Every journey starts somewhere. Mine started one year and seventy pounds ago with Trim Healthy Mama. Getting started was the hardest part. Along the way, I learned a thing or two (or two thousand) so here are my Seven Tips to Get You Started and Keep You Going.
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1. Read and Re-read the Book
The book is where you start. Read it. It’s packed with great information that you need to be successful. You won’t absorb it all the first time. I made tons of mistakes and still lost twenty pounds in the first month!
2. Join The Facebook Groups
My favorites are the Main Trim Healthy Mama Group and THM Beginners Group. These groups are about mamas helping mamas on the journey. Mamas respond in seconds, even in the middle of Walmart when your searching for a new ingredient or in the middle of the night when your mind won’t stop. Ask questions and learn from others. These mamas will set you straight when you need direction and encourage when you feel like giving up. Even Authors, Pearl and Serene, jump in and encourage mamas in the trenches. It’s a fun community.
3. Be Inspired
Success stories kept me going in the beginning. These are women, just like me, who have struggled through and succeeded. The facebook pages are filled with them, as well as google, and Pinterest. You won’t have to look far. Not everyone on THM is a Christian, but so many of these stories have the Love of Christ woven throughout them.
4. Start Simple
I started the plan with very few special ingredients. I had a simple rotation of “on plan” foods for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and even suppers. I found things I liked and our family liked and stuck to them for a while. Once I got the basics down, I started adding in new things slowly.
5. Find THM Food Bloggers you love
At first I picked a few who seemed to cook similar foods to what our family was used to. I found tons of great casseroles at Joy Filled Eats. With my German/Mennonite heritage, Brianna Thomas’ cookbook Necessary Foods is comfort food for this mama.
For baking, I turned to a variety of different bloggers. I just kept experimenting until I found things our family liked. We had an occasional fail, but I quickly learned to look at recipes and know if our family would likely love them or not.
My go-to THM Food Blogs are Joy Filled Eats, Brianna Thomas, Mrs. Criddles Kitchen, and My Montana Kitchen. There are lot of other great blogs out there, these are just the ones I tend to gravitate to.
To see the recipes our family loves all in one place, visit my THM Hiebert Family Favorites Board on Pinterest. While you are there, be sure to follow me! Click the Link Below!
We grill year round. German Sausage, Dill Yogurt Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Loin Chops, Turkey Zuchini Burgers, you name it we grill it, lots of it. Grilling is a simple way to get yummy on plan protein without all the fuss in the kitchen. Add in a vegetable or salad and you are set with an easy on plan meal that the whole family loves. We make sure to grill extra for leftovers throughout the week.
7. Slowly Get Your Family On Board
At first, I just focused on me and I didn’t really worry about what my family was doing. I cooked on plan meals that I thought they might like and added sides I knew they would eat. I also started with on plan meals that were familiar, things we were already eating with slight modifications. If someone thought they needed a PB&J, I didn’t sweat it.
Don’t underestimate your family, I was surprised at lots of new meals that have quickly become family favorites.
One of the first things I bought was an Ice Cream Maker. Brianna Thomas has lots of great on plan ice cream recipes, both in her cookbook and on her blog. My Family Never knew what hit em. All they knew was they loved this “new food” mom was making.
Baking was, and still is, my passion and my love language to my family. I struggled with giving that up, so I replaced it with feeding my family healthy,on plan treats. I have recently realized how much less we all crave “the sweet stuff.” Don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy the occasional on plan treats but we don’t “need” them as often.
Want to know more about what special ingredients I use? Watch my tour of my Special Ingredient Cabinet!
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