I’ve mentioned this a few times on my blog and on my Facebook page so I feel like I need to devote a post to it. I can honestly say I’m not sure where to start or what I need to tell you.
I can tell you that I have spent a good portion of my life battling weight. I’ve never been thin. I have been thinner and I have been healthier. I’ve have gotten to those places in healthy and not healthy ways.
Now that I’m old, well, by my own standards anyway, I can tell you that healthier is better than skinnier. (But, the vain part of me would love to be skinny!)
I can also tell you that once you have kids it’s really easy to not take care of yourself the way you need to. I really want to tell you that you aren’t doing anyone any good to let yourself go because those little people you have running around your house need you to be at your best. I’ve found myself guilty of this and am digging my way out.
After my Hashimoto’s diagnosis, I needed a kick in the pants. I had a very low supply of energy and my weight seemed to keep climbing. Nothing really seemed to work to make it stop or, gasp, even loose some of the pounds. Hashimoto’s and other thyroid conditions are awesome at helping you pack on the weight.
I have spent a lot of time researching and trying to find help in healing my thyroid and immune system. For a few weeks I decided to try a vegan diet. I don’t mean the chips and bread kind but the veggies and beans kind of vegan. While I felt great and feel like I did help heal my body, I didn’t lose a single pound. Hmph.
I also decided to stick with being gluten free. Gluten can be a major trigger for people with autoimmune disorders, even some main stream doctors will admit that going gluten free have helped bring antibody counts down. Will you know, my weight started to climb…again. For real.
Along came Trim Healthy Mama. I have a few friends that have been using this plan and the weight was FALLING off of them. I made a mental note to try it but was working through eliminating a few things from my diet first, to see what was triggering inflammation. Then I had a crash in my health. I decided to just order the book and give it a try.
And I am thankful! So, so thankful to have found a plan that I can work into my whole food’s diet. Thankful I can do this and still be gluten free. Thankful I can do this and still feed my family the same meals. Thankful to FINALLY kick the sugar habit. Thankful to have energy again. Thankful that my hands no longer hurt when I wake up in the morning. Thankful that I wake up refreshed. Thankful I can still have coffee in the morning. Thankful that I’m not starving to loose pounds. Thankful that in five weeks I have lost 17 pounds and four inches off of my waist. Thankful to feeling like I’m on my way back to healthy.
The basic plan is you can have carbs and you can have fats, in fact, you need both to fuel your body, but you don’t need to eat them together. When you have a satisfying “S” meal (fat), you need to limit your carbs. (And I don’t mean carbs from good healthy veggies) When you have an energizing meal “E” (carbs), you need to keep the fat content down.
There are a few things you are going to need to give up…white bread, sugar, potatoes, and milk for example. I’m telling you, it’s worth it and you won’t miss them! The victory of losing some inches makes those taters not so tempting.
I have read some great reviews about Trim Healthy Mama and really feel I can’t sum it up any better then them, so check them out!
My friend Gwen has a great book review, here! She also shows her progress pictures and a few tips and tricks to get that tricky weight to come off. Gwen also moderates the Trim Healthy Mama group on Facebook. That is a great place to get a feel for the diet before purchasing the book or while you are learning THM.
This blog by Stacy has a ton of great recipes, pictures and review of the book. You can find her blog here.
My dear friend, the self proclaimed slacker, that introduced me to THM, explains why she loves THM and her progress. You can find her blog here.
The THM Facebook page has some great testimonies, recipes and pictures to check out too.
I am very happy with the book’s diet guide. I don’t agree with everything outside of the plan but there is a TON of great, easy to read information on the diet itself, how insulin works in the body and a big chapter on hormones. There is also a big section of recipes that are fun to tweak and make to your family’s liking.
I plan on keeping you updated on my progress and maybe I’ll get brave and post before and after pictures…when I’m at my goal weight any way.