Hi, and welcome to My Montana Kitchen! My name is Sarah, and I am so glad you have stopped by. My husband and I have 3 children, and we live in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Western Montana. We live and work as the Boy's Dorm Parents at a school for Native Americans. My house is often full of hungry teenage boys! 🙂
I was first introduced to Trim Healthy Mama by a friend in 2013. My husband and I had recently done an HCG diet, and were trying to eat healthier. (Unfortunately,we gained back all the weight we lost on the HCG program - which was a lot!) I was intrigued by the idea of separating carbs and fats, because my husband and I had already noticed this principle worked!
I toyed around with Trim Healthy Mama for two years. I tried some recipes here and there, and collected special ingredients, but I was never fully "on-plan." We moved to Montana in the summer of 2015, and by this point, I was the heaviest I had ever been. It was my first Christmas really "away" from my family (in Ohio), and around Christmas I was very homesick. Our church youth were going Christmas caroling, and I was supposed to go with them, but i did not want to go. I remember thinking, "I don't want to go caroling - I want to stay home, bake cookies, and eat as many as I want." But I knew how awful that was. Cookies wouldn't make me any less homesick. I would only feel sick after eating a dozen cookies, and I would still be homesick besides! I did go caroling, and I didn't bake cookies.
A few days later I was in a used book store and came across the book "Made to Crave" by Lisa TerKeurst. I purchased it and as soon as I started reading it, I knew it was meant for me. My whole life was beginning to revolve around food, and I felt I had to eat all the time. Eat when I was sad, eat when I was happy, eat when I was disappointed. You get the idea. I felt like I couldn't say no to food. And that is when the Lord started talking to me about discipline. The whole food issue wasn't really about food, it was about discipline. The discipline to deny myself something that I know is harmful to my body. The discipline to say no to myself. Whew - it was tough to take a plain look at my life and see how addicted I was to food. (Yes, I said addicted.)
I knew there would always be excuses, and so, with the Lord's help, I jumped whole-heartedly into THM on December 17, 2015. There have been ups and down since then, yes, but this is a journey!
Why don't you join me? I try to post new recipes once or twice a week, and all my recipes are sugar free and Trim Healthy Mama Friendly!
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