Are you a menopausal mama who struggles to lose weight? If so, I hope you’re encouraged by today’s post. If you aren’t someone who struggles with weight, share this article with friends who might! 🙂
Do you often regret predicting what may lie ahead in someone’s life? Why do I have to negatively share what to expect during mental pause (my term for menopause)? Sometimes I really put my foot in it!
I apologized to a friend recently for ruining her big 5-0 celebration earlier this year. I ruined it by giving her some (unsolicited) advice about aging through her fifties. She actually thanked me for what I said to her that night. Thanked me!? Well now. That’s sure grace and forgiveness right there!
In my then-fifty-six-years-of-wisdom (wink), I gave my friend no hope. Smashed it. Crashed it. Whacked it!
What a birthday present, eh?
My advice spoke of my own experience with shedding weight.
I’m here to tell you differently in my now-57-years-of-wisdom (wink again). Recently, I discovered what works – a plan that’s adaptable with any type of allergy or whatever might be a problem area for you. Wheat, gluten, dairy, whatever. The best news is that the Trim Healthy Mama plan works for menopausal women.
Woo-hoo! Thank You, Lord!
Following the THM plan, you eat every three to four hours – a protein and either (healthy) fats or gentle carbs. I didn’t know protein was so important during menopause!
God designed our bodies to burn two different fuel sources – fats and carbs. When we eat a meal consisting of both types of fuel, we must burn through the carbs before the fat can be used. When we give our body one fuel source, it works more efficiently as we burn through that fuel source and then start on stored fat. (Yes, those extra pounds we’ve been carrying around. They’re outta there!)
Alternating fuel sources gives you the nutrients needed for good health.
God gave us food to be enjoyed – for taste and for good health. Man stepped in and made food that’s tasty and oftentimes unhealthy. God made carbs, but man changed them. Man put them in a box! (Or some other type of packaging. Regardless, it’s not necessarily healthy food.)
We think wheat bread is healthy, right? Did you know that, in our reformulation and grain “improvements”, two slices of today’s wheat bread can have as much sugar as a candy bar? Yep (source: Tom O’Bryan, author of The Autoimmune Fix).
You don’t eliminate entire food groups with THM – just certain foods like sugar, starchy white potatoes, white rice (pretty much anything white, processed, and unGodly). Even natural forms of sugar like honey, agave, and maple syrup are cut out because they spike blood sugar. Regulating blood sugar is a goal of this plan. A healthier lifestyle (eating style) is the focus.
Read all about THM’s plan in the THM book, which also includes health information in general. After eliminating harmful foods, I started incorporating healthful additions to my diet as I read about the benefits of many things new to me. Amazon* is a good resource for the Trim Healthy Mama plan. (I will receive a small commission if you use the affiliate* links below).
I recommend getting started with the basics before reading the entire book (but you’ll be hooked!). I did that with the audio version of THM, using a favorite, the Audible* app (affiliate link below). I listened and learned while traveling.
I didn’t expect to lose anything during the first month, but I lost ten pounds the first two weeks. It’s totally doable when eating out. What a pleasant surprise!
Your weight loss will be a little different from mine. Just to give you an example, my pace has been five to seven pounds per month after the initial two weeks.
For protein, I eat eggs, roasted chicken, fish, and as much lean meat (beef included) as I want. Thankfully, I love veggies and dairy, and I eat all I want on this plan. Berries are also your friend and blueberries are the only thing you actually measure.
You eat until you’re full – no measuring or calculating required. THM recipe books* are a big help (but it’s doable without using recipes at all). Pizza is my personal favorite recipe, and my husband likes it, too. Woo-hoo! Our Sunday night pizza ritual stands!
You won’t believe how easy it is to make the pizza crust – so tasty! (But, you can enjoy regular pizza when eating out, if you prefer, by eating the toppings only.)
This is a plan you can stick with – a new eating style that keeps you full and satisfied with lean results.
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