Today is the first day of my third week of this new eating style. I refuse to call it a diet since I have always felt diet to be a dirty four letter word. I hate diets! Healthy eating? That I can do. This is a way of eating that should be sustainable over time.
I do not want to argue over the benefits/dangers of "fasting" two days a week. It is my choice and I am going to do it. Am I hungry on my fast days? Yes! Will I die of starvation on my fast days? Definitely not. I can go one day without eating three squares and two snacks. In a typical week my fast days, which will average around 450 calories, are going to be Mondays and Thursdays. This week, because of making plans with a friend who is off work on Thursday, my second fast day will be Wednesday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will (normally) be set days, meaning I will try my darnedest to not go over 1500-1600 calories. Saturday and Sunday . . . all bets are off and I can eat and drink what I like without worrying.
I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories Monday through Friday. It has a marvellous data base and you can input your own recipes so there is no excuse for not keeping on top of my calorie count for the day. I have also joined a forum for the 5:2 eating plan just for the extra support. You can find it here: 5:2 Fast Diet Forum. They have a great FAQ section.
I have started this blog as another way of being accountable. I plan to post recipes and links to blogs/websites that I find helpful. I love to cook and this is just another challenge to creating healthy meals for my partner and my two boys. I hope to inspire you and be inspired by you in this journey to better health. Thanks for coming along!