100 Days of Fasting — Day 5 and 6

Day 5 - 09 November 2015

This fast has been my hardest so far. Why? Because I forgot that my local canteen was serving Chinese food. I always try to avoid the canteen when I fast but I had to go get a cup for my shake. When I arrived the aroma hit me straight away and the people snacking on sticky ribs, spring rolls and egg fried rice was agony. The good news was that I managed to get my cup and run back to the office! I feel proud that I managed to avoid it, but I have started pestering my partner saying that Friday night will be Chinese night. His response has been ‘we’ll see’…Fingers crossed!

Lunch as you would have guessed was a shake. I am slowly running out of strawberry shakes and plan to turn my back on them. The plan is that I will make all my lunches by hand as well as my dinners. It’s not fun seeing your colleagues eat scrummy sandwiches while you’re stuck drinking a shake!

After drinking my shake and constantly thinking about Chinese food I finally got my food shopping for the week. On this day I cooked Quinoa with sun dried tomatoes. I have eaten Quinoa a few times but this is the first time I have cooked with it by scratch. The preparation and cooking times were easy to understand and it is a good meal choice if you want something quick, easy and filling. I think the recipe is in the original 5:2 cookbook (I am not entirely sure as these were sent to me via the internet).

Quinoa with sun dried tomatoes

Be warned, if you do decide to try this it’s quite spicy due to the chili flakes! I found this dish tasty and filling. If I were to make this again I would eat this for lunch rather than dinner.

Now that this fasting day is over, I think I will start planning for Friday’s Chinese night…

Day 6 - 12 November 2015

This day was much better because Chinese was not on the menu, no sweet things were lying around and I was busy writing reports. If there is one thing I would recommend to stop you from breaking the fast is try being busy at all times. It helps keep your mind off the cravings and by the time you get to the end of the day you won’t feel as hungry as you thought.

For lunch I had a caramel shake, and once again avoided the canteen. Dean*, one of my colleagues who knows that I am currently on 5:2 showed me this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWgwJfbeCeU

I laughed because this is not how you do the 5:2, even though it has some similarities! Some people think the 5:2 is a waste of time, but I know it does work. Plus I am enjoying it and that's all that matters.

After work I played Frisbee with my local team and after a very sweaty Frisbee match, made some flavoursome chickpea curry. This simple curry is, as the name suggests, very flavourful. The spices used (cumin seeds, guram masala, and paprika) with the chickpeas and tomatoes made the flavours come alive. It took a while to get to the end result (half hour cooking time) but it was worth it. I believe it was supposed to be more liquid but it did not affect the taste. My only criticism being that the curry was a little too dry. This recipe is from the official 5:2 cookbook.

The flavoursome chickpea curry

It may not look like much but it filled me up pretty quickly, and kept me going until breakfast this morning. I would definitely cook it again but not on a Frisbee night!

Overall, this week was tough but I managed to stick to the fast which I am very pleased about. Now I am hoping tonight is Chinese night…

* Dean is a false name.