Preparing for Bootcamp and a 5:2 Diet Update:
I’m excited. I’m off to Bootcamp in Spain next month. I’m also terrified. Although I’ve done reasonably well following the 5:2 diet, partly in an effort to improve my health, I’m in no way a fitness freak and this particular invitation to review has elements of madness about it. I’m sure everyone else will be younger, slimmer and fitter. And I’m not entirely convinced I can do it. But, it would be churlish and bad karma to turn something that has to be good for me down!
Of course part of the justification for me is that I might reach my final 5:2 diet target weight and genuinely move into maintenance. At the moment I hover somewhere around 2 kilos over the weight I’d like to be and I’m struggling to get there. A week of exercise, ultra healthy eating and (probably) no alcohol might just do the trick.
Meanwhile I’m in preparation mode. I’m following an exercise routine that I’ve half invented and half borrowed from the 30 day squat challenge using my cross trainer to add some aerobic element to the challenge and so far all seems to be going well. I’m hypothyroid, so I tend to be a little achy all the time and bizarrely daily exercise seems to HELP the aches. I’ve borrowed my friend’s teenage daughter’s waterproof trousers, rucksack and hoodie and I’m treating myself to a new pair of trainers and set of swanky gym kit (a little motivation!). And I’m trying hard to follow the 5:2 diet.
I’ve always liked Unearthed products and I’ve always bought them, so I was pleased to be offered a chance to sample some of their new range. They always do seem to have products that you can keep in the fridge for those occasions when you don’t feel like cooking but you want something special to eat. And, they have plenty of things that work well for someone following the 5:2 diet. I’ve always used the marinated prawns as a standby because they have an excellent shelf life and you can eat them hot or cold. But the Squid Less Fish rings were particularly intriguing. At just 189 calories for 100grams, they could make a perfect 5:2 diet meal, particularly on a day when you don’t feel like cooking too much.
I had some green prawns (uncooked) to use up, so my 5:2 tapas dish used a mixture of squid less rings and prawns, together with a couple of tomatoes, a little chilli and a clove of garlic. Cooked in a teaspoon of olive oil, the entire dish was around 230 calories per person. That’s using a full pack of the squid less rings and about 50 grams of green prawns to serve two people.
I served the seafood chilli tapas with a large portion of padron peppers (60 calories including the oil to cook them) and had a fun, Spanish style evening meal that really didn’t feel like diet food at all. I’ve got a few more samples to try from Unearthed. I’d already bought and eaten the prawn and chorizo pinchos, which are delicious but perhaps a little high in calories for a fast day (339 calories per 100g), and the banderillas (70 calories per 100g) and no doubt I will buy more little treats to hide in the fridge to keep me going while I prepare for bootcamp.
Of course if I don’t make it home, you are welcome and indeed encouraged to come and raid the fridge!
Disclosure: I received a few samples of Unearthed products, one of which I used making the seafood chilli tapas.