Sunny Italy

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Last Spring, I went on a package tour of Italy to revisit some favorite places and to see some new sights.  Major binge, you are thinking?  A chance to depart from the Fasting Lifestyle and eat myself silly?  Nope.  I’ll show you how to eat from the hotel buffet, still maintain the 5:2 pattern, AND return home without gaining a pound.  I’ll assume that you will be doing a lot of walking when you go on vacation, just as I did. That helps to mitigate the effects of the occasional gelato stand.

Fasting in Florence Fasting in FlorenceThe breakfast buffet was tempting and since it was the same day after day, I could promise myself a treat tomorrow if I wanted it.  On a Fast Day, I could choose hard-boiled egg, ham, cheese, fruit, blood orange juice, and even a cappuccino. [Without the fancy coffee, this is the breakfast that I call Dutch Breakfast [Nov 9, ’16]  That breakfast gave me the fuel to tour all day and skip lunch.

The Dinner Buffetbuffet dinner

The hotel or cruise ship buffet may be your down-fall unless you are strategic. Remember: this is a Fast Day. Tomorrow you can eat more liberally.  Step one, eat a big salad with no dressing.  Salt, pepper, lemon juice — those are fine but avoid the creamy or prepared dressings.  Step two, half a plate of vegetables, the other half is meat or seafood.  Those are sirloin tips and shrimp on my plate.  Step three, don’t go back for seconds.  Step four, avoid the dessert table and drink lots of water.

Ingredients for next week’s meals:  breakfast

One slice whole-grain 70-calories bread 1.5 two-oz eggs
1 two-oz egg 2 Tbsp crab meat, canned or frozen
strawberries, fresh or frozen Leek
buttermilk Soy sauce sugar
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie


1 slice whole-grain 70-calories bread Cabbage     carrot       scallion
Onions celery celery seed Soy sauce oyster sauce
5-0z can of water-packed tuna Roast beef, 1.75 oz
Tomato lemon juice olive oil Olive oil
1-oz slice or Swiss cheese or Gruyere Ground ginger
Lettuce Three 7” spring roll wrappers
Made with olive oil mayonnaise asparagus
Sparkling water Sparkling water

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