Fast Day 31: minor lunch, but dinner made up for it!

Thurs 29 Aug 2013

Break – 6.15am – porridge – total 144c

  • 20g oat bran = 74c
  • 200ml skim  = 70c

Lunch-  – soup – total 42c

  • Hansells All Natural- Wonton Soup = 42c

Dinner –  beany lentil quinoa stew – total 284c

  • 20g Organic Coconut oil = 171c
  • 60g Patak Butter chicken paste = 96
  • ½ can chopped tomatoes = 54c
  • 400ml can Trident Light Coconut Milk = 344
  • 420g can Coles Baked Beans = 420c
  • 400g can Coles Chickpeas = 220c
  • 100g red lentils = 148c
  • 50g pearl barley = 63
  • 50g quinoa = 196
  • 2 teaS chicken stock = 12
  • 1 x Primo chorizo sausage – 133g = 405c
  • 53g cashews = 314c
  • 91g peanuts = 564c
  • 50g dessicated coconut = 341
  • 110g frozen mixed veg = 50c
  • 211g onion = 63c
  • 390g sweet potato = 351c
  • 8g garlic = 11c
  • 160g carrot = 51c
  • 200g red pepper = 62c
  • 56g celery = 8c
  • 35g spring onion = 11c
  • 100g spinach = 21c

Total 3976 / 7 bowls = 568c per bowl.  I am having half a bowl tonight (still quite a lot of food) = 284c

Fast Day 31 total:  470c



Made this dinner last night, and ok, it seems like a lot of ingredients, but there wasn’t much veg in the house (fridge disaster, had to buy a new one, so in the meantime we’ve had dwindling fresh supplies) so a lot of it is bulk- the lentils, beans, barley and quinoa.  It was a bit of a hodge podge really, and I didn’t know how it was going to taste or turn out- was literally “bung it all in a pot and keep your fingers crossed!” type dinners, which luckily turned out really tasty! 🙂  The peanuts and cashews I ground in a blender with some stock, and then stirred it in to get a nice nutty flavour.

I just realised that I forgot to add the curry paste to the list (now added), so unfortunately I had to cull the 50g Greek yogurt I’d planned to have with my lunch as I’d be over cals.  Lunch will be quite small, although the soup is tasty, and the dumplings make it seem naughty, so am sure I will survive.  Maybe when I get in from work if I’m feeling desperate I can have 30c of yogurt…. Might be about 40g….. I will eat it with a baby spoon. 😛


The day was alright considering I had a super tiny lunch.  I lasted until just before 7pm to have my dinner and didn’t even have to have a baby portion of yogurt!  Before dinner I even did the following: rearranged the new refrigerator, blended some sweet potato soup I made last night (and forgot to actually blend….), prepared the rest of my lunch for tomorrow (Greek yog with maple syrup, an orange, some nuts and a few seaweed rice crackers that need eating), AND made some healthy chocolate fudge!  Well, it’s still in the freezer chilling and solidifying so the ‘making’ isn’t finished yet, but it will be done this evening.  Obviously I can’t try any today, but I will get the boyfriend to try some and give me the verdict!

Healthy Chocolate Fudge

Recipe from

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • pinch salt (optional)
  1.  In a saucepan, melt the honey and coconut oil and mix all together well.
  2. Sift cocoa powder into the saucepan a bit at a time, stirring in well.
  3. Add pinch of salt if using.
  4. Put into tupperware or baking tray or icecube tray- and put in freezer for 1-2 hours to set
  5. Remove from freezer and chop into pieces.

*keep in fridge, or freezer if you’d prefer frozen icey treats.

Can’t wait to try some tomorrow! 🙂


Coconut milk porridge!

Ran out of milk this morning but I still wanted porridge, so I made it with 200ml light coconut milk instead.  Was a bit of an experiment but it turned out great- really creamy and delicious!  More fat and cals than skimmed milk of course, but think there’s some healthy goodness in coconut milk too, so if you’re in a pinch like I was I’d recommend using coconut milk!

Recipe: Chickpea Blondie Brownies

Here’s the chickpea recipe as promised:
That’s the original, and they have TONNES of other healthy recipes I want to try!
I adapted my brownies as follows:
Chickpea Blondie Brownies


  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Chickpeas (was about 1 1/2 cans), drained
  • 1 Cup crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 Cup maple syrup
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup dark choc chips and 1/4 Cup White choc chips
  • 2 handfuls chopped hazelnuts
*  Blend all except hazelnuts and choc chips in a blender until smooth-ish- is never going to be 100% smooth cos of the crunchy peanut butter!
*  Mix in hazelnuts and choc chips, and pour into a baking paper-lined cake slice tray.
*  Cook in preheated oven- at 350F  – for about 30 mins.  Check with metal skewer- should come out clean when done (excluding melted choc from choc chips).
Ta dah, easy peasy! Next time I might try swapping the choc chips for dried dates, or am thinking the denseness of the recipe might be good for a gingerbready type version, with crystalised ginger and ground ginger/nutmeg! mmmm yum, want to bake some more already!

Fast Day 30: Soup, the lazy girls friend!

Tues 27 Aug 2013

Break- 6.15am- total 82c

  • 120g Chobani 2% Greek Yog = 82c

Lunch- 1.30pm – total 182c

  • Woolworths Skinny Soup- Tomato, Lentil & Bacon- 300g fresh pot = 182c

Dinner   – pm – total 234c

  • Woolworths Skinny Soup – Mild Indian Masala Dahl Soup = 234c


Fast Day 30 total = 498c

Think I ate so much over the weekend I really wasn’t hungry today.  Usually I get tummy grumbling about 11am, but not today!  Mostly had my lunch break because I wanted the work break rather than food.

The menu for today wasn’t really very inventive, but a busy weekend meant I was quite tired yesterday and couldn’t really be bothered to come up with anything more exciting.  But that’s what soup is for- it’s why I bought them at least- for when laziness strikes!  Maybe Thursday’s Fast Day I will plan something more interesting, but we shall see.

I did make the chickpea blondie brownies at the weekend like I said I was going to, and they were really good actually!  Tasted lovely and nutty, and not like chickpeas!  Great if someone has a gluten/wheat intolerance, I’d really recommend them.  One friend tried them (after some convincing because he’d already eaten a lot of food not long before) and ended up having 3 pieces!  And the other friends asked for the recipe, so I think it’s quite a winner! 😀  I added an extra egg (worried it wouldn’t rise at all with no flour!) and 2 handfuls of chopped hazelnuts.  It had choc chips in, but you could easily substitute that for dried dates- which I might try next time, will make it fudgy and delicious I think.  Will put the recipe (and a photo, cos I had the forethought to take a picture this time!) on here later.

You may have noticed I have been posting a bit less recently.  I’ve been doing it for a while now, the Fasting and the blog, and there’s always so much stuff to do “in real life” that I’ve decided  not to post all my Feast Day eating any more as it’s quite time consuming.  I’m sure I will sometimes, and am sure I’ll be telling you about  momentous weekend eating on occasion, or recipes that I’ve really liked, but I’m not going to be posting every Feast Day now.  Suffice to say, Feast week days are usually pretty healthy, not much different to Fast Days except I usually have a yogurt and fruit n nuts, and some kind of veggie lentil dinner rather than soup.  Weekend Feast Days are where I go more nuts- usually involving cake, cheese and wine.  So if ever I’ve gained weight one week, it’s safe to assume it’s because of my general weekend over-indulgences.  It’s almost September now, and since I want to be fit and fabulous by the time it’s my 30th Birthday in Jan I probably need to start listening to my body more at the weekend and eating less- this is my aim now.

Fast Day 29: Kiwi, my saviour!

Wed 21 Aug 2013


Breakie – 6.15am – porridge – total 143c

  • 20g oatbran = 74c
  • 100ml skim milk + 100ml water = 35c
  • 8g raw cacao powder = 34c

Lunch – total 174c

  • Woolworths Select Homestyle Lamb and Barley fresh soup pot – 300g = 174c

Post work Snacks – total 37c

  • 70g gold kiwi = 37c
  • Coke Zero = 0

Dinner – veggie stirfry – 7.15pm – total 146c

  • teaS canola oil = 41c
  • 141g pak choi = 18c
  • 110g broccoli = 37c
  • 30g celery = 5c
  • 20g Lee Kum Black Pepper sauce = 26c
  • 15ml Amoy light soy sauce = 7c
  • 125g (1/2 pack) Slim Organic Shirataki “fettucine” = 12c


Fast Day 29 Total: 500c


11.45am:  Two Fast Days in a row- thought had to include something chocolatey to make it feel easier, so had choc porridge which was quite tasty! 😀

The lunch soup is one I’ve not tried before, so I am looking forward to it, esp cos I love lamb and I love barley, so it sounds about perfect!

Mostly today feels like I want to eat just so that I can have a mini-break from work.  Luckily today does not seem as evil workwise as yesterday was though (fingers crossed touch wood it stays that way!!!), so at least I am not having the “OMG I NEED CHOCOLATE NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!” like I was yesterday. 🙂

As I am a glutton for punishment, last night I was looking up some recipes- why do I always look up about food when it’s a Fast Day?  Beats me! 😛  ANYWAYS, these are healthy treat recipes, and I found the most awesome website with tonnes of yummy treats that are all natural, lots of vegan raw recipes- – I might have to try one at the weekend, am thinking maybe the blondie brownies made with chickpeas would be perfect to take with us for the hike we’re doing on Sunday!  I’ll keep you posted if I have time to make them on Saturday- have a lot planned Saturday (including feeding/mucking out the horses, preparing food for our first BBQ of the season, and picking up my new glasses- eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!  Only took a week, go Specsavers!) so I might run out of time, but hopefully not as I really want to try something from this website this weekend!

3.44pm:  Bored now, is it home time yet, is it food time yet?  Gahhh, this feels like a long day.  Think it might have to be an early dinner tonight to make sure I don’t scoff junk!

6.03pm: omg do I want food, anything, toast, chocolate, ANYTHING!  Good job I had kiwi planned for this evening- was going to be dessert but I scoffed it when I got in, and it helped with a sweet craving I had, that and a glass of Coke Zero to tide me over till dinner!  Cannot wait till tomorrow when I get to eat, although I am a bit concerned about potentially binging on food…..  distracting myself now with doing my money book and exercise diary.

8.22pm:  feel much better for having had my dinner, all’s well again, feel in control again now.  And since it’s evening now, if I get hungry later I can just go to bed!

Weigh in:not a shock.

Wed 21st Aug 2013

  • Start Weight:  9 stone 8lb
  • Goal Weight:  8 stone 6-9lb
  • Weight last week:  9 stone 1 lb
  • Weight this week:  9 stone 3 lb
  • Weight loss this week:  0 lb
  • Weight GAIN this week = 2 lb
  • Weight loss total = 5 lb

I was expecting this, so it wasn’t much of a shock or disappointment.  Is my TOTM soon, in a few days, so am sure that some of it is water retention- it usually is.

Fast Day 28: Could have done with some chocolate!

Break – 6.15am – porridge – total 144c

  • 20g oat bran = 74c
  • 200ml skim = 70c

Lunch- 1.05pm – soup – total 144c

  • Woolworths Skinny Soup- Spicy Mexican Chipotle Tomato and black bean soup- 300g pot = 144c

EXERCISE: 45 min Swim

Dinner – 8pm – stirfry – total 172c

  •  185g pak choi = 24c
  • 100g broccoli = 34c
  • teaS canola oil = 41c
  • 20g Amoy Sichuan Spicy paste sauce = 54c
  • 15mlAmoy Light Soy Sauce = 7c
  • 125g (1/2 pack) Slim Organic Shirataki “fettucine” = 12c
  • garlic powder and Chinese 5 Spice = 0


  • 70g gold kiwi = 37c
  • 1 glass coke zero = 0

Fast Day 28 Total:  497c

Today was alright, Fast-wise, although work was super stressful and I really would have liked nothing better than to come home and curl up on the sofa and eat chocolate.  Probably a good day it was a Fast Day then!  😛  Went swimming after work, and when I came back I had my yummy dinner and that was filling, plus a bit of fruit for dessert- totally do-able day, despite the evilness of work tempting me to naughtiness!

Weigh in tomorrow. I fear there will be weight gain, but if there is, I know that there will also be weight loss in the future, so I will try not to let it bother me too much!  Will try and use it to spur me on to eat well this weekend.

Also tomorrow could be tricky aside from the weigh-in, as I’ve decided to do another Fast Day- 2 in a row.  I’m not going to yoga so I thought I might as well Fast tomorrow, so that I can do my running on Thursday with some extra gas in the tank.  I struggled to keep up last week, so I thought it might help if I had a bit more food on Thurs.  This could be a VERY bad idea, 2 Fast Days in a row, but never mind, nothing happening when I get in, so if I feel like it I can just curl up on the sofa if I’m feeling exhausted!