Hello Everyone!

Welcome to Trim Healthy Mama’s interactive blog! This is a place where we can explore all the glorious ideas, recipes, and your own success stories as you continue your journey toward a healthier, happier you! Let’s get started…


162 thoughts on “Hello Everyone!

  1. Chris November 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply

    I’m reading the book, which I love so far! I’m just a little confused with the S & E plans, which I may have overlooked. Do you eat one plan for a while then switch or do you eat an S meal for breakfast and an E plan for lunch? Could you explain or at least tell what page explains that part.

    • Serene & Pearl November 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm Reply

      Hi Chris. That is answered in chapter 11. Everyone will find their own unique way of changing up meals according to their needs, wants and lifestyle.

  2. mandy kerns November 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Hello Serene and Pearly, Love the book. Your advice is so practical and helpful. I’m thinking of getting some swiss water decaf coffee for my french press. I wanna use it in my fat stripping frappas!! Can you suggest a good brand to buy? Which do you use? Again, thank you for writing such an extensive book on a plan that really works! Blessings!

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm Reply

      Hi Mandy. Glad you are enjoying the book and the food. Serene uses whatever is on sale at Whole Foods, pretty much chooses an organic brand if she can. IT doesn’t really matter so long as it is Swiss water processed.

  3. angasagain November 19, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    I noticed on the thm facebook page a comment about glucomannan powder being 50% off, it was directed to Aussies, because I don’t have facebook I can’t see the whole post and was hoping someone could please tell me where this special was? Thanks in advance.

  4. Lisa November 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm Reply

    First of all, I want to say I’ve enjoyed anything I ever read or watched from your family. I got to meet your Mom at a Hallelujah Acres Women’s retreat and also at an Above Rubies retreat. What a special lady! Anyway, I’m thoroughly enjoying Trim Healthy Mama but I must say it is a bit different from Rejuvenate Your Life and when I’ve always had a bent towards juicing and raw (even though I’ve never done it 100%.) I’ve always tried to eat mainly whole foods which consisted of a lot of whole grains. My dilemma is…I am 46 years old and still nursing my 18 month old with my weight at 91lbs, yes very underweight with my height 5″5″. I’ve always been underweight but this is the lowest since I was 15. Before I got pregnant this time I was only 104lbs, which is too thin for my height. What changes can I make to your recipes to help me gain? When a recipe calls for 1 cup of egg whites can I substitute 1 cup whole eggs? Your mention crossovers but I can’t find a list of recommended options. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really believe THM makes so much sense. Thank you so much and God bless.

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm Reply

      A crossover includes both carbs and fats and always is centered on protein. Did you read the chapter where crossovers are described in detail? It is called “Mama Meet THe Relatives.” If you have a meat or some eggs as your protein, you also need a carb, like some rice and also some fat, possible coconut oil to cover your veggies or rice or a heavy oil dressing on your salad. So long as you have both good amounts of protein, carbs and fat in every meal you should stop losing weight. Also, you should not use stevia as your sweetener while you are too thin. You will need to use honey, raw honey being best or even maple syrup, that is the opposite of what we tell most people. You need to nourish yourself with lots of good fats, proteins and whole grains. Enjoy!

      And yes, always sub whole eggs for egg whites in our recipes. That will naturally make them crossovers.

  5. Laura November 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm Reply

    I have followed the S plan for two days, I woke up this morning very weak and a little shaky. It this normal? Didn’t know if maybe my body is doing some type of detox. I am coming off a very processed diet, so maybe that its. Also I made the Skinny Chocolate and all my Truvia sinks to the bottom even after I ground it in the coffee grinder, what am I doing wrong? Thanks!

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm Reply

      Hi Laura,

      Yes, your body is unused to your cells being depleted of excess glucose. Others have reported this very thing but it passes. EAt an E meal or two to stabalize your blood sugar, keep eating protein at every meal and you will be fine.

      You really need to grind that Truvia fine and stir, stir stir so it doesn’t fall to the bottom. You’ll get the hang of it.

  6. jamila November 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I requested our library to get your book and they did! I am so excited but I will still be buying one of my own. Few questions – Is there a reason why you don’t use egg yolks in your trim healthy pancakes? We raise our own eggs and it seems hard to not use those wonderful egg yolks. Could I use yogurt in that recipe? I make my own and it would be more economical than cottage cheese for me.
    Thank you for the wonderful resource!

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm Reply

      Hey Jamila,

      That’s wonderful that your Library ordered the book. Yay. No, if you include yolks in the TH pancakes they will be crossovers due to the added fat and not allow for weightloss. If you are at goal weight that won’t matter but if you need to lose weight, it is not the best approach. No, you certainly don’t want to waste those wonderful yoks. Either feed them to your children in scrambles or simply buy carton whites for just the pancakes. THe whites are only used for protein and fluffiness in the pancakes. You get to eat plenty of whole eggs on our plan with all the vitamins and minerals in the yolks so for pancake purposes, save your yolks for your smoothies or children or buy carton whites.

  7. Sue November 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Wow! What a lot to catch up on! When I first checked your blog, you hadn’t really gotten it going, but I’m caught up now. Reading the posts helped answer some of my questions, but I still have a few more. I’ll post them separately for ease of organization. The first one is…I also do not have facebook, and am trying to avoid getting an account there. Is there any way to post recipes, etc. that you put there here as well?

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply

      SUe, yes. We are staring a forum in the next few days. I will alert everyone here when it launches. It is going to be awesome.

  8. Sue November 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm Reply

    You mention in your book that carbs are in the whey water of yogurt. Can I cook down my whey water until it is thick, then use it in place of whey powder? If so, how does the evaporation of water get rid of (or reduce) the carbs? It seems silly to throw away the whey water when I make homemade yogurt only to turn around to purchase expensive whey powder to use in other recipes. (Everywhere I have found it, it runs about $1 or more per serving.)

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm Reply

      No I believe it does not work like that. Whey protein powder is made from only the whey isolate with none of the sugars. I don’t see how cooking down the water would take away the sugars. Throwing out your own whey water from your wonderful homemade yogurt is not wasteful. It is just throwing out the sugars and who needs em? You can use some of your whey for soaking grains though.

      • Sue November 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Oh, I was afraid of that! 😦 Could we use Greek yogurt as a protein source instead of the whey? If so, how much Greek yogurt would equal a scoop of whey protein-wise? We make our own yogurt, so I think it might be less expensive than buying whey… BTW, I LOVED the mesh paint strainer idea! It works fabulously!

      • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:46 am

        Yes, you could do that Sue. Wonderful that you are straining your own yogurt. You could use 1/2-3/4 cup.

  9. Sue November 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply

    I am loving your plan! I began it about a week or so after switching from 3-5 miles/day walking (3-5 days/week) to circuit training. Between the exercise and diet changes, I lost 6 or so pounds – plus an inch off my hips :), an inch off my bust :(, and two and a half inches off my waist 🙂 🙂 !! Sad to say, I have had some interruptions, and have been plateaued for about 3 weeks, but I still feel better! However, THM-ing is killing my food budget, which is quite limited to begin with. I appreciate the tips you have throughout the book on how to make choices to help minimize the impact, but nevertheless, purchasing egg whites, cottage cheese, stevia, glucomannan, almond milk…all these and more are whamming us. Can you give me an idea of how much you spend in your food budget? For easy comparison purposes, if you take the number of people in your family and your monthly budget, what does it come down to per person per month? I was spending just under $45 per person per month in our family. 4 of the 9 of us are THM-ing. (My youngest is 11, so all “adult” appetites in our family.)

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Are you saying that for a family of 9 you only spend a little more than $100 a week? Do I have the math wrong? That is waaaaay cheap. I have to spend twice that alteast for my family of 7. I still consider between $200-$250 a pretty tight budget for the size of my family.

      YOu could try cutting costs further by making your own almond milk and thin it with water for Fuel Pull purposes. Glucomannan is expensive at first but it should last you. iherb.com has a full pound of the correct Nustevia for $60. That is only $3.75 for an ounce compared to $10-13 at most stores and sites. Cottage cheese I buy at Aldis. Egg whites, I buy them at Aldi too. You’ll need to figure out the cheapest meals that fit the THM plan and keep repeating them. Four of you THMing does make it a little more pricey.

      Are you over your interruptions and back on plan now? We just posted a way for people who have been off plan to come back into the fold over on our face book. If you are not on FAcebook it might be a great idea to ask someone if you could borrow theirs and read that post. It is called ‘Come Back Little Sheep… Come Back”

      • Sue November 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        No, you have the math right. God is an amazing provider, and is always teaching me little things here and there that I can do to cut back. I got the Nustevia from iherb – definitely the best price I could find – and it is lasting me a long time. We have an Aldi’s (yay!), and egg whites are less at Sam’s here. All the $ saving hints you have in the book are great; I’m just always looking for more! (I hope to try making my own Truvia soon.)

        I just might have to “borrow” my son’s FB page. Parental rights, you know! 🙂

    • Holly Kerr November 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm Reply

      For those out west I just bought NuNaturals NuStevia in a 4 oz. bottle for only $7.49 from a local chain. It’s called Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, and I love this store! They have an internet site, but I was unable to find this product there. However, you could try calling…

  10. Sue November 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm Reply

    I am trying to use all Nunaturals (no Truvia) on the THM plan to help with expense. Things that use just a sprinkling are fine – sweetening drinks, the choco pudding, frappa, etc. But anything that takes any amount of sweetener (such as the Skinny Chocolate, the Easy Peazy Cinnamon Muffins) were just yuck to all four of us trying them. (Though the Basic cheesecaken and TT Ice Cream weren’t as bad.) Any suggestions?

    • Serene & Pearl November 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm Reply

      Hi Sue.

      Did you go to http://www.healthyindulgences.com She has a way to make your own Truvia for less than half the cost of store bought. WE have a woman on our face book who just did this successfully and she says it tastes better than store bought.

  11. Becky November 28, 2012 at 2:16 am Reply

    Hi I just started on your plan and I am from Canada so do not have access to a lot of the brand name foods you suggest. My biggest issues have been with sweeteners. I’ve been using xylitol and stevia powder but was wondering about pure organic coconut sugar. Is it just another form of sugar that does not promote weight loss or could I use it as a sweetener?

    • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:48 am Reply

      Hi Becky. Coconut sugar is okay for people who are at or close to goal weight. It has a few carbs and also contains fructose so it does have a small impact on blood sugar. We prefer that a sweetener have zero impact on blood sugar if weight loss is needed.

  12. Sue November 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I found some whey powder, but the second ingredient is “corn maltodextrin”. I’m thinking this is a no-no on the plan -perhaps the same things as corn syrup in dry form? Am I right? Can the Swanson’s whey powder you reference in the book be purchased at a store, or only online/through Swansons?

    • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:45 am Reply

      We don’t like maltodextrin Sue. It is a filler that has suspect effects on blood sugar. Yes, we are only able to buy the Swanso Premium whey Protein powder online but you can find Jay Robb whey powder at many stores.

  13. Sue November 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm Reply

    One of you mentioned in the book that you grow a lot of Stevia. I have one pot, and have dried some of the leaves. I’m thinking I might steep some in boiling water and use in place of some of the liquid and sweetener in some of the recipes. Have you tried this? If so, do you have any tried and true equivalencies that would minimize how much I have to play around with this? What do you do with all the stevia you grow?

  14. Crystal December 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Hey Girls! Love your book! So much great information! I’ve enjoyed reading it as my baby nurses throughout the day. One question: can we use corn starch on this plan or is that a no-no? Are xanthum gum and glucomannan replacements for corn starch in recipes? Actually two questions: I don’t have any problems losing weight after I have a baby. There’s really not much to lose, but what I do have to lose comes off pretty quickly with breastfeeding. Since I’m like this, can I just use raw goat’s milk instead of almond milk in the recipes that call for milk? Thanks so much for all the time that you spent on this wonderful book. It was definitely worth it in my opinion!!

    • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:36 am Reply

      Hi Crystal. If you do not have weight to lose, you certainly can use Goat’s milk in your Fraps and smoothies if you prefer it. Raw Goat’s milk is so healthy and if it does not make you gain weight then go for it.

      Corn starch is just that – a starch, so we don’t reconmmend it. Glucomannan is so much healthier, it is a super food and thickens gravies and sauces just as well. And of course, gluc allows you to make delicious puddings also.

  15. Sue December 11, 2012 at 1:19 am Reply

    In place of the water for the Fat Stripping Frappa (p. 240), I use a strongly brewed mint tea (can use loose leaves, then strain, or store-bought tea bags). Makes a mild chocolate mint frappa! You could use this idea for other recipes too. Cheaper than using mint extract!

    • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:33 am Reply

      What an excellent idea Sue. We’ll have to share that with everybody.

  16. Becky December 12, 2012 at 1:36 am Reply

    I was wondering what y’all think of monk fruit sweeteners in place of Truvia. Not that they are any cheaper, but my hubby saw something about it and ask me to check into what it was and if it was better than Truvia. I’ve looked into them, but bascially, all I can find is the info. on the sites that produce/sell the monk fruit sweeteners. On being made by the makers of Truvia. Personally, I think either would be better than the Splenda he likes to use, but if you could let me know what your opinions are, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

    • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:32 am Reply

      Hi Becky. Monk fruit has more fructose in it which must be first stored in the liver, that is why we don’t recommend it. Therefore it may have some impact on blood sugar and we want our sweeteners to have zero impact on blood sugar. Over on our facebook page many are finding that if they don’t like Truvia, they are much happier with Nustevia pure Extract powder alone.

  17. Melanie December 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Well, my copy of Trim, Healthy Mama came in the mail last Saturday and I’ve been reading it like crazy ever since! Let me just say that this is the most balanced eating plan I’ve every come across. I am really enjoying the S meals and can’t wait to get to the store and purchase ingredients for some E meals so I can change it up more. I don’t know if it’s just a fluke but I’ve lost 2 lbs. already this week! I’ve lost 6 lbs. since Thanksgiving just by following your facebook page and applying what I gleaned there. You talk about being careful not to lose weight too quickly-is my weight loss happening too fast? At the very most I would like to lose 7 more lbs. Should I add in some crossovers? I don’t want to damage my metabolism.

    Thanks so much for writing such a fantastic book! I will definitely be recommending it to all my friends!

    Blessings and Merry Christmas!

    • Serene & Pearl December 17, 2012 at 1:30 am Reply

      Hi Melanie, the loss should naturally slow down by itself as your cells have flushed out excess glucose now and those last few pounds usually take longer. If they keep falling off add in a few S Helpers and yes, even a crossover here and there. I’d say you must have a healthy metabolism.

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