What do you eat on Trim Healthy Mama?

what do you eat?

Often when I tell people I’m on a diet, they’ll assume I eat salads three times a day and I’m desperate for a donut. Honestly though, I love the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. I don’t feel deprived or sad about missing out. I love the food I eat, I’m full, happy and totally satisfied. 

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Supreme Pizza Kabobs – made with Rhodes Bread Rolls

Supreme Pizza Kabobs made with Rhodes Bake-N-Serve Frozen Bread Rolls

Supreme Pizza has never been this fun! Delicious Rhodes Bake-N-Serv frozen bread rolls make it easy to throw together a fun twist on a classic party food. These Supreme Pizza Kabobs are completely customizable, simply add your favorite pizza toppings and bake. Make a batch for a get-together with friends, or bake a few for dinner tonight. 

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Help the Speelman Family adopt Seth!

Donate to Seth's Reece's Rainbow fund here: http://reecesrainbow.org/71844/sponsorspeelman  Then email a copy of your donation receipt to ggill@kent.edu for your CD!

Our friends J.T. and Ginny Speelman are gearing up to get their son from China! They’re selling a children’s CD to help with some of the adoption and travel fees. The CD includes 7 really fun songs. Orders can be placed by donating $10 to their son’s Reeceā€™s Rainbow account: http://reecesrainbow.org/?s=speelman

Email your receipt to ggill@kent.edu and they will email you the download.

If you prefer something in your hands, you can buy a CD for $12 and a hard copy will be shipped to you. They are taking orders through 6/22. Same process: please donate $12 to Seth’s Reece’s Rainbow account, email the receipt to ggill@kent.edu and they will ship you out a CD in about 2 weeks.

You can check out their family blog, and here a snippet of a song on the CD here: http://speelmanhome.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/songs-for-simon/

Loaded Baked Fauxtato Casserole

Loaded Baked Fauxtato Casserole from thecoersfamily.com

I’m in love with this side dish. It’s scrumptious. I don’t say that word a lot… but this is totally the side dish worthy of that title. You can even drag it out and say scru-ump-shoo-usss. Butter, cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, chives – it’s everything you love about a fully loaded baked potato, but without the starchy carbs to weigh you down. Even the most die-hard cauliflower hater will gobble this up. 

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It Works Review: Do the It Works wraps really work?

Do the It Works wraps really work? A product review from a mom of seven with picture results

A few of my friends have started selling those magical body wraps that are supposed to shrink you up. I’ve always wondered if those things actually work or if it’s all just a lot of hippy-dippy boloney.  After having seven kids, my belly is sort of a train wreck. I’m proud of my body, and the amazing things God has allowed me to do. I’ve carried little lives, grown and stretched to accommodate very large twins, experienced every kind of birth from hospital settings, to a home water birth, to an emergency c-section. I am a mom, all the way to my core, healthy, strong and proud. Every mom deserves to feel a little more confident in her own skin. And I certainly was hoping to get rid of some saggy baggy skin. I’m okay with my belly, but I’d like to not have to tuck my extra skin into my pants like a weird flesh shirt. So I tried a few It Works body wraps to see what they could do for me. 

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10 ways being a mom is like doing hard time

10 ways being a mom is like doing hard time

Normally, I just share recipes. But lately we’ve just been eating the same old things and I’ve got nothing new to share. It’s kind of nice to be on cruise control in the kitchen. It frees me up to relax and think about other things. Just the other day I was in the bathroom and one of my twins was playing paddy-whack on my knees and it occurred to me that prison inmates might have more privacy than I did at that moment. Then I began to realize just how similar motherhood is to hard time. 

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10 simple Menu Planning Tips from a mom of seven

Menu Planning Tips from thecoersfamily.com

I started Menu Planning regularly for our family about seven years ago. My Nanny sat me down a couple of years prior to that and showed me how to make a list of meals and a grocery list to go with it. Her simple lesson has saved me so much time, headaches, and money over the years – I wish I could give her a thousand hugs for taking the time to teach me how to plan a menu for my family. Since then several friends have asked me for tips and how-to’s for their own menu planning. In a perfect world, I would simply invite all of y’all to sit down at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a spiral notebook and we would do our menu planning together. But, since that’s not really possible, we’ll do the best we can right here. 

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Chana Dal Stew

Chana Dal Stew

China Doll? Ka-hana Dale? What the what? Chana Dal is a type of legume that comes from India. It’s a lot like a chickpea, with a creamy mellow flavor. This almost magical little bean is extremely low on the glycemic index and has virtually zero impact on blood sugar levels. It’s a perfect food for folks with diabetes and is great for weight loss. Spikes in blood sugar levels cause excess insulin, which causes fat storage and weight gain. I’m sure I sound super smart right now… but I only know this because I read Trim Healthy Mama

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