As promised we’re getting down to the nitty gritty this week and exploring the foods we want to eat… and the foods we want to cut back on.

There are the obvious junk foods… like crisps and biscuits. We also need to watch out for the dangerous foods that sell themselves as ‘healthy’, ‘low-fat’ or ‘diet-friendly’ but are loaded with additives, preservatives, flavourings and thickeners.

If this sounds complicated, don’t worry! I’ll cover all of this. I’ll give you 3 simple guidelines to follow in all your eating that will cut out the junk, help you lose weight and make you feel better.

We’re looking at how to get back to basics with really simple shopping, cooking and buying techniques to make #nojunk eating easy.

Specifically, I want to show you my top tips to cut out the faff of cooking (you’ll never chop an onion again). We’ll use these shopping tips to create my perfect 800 DAY recipe.

Then, I’ll show you how to take all the work you’ve already done and use the final ‘key’ to the 5:2 diet. This is the key to stopping binge eating and the yo-yo diet forever.

But first, I want to introduce you to the principles of #nojunk eating and how to apply them to the 5:2 diet and your everyday life.

We’ve also got my perfect recipe for an 800 day on the 5:2 Diet. This is a recipe that’s absolutely no faff, vegetarian and vegan, incredibly filling and perfect for filling your freezer with #nojunk ready meals.

I’ve shared my perfect 800 day with you, but I just want to show you a different take on it…

I got this amazing email from Shirley:


“I did my first 800 cal day yesterday with surprisingly excellent results.
I ate my 275 cal breakfast at 10.15am and had 2 eggs, 75g spinach, 1 tomato all cooked together in a small frypan with 1tsp olive oil and 6g butter; delicious.
For lunch I had 80g blueberries with 100g homemade yoghurt (94 cals). I had a small tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce at 4pm, (23 cals).
Dinner at 6.15pm was 4oz roast chicken without skin, (sorry for change in measurement system,) 5oz cabbage and 4 oz carrots with fatless, thin gravy with skimmed meat juices and vegetable water plus 1 Knorr Chicken Stockpot cube, a little tamari and apple cider vinegar, very tasty, (236 cals).
Discovered I had some more calories left from my 800 so had 100g blueberries and 100g yoghurt with 1oz flaked almonds, and shake of cinnamon (160cals). Finished eating at 7.15pm.
This left 12 cals for 25mls warm milk at bedtime as you suggested. Total 800 cals.
I had a wonderful night’s  sleep and lost 1lb. Brilliant!!!”


Now don’t worry, you don’t need to be as complicated as this, but doesn’t it sound like a lovely day of delicious food? With 800 calories you can really get a lot of food out of the 800 day. 

Shirley continues,

“I felt I ate plenty of food and never really felt hungry as every time I thought of food I asked myself the question, “Are you really hungry or is it just a habit wanting to eat something”. This stopped me thinking of food as my stomach said I was not really hungry.”

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