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Trim Healthy Mama Paperback – September 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Currently, the latest fad diet in Christian circles is Trim, Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, the cover of which boldly proclaim “No More Fads.” Unfortunately, the deciding factor for any program’s fad status is not its self-proclamation that it is not one, but rather how it is handled by its users. The authors base their 'not a fad' assertion on their insistence that it must be adopted for life, however almost every diet out there makes the same claim or provides some sort of ‘maintenance’ program at the end. Right now THM’s star is rising, but it will be another shooting star, not the north one.
The cover of this book also proclaims that it is a “Common Sense” guide to satisfy cravings and energize your life. While healthy eating will most certainly satisfy cravings and energize your life what they promote in this book is anything but ‘common’ sense. Their program is based on their limited understanding of metabolism and blood sugar control; an accumulation of knowledge gained from a plethora of other diet books and various low carb websites and blogs. While much of the information is accurate and the metaphors they use to simplify the body’s insulin response to food are helpful, they fall short of the big metabolic picture.
You must understand that I really wanted to like this book, and from a recipe source standpoint I actually do. I use the recipes almost daily in my home. My favorite lunch is based on one of them. My refrigerator is rarely without a batch of skinny chocolate, secret agent brownie cake, or choco pudding (though I add whey protein to the pudding). I am very grateful for the introduction to Joseph’s bread and many other great products. But the plan, I can not recommend.Read more ›
But I just can't recommend this book to friends to buy, not even for $5 or $10, what's less $20 or $35. When I read a book, I don't want it to be full of typos and grammar mistakes and this one is. The indexes are almost useless. Also, the book rambles like crazy and could be much shorter if the authors clearly stated their facts and opinions instead of the way they did it. I am really surprised it got published as is unless it was some self-publishing thing. The premise of THM is fantastic and I recommend the "diet" to everyone that is having trouble losing weight but I also warn them about how poorly the book is written. From all the questions I read on Facebook from people who have read the book, they are not finding the info they need in the book. I've read it twice and have highlighted and taken notes but it is confusing still. There are many complaints about the book's recipes on Facebook and many suggestions to tweak them but would you really want to buy a recipe book and be told to tweak the recipes if they don't turn out?
I see that THM is being used internationally now by tens of thousands so that means the authors should be raking in some dough. It would be great for them to hire a professional writer to clean up the book, correct or make suggestions on the recipes and republish the book.
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Sustainable, practical, and it works. Mostly can eat your same foods, except sugary stuff and pasta. Even husbands, who tend to be more meat centric, will like it.Published 16 days ago by strider97116
Absolutely love this book and the info and research these sisters have done regarding nutrition and eating to satisfy AND lose weight! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was surprised how big this book it - packed with both background information and recipes. The plan is a little confusing to follow but I'm sure I will get a handle on it (I... Read morePublished 22 days ago by shopRAVE
Everything great. Appreciate so much nice condition of book and fast delivery.Published 1 month ago by Rita C