The 1953 Vintage Diet: Day One

Today was the first day on the 1953 diet, and I’ve already made quite a few changes to the suggested menu – mostly swapping things around. I had to wait for my food shopping to arrive at one, so instead of a fairly substantial breakfast of 1/2 grapefruit, a boiled egg, a slice of toast with butter and a cup of tea, I just had the tea and toast (with Flora). The original breakfast would have been approximately 271 calories. I then had my tomato juice for a snack, and had some off-plan blueberries (my goodness!) to tide me over until the shopping got here.

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For lunch, I had the soup (using a tub of chicken broth powder, very economical), plus 45g of wafer thin ham, two leaves of romaine lettuce, the boiled egg from breakfast, and a fruit salad. The original lunch would have been 362 calories, and mine was near enough there. The fact that it actually turned out to be a three course lunch was pretty darn good, too!

Dinner as set down in the menu should have ended up being around 316 calories, but I swapped my baked apple out for the fruit salad, and also swapped out the tomato juice. With 120g of roasted (not poached) chicken breast, 100g each of carrots and green beans, plus a Bramley apple baked with 30g of maple syrup, that brings my dinner to 486 calories. I mashed the carrots so I didn’t miss the carbs as much… It kind of worked…

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As I’m a massive caffeine addict, I also allow myself tea and coffee (with sweetners and a total of 2 tsp demerara sugar) so my total calorie intake for the day was 1146. I also ended up drinking my Alibi Pretox drink instead of the milk, as I drink a fair bit of milk in my tea already…

I may or may not have eaten some white chocolate buttons ‘to finish them off’. I’ll leave that up to you to detect…

All in all, it’s not going too badly so far – this lunch was actually pretty good, but there are some challenges ahead for the midday period for the rest of the week. In order to stave off hunger, I’m also taking psyllium husks, to keep me feeling fuller for longer, I definitely recommend them to anyone who is on a low calorie diet to prevent those empty tummy pangs.

The 1953 diet previously posted at the Tuppence Ha’penny blog.

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