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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week 5 in Review

It's hard to believe that I've been following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating for 5 weeks.  I know I keep saying this, but it really isn't that much work or very hard.  I know it took me a while to come around and follow the lead of many of my friends who had already started their THM journey because it seemed so overwhelming.  But -- I think that once you grasp the main concept of separating your fuels each meal and eliminating sugar, then it's easier to implement.  I know that I have really benefited from seeing other people's posts of their meals in the Facebook groups.  While it can be overwhelming and sometimes discouraging sometimes, it helps to "see" what others are eating.  It also gives me ideas.  I hope that's what my weekly posts are doing for some of you...offering support, encouragement, visuals, and ideas on how to implement this way of eating.

Here's what I ate during the 5th week...

Week Five Meals
Day One
Breakfast -- 2 egg muffins; 4 sausage balls; 1 blueberry muffin (S)
Lunch -- cheesecake smoothie (S)
Snack -- skipped due to being out and about
Supper -- salmon burger smeared with mayo; salad (S)


Day Two
Breakfast --
3 THM pancakes (I always top mine with cream cheese and Polaner spread...staying within 5g fat); seedless orange; 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt (E)
Lunch -- smoothie; apple (E)
Snack -- pepperoni chips; cheese crisps (S)
Supper -- Longhorn's strawberry and chicken salad (Crossover)

Day Three
Breakfast -- 3 THM pancakes; 2 pieces 96% fat free Canadian bacon (E)
Lunch -- 1/2 Joseph's lavash pizza (S)
Snack -- 000 coconut creme yogurt with a seedless orange (E)
Supper -- meatloaf with salad (S)

Day Four
Breakfast -- 3 THM pancakes; seedless orange with fat free Greek yogurt (E)
Lunch -- 1/2 Joseph's lavash pizza (S)
Snack -- 000 coconut creme yogurt with a seedless orange (E)
Supper -- 2 fried eggs over 1/2 an avocado; bacon (S)

Day Five
Breakfast -- 3 THM pancakes (E)
Lunch -- 2 fried eggs over 1/2 an avocado; bacon (S)
Snack -- 000 banana creme yogurt; sliced strawberries; 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)
Supper -- bunless cheeseburger with salad (S)
Snack/Dessert -- sliced strawberries; chopped up squares of Lily's salted almond milk bar; splash of heavy cream (S)

Day Six
Breakfast -- 3 slices Canadian bacon; 000 coconut creme yogurt with 1/2 a mango (E)
Lunch -- 2 fried eggs over 1/2 an avocado; bacon (S)
Snack -- 000 banana creme yogurt; sliced strawberries; 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)
Supper -- Longhorn's strawberry and chicken salad (Crossover)

Day Seven
Breakfast -- 2 pieces Canadian bacon; 000 vanilla yogurt with strawberries (FP)
Lunch -- 2 fried eggs over 1/2 an avocado; bacon (S) -- notice I had this multiple times...LOVE it, and it has become a quick new favorite!
Snack -- 2 blueberry muffins; coffee (S)
Supper -- Salmon burger smeared with mayo; salad (S)
Snack/Dessert -- 000 banana creme yogurt, sliced strawberries, and 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)

I thought I'd add something new this week (and moving forward)...how many of each meal type I'm eating in a week.  People always ask how you're supposed to break it up, and it really is personal choice.  It is worth noting though that Crossovers are not conducive to weight loss, and I didn't eat my first one until after my first month.  I also don't eat S Helpers because they aren't for weight loss either.
E --  8
S --  15
FP --  4
Crossover -- 2

Now for the results on the scale...
Week 1 loss:  5.2 lbs
Week 2 loss:  1.6 lbs
Week 3 loss:  0.4 lbs
Week 4 loss:  1.6 lbs
Week 5 loss:  1.6 lbs (1.6 seems to be the sweet spot for my body) 
TOTAL weight loss so far:  10.4 lbs 

And I know that I sound like a broken record when I say it's not all about the results on the scale.  While I'll be honest and admit that I like seeing that number go down each week, I'm more interested in how I look and feel.  I mentioned last week that I had lost at least 5.5 inches...and I know that number is increasing weekly.  So, if you don't see progress on the scale, don't get discouraged...take measurements and watch the inches fall off.  Please don't hesitate to ask for encouragement...that's what THM is all about...encouraging one another along the way.  As always, if you're interested in learning more, feel free to click through my affiliate link.  It won't affect your purchase, but it will offer me a small kickback for sharing THM with all of you.

Thanks and happy THMing.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week Four in Review

So, I've been eating the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way for four weeks now.  Each week, it really does get easier and natural.  Now, maybe what makes it easier for me is that I'm okay not having tons of variety...you will notice that I'll eat the same thing for breakfast or lunch for several days in a row...this doesn't bother me.  It makes life easier because I already know what type of meal it is, and usually, the ingredients are prepped and ready to go.

Here's what I ate during week four...

Week Four Meals

Day One
Breakfast -- 2 apple pie muffins; 000 yogurt with a seedless orange (E)
Lunch -- chicken salad in a Joseph's pita; veggies with Ranch (S)
Snack -- 000 yogurt with 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)
Supper -- beef and cheese quesadilla; sauteed green beans (S)


Day Two
Breakfast -- 2 apple pie muffins; 000 yogurt with a seedless orange (E)
Lunch -- 3 slices chicken deli meat roll-ups with cream cheese and veggies; 000 yogurt with THM defatted peanut flour and an apple (E)
Snack -- 000 yogurt with 1 tbsp pecans (FP)
Supper -- Outback Steakhouse's Alice Springs Chicken (minus the honey mustard sauce) and steamed broccoli (S)
Dessert -- Lily's chocolate (S)

Day Three **
Breakfast -- same as Day Two (E)
Lunch -- same as Day One (S)
Snack -- same as Day One (FP)
Supper -- 2 fried eggs; 3 pieces bacon; coffee (S)
**We spent most of today at a water park with some homeschool friends, so I was spent from being out in the sun all day.**

Day Four
Breakfast -- 2 apple pie muffins; cottage cheese with a seedless orange (E)
Lunch -- chicken salad in a pita; veggies with Ranch (S)
Snack -- blueberry muffin with coffee (S)
Supper -- Copycat Alice Springs Chicken with a salad (S)

Day Five
Breakfast -- 2 egg muffins; 4 sausage balls; 1 blueberry muffin (S)
Lunch -- Longhorn's parmesan crusted chicken; steamed green beans; steamed broccoli (S)
Snack -- Lily's chocolate with coffee (S)
Supper -- same as lunch (S)

Day Six
Breakfast -- same as Day Five (S)
Lunch -- chicken salad in a pita; veggies with Ranch (S)
Snack -- fat free Greek yogurt with a splash of vanilla extract and sweet blend; seedless orange (E)
Supper -- leftover Parmesan Chicken from Longhorn's with a salad (S)
Dessert/Snack -- luscious lemon cake with macerated strawberries, chopped up Lily's chocolate bar, and whip cream (S)

Day Seven
Breakfast -- same as Day Five (S)
Lunch -- 2 sourdough wasa crackers smeared with cream cheese mixed with defatted peanut flour and Polaner's Raspberry spread; fat free Greek yogurt mixed with sweet blend and a seedless orange (E)
Snack -- 000 yogurt with 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)
Supper -- same as Day Four (S)

Now, onto the scale results...I've been on plan for four weeks, and here's how it's gone in the weight loss department...
Week 1 loss:  5.2 lbs
Week 2 loss:  1.6 lbs
Week 3 loss:  0.4 lbs
Week 4 loss:  1.6 lbs
TOTAL weight loss so far:  8.8 lbs

Since it's been almost a month, I thought I'd give a report on how many inches I've lost.  This isn't totally accurate because we didn't take measurements until AFTER my first week of weight loss.  So, with that in mind, I've lost at least 5.5 inches.  I think people measure different body parts, so this is just based off what I chose to measure...I'm sure there's a more accurate way to report on this, but oh well.  LOL!

Like I've mentioned before, it's not just about the loss on the scale or the inches...it's about how you feel while making this lifestyle change.  I do feel better, and I've noticed other results as well.  If you feel led to give THM a try, I'd love it if you clicked through my affiliate link...it doesn't affect you or your purchase at all, but it does give me a little kickback for sharing my thoughts and enthusiasm regarding the plan.  


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Copycat Alice Springs Chicken (Trim Healthy Mama version)

We went to Outback earlier this week, and I was able to enjoy the Alice Springs Chicken, but I had to ask them to leave off the honey mustard because that's not on plan with Trim Healthy Mama (THM).  I began perusing Pinterest this afternoon looking for a version that would be THM approved, and I found a few.  But -- I decided to tweak it just a bit.  Here's my version...




Alice Springs Chicken (THM version) -- S
***this is modified for one chicken breast, but you can easily add more of everything to make us much as you need***

boneless, skinless chicken breast (I like to slice mine thin so it cooks faster or just buy the thin-sliced cutlets)
salt/pepper
onion powder
garlic powder
cumin
sliced cheese (flavor of choice, but I used Colby Jack)
bacon
mushrooms
mayonnaise
Dijon mustard
sweet blend or other THM approved sweetener of choice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat up a bit of coconut oil and butter in a skillet.  Sprinkle the chicken with the spices on both sides, and then brown both sides (you don't want it to cook through).  Remove the chicken from the skillet and place it an oven-safe dish.  Saute the mushrooms in the same skillet.  While the mushrooms are sauteeing, mix up the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and sweet blend to your liking (I don't have exact measurements because it's really a personal preference...I used more mayo than anything).  Spread the mayo mixture on top of the kitchen (reserving any leftovers for dipping once it's all cooked).  Put sauteed mushrooms on top of the mayo mixture.  Add the bacon and cover with a slice of cheese (I used half a slice).

Bake the chicken for about 15 minutes or until cooked through (time will depend on how long it browned in the skillet).

I served mine up with a big salad, but it would be good with non-starchy vegetables as well.  

I'll be enjoying this a few more times over the next few days because I cooked up two more pieces of chicken and extra mushrooms.  They're in the fridge, and I can pull them out, add the cheese and bacon and bake it until done.  I like prepping ahead and making life easier.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week Three in Review

Well, it's been three weeks since I started Trim Healthy Mama (THM).  It seems to get easier as the weeks go by.  The only real issue is trying to find tasty desserts and muffins.  While I'm not the best baker in town, I do like to try my hand at it.  It's just been tough trying to find recipes that the family will enjoy.  Caleb, who is my willing guinea pig, will eat just about anything.  He's been funny about trying the new recipes...saying that some taste better than my old versions.  I, myself, find that shocking and hard to believe, because the old version was so darn yummy.  But -- I just keep telling him that the longer I do this, the better I'll get at tweaking and finding just the right recipes for us.

Here's what I ate during the past week.

Week Three Meals
Day One
Breakfast -- 3 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and Polaner spread; strawberries (E)
Lunch --
2 sourdough wasa crackers smeared with Laughing Cow cheese with veggies and Canadian bacon; Oikos 000 yogurt w/a seedless orange (E)
Snack --
smoothie (FP)
Supper --
spaghetti over Dreamfields pasta with a salad (S)Dessert/Snack -- strawberries, splash of heavy cream, and 10 squares of Lily's milk chocolate broken up into pieces (S)


Day Two
Breakfast -- 3 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and Polaner spread; strawberries (E)
Lunch -- leftover spaghetti meat sauce over brown rice; strawberries (E)
Snack -- 2% milk fat cottage cheese with a seedless orange (E)
Supper -- grilled salmon burger smeared with mayo with a salad (S)
Dessert/Snack -- 
same as day one

Day Three
Breakfast -- 2 scrambled eggs with cheese; bacon; strawberries (S)
Lunch --
leftover spaghetti meat sauce over brown rice (E)
Snack --
Oikos 000 yogurt with 1/4 cup chopped pecans (S)
Supper --
chicken fajitas from Chili's (without the tortillas) served over a bed of lettuce with sour cream, cheese, and guacomole (S)

Day Four
Breakfast --
2 scrambled eggs with cheese; bacon; strawberries (S)
Lunch --
chicken salad in a Joseph's pita; veggies w/Ranch; strawberries (S)
Snack --
Oikos 000 yogurt with 1/4 cup chopped pecans (S)
Supper --
Citrus Herb Salmon; steamed cauliflower; sauteed green beans (S)



Day Five

Breakfast -- 2 blueberry muffins; 3 pieces bacon (S)
Lunch --
chicken salad in a Joseph's pita, veggies w/Ranch (S)
Snack --
Oikos 000 yogurt with 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)
Supper --
taco salad (rinsed/drained ground beef; black beans; brown rice; reduced fat cheddar cheese; light sour cream) (E)
Dessert/Snack --
peanut butter whip (S)

Day Six
Breakfast -- scrambled egg w/cheese; bacon; blueberry muffin; 1/2 cup Fairlife 2% milk (S)
Lunch --
2 sourdough wasa crackers smeared with Laughing Cow cheese, cucumbers, and chicken lunch meat; sliced apple (E)
Snack --
fudgy brownie; homemade whipped cream; 3/4 cup Fairlife 2% milk (S)
Supper --
bunless cheeseburger smeared with mayo with a salad (S)
Dessert/Snack --
fudgy brownie with homemade whipped cream (S)

Day Seven
Breakfast -- 2 blueberry muffins; bacon (S)
Lunch --
2 sourdough wasa crackers smeared with Laughing Cow cheese, cucumber, and Canadian bacon; Oikos 000 yogurt w/seedless orange (E)
Snack --
Oikos 000 yogurt with 1 tbsp chopped pecans (FP)
Supper --
beef and cheese quesadilla (using leftover taco meat on a mission carb balance whole wheat tortilla) with leftover green beans (S)

Now, for the results from the scale...
Week 1 loss:  5.2 lbs
Week 2 loss:  1.6 lbs
Week 3 loss:  0.4 lbs (I'm not sure how accurate this is b/c the scale was being finicky)
TOTAL weight loss so far:  7.2


Like I mentioned last week, it's not just about the scale.  I am still noticing that inches are going away, but I won't measure until the 15th of this month.  As always, if you're interested in learning more about THM or want to order any of the products, I'd appreciate if you clicked through my affiliate link.  It won't affect your purchase, but it does offer me a small kickback for sharing more about THM.  Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.  I'd love to help you start this journey if you're interested.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend

If you follow Trim Healthy Mama (THM), then you know that the sisters recently came out with a new baking blend.  This has been something they've been working on to make THM easier when it comes to making muffins, breads, pizza crusts, and other baked goodies.  It's a combination of flours and other ingredients.  Well, as soon as I heard that this was available, I went and purchased two bags of it.  Other THM followers have been busy baking and coming up with recipes using this new blend, but the sisters posted two on YouTube.

Last night, I decided to try the luscious lemon cake.  I'll admit that I was a bit skeptical because some of the other microwave cakes/muffins I've tried just didn't match up to the real thing.  Well, I'm pleased to say that this cake was pretty darn good.  Granted, if I had actually followed the corrected amount of lemon juice, it would have been even better, but I goofed and didn't use enough.  Even so, it was still tasty.  Brian and Caleb enjoyed a bite of it, too, but I didn't share too much with them.  I promised to make them more at a later date.



If you'd like to check out and order this new THM Baking Blend, feel free to click on my affiliate link.  Again, it won't affect your purchase, but it does provide a small kickback to me as a THM affiliate.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week Two in Review

Well, I’ve been eating the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way for two weeks now. I will say that I do notice a few minor changes in my body. Prior to THM, I was having some major pain in my right elbow…not sure if it’s tendonitis, arthritis, or what. But — I was to the point of taking a multi-pack of joint vitamins. Now that I’m on THM, it’s not noticeable as much. Now, I don’t know exactly what to attribute that to, but it could be the amount of Apple Cider Vinegar I’m consuming in the Good Girl Moonshine (GGMS)…no, there’s no alcohol in it. So, for that benefit, I’m especially happy.
Here’s a look at what I ate during week two…again, if there’s no picture, then it was most likely a repeat of a prior meal.
Week Two Meals

Day One

Breakfast — 3 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and Raspberry Polaner spread; strawberries (E)
Lunch —
2 sourdough wasa crackers smeared with laughing cow cheese, cucumber, and turkey; 2 boiled egg whites; strawberries (E)
Snack —
cheesecake smoothie (FP)
Supper —
THM cheeseburger pie; salad (S)

Day Two
Breakfast — 2 fried eggs; 3 pieces of bacon; strawberries (S)
Lunch —
2 turkey roll-ups with cream cheese and veggies; 3 boiled eggs; strawberries (S)
Snack —
coconut flour blueberry muffin; 10 squares Lily’s chocolate bar (S)
Supper —
bunless bacon cheeseburger; salad (S)

Day Three
Breakfast —
1 blueberry muffin; 1 scrambled egg w/cheese; 2 pieces bacon (S)
Lunch —
2 sourdough wasa crackers smeared with laughing cow cheese, veggies, and boiled egg whites; apple (E)
Snack —
same as day two (S)
Supper —
grilled chicken sausage with salad (S)

Day Four
Breakfast —
1 blueberry muffin; 2 scrambled eggs w/cheese; 2 pieces of bacon (S)
Lunch —
1/2 grilled chicken sausage with salad (S)
Snack —
cheesecake yogurt smoothie (FP)
Supper —
chicken fajitas from Chili’s (without the tortillas) topped with cheese, sour cream, and guacamole — this was our first meal out since I started eating this way, and it was easy to stay on plan while eating out. I also opted for unsweet tea that I sweetened with Sweet Leaf clear stevia drops (granted, I felt like a goof pulling out my dropper of stevia). (S)

Day Five
Breakfast —
2 blueberry muffins; 2 pieces of bacon (S)
Lunch —
parmesan crusted chicken; steamed broccoli; steamed green beans from Longhorn’s — we chose to eat out again after early church, and I only ate 1/3 of the chicken serving, which was about 3 oz of protein. I chose to drink unsweet tea sweetened with stevia. Most restaurants offer a nutritional menu online so you can see the carbs/fat of each item on the menu…very handy when trying to stay on plan. (S)
Snack —
raspberry cheesecake smoothie (FP)
Supper —
same as lunch (S)

Day Six
Breakfast —
2 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and raspberry Polaner spread; 1/2 of a seedless orange with coconut creme 000 yogurt (E)
Lunch —
last 1/3 of chicken from Longhorn’s; veggies w/Ranch; ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Snack —
smoothie made with cottage cheese (FP) **
Supper —
THM Pizza Casserole; salad (S)

Day Seven
Breakfast —
2 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and raspberry Polaner spread; 2 pieces Canadian bacon (96% lean); seedless orange (E)
Lunch —
1 slice of sesame Ezekiel bread w/fat free mozzarella cheese and 1 piece Canadian bacon; 1 sourdough wasa cracker smeared with laughing cow cheese, peppers, and Canadian bacon; 1/2 of a seedless orange (E) **
Snack —
THM light baked custard w/macerated raspberries (FP) **
Supper —
2 fried eggs, bacon, and sauteed mushrooms over a bed of spinach (S)
**Again, these were not my favorites. The cottage cheese in the smoothie didn’t taste right to me, but maybe that’s because I’m not a huge cottage cheese fan. I’ve learned that I’m not really a fan of Ezekiel bread either. The THM light baked custard was just nasty…I don’t know if it messed up by leaving out the (optional) glucomannan, or what, but I won’t try it again.
I also wanted to add that I will sometimes have a snack before bed...this is rare, but on the rare occasion that I do, it's either an attempt at a THM dessert, muffin in a mug, or 10 pieces of a Lily's chocolate bar. I don't include these on my meals b/c it's rare enough that I just don't. LOL!

Now, for the results from the scale:
Week 1 loss: 5.2 lbs
Week 2 loss: 1.6 lbs
TOTAL weight loss so far: 6.8 lbs

Keep in mind, it's not only about the scale. It's also about how you feel and look. I can tell that I'm losing inches, but since we didn't do measurements at the beginning, I'm waiting to report on those at the one month weigh in. If you're interested in looking further into Trim Healthy Mama, I'd love it if you clicked through my affiliate link. This does not affect your purchase at all, but it does give me a small kickback.

Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions regarding my meals or Trim Healthy Mama. I'd love it if you joined me on this journey.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

2015-16 Curriculum Choices

It’s that time of year again when we homeschool moms start assessing our current curriculum choices to see if any changes need to be made for the upcoming school year. We aren’t making too many changes, but there are a few. Here’s our curriculum line up for the upcoming school year.

Caleb, Seventh GradeBible — God’s Great Covenant New Testament 1
Spelling —
Sequential Spelling 3
English —
Winston Grammar Basic
Writing —
real-world writing skills (letters, thank-you notes, outlines, simple essays, etc)
Math —
Teaching Textbooks 7
History —
mom-created war curriculum using lapbook and notebooking components, videos, books, etc.
Science —
God’s Design for Life Chemistry and Ecology
Vocabulary —
Vocabulary Cartoons
Reading —
Book vs Movie (read book, watch the movie, complete a comparison activity)

Micah, Second Grade

Bible —
Finding God’s Promises
Spelling —
CLP Building Spelling Skills
English —
ACE English PACES
Handwriting —
BJUP Handwriting 2
Writing —
WriteShop Primary A & B
Math —
CLE Sunrise Math 2
History —
Abeka Our America
Science —
Abeka Enjoying God’s World
Reading —
reading books of various genres

I’m pretty excited about the upcoming year, and I hope the boys will be as well. I know Caleb is excited about his history and science as we’re doing exactly what he asked to do. What about you…have you decided what you’re using for next year? Feel free to comment and share…I’d love to see your plans!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frikadellen — THM modified

So, one of the favorite dishes in our house is Frikadellen. If you’re not familiar with the dish, it’s basically a German hamburger patty of sorts. Before I started Trim Healthy Mama, I would use traditional store-bought bread crumbs as a filler and to roll the patties in once formed. However, those are now out with THM. I had to find an alternative that would be on plan. After posting my question on the THM Beginners Facebook group (I highly recommend this group if you’re new to THM), I got several suggestions. I decided to toast up a Joseph’s Pita and use a bit of oatmeal. Once the pita was toasted, I put it in the Ninja. I added a bit of oatmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Then I blended it until it was a fine ground powder.

Here’s my THM modified version of Frikadellen:
1 pound ground beef
1-2 Joseph’s Pitas toasted and ground (you need about 1/4-1/2 cup)
1/2 small onion diced and sauteed or dried onion flakes (rehydrated)
1/4 cup almond milk (or other plan approved flavorless milk)
basil
salt
pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and form into small patties…any shape will work. Then, saute the patties on both sides in coconut oil and butter. Once they’re brown on both sides, transfer them into a dish and bake for 20-30 minutes until done.

Traditionally, I would roll the patties into additional bread crumbs before sauteeing them; however, I was a little afraid to do that since I hadn’t ever used a Joseph’s pita as bread crumbs. It didn’t affect the outcome at all.

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Let me know if you try this dish. It’s one of our favorites.

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.***