Meal Planning

Planning ahead is essential when you’re losing weight or beginning on a weight loss journey as you need to ensure that you have something ready to enjoy when you’re hungry. It’s also a key part of avoiding any high-calorie items or fast food when you’re in a rush or when mealtime arrives.

One of our members at our Gorse Hill group has a great idea to get the whole family on-board – by having a large chalk board in the kitchen with every meal of the week listed. This not only gets everyone in the same mood and motions for eating healthy, but also saves money in the long run, as you know exactly what you need when out shopping.

Watch out when you’re in the supermarket, as the main purpose of stores is to make money – from you! They have the shelves full with ‘special offers’ and ‘savings’ but it’s become apparent from many programmes on tv that these are not always as good as they seem. Sometimes with prices increased beforehand, or even issues with multibuy offers

Task for today

Spend just 5-10 minutes and plan what you’re going to eat over the next few days. Even if you’ve got a special occasion coming up, or away with work or the family, you can still plan around these. Is there any danger zones (petrol station stops, fast food outlets) on the way to/from your destination? Try and see if you can plan around these to ensure that you keep on track with your weight loss journey.

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SWStretford

Steve was a Slimming World Consultant, running 2 groups in Stretford, Greater Manchester for over 9 years. He lost 5 1/2 stone following the Food Optimising plan and helped thousands of people lose weight healthily and successfully. You can find him on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.