Week 1: The Greek Yogurt Debacle

This sounds like a fairly obvious statement, but I’m really enjoying eating foods with a high fat content!

Salmon, Avocado, Cream Cheese

Salmon, Avocado, Cream Cheese

The first couple of days were pretty smooth, and I haven’t really had any cravings for bikkies and tae, which I am really surprised about.

(I have a monster sized Toblerone in the fridge which is going to get assaulted in 11 weeks.)

It’s been enjoyable doing the (very minimal)  food preparation. Building it into my morning routine has been easy, almost therapeutic. My mornings are amazing.

Fionn has been on hand every hour of the day to answer any questions, and he questions every meal to make sure I am eating right. For the first week, I was required to send him pictures of everything I ate.

There have been some interesting moments.

For instance, he got angry with me on Monday when he asked if I had worked out yet- I had just walked into the changing rooms of the gym.

He then asked when I had last eaten- lunchtime, 6 hours previous.

I’m not in the starvation game!

– Fionnj

Lesson learned.

And then there was the Greek yogurt episode!

In the shopping list that Fionn sent me, he included Greek yogurt as optimal, but to avoid Greek style yogurt.

I bought Greek style yogurt by accident, and wasn’t sure whether to bin it or not when I realised my error.

I was at home- starving- standing over my bowl of blueberries and almonds, waiting to get the all clear to add the yogurt.

He asked for the macros, and of course the feckin’ thing was in Korean!

I couldn’t help but to laugh at myself. Only a week previous, I was eating 3 bars of chocolate over a cup of tea without breaking stride, and here I was translating the fat content in a pot of yogurt from Korean to English.

After giving him the breakdown, he gave me the go ahead to have a small portion.

Almonds, Yogurt, Blueberries, Peanut Butter

Almonds, Yogurt, Blueberries, Peanut Butter

Happy days.

Overall, it has been a great week.

The avocados are softening in a brown paper bag, I have a lunchbox full of cooked chicken fillets in the fridge ready to be eaten next week, and the Toblerone is still untouched!

Bring on week 2.

Fionn McSwiney is a PhD researcher and lecturer at Waterford IT; a specialist in the field of Exercise Science and Nutrition. You can follow him on Instagram– seek out the experts.