First of all I love, love, this book. Like I’ve mentioned before I’m an Atkins mama but the book Trim Healthy Mama has really, really, motivated me.
I have been health conscious for years and have been slowly making changes in what I feed my family. Atkins gave me the guidance that I needed to really make a change. My family is eating so much better these days. I myself went from eating bagels, sugar, white flour, and other processed foods to (*almost) only eating God food. Food that hasn’t been altered. I haven’t had any hydrogenated oils, dyes, white sugar, flour, etc. since I’ve been on Atkins.
Trim Healthy Mama, gave me that final push I needed to go further. I can now say we are no longer using white sugar. We are still experimenting. Annette made some good muffins using Xyla mixed with Splenda (I know Splenda isn’t good but Xyla and Truvia are expensive and like I said I’m still researching and experimenting).
My husband is now walking out the door with a Kefir smoothie most mornings, my children and I are having a delicious good for you muffin in the morning. No more store bought muffins with tons of oils and sugar in them. And how many mamas can say we are having brownies for dinner? Yes, last Wednesday was busy, busy, busy. I made some Secret Agent Brownies from THM (the secret is black beans) and had the children eat that with a cucumber or some other veggie. When we got back from AWANA they had some carrots.
Trim Healthy Mama has encouraged me to add some ‘foundation’ foods in my pantry (some haven’t made it yet but will soon):
- Truvia~I haven’t switched over completely. I still have Splenda in the house. But I use Truvia in my coffee, muffins in a mug, and most everything. It’s expensive, about $5.98 for a box and/or container. When hubby gets paid I purchase a few containers. (Update: I know make my own Truvia)
- I haven't tried it yet but have ordered NuStevia Pure White Stevia Powder. This too is expensive but from what I’ve read in THM one uses a lot less.
- Xylitol~Like with Stevia I’m finally taking the plunge and spending a little more for an alternate sugar for my kids baking needs. Right now, although it’s not ‘planned’ approved I am combining it with Splenda.
- Kefir (plain)~ this is now an almost daily new food in our diets (hubby and mine). I make hubby a smoothie that he drinks on the way to work and I just drink a cup. I haven’t played around with it too much yet.
- Plain yogurt~ THM gave me that final push to stop buying yogurts laden with sugar. I am now purchasing only plain Greek or regular yogurts for my family. In fact last week it was dessert. I sweetened it up with Truvia and berries. Yum!
- Quinoa~ I haven’t actually made them but I did purchase them. Hopefully this coming week I’ll make some. I hope the family likes it. I would like to serve this instead of rice (I’ll allow rice occasionally).
- Dreamfields Pasta~ I am no longer purchasing any other pasta right now (unless I make a lasagna, haven’t seen those noodles from DF yet). This is a low glycemic pasta. It’s a bit more expensive but I feel better serving this to my Sweets who has high cholesterol. (Update; I prefer to not eat DF and am staying away from wheat as much as possible)
- Chana Dahl~ this is another food that we will try in the near future. I’ll write about it when we have tried it. Haven't tried it as of yet
- Glucomannan~will buy this next month.
Trim Healthy Mama is much more than a diet plan book. There are chapters on mamas health as well. Things a women goes through. You know, so many hormone changes our bodies must endure. There is a chapter just for mom as well. I have young readers so I won’t go into detail but just thought I’d mention it so you can decide if you want your teenager reading that chapter called ‘Foxy’ Mama .
I don’t agree with everything written in Trim Healthy Mama but that’s okay. I still eat pork, I’m still on Atkins, and so far I haven’t bothered with buying low fat cottage cheese or skim this-or-that.
There is so much to glean from the book. How could you not, it’s over 600 pages and I can tell that the sisters have a heart to help others eat good and healthy.
I am thankful that the book nudged me further in the right direction of healthy eating. I’m that much closer to my goal of feeding my family well. The children and hubby are so open with me trying new recipes. In fact my oldest son Joshua gave me a hug the other day and said, “Thanks mom for feeding us healthy.”
Hopefully you all aren't tired of my ‘health’ post. I pray that you are encouraged to continue your journey to better health. Just like I pray that I can encourage mamas with their homeschool journey and being healthy is one of them. We need to stay healthy for our children. We need to educate our children about food too.
Since Atkins has really helped me to make a life changing start to better health, it’s a part of me and my blogging.
My next two books I plan to read are Wheat Belly and Atkins for Life. What books on health are you currently reading? (Update: I have since read Wheat Belly and Atkins for Life, in fact Atkins came out with a new book, Atkins Made Easy and I'll be reading that one too)
Just to warn you, wahahaha . . . a future post I’d like to write is the misunderstandings of living a low-carb lifestyle, particularly, Atkins. Until next time, eat good! Reach for a veggie!
Update: I think THM is great and have implemented the principles with my Atkins way of eating for a while. It helped me get the last 15lbs off, yay! But I have since gone back to Atkins and am on phase 4 which is Life Time Maintenance, double yay! I still do the THM Fuel Cycle now and then too but the whole food combing I don't do on a regular basis anymore. I eat about 70+ carbs a day, all good ones (keeping away from most grains and legumes for the most part). I still reach for my THM book because I love the recipes.
Now that I'm on phase 4 of Atkins I can eat grains and legumes but I choose not to (most of the time). I do splurge (usually once a week and only 1 meal) but have not gone back to the way I was eating before.
(*there are some processed food that I eat like an occasional Atkins bar. So I can’t say I never have man-made food.)
P.S. I would love if the next THM book would include calorie and carb info on their recipes but they said, “No”. It would be really helpful but one can’t have everything, sigh.