I Survived Day One of the Cambridge Diet – Step 2

A bit dramatic to say that I survived day one, as it really wasn’t that bad. I felt a little cold, light-headed and tired, but it might have had something to do with the extended  “last suppers”; the carb porn of the previous weekend as I worked my way through some of my favourite foods in mental preparation for 6 months on Cambridge.

And naturally, it was also Valentine’s Day, like I needed an excuse to indulge in seriously yummy Godiva chocolates. Perhaps those two glasses of champagne on Sunday night weren’t my brightest idea…

Given the carb fest in the days before starting the diet, I was pleasantly surprised that I did not get the usual carb withdrawal headaches I normally get when I start a low carb diet. Perhaps because Step 2 of the Cambridge diet isn’t as low carb as my usual low carb diets where I eat between 20 g to 40 g of carbs. I suspect I have zero chance of getting into ketosis on the Cambridge but I have my strip ketone ready and will test in a few days. See below.

I digress.

Day One Report Summary

100%. I rock. Pats own back.

Water: 3600 ml which I track on a water app

425 ml of skimmed a whooping 21.3 g of carbs


Two cups of fresh coffee with skimmed milk and cinnamon, two boiled eggs, 80 g of salad. This was a bit bland and whilst I have had eggs and salad for Atkins-like low carb diets, the olive oil with those make a difference. Also, those types of diets allowed generous helpings of low GI salad. I was surprised at how woefully small 80 g of salad was.


Chocolate Shake – I made this with 227ml of water plus lots of crushed ice, perhaps too much of the latter as it was very thick and a bit watered down, I think, given I don’t know what it is supposed to taste like. I need to give this shake another go with less ice or even as a hot drink.

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Chicken and mushroom soup. I found this seriously yummy.

After Dinner

Lactose-free Vanilla shake. This was very lovely too.

Total Calories 787; Total Carbs 64.7g; Total protein 73.6g

TMI Alert!

Wee: Probably stopped counting at no 9!

This morning, I had lost 2.5 kg. I was beyond thrilled as I figured that it was the most weight I had ever lost in any diet ever…until I looked at my diary entry for 6th January, 2015 where I had lost 2.9 kg on a low carb diet I had designed for myself. For a few seconds, I hungered after low carb diet full of low GI vegetables, berries, lean meat, olive oil….compared with shakes and soups, as lovely as they are. But like my lovely little sister reminded me this morning, every diet is different. I’ve also never drank as much water as I did yesterday on any diet or pee.ed as much! The reality though is that the strictness of the Cambridge is good for me and if my diet was that great, I would have stuck to it.

I can do this. I can totally do this.

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