The Trim Healthy Mama Plan has been around for several years. They’ve updated their plan and published two new books! Today I’m sharing why this healthy eating plan may be right for you…read on to learn more about Food Freedom!
If I said “I had a FP FSF for lunch and later I’m going to have some CBW for a snack” would understand the code?
Do you see people posting delicious looking meals in your Facebook feed? With a bizarre language to describe it? And, even more confounding is that they are losing weight while eating what looks like fattening foods?
What about this one…”I just made this amazing GGMS and CIM for breakfast! I can’t believe I’m eating cake for breakfast and it’s good for me!!”
I mean really, you can’t lose weight eating cake for breakfast, right? What is this craziness?
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Are you increasingly uncomfortable with the ingredients found in commercial products?
You know, the ones you put on your skin…use for your health…and all over your home? Do you feel like you’re surrounded by a noxious chemical cloud and worry for your safety…and your family’s? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a resource of easy, proven recipes for homemade remedies and herbal products to replace those chemical laden concoctions? Yes, it sure would be nice!
I’ve got some great news for you…I have found exactly such a resource! It’s a brand new book by Jan Berry. You may know her as The Nerdy Farm Wife, and she has just had published a beautiful collection of easy recipes for skin and hair care, homemade remedies, and household cleaners using natural ingredients. I got a chance to review a copy of this book and I’m excited to share with you what I love and why I think you need to add this book to your home library. (more…)
A Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook? It’s like Pinterest on your bookshelf!
I’ve seen many people asking “Do I really need the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook? Is there anything new in it or is it the same recipes that were in the old book?” Need is always relative of course. Can you do the plan without the new cookbook? Sure (but it’s much more fun with it)!
Is there anything new in the cookbook?
Absolutely! The first book didn’t have recipes for GGMS (Good Girl Moon Shine) and several other beverage recipes that are wildly popular among the THM community. There’s also tons of crock pot meals, family and quick skillet recipes and soups, lots of breads (including new amazing recipes), desserts and even snacks and condiments – many of the recipes from the original book are there plus even more new recipes.
One of the best improvements in this Trim Healthy Mama cookbook is (more…)
By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Trim Healthy Mama.
Do you see people posting delicious looking meals in your Facebook feed? With a seemingly strange language to describe it…like “I just made this amazing GGMS and CIM for breakfast! I can’t believe I’m eating cake for breakfast and it’s good for me!!” And, even more confounding is that they are losing weight while eating what looks to you to be fattening foods? Do you want to know more about it? (more…)
Recently, I received a copy of Teresa Tapp’s Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes to review here on the blog.
Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes also came with a bonus DVD – The Secret to a Flat Stomach (without situps)! That is definitely one secret I’m glad to know! Even though I am not trying to achieve some kind of supermodel perfection, getting rid of this pudge in my midsection…which is that very unhealthy visceral fat…is something for which I am aiming.
I am somewhat familiar with the T-Tapp program, as I ordered the Basic Workout Plus (BWO+) program in January and began doing the workout on February 1. I was very glad for this opportunity, though, because the book goes into greater detail about the moves and why they work as well as more moves for the Total Workout. The Total Workout concentrates on the core to deliver body sculpting and increase metabolism. (more…)
D-I-E-T. A four-letter word for so many women! I’m convinced that just like there are no two people exactly alike, there is no one diet (which simply means “way of eating”) that suits absolutely every body. If you desire to be a trim healthy mama (or just trim and healthy) and you’re frustrated with all the nutrition advice coming at you from every direction, take some consolation in that. Maybe you just haven’t yet figured out what works best for YOUR body.
Last month, I was blessed to receive a copy of Trim Healthy Mama to review here at Oh Sweet Mercy. I’d heard about THM, as it’s often called, a few years ago but hadn’t really looked into it. Since I’m wanting to go on a (strenuous) hiking/study trip to Israel next year, I HAVE to lose some weight and get in better shape. Either that or I will surely perish on the first excursion. Since my budget is tight right now, I thought I’d take a chance and see if Trim Healthy Mama had a review program. I wrote an email, said a prayer, and clicked send. Less than an hour later, I got a yes in my inbox. I can’t tell you how elated I was! It had to be an answer to prayer.
What IS this Trim Healthy Mama plan, anyway?
I hesitate to call it a “diet.” It’s an eating plan. A lifestyle. It’s not about obsessively counting fat grams and carbs or weighing yourself every day. It’s about making a switch to real, whole foods. Ditching the artificial sweeteners. Correctly combining your carbs and healthy fats – yes, I said healthy FAT. Fat doesn’t make you fat – but you’ve got to be smart about the types of fats and carbs you consume.
If Atkins decided to go “real food” this is the eating plan he would devise. I did Atkins several years ago, and the low carb diet allowed me to quickly lose fat. However, the severe restriction on carbs was just not sustainable for me. Since then, I’ve also learned that even though sugar really isn’t good for you, artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Nutrasweet) and sucralose (Splenda) are pretty much poison. That’s even worse! Trim Healthy Mama recommends stevia instead. They also sent me their pure, organic powdered stevia to try. Double blessing! Read my review of that here.
What CAN You Eat on The Trim Healthy Mama Plan?
Take a look at just some of the delicious eats I’ve had in the last month…
Good news! Fats are good! Carbs are good! YHWH created these foods for us to eat, and enjoy! But, fats and carbs together…not so much. I’ve been concentrating on using healthy fats like butter, coconut and olive oils, but because I wasn’t considering the amounts of each I was putting on my plate at each meal, I was creating the perfect storm for packing on (and hanging on to) the pounds. The Trim Healthy Mama sisters did a great job of explaining what happens in your body when you eat a big, greasy cheeseburger and a side of fries.
What I Liked About the Trim Healthy Mama Book
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA IS PERSONAL – You’re sure to find yourself in this book – it starts out with descriptions of five types of typical women and their diets. I’m a cross between a Purist and a Drive-Thru Sue. Maybe you’re a Whole Grain Jane, Farm Fresh Tess or Raw Green Colleen…or some combination. Wherever you fall in these profiles, you’re sure to learn something about the way you eat that you thought was true, but could actually be working against you and causing you to be sick, tired or overweight. The Trim Healthy Mama sisters also share their own personal journeys as well as offer “chats” throughout the book. They don’t always agree, either. But they do agree that you should “own it” – make this plan work for you and your lifestyle, just stay within the guidelines.
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA IS FULL OF INFORMATION – From commonly held beliefs about nutrition (like fat is bad and you need a high carb, low fat diet to be healthy and lose weight) to how the plan works, this book is packed full of information that you will find interesting and useful. The Trim Healthy Mama sisters address saving money, making the plan work in the real world, exercise, and the importance of choosing real, whole, nutrient dense foods and avoiding artificial ingredients and “frankenfoods.”
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA IS ENCOURAGING – One thing that really impressed me was the sense of encouragement that comes through. They really stress not stressing – you don’t need to stress and obsess over counting every calorie, every gram of fat or carbs. You certainly can if you are into that sort of thing. But many of us busy mamas…well, ain’t got time for that. And sometimes, we fall off the wagon. There’s no flogging for that…just eat another “on plan” meal in three hours. Hop back on and move forward. Do the best you can with what you have.
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA RECIPES – Oh sweet mercy, the recipes. There are so many delicious recipes in this book! There are some that call for special ingredients (like the Fat Stripping Frappa) but often you can substitute if you don’t have, or can’t afford, the specialty ingredients. There are recipes for muffins, cakes and shakes and even Skinny Chocolate. There are savory, hearty recipes like Cheeseburger Pie, Fajitas and Meatloaf. There is something for everyone!
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA COMMUNITY – Ok, this isn’t actually in the book but it’s important to mention. There are thousands of Trim Healthy Mamas all over the world. There are several groups on Facebook, such as the “main” group, a money-saving group, and even state groups. They are closed groups, so you’ll need to request to join. There are pins all over Pinterest of THM recipes, tips, how to put together binders, and more [check out my Pinterest recipe board here and be sure to follow!]. If you have a smart phone, you can download an awesome app called Two Grand – it’s kind of like a cross between a food diary and Instagram. I’ve been using it [look me up! @OhSweetMercy] and it’s a great way to keep track of what I eat, how much water I drink, log my exercise and progress, as well as find encouragement and new recipes.
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA IS BALANCED, AND BIBLICAL – Serene and Pearl don’t hide the fact that they are believers, and I really appreciate that. Yet, they also do not “preach” at the reader. Whether you believe in the Bible or not, you can still very much benefit from eating this way. In fact, I have a very good friend who does not believe in the Bible, but loves this plan! YHWH created food and said it was good, it is for our enjoyment as well as nourishment. The THM way of eating allows us to enjoy nearly all foods in moderation (and the right combinations!). You are free to make your own choices regarding the foods you consume, and they lay no guilt upon you if you choose to eat pork, for example.
What I Didn’t Like About the Trim Healthy Mama Book
AT FIRST GLANCE, IT’S OVERWHELMING – It’s a big book, just over 600 pages! My first thought was “Oh sweet mercy, what have I done…am I really going to be able to do this??” However, a large part of the book is recipes! And really, all you need to do to get started is read the parts up to the recipes (and I highly recommend you do that! Don’t be like me and just read enough to get the gist of things and then jump in…). Consult the recipe section as needed. Take it one meal at a time. Read the rest of the chapters as you have time. It takes a little time to get used to it, but it’s worth it.
THE INDEX IS INCOMPLETE – There are recipes in the book that are not listed in the index. I realize that this book has been an ongoing project for a number of years and two busy mamas raising families are doing it – so I can cut them some slack. It just made it a little frustrating trying to find things. There are alternative indexes that you can print out in the main Facebook group, but I haven’t done that yet.
Those are the only things I didn’t like. And even those things are very easy to work around. Especially if you are a part of an online community, or even a local community of Trim Healthy Mamas.
So, Does Trim Healthy Mama Work?
I’m a firm believer that no one diet will work for everyone. We are all created uniquely and what works for one person may not work for someone else. There are tons of testimonies of women losing weight on the Trim Healthy Mama plan floating around the web, and you can read some on the Trim Healthy Mama website here.
Like any plan to help you lose weight, a large part of the success is dependent upon YOU.
I believe that Trim Healthy Mama is a terrific tool, and so far am happy with my own progress. I’d like to lose more quickly, but I have a 42-year old metabolism to deal with. The following are three face shots of me, one in March of this year (before I started drinking diatomaceous earth), one in May (I had lost a few pounds by this point, after I had started taking the DE), and one just the other day in September, almost 30 days into the plan:
And, I almost hate to even put this out there on the vast, wide interwebs…but I’m also a firm believer in being real. So, here’s the real of where I had started:
I should smile more. Looks like mug shots. I’m sure I’ll be smiling more next month, as I keep shrinking! It’s not a HUGE visible difference, made more difficult to see because the shirt I’m wearing fits loosely. I can tell you, it fits more loosely than it did. Can’t wait to see the numbers on October 18!
I had lost ten pounds before starting Trim Healthy Mama on August 18. Almost a month later, I had lost another ten pounds, plus at least five inches. I know I’ve lost more inches, but I can’t prove it – I lost them in places I didn’t measure…of course! My clothes fit more loosely, I feel great, get tons of compliments on my skin and best of all – I don’t feel deprived or fight cravings like usual when I’m “dieting.” The Two Grand app also helped me to discover that I need to cut back on the dairy, I feel better when I do. I feel like this is a much more balanced approach to sensible nutrition, and I love it.
Thank you, Serene and Pearl, for pouring yourselves into this plan and book. It has been such a tremendous blessing for me as I work toward my goal of getting in shape! I will not surely perish on that strenuous hiking and study trip I’m looking forward to next summer! And thank you also, for your generous hearts – blessing me with this book has started a lifelong change in me, something for which I will always be grateful. And so will my family, they kind of need me to be around, and healthy!
The author was just days from releasing her book, 25 Days to a Happier Home. From the description, I knew this book would be something my readers would love, so I wrote to her and asked about blogger review opportunities. A few days later I got a reply with all the info I needed to read and review this book, that really made my day!
I did receive an electronic copy of 25 Days to a Happier Home to review and, just like all books and products I review, that does not influence my opinion in any way.
25 Days to a Happier Home is laid out in easy-to-read chapters, each one focusing on a new challenge each day.
It is well-formatted and I did not experience any problems reading it on my Kindle Fire HD. Since I did not purchase the book through Amazon, I had to send it via email to my Kindle before I could read it on my Kindle, but that was fairly easy.
There is also an interactive Table of Contents, making navigation through the book effortless. At the end of the book there is also a Scripture Index that lists the Scriptures used and organized by day. I also found that her writing style is easy to read, gentle, encouraging and down-to-earth.
Day one is “Count Your Blessings” – a great place to start.
First Thessalonians reminds us to give thanks in every circumstance, and Alison stresses the importance of a thankful spirit and the power it has to transform the atmosphere in our homes to make them warm, welcoming and a place of solace for our families. This little nugget of wisdom from 25 Days to a Happier Home really grabbed my attention:
…if we choose to grumble, complain or criticize, the attitude is contagious. Soon, your kids will be snapping at each other, pouting about food, saying they’re bored and eventually desiring to stay outside the home as much as possible. A grumpy complaining mom makes a home cold and uninviting. In fact, it makes the outside world seem much more attractive. The world becomes a solace instead of the home. [emphasis mine]
The following chapters focus on a new challenge each day.
Some of the challenging attitudes or actions include minding your tongue, saying “Yes!” to your children and spouse, add a cozy touch touch to your home, enjoy your family’s interests and don’t compare your family to other families. There are also very practical topics such as rising early each day, avoiding debt and eating meals together. Twenty-five completely do-able challenges that can transform your home!
You may find that you are already doing some of these things, if so feel good about that!
You may also find that you’re definitely lacking in some of these areas, but you will not find her words condemning. On the contrary, all throughout 25 Days to a Happier Home, Alison Wood makes sure to encourage you to start where you are and do what you can. If you fall down, pick yourself up and start again.
For my Messianic readers, this book is not written with a Messianic perspective.
Please don’t let that deter you from adding 25 Days to a Happier Home to your digital library! Alison Wood is a Christian missionary living in a developing country and a SAHM to six children. She speaks from her own experience and comes across as humble and sincere. You will have no trouble reading and adapting these challenges to suit your lifestyle at all.
I know you will find 25 Days to a Happier Home a valuable resource to add to your digital library.
If you know me in real life, you know I’ve wanted backyard chickens for ever.I now have 3 and a half hens, all laying delicious eggs. That “half” hen is our sweet little bantam, Drumstick. Since I tend to do things backwards, it’s no surprise then that I got chickens and then read this book! If you are thinking about getting started with backyard chickens, in an urban setting, then I highly recommend that you read The Urban Chicken FIRST, then get your flock.
**I received a copy of The Urban Chicken from the author, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review**
The Urban Chicken, by Heather Harris, is a quick read packed with tons of useful information. If you are considering or are new to backyard chicken keeping, you will benefit from her knowledge as a seasoned chicken-keeper. It takes you from selecting a breed all the way through to delicious recipes using those fresh eggs and meat.
The first chapter discusses many popular breeds as well as housing and feeding your flock, protecting from predators and the difference between “pastured” and “free range” chickens.You will learn the difference between layers, meat birds and dual-purpose birds and things to consider when choosing they type of birds to raise. The author also discusses legal issues involved with urban chicken keeping, an important thing to consider! I do disagree with the order of considerations – I think you should check first to see if you can keep chickens and then start looking into breeds and coops, but that’s just because I hate getting my heart set on something and then not being able to do it.
The Urban Chicken will teach you about hatching eggs and where to get them, ordering baby chicks and what to expect when you bring them home. She discusses issues that are common with chicks and how to address them, and if you decide starting with chicks isn’t for you she also discusses starting a flock with established birds. Once you get your flock going and want to add a new member (or more, as it seems to happen with BYC lovers), she’ll explain the best way to do that to keep your established flock healthy and happy.
There are many afflictions that can affect your birds. Conditions such as parasites, diseases and even bully birds can crop up in your flock and she does a great job of explaining how to diagnose and cure these problems. You will also learn how to tell if your hens are layers or liars – and she offers some helpful tips to consider when deciding what to do with the liars.
You can’t have a book about chickens without chicken and egg recipes, right? You’re probably not raising chickens just for fun! Some of the recipes included in The Urban Chicken are Deviled Eggs 3 Ways, Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Brown Bag Chicken and Eggs in a Nest. There is also a recipe for making your own organic chicken feed!
Keeping your flock healthy, protected and entertained (bored chickens can be bad birds!) is very important, and The Urban Chicken is a valuable resource to have on hand to make sure they stay that way.I love the pictures of the different breeds of chickens as well as the useful facts throughout the book, such as how long it takes for a chicken to produce an egg. Now I know why sometimes I get eggs in the morning and sometimes the afternoon – or not at all! I also love how she shares from her own experience, such as the clever trick for keeping raccoons away at night, and her witty sense of humor keeps it entertaining as well as educational.
The Urban Chicken isn’t a chicken encyclopedia, of course, but still packs a lot of information in an easy-to-manage package. I like how the book is laid out, taking you from egg to plate in a few chapters. It would be nice if the table of contents were interactive, but since it’s not hundreds of pages long you can still find the information you’re looking for very easily. The formatting is nice and the book was easily read on my Kindle Fire HD.
My flock is doing well, we’re getting fresh eggs daily, and I really enjoy the “girls” a lot. They’re fun and entertaining (my husband doesn’t see the “charm” in keeping chickens, but he loves the eggs), a great way to teach children responsibility and being gentle (as well as where our food comes from) and not a whole lot of work. I do wish I had read The Urban Chicken first, but either way I’m glad I have this in my collection to refer to whenever I need an answer.
Where can you get a copy of The Urban Chicken? It’s easy! You can enter the giveaway below…
Mostly, I read nonfiction books but every now and then I love a good, made-up story. I’m not really into romance novels, I like mysteries and apocalyptic, survival style stories. Last Light, by Terri Blackstock, fit the bill there! I’m still thinking about this story even days later.
This was a quick read – partly because it wasn’t super long to being with, but mostly because I had to know what happened next! I sacrificed some sleep to read it and finished the book in under two days. If I could have lounged around on the couch eating bon bons while reading, I would have finished it the same day. That absolutely never happens here. It’s on my bucket list though.
The story begins with an unexplained, catastrophic event in which everything electronic just quits working. Planes fell out of the sky and cars quit where they were. Cell phones wouldn’t work, and even new mechanical things would die within seconds of being turned on This left Doug Branning and his daughter, Deni (who had just arrived from Washington, D.C. for a visit to plan her wedding) stranded at the airport.
The Brannings are a Christian family who live what seems to be a somewhat affluent lifestyle. The story is told through several family members’ points of view. Deni, the oldest, is a 20-something with an inflated ego and completely unrealistic view of how the world works (read “spoiled brat who thinks the world revolves around her”). Needless to say, she had a little trouble adjusting to not being able to use her flat iron, make up mirror, or get back to her very important fiancee and her very important new job she was starting in a week.
Doug and his wife find themselves completely unprepared– both for basic survival needs and for the shock of seeing the people around them come completely unglued. How were they going to survive and take care of themselves and their family while also being the hands and feet of the Messiah?
The whole scenario brought out the worst in everyone, including Doug and his family. I had to chuckle at the scene at Wal-Mart, and made a mental note to continue my boycott of Wal-Mart even if the world fell apart and I needed supplies. That’s the LAST place you’d want to be in an EOTWAWKI situation! To make matters even worse, there was a murderer on the loose killing people and looting their homes. Everyone began to suspect everyone else. And when Deni runs off with a man who promised to take her to D.C. so she could get to her fiancee, Doug takes off to find her.
Through it all, God is shown to be merciful and kind. Blackstock does a great job of showing how He can use our rebellious choices to turn our hearts back to Him, and how even in our darkest, most stubborn moments, He still cares for us and shows us mercy. It’s His kindness that leads to repentance.
I really enjoyed this book, but wish that there would have been a bit more character and story development. It was just too short! I keep wondering what happened next, how did the world recover from the catastrophe. What caused it? And the one thing that I keep thinking about is what would we do in that situation? Are we truly prepared for a disaster – either like the one in the book or something else?
I’ll be keeping my eye out for a sequel, because I sure would like to see the story continue. UPDATE: This is the first in her Restoration series! Can’t wait to read the rest!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
“The round kind. The spinning kind. The moist kind. The inhabited kind. The kind with flamingos (real and artificial). The kind where water in the sky turns into beautifully symmetrical crystal flakes sculpted by artists unable to stop themselves (in both design and quantity). The kind of place with tiny, powerfully jawed mites assigned to the carpets to eat my dead skin as it flakes off . . . The kind with people who kill and people who love and people who do both . . .
This world is beautiful but badly broken.
“I love it as it is, because it is a story, and it isn’t stuck in one place. It is full of conflict and darkness like every good story, a world of surprises and questions to explore. And there’s someone behind it; there are uncomfortable answers to the hows and whys and whats. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through Him were all things made . . .
Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. Let the pages flick your thumbs.”
Booksneeze is a great place to get wonderful, free books (and they gave me a free copy of this book to review, with my own opinion). I’ve been reviewing for them for a couple years now, I think. I find myself drawn more to books in the “Christian Living” category than fiction or otherwise. I thought I’d go out on a limb with my next book to review and try something different.
Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, by N. D. Wilson, sounded very intriguing. I often think of off-the-wall things so I was anticipating liking this book. However, I have to be honest and say that I just couldn’t get into it. It is like an odd stream of consciousness…I can’t figure out if the author believes in the God I believe in or not. He makes statements that seem to support that conclusion, but then will trail off into some neverland of thoughts that left me scratching my head.
Even though I don’t like giving a less than favorable review, I have to be honestand say I did not like this book. It just wasn’t for me. If you like a vague, wordy stream-of-consiousness style of writing, you might find this book to be enjoyable. The booksneeze website gives an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars, so there are many people who do like it. There were some, like myself, who just couldn’t get into the book or found it very confusing.
Perhaps I should just stick with my usual. But then, I just might miss out on something good! I’ll keep an open mind about trying something new again.
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