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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How to Propagate Rosemary

My daughter Kelcy had to write a report for school. I think that she did a pretty good job even though she is my daughter!

I know many of you don’t know how easy it is to start a rosemary plant! I hope her report and instructions inspire you to garden. Take care ~Diana

Rosemary is semi-hardwood that has an almost pine-leaf appearance, and bracing herbal aroma. The mint relative has a long history of both medicinal and culinary use, and was believed to be particularly beneficial for memory enhancement.

Though native to the Mediterranean, rosemary cultivation spread to Europe and America, where it grows well. It is considered a drought tolerant plant and is well suited for the soil here in Texas.

The herb pairs well with roasted vegetables, meats, and poultry, grilled Fish, and cheese. It is also an excellent enhancement in rustic breads; rosemary oil is also good for preserving food.

Rosemary is a perennial plant growing all year. Rosemary usually blooms in the summer when it is sunny and warm. Rosemary is a full sun plant needing lots of sun throughout the day. Taking care of rosemary is very easy, I personally think that you can ignore it for weeks on end and it will be just fine. Once established they need very little water but checking on it weekly is best.

There are several ways to propagate rosemary, seeds, and cuttings. I chose to use the cutting method as it is easier and quicker than growing from a seed. The next page includes a step by step guide on propagating from a cutting.

     I chose rosemary because my family cooks with it often and it has an amazing aroma.


How to Propagate Rosemary step by step

 

  1. Cut a long piece of rosemary from the base of plant.

 

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2. Start preparing pot with rather wet soil and rocks in bottom.

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3. Strip the bottom leaves off the stem

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4. Dip the stem in rooting hormone or diluted honey

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 Savory Sweet Potatoes (low fat)

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This is a quick and easy recipe that uses leftover baked sweet potatoes.

Serves 2

You will need:

2 baked sweet potatoes(cold works best), cooking spray, cumin, salt, powdered garlic, powdered onion, fresh cilantro, 0% greek yogurt.

Peel cold sweet potatoes and slice into rounds, while you are heating up a non-stick skillet sprayed with the cooking spray. Season your rounds with the salt, cumin, garlic and onion on both sides and place on the skillet. Brown both sides (use a bit more cooking spray for 2nd side if needed). On your plate sprinkle cilantro and add a dollop of the greek yogurt.

This was served with chicken breasts cooked with onions and peppers, Bragg’s liquid aminos and seasonings. It was a very filling and low fat dish!

If you want to splurge a little, use several tablespoons of butter to cook the sweet potatoes in, and add sour cream instead of the greek yogurt.

I tend to bake a whole oven full of sweet potatoes, in order to make the most of my energy! My kids love them cold, hot, sweet and savory so keeping them in the fridge on hand makes a great easy meal. This whole dish only took about 10min to make!

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

 

Savory Sweet Potatoes
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 2 baked sweet potatoes(cold works best),
  2. cooking spray,
  3. cumin,
  4. salt,
  5. powdered garlic,
  6. powdered onion,
  7. fresh cilantro,
  8. 0% greek yogurt.
Instructions
  1. Peel cold sweet potatoes and slice into rounds, while you are heating up a non-stick skillet sprayed with the cooking spray.
  2. Season your rounds with the salt, cumin, garlic and onion on both sides and place on the skillet. Brown both sides (use a bit more cooking spray for 2nd side if needed).
  3. On your plate sprinkle cilantro and add a dollop of the greek yogurt.
Notes
  1. This was served with chicken breasts cooked with onions and peppers, Bragg’s liquid aminos and seasonings.
  2. It was a very filling and low fat dish!
  3. If you want to splurge a little, use several tablespoons of butter to cook the sweet potatoes in, and add sour cream instead of the greek yogurt.
  4. I tend to bake a whole oven full of sweet potatoes, in order to make the most of my energy!
  5. My kids love them cold, hot, sweet and savory so keeping them in the fridge on hand makes a great easy meal.
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Winning Game Plan

Recently I have begun to see a stall out in my weight loss, it is coming off still just MUCH slower than it was in the beginning of this THM Journey of mine. This is to partially be expected when one has lost 66 LBS in 6 months, however being the overly analytical type A personality I am… I began to evaluate my life now as opposed to my life when I was just beginning THM. One very major change has been that I am now a full time working outside the home THM, as opposed to a part time working outside the home THM. When I was home part time I was able to do much more scratch cooking during the week and make sure I got in my breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, snack, supper, and dessert everyday exactly 3 hours apart just like a good little THM! My weight was literally melting off of me at a rapid pace, because I was constantly keeping my metabolism boosted and my body satisfied.

As a full time pediatric nurse I sometimes find it difficult these days to find the time for my morning and afternoon snacks right at the 2.5- 3 hour marks. This is not always optimal for my weight loss during the week! As you know when we don’t feed our metabolism regularly it begins to slow down and our weight loss can stall out. Wait a minute did I just say we all need to eat MORE frequently to continue our weight loss? Yes Ma’am I did (that is part of what I love about THM I get to feed my inner “fat girl” constantly and keep her quiet and satisfied… or energized depending on the meal ) when I skip meals and snacks or go WAAAAYYYYY to long in between them two things happen; my metabolism slows and my concentration suffers, and second my blood glucose drops to a hypo glycemic state which is not good for my weight loss but especially not good for my health!

Once I discovered my issue I knew I had to come up with a winning game plan to conquer this challenge. This is a tool that I use in my life anytime I have a challenge, or I want to make a change. I found this amazing book “Performance Intellegence” and it’s follow up book “Renewed” when I heard the author, Dr. Julie Bell speak at a ladies retreat a few years ago. Just like THM her book completely shifted my thought process. In this book she gives you step by step tools on how to be successful at just about anything you want to put your mind to. First you have to set your goal, then you have to set up your winning game plan on how to get to your goal, lastly you now have the freedom to say no to anything and everything that is not going to get you to your goal. It is very simple in my terms here, her book goes into much more detail, and is truly a “game” changer. If you are looking for more direction in your life and how to change things to get there I would definitely encourage you to pick up a copy of this book!

My winning game plan for Snacking:

  1. Come up with a list of easy, quick prep, snacks I can keep in my drawer or scrub pocket in order to eat quickly between office visits. (My List is below to give you some ideas)
  2. Plan ahead. I committed to making and following my menu weekly. I plan for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and two snacks a day as well as my drinks and desserts. (You can download a blank template Here, as well as see a couple examples of my menus)
  3. Prep, Prep, Prep! I spend my Saturday and often Sundays prepping my food and snacks for the week, so that then when my busy week comes I can simply grab and go, without having to think or stress.

Here is my list of Easy Prep, go to snacks throughout the week. Divided by food Type:

S (Satisfying)

  • Trimachino Rich with any of the following snacks:
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 4 pieces celery with 1 TBS PB (I buy the precut & washed because we don’t use this for anything else, so the pieces are 1 stalk cut in 3rds I would guess)
  • OS Trim Meat Sticks with 1 cheddar cheese stick
  • Full fat cheese stick & cucumbers
  • Skinny Chocolate ( All different varieties & I always add protein powder when I make mine)
  • Just like Wheat thins with Greek Yogurt spinach dip
  • 2 chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 special agent brownie (recipe found on page )
  • Deli meat Roll up
  • Protein Latte in a blender bottle(8 oz. almond milk 4 oz. coffee ½ scoop whey protein powder 1-2 tsp. Truvia 1 TBSMCT oil)
  • Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews, or other nuts ( individual packs)
  • 1 Joseph’s pita with 2 TBS of Peanut Butter and 1 tsp. of slim belly jelly (My version of a PB&J)

FP (Fuel Pull)

  • Trimachino Light with any of the following snacks
  • OS Trim Meat sticks (Not an affiliate just a link so you can find them!)
  • ½ Cup of Fresh sugar snap peas and Greek Yogurt ranch dip
  • 1 part Skim cheese stick and cucumber spears and Grape tomatoes
  • Light Babybel with handful of grape tomatoes
  • ½ cucumber with 2 Light Rye Wasa and 1 Lite Laughing cow
  • Lean Deli Meat 2 Light Rye Wasa and 1 Lite Laughing cow
  • 1 Low carb tortilla with 1 lite laughing cow sprinkled with cinnamon and Truvia
  • Churro Protein shake (12 Oz almond milk, ½ scoop vanilla whey, splash vanilla extract, few shakes cinnamon, sweetener to taste Shake well)
  • 1 light Babybel with ½ cucumber
  • ½ Baked Josephs Lavash with 0% Greek Yogurt sweetened with Stevia
  • FP Brownies
  • 2 Light Rye Wasa Crackers with a wedge of light Laughing cow (I love the jalapeño or French onion)

E (Energizing)

  • Trimachino light with any of the following snacks
  • OS Trim Meat stick with ½ -1 apple
  • 1 C cherries with ½ C 0% Greek Yogurt sweetened with Stevia
  • 2 slices sprouted grain bread with 1 wedge light laughing cow
  • 1 Apple with 1 fat free cheese stick
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Blueberry Breakfast cake
  • Handful of grapes and a light Babybel
  • 1 unsweetened applesauce pouch with 1/3 cup of pistachio
  • Air Popped Popcorn with Almond milk protein drink (8 oz. Unsweetened Almond milk ½ scoop whey protein and flavoring of choice in a blender bottle)

 

THM Sipper Concentrates:

  • GGMS (I love the original but I also make the Carmel Apple frequently)
  • Singing Canary
  • The Shrinker

I hope this will encourage you in your Trim Healthy journey, learning to keep on plan can be challenging, but it is so worth it!!

 

 

MyTrim Healthy Journey So Far…

Today I would like to tell you a little bit more about my story, my testimony to God’s unwavering faithfulness. I have had a good life for the most part, I have followed the Lord since I was 5 years old, holding true to His promises and while I have had some times that I have stepped out from under His covering, I know that He has always been faithful to bring me back to Him.

I have struggled with my weight and my self-esteem my entire life. I remember going to school and always feeling left out, feeling like the odd man out. I remember going shopping at the mall with my friends and going into the only store I could find clothes that fit me which everyone at school referred to as “The Fat Girl Store”. I remember how much it hurt to always look like I was 10 years older than I was because I was wearing clothing that my mom wore. These scars ran deep in my life. Being rejected, and made fun of by others even my own friends. I can remember all the way back to sixth grade being called a school bus because we had to wear these awful yellow t-shirts for gym class… to this day I won’t wear the color yellow.

I had lost all hope of ever being truly attractive and of worth when I was 18 and my doctor told me “Melissa you just need to accept that you will always be overweight. Between your PCOS and Thryoid issues you will never be able to lose the weight you need to. So just accept it and be comfortable with who you are.” My doctor didn’t know that he had just shattered my world with that statement. So I set out to prove him wrong… I tried every diet out there; Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Adkins, South Beach, Master Cleanse, and so many more I can’t even remember them! I would have some measure of success on each one usually about 25-30 pounds, and then the plateau would kick in and I would give up and gain what I had lost plus 4-5 pounds. So at 27 years old nearly ten years after that earth shattering day in the doctor’s office I gave up. I decided to accept myself as “the fat girl” I decided that I would just love who I was and anyone who had a problem with it could take a flying leap! (Can you sense the anger.) At this time I had just lost 3 babies to miscarriage(due to my health issues and weight), my marriage, my Job, my best friend, and my house, Most of all I had lost my hope for the future. I was in a very dark place and was ready to give up on everything when God brought my son into my life, He needed a mommy and lots of love, and I needed him to teach me how to be whole again. We cried together and laughed together, and grew together. My son saved my life in every way possible. Our adoption was finalized 9 months to the day after I brought him home to my parents’ house and told them that he was going to be my son. (You can only imagine their shock most people bring home puppies I bring home a baby! But that is another story)

Let’s fast forward two years, I was a now a mom with a renewed joy in life. God has already begun a work of restoration in my life and I was serving the Him faithfully once again. At this time decided that it was time to begin another new chapter in my life and return to my education! I began nursing school in the fall of 2012 and my life would literally never be the same! I can’t even begin to give you a list of all the wonderful things becoming a nurse has brought into my life, I met one of my best friends in nursing school and we became like sisters. She has truly been one of my biggest cheerleaders in life sincere day I met  her.

It was during nursing school that my beautiful sister Diana began her Trim healthy journey. A friend of hers gave her the book Trim healthy Mama and she started following the plan. It was a true life style change. Not only was she losing weight and inches but she was gaining confidence, energy, and stamina like I had never seen in her. She kept telling me “Melissa you need to read this book! You just have to, it will change your life”. I wasn’t ready to change my life yet at this point , so I made excuse after excuse! I was too busy with school to read another book, it was going to be too confusing for me to grasp, too expensive, it wouldn’t work for me just as none of the other plans in my life hadn’t worked for me… It wasn’t until 6 months after hearing about Trim Healthy Mama that I finally did the unthinkable, I READ THE BOOK!! Within minutes of finishing the Drive Thru Sue chapter I realized that this woman and Farm Fresh Tess were my soul mates. They were me in a book. With in hours of pouring over the pages of the Satisfying & Energizing Chapters I was in tears because for the first time in my entire adult life, I FOUND HOPE FOR WEIGHT LOSS. I had given up on the remote idea of being healthy or being thinner, but I found my hope again in this plan. I found a community of women who were dedicated to encouraging each other! I cannot emphasize enough how vital reading the book is, i had looked at  the Pinterest recipes and  Facebook boards for months prior to reading the book. Everything seemed like a bunch of granola crunchy mumbo jumbo… UNTIL I sat down and read the book. Then it all clicked! It was a light bulb moment probably in my top 5 life changing moments.

My Trim Healthy Journey began on January 18, 2014 I went full force, there was no looking back for me! I began at a weight of 326 lbs and a size 24. My first week I lost 12 lbs! and then a month and a half later I reached 30 lbs. It was at this point that old fears began to creep in… I had mad it this far before… would I be able to keep going? Could I actually be successful at this weight loss and Trim healthy journey? The answer to that question is YES! Month after month week after week I kept going kept losing pounds, and if I wasn’t losing pounds I was losing inches. I was gaining energy like I had never had even when I was a child. My aches and pains we gone. I no longer required sleep aid medication to fall asleep! The list goes on and on with the many miles stones that have come along with starting Trim Healthy Mama.

As of my last weigh in I have lost 66 lbs, and 4 dress sizes and 1 ½ shoe sizes! I will never go back to where I began, because it would be going backward! This journey has changed my life in so many different ways, on the surface I don’t cringe when i walk by windows that will show my reflection anymore. I can run and play with my son! I can go shopping and not be confined to one shelf of clothing. I am in control of my food intake! I am no longer controlled by sugar and potato chips! When people ask me (and they do ask frequently) when are you going to start eating normal again? I simply smile at them and say “this is my normal!”

I have gone from Hopeless to full of hope! God has brought me full circle, He has changed my life in so many ways that I am sure I can’t even see yet! I have to say thank you to Serene & Pearl for this Heaven inspired plan, thank you for taking time away from your family and friends to minister to women like myself who have lost hope! God has used your plan to change so many people.

Trim Healthy Mama is a commitment, it is long term and it is a LIFESTYLE change. I would like to share a couple of pieces of advice that have helped me along the way:

  1. Find a THM Buddy. Having someone to walk through this journey, bounce ideas off of, and cry and whine to on days that aren’t easy is priceless! I could not have made this change and been successful without my sister’s guiding hand and loving help.
  2. Be prepared! Make a plan even just a loose idea of what meals and snacks you will have for the week if you don’t want to be detailed. IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! You can find a printable menu plan here: Blank Menu Plan.
  3. Be open to new ideas and new foods. Just because you didn’t like a recipe the first time you tried it doesn’t mean the next time you try it you won’t love it!
  4. Buy multiple sets of measuring spoons and cups Jit really comes in handy when you have more than one set in your kitchen!
  5. Become involved with the THM community. Get on the FB Boards and be an encourager! J never in all my years of weight loss have I found a more encouraging, loving, and honest group of women to lift me up on my bad days, or call me and encourage me when I feel like cheating & giving up.

Here are some before pictures: Top right: I was 17 years old Top Left I was 19 Bottom Right: I was 27 Bottom left I was 29

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Next are the Pictures from the day I began THM:

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These are during my journey  of the last 6 months! my favorite was being able to ride the carousel with my son at the zoo and not breaking it!

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Sister Ugliers Best Cookies EVER!

Today is our North Texas THM Meet up and we always bring yummy on plan THM snacks or desserts to share. I have been seriously craving chocolate chip cookies for a while now,  and thought it would be a yummy treat to share with my sweet THM friends. However I do not have a great recipe… So what is my solution? I searched Pinterest Hi & Low but none of those I found met my cookie snobbery standards… So I made up my own!  Get ready for some mouth watering, Buttery Deliciousness… I mean really i could eat the whole batch on my own…

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                                                                                Ingredients:

photo 11/2 C Butter
1/4 C Coconut Oil
1/3 C THM Brown Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
3 C Blanched Almond Flour
1 1/4 C Lilly’s (Stevia sweetened) Chocolate chips

 

                                                                                                          Directions:

Preheat oven to 325
photo 2Cream together Butter, Coconut oil, and THM Brown Sugar
Add Eggs, Vanilla & Salt
Mix Almond Flour Baking Soda in a separate Bowl & incorporate into wet ingredients one cup at a time.
Fold in chocolate chips and place in the fridge for 15 min to firm up
Spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (DO NOT grease it will cause the bottoms to burn)

Bake for 11-13 min allow to cool and enjoy with a Trimachino Rich or a glass of almond milk. (MMMMM YUM)
These are an S or Satifying snack for those of us following Trim Healthy Mama.

 

Sister Ugliers Best Cookies EVER!
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Butter
  2. 1/4 C Coconut Oil
  3. 1/3 C THM Brown Sugar
  4. 2 tsp Vanilla
  5. 2 Eggs
  6. 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp Salt
  8. 3 C Blanched Almond Flour
  9. 1 1/4 C Lilly’s (Stevia sweetened) Chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream together Butter, Coconut oil, and THM Brown Sugar.
  2. Add Eggs, Vanilla & Salt.
  3. Mix Almond Flour Baking Soda in a separate Bowl & incorporate into wet ingredients one cup at a time.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and place in the fridge for 15 min to firm up.
  5. Spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (DO NOT grease it will cause the bottoms to burn)
  6. Bake at 350° for 11-13 min allow to cool
Notes
  1. Enjoy with a Trimachino Rich or a glass of almond milk. (MMMMM YUM)
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Diana here–

I just couldn’t resist adding this picture of the cookies that my sister Melissa brought me with my special tweak!

I softened 2 Tablespoons of cream cheese, mixed with stevia, vanilla and caramel extract. I then spread on one cookie, made a sandwich, and rolled in Lily’s chips! It was super yummy! Tell us how you like to eat your cookies?

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Steak Lettuce Wraps {S}

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As I was planning my menu for the week I knew I was craving lettuce wraps from one of my favorite local restaurants. I sat at the table slightly perplexed and disappointed because their sauce is sugar laden and filled with ingredients that do not fit into my Trim Healthy Lifestyle. I began thinking “I bet I could make that myself and tweak it to be Trim & Healthy. So I put my brain went to work on a plan to create my own mouthwatering lettuce wraps. Here is what I came up with:

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Steak Lettuce Wraps with a Ginger Teriyaki Sauce. {S}

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Heads of Romaine Lettuce (Butter Lettuce works great too I just happened to have Romaine in the fridge)
  • 1TBS EVCO (Extra virgin Coconut Oil)
  • 1 TBS Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp. Truvia
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce Or Braggs Liquid Amino’s (I used Soy Sauce)
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 2 tsp. minced or finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 TBS minced garlic (Divided)
  • 1-2 tsp. red cracked chili pepper flakes. (Optional if you don’t like spicy.)
  • 1/8 tsp. glucomannan
  • 2 LBS Chuck Steaks- Cut into 1-2 in Strips
  • 1 Large Zucchini thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Yellow summer squash thinly sliced
  • 4-5 mixed sweet peppers thinly sliced
  • 8-10 Button Mushrooms thinly sliced

Rinse the Lettuce and separate leaves onto a plate. Place in the fridge to chill while you start the filling.

Filling Cooking Instructions: I started by sautéing the chopped onion in 1 TBS EVCO when they began to turn translucent I added the steak strips and sautéed them until they were browned on all sides. Then I added all of my peppers and mushrooms. After about 4 min I added the rest of my veggies and allowed those to cook covered for about 3 min. Next I added the soy sauce, ½ TBS minced ginger, and garlic and Toasted Sesame oil. Stirred together well and covered. I allowed this to cook until all the veggies were tender and the meat was cooked thoroughly.

Sauce instructions: Strain the liquid from your pan into a sauce pan and add: ½ TBS minced ginger, Truvia, and red cracked chili flakes stir all ingredients together over a medium heat until it begins to simmer and then lower your heat to a Low heat. Continue to stir and add 1/8 tsp.

of glucomannan (used to thicken the sauce). Stir vigorously to avoid clumping. (I use a salt shaker to evenly distribute the gluccie)

Allow to simmer another couple of minutes and then remove. The Sauce will thicken as it cools.

 Assemble your components and Enjoy.

We got to eat out on the patio this evening it was a rare cool night in Texas. We enjoyed this with some Iced Tea and watched the kiddo’s play in the sprinkler. It was a night for the record book! My favorite part of this meal, is that it is delicious & filling but it doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down and heavy. We were still able to go on our evening walk and enjoy time together after a steak dinner!

P.S. You will need extra napkins as these can be finger licking good but slightly messy!

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Trim healthy ME!

I have been on Trim Healthy Mama for about 12 weeks now, and I have NEVER experienced so much success, support, and energy on any other eating plan. It has been a complete shock to my system and a complete lifestyle change. I eat all of my favorite foods, pizza, cheesecake, steak, salmon, CHOCOLATE. Every week, I also now eat quinoa, brown rice, and so much coconut oil I should take out stock in a coconut oil company. (Haha) I wanted to share my story with you, how I got to where I am today, my testimony about finding hope fire healthiness when I had absolutely given up hope that I would ever experience weight loss of any kind.
When I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with PCOS & Hashimoto’s Thyrioditis. The combination of these two disorders makes the idea of weightloss nearly impossible. My doctor made sure I knew this too. I will never forget our conversation. “Miss Chavez you should accept who you are and just love your life. You will probably get diabetes by the time you are 35 and hypertension sometime between now and then.” Well I am not one to just roll over and give up. I set out to prove him wrong! I tried Weight Watchers, South Beach, Adkins, The Zone, and experience a measure of success with each, losing and gaining the same 25-30 LBS over and over. All the while giving up my favorite foods, depriving myself of enjoyment and telling myself “if you just had more discipline,more will power you would be able to do this!”. I cried and fret over my weight, always thinking I was just meant to be “fat”. I decided that maybe surgery was the option for success so I pursued Gastric bypass, I had a date set for the surgery. When it fell through because of insurance, I was devastated! I spend weeks beating myself up and becoming absolutely depressed. The doctor was right, is the conclusion I came to and I just accepted who I am. I walked with confidence. I figured out how to just be me and love myself. Now fast forward about 5 years: One year ago April of 2013 my beautiful sister began her journey on THM and has found amazing success. She tried and tried to convince me to begin THM. I refused, And refused, all the while researching this new dangled way of eating. The voice in my head telling me that I would just fail at this just as I had so many other times so why bother? Then I finally after much coaxing, I read the book- more like devoured the book. It was like a lightbulb turned on, and all of a sudden it all made sense. I realized that I could do this, especially after reading all of the success stories of Gwen & Jennifer, and so many others on the THM Facebook Page! I took the leap of faith and went all in with this lifestyle change. This was January 18,2014. Here I am 3 months later, 42 pounds lighter, 3 dress sizes smaller and am continuing to melt always nearly effortlessly. By following Serene & Pearl’s plan. This plan is God inspired and just makes so much sense! I thank God everyday for a sister that wouldn’t give up on me, that has supported me everyday in this journey, and for Serene & Pearl’s book. If you are wanting to live a healthier more energetic life then I truly encourage you to click on the Trim Healthy Mama link and take a step toward a healthier life! It isn’t an easy change to make but I can promise you it is SO very worth it! You will not find a more supportive group of women, or a more hope-filled journey than this one.

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The Great Fauxtato Search of 2014

Hi everyone I am Melissa and I am a potato addict. That is to say that I love them, I need them, mashed, Fried, hashed, baked, puréed, in soup, with roast, or just all alone on their own. Potato’s are this perfect, delectable, mouth watering side dish that I have eaten all my life. Which wasn’t a problem, until I started this amazing journey in January. Potato’s are a high glycemic starchy food 🙁 which does not fit into my new lifestyle plan! Trim Healthy Mama is a Low Glycemic Lifestyle in which I separate eating carbs and fats, which is our bodies two main fuel sources. I love every single day on THM, there is so much freedom, and I have received so much from this lifestyle and given up very little; refined white flours, sugar, and you guessed it POTATOS. Thus I am need to find a good, delicious, mouthwatering substitute for my potato’s.
My search began with Mashed potato my very favorite side dish buttery, creamy, and yummy. Amazingly, cauliflower was the answer here. I steamed a 16 oz bag of frozen cauliflower ( because that is what I had on hand fresh works great too) until they were tender, I threw them in my blender a handful at a time and blended until smooth then added 1/2 stick of butter, 1/4 cup of sour cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder and blended again until combined…They were lip smacking good!! My four year old LOVED them and asked for seconds. They receive a 4 out of 5 stars in my book. One point taken off for texture they weren’t as creamy as potato’s, but they were a delicious alternative and help chase the pounds always so they are a keeper.
Next up in the search are roasted potato’s. Radishes work really well here!! Radishes have about 1 net carb per half cup! Super low carb and great on the glycemic scale. The first time I made them it was an epic fail… But I learn from my mistakes, they let here is boiling in lightly salted water. It takes away the parsnip-y flavor. I pan roasted them with butter, minced garlic , S &P, and a 1/4 of an onion until Caramelized and yummy ( about 20 min). OMGoodness they were yummy. 5 out of 5 stars for me they were flavorful, and had a great texture! These will be repeated in my house hold. ** side note Radishes are also great with a roast in the crock pot! They absorb all the beef or pork flavor and are super yummy**
Last but certainly not least the French fry, oh My sweet love of French fries! I did a little digging for this one, and discovered a recipe for baked Jimica fries! In case you don’t know Jimica is a fruit and it has a sweet citrusy flavor it is usually eaten raw. 1 whole Jimica is about 4g Net carbs (8g Carbs – 4g fiber=4g net carbs) so here is what I did to this yummy fruit I didn’t even really know existed until last week. I peeled it (with some difficulty) then cut it into 1/4 inch width pieces. I tossed it with some EVOO, seasoning salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 min then flipped and baked an additional 25 min. Holy potato fake out batman they are yummy!! 5 out of 5 stars for a French fry replacement!
I hope you find your perfect potato replacement! Let me know your ideas in the comments! I love trying new recipes and ideas. Happy eating!!
Love Mel!
Here are my roasted Radishes

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And my Jimica French Fries

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Baked Oatmeal Muffins

I have never been a big breakfast eater, in fact I usually just stick to my coffee with tons of flavored creamer, now that I have started THM I wake up hungry, and I want breakfast. Every recipe I have tried so far that is THM friendly I have absolutely loved, with one exception : Oatmeal. I love my sugary microwave special oatmeal which is an absolute THM no no! Out comes my creative side, and BAM baked oatmeal muffins! Who doesn’t love a muffin in the morning? I know I sure do, this meal will be either a Fuel Pull (Low fat and Low Carb) or an E meal (Moderate Carb and low fat). Serving size for Fuel Pull would be one muffin and for an E would be 2 muffins. photo 3

Baked Oatmeal Muffins 
By:Mel

Ingredients:
2 Cups Old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup Truvia (ground into powder)
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
2 eggs 
1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
1 TBS EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil)
2 tsp vanilla or maple extract
Add in's: (the possibilities are nearly endless just choose a food on the FP or E list!)I used about 1/2 a cup of blueberries  and 1/2 a medium apple tossed in cinnamon.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Powder your Truvia in a coffee grinder or blender. Then mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then whip all your wet ingredients together in a separate bowl or blender. Make a shallow well in your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly and toss in you add in's and mix through. Use a measuring cup to ladle the mixture into your lined muffin cups should make 12 muffins Bake for 20-25 min allow to cool and enjoy. These muffins should last about a week in the fridge or about a month in the freezer.

Happy muffin eating y’all ! you can print the PDF of this recipe here: Baked Oatemeal Muffins