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Would SW work for me?

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avengers2016 Mon 19-Dec-16 16:48:52

I really want to do something different in the new year to tackle my weight and I'm wondering if SW would work for me. I've done some research and the things I'm a bit not sure of are:
- we only use frozen mince - lean as can be but we don't like fresh mince and eat a lot of spag bol, chilli, Sheppard's pie etc. Is frozen lean mince not great,
- we also only use fresh pasta - is that a problem?
- due to a dodgy gut from some treatment, I can only eat gluten free cereal (nothing else gluten free bizarrely!) - am I going to struggle with breakfast ideas. Work full time and have children to get to childminder so it needs to be fast in the morning.

What do you think?

It will also have to be online membership as dh works shifts against mine so can't go to a class.

Any thoughts welcome!

Sirzy Mon 19-Dec-16 16:51:55

Will be fine. Iceland do a frozen mince which is meant to be very good? (I don't use it)

Fresh pasta is still "free"

Not sure on the cereals (although I am happy to check on the app if you have names of them) but a friend in group has coeliac and is doing brilliantly!

avengers2016 Mon 19-Dec-16 16:55:21

Thank you that's great!

Great about pasta - I thought there was something different between fresh and dried.

Cereals are the nestle go free honey flakes (which I doubt are good for you!) and same. Go free cornflakes.

We only shop at asda so the frozen mince is their extra lean mince but I don't think it's super lean though.

Thanks for your help, it's really reassuring.

Buttwing Mon 19-Dec-16 18:25:22

Sorry but fresh pasta is not free you have to syn it as it contains oil.
I'm not sure about the mince as I use fresh
I would forget cereal as the portions you get are tiny unless you feel you absolutely can't live without it. There are loads of other options.

It's a great plan but you need to be organised and cook from scratch. I've lost 3 stone on it.

avengers2016 Mon 19-Dec-16 18:29:41

What kind of syn value is the pasta? I don't like dried pasta particularly so I guess it'll have to be a syn. Same with mince.

What are the good breakfast options to think of? I only eat the cereal as it's the only thing that doesn't set my stomach/bowels off. I can't eat any other cereals, bread, yoghurts or fruit in the morning without having a bad reaction sadly. I find breakfast very dull and repetitive but can't do without it!

avengers2016 Mon 19-Dec-16 18:31:33

I'm drawn to the plan as it's all about cooking from scratch as that's what we do now but some of our staple ingredients possibly won't work but i couldn't eat fresh mince just because it's free iyswim!

Blankiefan Mon 19-Dec-16 19:07:10

You can eat egg for breakfast. I chop a mushroom, a slice of ham then crack and egg in and give it a quick stir in together in a mug. 90 secs in the micro and it's done. Very quick.

Blankiefan Mon 19-Dec-16 19:10:31

Also I think you'd be fine with the frozen mince as long as it's 5% or less. There's an asda one that is 5% and it's free. The others seem to have syns but also are 10/20% fats.

Fresh pasta is 1.5 syns per 100g.

Buttwing Mon 19-Dec-16 19:23:26

I'm not massive breakfast eater but some ideas-

Grill up- bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes fried in fry light or any combination of these try and keep a third of plate with veg.
Omelette add ham, any veg
Some people make breakfast muffins using egg and cottage cheese I think
2 weetabix (healthy extra b)
Beans and mushrooms on toast (healthy extra b for bread)
Ham and eggs with spinach

Not sure if any of these would be any good for you?

avengers2016 Mon 19-Dec-16 19:27:11

Thanks for the suggestions. Love the idea of the egg/ham/mushroom in a cup. Can't do any more cooking than that on a work morning with kids to sort etc. I barely have 30 seconds to scoff a bowl of cereal now. I guess I'll have to think about that a bit more.

Shame about the pasta. That might be a deal breaker for me as we like pasta dishes and I thought they would work well with SW but not with those syn's.

Buttwing Mon 19-Dec-16 19:28:02

Sorry some of those suggestions might take a bit too long. If you want to stick to what you know find out the syn value if the cereal is high enough in fibre it might be able to used as a healthy extra b choice.

Buttwing Mon 19-Dec-16 19:29:33

Crossed post!

Don't let that be a deal breaker!! You get 15 syns a day so if you had 200grams of pasta that would only be 3 syns. Syns are there to be used for the things you don't want to give up.

jellybelly16 Thu 22-Dec-16 22:04:23

I use Icelands less than 5% fat frozen mince and its great and free. Saves any waste too as can just use how much you need without worrying about using by certain date x

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