Menu Plan: THM Week 7

I have found the THM lifestyle getting easier as the weeks pass. And… I am LOVING it. Loving it I say. This is the hardest yet easiest not-diet I have ever done! Yes I said hardest- but not because it’s actually hard. Hardest because I am having to “un-learn” everything that has been pounded into my brain for the last three+ decades. Yet it’s the easiest, because there is no more counting! I am not stuck on the merry-go-round of adding and subtracting and worrying about every little carb that goes into my body. (I was previously Keto) I’m not counting calories or macros or ANYTHING. I am simply enjoying food which is so much fun because I happen to love food! ūüėČ I still enjoy almost all the same things I did pre-THM, including cookies, cakes, and most of all CHOCOLATE. I am even expanding my palate by trying new foods and learning too cook things I’ve never tried before. Wonderful learning curves! <3

Hubby is enjoying the THM lifestyle too, especially since he learned this past week that his favorite, LASAGNA, can be THMified ūüôā We are slowly working the kiddo into it- natural peanut butter, sprouted bread, more fruits, brown rice, and the latest… scrambled egg whites. Being that he is a growing little weed, we are sure to incorporate healthy carbs and more XOs for him. He is a very picky eater with food sensory issues so any progress is great progress and we are slowly getting there!

One of the hardest things for all of us has been giving up soft drinks. We switched to diet when I went Keto, however even diet drinks are not on plan for THM and since they are all sweetened with aspartame we’ve been trying new cleaner drinks. The two we’ve found that we like best, so far, are Zevia Cream Soda and Zevia Black Cherry. Soooooo good! I have a Zevia Ginger Root Beer to try today, fingers crossed!

This week’s menu: our dinner menu is from the THM cookbook again this week. We are finding our favorites are becoming regular staples!

Breakfast
E breakfast: Egg white scramble with 2 pieces sprouted toast and 1 tbs grape Polander’s (my new favorite breakfast!)
S breakfast: 2 Hard-boiled eggs with 1 Sargento’s sharp cheddar cheese stick
S breakfast: 2 Scrambled eggs with grilled veggies and 2 pieces of crispy baked bacon
S-Helper breakfast: 2 Scrambled eggs, 1 piece of sprouted toast with LC Swiss spread, and grilled veggies

Lunch
E lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich on sprouted Life bread with LC White Cheddar, spicy brown mustard, romaine lettuce and baby spinach
E lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich on sprouted Life bread with LC Swiss French Onion, spicy brown mustard, romaine lettuce and baby spinach
E lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich on sprouted Life bread with LC Mozzarella Sun-dried Tomato and Basil, spicy brown mustard, romaine lettuce and baby spinach

Dinner
S dinner: Spaghetti Squash Casserole p. 138
S dinner: Salisbury Steak p. 174 with Jicama Mash and Green Beans
S dinner: Creamy Herb Chicken p. 165 over Dreamfields Rotini
S dinner: Faketater Tot Casserole, p. 147
S dinner: Perfect Pizza, p. 211 (sugar free sauce, mozzarella, veggies, beef, bacon crumbles, and pepperoni slices)
S dinner: Cheeseburger Pie, p. 149

Snacks
FP snack: Salted Caramel 000
E snack: Banana Cream 000 with 1 baby banana
E snack: Rainier Cherries (yummmmmm!)

Happy THMing!

Menu Plan: THM Week 6

Wow week five was fabulous! I didn’t stick to the menu, though the changes used the same ingredients. I discovered a dish that I just HAD to try and am so glad I did because the hubby l-o-v-e-d it. AND, it’s on this week’s menu as well ūüėČ

This week is a little different in that everything on the menu is from the THM Cookbook. If you don’t have this cookbook then you need to get it! Seriously. It’s packed full of so many delicious meals you never have to eat the same thing twice! Not familiar with the Trim Healthy Mama plan? Well, there’s a book for that too!

Ok enough of that and on to the menu:

Breakfast
S breakfast: 2 Egg scramble with cottage cheese and fresh baby spinach
S breakfast: 2 Egg scramble with sliced avocado
S breakfast: 2 Hard-boiled eggs with 1 Sargento’s sharp cheddar cheese stick

Lunch
E lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich on sprouted Life bread with LC Garlic and Herb Swiss, spicy brown mustard, lettuce and baby spinach
E lunch: Rotisserie chicken salad sandwich on sprouted Life bread, green bell pepper, red onion, lettuce and baby spinach
S lunch: Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Salad

Dinner
S dinner: Cajun Cream Chicken, p. 36 over Spaghetti Squash
S dinner: Ridiculous Meatballs and Spaghetti, p 40
S dinner: Cabb & Saus Skillet, p 58
S dinner: Faketater Tot Casserole, p. 147
S dinner: Smarty-Pants Stroganoff, p. 44, with Mashed Fotatoes, p 219
S dinner: Cheeseburger Pie, p. 149

Snacks
FP snack: Salted Caramel 000
E snack: Banana Cream 000 with 1 sliced banana
FP snack: Vanilla 000 Rainier Cherries

Tonight is Saus and Cabb skillet and boy you should smell it! YUM!

Menu Plan: THM Week 5

I have to admit- I have not been 100% on plan. I had a week of vacation that was around 80% on plan. I kept breakfast on plan, snacks on plan (though I didn’t snack much), and most dinners on plan. I did eat at my favorite Mexican restaurant and that was so off plan you’d have thought I’d never heard of THM. I also drank way too many diet sodas the entire time (Diet Dr Pepper Cherry is a major weakness). I noticed, I think from the diet sodas, that I had swelling going on after a couple days- so much so that I couldn’t wear my wedding bands. O_O The week after vacation was basically an entire week of “wing it” meals that included one night of brown rice followed by two nights of Dreamfield’s because I was too lazy to prep and didn’t menu plan during vacation. (Note to self: next time, plan a few weeks in advance and shopping will be a breeze)

Those 2 weeks did cause a stall which I expected, but I am happy to say that I have still had an 8 pound loss for my first four weeks on THM! *HAPPY DANCE* I know it could have been more if I had stayed on plan the entire time, but that is the beauty of this lifestyle- grace to forgive yourself and three-hour resets! Plus that is an average of 2 pounds per week which isn’t bad considering all of the above. The way see it, at the rate of 2 pounds per week, I could potentially lose 40 more pounds by Christmas! Now is that motivation or what?

So week 5 is upon me and it’s time for the menu plan. Again, no specific days for this menu plan- only meals to choose from. I am including breakfast, lunch, and snack choices as well.

My Menu Plan: THM Week 5

Breakfast
S breakfast: Cheddar Herb Biscuit (p.197 THM Cookbook) with 2 whole eggs
S breakfast: Cheddar Herb Biscuit (w/o the cheddar) with egg and cheese to make a breakfast sandwich

Lunch
E lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich on sprouted Life bread with LC White Cheddar, brown mustard, lots of lettuce and baby spinach
E lunch: Rotisserie chicken salad (made with 1 tsp mayo) on sprouted Life bread, green bell pepper, red onion, lots of lettuce and baby spinach

Dinner
S dinner: Grilled Greek Chicken with Caulirice and Green Beans
S dinner: Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash
S dinner: Hamburger, Sausage, Broccoli Alfredo
S dinner: Taco Casserole with Sliced Avacado
S dinner: Lasagna in a Bowl with Ceasar side salad
*Note- I am only planning 5 dinner meals because we usually eat out one night per week and have a weekend ‘wing it’ or back yard grill day. For eating out and wing it day, we opt for bunless burgers, on plan salads, or anything that is on plan and tickles our fancy ūüėČ

Snacks
E snack: Salted Caramel 000 with 1 sliced apple
E snack: Banana Cream 000 with 1 sliced banana
FP snack: Chocolate Cuffin
FP snack:- Cinnamon Spice Cuffin
FP snack: Vanilla 000

With this menu, my day will look like this:
Breakfast- S Meal
Mid morning snack- E Snack
Lunch- E meal
Mid afternoon snack- FP Snack
Dinner- S Meal

I prefer the S meals for dinner because I have found that they tend to keep me satisfied without the need of an after dinner snack. I don’t like eating past 8 PM so it works for my whole family. E lunches have worked for me as I have less tendency to want an afternoon nap ūüėČ Also, with my breakfast usually happening around 7:30-8 AM, an E snack at around 10:30-11 AM and then E lunch at around 12-1 PM fits within my work schedule without mixing fuels. Since I don’t have a set break/lunch schedule and fit it in based on what I am doing, this works really well for keeping me on plan and preventing accidental crossovers.

That’s it for week 5. Time to make that shopping list now. Happy THMing! <3