Trim Healthy Mama
As I mentioned a few posts ago, I have been reading the book Trim Healthy Mama. The whole idea behind THM is
“never include large amounts of both fats and carbs in the same meal unless you are trying to gain or maintain weight.”
There are several meal types that you choose from when eating to help your body burn fat. All meals are protein centered, and low or moderate carbohydrates and high or low fat depending on which type of meal you are eating. You are supposed to eat 2 1/2 – 3 hours apart, to make sure that you are not mixing fuel types (glucose for carbs, and fat for fat.)
“S” meals are satisfying: they include liberal amounts of fat along with a protein centered meal, and little carbohydrates – think 6-8 net carbs. This would be any of the Fast Track meals, really. Eggs for breakfast, chicken or meat and salad or veggies at lunch and dinner.
“E” meals are energizing: they include a moderate amount of carbohydrates (think 45 net carbs or less) along with a protein centered meal, with no more than 1 tsp added fats. This would be original belly fat cure meals – sandwiches, pasta or grains with meats, but without the cheese or fatty cuts of meat. I think of these meals like Weight Watchers, I suppose, since I remember trying to limit my fats when using that program.
“Fuel pull” meals are low carb, low fat, protein centered meals, where there is no fuel source (think 1 tsp or less fat, and no carb source.)
“s helper” meals are “S” meals with a little carb – 15 net max. This is a smaller amount of carbs than an “E’ meal.
“crossover’ meals are equal in distribution with fats and carbs, and are reserved for special occasions and maintenance meals. In other words, no weight loss. This is how we should feed our kids – balanced. If we don’t want to lose weight, we would eat more crossover meals.
That is the plan in a nutshell. I am intrigued by the book and by this plan. There are so many of my treats and meals in this book! Minute muffins, flax crackers, coconut flour, almond flour, homemade chocolate with stevia, S meals, that all fits with foods that I have been eating for the last year and a half! The change up is those E meals.- I have found in the past that when I eat lots of carbs in my meals, I gain weight. Now I wonder if it’s because I always accompanied them with some kind of fat source. I can’t help but wonder if that was a part of the issue.
Since I am very close to my end goal weight, I have no need to change my diet significantly now but I have been keeping track to see what kinds of meals I usually eat – it’s S and S helper meals mostly. Every now and then I plan to throw an “E” meal into a day, because it makes sense to me that our bodies might need a change to keep the metabolism fired up. The allure to me going forward is the possibility that if I eat say popcorn without butter that it won’t cause the same type of weight gain that it might cause if I put butter on it. Or I could eat a slice of toast with jam instead of peanut butter. Or a bowl of oatmeal with berries instead of coconut oil. I wonder if it will help my weight stay more stable as I add carbs in going forward if I limit eating them to meals where I do not eat fat. Does anyone have any experience they’d like to share regarding this?
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new start to their diet, a new way to look at food. Also, go look at their Facebook page. for more info.