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3/6/14 6:03 A

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My fast day is

*In the case I feel hungry I will eat a small cherry tomato or a pickle. I will register that in my calorie intake.
*Drink a lot of water, tea or sometimes I even drink a small coffee.
*I do have a big meal at the end of the day with my hubby. I got The fast diet recipe book so It can help me with some ideas, but usually take grilled chicken with vegetables or Tuna fagioli (beans) salad (Italian recipe).

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11/21/13 7:20 A

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My normal fast day consists of :
First meal at 12: 1/2 cup greek yogurt plain (80 calories)
1 cup frozen strawberries (50 calories)

Dinner (6-7 pm)
A big salad with chicken OR
a 6" sub from subway and cooked veggies

Well, cooked veggies are the plan, it usually ends up as a couple cookies... LOL

I keep it simple and consistent on fast days so there is no guess work, but want to incorporate a couple other simple, fast, yummy meals into the rotation for dinner

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9/24/13 2:32 P

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Okay, here is my fast day recipe...Water, ha ha!! I am too afraid to eat on my fast days because I know that I can and probably will overeat so until I am at maintenance weight, I have to stick with water and tea...

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9/23/13 4:33 P

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GUILTY PLEASURE ALERT!! For fast days or even feast days, when you are getting a craving for something sweet and spicy, I highly recommend Celestial Seasoning Sweet Pumpkin Harvest Tea. Zero calories and very tasty served hot or on ice! Yummmmy stuff.


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9/19/13 10:12 P

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This week (fast days Monday and today, Thursday) I started the day with my usual two cups of black coffee and then a green smoothie that had a half cup of fruit, 3 oz. nonfat greek yogurt, half a banana, a handful of swiss chard, ice, and water for about 150 calories. Then in the evening, I had a gigantic salad with lettuce, more swiss chard, 1/3 cup of lentils, 3 oz. baked chicken, tomato, cucumber, onion, bell peppers, and other odds and ends from my vegetable bin mixed with light sour cream and salsa from about 350 calories.

In between, I drink lots of water, and as I write this, I'm enjoying a big iced coffee.

So far, and this is week one, this works really well! I'm no hungrier (to my extreme surprise and delight!) than an other given day.

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8/17/13 5:30 A

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I make sure I have five freggies and 200 g (uncooked weight) protein on my fast days.
I find adding a teaspoon or two of psyllium to my soup or smoothie makes if more filling, I just stir it in immediately before drinking. You can't taste it and it keeps hunger away. You need to drink lots of fluid if you are having psyllium, which is fine because I drink as much water as I can on fast days.
I have flavored herb teas, such as licorice, lemon meringue, chai - they satisfy my sweet tooth and fill in for dessert.
As for fruits, apples, kiwi, oranges, strawberries, the low cal/low GI fruits are best on fast days. I love rhubarb cooked with vanilla essence and a few drops of stevia added when cooked, to sweeten.
I try to eat just two meals, one at about 11 am the other at 5-6 on fast days. If I am at work, I have two pieces of fruit to see me through to the end of the day.
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8/10/13 2:33 P

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Fresh fruit for breakfast and lunch. Supper 3-oz piece of chicken or pork loin with salad or steamed veggies and maybe a piece of fruit if calorie count allows. Starving by midnight, but it is a new day to eat reasonably. Lost 5 lbs so far this month. And they said it couldn't be done while on lithium.
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I found an another interesting site with recipes - calorieking.com. Lots of good fast day options. Also another great place to check calorie counts.


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8/1/13 8:59 A

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I have been having two Morning star sausage patties and a tomato for breakfast on fast days. At lunch I have light greek yogurt or cottage cheese and either cucumber or watermelon. For dinner I have been having sliced chicken breast over salad with a little feta cheese and light balsamic dressing for flavor. I usually end up at around 500 - 550 calories on fast days.

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i have so much kale growing that i just stuff that in my fruit smoothie, with coconut water and frozen berries. sometimes i just use water and add in whey protein. especially if i have to do a lot of activity. i have also found that i do better if i wait to have the smoothie until noon and then have my dinner around 4 or 5pm. today it was quinoa, black beans and green chiles

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7/17/13 1:34 P

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I don't eat any breakfast on my fast days. I like my coffee black so 2-3 cups is my every day start anyway. We eat our largest meal for lunch since retirement so around 2 or 3 pm I have figured out how much of whatever I'm fixing for my DH I can have that won't take me over 400 calories. In the evening, I have either 2 light string cheese and a salad of greens with 1 Tbsp. Kraft's Zesty Italian Dressing for 7.5 calories. This takes me over by the amount of the salad if I ate all 400 calories at noon, but I don't worry about them.

If I don't want the string cheese/salad, I make a 3 egg white omelet with 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers and 1/4 cup chopped onion for 76 calories.

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7/17/13 5:17 A

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I only have one meal on my fast days.

I just drink water and herbal/green tea, sometimes a black tea or small black coffee.

I start my fast after my evening meal and have no food until my next evening meal.

I find once I start eating I can't stop so for me this is the easiest way to get a full 24 hour fast in.

I usually try to limit my calories for my fast meal to around 500 but I don't worry too much if I go a little over :)

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I love my water and tea...those help!

I do eat eggs..I have tried breakfast...scrambling one egg....and that helped.

But now I'm doing the "LUNCH" dinner thing too...or trying. I have hard boiled eggs to eat for lunch and dinner...a salad..or chicken...or soup. Something yummy that I can enjoy but good for you too. I need to work on more veggies...I love salad..but need more veggies other than with salad.

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What works for me is to have coffee with Splenda for breakfast. Some green tea and my calcium chews for mid-morning snack. Lunch is a can of soup. Supper is turkey, vegetable, salad.

Today I actually had to eat some yogurt after supper because I hadn't eaten enough calories! That was a change.

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5/6/13 10:40 P

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I have to keep reminding myself when it is a fast day. All day I have to remind myself it is a fast day.
I don't have anything on my fast days from the evening before until breakfast the day after. That 2pm to 2pm sounds good to me and I may try it.
Today I had my coffee and milk for breakfast. Bottle of diet green tea for lunch and for dinner some fahita chicken with with onion and red pepper on a wheat tortilla. A dish of fresh strawberries for dessert. My scale is waffling between 182 and 184. I wish it would at least go to 180.

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5/4/13 10:46 A

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I don't have anything until I get to work at 9am and then I start on carbonated water, which I drink all through the day. At about 10-10.30ish I have some porridge (120 calories) which I've bring in a thermos. I then have the coffee that I normally crave in the morning, but for some reason I am not as interested in on fast days.

Late morning I usually have some raw veg (usually celery, but sometimes mushrooms or carrots) I then use my lunch hour to go for a long walk. When I get back to my desk I have some packet miso soup (29-41 calories) and a crispbread. If get pangs then I have more veg late afternoon.

That leaves me with 300 calories for my evening meal which usually involves a duck egg (no particular reason as to being duck, just these are the only ones we have in the house and they are tasty and bigger!) Sometimes it has been lentils, other times with a can of tuna as a salad Nicoise. I did try those 0 calorie Japanese noodles, but I didn't really see the point.

MEADSBAY - I miss my bedtime glass of wine too! It's my biggest deprivation, but definitely good for me!!

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4/26/13 4:59 P

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I'm sorry too. I also posted in the wrong place. I didn't notice that there was a Fast Day Meals already started. Geez. Making a mess of it.

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Sorry- this sort of thing should have been over on the chat thread.
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I'm not usually hungry in the evenings but I sure was running on empty last night- went over my 500 calories by 150 with a1/2 glass of milk and a slice of 40 cal bread with a smear of pb.
Going to bed hungry brings up all sorts of feelings of deprivation from my childhood.
Happily (healthily) eating today and tomorrow.
Fasting again n Thursday.
Scale actually up 2 this morning (???).
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The chicken stock is a good idea. I haven't tried that, but do use veggie soup as a low calorie lunch. I prefer drinking tea with milk, so have 1/2 pint planned in so my evening meal is generally bigger than the others at about 200 to 250 calories. Yesterday I had 3 oz steamed fresh salmon with 4 oz mixed frozen veg which was okay and was able to have my hot chocolate (low calorie of course) before bed.

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I'm new to this 5:2 Fast diet but I have been doing some intermittent fasting (inconsistently) since last June.
I like to fast for at least 18 hours- from supper until about 2 the next day, then break my fast lightly with a 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt or something like that (today I had a cup of chicken stock I had just made this morning with an ounce or two of the chicken scraps- yummy!).
Oh, I do take a morning medication that is supposed to be taken with a meal so I usually have 2 hard boiled egg whites (35 cals) or two bites of my yogurt.
I drink either water or hot water w/lemon or Bigelow's Green Tea with Lemon all day.
Then at night I eat a 400 calorie meal-
usually a big salad with 2-3 oz of chicken.
NO WINE- a biggie for me (tonight that was hard).
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Meg,

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Thanks for the tip. I haven't really thought about GI so long as I can keep the calories low.

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Not only are lentils filling, they're heavy on the protein. Two for one!

I don't know about potatoes being a good fast day food. Low-cal, sure, but high GI/GL. One of the points of 5:2 is not spiking your blood sugar, so eating potatoes kind of defeats that. If I recall correctly, they're an 85/100 and you generally want to stay with foods below 50.

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Lentils are also a nice filling, healthy side. Only 70 calories for 1/4 c. dry lentils. The shirataki noodles are only 40 calories for a whole package and really filling.

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I do eat either rice or potatoes with my dinner meal - 1/2 cup wholegrain brown rice is 105 calories and a small baked potato is not much more and I top it with tuna or hummus or cottage cheese which is good protein but not too calorific.

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I eat bread with my eggs for breakfast.

I actually agree with you about the grains helping my stomach with all the veggies. The longer I eat this way though the less I need it. I guess my stomach is getting used to it.

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No grains?! I'm pretty sure I'd go up a wall with just protein and vegetables. For some reason lots of produce makes my stomach really quite angry with me, so I find the grains help. But hey, if it works for you, then go for it.

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Pittmom I agree with you. I had been adding about 1/3 cup of brown rice on most fast days to my veggie/chicken stir fry and it's not working. It's not a good choice for me. I do better to load up on the veggies then waste the calories on brown rice.



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The things that help me most on fast days are non-starchy vegetables, low fat protein like eggs or tuna and a small pot of javavana mate in the afternoon. Oh also sometimes shirataki noodles if I am especially hungry. This way I can have a decent volume of food so that I don't really feel deprived. I personally have found it easier to wait as long as possible before eating rather than spreading it among 3 meals. I do 1 or 2.

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I finished my first fast day today and had porridge made of lentils, 1/2 cup of orange juice and a small apple chopped for breakfast, lunch was vegetable soup with 50g of chicken style quorn pieces, and dinner was a chicken salad. I tend to avoid potatoes and bread on fast days as it is easier to cut down enough without them

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I eat just about the same thing every fast day.

2 eggs cooked in a non stick pan (no butter or oil) and a piece of dry toast (Pepperidge Farms has a bread called ''Very Thin Bread'' that only has 40 calories in a slice)

I drink a cup of black tea with breakfast.

Dinner is a stir-fry cooked without oil.....chicken, 2 cups of cabbage, 1 cup or mushroom and 1 cup of zucchini. Sometimes if I am really hungry I will add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of brown rice to this mixture.


I drink loads of black tea and water all day.

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My first fast day of the week today. Started the day with black coffee. Went to the gym, did 40 minutes spin class, two express circuits and half an hours swim. Have drunk several pints of water, chlorinated and not! Now time for a little rest. I only have one meal on a fast day. It's going to be a large green salad, with yellow pepper, tomatoes, red onion and a little low fat mayo, and a tin of pink salmon in brine. (300 calories + salad+mayo). emoticon

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That sounds delicious Jazzmine. I tend to avoid my protein powder on my fast days because it adds calories without real food. I find the veggies good because I can have so many of them. This is just me though. You will find what works for you and it might be the smoothie because it seems like it would be filling and nutritious.

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I really like having a smoothie with berries, almond milk, flax seed and protein power. I am considering this for my fast day meals. Sound like a good idea?

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Glad that works for you, Brenda. Personally, I don't like salad. Sometimes I can do it, but most of the time, blek. Cooked veggies are where it's at for me.

I forgot to even mention drinks! I drink a cup of green or black tea everyday with breakfast, and a ton of water throughout the day. I have a 24 oz. steel bottle I just keep refilling. If it's a feed day I also drink milk, but soda and juices are pretty much nonexistent for me. I don't even crave them.

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4/13/13 8:57 A

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I found luck on my first fast day with a lunch time veggie salad salad using Dannon Lit & Fit blueberry yogurt as a dressing with some red wine vinegar. It came out to a 100 calorie salad which left me 400 calories for dinner. I had chicken, and peas for dinner. Lots of water and one cup of black tea and 2 cups of decaf tea.

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I wouldn't say these are exactly recipes, more like guidelines? If you're looking for specifics, use these guidelines and play around with ingredient amounts in the tracker. I've been counting calories so long I just do it by eye at this point.

BREAKFAST

Oatmeal - 1/4 cup dry quick oats made with water
Fruit - Apple, banana, melon, berries, ect.
Protein - Hard boiled egg, nuts, or nut butters

More often than not this ends up with me mixing the oatmeal, fruit and nuts or peanut butter all together.

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Omelet - One or two eggs, depending on what and how much I put inside it. Herbs and spices in the omelet itself, protein and a bit of cheese in the fold
Fruit - Something with no prep work. Think apple, banana, pear, ect.

I like beating in pepper, red pepper flakes and basil or parsley with the eggs, and then filling with whatever cheese I have on hand and maybe some chopped ham or turkey. Leftover meats are your friend here.

DINNER

Vegetables - Whatever is on hand
Grain - Brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, amaranth
Protein - Canned fish such as salmon, leftover meats, or roasted.
(sometimes I might leave out the protein if I'm using a high protein grain)

I always seem to have broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, so I steam them and mix with brown rice and canned salmon or tuna. Maybe a drizzle of olive oil or soy sauce. It's also nice to just chop up some vegetables, lightly coat them in olive oil and kosher salt, take a marinated or seasoned chicken breast and roast them all together. Simple and fast.

Optionally, you could also chop up veggies and raw meat, put in bag and freeze it bag. Then in the morning, just throw one bag's contents in a crock pot with some stock or water and your grain choice. This way you can prepare multiple days as once, and it's done by the time you get home with very minimal effort.

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Soup - Preferably something with protein
Crackers - Whole wheat variety. I love me some wheat thins.

I like bean and lentil, split pea with ham, or chicken and vegetables. Soup is nice because you can make it ahead and freeze it, so it's extra easy when you're busy. Not to mention, soup is cheap to make. My bean and lentil costs me like, $4 to make and easily has 10 servings.


Hope this helps people figure out what's possible on a fast day.

❧ Meg

WI • Twenty-Three • Unadventerous Foodie • Classic Cinefile • Bibliophile


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