As you may know I have been trying to be a little more health conscious lately, although that didn’t seem to stop me stuffing my face with pizza and cheeseburgers while guzzling Moscow Mules like they were going out of fashion last weekend. To balance my somewhat dubious diet I try to eat as cleanly as possible from Monday to Friday. So when Sprout, a vegan and completely additive free homemade meal service offered to provide me with a weeks worth of free meals I was only too happy to oblige them in their offer.
If you are a follower of my Instagram you may have noticed that I’ve taken up juicing! For the past few years I have attributed my weight loss and good health to the fact I follow a Raw til 4 diet and start my day with a green or veggie smoothie everyday. It has honestly worked wonders for me inside and out. However I gained quite a few pounds on my last trip home, 10 to be exact (damn you Cornish pasties!), and while 5 came off rather quickly the other 5 seem to have stuck around. I wouldn’t usually mind, but I bought quite a lot of clothes while I was back home that are still rather on the tight side. So to give me a bit of a boost I thought I’d give juicing a try after watching the Jason Vale Super Juice Me documentary. I’m not planning to give up eating indefinitely, so don’t worry, but for three days this week and next I’ll be cleansing with juice and then after that have a juice day once or twice a week to clean out all those pizzas and burgers I eat. So since I haven’t been eating out over the last few days I thought I’d share 3 of my juice recipes. Despite being packed with veggies and nutrients they are totally delicious, and will have you feeling fighting fit in no time.
Of all the food I write about, I’d say that a good 80% of it is pretty unhealthy. While it may seem that I live a wildly unhealthy lifestyle filled with cheesecakes and pizza, it’s not the whole picture. Despite the name of my blog I do tend to eat quite healthily two thirds of the time, and this is what has allowed me to maintain a 100lb weightloss. I love my fruit and vegetables and enjoy a green smoothie or juice most mornings and follow it up with a healthy salad for lunch. I snack on plenty of fresh fruit and nuts throughout the day, however when a burger is offered my way I eat it, I never deprive myself of something I want for dinner and somehow that works for me.
For the past few months I’ve been getting a bit pudgy round the middle, clearly having a job which involves me working in close vicinity of my fridge is not paying off. Now this wouldn’t usually bother me except none of my clothes fit and summer is fast approaching meaning my wobbly thighs will be on full display. I’ve decided to try and get back on track by eating raw till 4 again and doing a bit of exercise. If that doesn’t pan out I’ll just buy new clothes, but I figure it’s worth a try at least.
Yesterday was another fasting day. We had been out to the pub the night before and sadly after a sampler plate and several drinks I have gained a pound and a half. So I was glad to back on the diet. Things have been going very well thus far so I will need to be careful with what I drink, especially mid-week.
So I thought I would start off with a healthy smoothie and a banana. I made my smoothie from 140g of frozen strawberries (50 cals) 70g of frozen mango (50 cals) and 100ml of orange juice (50 cals). I also added in 100ml of water to get it going a bit. With my banana this added up to a nice round 250 calories for my first meal. I also waited until 1pm before eating. I think if you are able to then waiting as long as possible is the way to go.
For last nights dinner I made a prawn salad. I was actually surprised about how much you could actually get for that amount of calories. I had 9 large king prawns (100 cals) a tomato (18cals), a small red pepper (32 cals), lettuce (10 cals) a cucumber (15 cals) and half a carrot (15 cals). I used three tablespoons of balsamic vinegar as my dressing (50 cals) and the whole lot came out to 240 calories.
Yesterday I decided I would try a new tack and instead of waiting until I get home to eat my dinner I will eat it during my break at work at 7pm. Last time it was just too long between meals so I didn’t really feel that great, so I made my breakfast later and my dinner earlier. However around 9.45pm, I was desperate to rip into a bag of salt and vinegar crisps, it was still hours before I would be asleep and I wanted them so much!! Watching TV is not the same without a delicious snack. Luckily for my waist line my boyfriend has a lot more willpower than I do and encouraged me not to give in. He made me a nice soothing cup of peppermint tea instead.
I weighed myself today and I had lost a pound, so I’m still half a pound up from Wednesday. So my weight loss so far is still 6lbs.
I managed to survive my second day of the five and two diet. Although today was a lot harder than the last time. I started my morning with grated apple and strawberries topped with low fat homemade yogurt (recipe here) and 2 spoons of healthy nut muesli. This is what I would normally eat for breakfast although on a normal days I would eat a slightly bigger portion. This clocked in at about 250 calories. I ate this around 1pm just before I set off for work. I got up at 11am so I made this meal my breakfast. I also had a black coffee which although it woke me up I felt light-headed later in the day.
At 4.30 I was given a Lotteria bulgogi burger as my work snack. I was already feeling pretty damn hungry at that point and usually would have devoured it. However I drew upon all my strength and will power and gave it to one of my students. The hunger soon passed and I continued the day drinking plenty of water and herbal teas.
By 7pm I was starting to suffer, I had a headache from the caffeine and was starting to feel weak, I think the caffeine in the green teas had sped up my metabolism and I was feeling light-headed because my blood sugar level had got low. I was starting to regret giving away my burger at this point, but I had another class to do with no breaks so I had no choice but to suck it up and finish. I think doing the fasts on week days is definitely the way to go, as I’m busy and don’t have the time to eat even if I want to.
I got home at 8.15 and made a healthy omelette made from 2 eggs, a red pepper, a tomato, some spinach, some courgette, half an onion and some salt, pepper and herbs. If you want to know what 100 calories of vegetables looks like then here it is…..
Your really hitting a new low when your reduced to weighting your vegetables, although eating 8 mini cupcakes in row just because there was no one else to eat them also falls under the same category. My omelette racked up to 240 calories making it 490 for the day. Well done me.
Since starting the diet last Wednesday I have lost 6 pounds, taking me back down to my usual weight. I have to say that I had gained 6 pounds whilst on holiday which is quite normal for me and it generally comes off in a week or so anyway. So I think next week will be the tell to find out how well its working.
My new life begins today as I have started the Five and two Diet. After returning to Korea after two weeks of pure unadulterated gluttony I was very dismayed to find out that I have put on 6 pounds. You would think it wouldn’t have come as a shock after eating Chinese for 3, a large pizza, nutella tiramisu, three wraps and a large variety of ethnic snacks, washed down with a family size bag of chocolate buttons. But I was disappointed none the less.
Fortunately for me I have a very healthy and wise Gay BFF who introduced me to the wonders of the 5 and 2 diet. I have attached the link to the video below that is on youtube, so you can get the full details. The basic gist is that 5 days a week you can eat normally and 2 days a week you fast. Before you get too worked up the fast days aren’t really that bad as you are able to eat one 500 calorie meal, consisting of anything you like. As well as helping you lose weight, it also does wonders for you health, stopping you getting cancer and helping you to live longer. So always being one to jump on the bandwagon of a new diet. I’m ready to give it a go.
So I will now be posting all the lovely things I make for 500 calories or less, as well as all my full fat recipes and restaurant reviews (or at least until I lose my 6 pounds and say bollocks to it). I’m going to try and do it for a month and see how it pans out. It’s a pretty new diet but I’ve only heard rave reviews so far so I’m willing to give it a go.
Day 1 – Although I had it in my mind that I was going to start the diet this week I hadn’t actually planned on starting today. Its my first day on a new job and I felt like I could do without the extra pressure. However this morning I woke up with raging tooth ache, a quick trip to the dentist and a mere 458,000 won later. I was on my way to my new job when it dawned on me that it was 2′ o clock and I hadn’t eaten a thing. I decided to not look this gift horse in the mouth and started the diet today. I had my favorite mocha coffee this morning which is 112 calories. Plus a roll of kimbap which they gave me at work which is around 450 calories. So technically I am a bit over but I did move some furniture around this morning so I reckon I’m golden.
It’s now 7.30pm and I’m not hungry yet, although I know the hardest part is the evening ahead. Thankfully my jaw is still rather on the painful side but its going to still take a lot of will power to let a dodgy jaw put me off my food.