We have always been a meat and potatoes, with a biscuit on the side kind of family, which is problematic when it comes to Trim Healthy Mama. Meat? No problem! Potatoes? Only if they’re sweet! Biscuits? Well…
My first go ’round I had no special ingredients. Zero. Not whey, not almond flour, and I couldn’t stand any kind of sweetener (this was before THM products). I didn’t even get Oolong Tea when the Shrinker was created. I lost over 40 pounds in 5 months this way, so it can be done without the special ingredients, you just have to keep your thinking simple.
This time, I did get a few special ingredients, as my budget allowed, because the THM products are awesome and this time I am in it for the long haul to change my family’s health and well-being.
But this post is dedicated to the NSI mama’s out there who are just starting and wondering if it can be done.
The first and easiest thing I did was stop buying white potatoes. My husband wasn’t excited but he knows that it’s better for him and we can have them again a little farther down our weight-loss road. I doubled up on the vegetables for dinner, usually one hot and one cold (like a salad) with our protein. My skinny children still have things like bread and pasta with their meals. I don’t want them loosing any weight.
I also stopped buying soda. I was really the only one who drank this as my husband prefers iced tea, so no big deal with the family here. I do drink the Good Girl Moonshine, but I have been buying Apple Cider Vinegar for years. I drink a lot of water. And coffee, but that may have more to do with my kids…
For lunch, I eat a lot of lettuce wraps. Simple change from a regular sandwich. 99% of lunch meat is 95% fat free or higher, so it will work for an S or E meal. I have yogurt, string cheese, and hard-boiled eggs for snacks. Nuts are good also, but I don’t really like them. I also eat tuna, egg, or chicken salad when I need a change. Look here for some good lunch options on the go.
Breakfast didn’t really change. We eat a lot of eggs and oatmeal. It’s cheap and easy and that’s important around here!
I do buy some almond milk, cottage cheese, and coconut oil. Did you know you can substitute cottage cheese for whey protein powder? I was so happy when I found that out. Keep it low-fat and sub in 1/4 cup for a scoop of protein powder.
Without the special ingredients, my food bill hardly changed. I wasn’t buying potatoes, but spent money on the extra vegetables. Soda was a splurge, something I didn’t drink everyday, so that was taken up by the almond milk and lasts me quite a while. (Yes, I know the carton says to consume within 7 days of opening, but it takes me 2-3 weeks before it’s all gone and I’ve never had a problem.)
What do you eat without those special ingredients? Have you found that it helped or hindered your weight loss goals?