5:2 Friday

5:2 dietWelcome to 5:2 Friday.  If you blog about the 5:2 diet, come and link up.  The more the merrier!

This week has had it’s ups and downs for me.  I’ve felt hungry on fasting days, but have stuck with it, and have overeaten on feed days. On Tuesday I ate a lot of cake at my friend’s house, whilst sitting in the sun and getting sunburnt (whoops), and on Wednesday I had the most extraordinary urge to eat biscuits.  So I bought a family pack of shortbread.  And because I am a sucker for digestives, some of those new triple chocolate bad boys McVities have just brought out might have found their way into my basket in Sainsburys.  Who can resist a chocolate biscuit, with chocolate chips and a chocolate coating? No one, that’s who.

Honestly, guv’, I only went in there for ice lolly makers and a cucumber. 

Anyway, here is what I’ve been eating on fasting days…

Fasting Day 1 (Monday)

5-2 diet apple sauceBreakfast: 100g of fat free yoghurt with a pot of apple purée dumped over.  I am going to take a minute or two to talk about these pots of apple purée.  I’ve been mad on them since I was a kid.  You see them in every French supermarché, but never across La Manche.  Why the hell not? They are great! I know it’s easy peasy to make apple sauce, but it never quite taste the same.  Ross and I had a date to Calais and I stocked up on the pots of apple sauce.  And by “date”, I mean “date” and not “booze cruise”.  We did buy wine, but we also had lunch a little bistro and flew our kite on the beach.  In any case, if you ever find yourself in France, give the little apple sauce pots a try.  

Coffee at playgroup.

Anyway, meal Total: 185 Calories


More “Skinny Days” soup, the recipe for which you can find by clicking this here link.

Meal Total: 93 Calories


My 5:2 Fast Day Stir Fry.  This was immense.  The sauce was sweet and sticky, the vegetables still had bite to them.  Perfect stir fry.  I know this is going to feature a lot in our house, fast day or otherwise.  I ate this with about two tablespoons of brown rice.  

5 2 stir fry 2

Meal Total: 214 Calories.  I’m rounding up, because I had a few bites of what was left. 

Day Total: 492 calories


Fasting day 2 (Thursday)


Nothing but fresh air and a glass of water.  I’ve been reading on the 5:2 forums about folk who save all their calories up for one meal, and it inspired me to mix it up a little.  I wanted to see whether that worked better for me than spacing out the calories throughout the day.  It only partially worked.


1 mug of low-sodium vegetable bouillon.  Funny stuff, bouillon, isn’t it.  I couldn’t really get past the fact I was drinking a mug of stock.  It had a slightly oily consistency, and I was perturbed by the fluorescent yellow rim it left in my mug.  I might not do that again. 

Meal Total: 12 Calories 


5-2 diet juiceRegular readers will know that I am rather partial to juicing, so for lunch I pushed an apple, 2 sticks of celery and a quarter of a cucumber through my juicer, topped it up with water and slurped it down.  It makes a refreshing and tasty drink.  Yes, yes, I know it kind of looks like algae-infested pond water, but I promise it doesn’t taste at all murky.

Meal Total: 70 Calories


Poached salmon with shredded spring greens, ribbons of courgette and two tablespoons of white rice.  And then a cup of coffee at Kez’ house.  By the way, I’m not a giant, I often eat from side plates to fool myself into believing I’ve eaten more than I have.  

5-2 diet salmon

Meal Total: 211 Calories

Day Total: 293 calories


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Notes: Calorie information taken from livestrong.com

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  1. I’ve been doing a bit of over eating on non fast days too….funny how I can go for hours on fast days without even wanting food but then on non fast days once I start I sometimes can’t stop!

  2. Will link up later – did an over night 24 hrs so i could eat cake yesterday morning and have wine to night. Got to get your priorities sorted, i say!

  3. Not fasted myself this week, on holiday! But bought Brad Pilon’s book and started reading it (read all the others 5:2, adf, if etc.) and it makes a lot of sense.

    Loving the sound of your stir fry, will definitely try that.

    How’s your weight loss with the 5:2. I’ve lost 24lbs since January but been static the last 3/4 weeks as lost the plot a bit. This linky is re-inspiring me, so thank you.

    Oh and lastly have you tried the kids puree pots, might sound daft but I always loved finishing Lexie’s off when we were weaning! xxx

    1. I’ve lost about 7lbs on it – not a whole heap, and it’s slow going, but I like it as a way of eating. I feel much more energetic on fasting days.

      I haven’t had a kid’s puree pot since I was weaning my son – do you mean the baby ones? If so, they just don’t taste the same as the magnificent French ones.

      I hope you like the stir fry xx

  4. Half a stone is fab! Well done.

    I’ve never tried the French ones so… But yes I did mean those. Aldi do some near the yogurts that are more for kids than babies. Worth a shot :)

    Thanks again xxx

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