Learning How to Build Trim Healthy Mama Meals + FREE Non-Starchy and Starchy Vegetable Guide

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Since Fall, I’ve stalled out a bit in the weight loss department.  In fact, I gained 5 pounds over Christmas and have been unable to get the weight back off.  I could blame it on holiday foods, stressful situations, and a move, but ultimately, the real issue is what I am putting in my mouth.

When I tried to go back to eating Trim Healthy Mama style after the holidays, I couldn’t seem to drop any weight.  I got to talking with my little THM support group and finally acknowledged what I had known all along.

I wasn’t using Trim Healthy Mama to its fullest advantage.

I had gotten into a rut where I only ate certain things and most of them were S meals.  I wasn’t losing weight because I wasn’t keeping things interesting for my palate and my body.

So, I have recommitted to really understanding THM and taking its principles to a level where the food is interesting and {S}atisfying…and yes, even {E}nergizing!

Learning How to Build Trim Healthy Mama Meals {+ FREE veggie guide!} | RaisingArrows.net

There are quite a few things I need to get a grasp on, and as I work toward getting back on track and learning (and re-learning) some of the crucial aspects of THM, I want to share some of the tools I am using with you!

I decided I needed to start with learning how to build Trim Healthy Mama meals.  One of the most difficult things for me to understand when it came to building meals was how to add in the vegetables.  So, I talked it over with my THM group and made myself a chart.

Trim Healthy Mama Non-Starchy & Starchy Vegetable Guide | RaisingArrows.net

a copy for yourself!

I knew I needed to be adding in more variety in the vegetable department, but when you aren’t sure what to add in for which meals, you tend to stick with what you know or do nothing at all.  I was also terribly confused about squashes and carrots.  Having this “cheat sheet” gives me a quick glance guide to help build meals that are colorful, varied, and delicious!

So, let’s get back in the fight together!  You can do this!  WE can do this!

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  1. I love the downloads! Thank you! I have just found the joy of Good Girl Moonshine. Yummo!!!!!! Thanks for this motivator. I am under the 150 mark now, (just barely) but can’t seem to get myself to get down anymore. Thanks again!

  2. Thank you so much for the downloads!!! I have been off THM for too long and want so much to get back on, so thanks again for the encouragement :)

  3. I love THM but my biggest complaint is that you don’t know how much of *anything* to eat- there are hardly any serving sizes. No matter how good/healthy something is for you calories still matter, right? I mean, can’t I overdue eating skinny chocolate? I know the beauty of THM is the freedom and flexibility, but I wish it had a bit more structure or was more rigid. Tell me what to eat AND how much! Lol 😉

    • What I’ve found is that when I am really and truly eating this way, I don’t want to overdo it. So, yes, you can overdo it, but when you aren’t battling out of control blood sugars, you are less likely to keep eating and eating and eating.

  4. Thank you!! I’ve been doing THM for 6 weeks now and there is definitely a huge learning curve. Thanks for the info and the printable.

  5. Thank you so much for both of these resources. I have to admit that I haven’t yet read through the entire book, so I am wondering if it is safe to eat this way during pregnancy! I was gestational diabetic last pregnancy, so I am hoping to eat this way when I will probably be diagnosed with it again!

  6. Thanks. It is good to be reminded what is what. Gets kind of hazy here too after awhile when we don’t take time to reference back. I’ve been trying to really get back into the swing of things and cut back on Heavy S especially. Now, as of yesterday, my Dr. is trying to help me figure out some allergy related issues, so I’m totally lost on how to do THM for a bit. Hope to be back soon! Love that it is a lifestyle that works for everyone. We just have to be willing to make it happen!

  7. Amy – you may have already discussed this topic, but how do you do THM for you and your family? I have been incorporating the diet a bit at a time (nursing made it very difficult for me, although I know that is not the case for everyone), but my husband and little ones were starving!! Even when I tried to make the meals crossovers for them, they still seemed to be hungry more often. The hubs is tall and thin and does not need to lose. Any suggestions or somewhere else I can look up info??…and I think we *might* be expecting another blessing, so I really want to get on board and not have another major weight gain during pregnancy Thanks so much for the downloads!!

    • Typically, they eat what I eat with more breads and such to fill them up. I also tend to make their snacks more hearty. Not sure that is really an answer to your question, though. (and *possible* congrats. 😉 )

  8. This is a great download, Amy. Thanks for sharing!

    For Jasmine, the Allergen THM group on Facebook may have some helpful information on narrowing down potential offenders as well as tweaking THM in light of your allergies. They are really encouraging there.

  9. Thanks for the download!! I have just started THM; its confusing at first. I’m sure I will “get it” eventually, but your chart will help a lot as I’m navigating my way through. Blessings on you and yours :)

  10. Thank you so much for both resources. I think these will be VERY helpful to me. I haven’t really learned the program, so I eat a very limited amount of things over and over when I’m trying to do THM. Boring, after awhile. Are ALL of the S veggies fuel pulls? …carrots? …the whole list? Thank you for these great resources. Except for salad, I’m really bad w/veggies. We do a lot better w/fruit around here, but I’d like to feed my family (and me!) more veggies!
    Thank you!

    • I don’t mean to badger you but was wondering if you could help since I really don’t know. Are ALL of the S veggies fuel pulls? …carrots? …the whole list? Thank you. Your post on PPD is excellent.

  11. Thanks for posting this Amy!!!

    I am in the same boat. I was doing really well until the holidays. Then I gained 7 pounds. I can’t seem to shake those pounds and get back on track. So I’m looking forward to hearing all your doing to get back on track.

    Thanks again!!

    • S = Satisfying with fats as your fuel source
      E = Energizing with carbs as your fuel source
      FP = Fuel Pull with not many fats or carbs so it can be eaten any time of the day and after any meal

  12. Thank you for this chart Amy! I’ve wanted to start this way of eating but it seems to take a lot of time to figure it all out. Needless to say, I just keep putting it off and avoiding the process. Creating cheat sheets like this would help so much. Thank you!

  13. I am still confused about the black beans. I have made the secret agent brownies with the black beans and it is considered an S. I am very confused about that because I thought they were an E. Thank you for any help you can offer!

  14. I am with you!! I too have had a hard time getting back into it after the holidays. I started rereading my book again today and have committed to getting back on plan 98% of the time, I say 98% because I know those occasional things will come up that I can’t control and I don’t want to stress over them.
    I’ll be checking back in with you to see how you are doing and keep myself committed!

  15. Thank you so much for this. I am I the same situation and was getting confused why the plans had stopped working for me. Glad to be getting back on track.

  16. Amy thank you for this post and veggie guide. I was wondering how you do a Trim Healthy Mama group? Is it just a few friends getting together regularly to discuss THM? Or a church group? How frequently do you meet, and how do you structure that time? I’d love to hear how that works. I think that would be fun to meet with a few girlfriends who also enjoy THM and share recipes and ideas, and what works and what doesn’t, encourage each other, and just have fun with it!

  17. Do you have a link to how to really understand the program? Already printed out the vegetable form but I am SO confused and seem to be going nowhere which is so frustrating.

    • If you are Facebook, that is where I recommend you start. There is a THM page and then there are lots of offshoots including one for newbies to the program. :)