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November 22, 2022
Spring is in full blossom in Sydney, and a fresh and new change is in the air. Spring is a good season for us to be in the fresh air, take in some vitamin D and witness the awakening of nature.
When it comes to spring eating, nutritionist Lee Holmes' likes to keep it light and fresh so with that being said, today we're sharing Lee's "Day on a Plate"- Intermittent Fasting style and including some delicious recipes. Tracking can also be very helpful so that you can see your progress. You can use user-friendly and simple applications like DoFasting as your intermittent fasting tracker.
If you’re worried that intermittent fasting may look like drinking endless amounts of celery or beet juice, there's no need to worry. You may be surprised by how many delicious foods you can eat while doing intermittent fasting. So, that’s why we're sharing a sneak peek at Lee's intermittent fasting day on a plate to inspire you, just in case you'd like to give it a try.
Lee says, "As you probably already know from reading my blog, I’m a little gut health obsessed. After tackling some personal health issues, healing my digestive system was key to helping me get my health back on track. Once my gut lining started to repair itself and my gut flora became balanced, every aspect of my health improved."
"One of the things I learnt through this experience was that the digestive system, like you and I, sometimes needs a little rest to function optimally; this is where intermittent fasting comes in."
Most people who want to try an intermittent fasting approach are;
If any of the above sound like you, then you might like to consider intermittent fasting. If you’re looking to dive right into intermittent fasting (IF), check out Lee's life-changing fast your way to wellness online program here. She's also written a book with lots of information, meal planners and delicious IF recipes called Fast Your Way to Wellness.
Lee says, "I practice intermittent fasting to give my digestive system some well-needed TLC. Before you panic and hit the red x at the top of your screen, intermittent fasting doesn’t mean you have to stop eating altogether, deprive yourself of food or starve. Intermittent fasting is simply eating less and focusing on nutrient-rich and easy to digest foods. *And, a big exhale from the crowd.
I follow the 5:2 method, where I eat fewer calories two days a week, but various fasting methods are available that can suit your unique needs and lifestyle. As a guide, the daily total calorie intake on fasting days should be around 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. But there are other IF protocols where calorie consumption is higher. Just do what works for you and find your own number."
When it comes to breakfast, Lee will usually make...
Layered Blueberry Pistachio Parfait
In a hurry? Not a worry. The parfait can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for 4 hours or overnight for the chia seeds to reach full volume. It fills you up and keeps you energised which is helpful when doing (IF). This recipe comes in at 202 calories per serve.
In a medium bowl, mix the coconut cream, lime juice and stevia.
Add the chia seeds and stir to combine. Set aside for 15 minutes to thicken.
Take half the blueberries and distribute them evenly between four glasses.
Distribute the coconut cream mixture evenly between the glasses.
Add another layer of blueberries to each glass.
Top each with five pistachio kernels and a pinch of lime zest, if using.
Serve at room temperature, or refrigerate for 30 minutes to set, then serve.
Supercharged Tip: For juicier blueberries, place them in a small saucepan with two tablespoons of water and cook for 1–2 minutes over low heat until they start to soften.
Drink Throughout the Day
By choosing to intermittent fast, you give your body the gift of healing, regenerating and detoxifying, so you’ll need to drink adequate fluids to help out these processes. Aim to drink at least 2L of water during the day.
Some of my favourite ways to increase your water intake include:
At lunchtime I usually go for a protein based meal...
Minty Zucchini Fritters
To get your metabolism going, these fritters are wonderfully light, delicious, and high in nutrients and thermogenic ingredients such as chilli and paprika. They’re gluten-free, and the addition of mint also makes them very soothing on the digestive system. Make a batch before your fasting day, then warm one up in the oven for lunch. Each fritter is 103 calories.
Using your hands, squeeze any excess liquid from the zucchini, then put it in a large bowl.
Add the chives, mint, chilli, paprika, lime zest and juice, and eggs. Stir to combine.
In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
Heat a few drops of coconut oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat, then drop heaped tablespoons of batter into the pan.
Cook on each side for 3–5 minutes, or until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Dinner is generally a veggie heavy meal with lots of flavour. I tend to eat earlier around 5pm or 6pm, then have breakfast later the next day.
Sweet Sicilian Caponata
Caponata is a glorious Sicilian dish that consists of eggplant, other vegetables, celery, olives and capers in a divine sauce. It’s the perfect dish to round out a fasting day and weighs in at 138 calories per serving.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Add the eggplant and cook for 5–6 minutes, or until soft.
Add the water, a little at a time, to prevent the eggplant from sticking to the pan.
While the eggplant is cooking, put the zucchini, celery, onion and tomato in a saucepan with a large splash of filtered water.
Cook for 15–20 minutes until the zucchini is tender. Add the cooked eggplant with the capers, olives, apple cider vinegar and thyme, then cook for a further 5 minutes.
Serve topped with basil and pepper.
If you’re ready to take the fasting leap, but still a little sceptical about the benefits of intermittent fasting, I’ve got your back! Research studies show intermittent fasting can;
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me!
Not only does my Fast Your Way to Wellness program include delicious healing recipes like the ones above, but it also contains critical tools to show you how to implement intermittent fasting and self-care routines into your weekly life.
Over the six-week plan, you’ll discover:
And so much more!
If you’re ready to heal your gut, brain and body and give it time to reboot and recover, head here to join Fast Your Way to Wellness.
We recommend taking this intermittent fasting quiz to find out which method is the best for you.
Have you ever tried intermittent fasting? What’s your favourite method and did it help you? Let me know your experiences in the comments below.
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