Welcome to the second installment of the Mums’  Days Fit Club and this week we are talking about FOOD!

Before we get on to that, I’d like to thank everyone who made last week’s launch week so special. I was blown away by the launch party over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page. It was literally like a party! Loads of buzz and motivation flying all over, not to mention wonderful prizes from Protest! So, thank you!!

And if you missed it, don’t worry there will be more. The next party will be on 1st July, click here to make sure you don’t miss it!

On to food

I really love food. Like really, really. This post is all about what to eat to feel great and start to lose weight but not your sanity.

It includes a sample meal plan and ways to jazz up your food, some guidelines for portion control, and a list of healthy snacks!

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!

I love cooking and dreaming up new ways to put flavours together. Chopping vegetables is one of life’s great pleasures for me, and while I can and do eat healthily, you can’t even begin to comprehend how much food I can put away.

When I was pregnant I was horrified to discover you could get a hangover despite not drinking. I learnt that food can cause just as much, if not more, of that groggy feeling in the morning. By taking control of what I ate it made a real difference to how I felt. And it’s no different today.

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!

If I go to bed having had a light dinner, with a little desert, then have a few cups of herbal tea, I feel great the next day. If I over eat, even if there was no alcohol involved, I don’t feel great the next day. It’s that simple.

Now the other benefit of being more mindful of what you eat, especially before bed, is that you inevitably start to lose weight. Your body is getting just what it needs and therefore can start to use some of the ‘excess’ it was being made to hold on to!

Food to feel great…

I like to follow a meat-eating clean food plan. Our food is mainly organic and wherever possible, grown locally (we get fruit, veg and eggs from the North East Organic Growers).

{That’s just my thing and doesn’t have to be yours but if you’re interested in why I might have chose this path then I’d recommend reading Jessica Alba’s Honest Life and/or James Duigan’s Clean and Lean}

With that in mind I’ve planned my food for a week, which if I follow will make me feel good and lose weight.

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Sample meal plan, click through for a guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!

Other Guidelines

Generally, I like to keep a bit flexible because as soon I say it HAS to be this or that, I start to see cooking as a chore. So my weekly plan is more of an outline rather than a full-blown recipe, that way I can get a bit creative with my flavours and see where the mood takes me that day.

Portion sizes

Despite it all being healthy stuff for me it is crucial to do portion control because I could literally eat any man under the table without even realising. If I stick to these portion sizes I’m content at the end of the meal and my brain then knows it’s time to stop.

Carbs (uncooked weights)

  • Porridge = 50g
  • Brown or basmati rice = 40 – 45g
  • Sweet Potatoes = 100g
  • Quinoa = 40g

Protein (uncooked weights)

  • Eggs = 2
  • Meat = 100 – 150g
  • Fish = 100 – 150g

Veg

I don’t scrimp on this and just fill the rest of the plate up with greens but if you want a guide go with 1 to 2 cups. Or, use a smaller plate! I have one that’s between a side plate and a dinner plate that I use.

Fruit

I have around 1 to 2 portions a day and will always have it with either a small handful of nuts or some yogurt to slow the sugar release down.

Adding Flavour

There are certain things I always have in the house so I can get my flair on in the kitchen when it suits me…

Store cupboard

  • Cinnamon – always add a sprinkle (not much) to porridge as it’s an awesome metabolism booster!
  • Chilli flakes & smoked paprika – for adding to everything (from eggs to marinades to chilli to salad dressing)
  • Chicken stock – I use half an stock cube whenever I cook up rice or Quinoa. It tastes much better!
  • Beans – I use these to bulk up my mince (beef or turkey) so we get 2 meals out of it instead of 1! If all else fails and you have nothing in the house you can make a veggi chili!
  • Tin tomatoes – for bolognaise and chili

Fresh

  • Lemons – for marinating chicken and for salad dressings
  • Herbs – basil, parsley, coriander – they’re all great for adding flavour to, well, everything
  • Spring onions – great in scrambled eggs or to garnish your dinners with
  • Garlic – dressings/marinades/as much stuff as possible
  • Fresh chilli – dressings/marinades/garnishing…none are spared in this house.

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!

Breakfast

I keep things simple and eat porridge or eggs (except on Saturdays when we might have pancakes!)

Porridge ideas

I tend to make the porridge with whole fat organic milk and water. And I try to have a protein shake (Mike buys this stuff) too so I stay fuller for longer, and to mix it up a bit I’ll add different flavours!

  • Blueberries and chia seeds
  • Honey and peanut butter
  • Honey and walnuts
  • Mixed nuts
  • Make it with coconut or almond milk
  • Or even protein shake powder (I don’t like it but you might!)

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!

Eggs ideas

I love scrambled eggs. I’ll often have them as a quick lunch, as well as for breakfast, and it’s one of the few protein-based foods Reuben will eat. So, we get through a lot of eggs in this house! Here are some ideas to jazz them up a bit:

  • Add spring onions
  • Add chilli flakes, smoked paprika or cayenne pepper
  • Mix in smoked salmon or cooked asparagus
  • Use soy sauce at the end instead of salt!
  • Add Tabasco

Snacks

I need snacks to survive and have 1 mid-morning and 1 mid-afternoon. I usually pick from these choices:

  • A handful of nuts
  • Rice cake with a tsp peanut butter
  • A handful of mixed berries and nuts (e.g blueberries and almonds)
  • 75g natural yogurt with nuts and/or half a scoop of protein shake
  • A protein shake made with 1 scoop and some chocolate coconut milk (enough to sucker punch any sweet tooth!)
  • Banana with a tsp peanut butter

Prepping

Finally, I know I it last time, but prepping as many meals in advance as you can really helps! Make up big salads, marinade a bunch of chicken, make a batch of rice, do what you can when you’re cooking and it’ll make life during the week that little bit easier. Not to mention helping you stick to your goal!

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!

Have you ever noticed food having an impact on how you feel?

I’d love to hear your approach to eating; meal ideas, little cheats, things you do to make sure you reach your goal and feel great! Please do leave a comment xxx

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas!