A Day on the Zone Diet Plan

I thought I’d post up yesterdays Zone Diet food intake, just for fun and your criticism. It’s never a bad idea to get people to critique you once is a while, so feel free to point out any mistakes you think I’m making. I’m on 17 blocks per day.

Breakfast – 5 blocks

  • 5oz Cold Roast Turkey Breast (5 Protein blocks)
  • 75g Light Philadelphia Cream Cheese (7.5g of fat = 5 Fat blocks)
  • 200ml Innocent Fruit Smoothie (30g of carbs = roughly 3 Carb blocks)
  • 1 apple (2 Carb blocks)

Morning Snack – 1 block

  • 1oz Cheddar Cheese (1P and I count 1 Fat block here too, as it’s full fat cheese)
  • 1 Satsuma (1C)

Lunch – 5 blocks

  • 200g Smoked Mackerel (5P)
  • 1 1/2 cups grapes (3C)
  • 1 Satsuma (1C)
  • 1 Nectarine (1C)
  • 15 Cashew Nuts (5F)

Tea – 5 blocks

This was not a normal tea we had, I decided to do something as close as I could to what I would have considered “normal food” before the Zone, so it was Bangers and Mash with gravy! Only I zoned it of course, and one interesting twist: it wasn’t mash potato, but mashed cauliflower. I’ve found mashed cauliflower to be an excellent mashed potato substitute.

  • 400g of good quality, 97% Pork Sausages (10P)
  • 1 Large cauliflower 4 cups worth (2C)
  • 1 9inch Parsnip (3C)
  • 2/3 cup Onion (1C)
  • Bisto Beef Gravy, about 35g dry weight (4C)
  • 4 tsp Light Mayonnaise (4F)
  • 2 tsp Butter (6F)

The Mash was made by steaming the cauliflower, parsnip and onion for 20 mins, then blending them together with a hand blender, with the Mayo, butter and some wholegrain mustard.

The observant amongst you will notice that this meal adds up to a balanced 10 blocker, however I ate exactly half this.

Evening Snack – 1 block

  • 1 cup natural yoghurt (1P and 1C)
  • 9 Pistachio nuts (1F)

Actually, I’m not sure that 9 Pistachio nuts are 1 block of fat. But 3 Cashews are, and to my eye a Cashew is about 3 times the size of a Pistachio, so that’s how I got to 9 = 1 block. Do you know better, please comment.

So how’s that, any problems or improvements you can see, let me know.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Andrew Greenberg 14 September 2007, 10:42 pm

    So let me get this straight: you call dinner “tea,” but at this meal you don’t actually drink tea. Weird.

    Looks pretty decently zone-ish to me!


  • Colin McNulty 15 September 2007, 6:54 am

    Lol, yeah Andrew. I did wonder about that when I wrote it. And it’s not a blanket English thing either, more of a northern dialect.

    If you’re from the South, you will probably call the noon time meal “Lunch” and the evening meal “Dinner”.

    If you’re from the North (like me), you’re more likely to say the noon time meal is “Dinner” and the evening meal is “Tea”.

    I have absolutely no idea why! Thanks for the Zone check and comment.

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