By ANISAH ARIF
A lifestyle programme is back for a third series this year and now wants to reach out to ethnic communities.
The ITV programme, Eat Shop Save, offers expert advise to help families on saving money, improving diets and relationships.
The last series experts helped four families rise to the Eat, Shop, Save challenge with amazing success. Based on expert advice all participants saved money, lost weight, became savvier shoppers, learned to cook healthy, fresh food and ran more efficient households.
As a result of these small but significant lifestyle changes, all members of the family felt happier, healthier and wealthier and had more time to spend on enjoying more quality time together.
This year’s Modern Families Index showed that many of the nation’s parents are complaining of burnout. Juggling long hours at work to pay the bills as well as tolling on the home front means a third of people feel they are chasing their tails in a race they don’t remember entering
The result means that many couples spend less than 30 minutes of quality time together each day; relationships between parents and children are suffering; the diets aren’t fulfilling and they’re often spending and wasting more money than they need to.
Now, presenter Ranvir Singh, chef Dale Pinnock and personal trainer Tom Pitfield and finance guru Kate Hardcastle say they will change the whole system.
Dale will help the family compile a food diary, assess the current situation and help plan a new way of shopping, cooking and eating. Whatever the challenge is, armed with the weekly budget Dale takes them to the shops to show how they can get the best food at the best prices – and make their money go further.
While Dale is helping plan the menus and getting family members to cook up some great grub, Gemma is looking at how they organise their lives and finances. One of the big areas is managing debt. As well as drawing up plans to shop better, Kate is giving lots of practical advice on spending shortcuts – all designed to save time and money.
As well as this, Tom is on hand to try and get the families to find more time for fitness. Who has the money for a gym membership, let alone the time to actually go to one? Tom, who has a young family himself, knows all the tricks to getting fit, without the time and money most people think you need!
Ranvir, meanwhile, has been getting to know them all, reviewing what’s important in their lives and what they could be doing together with the extra cash and time they’re ‘discovering’. For some it’s as simple as making the effort to eat together and going on an affordable family day out. For mum and dad it might be going out on a ‘date’ for the first time in months.
ITV are now looking to hear from South Asian families who would like advice from a top chef and nutritionist to help them improve their diets tackle faddy or difficult eating habits, improve family mealtimes and make their shopping budgets go further.
They are looking for families which include:
● Two working parents
● Picky eaters
● Families eating processed food, take-out and junk food
● Struggling to eat together
● Chores not equally divided
● Spending too much money on food and domestic issues
● Never see each other
● Can’t find the time to spend quality time together
● Mum and Dad would like to go out on a ‘date’ from time to time
The casting process is open until the 28th February and if you’d like to find out more, please contacts firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief paragraph about your family and why you’d like to take part.
For more info about the series, check out the website: www.itv.com/eatshopsave And their social media: www.facebook.com/ITVEatShopSave or www.twitter.com/ITVEatShopSave or https://www.instagram.com/eatshopsave.