Fasting doesn’t necessarily mean total abstinence from food. I do the 5/2, and so two days a week I eat very low calorie. For example, lunch today is miso soup with tofu. Comes in at about 98 calories and it’s very satisfying. And the rest of the time, I just eat lean protein, salads, veg. I avoid potatoes and rice and pasta, although I’ll eat brown rice in small quantities and pulse pasta, which is delicious. I limit bread, and it has to be good grainy bread. I have a sweet tooth and I just have to ignore that. I’ll have a fig or cherries or a mandarin instead. I make everything from scratch and never buy prepared, bottled sauces etc. No convenience food is allowed in my pantry. I can still whip up a meal in no time. But back to fasting - when I feel deprived, I just say, suck it up, buttercup!