One of the main reasons people often give up on their weight loss is that they say cooking different meals is taking too much time. Another is that it is easy to be tempted off-plan by the kids if you are a busy mum!
So, with this in mind and having followed Slimming World but also having gained weight and done my own thing for a while too I wanted to share my advice to help other busy mums out there, particularly a busy mum like me.
So here is my guide to weight loss from a busy mum perspective. It is not like celebrities with personal trainers, a chef and a nanny. We have to juggle and manage to remember sometimes to put ourselves first!
Do they need to have sugary cereals that will tempt you? Give them something you can have too, you are a busy mum, porridge is still ok when it’s cold and they will love something different. Or using porridge oats why not try some overnight oats or baked oats?
If you can then all eat together there is less opportunity to pick at theirs.
Throw their leftovers in the bin straight away so you don’t eat them.
Add fruit to everyone’s breakfast. It won’t do the children any harm and is good for them!
If you have toast just buy the one you can have as your healthy extra b choice (wholemeal usually). If you buy them white thick crust you are more likely to eat it!
If you don’t have time to prepare your lunch in the morning because you are busy being a busy mum sorting school bags, finding lost shoes etc then could you do it the evening before?
Consider low fat and low calorie bought lunches. There are so many healthy options.
If you follow Slimming World don’t forget Iceland have a great range of their meals. They are pricy but if they suit you the choice is yours.
If you need to buy your lunch then jacket potato is a great option. Here are some syn values if you follow Slimming World of different places jackets!
If you do want to get them snacks then choose low-calorie ones you can enjoy too. This selection should help if you follow Slimming World but give you an idea of healthier choices too if not.
Remember as a busy mum it is ok to want a snack yourself!
Make sure even if you are home alone it is built into your meal plan so you can’t miss it or be stuck with nothing in!
If you work from home this is equally important so you don’t work through lunch and spend the day with nibbles on your desk picking. I know I have done it!
Plan a meal that everyone loves so that you can make it healthily and suitable for everyone. For example, the Slimming World plan is just healthy eating there is no reason it wouldn’t be suitable for most children (and partners!).
Unless you are following some kind of really low-calorie diet, the chances are it is fine for the rest of the family too. Why should any busy mum cook more meals than necessary?
Try to all eat together because if you eat after the children you are more likely to pick on their leftovers because you are hungry.
If you are usually hungry when you are preparing food then plan for this and have some grapes, carrot sticks or similar to pick on while you are cooking.
Only give the children the amount they will eat that way they are less likely to have tempting leftovers.
If you have leftovers when serving up put them in a container for another day immediately. There is less chance then of you nibbling at unneeded extra bits when you tidy up the kitchen. Plus another day when you are busy this is a ready-made meal for someone!
Do you need a dessert? For many people, this is part of the meal however why not have fat-free fromage frais and fruit?
If you wish to buy children sweets or crisps buy ones you don’t like so you won’t be tempted to eat them.
Ensure you always have a full fruit bowl with fruit everyone enjoys and make that the usual in-between meals snack.
Have a set snack time in your busy schedule rather than a constant nibbling.
If you are out of the house, take snacks with you. Even if you choose to buy snacks for the children at least take your own snacks out.
Choosing Meals for Everyone
These are my favourite family-friendly meals that are full of flavour but not too spicy for younger children and worth having a look at. Succeeding at losing weight largely depends on your ability to cook one meal for everyone.
Meal Planning Weekly
The biggest key is weekly meal planning which makes shopping easier too. Meal planning frees up more time for yourself and less time in the supermarket!
When you plan your meals there is less chance of you going off-plan and you spend less time dithering wondering what to make for a meal! There are so many reasons meal planning is amazing I actually wrote a post all about it here.
What are your top tips for dieting as a busy parent? If you hate meal planning then try my ready-made meal plans written for you.
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