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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!