I’ll be honest… I got frustrated with Trim Healthy Mama a few weeks ago, which is why I decided to sort of put it on the back burner.
It was frustrating to see so many of my friends melting away SO FAST and me, trying as hard as I could, and not seeing the scale budge one tiny bit. I mean, seriously… friends reporting 50 or 80 pounds losses, THATFAST, and I would literally go two solid weeks without one cheat, dutifully eating my wasa bread and healthy pancakes while my family ate cookies and cinnamon roll pancakes, and I could not budge ONE OUNCE. It was so unfair.
And after much research and the counsel of wise friends, I have come up with five reasons why it may not be working, and what to do about it.
Starting with hormones… because sometimes, due to some hormonal imbalances you may have, your body just flat may not be able to do it in spite of your best efforts. The THM book touches on hormonal issues very little, pretty much just to say that “if you’re not losing you might need to get your hormones tested” but that advice kind of leaves you hanging. I’m not faulting Serene and Pearl at all; the book is long enough already without delving into every possible hormonal issue that might hinder your weight loss, know what I’m sayin’?
So where do you turn if you suspect hormonal issues?
And what if you can’t afford to have your hormones tested?
And what if your labs come back normal (as is the case a LOT) but deep down you KNOW something isn’t right with you… then what?
I hope I can help. 🙂 I have to tell you I’m no doctor, so please don’t misconstrue this post as any sort of medical advice; I just want to pass on what I know, what I’ve experienced personally, and what helped me.
My #1 Reason Trim Healthy Mama Might Not Be Working: Adrenal Fatigue.
For those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time, you already know the massive amount of stress I’ve been under since 2006. I won’t rehash all the details, but in the past seven years there has been encephalitis, a brain tumor, a divorce, poverty, then working two jobs, and pretty much hanging onto a cliff by my fingernails while a certain person took great joy in periodically stomping on my fingers. Then there was a remarriage, a surprise pregnancy four weeks later (at age 39), three moves, a massive remodel, death in the family, and a wildly erratic financial roller coaster.
I have had a fair amount of stress, is what I’m trying to say. Like, so much stress that the Holmes chart put me at high risk of serious illness. And while most of it was terrible stress, there has been GOOD stress too, REALLY great, blissfully happy stress, but even GOOD stress like a happy new marriage and a new baby is… STRESS. It still taxes your adrenal glands.
See, stress can be a good thing; God made stress to prompt your adrenal glands into fight or flight mode. But when you have SO much stress, for an extended period of time, it’s kind of like your adrenal glands get ‘locked’ into the TURBO position, and your body doesn’t know what to do and your adrenal glands get seriously fatigued, or can even completely fail.
And when that happens, even mild stress, like, say, having to pick up you friend’s kid from school, or running out of clean towels, can be TOO much to handle. Literally. If you have severe adrenal fatigue or failure, one tiny little inconvenience can make your body react like you’re a soldier in the trenches being fired upon by the enemy.
You break out into a sweat over EVERYTHING (literally). You breathe hard over EVERYTHING. You canNOT function. You CANNOT cope with ANYTHING, and WIG SMOOTH OUT even the SMALLEST of inconveniences. It paralyzes you. It ANGERS you; you might be CONSTANTLY, blood-boiling MAD, over virtually nothing. You either feel NUMB, or RAGE, with very little emotion in between. You stay in a state of chronic fatigue, and may even cry a lot over the dumbest of things, you can’t sleep, and your body causes you to crave sweets and carbs and chocolate and alcohol. Does this sound like you? These are all symptoms that I have had, or a couple of my very stressed out friends have experienced.
Adrenal fatigue, and adrenal exhaustion, is very real.
And I KNOW this, because I was there, ***and I fixed it,*** thanks to my wise friends who helped me.
It’s been a two-year-long period of trial and error.
Two years, and I believe my adrenal glands are ALMOST back to normal. I feel like me again. I can cope with stress without curling up under the coffee table and sucking my thumb. I’m laughing a WHOLE lot more, like my old self, and haven’t cried in minutes, or at least since I opened my last Christmas gift (but those were good tears). I am SLEEPING at night. And if I can sleep, I CAN DO THIS. And I’m ready to start THM again 100%.
HOW, YOU ASK?
I started with two books: The Diet Cure by Julia Ross, and The Mood Cure, also by Julia Ross.
The Diet Cure talks about the damage that has been done to your body by stress, most specifically the stress of being on one diet after another for decades, like so many of us have.
The Mood Cure talks about irrational moods that arise out of who-knows-where, and you can’t seem to shake.
I combined info from both of them to figure out my own supplement schedule, and what would help my own set of issues. I will tell you all about which supplements Julia recommends, and what they’re for, in another post, but meanwhile, you can order her books here (which I HIGHLY recommend, because I cannot possibly sum up the entire book in a blog post). I faithfully tried the supplements recommended in these books, adding some, subtracting others. It worked well for about six months, and at that time the effectiveness began to diminish.
At that time, out of a feeling of TOTAL desperation because I had tried EVERYTHING I knew to try, I caved in and called my Plexus friend. I know, I know… trust me, I know how you feel, because I was there. Total skeptic, totally turned off by the whole idea. But… DESPERATE, y’all. She sent me some Plexus, I tried it, and I was hooked. Turns out, blood sugar imbalances are a massive souce of stress on the body. Stress = adrenal fatigue. Plexus plus my Mood Cure supplements changed everything. For me, it’s the ultimate Adrenal Fatigue protocol. You can buy it here.
Other good books? Nourishing Traditions (useful info on whole, traditional foods for healing adrenals, and SO much more).
And the Prescription for Nutritional Healing (also good info).
And ALL of these books are VALUABLE resources to help you on your Trim Healthy Mama journey. So let’s do this thing, ok?
My Trim Healthy Mama store (with all my favorite THM products in one place)
My Mood/Diet Cure Store
My Book Store (LOTS of great books I love…)
For part two of my adrenal fatigue protocol click here!
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