Wednesday, June 12, 2013

10 Tips to Make Trim Healthy Mama Easier.



My Trim Healthy Mama journey has been one of stops and starts.  

Oh, I could make you a LONG list of excuses as to why I've been a big fat cheater...it's a big book... nursing a baby... we just moved ... we're remodeling a house... but I hate excuses. As Dr. Walker, one of my college professors, used to say, "We don't deal in excuses. We deal in responsibility."

Since ain't nobody doing this for me, clearly it's MY responsibility. And I think, after weeks of trial and failure, I finally found my groove.

Here are ten things that help me DO THIS THM thing that I wish I had known about from Day One: 





10. Laughing Cow Cheese. I had never bought this stuff before, but Trim Healthy Mama mentions it a LOT. It has 1.5 grams of fat, 1 carb, and 2 grams of protein. In other words = it's practically FREE, as far as calories go. You can use it as an S, E, or FP. I use it as a snack on Wasa crisps, on my Ezekiel toast under a fried egg for breakfast, or (my personal fave) instead of mayonnaise on a (plan-approved) sandwich. This is valuable, versatile stuff, and they sell it in bulk at Sam's or Amazon here. I stock up on this.



9. Bread. I stumble a lot used to stumble a lot because of bread. Red Lobster Biscuits, Johnny Carino's bread, my Aunt Carol's rolls at the family reunion... bread accounts for 90% of my excess poundage, right there. Unfortunately on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, you can't eat that stuff often if EVER (on ANY plan, really) but I DO have to have my bread. And I have never been wowed by much low-carb cardboard bread, until the day I discovered these Cheesy Rolls. As a bread connoisseur, trust me when I say... THESE. ARE. GOOD. They can be used as sandwich buns or just a side to your salad. So if you're like me and MUST have bread, master this recipe for Cheesy Garlic Rolls here.



8. Glucomannan. If you follow Trim Healthy Mama on Facebook, you'll see a lot of people saying that you don't HAVE to have this stuff. And technically you don't HAVE to. But we're talking helpful hints here, and it's my helpful opinion that this stuff is AMAZING. Never heard of Glucomannan? GOOGLE IT. It's a wonderful and HEALTHY appetite suppressant, GREAT for many facets of your health, AND can be used as a thickener (including in my Cheesy Rolls recipe) and you will definitely want to have it on hand when you're craving something sweet and perusing the pages of THM looking at the dessert recipes. You can get Glucomannan at Amazon here. 




7. Skinny Chocolate and Other Sweet stuff. If you've read my blog for any length of time you KNOW my weaknesses. Sigh. I've learned the hard way that I MUST keep THM-approved sweets in the house or I succumb to that Evil Tempter, Oreo. I KNOW me, and I KNOW that I must have Skinny Chocolate in the house at all times, or Trim Healthy Peanut Clusters (recipe coming soon). I just must. That's all. So invest in some Coconut Oil (I like Tropical Traditions), some good-quality baking chocolate (I like Ghirardelli), some cocoa (again, Ghirardelli is my fave) and some xylitol because all chocolate desserts taste best with xylitol (learned the hard way) you'll be set to deal with your sweet tooth when your whole family is eating Oreo Truffles or Chocolate Cake RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. And they willBe prepared. Skinny Chocolate Recipe here. 


6. Good Girl Moonshine. I love water. But every once in a while, I crave a Coke or a Diet Dr. Pepper. And while every once in a while those things won't kill you, they ARE full of maldoxitoxins (Michael's made-up word for chemical junk that's bad for you) and EVERYBODY knows maldoxitoxins make you fat. But SOMETIMES you just need a  beverage other than water. Enter Good Girl Moonshine. Don't let the name fool you; there's no alcohol involved, just {and I know it sounds gross, but it is NOT, trust me} ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar, both of which are LOADED with health benefits and are both natural appetite suppressants, and together they make a refreshing beverage with a kick to it. I wrote about Good Girl Moonshine for Modern Alternative Kitchen, and that recipe will be published there soon. Meanwhile, check the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook page for more info.  If you NEED a beverage, do NOT let maldoxitoxin-filled soda derail your diet for you. 

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5. Breakfast Go-To: Cheesecake Berry Crunch. This is a recipe I adapted from THM and I eat it almost every morning because it is SO easy and has four ingredients that I toss into my food processor, give it a whir, and BAM, there's breakfast in about 30 seconds. It's portable too. I know for many of us, breakfast is the hardest meal to eat healthy... and if you're like me, if you derail at breakfast, you might at well blow the whole day, right? DON'T DO IT. Four ingredients, all of which I stock up on and keep on hand, and there you have it. The recipe is over at Modern Alternative Kitchen. 



4. Pancakes. Two kinds. Because breakfast is important. If you want an E (energizing) breakfast, make Trim Healthy Pancakes. If you want an S (satisfying, low-carb) breakfast, make Emily's S Pancakes. My family loves them both, but they ESPECIALLY love Emily's Pancakes. They're BOTH good spread with a tiny bit of Polaner's All Fruit with Fiber, or Gwen's Berry Syrup. You will NEVER miss the bear-shot-with-a-tranquilizer-dart feeling of eating biscuit-mix pancakes dripping with nasty corn syrup again. 
E Pancakes here

S Pancakes here



3. Snacks. You'll find the ones you like, but I try to always keep on hand Wasa crisps (they're Fuel Pull or E depending on how many you eat), almonds (you can eat them alone or in your Berry Cheesecake Crunch), cottage cheese (even if you don't like it, it's a staple in lots of THM recipes) and... um....  ahem... pork rinds. When the fam is eating Cheetos, you don't want to cave in and derail  your diet, do you? Pork rinds are carb-free, an S snack, and because they have only two ingredients, are considered by some to be a WHOLE FOOD. Not for every day use; think helpful hint. The willpower to bypass the Cheetos. There are worse things. And you can even make S pancakes out of them



2. Master your GOOD sweeteners. I've only used NOW brand Stevia, but I use both the liquid and the powder depending on what I'm doing. I learned the hard way that THREE DROPS will sweeten your coffee, and any more than that makes it bitter. If you taste bitterness, back off of the Stevia. The book mentions NuNaturals and Truvia; I have never used those and you don't HAVE to use those. I also like Xylitol, like I mentioned above. ANYTHING chocolate tastes better with Xylitol (thank you, Melissa H., for filling me in on this). In Skinny Chocolate, use five teaspoons in place of the Stevia. It's pricey, but you don't use much. After you're used to these ALL NATURAL, HEALTHY sweeteners, the taste of sugar is almost overpoweringly, sickeningly sweet, which makes it easier to stick to the THM plan. You can get Stevia here and Xylitol here



1. Supplements. I'm obviously not a doctor, but these are a few things that have helped me; I try to take these things every day and I can tell a significant difference in my energy levels, cravings, and sleep if I skip them.

And that's it... the ten most helpful things I could think of on this Trim Healthy Mama Journey we're on. Hope this helps you too. 

EDITED to say that the SINGLE most helpful thing that has helped me out on my THM journey and cranked up my weight loss was adding Plexus Slim. Read more about my Plexus Slim story here. Join my team here

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24 comments:

Gwen said...

I'm making those cheese rolls TONIGHT!

Val Staples said...

Thank you for posting this. I've had my THM book since October, and I did really well starting off, but I'm flatlining at this point. This is incredibly helpful, and I'm going to get some xylitol and give skinny chocolate another go. ;)
V

Judio30 said...

Great tips here, thanks!!

Judio30 said...

Great tips here, thanks!!

Judio30 said...

Great tips here, thanks!!

Rikki said...

Thanks for posting! I have read the book, follow the fb group and just halfheartedly try the plan. :)

jeanine feldkamp said...

If you are close to an aldi, they have 50% less faq spreadable cheese wedges that are EXACTLY like the laughing cow for about 1/2 the price!!

Nadine said...

What all do you use glucomannon in? I have it but don't find myself using it much.

Melissa from the Blue House said...

Jeanine Feldkamp, I don't live anywhere near an Aldi's! :( I love the idea of 1/2 the price tho. I usually buy my Laughing Cow at Sam's!

Melissa from the Blue House said...

Nadine, Glucomannan is a fairly recent discovery for me. I use it in the cheesy rolls, but I've seen it listed in LOTS of the dessert recipes... the puddings mostly. I'm looking for more ways to experiment with using it in place of white flour as a thickener!

Debbie said...

Thanks for these great tips. I've been dipping my toe in for the last few weeks and it's so nice to see blogs like yours that are so helpful.

Marci Ferrell said...

Thank you for a great post Melissa!

Stacy said...

Thank you so much for linking up at Trim Healthy Tuesday! This is a really great list. :-)
And I'm with you - Laughing Cow Cheese is AWESOME!
~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

Sydney said...

That list is terrific. I will be trying those cheesy rolls this week!!

Jenni said...

VERY helpful post. Thank you! :)

PAS said...

These are great tips!! I'm going to work on a few of these this weekend.

Lisa said...

"Bear shot with a dart" hahaaaha. I have so been there! :) thanks for the post.

Lisa said...

You have a great sense of humor!! I know the bear shot with a dart feeling well, hahaa.

Pure Anada said...

Just the boost of encouragement I needed! Thanks!

Alisa said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I keep hearing everyone talk about how easy this plan is, and well... I haven't found it to be quite THAT easy! This post got me really excited to try it again! (And you officially have a new stalker) ;)

KJMcCoon said...

Thanks for the advice, but I'm kind of lost on a few issues here. I have a lactose problem, so I don't think I can eat any of the laughing cow cheeses. (I won't tell you how sad that makes me!) I also cannot eat xylitol. I tried to make skinny chocolate with Truvia, but it sends me to the bathroom, and that's not gonna make me skinny! (though through reasoning it should, but it doesn't! LOL) So, how do I make the skinny chocolate taste less bitter while having to use stevia? And the last one: I use flax oil for my omega 3s since I am allergic to fish (that's the only thing I actually have an answer for!) I'd appreciate any advice you might have! THANKS!

Kim said...

Terrific post for THM beginners! The rolls Look AMAZING!

Charity Dunlap said...

This is a great top 10 list!! I'm going to have to try the biscuits! I DO so miss my bread! :) Thanks for the great tips!

Melissa Cruz said...

Hello, would the Berry Crunch breakfast be an s or an E? Thanks

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