Your healthy lifestyle and well being tips
I’m on a mission to help you understand how to live a healthier, happier and more active life. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or simply want a healthier lifestyle, Jane Plan can help.
Move more in lockdown to stay healthy
Want to move more but dreading stepping outside into the cold? You’re not alone. With the local gyms currently closed we've come up with our essential guide to moving more in winter lockdown, to help your body and mind feel better, and of course to boost your immunity.
Getting through lockdown
As we begin another national lockdown it’s really important to keep on top of our health, both physical and mental. We’ve spoken to lots of our lovely customers this week and just like us, anxiety and stress seems to be weighing heavily on everyone’s minds.
Our seasonal squash tray bake
Pumpkins are all around us at this time of year, and so are pumpkin recipes. But let's not forget about seasonal squash! At Jane Plan we love using butternut squash in our recipes and so thought it only fair to share one our favourite autumnal dishes to make at home yourself.
Green Goodness - the health benefits of spinach
Spinach is the superstar among green leafy vegetables. It is very flexible, you can add it to casseroles, soups, egg dishes, make it into a meal in it's own right, like our Aloo sag, and of course it's a tasty side dish too.
The secret to healthy habits that last!
Be kind to yourself, set lifestyle goals and take one small step at a time. September is all about new beginnings, forming new routines, starting afresh on the healthy new you - the challenge is how to make these new beginnings become healthy habits that last.
The World's Best Chilli Con Carne
Hearty and healthy - with a little bit of a kick, Chilli con carne is an all time family favourite. Our very own Jane Plan Chilli is a best seller - slow cooked to perfection by us, and ready to heat and eat by you (it only takes 3 minutes).
All you need to know about your 5-a-day
With autumn well and truly underway, it somehow feels harder to be inspired to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and instead we tend to focus on warming casseroles and comfort food. That can mean neglecting your fruits and vegetables.
Your regular dose of positivity
Your regular dose of positivity With so many changes happening right now in our daily lives, we're committed to bringing you a regular dose of positivity and happiness.
Vitamin D - are you getting enough?
This essential nutrient gets lots of press but did you know these surprising facts about the sunshine vitamin and your immune system? Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D3 is an essential molecule that is produced by the body when skin is exposed to direct sunlight.
Time for a re-set?
Set some goals, establish new routines and get ready to take the rest of 2020 by storm. This is your guide to getting back on track. This weekend's weather is a stark reminder that summer is on it's way out and the autumn is looming.
Simple seasonal sides to enjoy right now!
Seasonal eating matters because our bodies are different at different times of the year, so in order to get the right nutrients at the right time, we need to eat a range of fresh fruits and vegetables and change our choices with the seasons.
The Best BBQ Recipes - Ever
Next weekend is the last Bank Holiday of the year, and for me and my family, that usually means the last BBQ of the year. So this week, we have some BBQ recipes that are perfect for a weekend feast.
Sleep - are you getting enough?
With the recent hot weather, many of us, have been having difficulty sleeping! I wake up after a restless night feeling tired, slightly irritable and generally not quite myself. A good night's sleep is incredibly important, in fact, it's as important as eating healthily and exercising.
Fun Family Snacks
With the warmer weather comes days out, picnics, and fun in the garden - for all the family. This means meal times become more fluid, and as we lose the standard family timetable of breakfast, lunch and dinner - we start to snack more.
Be as cool as a cucumber with our summer salads! If like me, you've been enjoying the summer sunshine, but occasionally feeling a little too hot, then you'll be pleased to hear that it is possible to reduce the effects of heat by eating "cool foods" to help you lower body temperature.
The Truth about Avocados
At last summer seems to have arrived and with the warmer weather comes summer eating. I have always been an avocado lover, in fact my go-to quick and easy meal is 'avo on toast'.
Exercise is optional, movement is essential!
Being sedentary has become "normal". Many of us work in jobs that don't require our bodies to move, and this is particularly true over the last few months, we drive everywhere as opposed to walking, and we are surrounded by machines that supposedly make our lives easier.
Are you as healthy, nourished, and resilient as you possibly can be?
We want to try and help you to strike a balance between returning to pre - Lockdown norm as well as introducing some new practices that will support both our physical and our mental wellbeing - keeping us calm and happy.
Counting the true cost of lockdown - in lb's!
If the media is to be believed, for most of us, the weeks of living in Lockdown have taken their toll, with many of us turning to food for comfort. To find out if this is really true, we've commissioned some research and asked thousands of people all over the country about their eating habits.
Can we slow down the ageing process?
My Lockdown self-care has been fairly limited when it comes to hair and skin - I haven't even bought a new moisturizer since March, so like everyone else, I can't wait for the hairdressers to open next week!
Fact or Fiction? Men lose weight more quickly than women
As it's Father's Day I wanted to write about men, (well it was either that or yet another BBQ recipe :) and one of things I am asked all the time, is why do men lose weight more quickly than women? So here are the facts....
Are you drinking too much alcohol?
Most of us are still spending the majority of our time at home - and apart from work, entertaining the children, and domestic duties, we have little else to do. It's therefore not surprising that we're all tempted to have a few more drinks than usual!
The importance of friendship
We all know that friends are important. But did you also know that friends are good for your well-being and health? The last few months have really made me appreciate my friends - a quick chat is a great mood booster! So I started to research whether there's any scientific evidence behind this....
Recipes to make you feel fabulous!
A lot of people have mentioned to me recently that despite strict Lockdown rules starting to be lifted, they still feel a sense of lethargy and are not feeling their best. So this week, I want to inspire you to have a health re-set, with some re-refreshing and re-vitalising recipes.
Weight Gain in Lockdown - The Stats
Is it Easier to Lose Weight in Lockdown? During these times, at the forefront of our minds here at Jane Plan is that of maintaining your health. We have always been committed to helping make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Jane Plan Team Lockdown Recipes!
Have you jumped on the 'baking bandwagon' in Lockdown? As we try and navigate our way tentatively through the gradual easing of lockdown, it can feel very confusing. But the one thing we don't need to feel confused about is staying healthy.....
Jane Plan Team during Lockdown!
As you read this, most of us are at home - 24/7 - juggling work, family life, older parents, food confusion, and exercise limitations. The lines between 'at home' and 'at work' have become confused and blurred.
How to combat the challenges of lockdown!
Lockdown is a challenge for us all - we feel we should be taking up a new hobby, leaping out of bed for a vigorous 'virtual' work out, or constantly zooming our friends telling them how much fun we're having - but the reality is we're mainly feeling lethargic and fatigued, even though we haven't mov
What Dr. Sarah Jarvis has to say...
You spoke, we listened! After last week's wonderful response to Dr.Sarah Jarvis's advice on snacking, we're now bringing you more of her advice on healthy, lockdown living. Here's what she has to say....
A Little Piece of Calm
With so many changes in our daily lives, we're committed to giving you a regular dose of happiness and positivity. This week, I want to share with you what we've been up to here at Jane Plan HQ to keep our little business up and running to support our wonderful team, our community, the NHS and of co
The world of nutrition can be a very confusing place and it's easy to get caught up in the newest fad diets and quick fix 'weight-loss' products. This week we're busting some of these myths, to help you make better food choices...
Is staying inside driving you insane?
Unless you're lucky enough to be isolating in a large house with plenty of outside space (I'm not btw), before long, the idiosyncrasies of our nearest and dearest will probably start to grate.
Kitchen Exercise Routine
Ever heard that abs are made in the kitchen?! We have taken the term very literally and formed an easy, cheap, fun (ish) work out scheme for ameteurs. They can be preformed whilst your dinner is in the microwave! Turn your kitchen into a micro-gym with these six moves.
Dairy Free Milk Alternatives
The rising trend of milk alternatives! Here at Jane Plan, we're often asked about dairy-free alternatives to milk. So we have put together our guide to the nation's favourite milk alternatives.
Do you think you're eating too much salt?
Hello, Did you know it's Salt Awareness Week? This is organised by Action for Salt who aim to raise awareness of the impact that too much salt can have on our health. Here's a few important facts about salt and tips on how to reduce your salt intake!
Jane Planner of the Month
We are so excited to introduce March's Jane Planner of the month - Hector Cerdeno. Hector is a busy man - he's not only a Graphic Designer and dad to 3 boys, he's also a member of the little people community which means his weight loss challenge has been even greater than most. Hector has been with
Jane Planners of the Month
Hello, As Valentine's Day is just around the corner, we wanted to find a couple, for our Jane Planner of the month award, who had lost weight together. We were delighted to hear the story of Jane Planners Louise and Dean Austerfield. In just 4 weeks they've lost 42lbs - WOW! We hope you love their
Diet Detoxes: Fact vs Fiction
'Detox' is a buzz word in the dieting world! The idea behind it is that we need to periodically detox to clear 'toxins' from our body to stay healthy. Detox diets can involve fasting, juice based diets, eating only fruit and vegetables or cutting out wheat and dairy. With so much talk in the media,
How Social Support Can Help You Lose Weight
Are you highly motivated at the beginning of a weight loss journey, but find reaching your goals a challenge?
Jane Planner Of The Month
We are very excited to share our second Jane Planner of the month for January - Mike Vickery. Mike has not only lost weight but he no longer has high blood pressure!
Eating too many avocados? As an avocado alternative, try our delicious pea puree instead!
Jane Plan in the Press!
We're excited to see so many Jane Planners in the press. Their amazing stories have been featured in a whole host of newspapers and glossy magazines, including Vogue, Women's Health, Prima and Woman & Home, as well as newspapers such as The Daily Mail and The Telegraph. Just in case you missed them,
Jane Planner Of The Month
We are very excited to share one of our Jane Planners of the month for January - Susie Edwards. Susie is such an inspiration - she's lost 5 stone in 10 months!
How Food Affects your Mood
There's no doubt that the food we eat can affect us, not only physiologically but psychologically as well. Eating a healthy and well - balanced diet can really affect your mood - and with the colder days drawing in, we could all do with a boost. To keep you feeling healthy!
Do Low-Fat Diets Work?
For a long time fats have had a bad rep, we were told to cut them out and follow a low-fat diet, switching to low-fat/fat free foods to improve health, but has it done that?
Jane Planner of the Month
Hello, Welcome to our very first Jane Planner of the month! Every month we're going to share with you the story of one of our thousands of Jane Planners. It may be someone who has dropped a few lb's for a wedding or a holiday, or it could be someone who has had a longer-term journey to health.
Introducing our new Expert Adviser, Dr. Sarah Jarvis
Hello We are so excited today to announce that Dr. Sarah Jarvis has joined the Jane Plan team as our Expert Adviser!
5 Reasons to Stay Hydrated in Your Healthy Eating Routine
Drinking water has huge health benefits. At Jane Plan we can outline many more tips to successful weight loss through a healthy diet plan delivered to your door.
Jane Planner of the Month
Hello, We are very excited to share our Jane Planner of the month for December - Lisa Marangon. Lisa is such an inspiration - not only has she lost weight but she's also taken up running too and is aiming to do an Iron Man Triathalon. WOW!.
'The change', 'the time of life' - whatever you wish to call it, it is an unavoidable fact that all women go through the menopause. However, for many women, it is a time of anxiety and distress, due to some of the symptoms that can accompany menopause.
The Truth About Low-Carbohydrate Diets
Just like fat, carbohydrates have had quite a rough time in recent years, being deemed the enemy, low-carb and no carb diets have become a “trend”.
The workplace can be full of temptation, with after-work pizza, celebratory birthday cakes, and Friday night beers very much the norm for many of us. Considering most of us spend over a third of our lives at work, it's a minefield of temptation! So what can we do to improve how we eat?
Low FODMAP Recipes
Try these delicious LOW FODMAP meals!
The Benefits of Eating Seasonal Produce
We're used to seeing the same food available all year round in the supermarkets. However, eating fruits and vegetables out of season can affect their quality and increase our carbon footprint.
Calorie Conscious Canapés
Struggling to stick to your diet around all the tempting drinks party treats? Try some of our canapé ideas to keep that diet plan on track!
Many of us made a special effort to hit the gym in January - but moving into February, it's hard to keep the motivation going. We've pulled together some of the most common fitness myths so when you work out, you can be sure you're doing the right thing.
Can Vitamin C Prevent the Common Cold ?
It's official - the cold season is here. You can't miss the symptoms; a scratchy throat, a headache, and a runny nose. If you think boosting your Vitamin C intake may help, then read on...
Get Back on Track
Did you return from your holiday having broken a bad habit and formed a new healthy one? Or did you return feeling like you'd over - indulged and needed a refresh?
6 fun facts all strawberry lovers should know
As Wimbledon has now come to an end, we’re shedding some light on the quintessentially British berry fruit.
Not Seeing Results at the Gym?
Our friends at Neat Nutrition have provided us with some reasons as to why our workouts might not be as successful as you hope...
How To Beat The Bloat
Are you back from your summer holidays and feeling a bit bloated? Or is it a longer term problem you'd like to address? If you suffer from regular bloating, stomach cramps, tiredness, and irregularity going to the toilet then you could be suffering from IBS.
5 Simple Ways to Get that Body Moving and Lose Weight!
Looking for some simple steps to boost your activity levels and set that healthy diet plan in motion? Look no further!
‘Free’ yourself from sugar
Sugar, sugar, sugar … this is all we hear on the news these days, but do we really know the difference between ‘free’ and ‘natural’ sugar?
Jane Plan’s tips to creating the ultimate running playlist
Listening to the right kind of music while running can keep you going for 20% longer and burn more calories, according to a study by London’s Brunel University.
10 Tips On How to Lose Belly Fat
Do you carry weight around your waist? If you do then It's a really good idea to make some changes to your lifestyle to reduce it.
Fitness tips for new mums
Getting fit and active is a fantastic way to cope with stress, improve relaxation and help your body to recover after childbirth. Here’s how to get started...
How to Cut Sugar Out of Your Diet
Is your sugar addiction getting in the way of your diet success? We've put together some great tips to help you cut it out of your diet for good!
Avoiding Diet Downfalls
Follow Jane's simple top tips to help you make savvy and sensible diet plan choices. Bye bye diet downfalls!
Diabetes, Weight Loss and Your Diet Plan
Diabetes affects 1 in 17 people, equating to approximately 3.2 million people in the UK alone.
Diets don’t work- the diet plan great debate
Diet food is something almost everybody will have faced at one point in their life. In fact, 70% of females and 30% of males have dieted.
Cheat days don't work when you’re trying to lose weight
We deliver healthy meals to your door so you can wave goodbye to cheat days. Here at Jane Plan we make incorporating a healthy diet plan much easier.
3 simple tips to lose weight
Don't wait to start your diet plan - embrace a healthier you!
Get a flat tummy fast
Having a toned flat stomach is something that many of us want isn't it?
Why 1200 calorie diet plans lead to successful and healthy weight loss
We’re constantly bombarded with messages from the media about which diet plan is the most effective way to lose weight.
Is emotional eating disrupting your weight loss?
Don’t get caught out by a negative cycle of thinking. Recognise the warning signs of comfort eating to maximise a healthy diet plan.
Get fit, socialise and lose weight!
Taking up an activity could be just the thing to bring new friends into our life and shift those extra pounds too...
How to choose the right diet plan for you!
Starting a diet can be a big commitment so it's important to choose the best diet plan for you and with so many diet plans to choose from, it's easy to become a little confused and overwhelmed.
Tips to lose weight during and post-menopause
Hormone changes throughout menopause make it increasingly common for menopausal and post-menopausal women to gain weight. We hope that these simple and easy to follow tips, will help manage these changes in your body.
Uh oh - are you a weekend treater?
You eat carefully in the week, but when it comes to the weekend its a different story. Try our simple tips to keep your diet on track 7 days a week!
Top tips for avoiding portion distortion in your diet plan
Over the past few years, portion sizes have grown larger and larger, which means most of us are eating more than we need in our regular diet.
Omega 3 - and why you NEED it
Behold the mighty Omega 3, the gift we never knew we needed. It nourishes the whole of your body for the entirety of your life. Without it, we just don’t work quite as well. So, what exactly is Omega 3, and what does it do?
Thinking About Following a Vegan Diet?
A huge concern for many when considering a plant-based diet is whether it is balanced and nutritionally sound. The good news is YES!
Are You Drinking Enough Water?
Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated? Follow these top tips to stay hydrated and healthy.
8 simple tips to improve sleep and your diet plan
Finding it harder and harder to get up these mornings? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Diet tips for eating Greek
Looking for the best healthy eating tips when eating out at a Greek restaurant? Look no further..
Focus on Goals in Your Diet Plan, Like Your Dream Outfit!
Having a goal weight or a dream dress or suit can be such a boost to a new healthy eating routine. Stick with it... the results are on the way!
Healthy eating tips for new mums
Eating healthily can be quite a feat with a new baby to look after right? Follow our quick tips to boost your diet plan and have your family eating better in no time!
The Power of Positive Thinking!
We think it’s really important to focus on positivity and its power to uplift and influence our state of mind.
PCOS, weight gain and your diet
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual health, hormones, heart, blood vessels, fertility and weight.
8 reasons to start a Jane Plan food diary
You might not realise it but keeping a food diary can greatly improve the success of a long term diet plan.
Make your diet plan ‘plant-strong’
Boost your fruit 'n' veg intake to increase your chances of successful weight loss!
Calories really count in your diet plan
How to lose weight the easy way by following our diet plans.
Diet friendly lunch tips!
Take control and make conscious choices about what you eat at lunchtime. Trust us, your waistline will thank you for it.
Pea and mint soup - a diet plan favourite!
Worried about calories, weight loss, your diet and how to get delicious veggies into meals? Look no further...
Tune into your food and avoid ‘unconscious eating’.
Detox your home and help weight loss!
Remember – out of sight, out of mind!
The perfect low calorie diet friendly meal!
If you want a dish that's really tasty and can be included in a summer picnic or as an accompaniment to a BBQ - look no further, we've got the perfect recipe!
Find a Weight Loss Buddy to Boost Your Diet Plan
Dieting with a friend or family member can help you stay on track to lose weight
What counts as your 5 a day?
We hear over and over again that eating our 5 A Day intake of fruit and vegetables is important for our nutrition, reducing health risks and maintaining a stable diet. The tricky part can be knowing what to choose - here are Jane's top tips!
Will a vegetarian diet help me lose weight?
To be a veggie or to not be a veggie, that is the question?!
The Benefits of Blueberries in Your Diet Plan
Blueberries are small blue (sometimes purple!), sweet and succulent nutrition powerhouses! Add them to your meals and enjoy a real nutritional boost!
Top Seven Healthy Snack Ideas
Seven simple ways to make sure you're including the right healthy snacks in your diet plan.
How the timing of when you eat affects your healthy diet plan
Here are some top tips to keep in mind when scheduling your meals on your healthy diet plan.
Eating healthily in your 20's
Eating healthily may not be so high on your priorities, but we’ll tell you why it should be and how to do it
Eating healthily in your 30's
Follow our advice to take care of yourself during this busy decade
This year, the team at Jane Plan HQ decided to challenge themselves by going sugar-free. Brave right?
Eating healthily in your 40's
Many women in their 40's find time for themselves again, so follow our advice to improve your health and make sure you're getting the right nutrients
Eating healthily in your 50's
Follow our advice to stay fit and fabulous in your 50’s.
Eating healthily in your 60's and beyond
For ladies in their 60’s it’s a great time to take stock of your health and take steps to continue leading a healthy life
4 Ways to Stay Realistic About Your Weight Loss Journey
Four top tips to ensure a healthy eating diet plan, positive attitude and realistic goals this summer.
Lentil & Butternut Squash Soup
Warming, hearty & full of antioxidants, this recipe is perfect for cold winter evenings.
How To Be a Wellness Warrior
Keeping your health and wellness in check can feel like a full-time job, our bodies are high maintenance!
Tofu in Breadcrumbs Recipe
Our resident vegetarian Clementine has shared her favourite Tofu recipe. Tofu is full of plant based protein and vitamins and this meal makes for a light, healthy dinner.
Why Getting Outside is So Good for Your Health
Our friends at Neat Nutrition have given us even more reasons to get outside this summer!
Decadent Butternut Squash Risotto
This Butternut Squash Risotto recipe, provided by on of our nutritionists Katy, is perfect for a large group of hungry people this time of year!
Outstanding Veg Lasagne
To kick off our Meat Free Monday campaign our resident veggie Clementine has shared her ultimate vegetarian lasagne. It is out of this world.
Black Bean Salad with Roasted Tomato and Squash
We've adapted and tried a recipe from our favourite chef Anna Jones which makes for a delicious autumn Salad! 350 calories per serving!
Roasted Veg Salad with Halloumi
300 calories per serving!
Need some motivation to kick start your weight loss?
Follow our top weight loss tips to 'ease', rather than squeeze, into your favourite clothes.
Why is soup the BEST?
We investigate why we crave heartier food in the winter, why soup can satisfy cravings and how to make our favourite carrot and coriander soup!
How to Manage your New Year Resolutions
Are you struggling to keep your goals in mind? Have January blues already set in?
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!
What’s stopping you starting your Diet Plan?
Snacking doesn't have to be a no-no when on a diet plan!
Too busy to fit exercise in your Diet Plan?
Wrong answer! We're not taking that excuse any longer Jane Planners. Try these time saving tips to get active and help your weight loss goals!
Turn your mid-morning snack into a delicious dessert!
Suggested by Janet, one of our Jane Planners.
Tone up that tush!
For a toned and honed butt (girls and guys) you need to get working on it now!
TV and weight friendly snacking!
Sofa snacking that won't ruin your diet plan!
Benefits of Including Berries in Your Diet Plan
Discover the amazing health benefits of berries and why they're a key fruit to include in your diet plan this summer.
Top tips from successful Jane Planner Tasha
Tasha Frampton shares her advice on how to commit to your diet plan, and stick to it!
Banish pesky diet cravings with these top 10 tips
Some of the best advice on getting the most our of your diet plan comes from guess where?...From you Jane Planners!
Seize the Moment and Embrace a Healthier You!
We say today is the day to have a fresh start and look at your diet plan with a clean slate.
With winter well and truly here, porridge is the perfect diet breakfast!
Top tips from successful Jane Planner Ellen
Ellen's advice on how to stick with your diet as a student!
Is Wine O'Clock part of your daily routine?
Whether you've had a stressful day at work or from looking after the children, the first thing you want to do when you get some me time is unwind and relax.
Slow Cooked Oriental Pork with Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash
Here at Jane Plan we think it's important to help to you to eat well, not only while you're on your diet plan, but after as well. This recipe is perfectly balanced to ensure you can get the most from what you eat.
Top tips from successful Jane Planner Katie
Katie's advice on how to lose weight the easy way
Your root to diet plan goodness!
Around this time of year root vegetables are in their prime, plus they are full of health giving nutrients!
Top tips from successful Jane Planner Elizabeth
Elizabeth shares her advice on losing weight as a diabetic
Diet Plan Friendly Leftovers
Use up those leftovers with this fresh and healthy Asian Turkey and Rice Noodle Salad recipe...
Think Yourself Happy in 5 Simple Steps!
This 2016, we think that you should put as much energy into minding your mental health as you do for your diet and fitness.
Add in vegetables to a busy schedule with some super side slaw!
Suggested by Simon, one of our Jane Planners.