I didn’t weigh this morning. Mostly because I couldn’t bear to. I stepped on the scale a couple of days ago, and was 176 lbs. That’s almost 180 fucking pounds, and I wanted to kill myself. So today, I didn’t. I’ll weigh myself tomorrow. For the sake of argument, let’s say I’m starting at 175. Dukan’s “ideal weight calculator” says I should be 133. Forty-two pounds, here we go.
One good thing about starting today is that I’m also beginning a temp gig that will keep me out of the house and give me something to focus on for the next week and a half. I don’t have the Dukan book yet, but it probably promotes breakfast. Still, I’m almost never hungry in the morning, and today’s no exception. Had a café au lait this morning (1% milk) before leaving, and took a snack baggie with five or six slices of deli turkey and a hard-boiled egg for lunch.
It wasn’t particularly tasty, but that’s OK. The Dukan attack phase, in my mind, is not particularly about taste. “Taste” is part of what got me into this mess. I’m quite irate about being fat, because I’m a food snob and even in my worst moments not a glutton. If you’re looking for a blog with moans about missing McDonald’s, or how I just had to have that chocolate cheesecake, you’ve come to the wrong place. That’s not how I eat. Still, the scale doesn’t lie. I consume more calories than I burn, and now I’m fat. It sucks, but there it is. I can change it.
So, the turkey and egg kept me satiated, which is the important thing. On the way home from work, I stopped at Whole Foods and bought a container of low-fat cottage cheese, some oat bran, some light Laughing Cow cheese and a tub of quark. They also had fromage blanc, but I thought I’d try the quark first.
I bought the quark to make the galette Dukan, or Dukan oat bran pancake. This is a staple in the Dukan diet, so I’m happy to report that it was pretty tasty. The recipe makes one large galette, but I divided the batter in half, and used a tiny (one egg-sized) nonstick pan. This gave me two mini pancakes, which will be useful for sandwiches, etc.
Here’s the recipe:
1.5 tablespoons oat bran
1 egg, beaten (or 1 egg white)
1.5 tablespoons quark or fromage frais
additional seasonings to taste (see note, below)
Mix together, adding a small amount of skim milk to thin if necessary. Pour a few drops of oil in a non-stick pan, then wipe with paper towel. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbles form on top (just like a pancake.) Flip and continue cooking until lightly browned. These may be frozen or refrigerated for up to one week.
Note: Although many people seem to like this as a breakfast pancake, I prefer savory to sweet. I added sea salt, a generous amount of freshly ground pepper, and one clove of crushed garlic. It was delicious. I’ll try a breakfast version (with cinnamon, nutmeg, a splash of vanilla and a half-teaspoon of Truvia) later this week.
I ate the pancakes with a curry made with skinless chicken breasts and Saras Butter Chicken Gravy. Although the Dukan Diet specifies no vegetables during the attack phase, I added 2 cups of leftover spinach (from last night’s dinner) to the skillet. Will this doom me? I don’t think so. Enjoyed this along with 2 small Dukan pancakes (1 recipe) and 1 wedge of light Laughing Cow.
Twenty minute walk after dinner … Dukan recommends 20 minutes every day in the Attack Phase, but not more. The “not more” I can comply with, easily!