The 5:2 Diet - For a small investment of your time, you will profit with a big return in improved health
Well the 5:2 diet has really taken off, we are enjoying testing it here at the Pink Investments offices! It is certainly hard to comply with the 500 calorie restrictions on two days of the week, but it is easier to do than a complete fast! We have been surprised at just how many calories there are in some foods that we thought were low calorie options - some fruits for example and the cafe lattes!
Here is a recipe for a clear veggie soup that has only 100 calories per portion
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 bay leaf
1250ml vegetable stock
150g peas, fresh or frozen
150g broccoli, cut into little florets
100g mange tout
Generous handful of herbs – mint, coriander, parsley
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 tsp soy sauce
Squeeze of lemon
Chilli flakes to taste
Gently sweat the celery and chopped onion in a pan with the olive oil. Once translucent, add stock and bay leaf and bring to a gentle simmer. Add vegetables.
Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender. Remove pan from heat and add herbs, spring onion, soy and lemon juice (plus chilli flakes if desired).
Season and serve. This makes enough for four and has a calorie count of around 100 calories a portion.
Check out some more low calorie recipes that we have put together to get you started...
Whilst there is limited scientifically proven evidence to prove the benefits of this diet what evidence there is is very significant. Evidence includes increased lifespan, reduced risks of cancers, reduced heart disease and type 2 diabetes and also improving cognitive function.
We are sure over time there will be more extensive long term trials but meanwhile the anecdotal evidence borne of experience is hugely compelling,we've noticed women talk and write about the following list and more...
The reported benefits include:
Significantly lowering high cholesterol
Reduced IBS symptoms
No more headaches
Asthma under control
Maybe this is the way to help our bodies to live to the ripe old ages those people born in the late 1920's, 30's and 40's are experiencing?
Conduct your own research
Conduct your own research and ask your friends and healthy women and men in their 70's,80's and 90's what was their lifestyle through war time? Post war rationing? Pre the time of packaged food? How big were their food portions? How much physical exercise did they do every day? I suspect the 5:2 diet may not be that original!
If we can be disciplined about our regular 2 days of 'fasting' surely we can also be disciplined in our savings and investments, keep them healthy for us too.
Wow! Healthy bodies, minds and financial freedom! Sounds like a great combination!