The Woman behind the 5:2 diet


Saturday I attended the Nutrition & Health LIVE Conference.  It is an annual conference for Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Health Care Professionals.


The Expo had lots of great food samples to try.  There was Chobani, Belvita, 9 Bar, Total yogurt, Oatly (oat milk) just to name a few!

I especially enjoyed the 9 Bar samples.  They had Nutty, Pumpkin, Flax, and Original and they were all really good.  As you can see, they are made with natural ingredients and full of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids like Omega-3.

From their website: “Magnesium, a key nutrient in pumpkin seeds, is a natural energy and metabolism booster, contributing to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Sunflower seeds are a good source of thiamine, which helps protect and maintain energy. While hemp seed, the undisputed star of the 9bar show, not only contains Riboflavin (vitamin B2) which helps protect against the effects of oxidative stress, but is actually a complete protein containing all essential amino acids in a balanced ratio – including the 9 that are essential building blocks for good health, which is, of course, what gives 9bar its name.”


I also go to take some samples of Oatly milk in organic and chocolate flavors.  I love oatmeal so I especially enjoyed the oat flavor.


5:2 Diet 

Intermittent fasting seems to be the new weight-loss craze these days.  I was excited to get to hear the scientific evidence from the woman behind it.  Dr. Michelle Harvie is a research Dietitian, who pioneered the diet as part of her work in breast cancer prevention.

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There are 48,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Dr Harvie believed that 30-40% of this is linked to excess weight, and being heavier puts women at more of a risk for breast cancer.

The idea of the 5:2 diet is to eat normal for 5 days out of the week and for 2 consecutive days you can only have about 500-600 calories.  Fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and lean dairy are included in the calorie restricted days, but they are lower carbohydrate days.

A study was conducted to compare the 5:2 diet to a conventional low-calorie diet.  The results showed those that were on the 5:2 diet didn’t go crazy on their 5 normal days and stayed in a calorie range similar to those on the low-calorie diet.  The results showed those on the 5:2 diet had greater reductions in body fat compared to the low-calorie dieters. Interesting stuff!

case study

This was the next topic I sat in on and listened to.  It was very interesting in that psychology is being used to help people to lose weight as well as determine if they are actually ready to make a change and get healthier.  It’s not just your normal eat healthy, exercise more talk which is great since our thoughts can be a hindrance or help to someones journey to getting healthier.

Half-marathon Training

Since I was at the conference all day Saturday, Sunday was the day for my long run.  I knew I wanted to do 10 miles, but wasn’t sure how my hurt foot and sore hamstring would feel and didn’t want to push it and make it worse if I started feeling any pain.  I ended up doing 11 miles! I got new shoes last week, and I definitely think it was needed and the extra cushioning really helped.

Avg Pace
Summary 1:37:26.4 11.00 8:51
1 8:39.4 1.00 8:39
2 9:01.1 1.00 9:01
3 8:45.9 1.00 8:46
4 8:42.2 1.00 8:42
5 8:53.8 1.00 8:54
6 8:50.9 1.00 8:51
7 8:50.3 1.00 8:50
8 8:58.4 1.00 8:58
9 8:58.0 1.00 8:58
10 8:54.6 1.00 8:55
11 8:49.8 1.00 8:50
12 :01.9 0.00 13:27
Feels like 52°
15 mph W wind
Humidity 58%
I felt great throughout the run, and luckily got Greg to meet me at 6 miles with a full water bottle, my saving grace!  I was out of water once I hit 11 miles, I was contemplating 12 but thought I should probably just stop after 11.
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I took an ice bath after to help my future sore muscles. Unfortunately I was walking with a very tight hamstring and limp on the way to work this morning, I was in a rush but couldn’t even attempt to run, it was too painful!
Thoughts on the 5:2 diet? 
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1 Response to The Woman behind the 5:2 diet

  1. Debbie says:

    Sounds like you did very well with your sour muscles and all.

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