Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I, like many others, have been on many diets and I have been quite successful on some of them. The one I achieved the most with, also had the negative effect of making me see food simply as a point value and nothing more. The idea of eating a jar of pickled onions was appealing because it was 0 points!! I don't want to be that person ever again. Don't get me wrong; I love pickled onions but a meal they are not!

Recently I have been feeling very blah. Months of winter padding and big jumpers have left me feeling a little like a marshmallow. Time to make some changes.

You love food, you’re a little bit of a food nerd; you think about food from the moment you wake up till the moment your head hits the pillow? You dream about food, waking up in the morning hungry for what you devoured in your sleep. Know the feeling? The idea of counting calories all day every day is just painful. I don’t want to care about how many calories that lovely piece of crispy skinned belly pork has in it. I want to add that extra splash of olive oil. I want to drink the wine without remorse. I want to butter it without shame! I don’t want the guilt. I am so over the guilt. I want my cake and I want to eat it!

So the Fast Diet is my choice. Never heard of the Fast Diet? Here is a little info;

If we were to distill the Fast Diet into a single sound-bite, it would all come down to 5:2. That’s five days of normal eating, with little thought to calorie control and a slice of pie for pudding if that’s what you want. Then, on the other two days, you reduce your calorie intake to 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men.

Since you are only fasting for two days of your choice each week, and eating normally on the other five days, there is always something new and tasty on the near horizon. In short, it’s easy to comply with a regime that only asks you to restrict your calorie intake occasionally. It recalibrates the diet equation, and stacks the odds in your favour.

Bear in mind that the programme is designed as a well-signposted path towards a longer, healthier life; weight loss is simply a happy adjunct to all of that.


I have searched the Internet for recipe ideas and tips and decided that there really is not that much inspiration for the 5:2 diet, so this little old blog seems like the perfect place to share a little bit of Fast Day love.

It’s what I love to do; researching food, planning food, playing with food and creating new ideas about food. That’s why I am kind of partial to the Fast Diet. It appeals to my inner foodie. It’s a food geeks playground. It’s a challenge but in a good way.

I believe that low calorie does not have to mean low flavor! So grab your 500 calories and lets see what we can do!

I will be sharing my Fast Day meals, hints, tips, highs and lows.  There will also be plenty of butter coated recipes too, as those 5 days are all mine for the eating!

I am not a diet or nutrition expert.  Anyone who wishes to try this diet plan needs to first check out all of the details right here.  All of my calorie values are plucked from either the packet or the internet.  All recipes and images are my own.  

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