Consolidation due

65 days is enough to have gathered information for some kind of consolidation, so given I will have barely any time to write up anything this week, I’ll leave it there and will consolidate next week or whenever I get the time to review.


Day 65 – Monday

Fasting phase, morning: Was a bit hungry on the way to work this morning but it pretty much passed, although I did feel very much like lunch by the time noon rolled around. This may be the work of hormone levels though as I do feel like I want to just eat everything and never stop.

Feeding phase: Had some biryani from yesterday – tasty. Followed by a nice white coffee and an apple for dessert. Had some 70% cocoa chocolate during the afternoon but couldn’t wait to get home to have some more of that banana & peanut butter bread, which had dried out a bit but was still nice and moist. Tastes so good – why do carbs have to be so tasty?!

Dinner was a fresh medley of smoked salmon, goat’s cheese, asparagus, salad and humous. Fantastic. Followed that with some… banana & peanut butter bread! Later on had some 90% cocoa chocolate – oh the darker the better – and copious amounts of tea during studying.

Studied for the rest of the evening and into the fasting phase.

Fasting phase, evening: Had some chocolate & tea just before starting and now off to bed feeling pretty good.

Overall, a day of feeling like eating everything everywhere so was quite handy to have fasting windows and feeding windows to keep some control on it as it’s not really healthy.

Stats: 1542 calories, 178g carbs, 68g fat, 56g protein. Activity level: Sedentary.


Day 64 – Sunday

Fasting phase, morning:Got up fairly late and was a bit hungry but not bad.

Feeding phase: Broke the fast with a decent fry-up – rashers, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms, accompanied by some tea. Still learning to properly cook up meat but it was tasty! Was still hungry though and was mindful of probably not having eaten enough yesterday so also had some fruit & yoghurt – blueberries, pear, orange pieces, Greek yoghurt and agave nectar. Very satisfying. Still loving that I can have such big meals and still stay within a healthy range.

Studied later on and did a quick half hour workout as I wasn’t feeling tip-top. Followed that with a lovely biryani made with black beans and veg. Even though it’s made with white rice it was quite low in calories, although mostly made up of carbs. Might try mixing up some brown & white rice next time.

Baked some banana & peanut butter bread with dates, so had a taste of that before starting the fast. Tasty but a bit too moist so will change the quantities next time. I made it this time with oats, so it’s got more protein & fat and less carbs, though more calories. Had some apple & peanut butter before starting the fast as well – bit of indulgence but still healthy.

Fasting phase, evening: Went into this during a study session.

Overall, a good day with a variety of food & snacks and very easy to keep to the calorie count as well. I’m getting very used to the right portion sizes and snacks but still need to sort out macro breakdown.

Stats: 1980 calories, 216g carbs, 76g fat, 105g protein. Activity level: Moderate.


Day 63 – Saturday

Fasting phase, morning: I slept til about 10am and woke up not feeling great so made no plans for breakfast and cleaned the kitchen instead. If I was a breakfast-eater, I would’ve made something and sat on the couch I reckon, so it’s kind of good to have that ‘freedom’ to do stuff otherwise.

Feeding phase: When it came to feeding time, I didn’t want to make anything and really felt like going out so ate out and instead of having a breakfast type of thing, I had a nice tuna steak with cous cous. Felt great – nice and fresh. By the time I ate it must have been about half one, so broke the fast late, which is good because it started late last night anyway.

Cut the really long lawn with the manual mower during the afternoon, which almost broke me. I had a boiled egg with cottage cheese halfway through and two coffees but still, it almost finished me. I still have scars on my hands from pulling grass out from between the blades. So I was pretty trashed after that and needed something easy to make for dinner but yet nutritious so that I could feed my weary self. I roasted veg and had them with a tomato based sauce and some borlotti beans mashed up with half the roasted carrot. Really easy, tasty and nutritious – 444 calories, 64g carbs, 11g fat, 24g protein – most of that from the beans.

Later on, I felt like something a bit sweet and indulgent so I had some Greek yoghurt with orange pieces and agave nectar and mixed in some seed mix with that as well. So nice. Greek yoghurt is the best.

Fasting phase, evening: I started this fairly early but also fairly full.

Overall, a good day but hard to decide how much to have since I did a couple of hours of hard labour in the garden but it’s not technically ‘lifting heavy things’. Unsure, so I didn’t worry too much about calories and sort of ate to please myself too – easy food, indulgent creamy yoghurt, etc. Happened to come in under calorie anyway, which isn’t great as I did need the fuel. Still, I had a good bit of carb so my muscles would have that to feed themselves.

Stats: 1479 calories, 173g carbs, 44g fat, 98g protein. Activity level: Light (hard to say).


Day 62 – Friday

Fasting phase, morning: This flew in mostly as it was quite busy in work. I was ready for lunch when it came along as I had started the fast early. I did consider finishing it early with a snack mid-morning but didn’t really feel like it and it seems more worthwhile to just eat during the same window each day rather than think about start & end time.

Feeding phase: Went to a new cafe for lunch as I’ve been out a lot and am really bored of the local options – not much healthy variety if you don’t want bread or pasta. Great cafe where I had a nice brie salad with cranberry topping. Felt great, although it wasn’t very filling – brie is great for fat & protein though, so that was good, it’s just that there wasn’t much else that was filling in it.

Made a massive salad for dinner later on – 180g lettuce, so lots of fibre! I put in pine nuts and walnuts to give it some good fat and used pesto for dressing with olive oil, so more fat. I added boiled eggs and some cream cheese as well. All the factors of great nutrition, I think. It turned out to be fat-heavy followed by protein, then carbs. I could have and maybe should have had more carbs in it as it’s a workout day today but I can always follow my workout with carbs so it was nice to have something lighter before working out. Also I had had a muffin when I got home, so that was mostly carbs anyway.

Had a great workout, though it took me past 10pm so I started the fast late as I needed to eat post-workout. I had a protein shake during the workout as well, which I mixed with some milk and coffee – so nice. Post-workout I had a really nice bowl of chopped pear with stewed apple (heated) topped with chocolate (melted) and Greek yoghurt. Phwoarh, so sexy! I still didn’t hit my max calories but I got enough in so that my muscles were able to eat.

Fasting phase, evening: Started this late and just after eating.

Overall, a great day of healthy food including desserts and muffin!

Stats: 1776 calories, 124g carbs, 108g fat, 86g protein. Activity level: Moderate.


Day 61 – Thursday

Fasting phase, morning: I didn’t eat a lot yesterday so I did look forward to lunch today. I was also a bit tired given I was out late and had to get up early.

Feeding phase: I had a really nice nutritious lentil and quinoa salad to break the fast with a big coffee. Satisfying, plus I had some of my homemade banana, pecan & date bread for dessert. That’s a 550 calorie meal, including 27g protein. Still too much carbs at 97g and too little fat at 8g but that seems to be the way it goes with most lunches. It’s not easy to find low carb lunches.

For dinner I knew I wanted to use up some eggs, plus I started to really feel like a nice full breakfast, so I had baked beans, fried eggs, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and some of the oat soda bread I’d made. It was really nice and very satisfying! The bread is quite high calorie (130 per slice) but great for a meal like this with some beans. I had an apple for dessert and I really felt like it too – I love that my tastes are changing so that fruit is seen as dessert, which is how it should be.

I had a lot of coffee today but mostly espresso. I have noticed that if I want to keep the calories down on a rest day but still enjoy my drinks, then espresso or tea is the way to go really.

Fasting phase, evening: I was quite full from dinner but still it meant that I hadn’t anything to eat for a while before starting the fast, so I reckon it started around 8pm.

Overall, a very satisfying day – I am appreciating how my diet is set up for being able to enjoy what I want, when I want it without destroying all my hard work. Today I kept within my calorie range and still enjoyed that dinner, which may be seen by some as not part of a calorie-restricted or healthy diet.

Stats: 1494 calories, 226g carbs, 33g fat, 71g protein. Activity level: Sedentary.


Day 60 – Wednesday

Fasting phase, morning – had gone way over calories last night so shouldn’t have felt hungry but there were still little pangs. Easily forgotten though and they just pass right by. I am really enjoying my morning espresso though and I wonder if that’s just because I want to taste something. Hard to tell as I do love coffee anyway.

Feeding phase: I knew I was going out later so I wanted to get something good in so I went for a nice big veggie omelette with salad. I had tea this time, though I normally have coffee – unless I can get a good flat white, a white coffee tends to be a bit too milky. Great meal though.

Later in work, we had a celebration and there was lots of food, including some muffins I made on Monday. However, it was all just before yoga class so I couldn’t have a lot. I had half of two of my muffins though – 100-ish cals per half – and they were very tasty. I’ll definitely make those again.

After yoga, I went to a cafe and ate a tuna and egg salad with coffee so that I wasn’t going to be hungry in the pub and definitely didn’t want to be hungry all night during the fast. Tuna and egg are fast becoming my favourite go-to meals for great nutrition.

Fasting phase, evening: I was in the pub for the start of this and drinking water so barely noticed it as I don’t need to keep a watch.

Overall, a good day where food played a key role given it had to be timed for yoga and it was used for social celebrations, plus getting a feed in before the pub. Very easy to mismanage.

Stats: 1430 calories, 174g carbs, 55g fat, 57g protein. Activity level: Moderate.


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