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I have the Trim Healthy Mama book. Someone purchased it for me last year. It’s huge. That’s an understatement. The larger book is 607 pages. There are 10 pages of ‘introduction’, then 208 pages of teaching/talking. Next is 212 pages of recipes, telling what type they are, with a TON more chatter. THEN, there is 128 pages of talk about women’s issues, supplements, exercise. The type of things you talk about with your friends once you’ve known each other for a good while. Ten pages of ‘questions’, Six pages of Serene and Pearl giving tips and saying ‘goodbye’. That’s a lot of stuff for one book.
Here is a link to the smaller, less talkative Trim Healthy Mama book and it’s newer.
For me, the very disturbing part is they tell people to use this vitamin or that supplement and in what dosages, yet they do not cite where they obtained this information, nor is one of them a qualified herbalist, nutritionist, dietician or medical person. There is also no bibliography.
They only suggest three, very pricey, supplement companies. I’m giving you links to three companies I have sold and done business with for years. The products are great and the companies really care about producing a high quality product. They are:
Pure Essence Labs – their Pure Calcium Drink is awesome and works right away for calming heart palpitations. I’ve used their AdrenalStability, Stress and other products for a decade.
Trace Minerals Research – their electrolyte stamina packs, aka Vitamin C are better than that other brand. The mineral drops, colloidal silver. You just can’t get better quality. I’ve been using this company about 10 years as well.
Now Foods – is another great one. You have to watch prices on this one though regarding oils and other things. But not for supplements. I’ve been using this company for 25 years.
It seems hundreds of people have taken weight off eating this way. AND they are even happy about it. Apparently they don’t feel deprived. I think that is the biggest problem with diets or new ways of eating. We feel deprived. So while there seems to be a pretty steep learning curve on what you can eat, when, it’s obviously doable and rewards come quickly for some, but they always come. Don’t look at your scale they say, look at how your clothes fit. It’s not just weight removal, [we don’t want to LOSE it only to FIND it do we? ] it’s inches removal. Bloat, fat, excess.
I think Trim Healthy Mama falls under the category of high protein, low carb, no sugar diets with the twist of having recipes and telling us when to eat it and what not to combine it with. Let’s face if, if we stop eating sugar, white anything, very low carbs and high protein and stick to it, we’ll take weight off. Why don’t we? Because it’s hard. I think THM has made it easier with recipes and Facebook groups and how to. Support.
The Nitty Gritty – Sugars
No sugar. Sweeteners only. Whatever you can stomach. For some, erythritol works well in very cold foods. I recently purchased and used some of Treleafia. It’s much better than others, but with the stevia in it, I just can’t stomach it. It makes my tongue numb and the bitterness shines through. But, due to my super sensitive nose, my taste buds are highly attuned to ‘off’ things as well.
WAY back when, like 7-10 years ago I was researching Trehalose. There was NO company in the USA that sold it and no one made it for human consumption. Fast forward to now, and that link will take you to Amazon selling it. I’m going to purchase some and mix it with Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener on my own. [most of you know me and know I’m a huge DIY’er] Without the stevia it might work. That link will take you to the brand that is really good and it’s cheaper than in the packets. Know this though, it only takes a miniscule amount of monk fruit to sweeten something.
Trim Healthy Mama says to use xylitol as a sweetener or any other sugar alcohol. Xylitol will kill your dog 1-2-3, that fast if they ingest any of it. Google it. Many people get the runs or gas/bloated when ingesting the sugar alcohols. Anything with ‘ol’ on it. Sorbitol, erythritol, xylitol, mannitol, insotol. THM doesn’t warn you about the dog aspect. I’m not sure if they say anything about the digestive upset.
Nothing white, except they have you eating white rice on one of their recipes, go figure. White milk is fine as long as it’s 1% [not in my house] or if it’s kefir. With kefir any fat content less than 2% tastes crummy. They say you can have kefir. [they also say to rinse the grains and they are wrong, do not rinse your grains, no matter how slimy they get. That ‘slime’ is kefiran, very very good stuff, means the grains are healthy]
Breads – sprouted only if store bought. This means the bread you eat will be brown unless it’s fermented, homemade sourdough.
They have three meals. S for satisfying, supposedly feeling fuller. E for energizing, FP for fuel pull, which helps to snap the metabolism to attention to make the body take weight off faster/start again after a plateau. And snacks.
Since I am just beginning in this, I will fill in the gaps as I go. The information below is the amount of carbs, fats or proteins PER MEAL.
Carbs: Fats: Proteins:
S Meal 10g no limit, use 5-20g
common sense. Change
up the fats
E Meal 45g 5g-not counting the lil bit 5-20g
in lean meat
FP Meal 10g 5g-not counting the lil bit 5.-20g
in lean meat
Common sense: Drink at least 64 oz of water a day. Wash toxins out of the body and hydrate the organs. Splenda, aka sucralose, causes leukemia [scientific study], use at your own risk.
I will post more as I learn more on how to make this way of eating work. What it means, etc. I hope this has helped you figure things out a bit more.
I’m going to start this ‘way of eating’ as opposed to saying ‘diet’, soon. If you want to start, take your measurments. I took everything. Calf, thigh – 3 inches above knee and just above knee, upper arm, neck and all the other usual places.