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.
Lately I’ve been using a picture food journal app called Two Grand to record my meals. It’s kind of fun to look back and see what I’ve been eating, and it also helps me to be more mindful when making decisions about food. Now, I’m not a perfect Trim Healthy Mama. I fudge a bit with the “rules” and I use some food items that are not considered “on plan” because they’re not the most optimal health choice. Trim Healthy Mama is more than just losing weight, it’s living life and being as healthy as possible. This is certainly the healthiest I’ve ever been, but I wanted to throw a sort of disclaimer in here to say that I don’t always follow all the rules. I guess I’m a Trim Healthy (slightly naughty) Mama.
A lot of beginner THMers wonder what it looks like to flip-flop between the different meal types on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? You really should buy the book. It’s amazing! Basically the two main meal types I eat are E (energizing) and S (satisfying).
Here’s what a week on Trim Healthy Mama (for me) looks like:
I started out the day with an E (energizing) meal, with very little fat and lots of carbs – and then enjoyed S (satisfying) meals with lots of fat and very little carbs for the rest of the day. I also needed to go to the grocery store… so I just worked with what I had around the house. No exercise for the day, just lots of cleaning and chasing after kids.
I started the day with another E meal, oats and blueberries, had a yummy S meal out with my hubby at a restaurant for lunch, had an E meal for dinner with healthy carbs from the brown rice. After little ones were in bed at 8 p.m. my hubby and I went for a run, two miles. And I had a night cap at the end of the day. You know, because it was Friday night. And I was a worn-out mama.
My sweet hubby made delicious Trim Healthy Mama pancakes for our Saturday morning breakfast. It’s an E (energizing) meal, and I felt ready to run after. So I did a full 3 miles after breakfast while he watched the kids for me. What a guy, right? He’s a keeper. Then I had S (satisfying) meals for the rest of the day. It was just sort of a do-whatever kind of lazy day, and our thrown-together meals show that.
We’re pretty busy on Sundays getting everyone up and dressed for church. So I had a quick E meal for breakfast, came home and threw together leftovers for an E lunch, then had an S dinner with lots of cheese and cream and butter. Yum!
It was a hot summer day, and I was ready for some watermelon! I made sure to eat an E lunch before my planned afternoon treat of a nice cold slice of watermelon, just to help my body process all the natural sugar. The rest of the day was lots of S meals.
A full day of S meals – those are my favorite kind of days. I’m a sucker for lots of fat and butter and cheese. I certainly don’t feel deprived on my “diet”.
Plenty of protein to fuel me up on a running day. We really love the Pizza Casserole from the Trim Healthy Mama book! This day I did have a Fuel Pull meal for lunch, that’s a meal with very little fat and very little carbs. It’s rare for me to have a FP meal, I usually stick with S meals and a few E meals thrown in to mix it up.
And that’s one week! It’s the easiest diet I’ve ever followed – and the most effective. I feel great and I’ve lost over 30 pounds in five months.