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I suffer from Hashimotos AND Grave’s Disease. My thyroid was destroyed via radioactive iodine and since then, I’ve had a hard time keeping it under control. On top of that, I also struggle with issues with my pituitary gland and prolactin levels. Add in my endometriosis and ovarian cysts to the mix and that is a recipe for weight gain.
Have you heard about “Trim Healthy Mama”? It’s a “diet” plan that’s gained a large following over the past few years. I say “diet” plan very loosely as it is not really a diet but more of a lifestyle change. I first heard about Trim Healthy Mama when I started researching ways to lose weight after my thyroid went haywire on me.
I never struggled with my weight before my health issues started. I was under 100 lbs before I got pregnant with my daughter and went down to 105-110 lbs afterward. (which was a much healthier weight!) My thyroid went out of whack right before I started taking Lupron for my endometriosis. Lupron is a drug that pretty much induces an artificial menopause. I went up to 135 lbs within a few months. Since then, it’s been a constant struggle to get the weight off. I know that the numbers aren’t that big of a deal to most people, and I really don’t care about the number on the scale myself. But, gaining 25 pounds that quick was not healthy for me and my body type.
When I heard about Trim Healthy Mama, I was intrigued because it didn’t seem “strict”. I knew I couldn’t do a “diet” that had me counting calories or only consisting of juice or something. I went ahead and ordered the book. I finished it within two days. I loved the ideas in it. Instead of telling what to eat or what not to eat, Trim Healthy Mama (THM ) tells you how to put your meals together to refresh your metabolism naturally and healthily.
I really liked how the THM plan doesn’t require you to buy any bizarre ingredients. They do have a few recommendations that are “special ingredients” but you don’t have to use them. You can follow this plan by shopping at your local store.
I did want to try some of their “special ingredients” and Trim Healthy Mama was nice enough to send me a few samples to test out and review.
I’ve tried Stevia in the past and hated it. I was surprised to find that I didn’t mind their version as much. I’m not a fan of it unless it’s mixed with something else though. I think it’s just one of those acquired taste things.
Super Sweet Blend
Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of this blend. It really is super sweet, which is too sweet for me.
This is my favorite of their blends. It’s sweet but not too sweet.
I went ahead and purchased the THM baking blend when I found it at a local store. I tried to find a comparable DIY blend but I quickly gave up. Baking and cooking isn’t really my forte. I LOVE the baking blend. It’s yeast free and perfect for making my daughter’s muffins and such.
I also found the “doonk” spoons which I purchased too. I do like them. They make it much easier to measure out stevia.
I ordered mine from Amazon and am amazed at how strong my hair and nails have gotten since I started adding it to my coffee. This is defiantly a “special ingredient” I stand by 100%.
I haven’t tried any of the other “special ingredients” because there hasn’t been a need for me to try them.
I don’t agree with everything in the plan but overall, I love how easy it is to adapt to different lifestyles. I have tried many of the recipes and really enjoy most. Some, just aren’t my style. I haven’t fully followed the plan. But, I’ve been loosely following it for a few months with some basic common sense. I don’t stress too much about how often I’m eating or “what type” of meal I’m having. I do try to make sure at least one or two of my daily meals are “on plan”. My daughter has a yeast allergy so most of our meals are naturally sugar and yeast free. I am very happy that the recipes in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook are easily adapted to her allergy.
I am happy to report that I have gone back down to a normal weight, even though I’m still drinking sweet tea and soda! Yes, those are my weaknesses. I’ve been able to cut out soda before and hope to do it again. I’m not sure if I will ever go fully “on plan”. I am happy with how my family is eating. Which is very little processed foods, lots of fruits, veggies, and meats. We don’t eat a lot of normal pasta, we use quinoa pasta instead. There is a bag of Hershey kisses in my nightstand and some Doritos hidden through the house. It’s about balance for us.
Have you heard of Trim Healthy Mama? What are your favorite recipes?