I have been severally lacking in my meal planning for weeks now. I’ve no real excuse, I’ve just neglected it and messed about with my routine. Which is a shame, because it feels as if it was starting to stick abit more. Lately, there has been a lot of “winging” and just seeing what was available to eat, not much planning, or just a couple of days of planning, not enough for a post. But no more! I am back to it and I hope it results in better choices – I’ve noticed tighter clothes and whilst this has been good, its now getting abit too much for comfort.
Here is this weeks plan; again just the dinner time meals:
Monday: Chilli cheese fries
Tuesday: Salmon with roasted veggies & rice
Poached eggs on toast didn’t eat 🙁
Broccoli and Cheese soup eggs on toast
Chicken Thighs with veggies Pork & pak choi fried rice
Saturday: Fried Chicken and Mac Cheese
I have a lot of plans this week and I am very busy trying to get things done, to keep myself occupied. So I’ve done some meal prep of roasting lots of veggies, getting some meats sorted, batch making and ensuring there is plenty of fruit on hand instead of snacks.
So, that is the basic plan for this week! Hope I stick to it!
Disclaimer: This isn’t a diet, it is self management of my current ability to eat with a stoma. If you seek dietary advice regarding your stoma, please contact your stoma nurse or medical team for further assistance.
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