If I were starting Trim Healthy Mama with traditional foods all over again…
…here is what I would tell myself!
Although hindsight is clearer that foresight, and I don’t regret what I learned, these 5 things would have made the journey a little easier (and less painful).
(Between 2014 and 2015, I lost more than 30 pounds applying Trim Healthy Mama food combination principles to my traditional food diet. The full story is here and a baker’s dozen of tips on how I did it are here.)
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If I Were Starting Trim Healthy Mama With Traditional Foods Over Again…
…I would do these 5 things:
1. I would plan ahead knowing that the first week or so, I would be really hungry.
This happens nearly every time you majorly change your diet, and Trim Healthy Mama was no exception.
2. I wouldn’t look at the scale so much.
It takes time, depending on healing. The first week, the scale dropped 8 pounds. Then it moved slowly. Then it stopped moving. And then it dropped a bunch. For me, it was like stop and go traffic. What should have mattered more to me was that my clothes were fitting better and I was feeling better overall.
3. I would NOT try the gluccomannon products.
One of those products is straight gluccomannan powder that you add to make things creamy and thick. The more you blend, the more thick your concoction gets. Without calories. Adding fiber. I didn’t care for the texture, and found that I really didn’t use it — it just sat there in the cupboard. In fact, it’s still sitting there 2 years later.
Also, the miracle noodles. I would not eat them again. These are a noodle made from gluccomannan, a soluble fiber from the Japanese root called Konnyaku Imo. The noodles are mostly fiber and calorie free. They are actually quite tasty as noodles, I thought. I had them 4 or 5 times.
However, I started having these experiences where I would wake up in the night with an overwhelming urge to vomit, cramping in my abdomen, plus I would be sweating and what was weirdest was that I would need to swallow over and over and over again (nothing there to swallow, though). I finally put together that the miracle noodles were causing this, so I stopped eating them. Instead, I have veggies for noodles and I’m much happier — cabbage, zucchini, or spaghetti squash.
4. All I need for dessert is dark chocolate.
I can have a great E or S meal, followed up by 2 squares of very dark chocolate.
I would actually like to stop buying dark chocolate and go back to making coconut bark (THM calls it Skinny Chocolate) sweetened with stevia.
A note about xylitol or erythritol as THM sweeteners. A case can be made that these can be helpful in a healing journey. Like what if someone is allergic to stevia (the sweet herb) and needs a little sweet to keep them happy on the healing journey? Use these sugar alcohols sparingly without guilt.
If you’re going to use xylitol or erythritol, make sure it’s non-gmo (because otherwise, it’s most likely derived from corn). Also, I personally would choose erythritol over xylitol because 1) I get bad cramping from xylitol and 2) erythritol is fermented and more easily handled by the body (source).
5. I would use the Sweet Leaf brand of stevia from the start.
It took me a couple months to figure out that the Sweet Leaf brand of stevia has no after-taste and works as the only sweetener (which is not a sweetener) I need. I use stevia in smoothies, desserts, beverages…
- A Baker’s Dozen of Tips For … Trim Healthy Mama With Traditional Foods
- My Story: How I Lost More Than 30 Pounds In One Year
- New THM Plan Book
- New THM Cookbook
- Sweet Leaf Stevia
- More on Erythritol from Body Ecology
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