Fastdiet second week

It’s coming towards the end of the second week since I started the 5:2 “fastdiet” plan. So far I seem to be coping fine. Two observations: it’s important to get enough rest the night before a fast day, and generally it’s more likely to feel hunger at night. Naturally it’s best to avoid talk about or see food (e.g. cooking programs on TV, bread for next morning’s breakfast, etc.) during these times… However, I do note that here is a good incentive not to miss breakfast – which I tend to do – especially the morning after a fast day. 😉

Finally a self-note: to explore different recipes apart from salads for dinner from now on!

Coffee and health

Good news for coffee lovers like me! (Click to see larger image)

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As always take this type of health advice with a grain of salt, since this is just a condensed summary of reputable research and there may be hidden caveats.

Meaning of “non-profit”

Definition as can be found on Wikipedia (as of today),

A nonprofit organization (US and UK), or not-for-profit organization (UK and others), often called an NPO or simply a nonprofit and non-commercial organization, often called an NCO, is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends. While not-for-profit organizations are permitted to generate surplus revenues, they must be retained by the organization for its self-preservation, expansion, or plans. NPOs have controlling members or boards. Many have paid staff including management, while others employ unpaid volunteers and even executives who work with or without compensation (occasionally nominal). Where there is a token fee, in general, it is used to meet legal requirements for establishing a contract between the executive and the organization.

In other words, while there is nothing stopping the said organisation to generate revenue leading to a surplus or a profit, it is in the spirit of the designation that the profits be pumped back into the organisation to further its cause.

First “the day after”

On my fast day, I had a light breakfast (bread from bakery) and salad for dinner (lots of greens, some small pieces of tuna like from cans). Have no way of nailing down calories yet so that’s something to look into in the coming weeks.

I must admit it felt fine during the day since I was drinking lots of water. It only became a little more difficult towards bedtime. Well, at least by most accounts, as the body remembers the experience the whole thing should get easier as time goes on. 🙂

New diet regime

After coming across the BBC documentary “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” (hosted by Dr Michael Mosley, who also served as a guinea pig for some of the radical dietary changes he was looking into), I am fascinated by not only the potential health benefits but also the side bonus of weight loss resulting from the so-called 5:2 intermittent fasting regime. Although I am not overweight (yet!) I am keen to lose those extra 3-4 kilos slowly piling on over the last couple of years from a “sedentary lifestyle”. 🙂 However, at a more intellectual level, I have always been intrigued by the periodic fasting undertaken by mystics of various religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and even early Christians) and am keen to see for myself if there will be any health benefits (blood work, brain stimulation, etc.).

A lot of information can be found from Dr Mosley’s website The Fast Diet if you don’t want to buy his book.

Today is my first “fast” (low calorie-intake) day. Hope to see improvements in 3 months’ time!

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