About six months ago, my husband developed the signs of diabetes (insatiable thirst, frequent potty breaks, difficulty recovering from a candida-like rash breaking out all over his body, and rapid weight loss after having gained over the past few years), but due to finances, we were unable to send him to his doctor. Finally, having saved for a visit, he was able to go a few weeks ago. The doctor confirmed what I knew was the major problem – diabetes. They also confirmed my suspicion that he had high blood pressure. Armed with the "official" answer, he agreed to let me change our eating habits and follow a program I'd heard about a couple years ago – Trim Healthy Mama.
Since we began, just barely three weeks ago, he has lost about 15 lbs. His blood sugar has stabilized, with a fasting at his doctor appt @ 279 to now an average of 89. And his blood pressure which was 142/86 (high risk for hypertension, because it has been recorded as this high each time he's visited over the past six years) to 107/75 (low risk). He feels great, but we're still tweaking exactly how much he can eat, since he often still feels hungry after some of his meals.
I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which puts my body in an insulin resistant state and not only helps to increase weight, but also keeps weight glued on me. The terrible diet we were eating in our home had skyrocketed my blood sugars and continued to push the limits of my pancreas, as it overdumped insulin to keep my sugars level. Everything in me ached, I was beginning to gain even more weight than I'd ever had on my 5'2" frame, my hormones were completely out-of-whack and I was completely miserable. So… when we started this diet, I experienced some rather annoying issues. (All clean-up from my bad eating habits.) My face broke out. I hit a wave of exhaustion unlike I've experienced since I was pregnant with our daughter and my cycle, which has always been radical, is still adjusting itself. BUT… I've lost 20 lbs and my face is finally beginning to clear. I'm feeling better every day and things are beginning to right themselves. Yay!!!
Trim Healthy Mama
Trim Healthy Mama, started by two lovely New Zealand turned Nashville sisters, is easy to follow. You don't feel deprived or without. As it says on the back of their newer book on the plan, "Counting Calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking anymore."
You eat a variety of foods grouped into meal types. There are "S" = Satifying Meals, which many would consider low carb/Paleo/Primal meals. There are "E" = Energizing Meals. These have up to 45g of carbs. There are "FP" = Fuel Pull Meals. These are both low in carbs and fat and can be added to either meal or eaten separetly as a snack or full meal. As your weight (and health issues) stabalize you can add other types, like "Helpers" and "Crossovers" to your meals.
Don't get hung up on the meal types, because while they have a few "rules" they're easy to understand, honest. Each of the two plan books also have recipes and meal/full day examples so you get an idea of how to incorporate meals. Like they said, no more counting calories. That doesn't mean they have a calorie limit set and you just follow, they truly mean, no counting calories. Of course, that's not an endorsement to overeat. You're body will know when to stop, IF you listen. A person, being honest with themselves, can tell the difference between mouth hunger (wanting to continue the taste) vs. stomach hunger. Its often that inner child that has to be told "no, you've had enough". Mine is cranky and tends to pout, but she's getting better each meal.
I highly recommend Trim Health Mama for anyone who wants to lose weight and/or has health issues, who doesn't want to give up a food group. The plan is extremely adaptable to those with food allergies too, like for those who must eat gluten-free. And just because you CAN have 45g of carbs in an "E" type meal, doesn't mean you HAVE to. If you're super sensitive to carbs, you don't have to incorporate as many. Its a testing ground, between you and your body. See what works for you and stick to that. The great thing is that as a body begins to heal, it allows for greater latitude.
Find your trim! ~ Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett