Day 5, and I’m two days away from my first Binge (Cheat) Day! I can’t wait! My first Binge Day happens to be this Sunday, Mother’s Day. My family asked me to do Sunday instead of Saturday this week so they can spoil me. YES.

What is the 4 hour body diet? A plan which allows for tweaks!

One of my fatal flaws (or is it a strength?) is that I can’t seem to ever follow any plan (or set of rules for that matter) with 100% perfection. Real life is messy, each of us and our bodies are different, and tweaking here and there to find the right fit makes more sense to me. So throughout this 4 hour body review of the 4 hour body book, I’m constantly experimenting and tweaking here and there to see what works for me.

Lunch: fast low carb recipe

Today I enjoyed my Turkey, Black Bean and Pepper Salad for lunch. I’d whipped it up on Monday so no cooking. Light, healthy and delicious; I enjoyed two servings. (My version this week was with ham instead of turkey.) I had my Greek yogurt for dessert flavored with vanilla.

Supper: healthy low carb recipesubstitute for harissa

TWEAK: Can I occasionally have a meal made with fruit or fruit juice, even though fruit is not allowed on the 4 hr body plan?

Tonight I tried a new recipe from my NYT cooking app. I highly recommend this app – there are SO MANY recipes from all styles of cooking and regions around the world. They are incredible, you can find anything there. It’s well worth the subscription fee. I’m not an affiliate with them.

I had thawed chicken legs (not thighs like I thought) in my fridge so tonight I made Pan-Seared Chicken with Harissa, Dates and Citrus. I couldn’t find Harissa at Walmart so I substituted with Korean Gochujang sauce. I plan to make this again with proper Harissa, the Korean spice wasn’t spicy enough.

Pan-seared chicken with harissa and datesI decided to try this recipe even though it called for orange juice, orange peel, and dried dates. I want to know if I can have a little bit of fruit in my slow carb recipes sometimes and still lose weight on the tim ferriss slow carb diet.

ANSWER? Yes! Having this slightly sweet fruity sauce with dates and scallions didn’t affect my weight loss at all.

To go with the chicken, I cooked up savory black beans and served rice on the side for my family members (I just had the black beans since I’m on the 4 hour body slow carb plan). I roasted broccoli for a veggie.

The chicken and sauce was SO GOOD! The sauce was mildly sweet and yummy – can’t wait to try this with actual harissa. We topped ours with plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream since I need the probiotics.

Slow carb diet recipe

Savory Black Beans

Serves 2-4.

  1. Heat a little oil in a skillet and add 1/2-3/4 cup chopped onion and 1-3 cloves of minced garlic. Feel free to add any other spices you like such as a pinch of red pepper flakes or spice mixes. Experiment! Saute for a few minutes until onion begins to get soft.
  2. Pour in one can of black beans (or beans of your choice) with liquid. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 20 minutes until well-flavored. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve this as a side by itself or over rice (or cauliflower rice for a healthy low carb recipe).

Love my red wine

Being Friday evening, I sipped Merlot while cooking, then enjoyed it with my meal. It was so good, and the chicken sauce was slightly sweet, that I didn’t crave dessert tonight at all.


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