I mentioned last week that the geekdaddy and I were trying a new eating plan where for two days a week we “fast”. In this case “fast” does not mean “eat nothing”, rather it means “eat a single meal of 4-500 calories within the 24 hour period” (that’s for women, men get 5-600 calories). For the remaining 5 days each week we just eat normally. Although we’re doing this for health reasons rather than for losing weight, I am seeing this kind of eating plan referred to elsewhere as the 5:2 diet, so that’s what I’m calling it too. Sadly it looks like the Horizon programme on this subject is no longer on iPlayer, which would have been where I would have directed you for more background to this eating plan, and an idea of the health benefits, so for now you’ll just have to take my word for it!
The geekdaddy and I fasted on Monday and Wednesday last week. These days were chosen as they are not next to each other, and are days when the kids eat at nursery so we just cater for ourselves. Unsurprisingly Monday was the hardest of the two days – I got severe munchies later on in the day, and was also extremely tired – so tired in fact that I was in bed before 10pm, which is totally unheard of for me usually! However I think this was more due to staying up late the night before to watch the Olympic closing ceremony than the fast.
Wednesday was much easier; having done it once already I knew my hunger wasn’t going to be unbearable. In fact, over the two days I’ve learnt some interesting things. First of all, hunger isn’t constant – it comes in waves. This means that if I do get sudden hunger pangs on a fast day I know it’s my cue to drink a big glass of water and it will soon pass. Also the hunger doesn’t really get any worse – both days I was expecting to wake up the morning afterwards and dash straight into the kitchen to stuff my face with anything I could find, but actually I’ve found myself eating perfectly normally on non-fast days. I also don’t think I’m snacking as much on non-fast days, and whilst previously I felt a lack of control particularly around cakes and biscuits I think I am more able to eat in moderation now.
I appreciate it’s early days still, but I think this is looking sustainable, and if it delivers the health benefits that were claimed, it will be great.
I recorded a few audio blog entries about the diet and my experiences last week, which you may be interested to listen to:
I weighed myself yesterday morning, and I’ve lost 2 pounds – if that carries on I’ll be extremely happy, although the main purpose of this diet is not to lose weight.
So, on to the meal plan for this week. I’m not using the menus4mums plan this week, as it’s a bit of a funny week with the bank holiday weekend coming up. We’re away visiting friends over the weekend, which cuts down the number of meals I have to plan.
Monday: Nothing (fast day)
Tuesday: Chicken in creamy blue cheese and leek sauce (farmers’ market purchase)
Wednesday: Nothing (second fast day)
Thursday: Nothing planned (we’re taking the geekdaughter out of nursery for the day so both of us can go with her to see Brave, and we may go for a meal out afterwards)
Friday: Tuna with pasta and cheese sauce (a storecupboard special!)
Saturday & Sunday: No plans, as we’re away.
I’ll be linking this post up with the other Meal Planning Monday posts over on the At Home with Mrs M blog – why not head over there and see what other people are eating this week?