PKU challenge – Days 3 & 4


Today I have decided to combine two days so this blog post is about Day 3 and 4 of my PKU challenge….keep reading to hear how I coped over the past two days with the PKU diet…

Day 3 – Wednesday 24th June

Today was a “work day” at Great Ormond Street Hospital, so this meant that I had to be super organised…I packed my lunch for work the night before… LP penne pasta + salad + hummus (45g hummus = 3 exchanges) + carrot sticks + avocado. I also packed a banana + LP crackers for snacks.

Despite my good intentions from the night before, the morning and breakfast was extremely rushed – trying to get everyone ready and out the door for work/school is no mean feat!

I didn’t manage to finish all of my cereal loops and I had 1 exchange of milk in my tea but again half of this was left! I had a banana on the train on the way to work (no photo of my breakfast here as I was in too much of a rush!)

I started feeling hungry again at about 11am and had a few LP crackers which didn’t really hit the spot so I reached for a Jaffa cake (1/2 exch per biscuit) and black Rooibos (“Redbush”) tea.

Lunch was the same as yesterday as I enjoyed it so much…LP penne pasta + salad + hummus (3ex), as prepared last night. I had a PKU air as my supplement and it was  very smooth and went down surprisingly easily.


In the afternoon I was seeing patients in the PKU Clinic…by 5pm I was extremely hungry! When I got back to the office I ate the other half of the avocado with a little leftover salad and ate a whole punnet of strawberries!

For dinner: I had leftover Risotto (3 exchanges from ordinary rice) from Monday night as I had put the leftovers in the freezer. My husband had salmon with his risotto and I had 2 XPhe Jumps as my “protein”.


Today was a bit of a crazy day and I was not as organized with my meals as I would like to have been! I should have eaten a better portion at breakfast to prevent myself getting so hungry during the morning. But I guess that is real life and things don’t always go according to plan…!

Day 4 – Thursday 25th June

Breakfast was 3 slices LP toast – 2 with Philadelphia (1 exchange = 17g) and one with jam, a grapefruit and a glass of Alpro coconut milk. I had a PKU cooler as my supplement.


Exercise – 1 hour session

mid-morning snack – glass of coconut milk

Lunch: Today I decided I needed to change my salad slightly from the previous two days, so I had corn on the cob (about 2 exchanges) with a salad. I still felt quite hungry after this meal, so I decided to have a pudding of LP carrot cake with slices banana and a dollop of “cream” as Coyo coconut yoghurt – it is very thick and creamy, more like a cream than a yoghurt (45g = 1 exchange). I then had a Lophlex LQ 20 as my supplement and felt a bit nauseous while I drank this.


At school pick up I had a fruit ice lolly as it was really hot this afternoon!

Dinner: Rice noodles and vegetable stir fry with Chow mien stir fry sauce…I really enjoyed this meal and it was filling/satisfying.

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I had Lophlex powder as my supplement tonight and I was really pleasantly surprised at how drinkable it was! I mixed it with cold water and it wasn’t nearly as sickly sweet as the liquid supplements. I think I’ll be trying the powdered supplements again this week.

Tomorrow I am going to try Louise’s idea and take my supplement as tablets…let’s see how many I manage to take!

Paula x