Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama: Week One Plus A Recipe!

I have to say that I ordered this book more out of curiosity than I did with any plan to follow the program.   I had a few friends who were doing well following this plan, and I am on a facebook group for moms and quite a few ladies on there have raved about THM for months.

 Once I got the book and dug in, I couldn't believe the wealth of information that was included!  It was all so easy to understand and I was finally understanding concepts and facts about the body and nutrition that I had never really been able to totally comprehend.

After I made it through the chapters that explained WHY this eating plan made sense, I was sold!  
I had already made out a plan to get those pesky holiday pounds off, but I took an extra week and reworked things to fit Trim Healthy Mama!  

Can I just say that I LOVE THM!  

I really wish I had bought this book after I lost weight 2 years ago (was it even out then?).   This way of eating makes sense and is working wonders for me!

Let me back up a bit.  Back in the summer I was down to my lowest weight yet...I was eating great and exercising, yet I started having some health troubles.  My doctor sent me for blood work just to check everything, and my fasting blood sugar came back high!  My blood pressure had been running high all summer and I couldn't figure out why.  I had gone off of my bp meds a month into my initial weight loss in 2012 and thought that I was done with that issue.  
My doctor urged me to increase my exercise since I was already eating good, and asked me to monitor my bp.  

Fast forward to December and I was having a lot of trouble with my BP still.  Didn't surprise me since it was already elevated leading up to Thanskgiving, but that's also when my eating started going downhill.  I won't hide that fact that my attitude was bad--I had spent months wondering why I even bothered with the clean eating if I was still going to have trouble.  So, I started eating stuff I knew that I shouldn't (the scale showed this pretty quickly).  
I had a bit of panic and went back on my blood pressure meds.
Fast forward a bit more to now--I have been following Trim Healthy Mama for 1 week and things are going great!  Reading the book helped me to realize that while I was eating good foods, I wasn't combining them in good ways!  It makes total sense to me now (as well as the fact that my BP was likely high due to the increased insulin in my system).  

I LOVE that I have spent the past week eating some amazing foods that are completely satisfying!  I am filling my diet with "good fats" that I used to eat sparingly (once a day maybe).  My family is eating all of the meals that I make and I haven't had any complaints (in fact, they often go back for seconds). 

 My cravings for sweet, salty, snacky foods are gone thanks to the abundance of fats that I'm eating!
I've lost 3 of the 10 pounds that I gained over the holidays--and I haven't counted a single calorie!  
My jeans are feeling lose and I am pretty sure that I won't be on those blood pressure pills much longer (I'm already sensing that my bp is going low!).  

THM is a bit overwhelming at first, but I gave myself some wiggle room in that first week and had to learn by making mistakes.  It takes time to figure out how to pair the foods, but only a week in I feel like I have a good hang of it.  The facebook page is helping me a lot!   

I can honestly say that this is a fun way to eat and I am pretty sure that it will be permanent for our family!!

Now, if you read all of that then you deserve a little reward! 
 This is the recipe for a snack that I eat almost every day.  I went a bit heavier on it this morning and had it for breakfast.  A friend's husband calls it "Hippie Yogurt" and I think that's perfect!

"Hippie Yogurt" (S)

1/2 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
Stevia to taste (I use 4-6 drops)
1/2 cup rasberries
1/3 cup walnuts 
2-3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
1/2 teaspoon hemp oil (optional)

Mix yogurt, stevia, and hemp oil in bowl.  Top with berries, coconut, and walnuts.  
In the picture I used a small handful of blueberries instead of raspberries and no walnuts.  That pushed it into FP territory, so keep that in mind.



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  2. I'm glad you found THM, I too believe it just make sense and I've seen the results from following it. Whenever you struggle with it, come back and read this post. Remind yourself why you are doing it and the benefits. It is worth the effort and it does get easier.

  3. Your "Hippie Yogurt" sounds super yummy!!! =) Thanks for sharing and best of luck on your journey!!! I started in February and LOVE IT!!!! I have lost about 13 pounds and 11.5 inches!!!! Unreal!!!! I have never been able to lose weight by just changing foods....this plan just makes sense and it works!!!! =)

  4. What is hemp oil and how does? it compare to coconut oil

  5. What is hemp oil and how does? it compare to coconut oil