Friday, May 3, 2013

THM - Week 4

I am leaving my THM ways least for awhile. I did my 4 week trial period and only lost 1.8 lbs.  I still really want to read the book to read the 600+ pages of nutrition/hormone information. However, the truth is that at this point in my life, following this specialized way of eating is just not a priority for me. I am so happy for those who have had great success with the program and are not feeling deprived. I get that it works when followed; that doesn't surprise me. That is fantastic! I am not speaking against THM - I've just decided not to make THM way of eating a priority for me right now.

I am still applying a few THM principles to my eating habits, but most meals from now on are going to be crossovers. For the most part, I will not worry about keeping fats & carbs separate. I will allow myself to eat anything I want but try to do it in moderation and focus on nutrient-rich foods. I *need* to start exercising regularly again. I also plan to keep a food/exercise journal for awhile...not calorie counting, but just seeing that I'm eating a balanced diet and not a bunch of junk food. That is what worked for me to get to a healthy weight in the past and maintain it for well over a year before I got pregnant with Nathanael.
Moderation is something I can do long-term and apply in any situation.
I happily ate a scoop of ice cream with strawberries last night. I had a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and honey for breakfast and the cottage berry whip for a late morning "snack" this morning. Wow...I sure did miss my pb & honey toast :-).
Best of luck to my THM friends - I may come back to follow the plan in the future; it certainly intrigues me. However, I think I need to at least wait until I get the book or see a decline in my health before I give it a go again.


Joyful Christian Homemaking said...

I sure hate to see you leave THM. Have you read the book? It's very helpful. Losing 1.8 pounds in four weeks is okay. The book explains that some may not see loss for the first month or two at all.

I had the opposite effect as you. In my first five days I lost five pounds. Then the next day I didn't lose or gain, and today I am up 2 ounces.

What is it you are missing? Ice cream? Breyer's sells carb smart ice cream which is on plan.

Or, you could make THM's frozen yogurt, or Tummy Tucking Ice Cream.

Peanut butter? It's a-okay for an S meal, if you use one of their S - breads.

Or, you could use one slice of sprouted or sourdough bread for an E treat, and make a paste out of defatted peanut flour, a bit of water and Truvia, and spread that on the toast and enjoy.

Anyhoo, I'm still reading the book, too - not done yet, but I'm about 3/4 done.

I haven't even been eating this way for a week, but my facial dermatitis is almost completely cleared up, and after years of trying this or that, it looks like I just needed THM. I also have more energy, and even feel happier (and I was already a happy person, LOL).

Do you like chocolate cake? I do. I just made THM's mini chocolate cakes for purists - and it's GREAT! I can't tell there's no flour in it. It tastes like a regular, moist and light chocolate cake. :-)

I hope you'll change your mind on THM, but even if you don't, I think it's great you gave it a go.

PS - I just posted my THM menu, if you want to take a peek. :-)

Jenna said...

Candy, I'm so glad to hear you are seeing results on the plan and feeling great - That's awesome! So many people are having amazing results on it.

I did lose 4 pounds my first week on the plan, but then the last 3 weeks I gained each time. I lost a total of 1.8 lbs for the month when all was said and done.

I haven't read the book yet, which makes following and understanding the plan difficult, I think. I'm waiting for a copy from the library and will eagerly read it when it's my turn! Those recipes you mentioned sound great, and I will have to give them a try once I get the book.

I'm missing ice cream, chips, pop, bread, pasta, cookies, cheeseburgers, french fries, desserts, tortilla chips with cheese & banana peppers, etc. I'm coming from a major junk-food background!

I think the hard thing is that my family eats the regular stuff while I make the THM-friendly things that just aren't as tasty to me. But...I don't have the recipes in the book yet, so once I read it, I might have some more tastier alternatives, which would help.

I will likely try THM again if I'm struggling health-wise in the future, but I think I need to read the book before giving it another go. Right now I've just found it very hard to stick to, especially when going out to eat and visiting family & friends.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to go check out your menu. :-)

Joyful Christian Homemaking said...

I agree, wait for the book. You'll learn you can have all of the things you still mentioned, but with a few tweaks. You don't have to go without, girl! :-)

Also, you don't have to eat differently from your family. My Hubby is on full plan with me, and meanwhile my kids are, most of the time, eating the same things we are, but I add more carbs to their meals, because they are growing, and they need the carbs.

For example - My meatloaf and mashed cauliflower supper - my kids will have that, along with something else, such as carrots, pasta, rice, or maybe some sourdough bread and butter - it depends on what I make on that day for the carb dish.

I looked more closely over your THM menus, and I think I see what happened, but since I'm not done with the book yet, and I'm not even a week in, I'm not qualified to say, LOL.

I think you will LOVE the book when you get it, and even if you decide this isn't for you after reading the book, there are still other great nuggets in there you can take from it. :-)

PS - I don't comment very often on many blogs, but I love your blog. Very inspiring. :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see you came to this conclusion. I am a firm believer in non dieting. I tried a few diets and could never follow them. Then I finally just learned it's not a diet that is needed but simply changing the way I eat. I started stocking a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, etc. The goal I follow is I should be eating 2-3 cups of fruits, 2-3 cups of veggies. If you snack on these all day you'd be amazed at how little your bigger meals start to get.

The first month I did this I lost 6 lbs. I didn't start this until after my second and was doing great but now #3 is on the way. I still eat this way bigger servings ;). This is going to be our last baby so I'm excited for after baby with the way I eat now.

It took a good month or two before this became a normal. I eat ice cream, cake, etc. It's just my body has gotten so use to the fresh food that those sweets are not a craving anymore but rather just a treat that sounds good. Sometimes I find myself picking up fruit before that cake!!

I don't suggest diets to anyone nor do I suggest cutting the things you love out. I suggest eating the way you're suppose to and consuming more fresh foods.

IE: A day in my eating:
Breakfast - Eggs & Apple
Snack - Cut up Cantelope
Lunch - A sub (yes a sub)
Snack - More Cantelope & watermellon
Dinner - Pork Chops, Diced Potatoes, Mushrooms & Salad.
Snack/Dessert - I had an ice cream here - I'm pregnant ;)

Good luck and I wish you all the best.

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