Saturday Swapit #11

Welcome to Saturday Swapit, a forum where you can share thoughts and ideas, success stories and perhaps those not quite successful as a means to support others who may be experiencing similar issues, or simply have a good moan about why things aren’t going as well as they should.
If you’d like to join in, write a post about your experiences and pingback to this one, then leave a link to it in the comments, or just leave a comment below.

I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician, nutritionist or diet programme consultant.
I rejoined SW in May 2019 and have managed to stay within my target parameters since August 2019.
Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or GP. This is not a diet programme.
Last week I mentioned eating disorders and appreciate the feedback from readers who have been there.
Thanks to Paula and Willow
for their comments, and Melanie wrote an excellent piece here.
Eating disorders are very complex and I was not aware of B E D. If anyone wants to comment or share their experiences on any dieting matter, that’s what Swapit is about.
Sometimes just sharing a concern helps.

This week has been very hit and miss for me what with our hospital trip on Wednesday and interrupted nights. Food and meal planning have taken a back seat and so any gain this week is not unexpected.
So I’ve chosen planning for my subject this week.
With SW, nothing is off limits, just acceptable quantities and making better choices for treats, sauces, or desserts.
With SW, the number of syns per day is set, so you can’t carry over any you didn’t use from one day to the next. However, that does not mean to say you cannot ‘indulge’ on special occasions, but it does help to be aware of the pitfalls, temptations, and syn values of those goodies calling to us from the buffet table.

I finally got into the habit of checking syn values before I put things into my mouth, and I do have the added advantage of being allowed double my syn allowance two or three times a week as a target member. If I do, I try to keep it to two days, not consecutive, as that can have disappointing results because I feel all those naughty things join forces and try to thwart my efforts in getting back on plan. It is easier to stay on plan in the first place than let things slip and then try to put things right. In the past, I would shrug my shoulders and tell myself I could pull it back over the next week or so, but that week stretched to a month or longer and all it did was just get harder as the pounds mounted.

Forewarned is forearmed and that works for dieting too, even allowing for the occasional slip, we’re all human after all.

Some people plan their weekly menus in advance, others day to day like I do. I stopped buying the prepared sauces years ago and make my own, and most meals are made from scratch so that I know what’s going in them. If cooking meats, I can drain off any excess fat, even if it’s only 5% fat to start with.
Neither of us like set things on set days, simple meals suit us both, and we are finally getting back to being able to eat more or less the same thing instead of me having one thing and Hubby something else.
Stews and chilis are great because one batch will do two or more days, but that’s probably as near to planning I get, other than shopping in the first place.
Most of my food bill these days is on fruit, something only I eat, but I can buy biscuits or muffins for Hubby and leave them alone (most of the time). Gingernuts are 2½ syns each, Rich Tea are 2 syns, but a blueberry muffin is 14½. Even the mini muffins attract
5½ each. As for Belgian buns, something Hubby and I used to have practically every day when we were on the boat, they are a whopping 19½ syns! No wonder I was a walking advert for the Pilsbury Dough boy.
Over to you:
Do you prefer to plan ahead for the week?
Do you find it difficult to diet bringing up a family?


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Saturday Swapit #11

  1. Paula Light says:

    I’m a planner. When I don’t plan, both my budget and diet are a disaster!

    • I plan my shopping, but not necessarily what meals to have or when. I look at meat packs and see how many meals I can get out of each but they have now reduced the size of the minced beef I buy from 1kg (5 meals) to 750g so I divide that into four. Fresh chicken has gone up quite a lot but I noticed some frozen breasts elsewhere which were cheaper and more of them in the pack so may try those next time. Thanks for commenting again.

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  3. murisopsis says:

    I’m a planner. I try not to make the same meal twice in a month so we have lots of variety. The planning helps me stick to a food budget and not over spend. As for the dieting aspect, by planning the menu I can avoid the unhealthy, overly fatty or sugary. Cooking for 2 is so much different than cooking for 4. When the boys hit puberty there was never much left over! This was helpful in that leftovers didn’t tempt me but I found myself eating more in an attempt to “get my share”. Now that they are out of the house, that isn’t an issue and portion sizes have dropped.

    • Likewise when bringing up a family, but dieting for me was a chore as I was always being chastised by my partner. If there’s too much for the two of us, I can make it do a meal the next day so nothing is wasted

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