Friday, 1 February 2013
Trim Healthy Mama
I am sure many have heard of the new book, Trim Healthy Mama, by Pearl and Serene at Above Rubies. I was excited when my copy arrived, and even excited after reading it. A lot of it made sense, and I have been able to make some good changes to my eating. The first, is halving my carbs, at dinner, and lunch. The second, reducing cows milk, by switching to almond, which makes yummy hot chocolate. The third opting for lower carb grains, such as quinoa, and rye. A few of the recipes are quite good too. There is a recipe for pancakes using porridge oats, and egg whites. However, even though they say it isn't about a diet, it is. Just about everyone I know doing it, is expecting to lose weight, and I have my concerns about the long term effects of eating a high fat diet, and low carb. For example, the cake in a mug, may not have carbs in it, but it does have a whopping 20 grams of fat, and that is just one small serving. Yep, I am all for healthy fats, but if I were to consume this regularly, I am not so sure. I tried my best to follow the gist of the plan, but the last straw came when I developed a reaction to the truvia. It was awful, headaches, awful taste in mouth, and severely hydrated feeling. In fact, the side effects seemed to last for 24 hours or more. Even using the more pure form stevia is not recommended if you have had reactions. However, I googled, and found that side effects were not rare. So, a word of caution, especially if, like me, you have had reactions to sweeteners in the past. I don't believe there is any quick fix to losing weight, although I know it has been helpful to some, and many have lost a lot of weight. Personally, I believe as christians we should exercise self control. This book almost says you can have your cake AND eat it. I will use a few principles from the book, but I WON'T be giving up my potatoes and bread, just watching how much of it I eat, and sticking to my 3 workouts a week. I will let you know if I drop on the scales!