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Today makes one full week on “Trim Healthy Mama”. I’m still working my way through the book, but, since I am reviewing it, I thought I would share a few of my experiences about being on the “learning curve.” I have been implementing the concept and have definitely already seen some encouraging results. In one week, I have lost 4 lbs. and 5 inches, so I’m a pretty happy lady. 🙂 (I will add that these were MUTANT pounds that would not be budged in any manner previously!) And if you still aren’t impressed with those numbers, (though I do not advocate this!) they were in spite of several instances of major cheating… and by major… I mean MA-JOR. If I told you specifics you would be astonished, but I don’t want you to get the idea that cheating is OK.
I have not exercised at all, I have stayed satisfied all week, and had amazing results with such little effort. I am astonished that I did not have to punish myself with small (and cruel!) calorie counts. I can fulfill my husband’s desire for me to be healthy AND be satisfied AND lose weight!
Listen to me… I sound like an infomercial! (Except this is TRUE! YIPPEE!)
First, let me say, I have not been *completely* on plan for the entire week. This, I guess is all part of that learning curve. I have been taking steps and making transitions. As the days go on, I get more and more on plan than previously.
Here are some of my first impressions (and a helpful chart of beginner’s dilemmas and tips is down below).
1. Liberating Knowledge :
First, reading this book cleared away all of the dietary fog that clouded my understanding previously. As a “Drive-Thru Sue,” (I’m pretty sure Pearl & Serene must have stalked me to get such specific information for that chapter!) This world is full of conflicting advice when it comes to eating healthy, and when you try to eat healthy, it’s this desperate, confused, lost struggle to make sense of it. Not only that, but diets never seem to work long term. You work hard, exercise a ton of self-discipline, and ultimately you gain double what you lost. Even when you try your best to eat healthy you gain weight.
In Trim Healthy Mama, Pearl & Serene push all of the earthly knowledge and wisdom back, and bring you a Biblical understanding of food, and what our relationship with it should be. Our bodies were designed for food, not only to gain nutrition and sustenance by it, but to ENJOY it.
They take you through the science of how gaining weight happens and show you in a fun and entertaining way, precisely what goes wrong and how to fix it.
One of the greatest things I have enjoyed while reading this book is that they don’t just tell you the problem and push you off and say “there…go figure it out.” Instead, they give you the information you need to implement it into YOUR life. It is so fluid and adaptable that anyone can do it. Not only is the “know-how” in the book, but they have developed an awesome support system through their Facebook page where THMers from all over can help each other find great recipes, plan approved items and awesome deals.
2. That Daunting Financial Scare
I think a lot of people starting out on THM see the recipes and the strange new ingredients and wonder how they will be able to afford to do this. Mark has been especially nervous since he saw the price of Almond flour and Truvia. (Which I did not make him buy, being the understanding wife that I am 🙂 )
Several people told me, “You can do it without special ingredients!” but I was very skeptical because to me, special ingredients were not just gluccomannan, almond flour, and Truvia; they were cottage cheese, cauliflower, and greek yogurt! I had never bought or eaten any of these things.
The truth is, as your lifestyle changes, the groceries in your cart will change too. Instead of spending $3 on a bag of chips, you may spend $3 on a tub of Greek Yogurt to make smoothies with. Your 2-liter of pop every two days adds up to a lot, that, when you’re no longer purchasing it, gives a little freedom for some of those things you’re not used to buying.
As for the expensive ingredients, you really can get around them. The chart below has a handful of suggestions, and just by sticking to some whole, unprocessed foods like meat and vegetables , you eliminate the need for a lot of them.
Trim Healthy Mama is a low-glycemic approach with a little extra science to lose, gain, or stabilize your weight, depending on what you need. If you are like me, words like “low-glycemic” are synonymous with “yuck”, but “yuck” is not doable long-term. Truthfully, the sky is the limit and what you can eat is anything but yuck. I am one picky eater, but here are some of this week’s selections that were ‘doable’ for me.
- Lunch meat, beef hot dogs, or tuna fish on low carb tortillas . This was great for my love of convenience. I did not miss the thickness of bread at all. The tortilla was an easy switch that made this kind of meal fine regardless of whether I was eating E or S. (Hot dogs were always an S) I could S or E them with my condiments and other fillers. (I’m still looking for a cheaper way to buy the tortillas!)
- Buffalo Chicken bites & green beans:
I wasn’t sure what giving up ‘boneless buffalo wings’ would do to my happiness but this was an awesome alternative and I did not miss the breading (or the fat they were fried in!) one bit! All I did was cut up some chicken breasts in pieces (just like you would for wings) and spread them out to bake on a cookie sheet, (to avoid using oil). When they were cooked I tossed them in 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce (we found a cheaper store brand at our grocery store that is on plan! More bang for your buck!) with 2 tsp. of butter (1 for me and 1 for my husband). Each of us got a heaping serving with some green beans on the side. Believe it or not, this is a Fuel Pull by itself, but we added a carb source to make it an E. (since we are beginners and don’t want to pull out Uncle Fuel Pull quite yet!) No one could ever feel deprived eating a meal like this! Not to mention, this is so much EASIER to prepare than breading and frying wings!
Here are a few of my beginner’s dilemmas and some tips for others on the learning curve.
Trim Healthy Mama on the Learning Curve
|SUGAR||Sugar is hiding everywhere, so I haven’t been able to expunge this from my diet, but I’m working on it.||
|BAD CARBS||Starting out I did not have access to any of the ‘good carbs’. There are on-plan recipes for breads and such, and specialty items you can buy, but our funds are too tight and limited for the new ingredients and slightly pricier on-plan options.||
|CHEATING||I have had to outright cheat here and there because of our budget. Sometimes a fourth of July special for a $2.38 medium Pizza at Dominos just makes better financial sense when the green is low, can I get an “amen?”||
|PICKY EATER||Yes… I am, by far, the world’s pickiest eater. I grew up on cereal and French fries, and as an adult lived on chicken and pizza. Vegetables look like oddly shaped little monsters and when it comes to textures I am a total sissy. I wasn’t sure I could do THM because it looked like a lot of eggs and scary vegetables. Even though I didn’t like eggs I choked them down in the first few days as empty omelets. I thought it was the only way to implement the THM plan. But… I knew if this was going to be long-term, than this was not going to work. Plus, most of the recipes and meal ideas given in the book did not appeal to me. If I had to eat things I didn’t like, I knew I could never last.
What were some of your Trim Healthy Learning curve experiences? Share with us!
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If enough people do it I may be able to afford some Almond Flour 😉