After a successful first fast day this week; I was actually quite looking forward to our second fast of the 5:2 diet. Since the first fast day I have been quite keen not to undo the good work which I had put in on Monday. Luckily, because we can eat basically quite normally, we were able to go to dinner at our friends Hayley and Matt’s house without feeling too guilty.
After a trip to Asda, our fridge is looking the healthiest it ever has done before. We bought in a lot of vegetables, salad and fish for those fast days where we are limited to 25% of our calories. I’m not sure the fridge has seen as many green things in one go before! We froze a lot of fish ready for our fast days next week. We have actually planned the fast days for the next three weeks. We’re so organised that it hurts!
Feeling even more motivated than Monday morning, I got up to have porridge and blueberries for breakfast. Porridge is known for its excellent slow release energy properties. Instead of having milk with the porridge, we used boiling water. We used blueberries as a natural sweetener. This all came in at a reasonable 145 calories. It looked delicious.
It wasn’t delicious.
I had a bit of an ordeal eating this. It was all extremely bland. The Blueberries did not help. Perhaps using frozen was a bad choice. I wasn’t confident for the rest of the day. I powered on and finished this dreadful dish. Was I already missing my bacon sarnies!?
Luckily the day got a lot better! I I didn’t think about food once until about 11.30. I just had a coffee to take my mind off munching. It went past 1pm and I still wasn’t hungry. I had a can of diet coke as ‘lunch’ and before I knew it, home time had arrived. I walked past the classy establishment that is Doner Master on Queens Road and the smell of kebab drifted into my nostrils. I powered on and walked past.
This evening’s meal restored my faith in healthy eating. You could say that it filled my belly with delight in contrast to this morning’s attempt.
Anna knocked up an excellent minestrone soup from the Hairy Biker’s dieting book (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2203328). Weighing in at 130 calories, you would never have guessed that we were eating soup. Packed full of vegetables and a small amount of spaghetti; this really was a substantial meal. With such a small amount of calories for a meal, we even treated ourselves to a small slice of a granary baguette and a dusting of Parmesan. It really was a great, healthy meal. We even managed to cook enough to freeze for another two meals each! Not only are we being healthier, we are saving money too!
As you can see, I haven’t quite reached my 25% target of calories and so I am treating myself to a Hartley’s jelly pot, which is a brilliant healthy snack if you have a sweet tooth. It’s a very tasty little treat and contains a whopping 3 calories!
I feel brilliant after my second fasting day. I am thinking less and less about food and do not feel hungry all the time. I have no desire to undo the hard work I’m putting in. I really feel that this could work. I’m already looking forward to Monday’s fast day!
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