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It has been almost 4 months since I first published my review of Trim Healthy Mama. I would love to tell you that I have lost tons of weight and am perfect healthy, but that is not the case. And it has nothing to do with the program. It really has everything to do with me.
Eating for me is such a delicate balance. Unlike many other addictions, you can’t just stop eating. But at the same time I can’t spend all of my time thinking about food…then we run into idolatry. The one thing I have discovered recently is that my body does not well eating junk. It also does not do well without healthy carbs.
I had been on a paleo-ish diet for over a year when my weight loss started to stall. My energy levels dropped too. I just wasn’t doing well. I didn’t feel great anymore and I used too much coffee just to get me through the day. Every part of my life was suffering since I just didn’t have enough energy for doing anything well.
Then I was introduced to Trim Healthy Mama. My first month was very successful and I lost 6 pounds! But then things stalled and I gained the weight back. My perfectionist personality was telling me that it must not work. But there was much more to the story. I spent a couple of weeks eating whatever I wanted, which brought me back to my mostly paleo diet. Then my energy crashed big time, again. I came to one very important conclusion…good health is so much more important than losing the 15-20 pounds I wanted to lose.
I spent some time reading the questions people were asking on the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group, and I also read through the book again. I figured out the problem. I was not eating the carbs that were necessary to rev up my metabolism again. My body had been so deprived of them for so long that every time I ate anything with carbs it held onto it…hence not losing weight. Now I just needed to come up with a plan of eating more meals with healthy carbs on a regular basis, and boy has it made a difference!
I no longer walk around in the fog I used to be in. I no longer get random dizzy spells throughout the day. My skin is clear and soft. I have the energy to exercise now and can even make it through the day without either a nap or 5 cups of coffee! I am truly feeling great, and that is better than any weight loss. I know that will come in time once my body is healed from carb deprivation (I have lost 5 pounds and several inches on my first Fuel Cycle!), but for now I am just enjoying feeling good, eating nourishing foods, and returned to my energetic self!
So if you see me posting recipes here on Tuesdays, it is just my way to help other mamas who are looking for a way to feel healthy and energetic. And you don’t have to be a Trim Healthy Mama to enjoy them:)