I first heard about the Trim Healthy Mama plan from my friend in the US, Angela, who has had a huge transformation following it, despite being a busy mama like me. In 6 months, she has lost over 50lbs, so I was intrigued and decided to investigate more.
What drew me to Trim Healthy Mama?
I have tried loads of different approaches to dieting, and I struggled with all of them because, well, I feel like I miss out on things I enjoy, and that ultimately leads to me falling off the plan. Recently, I was feeling so frustrated because, despite eating a lot less than I used to, all whole foods, juicing and having things like green smoothies, eating superfoods, drinking loads of water and exercising i was still putting on weight. A wondeful private nutritionist took time to listen to me, took a full life history (including an emotional history), and actually told me that my main problem was that I was drinking too much water, exercising too vigorously and not eating enough!!!
Well, that was a bit of a shocker! Who’d have thought that an obese, weight-gaining person wasn’t eating enough! But as it transpires, my years of treating my body terribly with very low calorie diets, food optimising diets where I ate copious amounts of “free” foods (yogurt was my biggest favourite!) desperate to try to be healthier, has completely messed up my metabolism and I needed to do something about it…
In came Trim Healthy Mama.
What attracted me was the description: “Counting calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or painstaking any more.” What I also liked was that they say for the first month, just plan to get used to the plan and not to lose any weight (what?! I thought that is when I am meant to lose the most weight!).
In a quest to find out more, I joined some groups on Facebook (including this UK-based group) and then decided that I actually needed to go out and buy the books – Trim Healthy Mama Plan and Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook….
Trim Healthy Mama in a nutshell…
- You can eat either ‘S’ meals or ‘E’ meals
- ‘S’ meals are ‘Satisfying’, and are ones that contain fats as their main fuel source
- ‘E’ meals are ‘Energising’. and are ones where the fuel source is glucose, and are packed with carbs
- You can choose throughout the day which meal you are going to have
- Each meal has a focus on eating protein (which I have been told I do not eat enough of)
- At each meal, you add ‘Fuel Pull’ foods (FP), which are non-starchy vegetables, berries, some types of lean meat and dairy, and other foods that are lighter and do not contain enough fats or carbs to be considered either an ‘S’ or an ‘E’.
- You eat regularly so that you don’t go into a catabolic state (bad for your metabolism), so every 3 hours is a good gap (especially if switching between an S & E meal).
- For the children, and when you are on target, you can have a Crossover (XO) meal, which consists of healthy tandeming of fuel sources (S & E), and are also great for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas.
OK, so now I have to go and digest the books I have bought (no pun intended), and try to work out the finer details of this thing. I will be blogging regularly about my adventures and results with Trim Healthy Mama (THM)… watch this space!