Meal Planning

Sunday 27 July 2014 by

My eating has got out of hand of late. I got too lazy about what I was doing and ended up losing some of the tone I had before (it didn’t help that I was injured and not running for a while). So I need to get it back in hand. And the only way I seem to be able to do that is to hold myself accountable – and plan, plan, plan! With the new commute to tackle I’m finding it even harder to sort myself out, and now have to write it all down (even if it’s just to remember what the hell I’m doing from one day to the next). This means I can see exactly where there might be a problem day – when I might not get to eat, or might be eating too much. It also means I can get a better fitness plan in (third half marathon here I come!) and I’m starting Yogalates, and even considering taking up (*gasp*) swimming. But when I don’t get home until 7pm and I’ve been awake since 5.30am without let-up, the easiest thing to do is to shovel crisps down and fall asleep on the sofa. Instead, I’m attempting to slap myself on the wrist and get back to it. Week Three of The Commute and I should be getting used to it by now. Time to get used to eating something that isn’t going to throw me in to a sugar coma…

Butternut squash, salad, Red pepper, Yellow pepper, Courgette, Mushroom, Pine nuts, Spinach, Babyleaf
The Weekly Plan: 27th July–2nd August

Sunday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk (it tastes much nicer with the cereal than normal milk… don’t ask!). Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: moussaka (adapted from Lorraine Pascale’s “mighty moussaka” recipe) with salad.
  • Snack: piece of fruit – I adore nectarines and plums (fresh from the fridge in this heat!) and have been eating them like they’re going out of fashion.
  • Exercise: 11km run.

Monday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk. Cup of tea (I have been trying to cut out sugar, but so far I’ve managed to reduce it to one teaspoon in my breakfast cuppa and then without sugar for the rest of the day).
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: leftovers (we are all out at different times and about so I will probably grab some reheated moussaka rather than attempt cooking a meal from scratch).
  • Snack: piece of fruit.
  • Exercise: none.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: rosemary chicken with tomato sauce with fresh greens (I have A Thing for tenderstem broccoli and asparagus at the moment) and new potatoes.
  • Snack: piece of fruit.
  • Exercise: 30mins Yogalates.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: superhealthy salmon burgers with sweet potato wedges and salad.
  • Snack: piece of fruit.
  • Exercise: 5km run.

Thursday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: there will be some leftover bolognese, and as I’m on my own, so it will no doubt end up in a baked potato with plenty of cheese!
  • Snack: piece of fruit.
  • Exercise: none.

Friday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: roasted chicken with salad and cold new potatoes.
  • Snack: piece of fruit.
  • Exercise: 7km run.

Saturday

  • Breakfast: gluten-free “bran” flakes with sultanas and almond milk. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: marinated chicken with salad. Chocolate rice cake.
  • Dinner: minted lamb chops with fresh greens and mashed potato.
  • Snack: piece of fruit.
  • Exercise: none.

Do you plan your meals? What do you recommend as a quick and easy lunch for a lazy commuter?

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