Week 3 of the Alternate Day Fasting Diet down and I could almost get used to this (says she from the comfortable complacency of a feast day). Despite a massive mid-week blow-out Mexican style (which thankfully coincided with a feast day) I’ve still lost another kilo and what’s more surprising maintained my sanity, such as it is.
From the perspective of deprivation, it’s interesting to note what foods take on the patina of desirability. For example I never thought I’d be drooling at the thought of salad, or hanging out for another shot of herbal tea, but there you go. No doubt it’s good for the soul to be cultivating a taste for such wholesome fare, and it’s certainly good for the waistline which is hovering on the verge of making a reappearance after months of suffocation under a donut of flab.
Just in case you’re salivating at the idea of eating ADF style, here’s a list of “staples” I’m finding are reliable friends on the fasting days (i.e. tasty and reasonably filling but low in calories):
- Water – Mount Franklin’s Lightly Sparkling spring with slices of lime is what I have when splashing out (pardon the pun)
- Herbal tea – a real fave is Lipton’s Uplifting Lemon Ginger and also Dr Stuart’s Slim Plus
- Salad – I’ve still got a weak spot for that old classic, tomato, cucumber and onion
- Mung beans – I’m addicted to these
- Avocado – naughty but nice in small quantities
- Asparagus – at its peak now and amazing just blanched for a couple of minutes then tossed with lemon zest & olive oil
- Sweet potato – as for avocado
- Chick peas – yum with anything
- Lime, lime and more lime (short of a Key Lime pie of course)
- Citrus actually in any form, oranges, mandarins, tangelos, etc. – their zing seems to compensate for lacking the substance of those evil foods I must avoid at all costs (the recollection of which I must also wipe from my memory banks)
- Konjac Noodles – God’s gift to dieters, a 100g serving of these adds up to a tiny 8 calories. They’ve got no fat, no carbs, no sugar and are gluten free. On their own they have virtually no flavour, but they’re ideal to have with a stir fry as they take on the flavours of whatever they’re paired with and they’re surprisingly filling. Incredibly easy to prepare, they come in pre-cooked packs of 250g. All you do is wash, rinse and pop in hot water to heat through.
- After fantasising for days about having the very last slice of Almond and Pear Tart, I was on the brink of sinking my choppers into it when I realised the green spots weren’t bits of overlooked pear skin, but mould!
- Enduring fast days chained to my desk at work when I can’t even look forward to a restorative vino at the end of the day
- Not much else
- Definitely feeling lighter and fitter – walking further and panting less
- Starting to take the healthy food option through preference rather than coercion
- Anticipating slipping lithely into the several pairs of skinny pants that have been hanging around unworn in the wardrobe for some time (not all at once)
- Sleeping better
- Whites of eyes looking close to white on the mornings after no grog the night before
So, onward and downward (hopefully) on the scales.
by Anne Green