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Thursday, March 6, 2014

THM Explained

E = Energizing (Low Fat)
5 grams of fat or less (Equivalent to 1 tsp, 2 at the most)
45g of carbs per meal max
Lean meats and legumes are recommended for this type of meal.

S = Satisfying (Low Carb)
5 grams of carbs or less (low starch veggies)
Plenty of good fats like real butter or coconut oil
Recommend fattier meats for this type of meal.

The basic are:
Eat every three hours (Very important to regulate insulin levels)
Wait at least three hours after an E meal to change to an S meal, and vice versa.
FP's(see below) can be used as an in between snack for either of the E and S meal types.

After a few months try:
FP= Fuel Pull (Low Fat & Low Carb)
Less than 5g of fat and less than 10g of carbs.
Mainly protein meals like lean meat or eggs.

Main rule:
Never include large amounts of fats and carbs in a single meal until your goal weight is reached.
Fats and carbs should be spaced out by at least three hours.
Highly potent carbs like bread and potatoes are to be avoided. Sweet potatoes, starchy vegetables, brown rice, quinoa and old fashioned oats are recommended instead because they have a less drastic effect on blood sugar and insulin production, very important. There will be more on insulin levels and weight gain in a later post.

For more information read Trim Healthy Mama.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Weight journey contined

 If someone had told me seven months ago that I would weigh 100lbs less than I did, I would have laughed. Fast forward seven months to the present and I am not laughing I am jumping for joy, which by the way is eaiser to do now. I am not at my goal weight but I am so much closer.
This has been an incredible journey that is still going on. See where I started. I love food and I don't feel deprived from it with THM which stands for Trim Healthy Mama, a new way to eat that yields wonderful results. When I look at the pictures above, I wonder how I let myself go that long. I was miserable, lacking energy, and even depressed. I needed a change and I found it with THM. If I can do this, then you can do this. It takes one good decision at a time. One nutritious meal, one satisfying snack, even one refreshing drink at a time and did I mention those can all be healthy too. We succumb to poor eating habits one choice at a time. We learn to overcome those habits one lesson at a time.

This is me 100lbs lighter!!!! I am happier, more energetic, and I am healthier. Many have asked me about food journals, I don't keep journals. The way I did this was by setting a timer, to eat every three hours. I start my day with an S breakfast, lunch normally is E, and dinner is whatever goes with the meat I am using. See THM Explained if you didn't understand that. Most of my snacks are Greek yogurt with Polanar jelly, celery with Laughing Cow Cheese (which my husband hates paying for), cheese sticks and pepperoni, and Fat Stripping Frappes (a THM recipe). I just started adding fuel pulls in my regiment, since I have S and E meals down. I don't stress over it, I follow the recipes, adapt my own and go with it. I don't have a secret way to lose weight. I just follow the plan. When I can't, like at some restaurants or church dinners I don't feel bad, I just get back on plan at the next meal.
The thing that helps me most is the wonderful THM community. The THM Facebook page has helped tremendously. The support, encouragement, recipes, and openness of all the ladies makes this journey easier. The days I get discouraged, I encourage myself with others' success. We are like a family supporting each other. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Waffle Tacos THM

Taco Bell has come out with the waffle taco, and it looks so good. I don't eat at Taco Bell, its on the bottom of my list of fast food, but I want a waffle taco! What is a girl to do? Its not worth it to cheat, but I can't get them out of my mind, not to mention how many times I see the picture of it on my Facebook news feed. Well I decided to THMify it, if you don't know what THM is its Trim Healthy Mama, its not a diet it is a lifestyle. I have been doing THM since August with fabulous results.
These waffle tacos can be made as an E or an S meal. For more information on the THM lingo like "E" and "S" see THM Explained. The THM book has a recipe for E pancakes. The authors have asked that some recipes not be shared. So, I found a substitute that will work. Both recipes make 9 pancakes or 8 waffles.

E version from Protein Pancakes without Protein Powder
1 cup egg whites
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
Truvia or stevia
Mix in blender, cook on griddle or waffle iron.
Fill the waffle taco with scrambled egg whites, turkey bacon and top with sugar free syrup. Yum yum.

S version from Gwen's Low Carb Pancakes
1 egg
¼ c. Ricotta Cheese -full or low fat
2 Tbl Flax Seed Meal
½ tsp. Baking Powder
dash of salt
sweetener to taste -You can use 2-3 dashes of Stevia Powder
optional: 1 t. cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg
½ t. vanilla extract
Mix in blender, cook on griddle or waffle iron.
Fill the waffle taco with bacon or sausage, whole scrambled eggs, and top with sugar free syrup.

Tip for pancakes: Cook slowly until they are firm before flipping.

Now my craving is satisfied and I don't have to eat at Taco Bell. Stay tuned for more updates on my progress and maybe a recipe or two.