You ask, therefore you receive! Many of you have been requesting more posts on THM- something I'm very happy to comply with! Seriously, once I start you'll probably want to shut me up...
My journey to better health, though I'm not yet 20, has been long and full of mistakes. I've never been an extremely overweight person, but I could tell I was still overweight. Nobody knew my body like I did, I carry weight well, so people didn't think I had anything to lose. However, after losing about 27lbs with THM, I feel so much better!
My failed attempts of my health journey started back in 2010, I basically tried to lose weight by exercising extremely intensely. I lost about 20lbs (I guesstimate) but then hit a plateau. But still, I hung in there. I'm ashamed to say I pushed myself further than I should've. My body basically couldn't handle the stress I was putting on it. I've since self diagnosed myself with adrenal fatigue (brought on by exercise). I've researched many different types of "diets" (even went off of sugar...for three days lol!). I toyed with the idea of clean eating, but seriously...that food isn't the most appetizing on the planet! The more I researched healthy eating, the more frustrated I became, is anything ok to eat?! On top of that, I was having horrible blood sugar crashes that caused me basically to be incredibly air headish and unable to think (not a good thing, especially behind the wheel of a car!) Enter Trim Healthy Mama in August 2013. I can't express to you how excited I was to find this book.
I held off buying the book, because they used stevia for a sweetener (something I assumed was just like Splenda). I did a bit of research and discovered stevia is a plant-not a man made calorie free sweetener. I was in! I was able to grasp the basic concepts pretty well and mom and I dabbled in it for a few weeks. We decided to start after vacation, which ended up being about the end September.
I've lost 27lbs, yes, but the best thing is not feeling deprived, or guilty! I used to feel so ashamed about what I was putting into my body, but I didn't know what to do about it! Through THM, I've learned how to pair foods to lose weight, stay healthy and enjoy food!
I'm planning on doing a few posts on THM, but for now:
Pros and cons of THM
Pros: you get to eat super yummy food!
It's a way of eating I can continue for many years to come.
I've lost weight.
You can eat fat and carbs, just not together.
My out of control blood sugar is now under control!
You can eat anything, there are just some things to stay away from for better health and weight management.
I DO cheat once a week, which is a personal choice-but I don't feel guilty doing it! Your next meal is only 3 hours away.
My acne has all but cleared up (I have occasional hormonal breakouts, but they heal very quickly.)
My nails are growing like they used to when I was little, very fast!
I wear the smallest size I've ever worn in my life!
I'm off of sugar!
While I love this program, there a few cons.
Getting off of sugar is horrid! It's seriously like a drug.
It does require extra work to eat healthier.
There's a learning curve in using new ingredients (stevia, almond flour etc.)
The first meals we made were...disgusting! The key is to first adapt the food to what you've been eating, then add new meals.
Sugar is in a lot of things you wouldn't suspect-like peanuts!
I'll stop blabbing now, but I would love to hear about your health journey! Are you on THM? Thinking about it? I'd be happy to answer any questions,just leave a comment!