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What Did I Eat 6/1-6/7?

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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. 

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I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with Trim Healthy Mama approved creamer. With warm weather I will have started drinking unsweetened tea and I have discovered True Lemon. Kind of like Crystal Light but uses stevia…very good, my kids like this. They sell it at my local Meijer. I also drink Bai water once in a while.

I follow the  Trim Healthy Mama plan, but I am at goal weight so I do a lot of Crossover meals, at least I am trying to do more Crossovers. This plan works so well I have dropped more weight because I haven’t done enough Crossover meals.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes (Only twice this week, not feeling well for the first three days this week…ugh)

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

6.1 Breakfast: Nana’s Fluffy Omelet from THM Cookbook (yum)

Lunch: Leftover Cajun Cream chicken over caulirice

Snack: Mozzarella sticks and salami

Dinner: Rotisserie chicken and a salad

Snack: Bust a myth Banana Bam cake from THM Cookbook

6.2 Breakfast: BLT Fritatta and hashbrowns

Snack: Greekie Swirl THM Cookbook

Lunch: We had a family reunion and I made the choice to not stay on plan and simply enjoy the food provided.

Dinner: We had a taco bar with the group of people we camp with. I DID stay on plan and created a taco salad.

Snack: Chocolate cookies from THM Cookbook

6.3 Oatmeal cups on the go from Trim Healthy Table

Lunch: I made a chicken salad.

Snack: Wasa crackers, Laughing Cow Cheese, turkey and red pepper

Dinner: I made a recipe from THM Cookbook. This was the first one I couldn’t stomach. I didn’t care for it at all. I ended up making a sandwich with lavish bread.

Snack: Chocolate chip muffin from THM Cookbook

6.4 Breakfast: Bring on da buttah pancakes from THM Cookbook

Lunch: Leftover Cajun Creamy Chicken

Snack: Triple Zero Yogurt and Babybel

Dinner: Wicked Good Chili from THM Cookbook

Snack: Bust a myth banana bam cake from THM Cookbook

6.5 Breakfast: Trim Healthy Pancakes (E) topped with 0% yogurt, strawberries and THM Syrup.

Lunch: Leftover over chili

Snack: Cheeseberry Crunch from THM Cookbook (I love this treat)

Dinner: Cheeseburger pie from THM Cookbook and a salad

Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies from THM Cookbook

6.6 Breakfast: Stayed home sick today so I had time to make something new. Succulent Egg Sammie from THM Cookbook. So filling and it’s good for you. Now I couldn’t fully taste because my nose was stuffed but it was pretty good.

Lunch: Leftover over chili

Snack: Greekie Swirl

Dinner: Spaghetti, I have mine over rice to make it a crossover.

Snack: Raspberry Muffins from THM Cookbook

6.7 Breakfast: Eggatable Scramble from THM Cookbook…yum! Again, so filling I wasn’t starving for lunch. I added some hashbrowns and fat because I need more crossovers and this was Fuel Pull. THM really works, too well for me 🙂

Lunch: Leftover Cheeseburger pie over salad

Snack: Mozzarella cheese and salami

Had a party for some co-workers who are retiring and I indulged in a cupcake and a glass of lemonade.

Dinner: Slim Sloppy Joes from THM Cookbook. I really like this recipe. We had some green beans with it.

Snack: Chocolate Banana Muffins from THM Cookbook (Oh my, I LOVE these)


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!


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 3/2-3/8?

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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.





What Did I Eat 2/9-2/15?

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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 because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

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

2.9 Breakfast: Hashbrowns, two eggs, onions, red peppers and cheese.

Lunch: Leftover Slow Cooker Chicken Mole Tacos from Cooking Light Jan./Feb. 2018.

Snack: Leftover Asian Style Protein Blend

Dinner: Veggies Stuffed Shells from Taste of Home Healthy Recipes. Not so good, I didn’t add any meat, that might have helped my family like it better. We also had a salad.

Snack: Healthy Gingerbread Snack Cake

2.10 Breakfast: The Best Breakfast Casserole That’s just its name, I don’t really think it’s the best I’ve ever had. I will make the whole casserole, cut it into 8ths and then freeze it. I will pull out a slice in the morning and microwave it. I love eggs and hashbrowns but don’t have to time to make it everyday so this helps with that desire.

Lunch: Leftover Slow Cooker Chicken Mole Tacos from Cooking Light Jan./Feb. 2018.

Snack: Larabar

Dinner: Steak and Lentil Soup. I used deer steak (yum). I got this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow download (3)Cooker. It was pretty good.

Snack: Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie  

2.11 Breakfast: The Best Breakfast Casserole

Snack: My eating schedule will be off today. We are at a volleyball tournament and I ate breakfast at 6:00 am so I had a snack around 10:00. Tried something new and loved it. I am reading the Trim Healthy Mama Plan (you’ll be hearing more about this in future posts) and on their plan you can eat Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos. 

Lunch: Turkey on Ezekiel bread (another THM thing, however I am totally not following their plan yet, but hope to try it soon) with provolone cheese, onion, mustard, Sir Kensington Mayonnaise, a few plain chips and grapes.

61c89qy5SVLSnack: Larabar

Dinner: White Bean Soup, recipe from Cleaning Eating Jan./Feb. 2018. I also made a grilled chicken salad.

Another snack (it was a long day):  No Bake Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites

2.12 Breakfast: Carrot and Walnut Breakfast Loaf from October 2017 Clean Eating magazine.

Lunch: Leftover Steak and Lentil Soup and grapes. 

Snack: Larabar

Dinner: Turkey and Pasta Primavera from Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker. 

Snack: Healthy Gingerbread Snack Cake

2.13 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Bacon and Sausage (I had ham so I used that).

Lunch: Turkey Primavera and grapes.

Snack:  Late July Chia and Quinoa chips with some salsa.

Dinner: Sweet and Sour chicken from Cleaning Eating Jan./Feb. 2018 with brown rice and some peas. This was okay.

Snack:  Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie  

2.14 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Bacon and Sausage

Lunch: Leftover White Bean Soup and side salad.

Snack: Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos.

Dinner: Save My Sanity Chili from Trim Healthy TableMy first THM recipes and it was 51aZffvnkOL._AC_US200_AWESOME. Had a half a grilled cheese made with a half a slice of provolone on Ezekiel Bread (no butter).

Snack: No Bake Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites

2.15 Breakfast: Oatmeal Breakfast Bites.

Lunch: Leftover Turkey Primavera and grapes

Snack: Two Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss.

Dinner: Rosemary Pork Medallions with Peas from Taste of Home Healthy Recipes. Yummy, this was a hit.

Snack: Healthy Gingerbread Snack Cake