I’m back in Sweden from my Italian holiday and I really feel like I need to lose a few grams. I’ve been eating so well, but at times I feel like I have eaten too much. Back in May I tried to follow a diet called “military diet”, nicknamed “monitored fasting” by my boyfriend because the portions are so little one can almost say it’s like fasting. The goal of this diet is to follow a low-calorie eating regime for three days, then eat normally for the rest of the week. Then you start again. For the whole diet plan, you can check out the Military Diet website.
Although successfully accomplishing the first week of diet in May, then my schedule got disrupted by guests, a trip, and then the summer exam schedule and my thesis examination. First, I didn’t want to have my guests fasting – on the contrary, I always love having guests so that I can cook some more. I mean, they do not travel all the way to Sweden to do a diet! Second, while on a road trip through Norway, the least I wanted was to worry about complying to a diet plan, and I wanted to be free to eat whatever food while travelling. Third, when June came, I had my thesis to finish off and the thesis examination to go through, so I definitely was not in the mood for a diet. Then I left for Italy for a month and I just ate the whole time. But now I am back in Sweden, and a more regular lifestyle should allow me to follow the military diet a little more accurately. So here goes week 1!
According to the diet plan, on the first day one should have for breakfast:
- 1 slice of toast
- 2 tbs peanut butter
- 1/2 grapefruit
I’m not a fan of grapefruits, so if I have to have it, I’d rather drink it. As for the coffee, it’s hard for me to drink it without milk and sugar, but that’s how you cut back on calories. Peanut butter on toasted bread, instead, is a favourite, so to me this is not a bad way to start the day!
Lunch is a little harder, because this is when you feel the most how little you are eating. As an Italian, I’ve always been used to having small breakfasts and bigger lunches. A cup of coffee and a few biscuits are the perfect breakfast to me, but then I expect a generous portion of pasta a few hours later for lunch. Healthy or not, I guess I can call this habit cultural, and my body is used to get smaller amounts of food in the morning, and then make it up in the afternoon. This is the moment I find this diet a bit harder, because lunch on day 1 only features:
- 1 slice of toast
- 1/2 cup tuna
Pretty depressing. Hunger pangs in 3… 2… 1. How do I cope? I try to have lunch as late as I can, and dinner a bit earlier, in order to reduce the time between meals. If I usually have lunch around 12:30 and dinner around 19:00, when I’m on this diet I try to have lunch around 13:30 and dinner at 18:00. It’s still hard, but oh well.
Dinner is a little bit better. Or maybe I am so hungry I desperately want to have something to eat and anything looks like gold. Truth is, I actually like what’s on the menu here:
- 85 g of lean meat
- 3 cups of raw spinach
- 1/2 banana
- 1 apple
- 1 cup of ice cream
The raw spinach is a substitution. The original diet plan called for 1 cup of green beans, which I do not have. So I chose to substitute it with raw spinach. Having less calories, this way I got to eat a bit more. I know that a leaf salad looks big because it’s airy, but this way I get to trick my eye and think I’m actually eating more.
And yes, ice cream! This is the nice feature of this military diet: you get your daily dose of sugar and fat in the form of ice cream! Clearly, it has to be simple ice cream, not featuring extra chocolate or caramel. Plain vanilla ice cream. And since the diet plan calls for an apple, I like to have it cooked and served with the ice cream. The hot apple and the cold ice cream form a wonderful duo, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of that makes you even forget you’re on a diet.
Here’s a thing about spices and condiments: as long as it’s a little bit, it’s not prohibited. Clearly, those three days you say goodbye to mayo, ketchup, etc. But a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of raw olive oil a day can be added to your salad. In very reduced quantities, those ingredients won’t do any harm. Calorie-free spices such as cinnamon, curry powder, pepper or oregano can be used without problems. In the end, you have to eat, and just because it’s diet food, it doesn’t mean it should not be tasty!
Military diet day 1 of 3: done.