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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

Cilantro Dressing (Deep S)

IMG_00000695_hdrI have begun my first THM Fuel Cycle and I needed a delectable deep S dressing, In the book there is a heavy emphasis on using Greens for your Deep S days. What is my favorite Green you ask? CILANTRO! I came up with this recipe in order to pack more super-food punch into my salad. Cilantro has all of the antioxidant and crime fighting power of other greens and bonus: it helps alkalize your blood. This recipe has 8 simple ingredients that most will have on hand.

Ingredients

  1. 1 bunch Cilantro(Stems and all)
  2. 1/4 small white onion
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  5. 1TBS Nutrional yeast
  6. 2TBS Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    (more or less depending on the size of your bunch of cilantro)

Wash and rough chop Cilantro bunch, place into your blender or food processor with all ingredients and half of the oil, blend on high for around 2 minutes (pausing to scrape down the side so everything is incorporated)  you will notice it take on a creamy looking consistency. Slowly drizzle the remaining oil continuing to blend on high. Pour it into a washed mason jar or your favorite glass container that holds at least 16 oz (I used an recycled salad dressing bottle) store it in the fridge. It will be a thick dressing similar to the texture of a ranch dressing with out all the carbs.  Makes about 2 cups of dressing.  Your serving size is 2 TBS for 15 g of good healthy fat per serving. For a heavy or Deep S you are welcome to have a larger serving I poured it over my salmon last night mmmm delicious!

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-Love Di

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Apple Crisp For One! (E)

I am absolutely loving eating the Trim Healthy Mama way! You get to eat chocolate that is good for you, fresh delicious veggies, and loads of good fats! I am a week and a half into my new found love for this way of eating, on Sunday I found myself feeling slightly sluggish. After a week of feeling energized and fantastic, I was so nervous  could my awesome new food plan be making me feel yucky? NOPE! I just needed to add in more “E” or Energizing meals. These meals are higher in carbohydrates, low in fat, and must include protein.  I diligently made myself a delicious dinner of baked Tilapia, roasted asparagus, and quinoa. It was delectable, but as usual about an hour after dinner I wanted dessert! So I put my creative side to work and looked at Pinterest where I found Joy in the Journey’s sugar free THM friendly version of an apple crisp for a family, it looked delicious unfortunately I am the only one in my house eating this way so her awesome recipe wouldn’t work for me. So I took the concept of this apple crisp and ran with the idea and made it for one! Here is the Recipe:

Apple Crisp for One

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Baking Apple (about  21 carbs)  (I used a honeycrisp)
  • 2 TBS (4 carbs)Old fashioned Oats divided
  • (optional) 1/2 scoop of Swansons vanilla Whey Isolate protein powder
  •  1 Tsp Butter
  •  1-2 Tsp Truvia or THM Sweet Blend or 1-2 shakes Stevia extract
  •  1 Tsp Ground cinnamon
  •  1/8 Tsp sea salt
  •  1 Tsp water mixed with a shake of Glucomannan
  • Optional Fat Free Redi-whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Begin by peeling, coring, and dicing your apple place in a mixing bowl and add ground cinnamon, truvia or stevia, & optional Protein Powder salt and toss together until your apples are coated on all sides. Next add the teaspoon of water mixed with gluccie (our affectionate name for Glucomannan ) and toss.

I then ground one TBS of my oats in a coffee grinder until it was the consistency of flour, after that I melted my butter in a small skillet  and added the ground oats and whole oats stirring consistently until they had absorbed the butter and resembled crumble.
Pour the apple cinnamon mixture into a small oven-safe ramekin, and then sprinkle your oat crumble on top. Place on a cookie sheet and in the oven bake for 20-22 min. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before devouring it or else you will end up like me and burn your tongue while savoring the deliciousness that is this dessert.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe! I would love to hear feed back from you! Print the recipe here: Apple Crisp For One

Be Blessed! Melissa

For more Trim Healthy Tuesday ideas:

http://www.gwens-nest.com/family-favorite-recipes/sugar-free-coconut-caramel-crunch/

Menu Madness

This past week I started a new eating plan it is called Trim Healthy Mama. It is an amazing new way of thinking about food and how we eat. So new to me that it has taken me nearly 6 months to actually decide that it was for me that it would fit my life in full. So how do I begin to put all of this new knowledge into practice? Being the overly prepared semi-O.C.D person that I am I began to plan. I downloaded PDF after PDF so I could  try to use other people’s formats and quickly decided that they were not for me. So I made my very own Menu page and viola!! The writers block was gone and I was able to plan! 🙂 It was so fun for me looking up new recipes and thinking of all the delicious possibilities. So I did what I love to do, share this hard worked plan with my new friends on the Beginners THM page, and quickly realized that while my over preparedness come naturally to me some people may need some help to create there own plan. Which has inspired today’s topic, I have thought up with these tips to help those who do not know where to begin with this menu planning madness. So here you are Mel’s top 5 tips for organizing and planning your weekly Menu:

  1. Just do it! I will now steal a line from my dad; Papa Uglier “If you fail to plan you plan to fail” look in the fridge and figure out what you have to work with. (this makes creating a grocery list after the menu plan much easier see step 4)
  2. Decide what type of meal you want to have E, S, or FP (these are THM speak for a kind of meal click the hyper link to find out more.) and start putting in your meals! Use every resource possible– THE BOOK is the first place I recommend looking, Pinterest has some great ideas, or you could go more traditional and look in a cook book.
  3. Revise! Once you have all your meals planned set it down and walk away for a little bit have a sip of tea or GGMS (good girl moonshine for you non-trim healthy mama’s) then come back and look at your plan– you may realize that you put cheeseburger pie back to back then you can make some quick changes.
  4. Implement- Post  your meal plan on the fridge in plain sight , Make a grocery list based on your meal plan, and go shopping! Which is my personal favorite part of the process it makes me feel accomplished!
  5. Prep-  Pre-prepare as much as you can for the week. This always helps the week go smooth. If you have muffin in a mug on your plan for a meal or snack mix up the dry ingredients in baggies, or if you are having grilled chicken on your salad’s portion out your 3-4oz in baggies and throw into the freezer this way you can grab and go!

Well y’all those are my tips, I  apply these to my weekly planning adventures and that way I have one less thing to stress about during the week.  I hope that you find these tips helpful. You can down load my Blank Menu Plan  by clicking on the words Blank Menu Plan. This is a snap shot of my menu plan for last week and this week:photo 1

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