Category Archives: Trim Healthy Mama

My Week In Review

Hi! I am joining up with Home to 4 Kiddos this week and sharing “My Week in Review”.

Daddy was on vacation this week so we started out the week by returning home from visiting daddy’s parents “down south” (about a 4-1/2 hour drive). In general we’ve had a fairly relaxing week. We have done a little bit of schooling but it has been VERY RELAXED.

Daddy and P started a Robotics class online through Jetpack Academy that they have been working on slowly. They watched a couple of lessons. One of them discussed making / using a home-made lie detector test using a multi meter. We tried it (on me) but it didn’t really seem to work successfully but it was fun to try anyway.

We did some of our regular BJU online classes as well as worked on a couple reviews.

Visits to the park are always a requirement! We live easily within walking distance from one and we love to take a soft ball to throw and play ball tag, often asking other kids if they want to join (and they often do).

I got a bunch of Trim Healthy Mama plan ingredients in the mail and we tried several things. You may recall that I’ve posted about THM in the past:

More On Weight-loss; Trim Healthy Mama

Fooled Ya Pizza

Note that those posts are from 2 years ago. LOL This time I hope to be more realisic about my approach. I understand I am not going to do it perfectly at first and that is okay! *ANY* change is good. So, for now, I am going to just learn to COOK and then I will learn to do it right. The super fun thing is that the entire family is doing it with me! We’ll see how it goes…

So…this is a lot of what I have to get started. I’ve been buying a little here and there and then finally “bit the bullet” and ordered quite a bit from iherb.com (which I found out from another thru a blog post).

I did order Oat Bran instead of Oat Fiber so I have Oat Fiber on the way now (should arrive today). I am planning on making my own THM Baking Blend just because it will be less expensive – hopefully some of the “recipes” online will work nicely (seems there are several LOL).

THM_032416

Wonder Wrap (p. 204 new cookbook)

WonderWrap

Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal (p. 256)

AppleCinnamonOatmeal

Mashed Fotatoes (p. 219)

fotatoes

Overall we all enjoyed what I made. I finally got to use the food processor my MIL bought me! YAY! And while on this subject…I finally used the dehydrator she bought me as well! Homemade banana chips. They were awesome! (and didn’t last!)

Banana1

Today is Saturday and we are super excited to be heading to Medieval Times in a couple hours (we’ve had reservations for about a month so we’ve been waiting!). It is a dinner theater that has jousting, sword fighting and much more. I am confident the guys are going to love it! (And honestly, I think I will too!)

Overall it hasn’t been a busy week but it has been an enjoyable week. Next Tuesday daddy returns to work and things will get back on track. Honestly, this is part of why we homeschool – so we can “enjoy the journey”!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Advertisements

Fooled Ya Pizza (S) ~ Trim Healthy Mama

 photo PizzaCollage_zps63fb5919.jpg

Several people have asked me what some of our favorite items are from Trim Healthy Mama so I will do my best to start sharing those with you…starting now. We all liked the “Fooled Ya Pizza” (which is an S)…it is cauliflower crust and tastes surprisingly good! Does it taste exactly like regular? Obviously not…but it is worth the small difference for the health benefits (in our opinion).

Here is how it goes:

  1. Lightly steam 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen cauliflower.
  2. Put lightly steamed cauliflower into colander and press out as much water as possible. (The more you get out, the crispier the crust will be.)
  3. Put cauliflower in food processor (I used our Ninja) and pulse a few times, not too much. You want to end up with rice-sized pieces.
  4. Add 3/4 cup egg whites (or 3 eggs) and pulse again a couple times.
  5. Add 2 cups grated part skim mozzarella cheese, pinch of sea salt, dash or two of Italian seasoning, and a little onion or garlic powder to taste. (We only did the cheese and sea salt.)
  6. Mix ingredients together with a spatula inside the food processor.
  7. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease well (this is important or the crust will stick).
  8. Plop entire mixture onto middle of tray and spread outward. Try not to have a thicker middle than sides.
  9. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes. (We flipped it after about 15 minutes by using the parchment paper and then removing the paper. This allowed it to cook and get crispy on both sides.)
  10. Cool crust for several minutes before topping.

Once cooled, top with pizza sauce (THM approved type), mozzarella cheese and any other toppings you would like. Broil in oven until toppings are done. You will need to cut this pizza into smaller pieces as larger pieces will be droopy.

Now…ENJOY!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

{More On} Weight-Loss [Trim Healthy Mama]

 photo THM_zps154856b6.jpg

So…Trim Healthy Mama has been around for a little while now…and I have mentioned it before (back in March 2013 – which it was funny to re-read this post again…a year later…SO MANY things have changed since I wrote this!). In that post I stated how I loved the nutritional information in the THM book but that the recipes seemed rather difficult and the ingredients were not ones commonly found in our kitchen. [Well…low and behold…come to find out…we now use several of the things needed to follow the THM plan! *grin*] I have also mentioned over the last several months how I was starting Weight Watchers…well lack of finances have stopped that, as well as doing Tae Kwon Do classes the same place the boys are taking classes. So now it is completely up to me…here at home…using healthier eating and exercise. (Yes, I did say the dreaded “e” word. LOL) Imagine that. *grin* [Actually the way it really should be anyway, right!?!?]

So, as of this past Friday, I ordered another Trim Healthy Mama book (as I sold my previous copy). I know SO MANY people who have found success on this plan. It is also very “healthy eating” focused…which I understand a lot more now (but I still have A LOT to learn!). Additionally, it seems to deal with “sugar addiction” – which I also suffer from. [You can check out my Food Addiction post from 2011 is also interesting to re-visit. It is neat to look back…and see what has changed…and what has not.]

One week ago today I started a 21-Day challenge with a friend of mine and a couple of other ladies. I have been exercising and somewhat watching what I eat. So far I have lost 1-1/2 pounds. My friend posted something similar to this…

 photo Pounds_zpscd9bd956.jpg

…in our group and I thought that was a WONDERFUL idea! So…the ones in the picture are mine…nothing fancy…but still helps when I look at it each time…it is a very visual way to see that progress (even if small) *IS* being made.

I am continuing to research and learning healthier ways of cooking and eating (you can check out my cooking with cast iron posts too). I am trying to learn and change as much as I can while still staying within our budget (not always the easiest thing to do!).

So…in preparation for my THM book arrival, I have grabbed/ordered a few things so we can be prepared to start…Laughing Cow cheese (just the name cracks me up!), almond milk, stevia and glucomannan. I guess we’ll see how they work. Some of the things we already use now are coconut oil, much less processed foods (therefore many natural cooking essentials), turkey bacon, lots of veggies and fruits.

Right now, two of the big questions I have are…greek yogurt and stevia. I have tried both and like neither of them…so curious how often they are used, in what, and if I will like them or not…

A site with a lot of VERY HELPFUL information is Gwen’s Nest. I have also been told that there are a lot of wonderful recipes that can be found on Pinterest…so I have started a board there too!

So…have you heard of Trim Healthy Mama? Have you tried it? Have you had success? Do you have friends who have tried it and had success? Heard of it but been hesitant to try (like me)? I’d love to hear…leave a comment telling me!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Healthy Living ~ LOTS to Digest

 photo FoodVariety_zps0d2ee823.jpg

Healthy living. Do those two words bring fear or peace? For me they bring both. I am learning a lot of different things but it is very overpowering. There is SO MUCH to learn. And so many different opinions. Overall, I want to lose weight but I want to do it in a realistic manner. I know we need to change some of the ways we eat but it needs to be realistic – because if it isn’t…the weight will just come back at some point. So…this is my struggle. Have you been there? What did YOU do?

I have purchased and read quite a bit of Trim Healthy Mama and although I learned A LOT about how the body processes food, etc. it doesn’t appear “the plan” is going to work for our family – there is just too much “special stuff”. I NEED real. [I am NOT “knocking” this program. I know many who are enjoying it! I’m just saying it isn’t for us.] And…even if you don’t end up following their eating plan, the information in the book is well worth the purchase, in my opinion.

Our five year old is our “Highly Spirited” child (click on that and you can read some very helpful, hopefully refreshing posts I’ve written about “Highly Spirited”). Many have shared that the removal of wheat from their diet has helped. I have had this on my mind for some time but have not tried it yet. Have you? Have you seen any improvement?

We did remove all dyes (or as much as possible – occasionally we let one slide, and pay for it) from his diet and we saw an immediate improvement. This actually is what started it all…the day I found out the FDA is okay with red dye being in products, especially those kids eat, KNOWING that kids have ADD / ADHA type symptoms from having it. So much for their watching out for our best interest. That’s when I found out that it’s really all about money…and very little about OUR health. Ok, stepping off my soapbox and getting back to the point of the post.

Have you found anything that is “normal” and “realistic” and “life-long” that is working for you and your family?

I have also quickly looked over (because a friend loaned it to me from her Kindle to mine) the book Vintage Remedies Guide to Bread which tells how things used to be done compared to how they are done now…basically all the nutrition has been removed and it’s just something to put in your body. YUCK! My thought is…because I’m trying to lose weight...if there isn’t anything “in it / there” I’m not wasting the calories! 😉

I have several friends who have recommended the Ninja blender. Do you have one? What do you use it for? It is apparently similar to the VitaMix but significantly cheaper, which is very important to our family. We don’t eat a lot of soups because I have acid reflux and I don’t like a lot of spices, etc. but apparently these blenders can make homemade soup…could be a possibility for us. Not sure yet.

 photo RealFoodNutrition_zps9a6724c4.png

One of my most favorite books I’ve read so far is by Food Renegade called Real Food Nutrition and Health. I would put it in the same category of learning A LOT about how the body processes things as Trim Healthy Mama (actually I would put it a step above) but it doesn’t have all the recipes and it isn’t “a plan”. I did sign up for her online class when she had a great sale but we haven’t gone through it yet (it is life-long so we don’t have to rush to do it, we can do it on our time, which I greatly appreciate).

Overall, I guess I am just researching and learning and looking and reading and processing all I can about as many different areas as I can. Again, I am looking for realistic. What have you found? What resources would you recommend?

So far the one thing I have learned overall – it DOES matter what we put in our bodies.

Stay tuned for the next post…exercising. Blah! 😉

Have a wonderfully blessed day!