Not long now ladies! The first week of the October 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge – which is all about blasting belly fat – is upon us!
And the BEST way of getting prepared is to start by making the healthy eating plan ahead of time.
If you didn’t have time then try and set aside an afternoon on the weekend leading into week 1 of the Challenge and do a couple of the below food preparation suggestions to make following your healthy eating meal plan really easy.
Check them out below.
1.Customise your Meal Plan to suit your needs
What do you already have in the fridge or freezer that you can use up rather than making new recipes? Do you have leftover fruits and vegetables that you can swap over in some of the upcoming week’s recipes?
Decide what works best for you and your family and get your Meal Plan set for the week.
2.Look for recipes you can freeze
Look for recipes that you can make ahead of time or make in a larger batch and freeze in individual serves to make it easy on those days you have a lot on. Look for soups like the Hearty Chicken Soup or the Curried Cauliflower Soup.
Or curries like the Prawn Red Curry or the Pork & Pineapple Green Curry.
3. Get organised with your snacks
Get your snacks organised so you’re not grabbing unhealthy options because you’re short on time. Make a large batch of the Raspberry Muffins or the Lemon Chia Pudding and keep in the pantry, fridge or freezer as required.
Be well stocked up on healthy snack options like air popped popcorn, wholegrain crackers, nuts, seeds, natural yoghurt and fruit.
4.Have meal prep days
Sort out your diary so you know which days you have available for more time to prepare recipes and which days you will use your pre-prepared frozen meals.
On days when you have extra time make recipes like the Pumpkin & Kale Risotto or lunches like the Salmon & Zucchini Balls.
5. Recharge and refocus
Take some time out for yourself in the lead up to the next week of the October Challenge – to recharge and refocus. Look at your goals, make adjustments if necessary and assess and reward yourself for what you’ve already achieved.
Remember – you don’t have to do everything in the above list, even just choosing to prepare a couple of meals and snacks ahead of time will get you ahead of the game when it comes to healthy eating during Week 1.
Mum who hated cooking now LOVES it!
Sarah Jurina says that before she discovered The Healthy Mummy she absolutely loathed cooking.
“It caused me anxiety for a long time, so I’ve always found it overwhelming trying to make meals from recipes. I found it difficult to manage two very active little girls and also be in the kitchen at the same time,” she says.
However after joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge that all changed.
“Since discovering The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and the easy-to-follow recipes on the Challenge Hub, I now cook 90 per cent of the time – and surprisingly I really enjoy it,” Sarah reveals.
Sarah’s top tips for getting into the kitchen:
“My top tip for any other mums wanting to lose weight and wanting to keep costs down is to join The Healthy Mummy,” she says.
“Work out a meal plan that suits you and your family, and stick to it. Food doesn’t define us, food is for fuelling our bodies – so make great nutritious choices.”
Sarah also says don’t be afraid to try new things!
“You might surprise yourselves,” she says. “I never really cooked at all prior top joining The Healthy Mummy. I found it quite overwhelming and it’s always been a joke between friends and I that I can’t cook.
“Some of my girlfriends are still in shock that I’m actually in the kitchen and enjoy making meals.”
Sarah says The Healthy Mummy has given her the confidence to get into the kitchen.
“Eating out costs so much money, and it’s terrible for your digestive system,” she says.
“Now we rarely eat out and I love being in the kitchen. If I can do it, then anyone can!”
Sarah’s fabulous 7kg* weight loss results
Sarah has been doing the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for six months now and in that time she’s lost 7kg – and is looking wonderful!
She says: “I’ve lost 7 kilos and lots of centimetres from my body. Not only have I learnt how to nourish my body with good nutritious food, I have learnt how to cut bad sugars out of my diet and learn the most valuable tool to make life so much easier and cheaper – meal prep!
“A few solid hours in the kitchen on a Sunday takes away the pressure of running in the door after a long day at work, and then resulting in poor choices for a late dinner.”
You look incredible, Sarah! Keep up the good work.
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Each month we have a DIFFERENT Challenge theme – so you’ll never get bored and keep motivated to ACHIEVE your weight loss goals.
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*Images and references to kilograms lost are as supplied by the individual in the story. The Healthy Mummy assumes information and photographs supplied to be true in nature and is not responsible for any false misrepresentations or claims relating to their programs or products.