What I ate during my 1st cycle on the 17-day diet

 

     When I first started this diet, I tried out different foods. First, I tried to make some okra soup. Disgusting when you drink it on its own. I’m used to eating it with something else like fufu or eba (these are some of our Nigerian staple foods). Next, I tried some spinach salad but I chopped the spinach first and it became very gooey… disgusting if you ask me. I also tried to make some steamed vegetables with fluted pumpkin leaves (ugu) [another West African staple leave] but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat that.Then I decided to stick to simple things that I loved cos’ I felt that would make following the diet easier.

 

Lettuce wraps

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
Sunday Yoghurt, fruit, green tea     fruit Green tea, Lettuce wraps with diced chicken, red pepper, green pepper and onions      yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Steamed cabbage, carrot and green beans + 1 boiled chicken breast or 2 pieces of grilled fish
Monday Fruit, Green tea, Scrambled egg whites (with a dash of pepper  and salt. sometimes with a sprinkle of grated mozarella cheese)      yoghurt Green tea, Steamed cabbage, carrot and green beans + 1 boiled chicken breast     yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Stir fry with cabbage, carrots, green pepper, red pepper, green beans, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and shredded chicken
Tuesday Yoghurt, fruit, green tea      fruit Green tea, Scrambled egg whites with onions, green pepper and red pepper      yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Lettuce wraps with diced chicken, red pepper, green pepper and onions
Wednesday 2 boiled eggs, fruit, green tea      yoghurt Green tea, Steamed cabbage, carrot and green beans + 1 boiled chicken breast or 2 pieces of grilled fish      yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Stir fry with cabbage, carrots, green pepper, red pepper, green beans, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and shredded chicken
Thursday Yoghurt, fruit, green tea     fruit Green tea, Scrambled egg whites with onions, green pepper and red pepper      yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Steamed cabbage, carrot and green beans + 1 boiled chicken breast or 2 pieces of grilled fish
Friday Fruit, green tea, Scrambled egg whites ( with a dash of pepper  and salt. sometimes with a sprinkle of grated mozarella cheese)      yoghurt Green tea, Scrambled egg whites with onions, green pepper and red pepper      yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Lettuce wraps with diced chicken, red pepper, green pepper and onions
Saturday 2 fried eggs (with   non-stick oil spray), yoghurt, green tea      fruit Green tea, Steamed cabbage, carrot and green beans + 1 boiled chicken breast or 2 pieces of grilled fish      yoghurt Decaffeinated Green tea, Stir fry with cabbage, carrots, green pepper, red pepper, green beans, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and shredded chicken

 

A few notes about my meal plan

  • One of the things that really kept me making it through the day was to have my morning snack first thing in the morning then I would have my breakfast between 10.30 and 11 am. This way, I was able to eat  a late lunch. I wasn’t also ravenous by dinner.
  • In the mornings, I would squeeze one lime into a glass of water (the book recommends lemons but we don’t readily have lemons here in Nigeria).
  • Most of the foods I ate were things I could find easily.
  • For my fruit, I pretty much stuck to apples.
  • I preferred grilled fish to chicken breast. It’s a lot tastier. I just stuck to mackerel because it’s very easy to find here. I don’t like tilapia because of all the bones you have to deal with. At the beginning of the diet, I found a tin of wild salmon. It was horrible.
  • I also added a lot of cayenne pepper to everything I cooked. This made my food tastier.
  • To ‘fry’ my eggs, I used a non-stick oil spray that I found in the supermarket (if you live in Lagos, check SPAR supermarket: that’s where I bought mine).
  • My yoghurt was unsweetened. I would add a little no-calorie sweetener to it and that would make it nice. 
  • I took regular green tea during the day AND decaffeinated green tea at night so that I would be able to sleep well.

Pretty basic right? In my next post, I will give you more tips for the 17 day diet. Do have a pleasant day!

Dr Fomsky 

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