Recently there was a Horizon documentary on the BBC entitled “Eat, fast and live longer” (and that punctuation is very important!). The geekdaddy and I watched it on iPlayer last week, and it had quite an effect on us. It showed some pretty convincing evidence that selective use of fasting (or at least significant calorie intake limitation) could have a dramatic effect on your overall health – reducing cholesterol, blood sugars and various other stuff. If you’re interested in this I recommend actually watching the programme whilst it’s still on iPlayer.
In the programme, one of the eating patterns that was explored was a weekly pattern where you could eat anything you like for 5 days of the week, but for the other two restrict your calorie intake down to 4-500 per day for women and 5-600 for men, taken in a single meal. Now, that sounds a bit scary to me, but both the geekdaddy and I were so impressed by the apparent health benefits of doing this that we’ve decided to give it a go. Given that I can’t resist attacks of the munchies at the best of times, I don’t know if I will have the self control to manage it. But you never know until you try, do you? We’ve decided we’ll try doing this on days when the kids are at nursery so as not to mess with our family eating. Our chosen days are Monday and Wednesday, which means today is our first day. I shall be eating something from the work canteen for lunch, and the geekdaddy is probably going to have a large breakfast. I’ll let you know how it goes, and yes Mum, I’m being careful!
This week’s meal plan is mostly made up from the menus4mums meal planning service again, although it’s been slightly amended as it was our town’s farmers’ market on Saturday and the geekdaddy picked up a few things for us to eat over the next few weeks. Here’s how the week is shaping up:
Monday: Nothing (fast day)
Tuesday: Meatballs with pasta and a rather nice looking chilli tomato sauce from the farmers’ market
Wednesday: Nothing (second fast day)
Thursday: Stuffed peppers with salad and crusty bread
Friday: Caruso chicken, new potatoes and broccoli
Saturday: Chicken Pilau (which we should have had last week but ended up going out instead)
Sunday: Speedy beany bolognese
It’s going to be an interesting week I think…
You can find more Meal Planning Monday posts over at At Home with Mrs M – why not head over there and see what other people are eating this week?