On Wednesday the girls and I visited my friend Erin, and her six children. We had a lovely time playing in the backyard with their chickens and catching up.
Erin mentioned the book, Trim Healthy Mama, and said it was one she was keen to get because lots of her Nourishing Traditions type friends are raving about it.
I hadn't heard of it but decided to look into it when I got home. Well, what I've read so far online has me intrigued, so I'm going to read the book myself as soon as I can get my hands on it and review it for you here.
Trim Healthy Mama (THM) was written by two of the Above Rubies sisters, Serene and Pearl. It's their gathered nutritional wisdom over many years and explains how they stay so trim, healthy and energised, even after multiple pregnancies and while running around after loads of kids.
As far as eating guidelines, the authors recommend you eat either S = Satisfying (higher fat, lower carb meals) or E=Energising (low fat, higher carb meals) or FP=Fuel Pull (meal, smoothie or snack that is low in fat AND carbs). Crossover meals of S and E are OK some of the time if you're trying to maintain your weight.
They also recommend you give yourself a three hour gap between each type of meal so your body can properly use the energy source you're giving it, either fats or carbs, or your own stored body fat.
They also recommend you avoid sugar, white flour, potatoes and corn starch, especially if you want to lose weight.
Today I started putting together some of the THM recipes and principles I found online and have loved all my meals so far.
This morning's 'Satisfying' Cheesecake Berry Crunch breakfast was too delicious for words. I'll definitely be making it again. I simply mixed together 1/4c cream cheese with a pinch of stevia and a splash of vanilla extract. To that I stirred through 1/2c chopped roast almonds and walnuts and 3/4 frozen raspberries (dotted with a couple of frozen blueberries).
The girls thought I was eating ice cream for breakfast and were like baby birds chirping for "more, more, More!"
For lunch I ate an 'Energising' lunch of Tomato Refried Beans on Basmati Rice cooked in chicken stock, and served with a side of vegetable sticks.
For dinner I ate a (not quite sure here, either 'Fuel Pull' or 'Satisfying') chicken salad featuring roast chicken, baby spinach, coriander/cilantro, diced mango and pineapple, pinenuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar. Was too busy eating to take a photo of that one.
Tonight I've been loving the Oolong Tea Shrinker Recipe that's been posted to the THM Facebook page. Delicious and it really hits the sweet spot. I didn't crave any chocolate tonight, which is rare for me!
Are you intrigued too?
Read these great reviews of Trim Healthy Mama at Gwen's Nest and Stacy Makes Cents to find out more.
And you can check out a preview of the book on Amazon.
I'm being sent a PDF of Trim Healthy Mama to review by the lovely folk at Welby Street Press and have also ordered a hard copy of it through The Book Depository.
I can't wait till they arrive and I can add my review to the mix!