As promised, I have religiously been keeping my foodsheet and diary to keep track of what I actually eat every day.
I am keeping it downstairs in the kitchen so I don’t forget to update it, and can’t miss anything.
After just two days, it has been an interesting re-visited exercise, but not for the reasons I thought it might be.
My usual A option is 350ml of skimmed (UHT) milk although I may have cheese instead and syn my milk. My B option is granola cereal, but this is not actually one of the preferred varieties. According to the SW food planner, 25g of it attracts 5 syns, so as B options seem to have 6 syns as a rule, I am having 30g for my breakfast, adding whatever fruit I fancy.
I’d been allowing myself 15 syns a day as originally agreed and confess I have over sinned on many occasions, but it’s not been every day and I tried to compensate on subsequent days.
Now whether this is a guilt rather than awareness thing, but on Wednesday I only had five syns (½ for mayo, I allowed 2 for a sprinkle of coconut on my curry, and 2½ for a meringue I had for dessert with fruit and quark), and today I have had 5½ syns (½ for mayo, 2 for cheese on my gammon, and 3 for an Alpen Light cereal bar).
I have honestly not cheated.
The key has always been to make a third of your plate speed food wherever possible. Blueberries, bananas, mangoes and pineapple are not speed foods, but the other fruit I have is. Nearly all veg is speed food, although potatoes aren’t and don’t count as one of your 5 a day.
I have cooked from scratch, used the lowest fat content meat as recommended and drained off excess fat anyway, plus I do not use oil or spread. If I use a frying pan, I cook in water, and rarely have bread now, which if I do, I have it as my B option and either forego or syn my cereal.
Hubby has been supportive in trying to eat the same as me this week, but he’s hungry more often and so reaches for the biscuits rather than fruit. I have deliberately not bought any, though he likes meringues so I compromise, happy to have one, whereas he has two.
If I keep this up, it will be interesting to see how weigh in goes next Tuesday.
Incidentally, my box of 16 Ferrero Rochet is still intact.
Left: Chicken curry. Right: chicken breast dinner
Left: 2 egg mushroom omelette and salad. Right: pork salad and half jacket potato
Above: gammon with sprinkle of cheese, mixed veg.
Our group leader asked me to contact her after a couple of days so I sent her a text message tonight telling her of my strategy and progress.
We’ll see what happens.