Managing 5:2 Diet Fast days – Mushroom Stroganoff with Lentils
I’m back into the 5:2 diet now, my first full fast day for a few weeks will be tomorrow. In the meanwhile I am attempting to ease myself in gently by eating light meals today that would potentially be good as one of the two fast days on this diet. I know it’s sometimes hard when you’ve been over indulging a bit over the holiday period to face the idea of just 500 calories – the allowance for a 5:2 fast day – so instead I’m trying to keep well under 1500 calories today in an effort to make tomorrow easier. I’ve heard some people saying they like to do their two fast days back to back, but I simply couldn’t face that. And for me the joy of the 5:2 diet is that you can fit it around your normal life. I love cooking my 5:2 diet recipes and perhaps because psychologically I don’t feel ‘pressured’ I generally enjoy fast days. This Mushroom Stroganoff and its spicier sister, Mushroom Goulash are staple 5:2 diet recipes for me but I’ve made a few adaptations I hope you’ll like
I’m still learning about what works best for me and the trick I’d like to share with you today is one that was explained to me on the Revival Bootcamp by our Chef/Nutritionist Diana. As I think I’ve mentioned, I really didn’t ever feel hungry. It was, she told us, the fact that she included an element of protein in every meal and most of the snacks. Maybe just a few nuts, maybe lean meat or fish. The result was great. Not only did our diet of 1300 calories a day feel quite easy, but a diabetic on the programme was astonished to find that her normally brittle blood sugar readings were stable and within the correct range the whole time on Diana’s carefully balanced five meals a day meal plan.
So, while I’ve enjoyed Mushroom Goulash and Mushroom Stroganoff in the past with zero noodles or white rice, today I’ve made a serving of black lentils. According to Wiki, about 30% of the calories of lentils come from protein. So while a serving will add around 100-150 calories, it will also fill you up and keep you feeling full for longer. Which after all on a fast day is what most of us are looking for. Pairing a small portion with an utterly delicious Mushroom Stroganoff makes a meal that is a meagre 193 calories per serving and a nutritious and tasty recipe for a 5:2 diet meal plan.