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Our first meal plan of September and my top tips for avoiding food waste

I can’t believe it’s September already!  Pretty soon we’ll be having to think about packed lunches as Harry starts preschool next week but for now I’m just going to enjoy the final week of having both my babies home during the day.  As always, we’re shopping on a tight budget but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to eat really tasty, healthy meals!

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Slimming world update, meal plan and Alistair’s observations on how I’m doing

Last week was a bad weigh in for me.  I gained 4lbs and was absolutely gutted.  I’ll be honest, it really knocked me and I had a bit of a wobble about carrying on.  I felt unmotivated and fed up.  With Easter round the corner I just wanted to eat all the chocolate and forget about losing weight.

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How is it even possible to gain this much in one week?! Slimming World Update and Meal Plan

I’ll be honest I may have had a little cry when I got home from weigh in tonight.  I knew I’d been naughty, I’d given myself the week off and let myself eat and drink whatever I wanted.  I expected a gain and was prepared for it.  I wasn’t prepared for how much though!

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Cheap and tasty meals: Slimming World friendly meal plan for the whole family

It’s that time of the year when pay day feels like an eternity away and we’re all feeling the pinch after Christmas.  This week my goal is to prepare cheap and tasty meals whilst staying on plan at Slimming World.  I had a bad weekend where I may have been led astray by a bottle of wine and eaten a pizza.  I find it definitely helps me to be good when I have a meal plan in place and all the food in the house to prepare each meal.  It also saves money too which is a definite win win!  Another thing I find that helps me stay on plan is keeping a food diary.  There’s something about writing down and coming face to face with everything you’ve eaten that makes you think twice about which foods you eat!

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Our favourite meals from last week and our meal plan for this week

 

I’ve been back on Slimming World for a week now and so far I’ve lost  2lbs.  Not loads but a loss and its a step in the right direction.   I find doing a meal plan really helped to keep me focused and helped me to make good choices.  It also helped me to choose meals that we would all enjoy as a family rather than rushing at the last minute and cooking two meals, one for Harry and another for Alistair and I.  This week I’m going to increase the amount of ‘speed’ food that I’m eating.  Harry loves veggies and fruit so this will be a hit with him too I’m sure!

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Trying something different: This week’s meal plan

This week I did things a little bit differently to normal.  Usually I plan our meals first then go shopping with a very strict shopping list.  This week I went shopping first then planned around the foods I bought.  I did end up spending more than normal (£56 instead of the usual £40) but I’ve got enough food to make meals for next week too so think that over the course of 2 weeks it will balance itself out to mean I’ve spent the same over the course of the month.

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Our store cupboard essentials and this week’s meal plan

It’s been a while since I last meal planned.  Thinking about food when you are suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not the most fun thing but I think our family has really suffered from us not having a plan in place, both nutritionally and financially.  Along with this week’s meal plan I’m going to share a list of things that we like to have in our cupboards all the time, our store cupboard essentials that help us make something out of nothing when we get to the end of the month and money is tight.  Having a few basic ingredients in the cupboards means that we can create something tasty for our family on those days where we haven’t planned ahead. Continue reading “Our store cupboard essentials and this week’s meal plan”

Meal plan: Back to normality… I hope

We’ve had a lovely morning in the garden and at the park. Harry has just gone down for his nap and  I’m having a fluffy day today so I wanted to grab the bull by the horns and do a meal plan for next week. The sickness has been gradually improving over the last week and I’m hopeful that this could be the start of the end.  I feel like I’ve been missing out on so much recently and I’m desperate to get back to normality, meal planning seemed like a good place to start and a good way to face the idea of food head on.

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Meal Planning during pregnancy sickness: This week’s meal plan

I feel like I should point out that this meal plan is a loose idea of what I will attempt to cook for Harry and Alistair next week.  Whether or not these are the things I actually end up cooking I don’t know, it all depends on how I feel and what I am capable of.  I also need to be very wary that what may be a safe food for me one week might make me sick on the spot just by preparing it, let alone eating it so there is a large amount of flexibility in these plans.  My meal plan for the week will mostly consist of Kelloggs Frosties, salt and vinegar crisps and ice lollies, the foods I can eat, but as a mother I know that I can’t inflict my crazy diet on my family.

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When Daddy was put in charge of the meal plan…

I’m not well.  The sort of not well where all I want to do is sit in bed, feel sorry for myself and pray that I won’t be sick again.  For the first time in a long time I admitted defeat and accepted that I couldn’t do it all.  I decided it was Daddy’s turn to meal plan.  I passed the meal planning reins over to Alistair and told him next week’s meal plan is entirely up to him.

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