Gillian, I started this about 5 weeks ago and in the first month I lost 3 kg and 4" off my waist. I'd forgotten all about this thread but noticed it just recently. I know several people trying it but my verdict of the 'diet' is that it is so easy and not like a diet at all. I really look forward to my 'fasting' days and at this stage I'm still quite happy to have an egg on dry toast for breakfast with a cup of coffee (yes, I do have a bit of milk), home made vegie soup for lunch and 100g baked beans on dry toast for tea with a piece of fruit. Sometimes I have a second coffee during the day but it depends on how busy I am. Whilst visiting Geoff in hospital for all those weeks I took cold baked beans every day for lunch - I'm lucky in that I love the 3 foods I have on my fasting day.
I also found some great recipes on the web and have printed out heaps of low calorie foods to eat on the other days but in larger quantities. I also find I'm being careful what I eat on the other 5 days which I find easy to do once I'm in the 'diet mode'. I make healthier choices when I dine out, don't eat cake or biscuits at home and only have a glass of wine when out. If I feel hungry on my 'fast' day I drink a glass of water but I've had no problems with those days at all and I actually look forward to them. I do Thursdays and Mondays and just change those days to suit what is happening in my life. I love the flexibility of it. I noticed on some of the blogs I read that some people do the fasting 2 days in a row - I probably would find that harder and prefer the way I do it.
One of the soups I make is the Garden Vegetable Soup from Best Recipes (recipe No. 1117) in the TMX which is a weight watchers soup and although I probably could have 2 bowls for lunch, I only have one which compensates for me having milk in a couple of coffees a day (I hope).
Will post recipes as I do them but here's a few.Stuffed baked Potatoes
- 4 serves 325 calories per serve of 2 halves of potato. I usually only do 2 potatoes at a time and give 1 to Mum.
4 x 300g potatoes -207 cals
225g broccoli - 16 cals
4 slices (120g) ham or cooked lean bacon, diced - 49 cals
120g cheddar cheese, grated - 52 cals
S & P
Oven bake or microwave potatoes (I do m/w, it's quicker) until cooked.
Cut broccoli into small pieces and steam a few minutes until soft.
Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh.
Stir in the other ingredients, keeping back 1/4 of the cheese ( I usually add a bit of milk here, not included in the calorie count of course)
Arrange the potato skins in a large ovenproof dish and fill with the stuffing. Sprinkle remaining cheese on the top.
Cook 10 minutes in a hot oven or longer if you have made them in advance which is what I do.
I usually have 1 portion only (163 cals) and serve it with a salad.
On a non-fast day I would eat both halves.Chicken Noodle soup
recipe posted on forum. This makes 4 serves and is 240 cals per serve (if using the garlic paste, a wee bit higher but nothing to worry about)Broccoli & Leek Bake
- 2 serves 250 cals per serve
Chop 25g tasty, low fat cheese - set aside, divided in half.
90 g sliced leek sautéed in TMX 10 mins/varoma temp/reverse/speed 1 in a small amount of olive oil. Remove & set aside
200g florets from broccoli lightly steamed - I did in the microwave 3 mins.
100g potato, very thinly sliced - I cooked them on my microwave chip maker & sliced them on the mandolin that came with it - paper thin slices.
285 mls milk, 1/2 the cheese, 1 tsp veg stock concentrate and 15g cornflour into the TM bowl - 5 mins/90o
Place the steamed broccoli into an ovenproof dish, sprinkle the sautéed leeks over the top.
Pour most of the cheese sauce over the top then arrange the thin layer of potatoes over this then the rest of the cheese sauce and the remainder of the grated cheese.
Either place into the oven or microwave and cook until vegies are soft and topping is bubbling. I've had this on a non fasting day with other vegies or salad.
I think these recipes were from www.mumsnet.com
or links from there. Just go to the site and search for 5:2 recipes.