This may seem like a bit of a joke, but it really is very good advice.

Going shopping at the end of a long day when you’re hungry is a recipe for disaster (excuse the pun). All the foods that you should consume in moderation suddenly look even better. The ready to heat and/or ready to eat choices on offer look much more appealing than the prepare, cook and serve options. The rich, roasting aromas from the rotisserie bar, the golden, flaking pastry of a hot sausage roll, the eve…. Well. You get the drift.

Planning out your meals in advance and getting as much preparation done beforehand really does help you to make fewer dubious choices at meal times – removing the temptation to just go for instant gratification (and in many cases, instant guilt). Pre-prepping veg the night before and freezing ready-portioned meals during a weekend cook-up are ways you can make getting an evening meal ready a less laboriously daunting task. 

Planning out your meals also means that you plan out your shopping. Go with a list and avoid deviating from it. Less waste of food you won’t use, less to tempt you off track and easier on the budget too.

As the old saying goes “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.

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