My Diary

SP Survival Guide

I love a Slimming World SP day but I can only do 3 or 4 days before I need some pasta or potatoes in my life so I tend to incorporate them as an odd day during the weeks I need an extra boost. For one of my modelling days once, I lost 4lb in 4 days so I could fit into 1 particular dress a little better. I have had times where it doesn’t work as well but 9 out of 10 times, it gives me the loss I need.

I always get people asking what SP is so let’s start with the basics. S stands for Speed and P for Protein so all the foods you eat need to have either the S or P next to them in your book (don’t worry if you don’t have a book, I will list them further down). At least half your plate should be Speed foods, the more you have the better this will work as Speed foods are high density but low calorie so they fill you up but you burn it off quicker. The Protein foods are vital for keeping you fuller for longer so it’s always good to have something with each meal.

You still get 1 Healthy Extra A but you get 2 Healthy Extra B choices (which is one reason I love an SP day) and you still get 15 syns so use these as you please!

So here’s a list of foods you can and can’t eat:

Fruit you CAN eat

  • Apple’s
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Carambola (star fruit)
  • Clementines
  • Cranberries
  • Damsons
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Loganberries
  • Mandarins
  • Melon, all varieties
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pomelo
  • Raspberries
  • Redcurrants
  • Rhubarb
  • Satsumas
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Ugli Fruit
  • Whitecurrants

Fruit you CAN’T eat

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Greengages
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats (still makes me giggle even at 30)
  • Lychees
  • Mango
  • Mangosteens
  • Physalis
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranates
  • Rambutan
  • Sharon Fruit

With the vegetables it is definitely easier to just write what you can’t eat as pretty much all of them are Speed.

Vegetables you CAN’T eat

  • Cassava
  • Parsnips
  • Plantains
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweetcorn (unless it’s baby corn)
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Yams

Literally anything you can think of veg wise is Speed if it’s not on that above list. Now for protein foods. Protein can be found in your meat/fish/meat substitutes and again it’s probably a lot easier to just put the things you can’t have because the list is tiny in comparison.

Seafood you CAN’T eat

  • Cockles
  • Oysters
  • Caviar
  • Seafood or Crab Sticks

All other fish, quorn/tofu and all lean meat are Protien so absolutely fine to have as normal. Beans, peas and lentils are also Protien packed so are also fine.

Other Free Foods you CAN’T eat

  • Fat free yoghurt/fromage frais
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgar Wheat
  • Couscous
  • Dried Pasta
  • Tinned Spaghetti
  • Dried Noodles
  • Pearl Barley
  • Quinoa
  • Rice

Other Free Foods you CAN eat

  • Low Fat cottage cheese
  • Quark
  • Eggs
  • All store cupboard staples like marmite, stocks, herbs and spices etc.

Written down it looks complicated but honestly, it’s really easy once you get the hang of it and eventually it just becomes second nature. There are so many SP friendly recipes out there and it’s easy to make most of your everyday meals SP just by replacing your usual carbohydrates with Speed foods such as cauliflower rice instead of rice and courgetti instead of pasta.

I really hope this helps some of you and gives you the same weightloss boost I get.


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