Oh yay, it’s the New Years diet…

So, who else is on a New Years diet?!

Well you can be assured that I am, and I thought I’d use the blog to share some of my diet tips and recipes.
Todays tip is simply: big breakfast, medium lunch, small dinner.

Half for medical reasons and half because I know it suits me, I’m following a low GI, relatively high protein diet. What this basically means is not eating carbs on their own (to avoid blood sugar spikes), and cutting out as much as possible very refined carbs (pasta, bread, white rice, sugar). I’m not calorie counting, nor do I own scales. I intend to diet very slowly and gently for around three months, or until my arse is smaller. I thought about photo-blogging my weight-loss, as a way of measuring myself without scales, but then thought of what would happen to my fathers heart rate if faced with half-naked picture of his daughter on the internet, and changed my mind.
My average day is:
Breakfast
Eggs – but only one yolk – in some form (omlette, fried, poached, boiled), fruit, miso soup, green tea. Sometimes I have low-fat yoghurt instead of eggs (too many eggs will compromise your ability to, err, “go”).
Morning snack
Ryvita with portion of Philadelphia (they sell packs of six 18g, 62 calorie portions here – enough for one Ryvita biscuit). As a side note – if you fancy sending me the nut and seed Ryvita, my address is available on request ;)
Lunch
School lunch, no second helpings! (This is the hardest thing in the whole routine).
Dinner
Something with beans and/or lean meat (lunch is usually meat heavy, so I try to make dinner a bit lighter) and lots of vegetables. I cook a big batch of stuff, which normally lasts three or four days. It is these recipes I will share with you.
Todays recipe:
Curried lentils with sweet potato (or kabotcha)
  1. Fry onion, chilli, garlic, ginger and spices (curry powder blend would do – I used Japanese curry powder, which is the baby food equivalent of real curry) until soft.
  2. Add lentils and stock (vegetable or chicken) and bring to boil for 10 minutes, then lower to a simmer.
  3. When lentils are half-cooked, add chunks of sweet potato, or Japanese pumpkin (indeed any pumpkin would work).
  4. Let simmer until everything is cooked (see lentil packet for timings).
  5. Serve with salad or steamed veg.
Easy peasy.
The bestest thing about low GI is that I rarely feel hungry. Not eating sugary things on their own means no spike in blood sugar, no corresponding slump, and no cravings for more.
I will try and share a tip and a recipe every few days, and do post in the comments if you are dieting to and want some ganbare-style encouragement :)

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