5:2 Drink ALL the teas!

Into the 3rd week of this eating regime, and I do like having a structure to the week, and the challenge of menu planning.
Monday’s menu was egg-white/banana pancake with raspberries (80 cals), lunch was miso soup (30 cals) and a beetroot and feta salad (140 cals), and dinner was a slice of ham (30 cals) with leek,  pepper and mushrooms done in the microwave (90 cals)
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I texted my husband as I was leaving the office to see if he needed anything, and to my horror he requested a steak! That was a tough ask, going into a supermarket surrounded by food, and choosing a juicy steak that I wouldn’t even get to eat. Lesson learned there – as well as menu-planning for ME on fast days, ensure there is something already in the house for dear OH.

What really gets me through the day is herbal teas. I have amassed a delicious selection, including green tea with cranberry, rosehip, rooibos Earl Grey, licorice with oriental spices, and good ole rosehip. My daughter often accuses me of always ordering “the most random thing off the menu” and I think she would be nodding her head in appreciation of this eclectic and random teas.
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On Tuesday, the day after my fast, I was feeling incredibly up-beat.  I could eat whatever I wanted, and was enjoying running various possibilities through my head.  Mmmmm chocolate!

My next fast day was Thursday.  I had 85g cottage cheese (85 cals) for breakfast with a few pickles.  Unfortunately these turned out to be garlic flavoured, so I was emitting garlicky-pickle burps all morning – lovely!

For lunch I had the beetroot and feta salad again, with a sachet of Ainsley Harriott hot-and-sour soup (65 cals).  For dinner, I found my new best friend  Aunt Bessie.  Specifically, her frozen carrot and swede mash, a mere 45 cals for 100g.  I had this with a slice of prosciutto (35 cals), and my leek/ pepper and mushroom saute done in the microwave. (50 cals)

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Overall, I’m feeling great.  The fast days take a bit of planning, but the pounds are coming off steadily.  All I need to do now is learn how to buy less food – we visited a lovely wee home bakery in Comber last Saturday, ate some of the gorgeous potato bread with peppers, and chees’n’bacon soda bread on Saturday and Sunday, I was fasting on Monday, we forgot about them on Tuesday and by Wednesday they had to be thrown out.

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