Monday, 8 June 2015

BBC Good Food 7-Day Summer Diet Plan - Signing Up

Dee - May was a hectic month for Jay and me, with lots of food and drink related engagements to attend to, and not a lot of time to cook for ourselves.  That, together with missed exercise slots, drinks in the evening and the few opportunities we had to cook at home being wasted in favour of getting tea from the chippy all took their toll, and before we knew it the weight had crept up.

So, at the end of the month, we decided that enough was enough, and started formulating plans to bring things under control.  We’d both lost weight in the past so knew what we needed to do.  The most serious challenge, as we also knew, was going to come from the constant temptation that exists for every food and drink lover with an irrepressible urge to write about it all.

As luck would have it, we spotted a message on our Twitter feed from fellow food blogger and founder of the Midlands Food Bloggers’ collective Jo, of Jo's Kitchen (click here for details), who had signed up for the BBC Good Food 7-Day Summer Diet Plan (click here for details).  After reading through the promotional text, we decided to sign up, and received the recipes and shopping list at the end of last week.

I am hoping that starting the diet will have more benefits than just our health:  It will introduce us to some new recipes to try out, some of which we might stick with after the 7 day period.  Also, it will be a new project to write about on the blog.  I am looking forward to writing a day-by-day account of how the diet progresses, and it will be interesting to read the whole thing back in a week’s time.

The ‘official’ start date of the diet was Sunday 7th June, but we’ll be starting ours a little later, on Wednesday 10th.  However, we will be following it for the full 7 day period.

To start with, here are some initial thoughts on the shopping list:  It’s organised into categories, and also split into ‘days 1-4’ and ‘days 5-7’,both of which are welcome with a shopping list as big as this one, and that’s the key negative point here:  It’s a very big list.  Luckily we have a fair amount of the ingredients in our kitchen already, but for people who cook less often, it could work out expensive, possibly with lots of unused ingredients left over.  Most of the ingredients are readily available, though I am anticipating difficulties obtaining Buckwheat grains, Chia Seeds, Quinoa, Barley couscous and Pollack fillets.  Luckily we have freekeh grains, but had to visit a deli, which has since closed down, to get them.  Perhaps I am underestimating the breadth of ingredients available close to home but if we need to make substitutions we will disclose them once we’ve been to get the shopping.

I’ve only had a quick look at the recipes, and everything looks straightforward enough, but each dish will be discussed in greater detail in the daily updates.

The next step then is for us to check our supplies and head out to buy the rest.

We will be back with an update very soon.

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