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  • LindseyD

    Branching off of the other thread, I am totally intrigued by the Trim Healthy Mama style of eating. I bought the book and am plowing it through it. LOVING IT! I love that it utilizes *mostly* nourishing foods that we’re already used to eating but in such a way to help the body burn fat and not have insulin spikes.

    For those of you who are already using THM, would you share what a typical meal plan looks like for your family? How are your husbands and kids doing with it? Are you buying special foods for yourself or is everyone in the family eating all the same meals/foods? As soon as I finish the book, I plan to implement this type of lifestyle. For me, it seems like a natural next step, since I am looking to drop about 10 pounds. Dh does not need to lose any weight, however.

    I’m just wanting more info, if you’re already using THM. I’m really, really excited about what the book is saying so far (I’m on Chapter 10 right now and just bought it last night!).

    Thanks in advance,



    I’m so glad you started this thread. I started looking at it due to the other posts. I reached to know about some concerns I had after reading the reviews on amazon. You say “mostly” nourishing foods. Many of the reviews critiqued the plan because some of the foods are not “real foods.” I want to find a cookbook that will help me cook good, comforting foods for my family but with no processed, all whole foods. (not necessarily organic, but real.)

    I would love to know from those who’ve read it how much they refer to artificial sweeteners, etc.

    (BTW: I just visited your blog. Those chocolate chunk cookies sound AMAZING! I’ve been looking for good coconut flour recipes.



    Actually, from what I’ve read so far, I’m not concerned with the foods that I wouldn’t consider “whole”. They would simply be foods we probably wouldn’t eat anyway. There are enough foods mentioned that are whole to make many complete meals! THM doesn’t advocate artificial sweeteners AT ALL! Stevia and Truvia are recommended as the only sweeteners to use. Our family already uses a liquid stevia that we’re very happy with, and THM recommends a few other brands that would be stevia in the purest form.

    The one food I am not familiar with is glucomannan. I’m not far enough into the book to understand what it is, nor have I researched it on my own yet. Some people love it/some hate it from what I can tell.

    Another thing they recommend is whey protein powder. I have never used whey protein and do not personally consider it to be a “real food”, as it is usually highly processed and comes from CAFO cows. However, in recent months I have wanted to try Mercola’s Whey Protein Powder. If you click on the link, you’ll see some very promising things about this whey protein, including that it is GMO-free, made from pastured cows’ milk, is not a protein isolate, among other things. I am very open to trying this as an option, even if temporarily while I am trying to drop those 10 pesky pounds. I have come to trust Dr. Mercola and his products, so I don’t personally have any red flags about this product.

    If you’ve ever read my blog or have followed me on the forum for any amount of time, I’m a real food purist. I’m pretty legalistic with what we eat and buy almost 100% organic produce/local, grass-fed beef/cage-free chickens/pastured eggs. In addition we are mostly grain-free, with the exception of oats, quinoa, and occasionally brown rice. So I feel like I could really make THM work for us.

    I’m wanting to hear from others who are already using the plan on meals, family reactions, if they’ve experienced weight loss, how it’s helped with hormones, etc.



    Thanks. It seems like a good option. I’ll be interested in the other comments you’ve requested as well.


    Lindsey, have you looked at Garden of Life’s Goat Protein powder?


    Also, since you’re already making cheese and producing your own whey, just mix it with lemon juice, sweeten w/stevia, let sit for a couple of days, and drink it. I haven’t made any other drinks from it (we make kombucha constantly), but I’m sure there are other recipes for using the whey, besides a fermented lemonade and adding to fruit smoothies and green smoothies.


    I have been doing THM for over two months now. In eight weeks I lost the 17 extra pounds I have gained over the last two years!!!! I feel wonderful!!!! I have easily incorporated this for my whole family. I am the type that will do one thing for the whole family, so my whole family is doing this too. I found we eat mostly like the THM. I just learned to pair things together to be one food source or the other. I now don’t buy some stuff I used to and have subbed things from THM in their place. Like no more white rice – I just by brown. It has been rather simple, but effective. HTH.


    I have been using THM for over a year and have my family living it!  I have lost almost all my baby wieght and have been very happy.  We also had already been eating good whole foods just in the wrong order/way.  It was so wonderful to hear things like eat crepes, eggs, and cheesecakeLaughing!  Yes and I love it!!!!  Also, knowing when and what to eat together has been so helpful for my girls who tend to take after me with some issues.

    Hope you love it!


    I am so ordering this book on Friday!!!


    I am the one who started the other post where this was mentioned.  I have been researching it ever since.  I think my big issue firstly is that I really don’t have time to read a 650 page book in order to start this.  I was first drawn to paleo but having tried it myself a couple of years ago and not being able to stick with it, I am not sure about starting it again.  I’m just trying to find something healthy to follow for my family.  I am wondering if this diet eliminates gluten, artificial dyes etc?  I think it does but wanted to make sure.  Also, I read one of the blog posts linked by someone responding to my post that said it really isn’t for children.  I want something I can do with my whole family.  I don’t want to have to fix different things for everyone.  I know I had some other things I was concerned about but I can’t think of what they were at the moment.


    I have struggled w/ losing weight due to thyroid and adrenal issues. I have been on whole foods, raw, and have fasted for days, as well as exercising with very little loss! I am interested in this too! Maybe just learning to combine the right foods will help me! Has anyone done this “diet” successfully and in the past had trouble like me? And felt like you had been trying to do all the right things but not losing?

    @ Lindsey, I have had Mercola’s whey and it is delicious! But the shipping is crazy expensive!



    We eliminated dyes/flavors/preservatives almost 5 years ago and don’t plan to go back to them regardless of a new eating plan. However, the THM ladies don’t push a lot of processed foods. They give suggestions for some convenience foods, but there are alternatives for those of us who choose not to go that route. If you want to remain gluten-free, you can. Oats, quinoa, sweet potatoes, almond and coconut flours, brown rice, and other gluten-free fare is allowed, with brown rice being moderately. So far I see no reason to eat wheat in this plan, unless you just want to. They advocate sprouted and sourdough grains, soaking beans and nuts, and grass-fed meats. All in all, the plan is very much in line with the way my family already eats, which is a mostly grain-free, WAPF style. My ds and I are both gluten-free as well. As for the plan not being for children, they go into this too.

    By nature, children’s nutritional requirements are vastly different from adults because children are still growing. They need to eat carbs and fats together, but this can cause weight gain and insulin spikes for adults. For example, if you are eating a S (satisfying) meal for dinner, you might have chicken with crispy skin, sautéed veggies with butter or coconut oil, and a slice of cheese. To fill the nutritional requirements for your children, you could add a side of mashed potatoes or steamed rice. Another example if youre eating an E (energizing) meal for breakfast would be a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and stevia and non-fat Greek yogurt topped with berries. The children can eat the same thing, but you would add an egg and maybe some butter to their oatmeal for the fat their bodies require. You don’t have to fix separate meals for yourself, you just don’t partake of the part of the meal that doesn’t stick to the THM plan. This is totally doable for me and my family.

    I’m currently on Chapter 16, and by no means an expert yet; but I can see how this plan can help me drop a few pounds without depriving myself of anything (except sugar in ALL forms).

    I’m really interested in some real-life meals plans or even an example of what one or two days looks like for you.


    Never heard of this book until now, but am interested. I have cooked traditionally for some time but we’ve moved more toward the SAD lately with a crazy summer with surgeries, etc. I’m finding that the older I get, the harder it is to keep the weight off and dh needs to lose several pounds for his health. The biggest peeve I would have is the milk. We milk our own cows strictly for the benefits of raw milk (which have been many for us including no more asthma for me in a big way) and I’m not giving that up. I make kefir, butter, ice cream, etc. etc. as well but we love our milk. Is giving it up a necessary part of this lifestyle? Cause if it is, I’ll save $35. 🙂



    Giving up milk is part of the lifestyle UNLESS you are willing to skim off the cream (save for coffee, making butter, or for the S-type meals that are high fat) and make low-fat yogurt and kefir from it. As far as drinking milk, yes, they recommend that you do not drink any milk until you teach your goal weight and are in a maintenance mode. Trust me, I’m not willing to give up our raw dairy either. I’m not used to skimming cream off, but at least I still get its benefits! This shouldn’t be too much of a change for you since you are already making your own kefir, yogurt, etc. It would be a matter of leaving the full-fat stuff for the kids and keeping the low or non-fat stuff for yourself and hubby. Does that help?

    The nice thing with THM is that the principles can apply to most any lifestyle. If you eat whole foods, then you apply the principles to those. If you eat more convenience food, you make use of the convenience options while still applying the principles. The menus and grocery lists will look very different depending on the person.

    One thing it isn’t necessarily is a recipe book although there are plenty of recipes to choose from which you family may or may not like. The real beauty of it is that you can take what you normally use and rearrange them to fit the THM principles.

    If you have any specific questions about points in the negative reviews, I would be happy to answer them if I can. Some I have read are flat out untrue and it drives me crazy.

    I know one whole foods gal who was previously Weston A Price. She still uses many of the WAP principles but used THM to help her shed the pounds. 

    THM is about balance. You need fats and you need carbs. But the food theory in the book shows a way that you can have both while still encouraging weight loss. Those that find that balance have seen great increases in their health. 

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