Well. That was pretty amazing.
Because of my recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, I have been exploring a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of eating. It takes me a while to adjust to a new way of living and I have been bored and frustrated by my limited choices. No gluten, no sugar, no toast with my eggs, no ice cream–no, I scream in desperation!
The authors of Trim Healthy Mama have developed a generous portion of recipes that fit the bill. Since their research led them to understand our bodies cannot burn both carbs and fat fuel at the same time (one gets stored, apparently), they propose a simple way of eating. The plan offers three kinds of meals: protein and good fats, protein and good carbs, protein with low carbs and low fat. They are called Satisfying (S), Energizing (E), and Fuel Pull (FP). No calorie counting. Keep S and E meals at least three hours apart. Have around seven E meals per week. Get used to stevia. Eat lots of good vegetables. Make good quality chocolate snacks.
So, that’s what I did. Having had two really decent meals today, for my evening meal I baked Trim Healthy Mama (THM) chocolate muffins. They use a flour made of almond meal, coconut flour, and flaxmeal. They had some butter, and eggs, and were sweetened with a good quality mix of pure stevia, xylitol, and erythritol. The frosting was made of some heavy cream, vanilla, sweetener, and cocoa.
It was really very good.
In general, I have moved away from sweet things, but this made for a pleasant change. I served it to the family and it received good reviews.
I do recommend the Trim Healthy Mamas book and cookbook. I have the old version which is a remarkably disorganized presentation of some pretty remarkable recommendations. The recipes were scattered throughout the book. Some of the stevia concoctions were hard to take.
Now they have come out with two books: the plan and the cookbook. They have also made an improvement to their stevia blend. They have two: Super Sweet Blend (erythritol and a small amount of pure stevia) and Gentle Sweet (equal parts erythritol and xylitol, again with a small amount of pure stevia.) The xylitol makes a smoother blend.
That’s all I wanted to say. If my reader is looking for a way to kick the sugar and carbs habit, I warmly suggest looking into the Trim Healthy Mama way of doing things.
Some of you may remember me enthusing over Isagenix. While I enjoyed using that healthy product line for over a year, I had to stop when a low carb lifestyle became necessary. Too many carbs in a shake for my waistline. And too many dollars for our bottom line when we have three children in college. Thankfully I have other choices.