November 24, 2014

Trimaversary!

I'm celebrating my 2 year Trimaversary this week.  A Trimaversary is the term used by those of us who have discovered Trim, Healthy Mama and are celebrating our time on plan.  This week marks 2 years on plan for me.
I am excited to say that living on THM has helped me to have the life I want. I've learned not to be a slave to food, had energy for whatever life throws at me, and can run and keep up with my family.
I started at 186 pounds, reached my goal over a year, and have maintained over the last year with my current weight of 142. 
For me, it was just about reading the book, eating from the food lists, and listening to my body. 

Trim, Healthy Mama isn't a diet.  It is a life plan.  It is a way of eating healthy, with foods of your choice, in a way that you customize just for you.  It is a plan to obtain healthy with trimness being a natural side effect.  The key with this program is learning the combinations that will meet your needs.
I've successfully lost weight while following the recommendations while helping my 12 year old son gain using the same principles.
THM isn't about deprivation.  It isn't about no carbs or no fat extremes.  It isn't about a one-size-fits-all mentality.  

At one point in my early 40s, I had come to accept that I was always going to be chubby despite running and yo-yo'ing between being veganism and other whole food extremes.  I had no hope in ever feeling truly fit because of my size. 
Thankfully, I don't even know that person anymore.

I know that many people are busy, but I am 45, married with 3 homeschooled kids from 16-2, and I also work regularly as a nurse. I'm busy, but I know that my future and my health are things to value. I'm still learning to deal with stress, but thankfully, eating is no longer my go to response.

And treats? I've learned it isn't a treat if it makes you feel bad. There are too many other, positive things that can make you feel good, why ruin things with junk? 

THM has made being fit not just a possibility, but my reality.
There are several aspects of my life that are still in process, and I'm constantly learning.
I'm just very thankful for Pearl and Serene for sharing their research.

November 21, 2014

Good Girl Fire Cider?

I have to admit that I have become a total addict to Trim, Healthy Mama's Good Girl Moonshine (GGMS).
But like many things in life, I have issues with contentment and things staying the same.
I also love when one part of my life smacks into another one.  I love what THM has done for me, and I love studying and learning more about herbs as well.

One night as I was making yet another cup of GGMS to sip, I caught sight of my fire cider that has been overdue for straining and use.

I had a great idea.

Why not use the fire cider, that is in an apple cider vinegar base, instead of just plain ACV?
Fire cider is amazing stuff.  The recipe has been around for years, and it is one of the most simple and  effective herbal preparations you can make.
Here's a basic recipe.

No special ingredients needed.  Most everything can be found at your local grocery store.  And if you don't have everything on the list?  Doesn't matter.  Put what you find in the jar, let it sit, strain, and enjoy!

Mine is overly red because I had many hot, red peppers in my garden this summer, but hat is part of the greatness of this immune building tonic.

Directions:  So to make my GGMS into GGFC (Good Girl Fire Cider), I use fire cider without honey, ginger (I like the added amount) and stevia to taste.

So now I have not just a tasty drink with some good properties, but a spicy, warming drink with even more health benefits!


November 11, 2014

Are You Really a Purist?

I hate to admit this, but I actually tend to like rules.  Yes, I also like to question them, but for the most part I find lines of right and wrong somehow satisfying.  I find that knowing there are absolutes in life to be a good thing.
One thing that I have learned with Trim, Healthy Mama is that there are some rules, but how you integrate those rules is up to each person.
The thing is, following the rules doesn't make you a Purist.  Following the rules heals your body and can help you become healthy inside and out.  Following the rules just means you are eating and living by the principles discussed in the book.

Being a Purist is a choice in what ingredients you choose.  You can eat whole, natural foods as they are grown or harvested and be true to THM, or you can choose to eat conveniently processed or fast foods.
THM is about giving you choices to create a healthy life.  It is about finding freedom in food, not being a slave to ingredients.

A food purist on THM is someone who might spend their time grinding their own wheat to make their own sourdough bread or can the tomatoes that they grew in their own garden for use throughout the year.  A purist is the homecook who doesn't take shortcuts and feels that food quality is worth the extra effort.
Purist, home canned tomatoes
Purist, fresh veggies and nuts
Purist homemade sourdough starter
The non-Purist might be a working mom who is used to a certain level of convenience in her food.  She doesn't care to learn to make her own cheese and doesn't have time to babysit a sourdough starter.  A non-purist will buy a jar of sauce and use Reddi-whip while enjoying the low-carb tortillas and Joseph's pitas that are on plan.  She likes Laughing Cow cheese wedges and might stop by Subway for lunch out.

Cute, but NOT purist!
Non purist!  Dreamfields pasta is yummy and on plan, but is a convenience food!
Purist soup made with fresh, homegrown veggie, but
the low carb, store bought tortilla is an on-plan convenience food.

I personally find comfort in knowing I can be as hard-core a Purist as I would like or live at my convenience and stay on plan.  Success on THM isn't about eating someone else's way.  What you eat and how you combine it are important, but I can choose what is best for me.  It is the power of having that choice that I personally find liberating.  I don't care to ever be a slave to food again.

Staying true to the principles of Trim, Healthy Mama and how the plan looks for you is your choice.  THM allows you to take shortcuts or to be as pure with ingredients as you wish to be.  It also allows you to be somewhere in between as well as there are no set rules when it comes to food purity.  

THM has "vastly different approaches that will show you that you don’t
have to be a “certain type” to attain health and a sleek waistline." The book provides the reader
"opinions and choices on menu ideas so you can implement them to fit your own lifestyle."
There is room for everyone.  Staying on plan doesn't make you a Purist, but simply makes you on plan.
(quotes from Trim, Healthy Mama page xix)

November 4, 2014

A Week at Goal-Menu Plan

I've been at goal for over a year now.  I did gain a few pounds and going strictly on plan slammed them off very quickly, and then I found myself dropping more weight.

I think that when I got to goal I felt like pushing the boundaries a bit.  I think I wanted to see how far I could go over the line and gain or not gain.  I was thinking that I am pretty healthy with a good metabolism.  I exercise.  Shouldn't I get to cheat here and there with a treat?
Or maybe daily if every now and then is okay?
Maybe I don't have to play by the rules and eat every 3-5 hours.  Maybe I can skip here and there and then go 2 hours between others.

The thing is, when you start cheating, you really start cheating yourself.  
The 5 oz of dry red wine turned into half a bottle.  Sweet potatoes became kettle chips.  Nachoes included fried corn chips not a low carb wrap option.
I think my lab results were what helped me to realize I needed to grow up and get it together.  I know what I'm supposed to do and I just needed to do it.

But the question is, how do you continue doing Trim, Healthy Mama at goal weight?

Chances are that your week looks like will look very different from mine.  THM has helped me to realize that we all are different and what my body needs is different from yours.
What my week looks like now is also very different from when I started THM or even a year ago when I reached my goal.
I'm 45 years old now.  I exercise and I work a few days a week as well.
I'm no longer nursing a baby, but I try to stay active each day in some way.  I don't have any health issues or metabolic problems either.  All of these factors play into what THM will look like for you.

This is what my typical week might look like. I do all fuel types, of Satsifying (S), Energizing (E), Fuel Pulls (FP) along with S-helpers and crossovers.
My work days are 2-3 days a week for 12 hr shifts and that alters my eating schedule, but I've found I feel so much better on plan, that I'd rather just not cheat myself.  I do sometimes order out, but it is always a salad that will be on plan.  I skip the pasta, Chinese food and donuts that always seem to appear in the break room.

I currently do not drink alcohol, but drink the Good Girl Moonshine daily and will have the Shrinker made with green tea once a week.  I find that the Shrinker causes me to lose and while I enjoy sipping tea, it is too much for my system.


Day 1: 
breakfast: muffin in a mug (MIM) and coffee/half and half (S)
lunch: chicken breast meat with salsa, rice (full E serving), low-fat sour cream, cheddar (I call it a crossover)
snack: cheesecake blintz with berries(S)
dinner: salad with taco meat, cheddar, veggies, salsa, ranch dressing (S) I break up 2-3 chips over the top for crunch (and I do use the fried ones)
snack: if still hungry, 2 wasa with laughing cow and 1 piece of lean cold cut (FP)
Fall flavors Muffin in a mug

Day 2
breakfast:  Coco-Banana MIM, coffee/half and half (S)
lunch: egg salad (1 egg with mayo) on joseph's pita with half a banana (crossover)
snack: pineapple MIM cake (E)
dinner: chili with beans topped with some cheese- (crossover)
snack: probably not hungry, but a small cube of cheese if I am (FP)

Day 3:
breakfast: MIM, coffee/half and half (S)
lunch: spaghetti squash with parm and butter (S)
snack: yogurt berries (fp)
dinner: salmon patties (S), sweet potatoes roasted in red palm oil (Crossover) and some green peas (Crossover meal)
snack: wasa, laughing cow, cold cut (if hungry)

Day 4. (work day)
breakfast: sandwich and half a banana/coffee with half and half (crossover)
lunch: turkey with quinoa and bbq sauce (E)
snack: protein bar (crossover)
dinner: Cobb salad (S)
snack: yogurt with berries (FP)

Day 5
breakfast: MIM, coffee/half and half (S)
lunch: taco salad (S) I usually crunch up 2-4 chips on top (day 1 dinner)
snack: pineapple MIM cake (E)
dinner: omelet with veggies and smoked sausage in a tortilla (S)
snack: none
Spaghetti squash with mozzarella and pepperoni (S)

Day 6. Work day
breakfast: sandwich and half a banana/coffee with half and half (crossover)
lunch: cobb salad (S)
snack: yogurt with berries (FP)
dinner: spaghetti squash with mozz and pepperoni (S)
dessert (late dinner) pineapple cake (E) So whole meal is crossover
Turkey Confetti Quinoa

Day 7. Work day
breakfast: sandwich and half a banana/coffee with half and half (crossover)
lunch: Turkey Confetti Quinoa (E)
snack: yogurt with berries (FP)
dinner: salad with meat and cheese and veggies (S)
snack: skinny chocolate dipped in peanut butter (S)