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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!


  1. I am a Christian and I have a friend who got this book and raved about it. I was skeptical so I did a little research. I think a lot of their recommendations don't really make sense for long term health, so I didn't choose to buy the book. My friend who got it really loves it and she has lost a LOT of weight since she got it BUT her face has AGED in the 8 months or so she's been on the diet.

    She is in her mid 30s and I used to think she was incredibly pretty - a little plump, but with a glowing complexion and sweet features. Now she has a very slender figure but her face looks about 10 years older. Her skin is dry and she has more wrinkles. Her hair is like straw. This tells me that this diet has stressed her body. I feel so sad remembering how pretty she was before.

    MY personal opinion - God created all of us unique and maybe not all of us is designed to be super skinny. I want to be healthy and strong and treat my body like a temple, but I also want to accept and love the body God designed. I've been praying about this, and my focus has changed from losing weight to becoming healthy, strong, energetic, etc.

    I also don't like the use of things like stevia, gluccomann, etc., that they use in the book. Why would you eat something that has no nutritional value? Also the book tells people to give up many foods that I think are healthy -milk, potatoes, honey, etc. Honey is a Biblical food and so is milk.

    What I focus on - eating pure, organic foods. We buy our raw milk, eggs and most of our meat from a local organic farm family. These people are strong Christians. They treat the animals humanely and they are pastured. We cook most of our own food and buy very little processed food.

    What I have been doing - focusing on portion sizes and exercising every day. I am losing weight SLOWLY but that is probably healthier in the long run.

  2. Yes, I can agree with that.