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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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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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It didn't take long to start hearing from almost everyone about this book. "Have you heard of THM?", "You should try Trim Healthy Mama.", "We're doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan."
I usually hold off on buying a book and check it out first from the library but one of my friends was so eager to have me try this plan she let me borrow her copy. I started reading it... and then gave it back to her the next day. It was just too much. While I have no doubt these ladies have done their research, I didn't want to spend that much time thinking about my food!
Move ahead to fall 2015 and I see that Serene and Pearl have put out a new edition of the book. It seems to be much less "wordy" and more helpful. The plan, however, is not that "easy" really and you can tell that, not just from getting the book but from a quick glance at all the blogs, websites and facebook groups out there where women everywhere are asking questions about what type of meal they're eating, "is this on plan" etc. Face it ladies...this is still a DIET whether they want to call it that or not. The S, Fp and E designations still take some brain power and as I said before, I just don't want to spend that much time thinking about my food. This book does have some "in a nutshell" sections that seem to condense all that into bite sized snippets that help us - lazy dieters - to get the gist of the plan and follow it a bit. I hope!
But I do appreciate that they allow almost everything in moderation. Almost. No sugar. None. Their section on sweeteners is frustrating. I realize they have a great love for stevia, for obvious reasons, but for those of us who have tried it - I mean really tried it - and can't take it (both the taste and what it does to my digestion) there are really NO other options. I was happy to see they've said a LITTLE honey is ok in this book. Everywhere else I've looked honey is seen as evil. But again, in all the recipes I've seen in these books and online, stevia is the savior ingredient. Blech.
The other frustrations - the book is really wordy AND there aren't recipes. You have to purchase a separate book for that. Just be prepared. While initially I was excited to see this version was quite a bit cheaper than the first book, you have to purchase the recipe book to really get the whole benefit, so you're spending just as much this time around. Keep that in mind when you're considering getting an older version a friend, thrift store or second hand book shop. Might be worth getting the used older book first to see if you even like the plan for yourself.
Bottom line, would I recommend this book and this plan? Probably yes. I've known too many people who follow it who it's helped and, in general, these ladies have taken the time and energy to back up what they're saying with good research. Plus they've been practicing what they preach for years prior to publishing. That says a lot.
I received the paperback of this book in exchange for an honest review of the book. I was not compensated in any way to provide positive feedback.
*****Update***** After looking over the book some more I am very certain this diet is basically the same one that Suzanne Somers was peddling back in the 90's called somersizing in which basically you keep your fats and your carbs separate and eat meal with those macro nutrients at least 3 hours apart. If you read the positive reviews on THIS book you will find that most have the original and have been doing the program for a while so of coarse they have the recipes, I don't think it's honest to do a review on a book you don't have just because you have the original. Another issue I have now is that after posting this original review I have gotten negative comments and people telling me that I should've bought the original and that this book is just a supplement to the original, no where in the description does it say that this book is a supplement or that you need the cookbook in order to use the recipes that are referenced in THIS book. After reading some other comments online that malign people that don't like the plan I find the cult like adoration of the plan and it's authors disturbing. If you want this plan make sure you buy the cookbook along with it.
Many of the ingredients they use in this cookbook must be purchased from them, on their website. It's not local ingredients and is not food freedom. The "on plan" sweeteners are not anything I ever heard in my Bible and I personally believe they are artificial sweeteners, even though most who follow this plan (and the authors) would argue that point.
Many of the "on plan" foods and special ingredients include tofu, psyllium flakes, almond/cashew milk, stevia/super sweet blend, baking blend, & coconut flour to name a few. Their cookbook states you don't need special ingredients, but I found very few recipes I wouldn't have to go out and purchase special ingredients to make. I tried a few recipes and they were not good at all. We ended up throwing them out and wasting all that time/energy/money.