Hi ! I’m Joni, a food obsessed home cook who is living a healthier life thanks for the Optifast VLCD Program. This is a blog to keep all my Optifast Intensive recipes in the one place and provide some encouragement to others who are on the same train ! All the recipes are also vegan – grain,meat,dairy, nut, gluten and egg-free. They are basically vegetables with added flavour & technique. They are therefore very low in both calorie and carbohydrate content. They are suitable for people on vegan, keto, paleo, VLCD & VSG pre op food regimes including Optifast, Optislim & others.
I started my journey using the Optifast VLCD program and all recipes are INTENSIVE phase suitable.
I’ve been through a completely transformational journey. It has totally changed my life in so many ways and is still a work in progress. When I commenced the Intensive phase of the Optifast Program I was cooking stir fries, soups and salads with little experimentation. To be honest, as a person who loves to cook, I was getting bored, annoyed and started dreading having to eat the vegetables. So, after reading the allowed list I changed it up & started experimenting !
The biggest change along the way has been that my family are now eating this way, I am simply adding protein and carbohydrates their meals. I want my 3 year old son to see me eating, and to be eating with him, rather than drinking a shake or hiding in the corner in the kitchen while he eats with his dad. So, I have integrated my meals with theirs. It means less cooking, planning and offers a far more sociable and “normal” eating environment. It has also improved the nutrition of all of us no end.
I hope you find the recipes, hints, pictures and bits’n’ bobs useful – all out of this crazy brain of mine into yours … many of the recipes are re-inventions of family meals & take away favourites.
*Please note this blog or any associated content is not associated with Nestle or the Optifast VLCD program in any way*
Best of luck on your journey !