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The Fast Diet fry up

8 Apr

Yes, I’m still on the Fast Diet. It was going quite well (5lbs loss) until I got engaged (eeeeekkk!) which is pretty much an excuse to eat out and drink champagne as much as possible for a minimum of two weeks. The diet went out of the window. But now with a wedding to slim into (eeeeeekkk!) I’m more determined than ever so shed a few more pounds.

This post is designed to prove that, even on such a restricted diet, you don’t need to give up your favourite guilty pleasure foods.

A closet fan of the potato waffle, I really fancied some comfort food today and devised the following Fast Diet version of the rather naughty fry up:

  • 2 x Birds Eye Potato Waffles, grilled (210 calories – don’t go for the own brand version, they have nearly double the calories for some reason)
  • 1 x slice of boiled ham (35 calories)
  • 1 x 150g tin of Heniz Baked Beans (109 calories)
  • 3 x grilled mushrooms with a sprinkling of oregano (48 calories)

Total calories = 402

That still left a few calories for a little snack at work. I realise this might not be the healthiest use of my 500 calorie intake, but my Fast Diet fry up hit the spot today.

One of my finer culinary blog posts....

One of my finer culinary blog posts….

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The Fast Diet

7 Mar

This is definitely not a diet blog. It’s a food blog. I love cooking, eating and drinking. This will never be a diet blog, however, I would like to tell you a little bit about my experiences with the latest thing in dieting, the Fast Diet.

I’m not massively overweight, but wanting to shed a few pounds, I was inspired by a colleague who, in the blink of an eye, has developed a new, super svelte figure.

For those who haven’t heard, the diet involves five normal days of eating, with two days of fasting, in which you have strict rations of 500 calories per day for women and 600 for men. I’ll blog a little bit more about some of the science behind it another time, but the theory is shocking. Not only are the pounds supposed to fall off (they certainly have for my colleague) but it’s also linked to protection against a variety of diseases.

The first few fasts were horrible. I had a headache, I was grumpy and I couldn’t stop thinking about pasta. But three weeks in, I’ve just finished a two egg omelette with smoked salmon and spring onion (250 calories) and I feel quite good. I’ll keep you posted on the weight loss (if indeed there is any) but let me inform you of some unexpected side effects I’ve experienced so far:

  • Food tastes so much better when you do eventually eat. Simple steamed broccoli is full of flavour. (Even my cat’s food smelled nice today but don’t worry, I certainly wasn’t that hungry!)
  • You don’t want to binge on the non-fast days. Don’t get my wrong, it’s the thought of wine and mini eggs that gets me through the fast days and I definitely treat myself, but I thought I’d be stuffing my face with all kinds of goodies and that’s just not the case
  • Being hungry isn’t really that bad – it’s only one day

I’ve still got a long way to go. Some fasters have been telling me that “on the non fast days, you don’t even fancy food like bread,”  not me, I still love bread, but we’ll see what happens.

If I get really hungry, I could always eat this...

If I get really hungry, I could always eat this…

Tasty vegetarian korma with a kick

24 Jan

After a weekend of over-indulging I decided that the boy and I needed some sustenance. A meal consisting entirely of vegetables was never going to go down well with him, so I decided to disguise it as a curry. Throwing together a few left overs I was pretty pleased with what I came up with: a spicy korma-style curry that was thoroughly enjoyed by us both.

I recently learned that although only 3% of the UK population is vegetarian, another 5% regularly eat meat free meals out of choice. I may be (occasionally!) in that 5%.

I used: 1 x sweet potato, 1 x courgette, 1 x onion, 1 x pepper, 1 x carrot, 1 x butternut squash, a handful of mushrooms, fresh garlic, chillies and ginger, 1 x lemon, dried turmeric, cumin, cardamom pods fresh coriander and a tub of low-fat creme fraiche.

What I did: I made the curry paste in a pestle and mortar, chopping and mixing the herbs and spices, along with the lemon juice and rind (scraping the cardamom seeds out of their pods beforehand.) Then, chopped the vegetables, parboiled the sweet potato, carrot and butternut squash and then added to the wok, along with the remaining vegetables and the curry paste. Once the vegetables were cooked (don’t let them get too squishy!) I added the tomatoes and the whole tub of

low-fat creme fraiche. I finished off with extra fresh coriander and a spoonful of rice.

It was veggielicious!

My first all veggie curry

My belated New Year’s resolution…

6 Jan

is to keep my lovely blog updated with suitably appropriate imagery. I was getting ever so bored of the cupcakes. January…healthy fruit.

The January Detox?

11 Jan

January probably isn’t the best time to be starting a food blog. Delicately balancing the healthy eating regime with quietly polishing off the leftover Quality Street is a testing way to welcome in a new year. Having said that, I thought it was about time I had somewhere to rant about my love for food, post occasional recipes, discuss general foodie news and celebrate my beautifully colour coordinated kitchen. Enjoy!

So, what do you do about all that leftover Christmas chocolate? Here are a few ideas for you:

One, which I indulged in this weekend (and will be the subject of an upcoming blog post) is the baking of extravagant biscuits. Decorated with every type of confectionery you could think of and shared with an array of family and friends the calories were spared from my own waistline, result!

Love Food Hate Waste also has some interesting baking ideas for leftover chocolate. I’m particularly intrigued by the chocolate mayonnaise cake – if anyone tries it out, please let me know!

Chocolate truffles are fun to make but again, the mixture of double cream,alcohol, butter and chocolate is even less detox-friendly! However, if you do fancy it, check out Delia.

Other suggestions greatly received!

Everything in moderation...