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Hey, new Trim Healthy Mama! I remember when I was new and overwhelmed, so I just wanted to take a virtual seat and share a little bit from my heart.
First of all, let me just say how proud of you I am. I know at this point THM is a new chance. A dream to renew your health, whittle your waist and learn a new way of eating. I know that in the back of your mind, you are feeling a twinge of hope and you are also feeling that annoying little thing called doubt. I totally don’t blame you, I mean, diets are exhausting, depressing and not fun. But this..This is a little bit different.
From one THM sister to another, here are a few things to keep in mind:
First things first, new Trim Healthy Mama! Read the book.
I can’t stress to you enough the importance of reading the book. Without reading the book, every social media post will seem like gibberish. No one can succeed if they don’t have a clear understanding of what they’re trying to accomplish. You can grab your own copy here. If you can’t gain access to the book, ask another THM if you can borrow theirs or check it out at your local library.
Get Your Basics Down
Before you tackle Deep S, Fuel Cycles, and other super-advanced things you need to get your basic S and E meals down! If you don’t gain a clear understanding of that, you lose the very foundation the plan was built on. Practice separating those foods, then move on to something more advanced. If you’re struggling to learn what’s what, you can download the free THM app for your phone. Just search “THM Food Analyzer” to start.
Tailor the plan to fit your life, not your life to fit the plan.
I am a social media group lurker. Now that I’ve outed myself as a total creep, I’ve noticed that a big reason THMers fall off the bandwagon is that they work the plan unrealistically. In my own life, when I try to follow someone else’s journey I set myself up for failure. Focus on making simple changes with meals that you already cook and places where you already eat.
Learn from the differences of other THMers!
This plan is amazing because it fits all lifestyles and personality types. Whether your a total purist or a “Drive-Thru-Sue” you can live a healthy lifestyle. If you’re someone who hates spending time in the kitchen, can’t cook from scratch to save her life and has a super tight budget, embrace that! There is hope for you! At the same time, appreciate those purists and incorporate a few of their hacks. Or vice-versa. It takes all types of people to make a world.
The Facebook groups are yay, not nay.
There’s a lot of debate as to whether newbies should take part in the Facebook group. I say yes! You’ll get encouragement from others, learn some new recipes and connect with some great people. You can ask questions if you need help. One thing to keep in mind is that since everyone is unique, their response/reactions are going to be unique as well. Take what wisdom you can from each response and go about it lightheartedly. There’s also an amazing community of Trim Healthy Mamas on Instagram and Pinterest.
Have fun with special ingredients! The Trim Healthy Mama Store is an amazing resource. Pearl and Serene have priced their special ingredients frugally and they’ve created some great products. Here are a few of my must-haves!
Remember, these ingredients aren’t vital to the plan, but they do make things a bit more fun. 🙂
Follow THM Bloggers for Free Recipes, Tips, and More!
No matter what your style is, your sure to find a THM blogger that’s right up your alley. These ladies are so creative and have a heart for helping others stay on plan. Here are a few to get you started along with some words about their blogs.
Northern Nester : Northern Nester creates strictly THM recipes without special ingredients! Jacinda lives in Canada where specialty ingredients are hard to come by, but after 6 years on plan, that’s no deterrent to eating well!
Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen: Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen- a southern Mama’s kitchen… featuring all THM recipes!
Joyful Jane: Joyful Jane specializes in baking EASY breads, rolls and more with sprouted flour that is on the THM plan! You’ll also find many other types of recipes as well as encouraging posts about family life. Come check us out at our website and on YouTube here-
Darcie’s Dish: Darcie’s Dish – helping you be successful on the THM plan with easy to follow monthly and weekly meal plans and frugal recipes.
Nana’s Little Kitchen: Find plenty of healthy Southern-style recipes over at Nana’s Little Kitchen. Teresia is using her 40 plus years of knowledge and experience to convert and create classic dishes. All recipes are THM friendly!
My Table of Three: My Table of Three features recipes that are simple but delicious. You’ll find lots of THM recipes that are kid-friendly and perfect for your family on busy nights. Follow working mom Keri as she shares healthy favorites from her table to yours. You can also find her on YouTube by searching for her blog name!
Wholesome Yum: Wholesome Yum features natural, gluten-free, low carb recipes with 10 ingredients or less. Every recipe is THM S, keto-friendly, and easy to make.
Oh Sweet Mercy: Hi there! I’m Dawn. It’s my great pleasure to help Trim Healthy Mamas, low carbers, & sugar-free peeps stay on-plan with delicious, healthy, THM-friendly recipes that won’t bust the budget.
TheWellPlannedKitchen.com (formerly workingathomeschool.com, as seen in the Trim Healthy Mama Plan book and Trim Healthy Table) features recipes, time-saving hacks and money-saving tips for busy Trim Healthy Mamas!
Briana Thomas Burkholder: Briana (Thomas) Burkholder shares Trim Healthy Mama friendly recipes that are easy and budget-friendly – many inspired by her Mennonite heritage! She shares all kinds of recipes but is known for her wide array of healthy ice cream recipes.
Grace-Filled Homemaking: Then there’s me! I create THM recipes, menu plans, lists, and more! My style is frugally family-friendly if there is such a thing. 🙂 I mainly shop at ALDI, so my ingredients used are the simplest of the simple.
On an ending note, I just wanted to let you know that I am rooting for you. There will be days where you are flying high and there will be days where you just want those Doritos and a Heath bar. When you feel like giving up, remember the sole purpose for starting this journey. Whether it’s your children, your spouse, your health, your looks or just to be an inspiration to others- It matters.