Happy One Year Trimaversary!

Sistersphoto 2What a difference a year makes! I can’t believe that it has been a year since I started Trim Healthy mama! For 6 months before I started my Sister Diana had been hounding me (yes Diana you hounded me!) She even gave me the used car salesman speech “Melissa what can I do to help you get into this life style change?” For 6 month I made excuse after excuse, about why I couldn’t do this… I was too busy, too broke, too whatever to change. The bottom line is I wasn’t ready to take a leap and try again to lose weight. After 15 years of trying, and failing I had truly in my heart of hearts given up all hope that I would ever get bellow a size 24. That is until I finally sat down, and READ the book. I remember sitting in my parent’s living room with tears streaming down my face as I read this book that for the first time in my adult life gave me a hope of health, and weight loss.

The day before I started this journey my sister and I had taken a road trip to Austin and spent 90% of the time talking about this lifestyle, about how I could do it. We laughed and planned together for 4 hours down to Austin and 4 hours back. The next day I jumped 100% whole heartedly and never looked back, I attended my first North Texas Meeting of Trim Healthy Mama’s, and met some amazing ladies, who have supported me every step of this last year. I have to say a quick thank you to Teri, Cynthia, and Teresa. You ladies have encouraged and cheered me on this past year and I am so thankful for you! In my first week I ate! I actually was able to eat and eat well – all the while LOSING weight! I remember my mom actually calling my sister and asking her “Diana is Melissa supposed to be eating this much?” Diana Laughed and replied “Yes mom, she is supposed to eat and be satisfied!”

I lost 30 Pounds that first month and a half, and then another 30 by summer time, and then another 20 by my birthday! And by years end I had lost an accumulative 80 POUNDS! I started the year at a size 24 in clothes and ended in a 14/16! This wasn’t an easy year for me, there were times when I was frustrated, and would look at the scale and wonder why it wasn’t moving, I would feel sorry for myself and then remember where I started! I would look in the mirror or at a picture at times and think to myself “who is that person” I remember walking by a glass window and seeing my reflection and stopping and looking at myself. For the first time in my life I wasn’t ashamed of my reflection. I started the year pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and morbidly obese- I ended the year with perfect blood glucose levels, perfect blood pressure, and obese not MORBIDLY obese. I can run, and play with my son! I can clean my house and not be exhausted. I can stand for 8 hour shift at work and then come home and still stand and be a mom! I have so much energy it is amazing. After battling with thyroid cancer at the end of the year I made a decision: if I never lost another pound, I would still stay a trim healthy mama for life. Why? Because the HEALTH I have gained in this LIFESTYLE change is far more priceless and more valuable to me than ever losing another pound. I was able to undergo MAJOR surgery, and recover in a week, why? Because my body was healthy! This wouldn’t have been possible without Trim Healthy Mama. I am still recovering from surgery and cancer treatments right now and my energy levels are not where they were, I am positive that without my Trim Healthy Life, I would be leaps and bounds behind where I am right now. This isn’t a lose weight quick scheme, or an overnight change. This is a LIFESTYLE change. It takes time to learn this way of life, to cut out old bad habits and create new healthy ones. It took me a good couple of months before this life style became second nature. Not I can truly say Trim Healthy Mama for Life!

 

Here are my 10 favorite tips for success:

1) Read the book! I thought that this was way more complicated and difficult than it actually is, once I read the book it was exactly what it claims to be: “A common sense guide” to a healthy life! Pinterest, Bloggers & the Facebook groups are a great SUPPLEMENT to the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA book, but just like any supplement they will only get you so far! You have to go to the source if you want to TRULY be successful in this lifestyle.

2) Start making small changes as you read the book, cut out sugar & white flour, buy more fresh veggies, and start labeling your foods

3) Give recipes from the book a second try if you don’t like them the first time or a first try if you are like me and think to yourself “really cottage cheese?” I promise your taste buds change!

4) Take a before Picture and Measurements! The weeks that the scale wasn’t moving, looking at pictures of the day I started really helped me to see the change. Looking at my measurements also really helped encourage me also!

5) Pick a mini goal to achieve, when you achieve that pick a new one. I buy a super cute outfit in my next goal size, and hang it up in my room so that when I look at it every day I say to myself, I can’t wait to be able to wear that outfit! When you try it on and it fits, that feeling is priceless!

6) Make a list of things you want to be able to do, things that have NOTHING to do with a scale, or measurements! Here are a couple of mine: I want to walk to the park without using my inhaler, I want to wear a skirt without my thighs chaffing, I want to come home from a 12 hour shift and not have my back & knees hurt, I want to come home from work and have enough energy to play with my son.

7) Be kind to yourself! This is a learning process; it isn’t an overnight change for everyone. You didn’t form unhealthy habits in a day, or gain excess weight overnight… It is going to take time to break those habits! So be kind to yourself!

8) Plan what you are going to eat until it becomes second nature! I plan my Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two snacks a day. It makes it easier because I don’t have to think when I am hungry- I just look at my menu! You can down load my blank menu plan here. Or here is a link to 3 weeks of completed menus to get your started.

9) Find a friend to do it with you & hold you accountable in the beginning! I couldn’t have done this without my sister there cheering me on and answering my four billion questions.

10) See one, Do one, Teach one… You’ve read the testimonies– you have learned to live this lifestyle—now teach someone else how to do it! Give someone a book, and help them to learn to be a Trim Healthy Mama or Man!

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s has been super cold here in Dallas, and what makes me feel more warm and cozy than Cookies? Not much! I had a huge cookie craving the other night, but I didn’t want just chocolate chip! I wanted Peanut Butter and chocolate chip! So I toyed with my Chocolate Chip Recipe and this is what I came up with… My 5 year old son Ethan said “Mom these are super yummy!” and then ate 4! the best part is these cookies are sugar-free, and packed with protein, and healthy fat! So I zero guilt enjoying them and ZERO mom guilt for letting Ethan eat to his hearts content!

For those of us who are following Trim Healthy Mama these cookies are a Satifying or S snack/Dessert. If you haven’t checked out THM yet and would like to know more, I highly encourage you to go to their Web Page. 

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Ingredients:  

1/2 C Butter
1/4 C Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (Chunky would be great too) 

 3 TBS THM Sweet Blend      

1/8 Tsp black strap molasses
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
11/2 cups Blanched Almond flour   

1 Cup Defatted Peanut Flour
1 1/4 C Lilly’s (Stevia sweetened) Chocolate chips

Directions:                                                                                                                                                                                             Cream together Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sweet Blend Add Eggs, Molasses Vanilla & Salt
in a separate Bowl Mix Almond Flour, Defatted Peanut Flour, & Baking Soda. Then incorporate into wet ingredients a little at a time making sure they are mixed in completely.
Fold in chocolate chips and place in the fridge for 15 min to firm up
Roll into Balls about one inch in diameter and then flatten into perfect little circles place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (DO NOT grease it will cause the bottoms to burn)

Bake for 325° 15-18 min allow to cool and enjoy with a Trimachino Rich or a glass of almond milk. (MMMMM YUM)

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Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Butter
  2. 1/4 C Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (Chunky would be great too)
  3. 3 TBS THM Sweet Blend
  4. 1/8 Tsp black strap molasses
  5. 2 tsp Vanilla
  6. 2 Eggs
  7. 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp Salt
  9. 11/2 cups Blanched Almond flour
  10. 1 Cup Defatted Peanut Flour
  11. 1 1/4 C Lilly’s (Stevia sweetened) Chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream together Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sweet Blend Add Eggs, Molasses Vanilla & Salt
  2. in a separate Bowl Mix Almond Flour, Defatted Peanut Flour, & Baking Soda. Then incorporate into wet ingredients a little at a time making sure they are mixed in completely.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips and place in the fridge for 15 min to firm up
  4. Roll into Balls about one inch in diameter and then flatten into perfect little circles place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (DO NOT grease it will cause the bottoms to burn)
  5. Bake at 325° for 15-18 min allow to cool
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Mel’s Taco Wings {S}

Every Wednesday I host a home group for my church, there are about 10 of us who meet together and pray, laugh (A LOT), and we dig into the word! This evening makes my whole week, it is by far one of my favorite days of the week. We also EAT! This week was my week to prepare dinner for everyone, and I wanted Wings! It helped that my local grocery store  had family packs on sale for $1.19 per pound! My mom makes the yummiest taco wings, growing up and they were one of my favorite treats! They were a little spicy, and had this yummy flavor. The only problem is that my mom’s wings were made with a prepackaged taco seasoning. Not so great for my Trim Healthy waistline. Pre-packed apices have sugar, & fillers that I no longer include in my regular diet. So I really only had one option! Recreate my own Taco seasoning!

Mel’s Sugar Free Taco Seasoning:

Ingredients:

Two LB taco wings prepared

¼ Cup Chili Powder

3 tsp Mineralized Salt (regular table salt is fine)

2 tsp. ground Black pepper

1 tsp. ground white pepper

3 TBS Paprika

2 TBS Garlic powder (Not Garlic Salt, or your wings will be WAY to salty)

2 TBS Onion Powder

3 TBS ground Cumin

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper (for some heat, add more or less to your preference)

½ tsp. THM Sweet Blend (1 tsp. for Truvia)

You just Measure, Pour into bowl and mix well. Keep it in an air tight container to prevent clumping. You could double or triple the recipe to keep on hand for easy access taco seasoning.

Now for the main event:

taco wingsMel’s Taco Wings (S)

Ingredients:

4 lb Split chicken wings

½ Cup Melted Coconut Oil (Or Butter)

Full Recipe of Mel’s Taco Seasoning

Add melted coconut oil or butter to a large bowl, then mix in your Taco Seasoning and in your wings about ¼ of the batch at a time. Toss them around in the bowl until completely covered, repeat with remaining wings. Lay your wings out evenly on a foil covered baking sheet (this will take more than one sheet to do) cover with foil & bake at 325 for an hour, remove foil and bake for another 20 min. Allow a few minutes to cool, and then serve hot with your favorite ranch, celery & carrots (If you are a THM this is and S so watch how many carrots)  

New Year, New Plan

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Happy New Year from my home to yours! I am so excited to start a new year, but we can’t start something new with out reviewing the old right? As I look back over 2014 I see a year full of opposites! I went from Full time Nursing Student to Full Time Nurse! From living under my parents roof, to Living under my own roof! From being as unhealthy as possible, to being more healthy than I have ever been in my whole life! I lost 80 lbs in 2014, I also lost 6 Dress sizes and 2 shoe sizes. This is such an accomplishment after spending my whole life (both as a child, and adult) overweight and desperate to lose weight! I began my Trim Healthy Lifestyle on January 18, 2014. I planned every meal, and snack! I worked day and night on my weight loss and health. Boy oh boy did it pay off! 

Looking over this year made me realize there is still more to be done! I recently had a full thyroidectomy, and have just finished radiation therapy to treat the thyroid cancer that was diagnosed in November.  I have to get back to my most optimal health now, regain the health, energy, and stamina that I have recently lost. 

I think everyone starts their year with resolutions, it is a tradition is it not? This year i am resolute in the following: Improve my health by staying Trim & Healthy on plan. Meal Plan each week and follow my meal plan  Improve my spiritual life through mining the word of God daily & journaling on a daily basis.

I am writing these here so that I can look back at them, also to encourage others to do the same. We cannot hope to improve with out setting a standard to strive for. I may not be achieve perfection in these areas, but I know what I am striving for! 

 To that end I have created 3 weeks worth of Menu’s. Some of the recipes are my own, some are from my fellow THM Blogging Friends, and some are from the book. 

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How to keep your hope through the storm

The last month has been the most trying time of my life so far. I was diagnosed with cancer, my car broke down, and my finances have been so tight I couldn’t squeeze a penny more out of it. I have felt, discouraged, and dismayed. I went from being on top of the mountain, doing well at work, buying a home, and my baby starting Kindergarten to the lowest I have felt in years. Yet through all of what seemed like absolute chaos I can see God’s hands right there with me gently guiding me and holding me up through this time. I have felt His peace all around me. I have felt so supported by my friends and family through all of this. We were able to schedule the surgery to remove the cancer quickly, Dec 17th to be exact. God is so good to schedule this so quickly! At 5 days before the surgery I received the phone call from both my surgeon’s office and the hospital regarding my financial responsibility before they would perform the surgery. The total was over $2200! I was reeling, how could I possibly come up with that kind of money in just 5 days? The answer was clear, I couldn’t come up with that kind of money. Me little ole me couldn’t do it, but My God could do it for me! I posted this status on my Facebook “There will be no doubt when this happens, it will be God’s doing and not my own. Even with every discouraging piece of news I have received in the last month, He is there holding me up with His right hand telling me everything WILL be OK. This time will be no different!”

My sister and I set up a “ Go Fund me account and shared it on Facebook, to see if we could raise some of the money, thinking small we thought we would possible raise a quarter to half of the amount. By the end of the first day we had raised $745! By the end of the second day we had raised the FULL AMOUNT!!I have been in absolute amazement all weekend. Every time my phone buzzed with a new notification that there was a donation made, my heart leapt from my chest! I want to say a special Thank You to all of my close family and friends who not only shared my Go Fund Me page, but also donated! I would also like to Thank Jennifer GriffinAmanda Coer’s, Sarah Criddle, and  huge thank you to all of my Trim Healthy Blogging Buddies that shared my page and asked your readers for help. Your support is priceless and  without it I dont know that this would have been accomplished. Within 48 hours of what seemed to be an insurmountable problem, EVERY single penny was raised! God provided in a miraculous way. This situation reminded me of an old lesson I have learned over and over again.

                A few years ago I spoke at a ladies retreat. I shared a simple truth that I have held onto in my life. The power of speaking God’s word over our life. The bible is filled with HIS wisdom, His promises and His Love for us. During this David and Goliath moment I began to once again pray God’s promises over my life. I held on tight to my life verses of hope. This is a discipline that takes work; it isn’t always easier to do. I have a small scrapbook at home that I have written many verses on. I love to flip through it, and read those scriptures. I want to encourage you to find your own life scriptures, to draw your strength from. Here are a few of my anchor verses that I have written on post it notes and stuck to the bottom of my computer monitor at work to remind me every day:

For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans for good and not Evil, to give you a future and a hope.                                                                                                                 Jeremiah 29:11

Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest, for my burden is light.

Matthew 9:23

Despite all these things, OVERWHELMING VICTORY is ours through Christ who loved us.

Romans 8:37

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!                              Philipians 4:13

Even there your hand will guide me your right hand will hold me fast.     Psalm 139:10

Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will hold you up with my Righteous right hand.                                                   Isaiah 41:10

                When we pray the word of God over our lives, there is a sense of peace that surpasses all human understanding. When a friend of mine who doesn’t believe in God asked me “Melissa with all the bad things that have happened to you and now having cancer, how can you still praise a God who would let this happen?” I smiled to her and gave her a hug and replied “When I CHOOSE to be believe in God it is not because he promised me that it would be easy, in fact His word says the opposite and guarantee’s that by following Him I am in for trials and tribulation. The difference is that I have faith that my Savior is holding me up through the storm and a hope that when the storm is over I will come out stronger and better than ever “thyroid

Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Pecans {THM S}

IMG_2789[1]About a month ago my sweet friend Patricia from work brought these AMAZING rosemary nuts to work, Tish is our RN and she is such a talented baker, and confection maker! I snuck in a few of these nuts knowing that they were totally off plan for Trim Healthy Mama… I felt no guilt! I simply enjoyed the delectable little confection and decided I must THM-ify (this is a new word I made up… it’s a verb of course meaning to tweak or change a recipe in a THM friendly recipe) OK enough of the English lesson according to Mel… With Tish’s genius recipe in hand i set off to work– it was pretty simple. Special thank you to Tish!

With out further ado; here you are I call them Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts:

Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Nuts
Serves 4
Spicy and waste-line Friendly party nuts
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbs Butter
  2. 3 TspTHM Brown Sugar
  3. (1/3 cup truvia or sweet blend & 1/8 tsp black strap molasses mix until combined)
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 2 tsp chopped rosemary (Fresh is best but dried will work if it's what you have on hand )
  6. 1 pinch or 2 shakes of Cayenne Pepper
  7. 2 cups of pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place Pecan's in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes, don't allow them to scorch! they will become very fragrant with they are ready your nose knows when they are done.
  3. While the pecan's are roasting melt butter in a pan over a low heat,then stir in your THM brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper until incorporated completely.
  4. When the timer goes off for the pecans toss them in a bowl and pour your glaze over them and toss until all the nuts are coated. Then toss in the finely chopped rosemary so it is evenly disbursed on the nuts.
  5. Now place your coated pecans onto the parchment lined cookie sheet and pop them back in the over for 4 minutes (no longer or they will burn!!)
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 You will want to allow these to cool completely before sampling. They will keep fresh at room temp for a few days so no need to freeze or refrigerate.  One serving is a small handful (about 8-10 pecan halves) If you are a Trim Healthy Mama like me you want to make sure to always respect your portion size in nuts because of the fairly high fat to carb ratio. We don’t to create and accidental clash of the fuels!

These would make a great and simple party treat for all those holiday parties coming up, or even a great neighbor gift! Throw them in a cute  baggie and tie with a bow.

***Disclaimer DIANA LOOK AWAY NOW! my poor Sister Uglier is deathly allergic to nuts! I promise am not trying to kill her with this recipe, but I just had to share!!***

Pumpkin Pie Donuts!

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin! Since the first week of October all i have read about is pumpkin recipes, coffee, cake, pie, bread… You name it bloggers have made it PUMPKIN!  I am a little late for the pumpkin band wagon, however the last few day I have been seriously craving pumpkin pie.Buttery yummy crust, creamy pumpkin filling and delicious creamy whipped cream on top… NOM NOM NOM!!! Well last night also wanted donuts. thanks to my amazing lifestyle on Trim Healthy Mama, I can have my pie and eat my donuts too! thus the creation of Pumpkin Pie Donuts with a Cinnamon brown butter dipping glaze! is your mouth watering yet? These are packed with protein and will keep you on track all morning! they are a THM S or Satifying meal, which means they will also work for Paleo or Low Carb! I use a mini donut maker, but you can also use a donut baking pan. There are directions for both, Enjoy! FullSizeRender

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pack Donuts
Yields 18
These protein packed Satisfying donuts will leave you satisfied and ready to take on the day!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ Cups of Blanched almond flour (not packed)
  2. ½ scoop whey protein powder
  3. ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  4. ½ tsp baking powder
  5. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  6. 2 tbs room temp butter (Or Coconut oil)
  7. 1/3 Cup THM brown sugar
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1 Cup pumpkin puree (Fresh or canned just make sure the ingredients are only pumpkin if using canned)
  10. Cinnamon brown butter Glaze
  11. 3 TBS Butter
  12. 2-3 shakes ground cinnamon
  13. 3 TBS Truvia or 1.5 TBS THM Sweet Blend
  14. 1-2 tsp cream
Donuts
Directions
  1. In a bowl cream your butter, protein powder and THM brown sugar, then add your pumpkin puree, and mix well until completely combined. Add in your three eggs mix until thoroughly incorporated. Add in your almond flour one cup at a time then add in your pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking powder mix until the mix is combined well and smooth.
  2. If you have a donut maker : Place about 1 TBS in each well of your donut maker and allow your donuts to cook easily until the ready light comes on.
  3. If using a donut pan preheat your oven to 350 .
  4. Fill each donut well with about 1 ½ TBS of mix. Bake for about 10-12 min or until you can insert a tooth pick and it comes out clean 
Glaze
  1. Grind or blend the Truvia or THM Sweet Blend in a blender or coffee grounder until powdered. In a small pan melt and brown 3 TBS butter, you will know it is ready when it begins to smell very fragrant and caramel-ish. Remove pan from heat and add two to three shakes of cinnamon and mix well. Then add in the powdered Truvia or sweet blend slowly until it is completely combined. Add cream 1 tsp at a time until it is nice and creamy.
Notes
  1. Allow your donuts to cool (if you can I personally burned my tongue because they smelled sooooo good!) enjoy dipping these in the brown butter glaze or roll each donut in the glaze and allow it to cool before eating.
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Pumpkin Pie “Syrup”

Pumpkin pie syrup

Missing my Lattes

Before my carb controlled diet, I never thought twice about stopping at my local coffee shop and grabbing a pumpkin pie latte. They are loaded with sugar!  I figured I could just give them up and be done, but then fall rolled around with it’s crisp air and apple cider, and pumpkins everywhere.

Before I give you the recipe–I need to tell you a secret…

I don’t like a lot of artificial junk, I am a “food from as close to it’s natural state as possible” kind of gal. So I may not always do things the easy way, but you can be sure that it is the most healthy for you. I’m going to give you several options for your syrup. One has regular old sugar, another honey,  one eryrithritol+stevia (Sweet Blend) , and the last one just stevia. You could even omit the sweetener all together and just make it pumpkin pie flavoring. It will be up to you. If you like this recipe…stay tuned because later this week I will have a pumpkin pie shake made with this syrup and it is out of this world! Scroll down for the recipe for pumpkin pie creamer made from the syrup. 

I don’t have many pictures of the different methods, but I hope to update with them. For now, I wanted to get this recipe into your hands!


 

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

What you will need:

1 Cup boiling water

1/8 Cup pumpkin puree (I make my own recipe coming!)

1/2 Cup Sugar, or truvia; OR 1/3 Cup Sweet Blend, or honey; OR 1/8 teaspoon stevia

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ginger

1/16 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/16 teaspoon clove

tiny dash of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Take your pumpkin puree and boiling water and mix together in a glass measuring cup along with the sweetener of your choice. Mix up and allow to steep for a few minutes. Take a fine mesh strainer, nut milk bag, cheese cloth etc… and strain liquid into a small pot. Turn burner on low and add all spices except vanilla. Stir everything together and simmer(not boil) for around 5-10 min. If you are using sugar the syrup will coat the back of a metal spoon when ready. For the other sweeteners, you will just need to watch it and allow it to reduce slightly. Remember this is a concentrate. You can taste it to see if it is right but it will be VERY sweet. Take it off the stove and strain again add the vanilla and then refrigerate until you are ready to use! 

For a pumpkin latte, I use one cup of coffee, 4 Tablespoons cream, and 2 teaspoons of the syrup. You should add a little at a time to see how you like yours.

To make a pumpkin pie creamer. Add 1 teaspoon of syrup for each Tablespoon of heavy cream. This will make it like a commercial creamer very sweet 🙂

Enjoy! Love Diana


 

Pumpkin Pie "Syrup"
Yields 2
Use this syrup for the base of any drink that you would like to taste like pumpkin pie!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup boiling water
  2. 1/8 Cup pumpkin puree (I make my own recipe coming!)
  3. 1/2 Cup Sugar, or truvia; OR 1/3 Cup Sweet Blend, or honey; OR 1/8 teaspoon stevia
  4. 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  6. 1/16 teaspoon allspice
  7. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1/16 teaspoon clove
  9. tiny dash of salt
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Take your pumpkin puree and boiling water and mix together in a glass measuring cup along with the sweetener of your choice. Mix up and allow to steep for a few minutes. Take a fine mesh strainer, nut milk bag, cheese cloth etc… and strain liquid into a small pot. Turn burner on low and add all spices except vanilla. Stir everything together and simmer(not boil) for around 5-10 min. If you are using sugar the syrup will coat the back of a metal spoon when ready. For the other sweeteners, you will just need to watch it and allow it to reduce slightly. Remember this is a concentrate. You can taste it to see if it is right but it will be VERY sweet. Take it off the stove and strain again add the vanilla and then refrigerate until you are ready to use!
Notes
  1. For a pumpkin latte, I use one cup of coffee, 4 Tablespoons cream, and 2 teaspoons of the syrup. You should add a little at a time to see how you like yours.
  2. If you don't feel like straining the second time that is ok it just may have bigger spice pieces.
  3. It may separate after it cools, just shake before using.
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Chicken and Veggie Fiesta Soup {E, S, FP}

Chicken Veggie Fiesta
It is finally cold here in Dallas, and with cold weather comes SOUP WEATHER! A year ago I would have been reaching for my Chicken Tortilla soup recipe, or my Beef stew, pork and potato green chili stew. This year these recipes would all cause a fuel collision now that I am a Trim Healthy Mama! You see the only rule that we Mama’s always follow when in weight loss mode is: Don’t Tandem Fuel! We don’t mix our Fat fuel sources with our healthy Carb fuel sources.

                I was craving a yummy comfort filled chicken soup with a zing. This is my solution to a cold night a need for a hot bowl of yummy soup! Chicken & Vegetable Fiesta soup, I call it fiesta soup because it is a party on my taste buds! In the original recipe one serving is a Fuel Pull (Low fat, and Low Carb) so you can really take this soup and make it an E (Energizing), S (Satisfying), Or have a FP (Fuel Pull). So Here is the original recipe and some ideas on how to take it to E, S, or keep it FP.
Mel’s Chicken Vegetable Fiesta soup

Ingredients:

3 Boneless skinless chicken breast
1 bag frozen pepper and onion mix (I would have used fresh but I was fresh out of them.. haha)

1 Bag frozen Stir fry vegetables

1 TBS Coconut oil

16 OZ chicken stock (I used store bought)

2 TBS Chopped Garlic or 2 fresh garlic cloves

2 TBS red Chili powder (I use New Mexico Red Chili powder it is my favorite)
Optional: 2 tsp Tumeric (because I pretty much add this to everything now)

1 4 OZ cans Hatch Green Chilies- Hot

1 4 OZ can Hatch Green Chilies- Mild

1 Can fire roasted stewed tomatoes (I use the Del Monte brand)

 Cooking Directions:
Dice your chicken into 1 inch pieces then. On a med-high heat melt your coconut oil until fully melted, the pan is nice and hot add chicken breast. You want to hear that sizzle so you get a nice sear on the chicken. Add Salt and Pepper to taste, once your chicken is cooked on all sides add Garlic and chili powder. Toss your pan so the chicken is coated on all sides with the chili powder and then add frozen peppers and onion mix. Allow this to cook for a good 4-5 min until your onions become translucent. Then add your chicken stock and canned items (Green Chilies, and stewed tomatoes.) as well as your frozen stir fry veggies. Cover the pan and allow your soup to come to a boil and then lower your heat to a simmer for about 30-45 min on low.

This will make about 8-12servings. 

Another option is to throw everything in your crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (I do this frequently in the mornings and then when I get home from work it is perfect and ready for the eating!)

 S topping Options:

Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice , a sprinkle of cilantro. A generous sprinkle some Cheddar cheese and add a dollop of sour cream and a couple slices of avocado! Slice a low carb tortilla into thin strips & crisp up in some butter to sprinkle on top and enjoy! (Just remember for an S you want no more than 6 Carbs from store bought carb items)

E Options:

Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice , a sprinkle of cilantro Add a 1/3 cup of cooked Brown rice or a ½ Cup of Black Beans, a sprinkle of Part skim mozzarella and a dollop of 0% Greek Yogurt! You could also enjoy a few Baked Blue Corn Tortilla chips with it!

 Keep it FP:

add a squeeze of fresh lime juice , a sprinkle of cilantro , a sprinkle of cilantro Add scant sprinkle of part skim mozzarella, & a dollop of 0% Greek Yogurt and enjoy!

 I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! Remember you can spice it up or down as much as you want. I probably added abother 4-5 TBS of Chili powder to mine (I like a little kick in taste buds) My 5 year old son gobbled it up. Since it is just the two of us I have some in the fridge for lunches and a few containers frozen in the freezer for later!

 **If you are not living the Trim Healthy Lifestyle this would be considered Paleo, or Low Carb/Low Fat Friendly. Alrighty then, I think I have now covered all my bases.** <3 Be Blessed!~ Mel

 

 

 

 

Chicken and Veggie Fiesta Soup {E, S, FP}
Yields 8
I call it fiesta soup because it is a party on my taste buds!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 Boneless skinless chicken breast
  2. 1 bag frozen pepper and onion mix (I would have used fresh but I was fresh out of them.. haha)
  3. 1 Bag frozen Stir fry vegetables
  4. 1 TBS Coconut oil
  5. 16 OZ chicken stock (I used store bought)
  6. 2 TBS Chopped Garlic or 2 fresh garlic cloves
  7. 2 TBS red Chili powder (I use New Mexico Red Chili powder it is my favorite)
  8. Optional: 2 tsp Tumeric (because I pretty much add this to everything now)
  9. 1 4 OZ cans Hatch Green Chilies- Hot
  10. 1 4 OZ can Hatch Green Chilies- Mild
  11. 1 Can fire roasted stewed tomatoes (I use the Del Monte brand)
Instructions
  1. Dice your chicken into 1 inch pieces then. On a med-high heat melt your coconut oil until fully melted, the pan is nice and hot add chicken breast. You want to hear that sizzle so you get a nice sear on the chicken. Add Salt and Pepper to taste, once your chicken is cooked on all sides add Garlic and chili powder. Toss your pan so the chicken is coated on all sides with the chili powder and then add frozen peppers and onion mix. Allow this to cook for a good 4-5 min until your onions become translucent. Then add your chicken stock and canned items (Green Chilies, and stewed tomatoes.) as well as your frozen stir fry veggies. Cover the pan and allow your soup to come to a boil and then lower your heat to a simmer for about 30-45 min on low.
Notes
  1. Another option is to throw everything in your crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (I do this frequently in the mornings and then when I get home from work it is perfect and ready for the eating!)
  2. See the blog page for all the fuel topping ideas.
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The C word

Two weeks ago I went for a routine exam with my endocrinologist. I have been doing this about once a year for the past 5 years. It has become routine to me. I go in, talk about all the things that I should change and how my weight is seriously affecting my health and the longevity of my life. At the end of each of these visits the doctor sends me for a sonogram of my thyroid, and usually for a biopsy of the 3 nodules that I have been living there for several years.

                This visit was different. Having lost 83 pounds to date my doctor was extremely impressed! He raved about what a great life change I had made, how wonderful it was that I am no longer pre-diabetic. In his words “You have literally just added 5 years to your life.” When I asked if he felt I needed to have the thyroid removed, or what we would do for treatment he replied simply, “you have treated it, with your weight loss. You are not having any symptoms of thyroid disease and your numbers look better than they have in years. Just keep up with the weight loss and I don’t think we will need to do anything. Just to be on the safe side I want you to go for your sonogram today and we will revisit after.” I scheduled the test for later that day. Being a medical professional can sometimes not be to your own benefit. Especially when you can talk a sono-tech into letting you see the screen while they work. As she scanned my Thyroid I knew something was different. There were two new black nodules showing on the screen and the largest of them was dark, dense and had grown nearly 1.5 inches since my last sonogram. <insert the ominous music here>

                A week later I received the phone call from my Doctors nurse. As she read the doctors findings back to me I felt my heart drop into my stomach and I couldn’t breathe. “Your thyroid and the nodules have enlarged at an alarming rate. The largest nodule as well as the two new nodules appears to be malignant, and we want you to go for a full body scan as soon as possible.” I felt my entire world falling apart. I was reeling, and spinning. I almost felt like I was drowning. I have felt this way nearly every minute since this phone call.

                I have spent the last year of my life at the peak of health, I have lost the weight I was told I would never lose, I have had more energy, had two horrible diagnosis wiped off my problem list and have conquered some major demons in my life! I have pushed and pulled and worked so hard to gain my health. Only to hear the C word, to have someone tell me I have Cancer. Just one little word with a huge scary meaning that made me feel as if all of my progress, all of my hard work was for nothing. Frankly I was mad. I haven’t given in to comfort eating or stress eating for 10 months! I have been dedicated to my health and well-being… and yet CANCER! With the anger came an overwhelming sense that I was being ridiculous. As I began to tell those closest to me about this diagnosis, I began to hear all of the concern and love they have for me. They have given so much support , and so much hope. I can hear them with my ears, and process it with my mind, and part of me could believe it yet I still felt myself falling, drowning, falling further and further from the health I felt I had just a week earlier. Hadn’t my doctor just told me that I had added years to my life… But CANCER?! What about my son? What will happen to him how will this news affect my sweet innocent child? How do I explain this to him?

                I have not handled this news very well, in fact I have pretty much been an absolute wreck. I wish I could say like many have that I have been unafraid, that I have known every minute that all would be well and that this was no big deal. Well I can’t say that… I haven’t been able to get to that point yet. There is part of me that believes that to my core, I know that it WILL be ok. I know that I have a huge support network, and loving family and friends that will see me through this. Above all else I know I have a beautiful savior who took 30 lashes so that I would be healed from this… But guess what? My flesh has been winning this fight so far. I have even reached out for the old comfort I used to feel in food, my former idol my comfort. I have eaten so poorly in the last 4 days, Mexican food, funnel cake, Oreos, hoping to find the comfort I used to feel when I ate this type of food… Only to find myself so sick I could barely walk. I haven’t really been honest with anyone so far. When they ask how I am doing I shrug and say “I’m doing OK” when really I have been doing the opposite of OK… I text messaged my sister this morning, not having been honest with anyone about how bad I have been feeling. I was honest with her, she lovingly reminded me that God gave me this plan, Trim Healthy Mama. He sent this to me to experience food freedom and health. She reminded me that I can’t allow this circumstance to steal of that away from me, I can’t be a victim.

 

                I have debated on writing this post, being so transparent to those who don’t know me and especially to those who do. I have gone back and forth, because I don’t like to show the vulnerable, weak side of me to anyone. Showing this side of me makes me look weak, and well no one wants to look like that. Right? WRONG! I need to admit that I can’t handle this on my own; I can’t just suck it up and keep going. I need to dig in to my support system, and allow those who love me to be there. Most of all I need to open myself up to my Lord. He has a plan for my life, a plan of hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) so today I build my house on the solid rock for my foundation. I chose to believe in Romans 8:28 All things work together for the GOOD of those who believe.

While my life is about more than the way I eat, the Trim Healthy lifestyle has become a huge part of my life. It has given me so much, and helped me to overcome so much. Now more than ever I believe that in order to conquer this battle to win the fight with thyroid cancer I need to be even more dedicated to the Trim Healthy Lifestyle. There is healing in the recipes, and there is healthy in this way of eating. I will conquer this epic battle. I will survive.

 

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