I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to read and review Elly Curshen's debut cookbook before its release date today (quite fitting, as today is World Health Day!). Elly owns and runs the very popular Pear Café in Bristol (on my to-visit list!) and has done so successfully for over nine years!
The book focuses on recipes aimed at people following the 5:2 diet, where you feast on whatever takes your fancy for 5 days of the week and fast on healthy, nutritional dishes for 2 days of the week, with an allowance of 500 calories only. The 5:2 diet allows you to enjoy all of your favourite things, while teaching you to become more mindful of what you consume and more resourceful on your fast days.
I've enjoyed trying out some recipes from the book - it's a great motivator for encouraging a healthier diet. Here are the recipes I've made, so far:
I love the idea of the 5:2 diet, but I haven't decided whether I am going to try following this way of eating. I don't need to lose weight, but I understand that the 5:2 is more of a way of living, rather than a short-lived diet to drop a few pounds. Perhaps I'll give it a try - what do you think?!
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.