I've been doing so well despite being a shift worker, 13 hour shifts and a mixture of days and nights don't make it easy to follow such a structured programme, but this week has been a challenge. I've been ill, had friends staying so had to cook meals for everyone and next week and the week after I've also got friends staying, next week it's 2 adults a 3 year old, an 11 months old and my friend is also pregnant, I can't do separate meals for everyone but I don't want all my hard work to go to waste! Has anyone got any good ideas for glowing family meals that everyone would like?! Also trying to fit the exercise in will be tough, I feel like I'm going to fail!!

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Sharon Hubbard
over 3 years

Thanks for all the advice! I think a slow roast sounds fab, and I can make it healthy but I might have to sneak in a roast potato! I work in A&E so if it's busy you can get pulled in to cover, it's really rubbish, terrible for you mentally and physically! However I've woken up to sunshine!! Gotta look at the positives!! ☀️☀️☀️

rachel76
over 3 years

Such crazy hours I thought our twilight 1300-0130 was a weird shift!! Good to see other shift workers on here though!

be1fit24ever
over 3 years

Do you know any good health app? please tell me...

sharoni73
over 3 years

@nuttybarbie a 15.00 to 3.30 shift how the actual .... please tell me you get a sleep somewhere??

alliepants1
over 3 years

Yuck 3pm-3:30 am that's horrid.

Madeleine Shaw
over 3 years

Hey babe! All great ideas!! Just bulk cook any of my recipes!! Stews are easy to make, a roast chicken and a tray of roast veggies!! Just keep it simple and make something you don't have to spend too much time on - like a slow roast xx

Sharon Hubbard
over 3 years

Thanks guys, those are great ideas! I'm normally quite a good cook but feeling so overwhelmed I couldn't think straight so thank you so much!! Feel much better now! I just added in an extra stretchy yoga to help me calm down!! Now to get ready for a 15.00-03.30 shift, stupid shift times, I know!! Xxx

Jenhamer
over 3 years

Roast chicken and sweet potato mash and veg could be a hit. Salmon and brown rice and veg is easy too. A one pot chicken stew with loads of veg and new potatoes or sweet potato? You could do a big stir fry with fish or chicken and veggies with brown rice noodles. Or one of maddies currys with brown rice? You could make a big shepherds pie and use sweet potato to top? Hope these help? X

alliepants1
over 3 years

Hi there!!
It's hard to fit all the meals in when a) you're working days and nights and b) you have a variety of folk to cater too.

I think the 11 month old will be the easiest to accommodate. I know when I'm out with my nieces we take a lot of their own foods with us. And usually cook the meals beforehand and defrost them when we get there. Not sure if this is a possibility.
And perhaps for the grown ups, roast chicken, beef stew, big hearty meals that can be enjoyed by everyone. Even the baby ☺️
And by the way, you're not going to fail. Even if you have a few days outside the guide, you can get back to it when it suits you. 😃
Good luck xx