What Did I Eat 4/6-4/12?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. 

Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with Trim Healthy Mama approved creamer.

I follow the  Trim Healthy Mama plan (mostly, but I am at goal weight so I do a lot of Crossover meals, at least I am trying to do more Crossovers).

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

4.6 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups (E) from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

Lunch: Garbanzo Bean Soup, (E) I added chicken.

Snack: Out getting groceries today so need to plan ahead so I am bringing a bag with a small handful of pecans (I think this is considered a Fuel Pull snack or an S because of the fat content…I’m still learning).

Dinner: My kids have been begging for the way we use to eat so I bought mini-corn dogs and fries…for them. I did eat one corn dog because I do love them and had a few fries. But I ate Tyson’s Grilled Chicken Breast Nuggets (I love having these on hand to throw on a salad, my kids even like eating them as nuggets or in wrap), dipped in sugar-free BBQ sauce, it was really good. I also had Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese Veggie Tots dipped in a sauce made of ranch and salsa (recipe on the back of package), so good.

Snack: Volcano Mud Slide Muffin with a squirt of Reddi Whip from THM Cookbook. 

4.7 Breakfast: Two eggs, a few hashbrowns, veggies and cheese (Crossover)

Lunch: Garbanzo Bean Soup, (E) I added chicken.

Snack: Choco Nut Secret Big Boy from THM Cookbook (Fuel Pull, this means it isn’t high in carbs or fat so you I can have it whenever I want and it won’t mess with E or S meals).

Dinner: Taco Pie (S) This a basically a taco quiche, but it was good.

Snack: THM Chocolate Chip Cookie. These have a good flavor, my family will even eat them, they just have a different texture because of the almond flour used.

4.8 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups (E) from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Taco Pie. (S)

Snack: Cheesecake Berry Crunch from THM Cookbook. (S)

Dinner: Cowboy Grub from THM Cookbook (E), this was good, even my family liked it.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins. (E)

4.9 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole from THM Cookbook and a few hashbrowns. (XO)

Lunch: Leftover Cowboy Grub.

Snack: Two Wasa crackers, a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese and a Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos (E…I think)

Dinner: Salisbury Steak and Roasted Nonstarchies and Swiss Bread from THM Cookbook. (S)

Snack:  THM Chocolate Chip Cookie.

4.10 Breakfast: Bring on da Buttah Pancakes from THM Cookbook (very good) and two sausages. THM syrup. (S)

Lunch: Leftover Cowboy Grub (E)

Snack: Raspberry Banana Chocolate Smoothie (E)

Dinner: Bringing Back Sloppy Joes Back. So simple and so good.

Snack: Banana Nut Muffin from THM Cookbook.  First time I tried this one and I like it A LOT!

4.11 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole from THM Cookbook and a few hashbrowns. (XO)

Lunch: Leftover Sloppy Joe

Snack: Berry Treat

Dinner: Peachy Crockpot Chicken with rice (E)I like this one 🙂

4.12 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups (E) from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Sloppy Joe (S)

Snack: Two Babybels and an apple. (E) I’ll be honest with you, it is the first warm day of the year and my kids wanted to go to McDonald’s and I am a sucker and I got some fries.

Dinner: Poppy Seed Chicken (E) and side salad. I didn’t have poppy seeds but you don’t need them, this was yummy.

Snack:  Lemon Strawberry Muffins. (E)

 

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My Journey to Better Health Part 10

51GvXSzd+SL._AC_US218_From January until March 24 my life was the musical I directed, with practices almost every day during the week. During that time my son was on a basketball team with practices during the week and games on Saturdays. My daughter is on a club volleyball team with practices twice during the week with full day tournaments on Sundays.

I tell you all this to put into perspective that I started THM during this time of craziness for me. I was really silly and started it the last three weeks before the show. There were times I thought I might cry (I probably did cry) from stress and trying to eat healthy and cook meals for my family. But I made it through.

The biggest thing you can do to be successful in trying to live a healthy lifestyle (in my opinion only) is plan ahead. If I didn’t have a plan I would never have been able to do it. 

During busy times this does mean sacrifice. There were nights I got home from practice and was in the kitchen making dinner for the night and then prepping for the next day. I didn’t even sit down. I just went to bed when I was done.

Now that I’m not so busy it is definitely easier but I still write everything out. I get groceries every two weeks and I have a menu with everything I will be eating for lunch and supper. I look ahead the day before to see if there is anything I need to make ahead of time, like if I am going to have a soup for lunch and I have to work the next day I have to make the soup the night before.

If you’re someone who struggles with this organization (and I am not organized at all) this will be a challenge for you. But it’s so worth it when you start to feel better.

I have been getting my menus from The Laundry Moms. If you sign-up you will receive each week, for twelve weeks, a full menu with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I don’t do their breakfast but I do follow their “fuel”, S or E and I make a breakfast I can freeze from one of my cookbooks, I don’t have time to make breakfast on days I have to go to work.

If you look at my What Did Eat posts you’ll see what I eat for breakfast. All of that is prepped, except for when I have two eggs, hashbrowns etc. But everything else gets pulled out of the freezer and I buy the pre-cooked sausage so I only have to heat it up.

I also kind of free style my snacks but make sure I’m not crossing fuels (again, if you aren’t a THM you don’t know what I’m talking about, sorry).

If this sounds interesting to you I recommend reading their book, Trim Healthy Mama Plan. Don’t be overwhelmed, it can sound that way at first but it’s really so do-able, especially if you follow The Landry Mom’s menu to begin, then you don’t have to think about it.

The biggest thing, no matter what “plan” you’re following, is plan ahead!!! It’s a must for success.

 

What Did I Eat 3/30-4/5?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. 

Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I follow the  Trim Healthy Mama plan. I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.30 Breakfast: Two eggs, a small portion of hashbrowns, veggies and cheese. Since I am at goal weight I can eat hashbrowns, if you aren’t you should avoid them.

Snack: I knew I would be eating lunch later and I ate breakfast early so I wanted something to hold me over so I wouldn’t be starving. So I had  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos.

Lunch: Leftover Sarah’s Sausage and Peppers Pasta. This is so yummy, definitely a keeper recipe.

Snack: Choco Nut Secret Big Boy from THM Cookbook. This is a smoothie and it had okra download (4)in it. Yeah, I know, sounds gross. But I couldn’t even tell at all. It was yummy. It makes so much I only drank half of it and will have the rest today. There are many health benefits to okra, I had no idea.

Dinner: Fooled Ya Pizza from THM Cookbook. To this is pizza crust made out of cauliflower. I really liked it, my husband and son not so much. That was disappointing, I was hoping they would. But I thought it was great.

Snack: Brainy Blueberry Muffin from THM Cookbook. 

3.31 Breakfast: Giant Blueberry Baked Pancake from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with THM syrup and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Loaded Baked Fouxtato Casserole. For this potato loving girl it’s a pretty big deal to find a substitute but I actually found the comfort in these that I find in my potatoes. Yum!

Snack: I tried having the rest of  my smoothie today and let’s just say okra sitting in a smoothie for twenty-four hours tastes really bad. So I tossed that and had a St. Joseph lavish wrap with garlic humus, cucumber and red peppers. In hindsight I should have added a slice of turkey to make this THM friendly, always need protein. I also had a few grapes.

Dinner: Baked Chicken Thighs and a salad. My boys loved this 🙂

Snack: Strawberry Muffin from THM Cookbook.  I made one for my hubby too with some Fat Free Reddi Whip and he liked it 🙂 Making progress.

4.1 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

It’s Easter and eating with family. I ate what I wanted but didn’t go crazy. Having leftovers for supper but making better choices.

4.2 Breakfast: Two eggs, small portion of hashbrowns, veggies and cheese.

Lunch: Took my mom out for lunch, a belated birthday gift, to the British Tea Garden. I had a turkey wrap. Not totally on the THM plan but pretty close.

Snack: Berry Treat. This is becoming my favorite go to snack, I love it!!!

Dinner: Yummy Go To Chicken (I made this with chicken breast) and Zucchini Fries (didn’t really like these). I made this a crossover meal (I dropped a couple of more pounds and I need to stop) so I added some quinoa to this meal.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

4.3 Breakfast: Bring on da Buttah Pancakes from THM Cookbook (very good) and two sausages. THM syrup. I am loving the THM life, I eat better and more variety than I ever did before.

Snack: Lemon Strawberry Muffins. To make my life easier I baked these in an 8×8 pan, cut them up and froze the extra for future snacks. Planning is the key to healthy living!! I also had a Babybel.

Dinner: Spaghetti with a sugar free sauce over quinoa (the rest of the fam had it over regular noodles) and a salad. This was a Crossover. Use Zoodles to keep this in S territory, for those who know THM lingo 🙂

Snack (more like dessert): Choco Skinny Chip Muffin form THM Cookbook. 

4.4 Breakfast: Two Eggs, small portion of hashbrowns, veggies and cheese.

Lunch: Garbanzo Bean Soup, I added chicken.

Snack: Cheesecake Berry Crunch from THM Cookbook. Oh my, this was so good, I will add more sweetener next time but otherwise I loved it.

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash Chicken, this was okay.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf 

4.5 Breakfast: Bring on da Buttah Pancakes from THM Cookbook (very good) and two sausages. THM syrup.

Lunch: Salad in a Jar (E) from THM Cookbook. This was so good and filling. I used to be ant-salads because I never thought they could be filling. I was wrong.

Snack: Maple Cinnamon Larabar

Dinner: We were going to have Rosemary White Beans and Chicken but the power went out when we weren’t home and I the beans didn’t get cooked through. However, the chicken did. So I improvised (going out to eat was tempting though). I pulled the chicken out of the crockpot because that was done, and added some taco seasoning. We had our generator going at this point so I heated up some shells for the family and cut up a plate full of lettuce for me. So we had chicken tacos. It worked and kept me eating healthy. And honestly I did take a bit of the rosemary white beans and it wasn’t very tasty, so I think this was a better meal overall.

 

 

My Journey to Better Health Part 9

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Today I will share with you what I do to substitute some of THM special ingredients.

The only things I have purchased was their Baking Blend and Gentle Sweet. I went through that super fast, so after some research this is what I use now and these are the only special things I have purchased.

When a recipe calls for THM Baking Blend I use 1:1-Golden Flax Meal, Coconut Flour and Almond Flour. THM Baking Blend is what they call a Fuel Pull, what I make is considered an S (Satisfying). But I use it anyway.

When  recipe calls for Super Sweet is use powdered Stevia.

Instead of Gentle Sweet I use Truvia.

Do make sure you buy the brand name as the off brands have fillers that are not THM friendly.

So far these substitutions have worked great for me. Stevia does have a different taste but once you get used to it I don’t even notice it.

I also purchase Xanthen Gum from Amazon because it was pretty cheap, this helps thicken some sauces up, or when I make the THM syrup I use it in that.

That’s it. That is all I have purchased. Some recipes call for only Golden Flax Meal, or only Almond Flour and then I have it on hand. So I don’t mix up the baking blend all at once.

I do plan on getting Collagen and a few other things as time goes but you can leave those things out of most recipes (not all) and I do.

I purchase all of these things at my local Meijer here in Michigan, but Walmart has all of this and usually a better selection. They have a great selection of extracts, which THM recipes use a lot of those (and this is how I make my creamer with my coffee) so I purchased almost all of my extracts from Walmart.

Next week I’ll share how I did all of this during the most busy time in my life 🙂 If I could do it while working full time, directing a musical, taking my kids to basketball and volleyball practice and attending volleyball tournaments you can too!

 

What Did I Eat 3/23-3/29?

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So . . . I had a post started last week to post today. I worked on it Monday and the computer froze. I walked away and actually forgot about it. I went back to update this post on Tuesday and it was all gone. I was so frustrated I didn’t even try to go back or start from Tuesday.

I mostly did good this week but I will tell you a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

On Saturday we had a matinee performance and an evening. My day was very busy with running around.

Number one, I know I didn’t drink nearly enough water, and that might have been the biggest issue of all.

Number two, parents brought in food between shows. I tried to be good but I did eat some mac ‘n cheese, it really wasn’t that much. But about eleven o’clock that night I had a big plate of nachos and a coke.

I won’t go into details but my body didn’t like eating that way and I paid the price until Wednesday. I was miserable.

So, lesson learned, I need to be careful how much junk I do eat and make sure I am still drinking a lot of water.

Next week I should be back with my normal posts. Have a Happy Easter!

What Did I Eat 3/16-3/22?

Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan. I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes (except this week, as I am directing the musical and it is show week and I am exhausted, so I am allowing myself to sleep in a bit which means no exercises…but I still ate healthy!!).

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.16 Breakfast: Giant Blueberry Baked Pancake from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with THM syrup and two sausages. I baked this up in a 9×13 pan cut it into sixths and froze it. Easy breakfast. It isn’t as sweet as I want it to be but it is okay, I don’t mind eating. Maybe more syrup next time?

Lunch: Pizza. Oh yes I did!! Made with Perfect Pizza crust from THM Cookbook, with all the toppings I wanted. It was very good. I love that I can still eat “normal” food just with a twist and it’s not killing me inside. I also had a small side salad with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss .

I had a Babybel around 5:15 because we were going out with friends for dinner and I was already very hungry.

Dinner: As stated above we were going out with friends. So…I know I could have easily stayed on plan when we went out but I am at goal weight and giving myself a treat doesn’t throw me off or make me crave the stuff I used to eat. If you know you would struggle if you give in then DON’T. Stay on plan. But I had pulled pork with a sweet bbq sauce, which would have been fine without the sweet sauce. Green beans with bacon (this is still on plan) and then a side of fries (not on plan). I typically don’t even eat all the fries but I did yesterday.

Snack: No snack, I was too full.

3.17 Breakfast: Two eggs, veggies, a small portion of hash browns and a bit of cheese.

Lunch: Whacha Want Chicken from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over quinoa.

Snack: Salted-Carmel Fat-Stripping Frappa from THM Cookbook. 

Dinner: Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and my hubby is Irish but I forgot to buy Corned Beef so we aren’t eating a St. Patty’s Day meal. We are having Taco Time from THM Cookbook, which is basically what it says, tacos. I had mine over lettuce though, no shell.

3.18 Breakfast: Mufflet from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Lunch: Happy Noodle Stir Fry. I didn’t have THM noodles so I did eat this over brown rice. With the cabbage though you could eat this without any noodles or rice.

Snack: Single Serve Sugar Cookie. Oh, this was yummy, probably use less salt next time but I enjoyed this.

Dinner: Chicken Fiesta Casserole. I wasn’t too sure about this. I felt like it was going to need more substance but it was actually very yummy. I realized I didn’t buy enough diced tomatoes but I poured in a jar of salsa, it worked beautifully. I baked some Joseph Lavish bread into chips and sprinkled them on top. We also has roasted broccoli. 

Snack: Brainy Blueberry Muffin (yum) from THM Coookbook. 

3.19 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole from THM Cookbook. 

Lunch: Leftover dinner from last night.

Snack: Two Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese.

Dinner: Spicy Lemon Shrimp, but used chicken and Everybody’s Favorite Salad.

Snack: Strawberry Muffin from THM Cookbook

3.20 Breakfast: Mufflet from THM Cookbook

Lunch: Leftover Happy Noodle Stir Fry.over quinoa and had some grapes

Snack:  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos and an apple

Dinner: Italian Chicken bake…didn’t really care for this

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.21 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole THM Cookbook. I also made a few hashbrowns

Lunch: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Snack: Two Babybels

Dinner: Pork Chop Dinner with cabbage

Snack: Strawberry Cheesecake Shake from THM Cookbook. This is so good. At rehearsal  a parent brought pizza and I ate a piece.

3.22 Breakfast: Giant Blueberry Baked Pancake from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with THM syrup and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Taco Time from THM Cookbook. Grapes

Snack: Two Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese.

Dinner: White Chicken Lasagna with a side salad.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf 

My Journey to Better Health Part 8

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About six weeks ago at the store they were doing free cholesterol checks. I wanted to see what mine was since I had lost all this weight. I was super excited, certain I would be in healthy bounds.

I wasn’t.

It’s still higher then it should be.

However, I don’t know what it was before, so it might have dropped from what it was last summer. The doctor never gave me a number, I should have asked. I didn’t.

But it wasn’t crazy high six weeks ago and it was in the middle of the day, so probably not super accurate. I am hoping by this summer and going to a lab it will show better results. I do know cholesterol can be genetic and both my parents are on meds for theirs. Ugh. Time will tell.

Anyway, back to the journey…

I had lost thirty pounds and was happy with that but wasn’t sure how to maintain, so in that process I have lost another five pounds (a total of thirty-five). I am very serious about trying to stop loosing weight because I am at the lowest I have been since high school and honestly the lowest someone should weigh for my height and age.

I feel bad saying that because I know so many people struggle to loose weight and now I am struggling to stop. But I have worked hard and been very diligent in taking care of myself. You can do it to!!

I think switching to THM will help me maintain because I know what to eat to loose and what to eat to maintain. Like throwing in a few hashbrowns with my breakfast is considered a crossover meal and helps maintain my weight. I am also increasing my portion sizes slightly.

There is a fine line and I don’t want to cross it. I have worked so hard and feel so good. But the temptation to go back to what I was eating and how I used to be is not there at all. I have no desire to eat things that will hurt my body. Yes, once in a while I give in but it never becomes a thing I have to give into all the time. I never envy others for the things they are eating.

Actually, I feel bad for them because they are harming their bodies. I want to tell them to stop drinking the Diet Coke, it’s not better for you. Stop eating a 500 calorie diet, you can’t maintain that and it harms your body. God didn’t create us to eat imitation food. He created our bodies to eat real food.

The other thing I want to say is top dieting and start “lifestyling”. I just said Friday at lunch with some co-workers that I don’t diet. How I eat now is my lifestyle. If you hate what you are doing you can’t maintain it.

I love all the things I get to eat with THM. I rarely ate smoothies for snacks and now I do at least two times a week. It’s such a treat.

But it takes work and being intentional.

I will share how I do that next week.

What Did I Eat 3/9-3/15?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan, but I am not totally on plan (but pretty close). I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.9 Breakfast: Mufflet from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I add a few hashbrowns because I am at goal weight and trying to stop loosing weight at this point.

Lunch: Loaded Sweet Potato and grapes.

Snack: Berry Treat in a Jar .So good.

Dinner: Scrumptious Slimming Roast. I used venison and added potatoes (this isn’t part of the THM plan) because I don’t think I could have sold radishes to my family. It was good.

Snack:  Everything Nice Cinnamon Spice Muffin

3.10 Breakfast: Two eggs, a small portion of hasbrowns lots of peppers, two sausages and some cheese.

Lunch: Leftover Slow Fajitas from Trim Healthy Cookbook. On a bed of lettuce with guacamole and sour cream and cheese.

Snack: A smoothie from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I am behind in recording and don’t remember what exactly which one it was.

Dinner: Leftover Chicken Mole I made a long time ago and froze the leftovers.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.11 This is a crazy day, had a volleyball tournament but I planned ahead and stayed on plan for the most part. Planning ahead is key. Put dinner in the crock pot so the temptation to go out to eat was not there because I knew supper was done when I got home.

Breakfast:  Mufflets from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  I made this in a 9 x 13 pan, added a few hashbrowns, because I am at goal weight so I can throw them in once in a while and I cut it into sixths and froze them.

Snack: Had a Babybel

Lunch: Leftover quinoa and chicken, love this stuff. Grapes.

Snack:  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos I had a Larabar too (the Maple Cinnamon one has less carbs then the ones made with dates).

Dinner: Wicked Chicken Chili from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook…very good!!download (4)

Dessert: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.12 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Single Serve Lasagna in a Bowl. I also had some grapes.

Snack: I had a smoothie, but can’t remember what kind.

Dinner: Smarty Pants Stroganoff from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over mashed cauliflower, this got a thumbs down from the hubby.

Snack/Dessert: Skinny Choco Chip Muffin from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. 

3.13 Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Trim Healthy Table and a couple of sausage. THM syrup.

Lunch: Leftover Wicked Chicken Chili from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Snack:  Berry Treat in a Jar

Dinner: Ridiculous Meatballs from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, over spaghetti squash.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf 

3.14 Breakfast: Mufflets from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on Ezekiel break with provolone cheese, mayo, onions and red pepper with a few plain kettle chips and grapes. Remember, I am at goal weight so I can throw in the chips but if you are trying to loose weight you should avoid them.

Snack: Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos  and a Babybel

Dinner: Whacha Want Chicken from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over quinoa.

Snack: Strawberry Muffin…this was very good.

3.15 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table and sausage.

Lunch: Leftover Ridiculous Meatballs from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, over spaghetti squash.

Snack: Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Shake

Dinner: Wipe Your Mouth BBQ from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over brown rice with snap peas.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

 

 

My Journey to Better Health Part 7

51aZffvnkOL._AC_US200_To recap: I started with Faithful Workouts in July of 2017 and continued with the exercises and still do them. I transitioned from their menu to creating my own in September/October. I would say I was leaning a lot toward clean eating during that time (October-February).

Then one Sunday evening, as I was killing time in Meijer while my daughter had volleyball practice, I went to look at the cookbooks, as had become my normal routine since I was always looking for new recipes.

My eyes fell upon a cookbook called Trim Healthy Table. I glanced through it and it seemed like a “thing” I had never heard of it. But the ingredients looked similar to what I was using except for some special names like THM Baking Blend, and THM Super Sweet, etc.

I mentally put that cookbook on my list for my next trip to Meijer.

In the meantime I researched this whole Trim Healthy Mama thing and realized it was a community of (mostly) women looking to get healthy. And even more exciting for me was that these two sisters who developed this plan are Christians.

I quickly requested their book (not the cookbook) from the library (Mel.org for those that are in Michigan). And I read and started listening to their podcasts (found on the website). I listen to them as I get ready in the morning and find them so encouraging.

I was sold. What they said made sense, it’s all about blood sugar. I see it in my own family. My mom and brother has diabetes, my husband has blood sugar crashes (and I get them too after a breakfast of pancakes and syrup).

I learned all I could about this plan and bought the cookbook. I was astounded that I could eat what was in that book and still be healthy.

I ordered their Baking Blend and Gentle Sweet and made my first recipe and I was very impressed.

Yes, a new journey had begun.

 

What Did I Eat 3/2-3/8?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan, but I am not totally on plan. I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.2 Breakfast: Cinnamon pecan baked pancake from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages. I used THM syrup, so good.

We had a delay at school today so I would be eating lunch much later then normal so I made myself a small smoothie from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook to hold me over.

Lunch: Loaded Sweet Potato and grapes. I don’t usually like sweet potatoes but I did today!

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf This isn’t great but I will eat it and finish them until they are gone. Soooo…I’m going to be honest. I got home work and open the fridge and see that my husband had some leftover KFC potatoes wedges. I couldn’t resist and I eat them. They were very good.

Dinner: Honey Garlic Chicken Wings and green beans

Snack: Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie 

3.3 Breakfast: Two eggs, a few hashbrowns (I’m trying to go lighter on the potatoes as that doesn’t really fit into the THM plan, but since I am at goal weight I can squeeze them in), veggies and a little cheese.

Lunch: Leftover Mommy’s Meatloaf and Fotatoes.

Snack: Mock Tim Horton’s Iced Capp. I love these so when I found a THM version I was super excited. It was good, not as good at Tim Horton’s but a nice substitution.

Dinner: Shrimpy Pasta. I probably had way too much pasta for this to be THM, but it was pretty good. I used chicken instead of shrimp. We also had asparagus au gratin.

Snack: I can’t remember…

3.4 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Supreme Salad, yum.

Snack: Apple Crisp. I didn’t like this.

Dinner: Beef Stroganoff and green beans. I believe my husbands quote was, “If you want to know what nothing tastes like eat this.” Yeah, it wasn’t good.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins. Yum, I do like these with a cup of coffee (THM style of course).

3.5 Breakfast: Mufflets from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  I made this in a 9 x 13 pan, added a few hashbrowns, because I am at goal weight so I can throw them in once in a while and I cut it into sixths and froze them.

Lunch: Salad in a Jar (FP) Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. 

Snack: Strawberry Cheesecake Shake, THM Cookbook. Oh, this was soooo good.

Dinner: Hearty Beef Stew

Snack:  Pumpkin Spice Loaf

3.6 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Single Serve Lasagna in a Bowl. This was very yummy. I had some grapes too.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss and  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos

Dinner: Chicken and Quinoa from Skinny Slow Cooker. Yum!!

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.7 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Cauliflower Chowder and grapes. This soup was so good. I usually love cream of potato soup but this is a good substitute.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss .

Dinner: Turkey Lettuce Wraps from the Skinny Slow Cooker. These were pretty good 🙂

Snack: Berry Treat in a Jar .So good.

3.8 Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Trim Healthy Table and a couple of sausage. THM syrup.

Lunch: Cauliflower Chowder and grapes.

Snack: Fat Stripping Frappa from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. 

Dinner: Slow Fajitas from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. Put this in a bed of lettuce with guacamole, sour cream and cheese. I never missed the shell!

Snack: Everything Nice Cinnamon Spice Muffin This is a keeper.