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I have to admit that I let things slide over Christmas food wise, eating far too much sweet, calorific stuff. This means I have put on a few pounds; it’s time to go back to Slimming World!
Because we don’t like food waste, we have been powering our way through all the Christmas leftovers. The nuts and mince pies have finally gone now, and I have hidden the chocolates upstairs in the spare bedroom (out of sight…), so we can refocus on eating more healthily.
Mr S has put on weight as well, although he is generally tall and slim so it doesn’t show much. I notice it around my tummy, where it tends to sit as middle-aged spread! This means that my jeans and skirts feel a bit tight. It being a no spend January for me, I am not buying any new clothing, so it’s back to Slimming World with it’s emphasis on low fat and low sugar.
DIY Slimming World
I’m not going back to a meeting at the moment. Again, I’m on a no spend month! Regular readers will know that I have been a target member for a few months, but if you go 3 lbs above or below your target weight you have to pay for classes again. They aren’t hugely expensive, but a no spend January is just that.
However, if you generally lack motivation, the meetings can be very helpful and supportive. You might find this post helpful if you are struggling to keep up your Slimming World mojo.
I have all the information and I know what I have to do, so off we go. The Slimming World Best-Loved Extra Easy Recipes* book is a good one, so I have been looking through that for inspiration. You can buy all the books at the Slimming World meetings, but if you don’t want to join you can usually pick up various titles online. This one is currently on Amazon for £10 used, but availability obviously changes with second hand items.
Out with the air fryer
My air fryer comes out a lot when I am back on Slimming World. I’m not hugely adventurous with it, but I use it for making fat free chips or roast potatoes. At lunchtime, if I need something quick, I will often throw in half a tin of potatoes to crisp them up and have them with poached eggs and a bit of grilled bacon.
Potatoes are unrestricted on Slimming World, whereas you can only eat very small amounts of bread, so the air fryer comes in handy. I have a VonShef air fryer*, but I think they all work on similar principles.
For my daughter’s birthday, I have bought her an air fryer and a recipe book to go with it, The Complete Air Fryer Recipe Book: Easy and Delicious Air Fryer Recipes for Fast and Healthy Meals incl. Bonus: Keto Diet and Low Carb Recipes.* If it’s any good, I will pinch some ideas to get more from mine. It has good reviews so I am hopeful.
A meal plan to help me back to Slimming World
Ginger and soy salmon with noodles. I have rice noodles in the cupboard and some salmon in the freezer. The exact recipe doesn’t appear to be on the Slimming World website, but I found it here, along with a few others that look interesting.
Diet cola chicken. I have used cola to poach a whole ham before, but never tried it with chicken. It sounds interesting so I will give it a go! I think we will have this with rice and some broccoli.
There should be some left over, which will be good for lunch tomorrow.
An omelette made with mushrooms and a small amount of half fat cheddar, served with air fried chips and peas.
Cheesy tuna pasta bake with a large salad. You can’t go wrong with a pasta bake – cheap and cheerful, plus they don’t take long to make.
Spaghetti bolognese, made with Quorn mince. I will use Frylight instead of the oil in this recipe.
We are aiming to cut back our meat intake, but I find this difficult when I go back to Slimming World. Still, I do have some good vegetarian recipes that can be adapted to drop the meat, so the rest of the week will be strictly veggie.
Thursday and Friday
Chick pea curry with rice. I will make a nice, big pot full, so that we can have this for two nights and maybe freeze any leftovers for next week.
Lunches, breakfasts, snacks
Lunches tend to be leftovers from the previous night, home made soups like my Slimming World friendly minestrone, jacket potatoes with low fat fillings, or eggs, tomatoes, bacon and air fried potatoes.
I am very boring with breakfast choices, tending to have porridge and fruit or muesli with fat free yogurt and fruit. However, I might use some of the ideas in this post. The overnight oats are delicious, but you need to think ahead.
Snacking is my downfall! I will make sure I have some low fat crisps in the cupboard for the odd evening treat but will mainly just eat lots of fruit or chopped up vegetable sticks. Being organised is the key here, as well as hiding items like chocolate. I do find it difficult to resist temptation when it is looking at me.
So that’s my plan to get back to Slimming World, without spending a fortune on food as I am generally using what we have already when I can to keep the food bill low.
What are you eating this week?