I am not much of a dieter, as I love food. Having said that I started with a low carb diet years ago and stuck with it for most of a decade. Stopping with it wasn’t a conscious decision but in hindsight not a very good one. Not only did I gain some weight but generally didn’t feel like my best. If that was all in my mind or my body responding to increase in sugar intake, I can’t say for sure. But taking my program and training seriously, I am starting to feel the positive effects. I’m certainly less bloated, but also headaches are less frequent and energy is on the increase. And this without dieting really. Just being conscious of what I am eating and a bit extra exercise.

So here is the meal plan I have followed in the last three days along with exercise regime.

Saturday, March 18
Workout: As it was really crappy weather I stayed shy of the gym. Instead I did a short yoga session for body and soul.

Breakfast: cottage cheese, blueberries and nuts

Lunch: a really delicious duck breast, with orange gravy, broccoli and orange zest as a delicious garnish

afternoon snack: 1 protein yoghurt

Dinner: Steak and steamed broccoli

Sunday, March 19
Workout: Although the weather wasn’t too appealing I managed to get to the gym for an hour’s workout. I also beat my 500 m rowing record, coming in at 2 min 10 sec. I finished off with stoic meditation and yoga.

Breakfast: same as the day before, but nourishing nevertheless.

Lunch: pumpkin and sweet potato soup. It’s one of the most delicious soups I’ve made in a long time so recipe will follow shortly.

Dinner: I repeated Saturday’s lunch, with duck breast, broccoli and half a diced, fried apple.

Monday, March 20
Workout: lots of biking (40 min) in stormy weather saw my capillaries bursting with a not too enjoyable after effect. Nevertheless, I hit the gym afterwards for an hour’s work out. One of these days I truly deserve the star AND the t-shirt.

Breakfast: no changes since last 😉

midday snack: 1 protein yoghurt

lunch: heated up the soup from yesterday

afternoon snack: 1 apple

dinner: finished off the pumpkin and sweet potato soup. As food often does it tasted even better than yesterday!