In March 2013 after viewing Michael Mosley’s inspirational documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer I embarked on the 5-2 Challenge. The aim is to eat normally for five days and consume no more than 500 calories on two non consecutive fast days each week. The rationale behind the diet together with a link back to the BBC Horizon’s documentary is included in my original post Eat, Fast and Live Longer. What’s It All About? Intermittent Fasting and the 5-2 Diet Plan.
One viewing and I was hooked. My personal challenge? Create interesting plates of food that I would want to eat for under 500 calories a day. The emphasis very firmly on fresh, healthy and vibrant whole food. Cooked from scratch. Visually appealing and full of flavour.
After 6 months I’ve collected quite an extensive collection of recipe ideas and in an attempt to make the journey even easier I have categorised my posts by calorie count. We all know that every fast day is different. Some days are easy, others almost intolerable. Some require two or three mini meals, other’s just one. Choose your meals by calorie count each fast day by clicking on the appropriate category and scroll through the images. Remember you are allowed just 500 calories per day. Of course I will be updating these categories with new 5-2 recipe posts as they become available.
Each of my 5-2 recipe posts are also represented below in the chronological order I first tackled the fast diet. Clicking on an image will take you to a picture carousel which includes a link back to the original blog post and recipe. Scrolling to the bottom of this page will take you to a chronological listing of my fast day recipes, also linked back to their original posts. Hopefully making that elusive post or recipe you are searching for that little easier to find.