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Combining 5:2 with cooking for hungry family

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BakuMum Sat 26-Dec-15 17:03:41

I have DP who cycles and burns up thousands of calories two or three times a week, and 2 DS (8 & 15) who eat ravenously. I cook full meals for them and can't be bothered with the idea of also having to cook separate meals for me if I do the 5:2. I cook healthy food but can't face the idea of siting down to a teeny version of what they are having. I also think this sends a bit of an odd message to the teenager about women's eating habits. Anyone got any tips or ideas, or perhaps some recipes that work for 5:2 evening meals but can then be bulked out for everyone else's?

MadauntofA Sat 26-Dec-15 19:28:39

Once you get used to it, it is much easier to have nothing to eat (obviously drink) all day (breakfast seems to increase my appetite) then you can have a decent evening meal of protein and veg then add carbs for everyone else. Your DC don't need to know that you aren't eating anything in the day and you can explain that you are eating healthily with loads of veg and no potatoes for example.

patterkiller Sat 26-Dec-15 19:37:39

Just one evening meal and pike on the veg. I love loads of stir fry cabbage. Also cauliflower rice with a chilli is filling.

professionallurker Sat 26-Dec-15 19:39:25

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1128/onepot-fish-with-black-olives-and-tomatoes

This recipe is very tasty. Add some kind of carbohydrate for the others? rice or cous cous maybe?

BakuMum Sat 26-Dec-15 21:15:05

Thanks for the ideas.

Ta1kinPeece Sat 26-Dec-15 22:14:33

While they are having breakfast, keep yourself busy and just have a cup of tea.

Lunch presumably they are all out so you can eat very little

Supper : make a nice healthy meal and just not serve yourself the carbs / much of it at all

easy (has 15 year old son )

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