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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week One in Review

If you are my friend on Facebook, then you know that I started Trim Healthy Mama last week. If you’re not familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, then let me give you a brief explanation. The main idea of this lifestyle change is that you don’t want to mix your fuel sources when you sit down to eat. If you’re going to eat a meal high in fats, then you need to limit your carbs. If you’re wanting to eat a meal high in carbs, then you want to limit your fats. There are also times when you want to limit carbs and fats and just stick to protein…this type of meal allows your body to burn all that extra adipose tissue it’s accumulated over time. However, regardless of which meal type you choose, you ALWAYS include protein…protein is key to every meal. All of this information is given in the book in much greater detail, and you’ll notice that there are names for these meals…Satisfying (S), Energizing (E), Fuel Pull (FP), Crossover, and S Helper. You also want to cut out all white sugar and white processed flour. The sisters who wrote THM recommend Stevia as a sugar substitute, but there are many on the plan who have chosen other alternative sugars…as long as you stick to an on-plan recommendation, then you won’t sabotage your efforts. I, myself, chose Stevia and a blend of Stevia/Erythritol to use as my sugar alternative.

I’ll admit that I’ve had many, many friends join the THM lifestyle well before I did. I was just always scared that it would be way too complicated for me to understand. I’m wishing I had started sooner because it’s really not that tough. Once you understand the premise, then it’s easier to watch what goes into each meal. It’s also not hard to implement this plan at family meal times either. The book comes with so many recipes…some better than others as always is the case with a plethora of recipes. For our family, the only thing I’ve really done at this point is make sure the boys still have a carb source at their meals, even if I’m not having one. This means I may have to make up a small batch of pasta or rice for them, but it’s really not that hard.

I want to say that this is not a diet…it’s a lifestyle change. There have been so many success stories, and I hope to be another. It’s just a matter of being mindful of the fuels you put into your mouth and limiting your sugar.

Now that I’ve given you a synopsis of the program, I’ll share my week one meals. If there’s no picture, then that means it was simply repeat of a previous meal.

Week One Meals
Day One
Breakfast — egg white scramble, Ezekiel bread with Polaner spread (E)
Lunch — chicken salad in Joseph’s pita; sliced cucumber and peppers w/Ranch; raspberries (S)
Snack — Big Boysmoothie with 1/4 cup chopped pecans (S) **
Dinner — crockpot chicken tacos — I served the meat over lettuce and added regular toppings (S)

Day Two
Breakfast — 2 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and Polaner spread; egg white scramble (E)
Lunch — same as day one (S)
Snack —
Oikos 000 Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup chopped pecans added (S)
Dinner — Grilled chicken sausage; steamed cauliflower; spinach casserole (S) **

Day Three
Breakfast —
2 fried eggs; 3 pieces bacon; ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Lunch —
same as days one and two, but I added ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Snack —
000 yogurt w/chopped pecans (S)
Dinner —
Grilled salmon burger (without a bun) smeared with mayo; salad w/cucumber, sunflower seeds, goat cheese, and Ranch (S)

Day Four
Breakfast —
2 THM pancakes smeared with cream cheese and Polaner spread; 000 vanilla yogurt w/raspberries (E)
Lunch —
4chicken veggie roll-ups [deli meat smeared with cream cheese with cucumber and peppers rolled up] with a salad (S)
Snack —
1/2 cup ricotta cheese w/raspberries and pecans (S)
Dinner —German frikadellen; steamed vegetables; salad (S)

Day Five
Breakfast —
almond flour blueberry muffins w/4 pieces bacon (S) **
Lunch —
leftover frikadellen with steamed broccoli (S)
Snack —
cottage berry whip w/chopped pecans folded in (S)
Dinner —
Grilled salmon burger with salad (S)

Day Six
Breakfast —
3 THM pancakes with cream cheese and Polaner spread (E)
Lunch —
2 boiled eggs; 2 turkey/cream cheese/veggie roll-ups; ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Snack —
smoothie (FP)
Dinner —
coconut crusted chicken tenders; sautéed green beans; steamed broccoli and cauliflower (S) **

Day Seven
Breakfast — 3 THM pancakes smeared with cream cheese and Polaner spread (E)
Lunch —
1 sourdough wasa cracker smeared with 1 laughing cow cheese wedge w/cucumber and two pieces of turkey added on top; 3 boiled eggs (S)
Snack —
smoothie (FP)
Dinner — 2 fried eggs over a bed of spinach w/mushrooms and bacon (S)

**These recipes were flops…they were not liked**

So, as you can see, I was not eating small meals. This is not about starvation or denying yourself of certain food groups. It’s a well-rounded plan where you can partake of ALL the food groups…you just need to be mindful of what’s going into your mouth while you’re eating. You also want to look at your sugar content in foods…it’s important that sugar not be an added ingredient when looking at the ingredients list on labels.

I weighed in this morning, and I lost 5.2 lbs during my first week. That’s enough of a success for me to continue on this lifestyle path. I will add in exercise at some point, but for now, I’m focusing on getting the meal types down. If you should decide you want to try Trim Healthy Mama and wish to order any products, I’d love it if you’d consider purchasing through my affiliate link. I will receive a small commission, but it does not affect your purchase.

***I apologize for the layout of this post. Blogger isn't cooperating very well, and the blog app on my Mac didn't want to upload images. Go figure.***


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