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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)
Breakfast: 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.
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
Regular 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.
Meal Total: 211 Calories
Day Total: 293 calories
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Notes: Calorie information taken from livestrong.com
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