Tuesday, September 20, 2016
How'd I do this week? Great...until Sunday. Jackie was lamenting the lack of regular meals, so I decided to cook a big Sunday roast, figuring I'd just eat the potatoes and gravy portion of it. This plan worked well until I was carving said roast. One nibble led to another and before you know, I had eaten several off-plan food items.
I nervously checked every few minutes, but the potato-police never showed up to take me away.
Official weight lost after 20 days on a potato diet is 10 pounds. My potato intake has increased significantly from the first week, I'm now eating about 4-5 pounds of potatoes per day (1388-1700 kcal). This increase has allowed me to feel energized, exercise, and still lose some weight. My goal is to lose 5 more pounds over the next 10 days, but I'm not worried about it.
I'm still quite amazed every day at my lack of hunger, and my non-aversion to potatoes. Over the weekend, I cut and pre-cooked 15 pounds of French fries with my handy-dandy French fry cutter. Then I froze them in a single layer and separated into one-pound ziplocks for freezer storage.
My routine has been to skip breakfast and eat about 2 pounds of mashed potatoes and/or plain boiled potatoes for lunch. I take my potatoes to work with me and heat them in the microwave. Sometimes I will dip the whole potatoes in ketchup and sprinkle with salt. I found that it helps to make the mashed potatoes a bit more watery so that they do not dry up when cooled and reheated.
Dinner is generally 2 pounds of French fries fixed in an air-fryer (here's one that does not contain Teflon!), then whatever else I like...I still have some potato flatbread and there is always cooked potatoes in the fridge.
My garden is completely gone now, thanks to several weeks of hard frosts, so the tomatoes and strawberries no longer beckon. I'll try to finish the month as purist as possible.
Posted by Tim Steele