December 27, 2016

THM Menu... Getting back on track

A little nibble won't hurt.  I'm worth getting a treat every now and then.  I'm on vacation.  I'm stressed.  I'm tired.  I was really active today.  It's Christmas.

These are just a few of the things that I've either said or thought over the last 4-6 months, and have contributed to me sliding ever-so-quietly off THM, or Trim Healthy Mama.
Yes, I'm a die hard THM fan for life.  Yes, I'm still an admin in the groups and know the plan quite well.  Yes, I know what works for me and what my body needs.

BUT... as I've always said... sometimes losing and maintaining weight has more to do with what's in your head and the constant emotional pull that food has on us.  This time of year, it is so much easier to justify that bite because it is tradition or a memory that holds meaning for us, but bite after bite adds up.  The stress and busyness of the season change our hormones and it is all an endless cycle that leads to weight gain, bloat and generally feeling bad.

I've been on THM for 4 years and have never really had issues with this until this year.  I was a couple pounds up for my Trimaversary, pictured here, but it really spiralled in the last several weeks. Life has been busy and  I've allowed stress to rule and if I can go 1 day fully on THM, then it has been a miracle but also seems the reason to eat horribly the next day it seems.

So for confession.... I'm actually up about 10 pounds as of today.  Much of it is bloat and inflammation from eating poorly.  My photos don't look like I've gained much, but I can feel the bloat in my face and belly and can feel the spiral of gain growing.

I've taken time to evaluate why I'm making these choices and working on solutions.

I need a plan, and in addition to THM, I have also fallen off the consistent exercise wagon as well.  I've got that going, but I also realize that food is so much more important than exercise.  What we choose to fuel our lives is always the key.  So here's my menu for the week.
I tend to make family meals based off of what is in my freezer or on sale at the local grocery.  This week was chicken breast meat so it will have a heavy presence here.  I'd call this No Special Ingredients, but I find that is a very subjective term.
My family eats what I cook, but as I have 3 skinny, active kids who need to gain, I round their meals out with healthy crossover choices.

Links to recipes are either my recipes or will be from the THM books or membership site.   If you don't have the books or are wanting to try out some official recipes go HERE.
Not all meals will have non-starchies, but this is and should always be a goal.  I'm trying to keep it real here, and I find that eating at the cafeteria at work is limiting for veggies or berries for breakfast.
I will also add that there is no rhyme or reason as to the meal combinations.  I go with what I think will be a healthy daily menu based on what I have on hand.  Planning a menu in advance helps me to see if I'm having too many of one fuel type and helps me to know to switch it out and change my fuels.

I enjoy the GGMS (sipper) throughout the day with water.

B- Cheese eggs with Bacon (S)
L- Broccoli Chicken Casserole (S) Membership site recipe
S- Fat Stripping Frappa, Original book
D- Cabb and Saus (S)  Membership site recipe, Cookbook

B- Creamy Quinoa (S-helper) Original book
L-  Salad with poached salmon (S) Original book
S- DeToxifying Smoothie (FP)
D-  Chicken curry with brown rice (E)

B- Oatmeal (E) Original book
L- Avo Bacon Noodle Toss (S)
S- Cheesecake berry Crunch (S)
D- Pearl's Wicked White Chili (E) Cookbook

B-  Cheese Eggs and Bacon (S)
L-  Confetti Quinoa (E) Made with chicken breast meat, not turkey this week!
S- Pink Smoothie (E)
D-  Salmon patties with sauteed cabbage (S) Original book for crabby/salmon patties.  I use my old recipe from pre-thm and sub ground rolled oats for flour.

B-  All flax version of Muffin in a Mug (S)
L-  Loaded Fotato Soup (FP)
S-  Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D- Pepperoni Spaghetti Squash (S)

B-  Trim Healthy Pancakes (E)
L-  Cheesy Burger Soup (S)
S-  Festive Pink Smoothie (FP)
D- Balsamic Chicken with quinoa (E) Cookbook

B-  Hash and Eggs (S)  Membership site recipe
L-  Pimento Cheese on ezekiel bread with side of broccoli salad (S-helper)
S-  Pineapple upside down cake  (E)
D-  Mediterranean Chicken Stew with a side spinach salad (S)

I'm all about making things simple.  This is my personal menu and plan for the week.  Sometimes there might be unanticipated left-overs that I will sub for another meal the next day, but I try to not plan on them so that there is a larger variety of food.
I've tried to include recipes, both official and my own, that are available for free.  THM is a very accessible plan and Pearl and Serene have offered so many recipes for free.  So just imagine how many gems are in their books as well as the membership site!
I get nothing monetary from sharing any of this.  I just believe in sharing a good thing, especially if it promotes health and well-being!

Fake Curry of Life

Sometimes I wonder how I get thru life.  I mainly blog because I can't keep up with things, especially recipes.
One of our favorites is a chicken curry that I thought was posted here.  Turns out I was wrong.

The anime show Naruto is a staple at our house and this recipe came about at the same time we were in the "Curry of Life" arc.  While this isn't one of the best story lines, we made the best of it by creating our own curry of life that is obviously a fake curry as I am neither a native or expert in my curry preparation.  This recipe is made from ground spices, not whole, traditionally roasted ones so it is easy for western kitchens.
I do know what we enjoy though, and this curry is one that is pretty easy to prepare and is absolutely delicious.
It is actually a FP on THM, but I add rice to make it E.  Also google and read up on how great turmeric and black pepper are for inflammation!  It's not just tasty, but so good for you!
And as always, feel free to alter and adjust the seasonings per your taste.  These are all simply suggestions and the general direction I tend to go.

Fake Curry of Life
Serves 6-8

2 tsp coconut oil
2 pounds chicken breast meat cut into cubes
5 cups, or 3-4 zucchini cut into small cubes
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tsp turmeric, ground
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
14 oz crushed or diced tomatoes
1/3 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt (optional)

In a large frying pan, cook chicken in oil till cooked thru over med-high heat.  A little brown is good.
Add the dry spices and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the tomatoes and stir to combine and make a fabulous sauce.  You may also add a little chicken stock if you like.  This bumps up the nutrition a little.
Add the onions and zucchini.  Stir well and simmer for 20-30 minutes till cooked.  You can leave it on low heat for a while and let the flavors develop.
Stir the yogurt in before serving.
Serve alone as a FP or over brown basmati rice or chana dal for an E.