Update on my THM Journey

School has started, schedules are shifting, and seasons are changing.  There are days that I only want to sit on my couch and play my phone games or watch reruns of Doctor Who, while sipping my iced Shrinker or Good Girl Moonshine.  Okay, I’ll admit it, there may have been one or two afternoons where this is all I actually did.

I have been getting deeper into the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle of eating and food planning.  The more I do it, the easier it gets.  The more I do it, the better I feel.  The more I do it, the more I realize how much carbohydrates have affected me in drastic ways for too many years.  The more I do it, the more my family is eating healthier and making better choices about food.

But it isn’t always easy.  We have had numerous birthday parties and celebrations and I have not kept myself strictly to the THM way of eating.  I have had cake & ice cream, chips and dip, sugar and fat. Frankly,  I think my favorite part of this plan is the mindset that comes with it.

You can “fall off the wagon” and it isn’t the end of the world as you know it.

In fact, one primary aspect of this plan is the idea of eating or snacking every 3-4 hours.  So if you “blow it” with one meal, just get back on track the next time you eat.  Which is probably the idea behind most food plans, except there is always such guilt tied with the “failure” or “slip-up” that the tendency is to just go ahead and go all the way off plan forever and ever amen with a minor slip.

Anybody else know what I mean?

The fact that my family is eating more fruits & veggies in a regular way is probably my biggest success with following this particular plan.  We rarely feel deprived (albeit the regular requests for something sweet to eat, to which I answer “we have fruit” – not always a good response), and I don’t even think about food as often as I used to think about food.

Which is saying something!

I haven’t weighed myself, but my telltale favorite pair of work slacks are fitting much looser – and noticeably so in the areas I tend to struggle to lose:  belly, hips, and thighs.  (TMI warning:  even mid-cycle!!!)

I have learned that Fat is my friend.  Not the extra weight on my body, but healthy food sources of fat.  I seem to THRIVE when eating protein + fat as opposed to eating protein + carbohydrates.  I still eat carbs here and there, but notice that when I do, the cravings pick up and I don’t feel as good.  I am finding that fat sources are quite satisfying for me (which is why the Protein + Fat = “S” on this plan), and I am rarely hungry for hours when eating mostly “S” type snacks and meals.

For example, one of the best things I’ve made so far is a veggie scramble of sorts.  I just melted 2-3 Tbsp of butter in a pan, sauteed some diced onions, diced sweet peppers, diced yellow summer squash, chopped artichoke hearts, and chopped fresh spinach.  I added about 8 large eggs scrambled with half & half, seasoned with pink salt & pepper – and it was SO very yummy.  My family ate it and didn’t even know about the squash!  (I didn’t even add cheese and it was so filling.)

Finding a balance is key here, and that is really an important part of any journey to better health.  I am tasting the “sweet” in so many (what used to be) every day foods and not enjoying them the way I used to.  I can eat sprouted grain toast with cottage cheese and crushed berries and it feels as satisfying as my favorite cheese danish.

I have more to share – more recipes to share – and want to do that soon.  I just wanted to give a little update before my visit to meet my new grandson this week.  I am over the moon excited about going and visiting my son and daughter in law and their son. He is two months old already I can’t wait to do some snuggling and getting all wrapped up in that new baby smell!

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