Have you heard of Trim Healthy Mama? My friends have been raving about it, and I’m joining that parade. If you have weight to lose, or just want to be a healthier version of you, this is a review you want to read (and, a giveaway you want to enter!)
A little back story on how I became a Trim Healthy Mama:
I had my first son young. Like, really young (before you get any ideas- married young!). While I was pregnant with him, I craved milkshakes, and had at least one a day. Those milkshakes added up fast, and before I knew it, I gained WAY more than the recommended 25 pounds. But, I was young. The weight melted off in no time, and before I knew it, I was back in my skinny jeans.
After the third baby… well, the weight didn’t melt off. I haven’t changed my eating habits ever. I used to be a very thin girl, and then one morning, I woke up, and I was a mom. A mom, with about 40 extra pounds hanging around, and I had no idea how I got to this point.
I started to feel really bad about myself, but I am lucky to have a lot of wonderful friends. Some of my girlfriends were talking about this new book they had been reading called Trim Healthy Mama, and even more amazing, more than one of them lost significant amounts of weight.
I’m a skeptic by nature, but when I see many of my friends loose considerate amounts of weight, I sit up and pay attention. I joined the Facebook community for Trim Healthy Mama and started researching how it works. I started showing my husband the progress pictures members were posting. I bought the ebook version of Trim Healthy Mama, and I dove in.
In the first month, I lost 8 pounds. I lost 8 pounds with very little effort. I lost 8 pounds, and I didn’t even diet…. not really, anyways.
And… I did what I do best as a blogger- I wrote the company and asked them if I could pretty please share their book with my readers. Luckily, they said YES and offered to give one of you a copy of their book in exchange for my review (and also sent me a hard copy for myself, which has made using the recipes so much easier!).
How does it work?
In a nutshell, Trim Healthy Mama is about changing When you eat, and what you eat together. Your daily meals are broken down into 2 general meal types, Energizing meals with plenty of carbs, and Satisfying meals with plenty of healthy fats. As a rule, you don’t want to eat a lot of fats and carbs together in the same meal, and wait three hours between meals to switch from one type of meal to the next.
This means I still get to eat butter, and cheese, and all sorts of good fats… I just don’t eat them on bread, or pasta.
I can still eat bread, but I choose whole grain, and I choose a lean veggie soup instead of a cream based one.
You also should avoid “whites”- White sugar, white flour, potatoes, regular pastas.
The other biggie is to choose foods with a low glycemic index. White sugar is on the “avoid” list- which means this plan is great for diabetics and others who are limiting their sugar intake.
I’m not a nutritionist, so I am not even going to go into the “why” of these things. In general, even though it may sound complicated when you first jump in, the rules can be simplified into those three things:
- Don’t eat fats with carbs (but do eat both good fats, and whole grain carbs separately)
- Avoid white foods
- Choose foods with very low/no sugar content
There’s No Way to Fail if You Try
I’ve gotten creative with what I eat, and how I put it together, but I really haven’t had to give anything up. That’s because one of the biggest concepts in the book (in my opinion) is that even when you do make a poor food choice (by doing something like eating traditional pizza- carbs AND bad fats together?) you’re only ever 3 hours away from getting back to your Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle.
I’m not a purist. I struggle sometimes staying on plan. I’m a person who loves sweets, and all that sugar is a no-no. I also love to eat fancy food when we travel, and don’t often take into account the plan when I am out and about. That means that yes, sometimes I make “bad” food choices just because they feel good to me. Sometimes, I do eat sugary chocolate cake, or a slice of pizza. I don’t do it often, but I do it (maybe once or twice a week) and I don’t get down on myself.
I wait my three hours, and then I get back to making good food choices. Even “cheating” the way I do, with a couple bad meals here or there, I still lost 8 pounds the first month. I think it’s huge to recognize that even being a “cheater” like I am, this plan, and switching between Energizing and Satisfying meals revved up my metabolism, and the extra weight is still melting off.
What’s in the Book?
Trim Healthy Mama is a 600 page book. It’s HUGE. When it first arrived, I really thought there is no way I would find time to read it, let alone understand how to make this work, but I promise, it’s not as bad as it looks. It’s a pleasant read, it’s easy to understand, and much of the book is recipes.
Part 1: Gain the Knowledge: This section has all the background information on why Trim Healthy Mama works, and why what you have already been doing probably isn’t working.
Part 2: Practice the Knowledge: This is the section that really breaks down how to be a Trim Healthy Mama. When you get the book, if you want to dig right in, start here. Chapters 7,8 and 9 really spell out the basic ideas that you need to get started. This section also shows you how this plan isn’t a diet, so much as a change for life, how you can do this on a budget, and gives more information on the science of how it works.
Part 3: Join us in the Kitchen: This section is large, and has a TON of recipes to help you get started easily. Many of these recipes are for “specialty” items, like oatmeal based pancakes (since the white flour ones are not going to help you stay trim), and other foods that fill a special niche in the plan. Many of them call for substitute sweeteners since sugar is off-plan. You can eat the Trim Healthy Mama way without these sweeteners, but I have found this recipe section invaluable for when I have a craving for something I know I shouldn’t eat (like cake, pizza or pancakes).
Part 4: Our Past and Present: This section explains where the authors are coming from and how they became Trim Healthy Mamas.
Part 5: More than Food: This final section goes beyond the Trim Healthy Mama diet. The authors discuss everything from fitness, sex, hormones, pregnancy, and yes, even sex.
I’m totally cringing at sharing these pictures with you guys, but I told myself if I was going to do this as a review, I was going to give it my all- and that includes showing you that I really did get results.
At first, I was thinking I didn’t have any “before” picture to share- and then I remembered this one. This blue dress is my favorite. When I bought it, it was really loose all over. And then I saw this picture. It was taken this fall, and all of a sudden, I had that tire around my middle. I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t even look like ME! The “After” picture was taken this morning on my way out the door.
I can’t believe how different the side by side pictures look! After about 8 weeks on plan, that tire is much, much smaller. My clothes fit much better. I have more energy, and my sugar cravings don’t happen as often as they used to. I feel fabulous, and I think I am starting to look much more like me! I still have probably 20-30 more pounds to lose, but I am well on my way to being a Trim Healthy Mama!
Getting Started With Trim Heathy Mama
When you get your book, if you want to dig into the plan right away (and feel intimidated by the 600 page book!) start by reading chapter 7 (go for the plan), chapter 8 (satisfying meals) and chapter 9 (energizing meals). These three chapters will give you the basis of understanding what an “S” meal is, and what an “E” meal is.
Basically, know that “S” meals have healthy, good for you fats, and almost no carbs, and “E” meals have good carbs, but almost no fat. Aim to have one “S” or “E” meal each day, and slowly work up to having more on plan meals each day. Check the recipe section for help finding what to eat. My personal favorites are the “E” pancakes, the egg breakfasts, and the veggie sides with some grilled lean meats.
While you used to eating on plan for a meal or two a day, dig into the book starting with Chapter 1. The first section is a pretty easy read, and hopefully will help motivate you. Once you have “E” and “S” meals down, start reading chapter 10, and continue on with the rest of the book.
You can also look for support groups on Facebook (start with the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook page, and do a search there for specific support groups) where thousands of other Trim Healthy Mamas share their experiences and recipes.