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Friday, May 10, 2013

Trim Healthy Mama Book Review

Trim Healthy Mama Book Review

 Have you heard of this book? A friend introduced it to me back in February when it was only 5 months old. At first I thought "Oh another one of those books that tells you if you just reduce your calories you will lose weight". Not so. This book was a surprising breath of fresh air in the dieting world! It is all the best parts of things I have been reading about recently, put together in a coherent way.

 The authors come from a background of trying many different styles of eating and after years of research have come up with a healthy way of eating that you can use for life. They help you understand how your body sees food, so that you can lose weight, gain weight, stay at goal weight or even maintain a healthy pregnancy weight. And all while eating delicious food (yes, I meant that, it is delicious), the kind of food you eat and say "Am I really losing weight?" and you look at the results and you are For example there are many variations of Skinny Chocolate, basically a sugar free homemade chocolate that promotes weight loss. =) It is the biggest temptation buster out there!

 Peanut Butter Cup version of Skinny Chocolate


 You are probably wondering how this way of eating works. Well without going into details of how your body reacts to certain foods (which you really need to read in the book to understand), here is a very basic summary. First off it is sugar free, uses some low glycemic principles, teaches you how to keep your primary fuels of  fat and carbs (healthy ones) separate so that your body only has to deal with one at a time.  There are some more details to it, but that is the best way I can explain it without going into the details you find in this 600 page book. Yes, I said 600 pages, and yes it is a big book, but a lot of it is recipes and some of it is other issues outside of eating that are very helpful. At first it is a bit of a learning curve, but after a while it becomes second nature.


Cottage Berry Whip - a really delicious snack from the book

So far I have told you about the book, but what about my experience with it? When I read it I was very excited and it was like a light bulb went off in my head. It just made so much sense! I started right away (this was near the end of February) and at first I felt a bit sluggish which turned out to be sugar withdrawl. After I got the sugar out of my system I felt much better than I had in a long time; more energy, more satisfied with my food and I felt really great about how I was giving my body the proper food it needed. As for weight results, well I have learned that those vary from person to person, but the weight does go down as well as the inches. A lot of people have lost fast and a lot. Some others like me are just naturally slow losers and have always fought for every pound lost. Well guess what? It works for us all; with some advice from the authors (yes, they are on facebook and are around to help you out) I was able to find the little tweak that helps even this slow loser lose weight. To date I have lost 14 lbs in 10 weeks, which is the most I have ever been able to lose and I am still going!
A favorite of mine- Volcano Mudslide Muffin in a Mug -another great recipe from the book

I have been enjoying wonderful food all this time. Things like muffin in a mug made with ground flax seed and almond meal, chicken salad wraps, zuchini noodle alfredo (really, really good) cheeseburger pie, skinny chocolate, Fat Stripping Frappa and my new favorites Good Girl Moonshine and Good Girl Margarita (making use of the health benefits of Apple cider vinegar). I have not felt deprived at all while my body is dropping inches and pounds. And best of all I am feeding my body nourishing foods.

Good Girl Margarita - It helps with weight loss and has many other health benefits

I could just go on about all the things that are exciting to me about this way of eating, but instead I will just leave with a few links you can check out. 
The website for the book http://www.trimhealthymama.com/
The Author Facebook page with lots of good info https://www.facebook.com/TrimHealthyMama?ref=ts&fref=ts
 Check them out, you won't be sorry if you do! =)


1 comment:

  1. Hi Stephanie!

    My name is Stacy and I blog over at Stacy Makes Cents. I’ve paired together with Gwen from Gwen’s Nest to start a new Trim Healthy Mama weekly-link up called Trim Healthy Tuesday!
    It was brought to our attention that you are a Trim Healthy Mama and we wanted to reach out to you and ask for help! We would love it if you would link up with us each week, sharing your trim, healthy lifestyle.
    Each week we’d love for you to link up a recipe, kitchen tip, how-to, menu, and/or exercise post that can include before and after photos (modest photos only, please). We will accept up to three posts from your blog each week! And we ask that each week they not be repeats from a previous week’s link up.
    All you have to do is share this information on your website and then come over to one of our blogs on Tuesday to link-up! Links posted on one blog will show on both for maximum exposure for your blog. We ask that you use your own photos, but a Trim Healthy Tuesday button will be provided.
    Each week Gwen and I will choose three of our favorite posts from the prior week and we will display them on our blog and post them on Facebook/Twitter during the week. Feel free to use the featured button on your blog in that same post. We will also display the link that received the most clicks.
    Gwen and I will also be providing our own tips and recipes on Tuesday to share the Trim Healthy Mama love!
    We would LOVE for you to participate in this link up! Please see below for our official guidelines. And if you have any questions, give one of us a holler. 

    ~Stacy and Gwen
    Guidelines for Linked Posts:
    1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama-related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menus, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips. MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above. Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
    2. You may post links from YOUR blog to recipes that are Trim Healthy Mama friendly. They can be S (satisfying), E (energizing), FP (Fuel Pull), or Crossovers. Please note which of these categories your recipe falls under. Nutrition information for your recipe is helpful, but not mandatory.
    3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog or in this link up. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
    4. Please link your post back to one of the hosting blogs above: Gwen’s Nest or Stacy Makes Cents. Your link will show up on both blogs!
    5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
    6. Post new links from your blog each week – do not post the same link each week.
    7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
    8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly. Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
    9. Any post that does not meet the guidelines outlined above will be considered Spam and will be deleted.
    10. For help with determining where your recipes fall, visit Gwen’s THM Quick Start Guide.

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