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Eat Shop Save

  • Episode:

    4 of 4

  • Title:

    The Marshall Family

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 13 Aug 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    7.30pm - 8.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 33 2020 : Sat 08 Aug - Fri 14 Aug

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  • Published:

    Wed 29 Jul 2020

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Series overview

Eat Shop Save returns for a fourth series to ITV to help families not just to shape up for summer - but to transform their lives.

The consumer lifestyle show, presented by Ranvir Singh, shows how with the help of nutritionist Dale Pinnock, savvy shopper Kate Hardcastle and fitness consultant Tom Pitfield, families can get on track to eating better, saving money, and getting fitter.

As budgets and waistbands get tighter - not helped by the Coronavirus lockdown - the four families in this series undergo an eight-week challenge in a bid to shed the pounds in every sense.

With the Coronavirus playing a major part in the contributors' daily lives, the first week's family, the Formstones, managed to save more than £1,000 during their eight week challenge, and between the two parents lost more than two stone.

Following weeks include a family whose meat-free diet was costing them £220 a week for shopping, a yo-yo dieter who was spending £160 every six weeks on not-so-healthy diet pills, and a family stockpiling meat in their freezer yet spending hundreds in the supermarket. 

Presented by Julie Etchingham
Producer/Director : Simon Gilchrist
Executive Producer: Mike Blair

This is a MultiStory Media production for ITV

Episode 4

Becky and Craig live in Manchester with one year old baby Bonnie. When Ranvir first met them back in February, adapting to parenthood was taking its toll on their lifestyle, with eating and spending habits spiralling out of control. 

They were ordering takeaways three or four times a week, and nighttime snacking had become the norm. With Becky’s maternity leave soon to be over, she said she had no idea how she would manage to do her job whilst staying on top of busy family life. 

To give the couple some home truths on their eating habits, Ranvir sends in top chef Dale Pinnock. Not only were takeaways top of the menu, big cooked breakfasts were a family favourite a few times each week. With three sausages and rashers of bacon on each plate, Dale reveals that in each fry up, they’re consuming over three times the government daily recommended allowance of processed meat, in just one sitting. 

Not only that, the sausages the family usually buy contain just 42% pork, which is the lowest legal amount they can contain and still be marketed as a ‘pork sausage’. Dale’s recommendation when it comes to processed meat is to cut down on quantity, think more about quality, and always read the label. 

To show the Marshalls that they don’t need to cut out cooked breakfasts altogether, Dale hits the kitchen to give the family favourite a facelift. Dale’s refashioned fry up uses just one pork sausage (in keeping with the government recommendation of 70 grams of processed meat per day). 

Using vegetables like mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes makes it a nutrient-packed way to start the day. Serving it up on smaller plates keeps portion size under control, and oven roasting instead of frying ingredients means less oil and less calories. In fact, Dale’s dish is around 700 less calories than the fry up the family were eating before! 

Savvy shopper Kate Hardcastle tackles the family spending on food, which was racking up to around £200 per week. In the episode she discovers that the couple have been buying fresh meat from the supermarket each week, despite having around 40 portions of frozen meat in an outdoor freezer which they hadn’t touched in months. 

“When used properly your freezer can be a huge asset to the amount of money you spend on food.” - Kate Hardcastle

To make your freezer your friend, Kate recommends always keeping an up to date freezer list, taking the stress out of meal planning. Stocking up the freezer with batch cooked meals saves time, and provides a healthy alternative to getting a takeaway. In fact, Kate reveals that the family could save around £3,000 a year if they ditch the takeaways altogether.

At the start of their challenge Craig and Becky both complained about feeling older than their years, getting out of breath quickly due to lack of exercise. To get them feeling good again, personal trainer Tom Pitfield pushes them out of their comfort zone, at a military-style bootcamp in their local park. 

Craig and Becky surprised themselves by enjoying the class, and booked themselves in for more sessions.

Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK at the start of their challenge and as the country went into lockdown, key worker Craig continued working for homeless services, while Becky’s maternity leave ended, leaving her juggling working from home with looking after baby Bonnie. 

Despite difficult circumstances, the Eat Shop Save challenge continued, with some fantastic results. While shopping proved tricky, Becky discovered that getting local vegetables boxes delivered straight to the door was a great way to keep healthy and experiment with new recipes. The freezer list proved to be a favourite tool, with batch cooked meals keeping takeaways at bay. And the savings started stacking up.

By the end of the ten week challenge, Becky lost a stone in weight and saved £570.

“I don’t feel like I’ve been trying to lose weight. It’s not a diet as such, it’s changing the whole way you think about living. The process is so simple, it’s small little changes  But they’re all for the better you know more money, more energy, more time, happier, healthier… you can’t go wrong with it.”  - Becky