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Trim Healthy Mama is a healthy and balanced approach to eating that eliminates sugar and separates fats and healthy carbs.
How does the Trim Healthy Mama plan work?
The Trim Healthy Mama plan works because your body can only burn one source of fuel at a time, and your body will always burn glucose first.
When we eat the SAD (Standard American Diet) we often combine fats and carbs.
For example: A cheeseburger and french fries
Bun = carbs
Burger = fat
Fries = carbs
Oil for frying fries = fat
When we eat those in the same setting, our body immediately puts the fat into “temporary” storage until we have burned through the glucose.
But what happens many times is that by the time we have burned through the glucose we are already eating again, and the fat that was in “temporary” storage becomes a little more permanent.
With the THM style of eating, you separate those fuels, so your body has a chance to entirely burn through the fuel before eating again.
This is also a balanced way to eat because it helps to stabilize your blood sugar.
In essence, the THM style of eating is a low-glycemic index style of eating with a balanced approach to both fats and healthy carbs.
If you need a short overview and in-depth video training on each Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Type, check out my THM Overview Program below!
What is the difference between Keto and trim healthy mama?
Trim Healthy Mama and keto are definitely not the same. Trim Healthy Mam embraces healthy carbs such as brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and sprouted or sourdough bread, while keto does not.
Keto can be very restrictive, often requiring you to count net carbs in vegetables, etc. Trim Healthy Mama does not count carbs, calories, or points!
How much weight can you lose on trim healthy mama?
The amount of weight lost on Trim Healthy Mama will greatly vary from person to person.
One thing to note is that this is not necessarily a quick weight loss program. It may take TIME.
In fact the authors of the plan say you shouldn’t worry even if you don’t lose a single pound in the first month.
Sometimes it takes our bodies time to heal, and this is a lifestyle, not just a fad diet.
What do you eat on trim healthy mama?
There are no food groups excluded in the THM style of eating.
No sugar, and no white flour, but most whole foods are included!
There are full food lists inside the Trim Healthy Mama books, but all vegetables and fruits are on-plan.
Good carbohydrate sources such as beans, quinoa, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, whole fruits, and more are also on plan!
The Trim Healthy Mama style embraces “food freedom” but simply changes the way in which we fuel our bodies (such as separating the fats and carbs).
How do I start Trim Healthy Mama?
One of the easiest ways to get started is to read the Trim Healthy Mama Starter book! It gives an overall summary of the plan + includes many delicious recipes!
If you’ve read the book and you still feel a little overwhelmed, just start with one meal per day.
Eat one meal on plan each day until you begin to get a grasp of it - then you can bump that up to one meal and a snack, then two meals, etc.
If you still need help, consider joining a Trim Healthy Mama Coaching Group!
How much does a THM coach cost?
Feel like you need a little help figuring out how to make Trim Healthy Mama work for you?
Then you can hire a certified Trim Healthy Mama Coach, or join a group coaching class!
Costs will vary by coach, but a coach can be invaluable in helping you to properly understand the plan and how to make it work for you!
How often do you eat on trim healthy mama?
Pearl & Serene (the authors of the THM plan) recommend waiting at least three hours between meals/snacks.
This gives your body time to fully burn the last fuel you ate, ensuring that your body isn’t storing it as fat.
However, this is only a guideline (THM never wanted to be known as a rules/numbers plan).
If you are absolutely ravenous before three hours, you can have a little something.
But do try not to go longer than four hours - this can leave you feeling HANGRY (and we know what that can mean)!
Where can I buy trim healthy mama products?
There are some Trim Healthy Mama products available on Amazon, but you can purchase all of their products directly from their website!
Below are a couple of my favorite THM products!
This is by far the best stevia extract I have ever used - it is not bitter and dissolves so easily!
The chocolate and strawberry flavors are my absolute favorite! I like to mix one scoop of the protein powder with a little unsweetened almond milk for a quick light snack.
Is Trim Healthy Mama gluten free?
This seems to be a common misconception about the Trim Healthy Mama Style of eating.
While the majority of the foods used on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan are gluten-free, there are some exceptions.
True sourdough bread and sprouted bread are both on plan, but are not gluten-free.
If you normally eat gluten-free, you can still enjoy success with the Trim Healthy Mama style of eating!
What does THM S mean?
THM S stands for Trim Healthy Mama (S)atisfying, and it denotes a food/meal that is lower in carbs and higher in fat.
This is why you many times may see keto or low-carb foods labeled as THM-S. Most THM-S meals/recipes are also low-carb and keto friendly.
S meals center around protein + fat + non-starchy vegetables.
S meals can have up to 10 grams of net carbs and there is no real limit on fats.
(But it is better to familiarize yourself with the fuels of the different types of foods than to count numbers.)
A great S meal would be a Cheeseburger Pie, Roasted Broccoli, and a side salad with dressing.
As you can see, there are no significant sources of carbs in this meal.
What is a THM E meal?
THM E stands for Trim Healthy Mama (E)nergizing, and it denotes a food/meal that is lower in fat and higher in healthy carbs. (But please don’t go over 45 grams of carbs as that will put a real strain on your blood sugar.)
E meals still center around lean protein + carb source + non-starchy vegetables.
E meals can have up to 5 grams of fat and 45 grams of carbs.
(But again, it is better to familiarize yourself with the fuels of the different types of foods than to count numbers.)
A great E meal would be lean grilled chicken breast, Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds, and steamed green beans.
As you can see there are no significant sources of fat in this meal.
What is a fuel pull?
THM FP Stands for Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull, and means that the meal/recipe is low in BOTH fats and healthy carbs. These foods can be used in any setting, as they go well with both (S)atisfying & (E)nergizing foods.
FP meals contain lean protein + non-starchy vegetables or berries.
Fuel Pull meals/snacks can have up to 10 grams of net carbs and 5 grams of fat.
A great FP meal would be Salsa Verde Chicken, Marinated Cucumbers, and a side of strawberries.
As you can see there are no significant sources of either fats or carbs in this meal.
What is a THM crossover?
A THM Crossover (or THM-XO) is when you DO combine fats and healthy carbs. These are still on plan, but not conducive to weight loss.
Growing children who do not need to lose any weight will benefit from a THM-XO meal, as well as hard-working men.
Nursing and pregnant women will also benefit from more crossovers than those who are trying to lose weight.
How much protein is in a THM meal?
First of all, there is no need to actually count protein in a THM meal, but if you really feel like you need something to shoot for, consider the following.
Around 20-30 gram of protein is good for a THM meal, and around 10 or more grams of protein for a snack.
But again, no need to count them, as they will naturally balance out. If you find yourself frequently hungry, take a look and see if you are getting adequate protein.
Trim Healthy Mama is a very sustainable way to eat and THRIVE!
If you have question, please leave them below!