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Super slimmer loses nearly 50lbs - and saves a few pounds too

PUBLISHED: 08:03 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 21:23 18 January 2019

Clair Moyes feeds her family of five for £35 a week  Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair Moyes feeds her family of five for £35 a week Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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A mum of three has proven you really can eat well for less after cutting her food bill to less than £35 a week whilst slimming down from a size 16 to a super skinny size 8.

Would this be enough to feed your family for a month? Picture: RACHEL EDGEWould this be enough to feed your family for a month? Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair Moyes, of Trimley, does a monthly shop, spending £130 on healthy groceries for her, her partner and children Blake, Koryn and Mabel,

She believes planning is the key to a balanced, low cost diet.

“I plan each meal I am going to have for the month and write down the exact ingredients I need to make those dishes,” she said.

“By doing that I can tally up how much I need of what, so for example mince meat I know I need four packets and I just work down the list.”

We all know shopping when you are hungry is a sure fire way to rack up the bill - and the calorie content of your meals but Clair goes one step further and avoids the supermarket completely to prevent unnecessary purchases.

She continued: “I order my shopping online and then pick the free click and collect option because if I go around the shop temptation is there and I might pick up something I don’t need, also if you get it delivered you can get sent substitutes.

“Some people will go shopping and pick up pasta sauces because they think they might use it whereas I always plan and prepare so I only buy exactly what I need.”

The 31-year-old makes a wide range of dishes including beef and aubergine bake, Mexican stew, pork and apple burgers, chicken risotto and lasagne.

The cupboard is full Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe cupboard is full Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair has several other tips for reducing your shopping bill including buying all frozen fruit and vegetables, always checking out the reduced aisle and cooking the same meal for the whole family.

She added: “I also use stores’ own brand of food, I never use expensive brands because I know I am going to add herbs and spices and change it into something better so it is just a base.

“Any food at all we don’t eat I will freeze and if I know my husband won’t be eating with us I’ll make sure I make him his own individual portion.

“I make all sauces myself now and any sauce we don’t use I freeze in an ice cube tray so it is always there to use.”

The Trimley mum embarked on her more frugal lifestyle in February 2018 - and she made it her mission to not only save money but also transform her life.

She said: “I used to just wear leggings because I couldn’t even fit into my size 14 trousers.

“I also have polycystic ovaries and the more you weigh the worse your symptoms are. I didn’t like the way I was and I didn’t go out.”

She added: “I was convinced my husband didn’t fancy me and I just didn’t feel nice. I wasn’t interested in looking good because of how rubbish I felt.”

The receipt to Clair Moyes monthly food shop in these pictures.   Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe receipt to Clair Moyes monthly food shop in these pictures. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

As well as planning meals and cooking from scratch, Clair also took up walking and eventually running and has gone from a size 16 to a tiny size 8.

“I started running after I lost a little weight and after that there was no stopping me. I walk eight to 10 miles a day, I just get out there, it has completely changed the way I am,” she revealed.

“My life has changed for the better I am just so much happier, I feel like a completely different person.”

The weight loss has also prompted a career change for Clair.

Clair Moyes and her £130 food shop which will last a month    Picture: RACHEL EDGEClair Moyes and her £130 food shop which will last a month Picture: RACHEL EDGE

She explains: “I have gone from a weight of 12st 7lbs to my goal weight of 9st 1lbs and I am also now a Slimming World consultant, I have taken on the Trimley group which means I am going to be the person that helps people change their lives and achieve their goals.”

Clair no longer worries about her husband fancying her and says he always comments on how beautiful she looks.

She added: “He always used to compliment me but because I didn’t believe it or feel it I didn’t notice his comments. But now I actually hear them and acknowledge them.”

Clair Moyes and her frozen food for the month  Picture: RACHEL EDGEClair Moyes and her frozen food for the month Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair Moyes and her monthly food shop. 

Picture: RACHEL EDGEClair Moyes and her monthly food shop. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair Moyes was a size 16 and can now fit a size 8/10. 

Picture: RACHEL EDGEClair Moyes was a size 16 and can now fit a size 8/10. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair holding a pair of leggins she use to wear.

Picture: RACHEL EDGEClair holding a pair of leggins she use to wear. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair before her weight loss and with her daughter Mabel. 

Picture: RACHEL EDGEClair before her weight loss and with her daughter Mabel. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clair Moyes before and after weightloss Picture: ARCHANTClair Moyes before and after weightloss Picture: ARCHANT

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