Cassie has been a member of The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for over two and a half years. She initially used the 28 Day Challenge meal plans and Healthy Mummy Smoothies to lose the last 1.5 st AND has maintained her goal weight for close to 2 years! Cassie puts down these amazing results to meal prepping on a budget!
Mum credits Meal Prepping for maintaining her weight AND saving her THOUSANDS!!!
Before finding The Healthy Mummy, mum of two Cassie says she had a complicated relationship with food. “I would put myself on a strict diet, inevitably fail pretty quickly and binge on too much junk food. Not only was this doing terrible things for my self-esteem, but food was costing us a small fortune each week. I was buying healthy foods, bingeing on junk food then throwing the healthy food in the bin once it had gone bad. We were easily spending over £168 a week between groceries and take-away.”
Returning to work part-time after having her second child, Cassie was finding herself spending £8-11 a day on food and snacks. “I would feel so guilty spending that much money each day”.
Not following a meal plan, shopping daily and eating a take-away regularly was adding up quickly, “My youngest son was born with a rare medical condition. I often have to take time off work to take him to appointments and to look after him, so sticking to a budget is more important now than ever“.
Cassie joined the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge in January 2017 and was initially reserved about meal prepping. “I thought it looked too hard and wasn’t something I could do” she recalls.
However, after watching other mums nail their meal prep, she decided to give it a go. “It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be” she says. “I started prepping a few meals and snacks on a weekend and was pretty quickly hooked! Investing the time on a Sunday meant less time in the kitchen during the week, less dishes and I noticed we had more money in the bank at the end of the week”.
With healthy meals and snacks ready to go at home, Cassie noticed she was eating out a lot less too “The Healthy Mummy food is AMAZING! Quite often I’m tempted to eat out or get drive-through, but know that the food at home tastes better! Plus I hate to waste food I’ve spent time preparing”.
Through planning her meals and shopping only for the ingredients she needs, Cassie estimates that her grocery bill is now half what it used to be!! “I’m so proud of how little food goes to waste now and I’m very happy to be saving so much money.” She has saved an estimated £1848 just by packing lunch and snacks for the 2 days a week she works away from home. “I’d love to see just how much money I have saved in total! I’d say we are now saving around £3900 a year on food!”