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I have mentioned Trim Healthy Mama in several posts lately and I decided it was time to give a formal review and update on my weight loss journey.
Over the years I have strived to learn all I can about eating healthy and fixing healthy meals for my family. I started baking my own bread, replacing all white flour with whole wheat, replacing white sugar with organic sugar or honey, making more things from scratch instead of buying boxed and packaged foods…the list goes on and on.
Most of my life I have been at an average weight, but over the course of having my last three children (now ages 9, 6, and 5), the weight crept on and stayed on. With each pregnancy I gained more and didn’t seem to take it off very easily. I have tried doing some dieting and some helped. For example I did the South Beach Diet for a couple weeks and took some pounds off. But it was very restrictive and I felt like I wasn’t eating very much. It definitely wasn’t something that I could stick to for a lifetime!
As I continued to try to improve our diet, making our foods more “healthy”, I thought the weight would come off…but it wasn’t. I was discouraged and resigned to the fact that unless I starved myself or something, the weight was not coming off.
That was until I heard about Pearl and Serene’s new book, Trim Healthy Mama, back in October. It seemed too good to be true…a way of eating that did not restrict any food groups (except junk food of course!), allowed you to eat good meals that tasted great, have some snacks between meals, and lose weight in the process! Wow!
As soon as I had the money, I ordered the book and began wading through the 648 pages…yes it is a HUGE book. It was hard reading through the beginning chapters because I wanted to jump to the eating plan and recipes to get started. But the first chapters give a solid foundation for this way of eating and what the Bible says about food. What I found in this book that I haven’t found in many others is that it is written from a Christian perspective.
What they share about food makes so much sense…amid all the conflicting messages we hear today (do not eat wheat, whole wheat is good for you, no dairy, raw and cultured dairy is good for you, don’t eat meat, your body needs meat, don’t eat any fats, there are good fats that your body needs…the list could go on and on. It is enough to make your head spin!
But after reading through the foundation chapters in Trim Healthy Mama, it all makes sense. Much of what we hear today about good health has a portion of truth to it…but they are missing part of the equation. God gave us all these foods to eat and enjoy…but they do have their place. The book explains all about how to eat in a way that helps your body either lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight. It is truly revolutionary…and it works!
Pearl and Serene also cover other health issues like hormone imbalances, exercise, and more. It is truly an awesome all-around look at your health..for both men and women.
I started implementing some changes back in November after beginning to read Trim Healthy Mama…and as of today I have lost almost 22 pounds! So I am a living example that it does work! I haven’t really started exercising yet, but that is a goal I am working towards being more consistent at. They encourage short burst exercising…10-20 minutes each day..which is totally doable for this busy mama!
If you are interested in checking out Trim Healthy Mama, they have a forum, Pinterest accounts, Facebook page, and more. I am going to list the links below for you so you can go do some reading and find out more about this revolutionary way of eating!
Well…I need to go fix my breakfast….a chocolate mud slide muffin in a mug with mixed berries on top (and yes I can lose weight eating it)!