for passing that on. I shall check it out
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    15 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi everyone,

    For the last couple weeks I've been ordering from meals on wheels for convenience and to know the calories I'm consuming. I'm liking not having to go shopping or washing up since they're pre- made and delivered straight to my door. Lots of meals to choose from too.

    My weight isn't budging. I know it's up to me to do more, eat less, yadda, yadda....hope you're all enjoying your food.

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    15 October 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Read back a little about the CBD oil, yep I ordered it from Australia Shell.
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  30. Shelll
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    15 October 2021 in reply to monkey_magic

    Ah yadda yadda ya loved that actually MM. I can relate to the yadda yadda ya thingy.

    Meals on Wheels... That would give you a break from cooking and shopping hey. I didn't realise younger people could get that delivered.

    Wish I had something to say that was encouraging or something to you.

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