I’m writing this “what I eat in a day on Trim Healthy Mama” post because some of you have asked me about it. One of the misconceptions I had about THM was that its devotees ate weird ingredients. That’s simply not true!
Personally, I like reading “what I eat in a day” posts. (Especially those written by French women!) They inspire me to prioritize healthy eating and give me ideas for new, quick meals.
So here goes. What I eat in a day on Trim Healthy Mama:
Breakfast @ 5 AM: Cookie Bowl Oatmeal, Salted Caramel Oolong Tea, 0% Greek yogurt with raspberries
I prep breakfast the night before. Since I’m up at around 4:30, I don’t want to be banging in the kitchen when I’m hungry B.C. (before coffee!), lest I wake sleeping family members. These lovely recipes are from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. The Salted Caramel Oolong tea is just as lovely as it sounds.
(Side note: I just love Bonne Maman jelly jars. They’re the perfect size for a serving of oatmeal. I mix everything up the night before and put it in the fridge. So easy.)
Before THM, I had a very hard time eating oatmeal. I would be shaky and hungry within an hour after eating it because I was sensitive to the carb load. Not anymore! I’ve learned to eat carbs with plenty of protein to avoid this problem.
The Greek yogurt supplied the protein. I eat TONS of Greek yogurt. It keeps my belly happy and is easy to customize. Sometimes I eat it with fruit as a dip, other times berries, or with a bit of peanut butter and dark chocolate mixed in.
(A TL;DR summary of Trim Healthy Mama: it works because it separates two primary fuels, fats and carbs. In other words, I eat carbs and fats, but not in large amounts in the same meal. So I have my burger atop a salad, and my bacon with eggs (not toast). I eat sweet potatoes, rice and oats with minimal fats. And so on. Also very important in THM is anchoring all meals and snacks with protein. This has been such a blessing for me, because I’ve suffered with low blood sugar all my life. THM got it under control, finally!)
Second Breakfast @ 9 AM: 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of bacon, coffee with cream.
What! you don’t know about second breakfast?! Oh yes, this “diet” of mine is sooooo hard. I get to eat every 3 hours, and I get to eat bacon. How ever do I manage?
Lunch @ 12: Chicken and Rice Soup & Swiss bread
The soup is left over from last night’s dinner. I’m all about easy here, folks.
The Swiss bread is a “bread in a mug” recipe that’s slow-carb and high protein, as well as gluten-free. (Eating gluten is ok on Trim Healthy Mama, but I have a lab-confirmed gluten intolerance, so I avoid it.)
This is my meal using carbs as fuel. The recipe has little fat but plenty of protein, so my body burns the carbs, feeds my thyroid and raises my metabolism.
THM is not a low-carb diet. I’ve tried those, and after 2 or 3 days, I cannot get off the couch due to overwhelming fatigue. Low carb diets work for some because they forbid sugar, plain and simple! But they’re not sustainable in my opinion, especially for people with thyroid issues.
This is what the soup looked like just before it went into the slow cooker. I had homemade chicken broth to use with it, a glycine-rich, skin/hair/nails/immunity boosting nutrient.
Snack @ 3: Small handful of almonds, coffee with cream
I was running errands when I ate this. I keep a bag of almonds in my car for snack emergencies! Planning ahead is key if you want to eat healthy (and it’s necessary for frugality too.)
Dinner @ 6: Stuffed Mini Peppers, green salad with homemade Bleu Cheese dressing
This dish was also one of the freezer meals I made from this plan. Sadie made the dressing, one of her specialties. This dish didn’t look pretty in the picture, but it was delicious!
Along with a glass of red wine, I have a bit of dark chocolate. A girl needs her antioxidants!
*quitting sugar is crucial to how Trim Healthy Mama works. I would venture that if you did only that one thing, you would lose weight and feel better. Since quitting sugar, I have noticed several things. My bowels move like a teenage boy’s, for one. A life-long problem for me previously! My face, hands and feet are no longer puffy. My knees and hands don’t ache. Quitting sugar was the best thing I’ve ever done for my health and my looks.
That said, stevia differs in quality. Some of it is just plain nasty and has a horrible, bitter aftertaste. The best stevia products, hands down, that I’ve ever bought (and I’ve been using stevia for at least 15 years) are from Trim Healthy Mama. I’m partial to the one called Sweet Blend.
If you’re interested in learning more about THM, read my Trim Healthy Mama blog. Questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll answer it. And definitely get your hands on the THM book. After seeing all the benefits of this way of eating (since December 2015), I’m a THM lifer.