It’s been a while since a meal plan graced these pages but, hurrah, it’s back! Mr Stork is doing more and more cooking now so we’re coming up with our choices together. As much as I love cooking, making lists and, well, making lists about cooking, it’s nice to share it.
As usual, we’re trying to keep the cost down whilst trying to limit our reliance on supermarkets and largely we’re succeeding but we’ve not done any batch cooking for ages. I’m hoping that the more I settle in to my new job, the more I can work out a routine that will stop me feeling like I’m running around like a headless chicken!
Without further ado, the tasty plates of food expected chez Stork this week are as follows:
Meal Plan w/c 25th March 2013
How are you all getting on with meal planning at the moment? Anyone else lapsed a bit?
Whilst we’re on the subject of food, are any of you doing the 5:2 diet? I’ve always been a staunch advocate of the whole ‘eat less, move more’ type of diet, staying well clear of fads, because they don’t work. Several of my colleagues are doing the 5:2 plan so I was encouraged to read the book and, WOW, what a revelation. Weight loss completely to one side, the difference that intermittent fasting can make to your general health, both in the short and long term, is completely staggering. It reduces your chances of getting the usual scary nasties of cancer, diabetes, heart problems etc but also things like Alzheimer’s.
The theory behind it is that for two days a week you fast although, ladies, you are able to consume 500 calories (it’s 600 for men) on each of those days. For the other five days of the week you eat normally. I’d thoroughly recommend reading ‘The Fast Diet‘ by Dr Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer (a bargainous £2.95 over at Amazon) who set out the science behind it as well as the numerous health benefits. Quite rightly, they talk through the cons as well as the pros, but I think it’s a fabulously balanced approach.
I know I often eat because I’m bored or because the clock says it’s lunch time and I think following the 5:2 diet will help me re-callibrate that. I’m really keen to start thinking more about my longer term health, particularly now I’m old ( ) and so, having read the book from cover to cover, my first fast day is today. Wish me luck!