Low carb, high fat, high protein, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, Atkins, The Zone, cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet. UHG!!
You name it, at some point I’ve tried it. Honestly, I have tried more diets than I can count. Some didn’t work at all. Some worked short term, but once I went off of them I always gained the weight back and then some.
Unfortunately that’s the way most of us have totally screwed up our metabolism. Now we are all out of whack!
I had settled for just trying to eat better and for the most part I was doing a pretty good job of it. But there was still that struggle with balanced blood sugar. As a diabetic, that’s so important to me, as it should be with everyone. I lost almost 60 pounds by making better choices and taking natural health supplements a couple of years ago and have done a good job maintaining it, but I’ve been at a stand-still for a quite while now with my weight.
I knew it all hinges on blood sugar and metabolism, but having tried everything I didn’t know what else to do.
Then one day several weeks ago I was looking for recipes on Pinterest and kept seeing THM on so many of them. Curiosity killed the cat and me too!
What the heck is THM?
Well I did a search and found out it stands for Trim Healthy Mama which is a healthy food plan that seems to be loved by so many people! So I had to know more and went on a quest to see if it’s deserving of all the raving praise that I’d found in my search.
This incredibly flexible and forgiving food plan was created by two sisters named Serene and Pearl. These two had tried every diet over the years only to see their health decline because of them. One was even a die hard food purist vegan who only ate raw. She and her little kids teeth were going bad because they were not getting the nutrition needed from all the food groups. The other was a self proclaimed drive through Sue. They both knew something had to give!
Through years of study and research they came up with the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
This plan is brilliant! Pearl and Serene discovered that most illness and health revolve around blood sugar. If your blood sugar stays in healthy ranges, your health improves and you lose weight (if you have body fat to lose). THM is built on biblical principles. While not sticklers on the plan to avoid pork or shell fish, they personally choose not to eat them. The beauty of this adaptable plan? If you choose to eat bacon, you can eat bacon.
YAY, bacon! Again I say YAY!!
The sisters in their research discovered that with all the processed and sugary crap we consume, our metabolism is shot to shizzle! We need to burn fat to lose weight and our diets don’t allow that to happen. The carbs, sugars and starches as well as processed foods we eat make our internal furnace work overtime to burn it all up. Unfortunately our bodies quit burning the highly processed sugary foods long before they are gone, then store the rest as fat. Hence the extra poundage.
We need to eat lots of good foods that will be burned as fuel quickly so our internal furnace can kick into gear and burn excess fat as well. When we pump both carbs and fats into our bodies at the same time, it burns part of the carbs first, but because there are usually way too many of them, it kicks the burner down and stores the rest as fat. Never getting around to burning your own body fat. However some healthy carbs are important to our bodies too.
The whole premise of this food plan is to keep the carbs and fats separate and in reasonable amounts. This way our bodies will burn off the fuel we feed it and still have enough oomph to kick it in to overdrive and burn body fat as well!
Woohoo! Burn baby burn!! This healthy mama likes that idea! 🙂
So there are 3 main meal types or fuel types.
S (Satisfying) Meals – High fat, very low carb
Examples: Bacon and eggs for breakfast. Chicken salad with mayo and a slice of cheese on a low carb pita bread for lunch. A juicy steak and salad with dressing and non-starchy veggies with lots of butter dinner.
E (Energizing) Meals – Higher carb (but not too high) and very low fat
Examples: Oatmeal with an egg white omelet or 0% fat Greek yogurt with berries for breakfast. Turkey, lettuce and tomato sandwich with a side salad for lunch. A grilled chicken breast with brown rice, quinoa or a baked sweet potato and lots of non starchy veggies for dinner
FP (Fuel Pull) Meals – Low carb and low fat centered around protein.
Examples: THM FP pancakes, egg white omelette or pumpkin waffles for breakfast. Cabbage roll in a bowl or tuna salad on a crispy pita for lunch. Garlic chicken with lots of veggies or slow cooker fajitas for dinner.
And let’s not forget because THM suggests you eat every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism burning you get two snacks too!
All meals and snacks must include protein.
Sounds like a hardship doesn’t it? NOT!!!
This is a very versatile food freedom plan!
There are only a few things that you should not eat. Here they are:
Sugar, wheat flour, white rice, white potatoes, and starchy veggies like corn.
I know you are thinking that you can’t live without them, right? Oh yes you can! There are literally thousands of mouth watering recipes out there that will keep you satisfied and tons of desserts and drinks on plan to take care of your sweet tooth or soda addition.
This is honestly the first plan that makes total sense that I know I can do long term. There is a bit of a learning curve. I have been doing this for about 10 days now and I am still learning every day. It’s not hard, just a lot to it. I think understanding the science and how foods are processed in our bodies makes all the difference as to whether you understand this plan and follow it properly. Without understanding, it makes it harder to pair up foods that go together. It’s not rocket science, there’s just a lot to know.
Pearl and Serene have written an easy to read, conversational type book called Trim Healthy Plan and a cookbook with over 350 THM recipes and their newest book Trim Healthy Table (this is the one I suggest you start with). But I highly recommend them all!
So that’s a general overview of the plan. Very general. Next time I’ll go over it in more detail. Keep checking back as I plan on taking you on this Trim Healthy Mama journey with me. I hope you will join me and we can do this together! I’m so excited and hopeful to see healthy weight loss results and better overall health.
Overwhelmed? Here is a great video to help you understand the basics of the plan in just a few minutes… Trim Healthy Mama Plan Simplified
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Talk to you soon,
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