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Stanislava Ponjevic | University of Sunderland

Pharmacy MPharm

No Carb Challenge

Hey guys!

So I’ve decided to try a no-carb challenge for the next 3 weeks, I’m doing this as part of my fitness plan through Pure Gym Sunderland. This is my first week and I have to say it’s been a struggle so far. Along with my no-carb diet, I’ve been going to high intensity classes called LES MILLS GRIT, 2-3 times a week. In these classes we do high intensity cardio or strength training with minimal breaks for 30-45 minutes.

Here is a list of the foods that are currently in my fridge according to the plan:


  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes


  • Irish beef steak
  • Chicken breast
  • Diced lamb
  • Salmon fillets
  • Tuna steak and canned
  • Turkey mince
  • Mussels (frozen)
  • Cod fillets (frozen)

Others: eggs, almonds, cashews, hot sauce, and almond milk.

During this plan I’m avoiding diary (milk, cheese etc), therefore I’ve been drinking my coffee with almond milk! I’m also meant to avoid eating any fruit as it is high in sugar and carbs; this will be the hardest challenge for me. I’ve also included whey protein isolate shakes from Myprotein as a post-workout drink. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be including some carb-free recipes so stay tuned! Here are a few pictures of the meals I’ve been preparing.


Baked steak, lightly seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Fried mushroom and courgette with garlic seasoning and a side of fresh cucumber.



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  • Name: Stanislava Ponjevic
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Alberta, Canada
  • Ambitions: To explore as many countries as I can, promote healthy lifestyle choices and get a PharmD degree to teach at a university level.

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