What do I eat if I want to try Trim Healthy Mama (THM)? This is what my friends have asked me the most when I’ve told them about how I eat. Food freedom is the best part about Trim Healthy Mama that makes it a long term lifestyle. BUT food freedom can be a little intimidating. Most people tend to be interested in THM at first as a way to lose weight. Losing weight means strict meal plans and portion control and following a diet, right? Counting calories! Logging macros! Tracking steps and calories burnt!
What would you say if I told you that I lost 25 lbs and went from a size 12 to a size 4 without counting a single calorie? Or going to the gym? While eating cheese, bacon, steak, fruit, dessert, casseroles and curries, and often cake for breakfast? It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it is the truth. I may have stopped eating sugar (in all its insidious forms) and I may have stopped eating processed wheat products, but I never felt deprived. I never felt like I was on a diet! Which is probably why I have continued eating this way even though I am at my goal weight and size/
Which brings me back to the question: what do I eat? I’m a visual learner so I thought I’d share my meals with you from time to time.
Breakfast – S Meal
For breakfast I made a muffin in a mug (yeah, I know it’s actually in a bowl!) recipe from one of the THM cookbooks. I added a dollop of plain nonfat Greek yogurt on top for protein. Sometimes when I do this I’ll add some on-plan sweetener (I usually use Pyure) to the yogurt first, but today I didn’t bother. The muffin recipe is pretty sweet so I liked the tanginess of the unsweetened yogurt. I also had an iced coffee with some caramel extract, sweetener and light cream.
Lunch – S Meal
I often have big salads for lunch. These are the kinds of salads that fill you up and that are packed with so many flavors to keep it interesting! Today I started with a bed of romaine lettuce, topped with sliced grilled chicken, 3 small tomatoes (bigger than grape tomatoes, but not full sized), and cubes of fresh mozzarella cheese. There are some ribbons of fresh basil in there too! I dressed it with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar with fresh ground salt and pepper. There’s a cup of berries too for a sweet treat at the end.
Snack – S snack
I often have days when I’m craving something sweet in the afternoon. This is my low-carb cannoli cream. It’s so good that I’ll often just eat it by the spoonful, but today I dipped it with the strawberries too.
Dinner – E meal
For dinner I pulled out my Instant Pot because it was in the upper-90s today and I didn’t feel like grilling or using the oven! This recipe is one of my “go to” recipes for a quick and easy dinner. I use all brown rice instead of adding the cup of wild rice. I steamed the fresh sliced carrots and the frozen green beans in the microwave. The green beans are seasoned with garlic salt and a bit of soy sauce. The carrots have a very light, sweet glaze on them (1 Tbsp of butter for the entire recipe that serves 6 with 1 Tbsp of Pyure).
So what do you think? Did you find it helpful to see what I ate today? Would you like me to share “what’s on my plate” more often? I’d love to hear from you!