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5:2 Recipes

04 Jan 2014 10:55 - 04 Jan 2014 10:56 #19376 by Lux
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OK. Nothing to eat so far this year. Past the hunger part, but now keep thinking about food. My new years resolution? Fasting has become a permanent part of my life. When I do resume eating, I will fast twice a week. I will be searching for recipes for 500-600 cal. for the twice weekly fast days. Here is my first attempt. I am mostly lacto ova vegetarian and leaning towards vegan. (I have yet to shake my pizza love).
V8-Spicy hot, two liters and two large boiled eggs - 566 calories
V8-Spicy hot, two liters and 2 tablespoons of Adams all natural peanut butter - 621 calories

Fruit mix: 1/3 pound frozen blueberries, 2 cups frozen peaches, 3 small apples, and 1/8 cup of toasted pecans - 598 cal.
(Start with 6 apples and cut off the outside 1/4-1/2 inch peeling. The core and remaining meat is either discarded or saved for non-fast days and only the peeling and the outer layer is eaten. This reduces the volume to only 3 apples, but keeps most of the non-sugar nutrients.)

V8-Spicy hot, 8 cups of cooked Kale - 566 calories (Wow, that is a lot of kale)
V8-Spicy hot, 1/2 cups of boiled peanuts (A southern favorite) - 651 calories (skimp on the peanuts to bring this in under 600 cal.)

7 boiled eggs - 542 cal. (I would not be hungry, but probably would not recommend this either)

5 plain granola bars - 589 cal.

1/3 pound of Back to Nature Blueberry Granola - 533 cal. (Probably too much temptation to add milk and calories.)

4 cups unsweetened applesauce, 1 oz salted peanuts - 580 cal

1& 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, 1 cup chopped red onions sautéed in 1 tablespoon of peanut oil, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, favorite herbs and spices to taste - 531 calories

Well that is it for now. When I begin eating again and 5:2 fasting, I will try these. I suspect that some will make me more hungry then others. Some clearly have different nutrients than the others. I think I will save them on 3x5 cards and pick one at random twice a week maybe. I look forward to your recipes that I hope all of you will add.

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04 Jan 2014 16:18 #19379 by david
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Oh I see so you going to follow the same regime as on Eat Fast and Live Longer. I will try to have just water on my non eat days as I know that once I start the low calorie instead of just water intake it will lead to a very worn out fridge hinge.

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04 Jan 2014 16:37 #19381 by Lux
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I am water fasting for now. Nothing since last year. As to the 5:2, water is ideal but often the social pull may be too strong. When I begin eating again, I will have to experiment with this to find out what works for me.

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08 Jan 2014 14:36 #19456 by Lisafast
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I always felt the same way, that eating only 500 calories would be torture and that water would be easier, but from reading the book, The Fast Diet by Michael Mosely, the guy in the Horizon documentary, Eat, Fast and live longer, it seems that people find that they adjust to it in a week or so and that it automatically makes them eat less on their eating days because they get realize that feeling hungry is not the end of the world. I have been experiencing over eating on my non fasting days that eliminates the weight lost from fasting and I have been having such trouble moderating my eating. I'm giving this a whirl. My plan was to have a 3 egg omelet with cheese and green vegetables on my "fast" day. Plus coffee. I think it will be better to eat one meal for my 500 calorie day, with perhaps coffee (54 cals the way I make it) in the morning and the meal 12 hours later, like 6 am and 6pm or so. Yesterday was my first "fast" day and I went over my calories by 300 but I still feel motivated and I think it will work. I'll keep posting. Once I get through my first week, I'm going to post my experience on the Intermittent fasting blog.

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10 Jan 2014 18:10 #19482 by shae
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I also think trying to stay below 500 calories would be difficult. Once I start to eat that’s it. I do know having a specific eating window works best for me. So if I skip breakfast and lunch I eat whatever I want for diner. Then before you know it its time for bed. Using this method I was able to lose weight.
To your question of recipes. My all time favorite thing to eat at this time of year is soup. A homemade vegetable soup can be very satisfying and very low cal. I like to add carrots, celery, onion, and Fusilli pasta. You can always add some beans for protein. I’ve recently been adding broccoli to mine towards the end of the cook time.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese is another favorite of mine. I make the grilled cheese in the oven, it gets nice and toasty without any oil.
Chips and salsa: I use corn tortillas, cut them into 4 sections, brush a little of olive oil, add a bit of sea salt, put them in the oven till crisp. Good for when I’m craving something crunchy and salty. I’ve been using store bought salsa lately, but homemade is delicious.
I also like to take the corn tortillas sprinkle them with cheese and finely chopped tomatoes, scallions, and occasionally olives.
Oatmeal is another good choice, add a bit of milk, a sweetener, a few raisins, and sunflower seeds.
These are just a few that I can think of.

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