I've never been particularly good at cooking for one. Although I am much better these days at eating healthy, real foods, my main challenge is portion sizes. I can eat a whole tray of roasted vegetables (so yum!), but that is probably more than I should down in one meal.
So I've decided to get back on to Lite'n'Easy for the few weeks he is away, and stick with it for at least a month. A few years ago when I decided that I needed to change my approach to food and exercise, Lite'n'Easy was the foundation for the change. It is an all-inclusive weekly meal plan approach that provides you with pretty much everything you need for a week of meals within a certain calorie range.
In my experience, Lite'n'Easy is perfect in this situation. Because all the food is provided, I don't have to think about food at all. There are no choices to make (except each week when I choose my meals upfront). For me, this takes out the temptation of having something extra. It also reinforces for me appropriate portion sizes I should be aiming for.
I also like that the food you get from Lite'n'Easy is real. You get a fair amount of fresh food (yoghurt, fruit, salads, eggs, nuts), frozen food which just helps it last longer (breads, bacon, etc), and the meals generally don't have scary ingredients lists - I know what most things are.
With Gareth being away, it's also super convenient and easy to make sure I'm buying and eating the right amount for one person. I log online, and select my meals for the coming week. Then, one morning a week (for me it's a Friday morning) a box is delivered before I go to work. I just have to make sure I have a little milk on hand (although usually I eat breakfast and lunch at work anyway), and I'm all set.
Saying that, I am going to modify the plan slightly for my needs.
- I'll be doing the 1200 calorie meal plan, and ordering meals for 5 days of the week.
- On weekends, I still plan to enjoy food socially, and have some flexibility to go with whatever type of food I feel like, whilst still trying to generally stay healthy. For me, this makes the plan feel a little less restrictive, but keeps me on track for the majority of the week.
- If I happen to have a social meal arranged during the week, I'll just enjoy it and skip the Lite'n'Easy meal, but aim to consider the healthy option wherever I am.
- Each day I will also add a Yakult (I swear by them!), and on workout days I'll have a protein shake after my workout as well. If I'm hungry I'll also consider adding an extra snack to my day.
- I'll still have my coffee and tea each day, but I'll be making a concerted effort to drink more water as well - I'm SO bad at this!
- My exercise / workouts won't be changing significantly from what they have been the past 6 weeks. As I'm allowed to, I'll increase my run lengths slowly, but still focus on spending most of my time doing weights and workout DVDs.
- Waist 72cm
- Hips 98cm
- Left Thigh 61cm
- Right Thigh 64cm
- Left Bicep 29cm
- Right Bicep 29cm
Do you have an eating focus / goal at the moment?
I have been in no way compensated, sponsored or provided with products by Lite'n'Easy. I'm just doing this to share my experience!