- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781101902639
- ISBN-13: 978-1101902639
- ASIN: 1101902639
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Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline Paperback – September 15, 2015
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About the Author
PEARL BARRETT AND SERENE ALLISON are sisters who share a passion for healthy eating. They both have boisterous families and love to experiment in the kitchen on ways to best nourish their families and stay slim and healthy in the process. They are former Christian recording artists who traveled extensively, but they relinquished their touring careers to embrace a life at home with children, dinners, dishes, and diapers. They have never looked back.
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So that's what I did. I requested Trim Healthy Mama Plan: the easy-does-it approach to vibrant health & a slim waistline to review.
Trim Healthy Mama is anchored in protein. Pearl and Serene suggest that each meal and snack contain protein and either complex carbohydrates or healthy fats, but not both. The book is organized into 4 sections: The Basics, which explains, well, the basics of the plan, including types of meals; Let's Go, which is kind of a quick-start section; Menus, Eating Tips, and What to Expect, which addresses the concerns of several different types of folks who may be using the plan, including pregnant or nursing mamas, and allergen-free; and Trim Healthy and Beyond, which is kind of the advanced learning section, talking about exercise and balance.
I have mixed feelings about the book and about the plan. One of the biggest criticisms I've heard about Trim Healthy Mama is that it's difficult to understand and that there is a steep learning curve. I think that criticism is absolutely valid. If you already have a good understanding of nutrition, especially macronutrients, you will find the plan easier to understand and follow. If not, you are going to have a really hard time with this.
Another criticism I've heard about THM is that it requires a lot of specialty ingredients that are difficult to find in your local grocery store. While that's not entirely true--in fact, it is possible to follow THM eating principals with no special ingredients at all--this is also a valid criticism. The sisters are forever talking about and recommending special ingredients I've never heard of and wouldn't know where to find (except for on their website). They way they talk, and the way their recipes are formulated, it seems so much more difficult to achieve success without those special ingredients.
On the other hand, the message makes sense. I really do feel like if one was able to successfully follow the principles of THM, it would work. And I also think that once the reader navigated that steep learning curve, eating this way would become easy and second nature. I just don't feel like it makes sense for me right now.
I received this book for free from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
"Forget the Fad Diets, Join the Food Freedom Movement
Counting calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking anymore. After trying almost every fad diet out there, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, creators of the Trim Healthy Mama movement, took matters into their own hands. Through trial and error and much research, they created the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA PLAN, the breakthrough lifestyle program to help readers of all ages and stages get healthy, slim down and keep off the weight once and for all.
Based on the authors’ successful self-published book, this simplified, improved, practical plan shows readers a unique way to lose weight and get healthy by eliminating sugar, and still eating hearty, delicious food. The biblically-sound and highly effective eating approach centers on Satisfying meals (which include more fats and protein) and Energizing meals (which include more carbs and protein), as they are the key to success. Scrumptious whole, unprocessed foods, including fats, blood sugar friendly grains, proteins, fruits, and vegetables, are eaten in a way that boosts metabolism, yet still fits into anyone’s hectic lifestyle. It’s family friendly and effective for pregnant and nursing mothers, pre or post- menopausal women, and also those without weight or health issues—even men and growing children.
The book includes menu plans, a list of key super foods to eat on plan, time-saving tips, and pantry stocking and lifestyle advice to help readers successfully reach their goals.
Join the Trim Healthy Mama movement and along with thousands of others, discover the groundbreaking, easy-does-it, and delicious way to eat for health and weight loss."
I had seen their original Trim Healthy Mama book advertised in Above Rubies when it was self published and was interested in reading it, but was a bit put off by the high price and uncertain if I would benefit from it. When I saw this new edition was available, I jumped on the chance to review it. The new edition is cut down and edited significantly from the original, and the recipes are published separately in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbooks, so be aware that you will need to buy that separately. However, it does make sense to have them printed as two separate books so you can keep the cookbook in the kitchen. I'm kind of disappointed by this revamped edition. It's been quite secularized, and it's missing several of the chunks I was especially excited about reading (the number one being the "Foxy Mama" chapter about marital intimacy). I appreciate that they are trying to shorten and simplify the book and to reach a wider audience with it. I can understand that, but it was a bit of a letdown. The other problem is that it uses many ingredients that most people don't have or may not be comfortable using. Their big thing is no sugar, only stevia. I'm not too thrilled with stevia and to be honest probably would never use it, so that kind of throws the whole entire plan. This basically boils down to a low carb diet - no sugar at all, lots of protein. I imagine just cutting all sugar and eating barely any carbs will make anyone lose weight regardless of what they're eating. I did appreciate the fact that Pearl and Serene really tried to do a lot of research and cut through all the myths and fads. This definitely isn't a book for everyone, but there are definitely things to glean from it and some may like it more than others, depending on how you like to eat and how comfortable you are with trying "new" ingredients.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.