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5.0 out of 5 stars Trim Healthy Mama, October 28, 2012
This review is from: Trim Healthy Mama: No More Fads: A Common Sense Guide to Satisfy Your Cravings and Energize Your Life (Paperback)
Hello, I'm Vienna. Scott's wife, and I'm not big on diet fads, and rarely if ever have the attention span to even embark on reading about them, but after finding the authors on Facebook, I was intrigued by their recipes and food pictures. I purchased this book only a week ago, but dove in to the food preparation while I was still reading. They have some great dessert names: Fat Stripping Frappa, Tummy Tucking ice Cream, Slim Belly Jelly, and Lemon Mousse. . The Skinny Chocolate is fun to make and tastes just the like hardening syrup you pour on ice cream.

Their premise is that our societly is overloaded with carbohydrates so they reccomend eliminating sugar from your diet, and a lot of grains including wheat. Stevia is their sugar substitute. I'm not big on artificial sweeteners, and Stevia has never been an option for me because of it's odd bitter aftertaste, but they have several recommendations for brands of Stevia that have overcome this drawback. I still don't like the odd flavor, but seem to be getting used to it after a week without sugar.

The recipes are doable. I was able to start immediately from with what I had in the pantry. If you have meat, frozen vegtables, canned tomatoes or fresh, salad, oatmeal, cheese, cream, greek yogurt and butter, just about anything, you can at least get started with their plan. There is a lot of suggestions for adapting the eating for families. snacks and tricks to handle hunger when you've been running errands, and an encouraging tone that you don't have to do everything perfectly. (At least Pearl says so.) Like adding different sides to meet growing children's needs. You don't have to wear yourself out preparing multiple meals for the family and for you.

Mainly I'm writing this because I now have recipes for all those freaky weird ingredients I see in the health food store. I find myself saying, "Oh that's what that does?" I suppose my science geek side is coming out, but watching glucomannan turn water into pudding is facinating. Don't worry, there's other stuff in it, sweetener, and flavoring, but it is munchie busting! If you can afford some of the ingredients for their desserts you won't be sorry. And they have a lot of frugal advice on how to obtain these preferred ingredients. They also have main food recipes, and all kinds of ways to prepare eggs.

Read the plan section thoroughly so you know what the S and E plans mean. Yes there is food combining, but it's not the kind you probably already know about. At least I didn't. They do have lots of recipes, but they're not written in a formal way. "Pinches", "splashes", "dashes", and "sprinkles" of ingredients, are interspersed in the directions.

After the plan is a "life advice" section. Everything from hormones and sex to exercise, and keeping it real. They have little cartoons with "laugh out loud" captions interspersed here and there. It is a fun and easy read. Finally, I would say their five years of hard work was worth it. I look forward to ammending this review in a few months, or years to write down my progress .
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Initial post: May 3, 2013 12:09:07 PM PDT
Jenny says:
Great review! Just a note- they do not recommend eliminating wheat. Just relegating it to a much smaller portion of our diet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2013 3:51:01 PM PDT
I Julie says:
Stevia is not artificial!!!!!! Stevia is all natural, a plant!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2013 12:34:21 PM PDT
MrsPriss says:
The commentator did not state that Stevia is artificial. Simply that she is not big on artificial sweetners, and stevia has a bitter flavor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 11:04:57 PM PDT
What does being Scott's wife have to do with it? That was weird. This review sounds like a shill. Sorry. Probably their friend or paid.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2013 9:53:16 AM PDT
Lol! It is quite clear that SHE is NOT the "Green Mountian Man" as the name on the review implies but the WIFE of said man. Therefore his name is Scott. I think your name Spoonfulofsugar was quite a weird name for parents to name their kid... :D

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 3:38:40 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 6, 2013 11:40:09 AM PST
Mr. Macaroni says:
Xylitol is a different natural sugar alternative that I prefer. It tastes much closer to sugar and also is good for your teeth.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 7:10:32 AM PST
Prilla1780 says:
I love the Xylitol-Stevia mix called "Truvia". (You can also find it off-brand.) As stated previously, both are naturally occurring sweeteners that do not spike your blood sugar and are very low calorie. Make every effort to remove blood-spiking sugars from your diet, friends!
I'm not affiliated with this site at all, but the pictures here are helpful to see why sugar hurts your body's functioning on the cellular level. http://thehealthykidsrevolution.com/what-sugar-does-to-your-kids-cells/

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 2:34:43 PM PST
Desirae says:
What would you say is the difference between Atkins and Trim Healthy Mama?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2014 9:26:53 PM PST
Wendy says:
I haven't started it yet and I'm about half way through the book and the biggest difference I see is THM is balanced. You aren't eliminating any one of the three macronutrients (protein, carbs, or fats), just learning to eat healthy forms in the optimal combination for health and weight loss. The premise is to keep your blood sugars level and in a healthy range so you body can burn it's fat stores, while eating nutrient rich foods that nourish your body that taste great and are satisfying. It is simple and flexible enough to become a way of life and not just a short term fad. It is similar in that protein is key in every meal and you don't have any form of sugar (at least while in weight loss mode) except for substitutes like stevia. I hope that answers your questions.
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