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For about the last year I have been seeing my friends link to recipes and testimonials from Trim Healthy Mama. I didn’t really know anything about it and one day in late July I started looking into it. I joined the Facebook group and ordered the book. The last year  of my life has been filled with many ups and downs and much sorrow. I was ready for something positive in my life. I began reading the book and trying to implement some of the things I was reading. Then we got a call we all dread and found out Gene’s step-father was dying. While on that trip Gene’s brother was testing out his new glucometer and one morning we all decided to get our blood sugar tested. This was a big wake-up call for me because my sugar level wasn’t terrible, but it was higher than I would have liked. 

If you know me well, you know that I usually have a Dr. Pepper in my hand. Even after the high sugar level it took me a few weeks to get off of Dr. Pepper completely. At this point I haven’t had a soft-drink (with HFC) since the beginning of October. I actually don’t desire them any more. The only type of soft drink I have had is Vitamin Water Zero and an occasional Izze (made with fruit juice, no added sugar). I did cheat last weekend and have a drink like an Izze that had added cane juice in it, and I am still paying for that with major joint pain. 

So far I have lost about 10 pounds, but I haven’t been anywhere close to faithful with the diet except on the soda front. I see now after my sugar binge this weekend that it really does play a major role in my Lyme and joint pain. I am going to be much more careful from here out. I also have some adrenal fatigue issues which may cause my loss to be slower as I heal my adrenals.

Many people think that everyone who is over-weight is obsessed with food. I even had a “friend” talk to me about it one time. She was trim but was obsessed with food and assumed my weight issues were related to my food obsession. I actually have the opposite problem. . . I could care less. It is not unusual for me to be up for 4 or 5 (or more) hours before I take my first bite of food. Often I would hardly eat all day and I rarely if ever felt hunger pains. I was just never hungry. This causes your metabolism to shut down and it stores fat instead of burning it. I now have to reverse this process through the way I eat and supplements. If I were to go to a restaurant to eat, I might be able to finish 1/2 of what they served as an entree. The biggest struggle for me is to eat. What will happen often is I forget to eat and then realize it has been over 4 hours and I panic and eat just anything because I know I need to eat. I am working on planning ahead more and having friendly foods ready and easily accessible so that I don’t blow it when I need to eat. 

We do have sweets on this plan, just not with sugar. We use stevia, erythritol and xylitol to sweeten with. I will be sharing recipes that I have made and use that incorporate these sweeteners. I will also post some recipes that have sugar in them because Sarah cannot use these due to health issues. 

In THM (Trim Healthy Mama) meals are classified as: S= satisfying (these are higher in fat/low in carb) E= energizing (Low in fat/ higher in carb) and FP= fuel pull (these are both low in fat and carbs and burn the most fat). My recipes will be labeled to denote which category they fall into. 

Cheesecake Dip

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This recipe came about last night when Rachel offered me a snack that she had made. I think she called it cheesecake. When I tasted it I found it to be very rich, which isn’t a bad thing but I wanted to eat it with something else. I remembered about Gwen’s Low Carb Cinnamon Dippers. After baking these I sat down for my snack. Gene asked me what I had. I told him and gave him a taste. He loved it as well and asked me more than once if this was really on plan.

When I asked Rachel how she made this she said she added some of this and a dash of that. I made some today and got the measurements so I could share it with you. I hope you like and enjoy it. Let me know if you try it and if you do anything else with it.  

Cheesecake Dip (Trim Healthy Mama -S)
A wonderfully satisfying sugar free cheesecake dip that makes you feel like you're cheating.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
1201 calories
14 g
413 g
122 g
16 g
71 g
360 g
776 g
8 g
0 g
37 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
360g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1201
Calories from Fat 1070
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 122g
187%
Saturated Fat 71g
356%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 32g
Cholesterol 413mg
138%
Sodium 776mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
96%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
30%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1- 8oz package of cream cheese (we used 1/3 fat but you could use full fat or fat free)
  2. 1/2 cup of heavy cream (I'm sure you could substitute with almond or coconut milk but why would you? ;-) )
  3. 1 tsp of vanilla
  4. 2 tsp of lemon juice
  5. 3 Tblsp of Truvia
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.
Notes
  1. This is a super simple and adaptable recipe. I was thinking about the ways to adapt it and I will play with some other ideas and post them as we make them.
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122g
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I hope you enjoy the recipe and will let me know what you think of it. What ideas do you have as to how to adapt it? If you have any questions about THM, please feel free to ask.

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or my Lyme diet I typically try to avoid sugars other than those that are naturally in fruit, and even those I limit. However there are a couple cases where I make exceptions out of convenience or for a treat.

Izze

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If you’ve not heard of Izze it is a sparkling juice, made with only a few natural and healthy ingredients and no added sugar. To me Izze tastes like the ultimate soda. It is higher in sugar than what I usually eat, but a large apple has about 23 grams of sugar and this does not have much more. I also never have any negative affects after drinking it so I feel it’s fine. I’ve tried both the sparkling peach and clementine and have loved both. Recently I was able to pick and eat a few fresh and juicy blackberries which is making me want to try the sparkling blackberry flavor soon. If you want to find Izze near you click here, or you can buy them on Amazon

 

Uber Bars

Uber bars are made by the same company as Larabars. I tend to avoid Larabars because they have more sugar than I want to use on an energy bar, I would rather have fruit or an Izze, however Uber bars have more than half the sugars as Larabars. Uber bars do have honey, which I typically avoid as well as any other non-fruit sugars but I think in moderation it’s alright occasionally. So far I’ve only tried the Bananas Foster, but it tasted amazing and is a wonderful treat! I’m hoping to try the Coconut Macaroon flavor soon. You can buy Uber Bars in bulk on Amazon.

 

Pei Wei’s Vietnamese Rolls

These amazing rolls from Pei Wei were simply amazing! They are filled with chicken, veggies, rice noodles, and peanuts. I always eat mine with the sweet chili dipping sauce, which must have some sugar in it but I figure it’s not that much compared to fruit. Be warned though, the sweet chili dipping sauce is actually spicy, but really good! My mom does not tend to like anything spicy but whenever we go to Pei Wei we get these rolls and end up putting a lot of the sweet chili sauce on our rolls because it just tastes so good, but the our mouths feel like they are on fire. It is worth it though, these things are filled with so much good Asian flavor that I highly recommend them. One order is large enough for a meal, however my mom and I tend to split it and eat it as either an appetizer or snack.

All three of these things I would highly recommend if they are within your diet limitations. They always make me really happy and I look forward to them every time I know I’m going to get one. What are some of your favorite healthy treats?

 

Reposted from my blog, Lavender and Honey.