In theory, eating well should be a doddle for me because I know the rules. I know my plate should be mostly protein and plants, with a little fat and some other bits besides. I know I should eat thrice daily, with no snacks. I know sugar is verboten if I want to feel and look good. I know all that, but sometimes life gets in the way of my eating a balanced diet and frenetic to-ing and fro-ing means that my time and energy is spent elsewhere, and sniffing out good quality food that will sustain me becomes secondary.
This is why model and nutritional therapist Rosemary Ferguson’s 5 Day Plan, in which balanced meals minus caffeine, sugar, deadly nightshades (among which are tomatoes, aubergine, courgette and goji berries), alcohol, wheat, and dairy are delivered directly to your house nightly, appealed to me. The prospect of my food magically appearing assembled and thought out so that I can crack on with my week assured that what I’m eating is healthy and won’t leave me hungry or with dips in my blood sugars is basically my idea of heaven. And if I could add an element of feeling fresh by Friday, as per Rosemary’s hashtag, all the better. So I tried it. Here’s what I found.
Day One / I’m working from home today, so am prepared for any sugar dips as my body acclimatises to operating on lower GI foods. Breakfast is buckwheat toast with almond butter, pomegranates and chia seeds, followed by a ‘snack’ of green powders dissolved in water. The former is delicious, the latter less so, but I glug it down and get on with the day.
Lunch is a modest cauliflower steak with salad, and I am reminded of how very excessive restaurant portions are. Given the relative paucity of food on my plate, I’m not hungry for a good two hours, by which time I have a little pot of nuts and seeds to eat. Dinner is a chickpea and lentil dhal, and I down my probiotic before bed, and fall asleep feeling satisfied, but not stuffed.