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17 Day Diet – Day 4

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3 days and 2,4kgs down, 37,6kgs to go!

I wouldn’t say this has been easy so far. I don’t think I realised how much I would miss carbs! I had a headache for 2 of the three days and I felt very nauseous! Plus, I have absolutely no energy in the afternoon! Walking through the Woolies isle of temptation yesterday with my basket of veggies and fish was pure torture!

Rather than continue to torture myself (especially in the delicate first few weeks) I have decided to avoid Woolies and the Food Network all together! Additionally, I’ve vowed to eat something (even if it’s just a few carrots) before I do the grocery shop. I swear those chocolates start talking to me otherwise! The other key thing is to actually enjoy what you are eating! So without further ado, I present you with my first 17 day diet recipe:

Pocket fish and veggies

Serves 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 – 18 minutes


  • 2 fillets of fish
  • ½ tsp ginger (optional)
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • 1 Tbsp soya sauce (preferably low sodium)
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 1tsp olive tapenade (optional)
  • Stir fry veggies – enough for 2 people (I used one of those premade packs from Woolies)
  • Alternatively you can use any combination of the following: Bell peppers, spinach, carrots, onion, cabbage, green beans, mushrooms, tomatoes (all julienned)
  • 2 sheets of baking paper (just a bit bigger than A4)


  1. Turn your oven on to 190° C
  2. Lay your sheets of baking paper (you could use tinfoil) out on the counter.
  3. Pile half the veggies in the middle of each sheet.
  4. Mix the soya sauce, ginger and garlic and pour half over each pile of veggies (this creates the steam – but if you don’t have soya sauce you can use water)
  5. Put the fillet of fish on top of the veggies.
  6. Wrap the parcel up nice and tightly (I lie to fold the opposite ends together and wrap the other two sides underneath)
  7. Put in the oven for 15 – 18 minutes
  8. Serve

It’s this simple!


About jenroo

I am a self confessed food lover! For me good food = happiness! This is probably why I've never stuck to a healthy eating plan for very long, I can't handle the boring food! In this blog, I'll be covering ways to make healthy food tasty food, as well as my own weight loss journey.

3 responses »

  1. Jenna it is very difficult initially but within 1-2 weeks you’ll find you actually enjoy the healthier option – hang in there!!!!!!! 2.4kg down thats brilliant – thats motivation enough.

    Try drinking honey in water for that sweet tooth!!!!! (put a little lemon and fresh ginger in to spice it up a bit)

    • Thanks Donna! I’m happy with the healthier option, it’s just the no carbs at all that’s getting to me a little. I might start introducing carbs like wholewheat cous cous and quinoa next week, just for a bit of energy in the middle of the day. Thanks for the honey tip, I’ll def give it a try when these first days are over – no honey yet. 🙂

  2. So delish, I was tempted to eat the lemon slices as well!
    I think knowing what’s causing you to feel the way you do doesn’t “help” either. Walking past the vending machine at work, those Lightly Salted Lay’s have never looked so tempting.
    Let’s hope the “carb withdrawal” will pass sooner rather than later.


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