I’m back home, after my work trip, and making yummy meals in my own kitchen. 🙂
I did okay staying on plan for Trim Healthy Mama while I was gone, following the plan shared last week. I had dinner with my friends which were not THM but still nutritious. My downfall was the evening time. We played card games and they brought out a few snacks.
I arrived home in the wee hours of the morning on Friday and didn’t worry about being on plan that day. I wasn’t feeling very well after traveling and skipped eating at all until early afternoon. Then I ate a can of chili we had in the cabinet left here by a family member when we had a gathering. We had a wonderful dinner at Sierra’s house that evening when we went to pick up Christopher.
Saturday was a town day. Lunch out was mostly on plan dinner was… different. We are planning a few backpacking trips this summer and wanted to dry some of the commercial freeze dried meals available. We purchased three different varieties; lasagna, beef stroganoff and beef stew. They weren’t bad. The flavors were fine, especially the stroganoff. The lasagna and stew needed a little sea salt. We all thought it was great fun boiling water and adding to the pouch then eating directly from the pouch. My issue with these is they are no where near a meal based on the serving size. The recommended one serving size has between 200 and 260 calories, depending on the flavor, which is very light for a strenuous activity like hiking. We could eat a full pouch of the multi-serving size pouches (the ones we bought were sample sizes and only one serving per pouch) but the cost is prohibitive. I’ll likely be dehydrating the bulk of our food at home for our backpacking trips. This has the added bonus of giving me full control over what goes into the meals.
Finally on Sunday, I was back on plan. One thing I really like about Trim Healthy Mama is the guilt-free way the plan is approached. In the book outlining the THM plan, sister authors, Pearl Barret and Serene Allison, say “you’re only 3 hours away from your next slimming meal.” I love this reminder not to throw in the towel when I do fall off plan.
Back on Plan
This week is Joe’s birthday. We have plans to celebrate the weekend of February 13 with a day of skiing. For his actual birthday we’ll have a quiet evening at home. We made a shopping trip over the weekend so we’re in excellent shape on fresh produce. Somehow we have an excess of cabbage so there will be lots of cabbage showing on this week’s menu.
Friday night we’re planning soup and salad made out of leftovers needing to be used up. I tried this a couple of weeks ago and it worked well allowing everyone to top their salad as desired. I’ll keep the soup in S mode and my salad in S but my husband and son may end up doing cross-overs.
You’ll see letters after our meals. These are references to Trim Healthy Mama meals which is a huge help in balancing my hormones and working on the middle age spread that has hit both Joe and me.
Our schedule; Monday through Friday my husband works a split shift. He works several hours early morning then comes home for breakfast about 8:45. He leaves again around 11 am and returns at the end of his day around 5:30. We have breakfast together, our son and I eat a light lunch early afternoon, and we all enjoy dinner together. Joe often takes snack foods for lunch such as boiled eggs, cheese, cooked meats.
Note: THM separates fuels so we don’t eat carbs (E meals) with fats (S meals). Our son doesn’t need to lose weight or balance his hormones. Because he eats the same meals as we do, his become Crossover (XO) meals by adding additional healthy fats to E meals and helpful carbs to S meals.
Breakfast: Super Prepared Purist Grains — Steel Cut Oats (E) from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook Good Morning Grains with 0% yogurt and apple slices
Lunch: Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (E) from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook Quick Single Salads
Dinner: Dreamy Chicken Lazone over sauteed cabbage (for Joe and me, potato for C) (S) from Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Table Speedy Skillet Meals
Breakfast: Super Prepared Purist Grains — Steel Cut Oats (E) from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook Good Morning Grains with 0% yogurt and 1/2 a banana
Lunch: Heavy S Salad with chicken (S) from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook Quick Single Salads
Dinner: Cheese Steak in a bowl (using venison), sauteed cabbage (S)
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese, spinach and mushrooms (S)
Lunch: Butternut squash soup (E)
Dinner: Bunless burgers with a BIG salad (S)
Breakfast: Super Prepared Purist Grains — Oatmeal (E) from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook Good Morning Grains with 0% yogurt and apple slices
Lunch: Butternut squash soup (E)
Dinner: Wipe Your Mouth BBQ (venison instead of chicken) on sourdough buns (E) from Trim Healthy Mama
What’s on your menu?
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