Preparation is something I do a lot of...birth preparation for my doula clients that is. I know the value of being prepared, and of going into a situation armed and ready when it comes to the time to welcome a baby earth side. What I've never done much of though, is thinking about and preparing my meals for days when I'm out working. Oh I might sling an apple in my bag, but will I ever get around to eating it? (I always change the handbag apples when they start to look too sad) Far more likely that I'll eat the crisps that I also take, aiming to buy a sandwich at the hospital to eat with them.
In my head, I've got enough to be thinking about, and I'm a busy person, so that rich and tantalising chocolate sponge cake that the hospital League of Friends coffee shop sells by the slice looks homemade (and therefore must be healthy) and will be a great lunchtime energy boost after a morning on the wards, readying me to meet breastfeeding mums at the drop-in in the afternoon. The volunteers at the shop even save me the last slice on the days that I'm working.
So now I have embarked, in my usual impulsive fashion, upon an 800 calorie a day blood sugar diet (oh that sponge cake! It was probably 800 calories each voluptuous forkful) and have decided to combine it with intermittent fasting, meals on the go have to be well thought out and executed.
Out comes my little insulated lunch bag, several ice packs and sandwich box, and in goes any number of delicious salads with leaves including spinach and watercress. You can add sliced tomatoes, peppers cucumber, celery, nuts, avocado, hard boiled eggs, toasted fennel seeds, toasted cumin seeds, toasted any sort of seeds and nuts. In the picture above I've toasted some black kale in coconut oil to make it crispy and added smoked salmon and a tiny splash of home made vinaigrette. Slices of chicken, quorn, tofu, beans and pulses are a great way to bulk out the salad and make it a filling, satisfying lunch.
For the vinaigrette:
- 3 bsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- A garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- Pinch of Maldon Salt
- Some crushed black pepper
- A teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- A teaspoon of honey
It takes me the whole lunch break to crunch through this lot. It tastes divine. I wouldn't normally take time to really taste what I'm eating, I'd be reading or scrolling whilst eating my sandwich, but this kind of meal is so flavourful, and doesn't take your energy to digest. I notice that I don't get hit by that typical 2pm wave of tiredness as my body copes with digesting bread and other complex carbohydrates, and of course I don't get that sugar crash later on in the day either!
It's day 6 of my diet. I had a couple of glasses of red wine (which is allowed) one evening, and the following day I did struggle a bit with feeling tired, depleted and a bit light headed...blood sugars affected by the wine I guess. An hour's rest sorted that out...hence no blog post that night, as I still had to go out with Ernie and do 5000 of my 10000 a day steps.
|Ernie and I are not used to 10000 steps for sure!|
I've lost 5lbs so far, and I feel fantastic. My skin and eyes are clear, and I can feel that none of the food I'm eating is fighting me. Now for the weekend...bonfire torch making resumes, so I'll be meeting friends I haven't seen all year...a trip to the pub afterwards with them, and Dave my son and daughter for lunch...should be interesting, could be challenging, I'll let you know!