I mentioned the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of protein thing to Tracey last night. As ever she thought it through and pointed out that it depends very much where you are in the world as to what the figures are. A good example is portions of fruit and vegetables. In the UK ‘5 a day’ has been the cry for a number of years but as you look around Europe the RDA for fruit and veg varies from 2 to 10, depending on what country you are in.
I’m feeling a little guilty also as I started this diet quite suddenly and it has had a minor disruption on home life. I normally cook whilst Tracey puts the kids to bed but with the 2 fasts I haven’t wanted to cook so I’ve taken over the children. I don’t know why she puts up with me!
Anyway I had a good day yesterday. The fast felt a lot easier and I didn’t really want my evening shake but I forced it down. I need some calories just for basic body functions and I didn’t want to wake in the middle of the night due to hunger. I have also looked at having a proper meal rather than the shakes and was shocked and appalled by the calorie content of some of the food I/we eat. Some quick cook pasta stuff I consumed by the packet is over 900 calories!!! And I used to put butter and cheese on top of it!!! No wonder I’m morbidly obese. I also cut down slightly on the amount of water I drank. I drank around 3 liters on Monday and around 2 liters yesterday. I felt a little waterlogged on Monday and was up 3 times in the night. Yesterday was better with only 1 nightly visit to the toilet.
I’m going to do a 3 on 4 off regimen for this diet. I’ll fast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and ‘eat what I want’ the rest of the time. I want to be able to enjoy family picnics and parties, which are on weekends normally, without breaking the fast. I’ll see how it goes. I’ve heard that a 2 day fast followed by 5 days of eating can also work and I may try this as we approach Christmas. I just think it will be easier to find a window of opportunity as we have quite a large family.
I had a nice blueberry muffin and a cup of coffee in the garden this morning at around 06.45. It looks like Autumn may be a better month than August. I hope to camp in the garden with the kids this weekend – I’ve been promising for weeks but the ground has been too wet. What can you do?