Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Meal Planning "Monday" - 3rd August.

With all of the changes to our routine recently, meal planning has fallen by the wayside a little. With only really cooking for myself 4 days a week I have fallen a little out of love with cooking. By the time I get Zoe to sleep it is normally after 7pm and cooking something extravagant is the last thing on my mind. I end up relying on frozen pizza or pasta and pesto, or lately take-away. It is less than ideal and I am not happy. I want to fall in love with cooking again, I want to look forward to meals and focus a little on my health. It is not so much about my waistline, more how I feel. I am sluggish and bloated all the time, and eating out of boredom and for the sake of it.

I am totally over this, and want to change. I know I probably say this a lot but I am not going to go into diet mode anymore, I am not following any plan, I am setting myself small goals to hopefully change the way I operate for good. Deprivation or strict rules do not work for me long term, I need to focus on what I love about food, and love myself a little more.

So, my goals for this week;

1. Drink more water (2 litres a day)

2. Drink less caffeine - I do love a good coffee, but I am spending too much money and feel like I could cut down on this and have them as a treat rather than a daily habit.

3. Cook 1 new recipe - start small and plan one new dish that excites me.

4. Scale back on snacks - I am not anti-snack, but I need to make healthier choices and not eat out of boredom or loneliness in the evenings.

5. Do more - Sitting watching Gilmore Girls is fun, sure, but I need to get up and move, keep up with housework, do yoga, anything, just move!

So there we go 5 weekly goals, hopefully I can form some new healthier habits, I'll update next meal plan to see how it goes.

Without further ado, onto the meal plan. This is a bit of a weird week as Paul and Zoe are off, while I am at work, so meals will be factoring them in this week.

Breakfast: Skinny Latte and banana
Lunch: Chicken and Veg soup with brown bread
Dinner: Tuna pasta bake with added roasted veg for me.
Snacks: Rice cakes and hummus, plums.

Breakfast: Coffee
Lunch: Chicken and Veg soup with brown bread
Dinner: King Prawn pesto spaghetti
Snacks: Apple and yoghurt

Breakfast: Boiled egg and toast
Lunch: Baked sweet potato with hummus and salad.
Dinner: Salmon egg fried rice
Snacks: Rice cakes and hummus, apple

Breakfast: porridge with banana and honey
Lunch: Baked sweet potato with hummus and salad.
Dinner: Weeknight roast chicken with mash potato and vegetables.
Snacks: Snack a jacks, plums

Breakfast: cereal and coffee
Lunch: Toasties with dippy veg sticks.
Dinner: Lasagne or spag bol.

What's on the menu for you this week?



  1. Hari OM
    Since returning from the trip, have to admit a lot of what you just said above applies to me to! Not so much boredom in my case as simple laziness. Love what you have set out here and you have inspired me! Top of my list?... back away from the M&Ms... YAM xx

  2. Those sound like sensible goals! Good luck


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