I'm interested in the once-per-day eating cycle but have no idea what kinds and the proportions of foods to include in such a meal. Can anyone give examples of a meal that would be adequate for once/day feasting?
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on April 29, 2011
at 11:13 PM
My dad does this, and he started it naturally before I ever told him about IF. He told me he usually has a fairly large lunch, ~3/4 lb. beef, a small salad, a piece of fruit. He tells me that 24 hrs. after this meal, at lunch the next day, he isn't hungry but eats a meal anyway. He's dropped about 40 lbs. in 3 months following this pattern, and he says he feels just fine eating once a day.
I myself did this in a way as a fasting method, doing 1-3 24 hr. fasts per week. At the time, I had a pretty narrow cooking repertoire, so I cooked up my monster frittata at the beginning of every fast:
2 tbsp. coconut milk (or heavy cream which makes for a fluffier frittata),
4 strips bacon,
3 cloves garlic,
1/2 bunch chopped kale/chard/collards/etc.,
2 tsp. basil,
1 tsp. marjoram,
1 tsp. sage,
1 tsp. thyme,
a couple shakes of salt (skip this, it'll make you hungrier; I used it at the time, though),
a dozen turns of pepper grinder,
Add eggs and coconut milk to a bowl and whisk lightly for 5-10 sec.
Add the basil, marjoram, sage, thyme, and pepper to the beaten eggs and mix in.
Cook the bacon & remove.
Saute the onion in the drippings til onions are browned.
Add the chopped greens and garlic and saute til the greens wilt.
Add the bacon back to the onions, greens, and garlic.
Pour in the egg/herb mixture & stir til the toppings are evenly distributed.
Cook on stovetop til the eggs firm up on bottom, then toss in the oven under the broiler til the top firms up and browns a little.
BAM. Perfect, awesome frittata that is ridiculously filling and healthy.
meta: I typed the recipe out in a list with line breaks between ingredients. Is it possible to get that kind of formatting to display in my actual message?
on April 30, 2011
at 02:10 PM
I've been eating once a day for 2.5 years. Love it. Blood sugar is never an issue now. One meal I really like is the following:
6 hard boiled eggs, 3 cans of tuna, one ripe avocado, juice from one lime, cayenne pepper, salt, one stalk of finely chopped celery, baby spinach leaves, mixed salad greens,
Combine the avocado, lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper together until it's a smooth paste. This will replace mayonnaise that is found in other tuna recipes. Mix the HB eggs, tuna, celery, and avocado paste together. Put a bunch of the spinach and salad greens on a plate. Put the tuna and eggs mixture on the salad. Season to taste with salt if required. I like to pour Crystal hot sauce on top as well, as I love spicy foods. I suspect you could also just mix guacamole with the eggs and tuna to get a richer flavor.