Speed foods; My eating plan for a week

by Veronica

As I have lost 18lbs weight recently, our delightful Mira asked me to post my eating plan for a week. It is based on foods that speed up the metabolism.

My stick-thin husband has no weight to lose and has lost 4lbs just eating similar foods to me. I am NOT a nutritionist. I make no claims that people will lose weight doing this. Mira wondered if it might help people who were interested.

I am 5ft tall and have had a few health issues recently. Oesophagitis, hiatus hernia and plantar fasciitis in my heels to name but a few.

When I had my gastroscopy recently, the consultant said I needed to lose a stone or two. But a stone, he added would make a huge difference to my oesophagitis. Easier said than done I know. I ignored his advice of course and then my son announced his wedding. His bride joined a slimming club and after a few more months I followed her eating advice when I saw she had lost 3 1/2 stone.

The eating plan is based on foods that speed up the metabolism. The foods have fewer calories than it takes to digest them . There is a mountain of food to eat and anytime hungry strikes...don't grab a biscuit, potato crisps or a cake, grab a food that speeds up your metabolism This is my new way of eating .

11 weeks on and I have lost 18 pounds, my plantar fasciitis in my heel has gone and my oesophagus is healed. My skin is glowing, I am sleeping better and feel great. I would like to lose about 20 lbs.

oranges quicken the metabolism
oranges quicken the metabolism

What is metabolism ?

Metabolism is the chemical processes that occur in the body to keep our bodies and organs  working  for example  breathing and digesting food.These chemical processes require energy. These processes require energy which we get from our food.

Apples raw or cooked without sugar
Apples raw or cooked without sugar

Speed foods

What are they ?

So what are speed foods ?

Speed foods are foods which are often full of fibre and take a little longer to digest thereby using more calories to digest than are in the foods themselves. When we eat,  our bodies start to work digesting the foods and so our bodies have to use calories for our digestion to work.

Best of all, there is no need to weigh them. They are low calorie foods.

Eat some at every meal and throughout the day.


raw courgettes are ideal
raw courgettes are ideal

Keep active

I am very active. I work with young children and have a 2 year old grandson who keeps me busy and on the move.

Being active plus doing aerobic exercise are the best ways to increase your body metabolism . Aerobic  (meaning  with oxygen ) activity is an activity which keeps you active continuously for at least 20 minutes.

Increase your activity to increase your metabolism.

turnips bulk out stews
turnips bulk out stews

To begin


I am not a nutritionist  and this is not a diet. This is my version based on my future daughter in law's eating plan.

We have both lost weight eating foods at every meal which speed up our metabolism.  

If you want to seriously lose weight see a nutritionist or join a diet club.


Every day includes 1/2 pt   350 ml  of semi skimmed  ( 1/2 fat milk ) for  the day.

No alcohol

Eat some speed foods at every meal and throughout the day when you feel hungry. Don't ever feel hungry. Don't weigh them; eat as much of them as you want.

Vegetables must be cooked without fat.

Plan ahead. 

Have ready in the fridge, carrot batons, celery sticks,  baby tomatoes, fruit. Eat speed foods anytime you feel hungry. Don't eat cakes, potato crisps, biscuits ; eat something heathy or speed foods.

Speed food List

Speed food dos                                                             Healthy foods but not speed

green tea             asparagus                                           pineapple

apples                  aubergine                                            parsnips

apricots                beetroot                                              sweetcorn

blackberries          broccoli                                              banana

clementines          cabbage                                             grapes

gooseberries         carrots                                               potatoes cooked without fat

grapefruit               cauliflower                                         avocado

lemon                    celeriac

limes                      celery

melon                     chard

nectarines              courgettes

oranges                  cucumber

peaches                 leeks

pears                      lettuce

raspberries             mangetout

rhubarb                  mushrooms

strawberries          onions

 plums                    peas




                                runner beans









My breakast today. quark on wholemeal toast with raspberries and blueberries.
My breakast today. quark on wholemeal toast with raspberries and blueberries.

A typical week

I eat some speed foods with EVERY meal

This is a diary  I kept of my first  week a few weeks ago. It is my own version of how my son's fiancée eats.

In-between meals if I feel hungry, I eat fruit or veg sticks.

There is no need to weigh them;  eat as much of them as you want


                                                     Speed foods are in bold font


Day  1            tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

Breakfast   :   fat free soft cheese( e.g . quark. cottage cheese ) on toast and grapes

                     , plums and fresh tomatoes

Lunch       :   Chicken with fat removed

                     , salad of lettuce, radishes , tomatoes cucumber, celery

Dinner     :    Pork steak fat removed  and boiled potatoes

                     ; cauliflower, carrots,


Day 2          tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

Breakfast       Fruit salad of strawberries, plums, satsumas

                                            include bananas and blueberries

                                            eat with fat free yogurt

Lunch         Jacket Baked  potato and tuna and sweetcorn mixed with some fat free yogurt

                     salad as above

Dinner         Beef casserole cooked with   carrots, onions, leeks and celery and    



Day 3          tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

Breakfast  ;   Baked beans in tomato sauce on toast

                       ; plums and satsuma

Lunch       :     Fat free cheese  and lean ham no fat  and

                      ; salad as above

Dinner      :     Prawns,  salmon and pasta in a  tinned tomato sauce

                        salad as above


Day 4       :      tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

Breakfast         Hot Bacon sandwich  with

                        lettuce and tomato

Lunch      :      

                        Homemade  vegetable soup , celery, carrot and leek

Dinner     :        Spaghetti Bolognaise



Day 5      :        tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

 Breakfast        Poached egg on toast 

                          Plums, satsumas

Lunch     :         Chicken

                        ; salad as above

Dinner   :          Pork goulash with fat free yogurt to garnish

                         ; cooked with tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery, paprika, courgettes 


Day 6              tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

Breakfast   :        Fruit salad of strawberries, plums, satsumas

                                            include bananas and blueberries

                                            eat with fat free yogurt

Lunch     :        Jacket potato  with baked beans

                        ; salad as above


Dinner   :         salmon risotto  

                       ; salad as above


Day 7   :         tea and coffee using my milk allowance of 350 ml ( 1/2 pt ) a day

Breakfast    ;   mushroom omelette

                    mushrooms and tomatoes  , satsuma

Lunch      :           Homemade soup ; carrot and celery


Dinner    :      Chicken in tinned tomatoes and onions and potatoes

                        kale, carrots


I lost 2 lbs the first week eating this food.  It is low fat speed food.



me in June 2015
me in June 2015
March 2016
March 2016


I haven't planned on losing much more weight or  inded any and I seem to be maintaining the loss. I haven't gained.  I follow the above four days a week and eat what ever I want on 3 days.  Here's just a few pictures.  Before and after. Try it. It worked for me.

Me at Frank Beswick's son's wedding in June 2015 and me just about to do the Midnight 10km for the cancer hospice last week.

June 2015
June 2015
June 2016
June 2016
Updated: 08/19/2016, Veronica
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frankbeswick on 08/19/2016

BSG, who can tell you what language to use in prayer. Use what you will; and how are the politically correct going to police what you say? Let us just stop allowing politically correct ,left wing bullies to misuse the equality laws to oppress those with whom they disagree. We need to rise in protest against them.

Veronica on 08/19/2016

As for stones ? I have lost 2 stone 4lbs ..... :)

Veronica on 08/19/2016

I still use the old terms in prayers. It sounds more dignified to me.

Baker's dozen used to be used for 13. It was make weight used by bakers to make an amount up to one pound weight.

blackspanielgallery on 08/19/2016

In New Orleans where I grew up even sidewalk was not mentioned. It was banket, And median was neutral ground, a left over from when a large median on a street named Elysian Fields separated two nationalities, I believe French from Italian. The French influenced some local words, and visitors are often confused by simple directions. Langiappe means a little something extra, and a baker's dozen means thirteen.
I now do know, but only because of your article, a stone is fourteen pounds.
As for old words, I cannot get used to changing thy, thee and thou in prayers like the Hail Mary and the Our Father to your and you. People are insistent on modernizing them. At least here that is the case.

Veronica on 08/19/2016

Autumn comes from the French word automne

frankbeswick on 08/19/2016

I agree with Veronica on the use of the term Fall, which is more truly English than Autumn is.

Veronica on 08/19/2016

TY. but one thing I do love is seeing words used in American that are Olde Englishe and no longer in use here. I think it is marvellous to see how words are preserved there. Words e.g. such as .... Fall ..... which was Anglo Saxon for Autumn .... Sidewalk ...... Our wordAutumn came in with the Normans. I think fall is prettier and more correct.

I love language and I think that American usage is on occasion far more traditional than ours.

blackspanielgallery on 08/19/2016

One of the fun things about reading articles from England is learning real English, not "American" words. A stone would not be ever mentioned here, except for a small rock. Seeing how the languages we both call English differ is itself worth reading things, yet bot you and Frank also have interesting topics.

Veronica on 08/19/2016

Peanut butter

The problem with most peanut butters is that approx. 3 ozs contains more than 50% FAT ,at 50.39%. and 588 calories if you follow calories. Therefore, just about 3 ozs peanut butter contains nearly half a day's calories and nearly 20gr of carbs. ( fatsecret.co.uk )
The calorie breakdown is 72% fat, 12% carbs, 16% prot. ( fatsecret.co.uk )

I am not a nutritionist but I wouldn't eat it to lose weight even though it contains some goodness. I eat foods less than 5% fat not 72% fat.

Veronica on 08/19/2016

Yes indeed plums are speed foods. There are other foods and the list is not exhaustive. I shall add plums though. Your comment about the Coins sounds like a typical dad/ husband comment to me . :)

Regarding your wife's wish to lose 20lbs;-

I have now lost 32 lbs in 9 months eating similarly to above. I hadn't planned to lose much more but it's very slowly coming off. The type of eating though is second nature to me now. I cut the fat off the meat, don't butter the bread. I eat speed foods, cut back on fat and sugar.

You are right to snack on plums rather than fried potato snacks.

I wish your family well and if you are serious about losing a few lbs the above ideas should do it. Beswicks LOVE their food and even I have managed it. My daughter in law has lost 5 stone using the above method through a slimming club. .

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