Trim Healthy Mama

Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, popular sisters and daughters of Nancy Campbell, founder of Above Rubies, have teamed up to write Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach To Vibrant Health & A Slim Waistline. The THM plan, as it is called, promises to cut through all the fads and diets and deliver a new, healthy, sane approach to weight loss, maintenance, and health. The back cover reads:

"Forget the Fad Diets, Join the Food Freedom Movement

Counting calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking anymore. After trying almost every fad diet out there, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, creators of the Trim Healthy Mama movement, took matters into their own hands. Through trial and error and much research, they created the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA PLAN, the breakthrough lifestyle program to help readers of all ages and stages get healthy, slim down and keep off the weight once and for all.

Based on the authors’ successful self-published book, this simplified, improved, practical plan shows readers a unique way to lose weight and get healthy by eliminating sugar, and still eating hearty, delicious food. The biblically-sound and highly effective eating approach centers on Satisfying meals (which include more fats and protein) and Energizing meals (which include more carbs and protein), as they are the key to success. Scrumptious whole, unprocessed foods, including fats, blood sugar friendly grains, proteins, fruits, and vegetables, are eaten in a way that boosts metabolism, yet still fits into anyone’s hectic lifestyle. It’s family friendly and effective for pregnant and nursing mothers, pre or post- menopausal women, and also those without weight or health issues—even men and growing children.

The book includes menu plans, a list of key super foods to eat on plan, time-saving tips, and pantry stocking and lifestyle advice to help readers successfully reach their goals.

Join the Trim Healthy Mama movement and along with thousands of others, discover the groundbreaking, easy-does-it, and delicious way to eat for health and weight loss."

I had seen their original Trim Healthy Mama book advertised in Above Rubies when it was self published and was interested in reading it, but was a bit put off by the high price and uncertain if I would benefit from it. When I saw this new edition was available, I jumped on the chance to review it. The new edition is cut down and edited significantly from the original, and the recipes are published separately in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbooks, so be aware that you will need to buy that separately. However, it does make sense to have them printed as two separate books so you can keep the cookbook in the kitchen. I'm kind of disappointed by this revamped edition. It's been quite secularized, and it's missing several of the chunks I was especially excited about reading (the number one being the "Foxy Mama" chapter about marital intimacy). I appreciate that they are trying to shorten and simplify the book and to reach a wider audience with it. I can understand that, but it was a bit of a letdown. The other problem is that it uses many ingredients that most people don't have or may not be comfortable using. Their big thing is no sugar, only stevia. I'm not too thrilled with stevia and to be honest probably would never use it, so that kind of throws the whole entire plan. This basically boils down to a low carb diet - no sugar at all, lots of protein. I imagine just cutting all sugar and eating barely any carbs will make anyone lose weight regardless of what they're eating. I did appreciate the fact that Pearl and Serene really tried to do a lot of research and cut through all the myths and fads. This definitely isn't a book for everyone, but there are definitely things to glean from it and some may like it more than others, depending on how you like to eat and how comfortable you are with trying "new" ingredients.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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