The Failsafe-ish Foodie: Week 1 Meal Plan

Urgh… elimination diet.  There’s just nothing about that phrase that sounds fun.  Well, you know what?  It’s actually not so bad.  I had envisaged days on end of eating the same bland, textureless mush ( a la GAPS Intro) but given the degree of flexibility my naturopath has given me, I’ve been able to create some pretty enjoyable food.  It even works nicely with the other half who, whilst supportive of my continuously changing and generally nutty eating habits, is not about to adhere to them.  I just add a bread roll, a piece of buttered toast, a sprinkle of parmesan or a splash of coconut milk to his version of the dish and he’s happy, while I’ve still only had to cook one meal.

With an abundance of fresh green vegetables and seasonal stone fruit permitted, for an honourary herbivore such as myself, this hardly feels like a diet.  Fish, eggs, chicken and a little bit of lamb add much needed protein and garlic, parsley and lemon juice allow for punchy, versatile flavours.  The only thing I truly miss is bread and one can easily learn to live without that… just look at most of Asia, they manage without it!

I decided to pre-empt the elimination diet by gorging on every variant of junk food I could obtain and, in the process, also try to rid my house of temptation.  Two bread rolls, a serve of salt ‘n’ pepper squid, one beer, two glasses of wine, a slice of banoffee pie, two packets of crisps (corn and potato), a coffee eclair and half a tub of cookies & cream ice cream later, I was feeling wretchedly ill and the junk-food-hangover that ensued the next morning reinforced my determination that the healthy food I would be consuming over the following weeks was not a limitation, but a luxury.

Here’s what I’ll be eating in Week 1*:

*NB: All eggs, meats & rice milk are organic.  All fruit & veg are well washed in filtered water.

Monday

Breakfast

2 x eggs, scrambled in olive oil

1 handful wilted baby spinach

½ cup brown rice

1 x rice milk latte

Morning snack

1 peach

Lunch

Chicken & vegetable fried rice with garlic

2 sm apricots

Afternoon snack

1 boiled egg

Handful of rice crackers

Dinner

Crispy skinned salmon

Oven baked sweet potato chips (fries)

Rocket, avocado, snow pea & grated carrot salad w olive oil & lemon juice

Mineral water w lemon juice

Dessert

Sm bowl macerated strawberries

Tuesday

Breakfast

2 eggs, fried in olive oil

2 thin rice cakes, warmed in pan

Chopped parsley

Morning snack

1 nectarine

Lunch

Chicken & vegetable rice (same as Monday)

Handful of blueberries

Afternoon snack

Sweet potato crisps (chips)

Dinner

Poached chicken breast

Bok choy, fried in garlic and olive oil

Steamed jasmine rice

Scallions (spring onions)

Dessert

Sticky black rice (made with rice milk and minimal sugar)

Fresh mango

Wednesday

Breakfast

Zucchini slice (made with rice flour)

Morning snack

Rice milk latte

2 sm apricots

Lunch

Chicken soup w vermicelli noodles

1 plum

Afternoon snack

Rice crackers

Boiled egg

Dinner

Pan fried salmon

Sweet potato mash

Steamed carrots & snow peas, drizzled w olive oil

Chopped parsley, to garnish

Mineral water w lemon juice

Dessert

1 big handful frozen blueberries

Thursday

Breakfast

Zucchini slice

Morning snack

Rice milk latte

1 plum

Lunch

Chicken soup

Peach

Afternoon snack

Rice crackers & crudités with guacamole

Dinner

Pan fried swordfish steak

Mixed lettuce, cucumber, green capsicum (bell pepper) & avocado salad

Sweet potato chips (fries)

Mineral water w lemon juice

Dessert

Small bowl of puffed rice with rice milk, blueberries & a sprinkle of sugar

Friday

Breakfast

Zucchini slice

Morning snack

Peacharine

Rice milk latte

Lunch

Salmon, lettuce, cucumber, green capsicum (bell pepper) & avocado salad

1 green apple

Afternoon snack

Rice crackers

Boiled egg

Dinner

Grilled (broiled) frenched lamb cutlets

Pea puree

Steamed carrots & broccolini, drizzled with olive oil & lemon juice

½ glass of fresh pear juice mixed with mineral water

Dessert

Sticky black rice

Mango

Saturday

Breakfast

2 eggs, fried in olive oil

Fried zucchini

Wilted baby spinach

2 rice cakes

Morning snack

Rice milk latte

2 apricots

Lunch

Sweet potato, leek & pea frittata

Rocket & blanched green bean salad w olive oil

Handful of strawberries

Afternoon snack

Kale chips

Dinner

Chicken, asparagus & pea risotto

Green salad

Mineral water w lemon juice

Dinner

Fresh raspberries (my favourite!)

Sunday

Breakfast

Sweet potato rosti

Scrambled eggs

Wilted baby spinach

Morning snack

Rice milk latte

2 apricots

Lunch

Chicken, asparagus & pea risotto

1 plum

Afternoon snack

Kale chips

Dinner

Grilled (broiled) whiting

Baby spinach, green capsicum (bell pepper), cucumber & pea salad w olive oil

Sweet potato chips (fries)

Mineral water w lemon juice

Dessert

1 poached pear

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2 Comments

  1. Stacy Jones said,

    February 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Omg, u must be been a dietician in a former life….. This is awesome. I may need to hire u soon to make a plan for me! Haha

    Are u tracking macronutrients and cals too?

    What symptoms are u looking out for?

    This rocks. U need to write a book on the diets u’ve tried with meals plans. 🙂

    • February 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Stacy! I’d love to be a dietician but alas, 4 more years of study is not for me.

      I’m not yet tracking macronutrients, although I have tracked Calories before. I’m not measuring the energy at this stage because this isn’t a calorie controlled diet… I’m more interested in healing than losing weight.

      As far as symptoms, I’m looking out for everything! You would be amazed at the broad array of ailments food chemicals can cause. Everythig from headaches and mood swings to throat clearing and insomnia.

      I may yet write a book… working on that! 😉


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