The SAHM's guide to resisting naughty food at home
Being a mum at home has its very own unique weight-loss challenges. Being around kids' meals and the fridge all day requires willpower to resist snacking! Without a moment to yourself, you're lucky if you get time to brush your hair let alone spend time thinking about a daily eating plan
However, being at home can be an advantage too. You can rustle up healthy meals instead of being tempted by your local office cafe. Planning is the key here.
After breakfast, decide on your meals for the day and prepare accordingly when you're not hungry. The main thing to keep in mind is that temptation is always at your fingertips - so when your child is having a mid-morning biscuit and milk snack, have a piece of fruit and a cup of herbal tea instead. Avoid snacking or finishing off what your children are having.
Not being hungry means that you will not give in to the lure of chips or biscuits. So make up bowls of vegetable soup to have on hand when a snack attack strikes. Try to prepare cooked meals ahead of time when you are not hungry and freeze in bulk for your own home-cooked convenience meals.
There is no end of ingenious, low-kilojoule sandwich filler ideas you can create for picnics or packed lunches. Try some of these delicious options:
- Mix tuna in brine with chopped fresh herbs and low-fat mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Add a little lemon rind or some fresh lemon juice to sharpen the flavour. This filler is great with spinach leaves, cucumber and avocado.
- Shred some skinless BBQ chicken. Toss with some chopped parsley, a couple of tablespoons low-fat sour cream and some Moroccan spices. This works well with mixed salad leaves.
- Spice up your standard BLT with some low-fat hommus. Make your sandwich combo with grilled Weight Watchers bacon, tomato, rocket leaves and hommus. Add some slices of avocado.
Kids' food calamities
There are some major pitfalls for mums following a weight-loss plan as there's always the lure of the leftover kids food like fish fingers, chicken nuggets or a slice of pizza.
Here your willpower will have to steer you from plate to bin - avoiding your mouth along the way - unless of course you have planned for a couple of spoonfuls of macaroni cheese or shepherd's pie.
It's amazing how quickly those extra kilojoules can add up when you pick at the remnants on the kid's plates, so be ruthless or responsible - you decide.
- If you eat healthily, the kids should too
- Prepare meals in advance - when you are not hungry
- Never eat leftovers - you are not a garbage bin
- Take inspiration from your children and stop when you're full
- Keep high fat and sugar snacks to a minimum for you and your children
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- Food shopping for weight loss
- Manage family snack attacks
- Easy meal ideas when you don't want to cook
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- 4 budge foods worth cooking from scratch
- Healthy smoothie ideas
- Add flavour (not fat) to your meals
This article was originally written for Kidspot.com.au in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.