The next two days seem like more of the same. It hasn’t become difficult to come up with meals yet, but snacks are a challenge. The interesting thing is that my taste buds seem to have altered somehow and are becoming extremely sensitive to ‘sweet’. For example green peppers taste like dessert now. Which is handy seeing as I have a great thirst for something sweet following my meals. I suspect I will only be able to trick my mind with this for a couple of days.

Day 4

Snacks at work are somewhat tricky, one must think of what to take and in my case there is no kitchen for heating etc. On day 4 I come up with a small container of roasted almonds, rucola and a gorgeous chunk of Gorgonzola. I’m quite proud of myself but mostly end up eating all the cheese and some of the rucola. I overloaded on almonds the night before and I cannot stomach them today.

For lunch I have chicken drumsticks and roasted vegetables accompanied by some Parmesan squares. I feel exhausted and need to collapse already. I’m really not liking this to be honest. I go on (yet another) internet search. I’ve read quite a few articles at this point and I would never have embarked on this challenge if I wasn’t absolutely sure about the health benefits. And being a health care professional I have access to a couple of reputable sites which I use to double and triple check that I’m doing this right. Not only do they confirm the health benefits (especially in the long term) but they also describe exactly the way I’m feeling – jittery, tired, irritable, faint. I guess they don’t take into consideration the Maltese August heat we’re having either. Luckily, the shakes only appeared briefly on day 3.

For dinner we make a couple of soft boiled eggs each, nibble at the beans in garlic andΒ  cook a thin rib eye of about 125g until it stops mooing. I can’t even finish my rib eye even though it’s much smaller than my usual portion. I can’t understand this. My meals could be half of the usual amount and I cannot finish, but half an hour later I sometimes start getting peckish again. It must be my brain protesting, I’m quite sure.

Socialising = water and refusing fruit salad which my friend had prepared specially.. *sigh*

When we get home I want a snack but I’m also really hot and sticky so I opt for a shower instead. I treat myself to washing with soap that smells of chocolate. If I can’t eat it, I’ll sure as hell wash with it. By the way, you can get one here.

Day 5

No improvement with energy levels. I am still dragging myself out of bed, although if I’m not mistaken there is a tiny improvement to the previous day. I don’t particularly look forward to my coffee with cream, but it’s something I’m getting used to. I snack on pepato cheese and cherry tomatoes like a mouse throughout my morning, having little nibbles to get me by. The cherry tomatoes are of the zenguli variety, quite nice too.

I haven’t actually planned lunch, but I have a few low-carb-friendly foods to use. I snack on green pepper while I prepare my concoction of mushrooms, tomato polpa, olives and cream. After adding the polpa I’m rather perplexed. I usually throw in a teaspoon of sugar at this point to counteract the sharpness of the tomatoes and I don’t know what to do. I try to compensate with salt and pepper, but I am not sure if it does the trick. Finally I throw in an egg and it cooks slowly in the sauce. The result is rather tasty, aside from a slight bitterness from the tomatoes. I’m not sure what to call this, it’s half way soup and half way sauce. I eat most of it and am satisfied anyhow. Later this is followed by sugar-free jelly with cream.

In the evening CN prepares an impromptu chili con carne with some meat sauce I’ve defrosted (really patting myself on the back for making this and freezing in small batches a couple of weeks ago). He uses some cayenne pepper, cumin, tabasco, jalapenos, and pepato to make it very interesting indeed.


  1. Ylenia
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    hang in there, this really IS your mind protesting, very natural considering ure body is readjusting and ure brain has to cope and lets face it, no brain is a fan of this. Ive done this diet before and I swear it goes away, promises of the ta vera kind! you’ll be fine before you know it. Be kind to your brain and keep telling it this will be short lived and its really extra super cool for putting up with it. πŸ™‚ hats off and good luck lady! xxxx

  2. Posted August 18, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the encouragement Len. It’s nice to hear advice from people who have done this… especially when they are fellow foodies <3
    Day 6 has dawned and so far I already feel a slight improvement. This feels a lot like detox.

  3. Posted August 18, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I use the tiniest few drops of apple cider vinegar, which is only 1% carb (plus i’m talking about the tiniest amount with a whole tin of tomatoes). I’ve been doing this for a while when cooking for my dad because he’s diabetic. and seriously, it works as well as sugar πŸ™‚

    Incidentally, this site is an absolute gem, especially if you change the serving size to 100 grammes to get percentages πŸ˜€

    • Posted August 18, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Thanks for that! I was stumped and didn’t have time to stop and research it there and then.
      Also, I’ve been using that site since you posted it yesterday. So many things I’m curious about!! πŸ™‚

  4. Posted August 18, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    To be honest, for some crazy reason i’ve been put off almonds also. Walnuts are definitely my snack of choice.

    Also, full fat greek yoghurt with a handful of walnuts is a great breakfast/hearty snack πŸ™‚

    • Posted August 18, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      I’m varying the nuts. Walnuts taste so sweet at the moment.. mmm. Also I find that they are more filling than most nuts. However, they irritate my gums a little :-/ BTW I’ve been trying to find out about yoghurts.. full fat ones are ok? And what about others… the ones with less than 10% carb?

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