Trim Healthy Mama….
Just the title alone had my husband doubting that its principles were designed for all humans, and not just the ladies.
I began looking into the plan because I was pregnant, and I had tried everything. Counting calories, low fat, more veggies, shakes, pills (shudder), none of it worked for me. I was a lifetime dieter!
When I met my husband I was the smallest I have been in my adult life, 194 pounds! He was active duty, and doing regular efforts to maintain so that he could pass his PT tests and keep his job in the military. That changed when he was honorably discharged in 2013.
Discouraged by a career of yo-yo dieting to maintain a small enough waist size, he went for it and ate whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. That changed in 2019, when he gave the plan a real try with me for 21 days.
How did I get him on board?
If your husband is anything like mine was, it may take a little while, or years, but as they see your progress, and maybe some of their own because of your good cookin’, they will begin to come around!
I kept making THM compliant meals for our kids because it has been invaluable in helping us understand how to feed our growing children, with life threatening allergies in the mix.
He was a full-time college student and would grab whatever he wanted while he was away from home for his classes. He would also go to the store for what struck his fancy or grab it when he went to the store with me. He was a gas station regular for pop and candy!
Over the years he would tell me how good he felt when he ate only the meals I made for a couple days, then a couple weeks. Now, he has gone two months and lost 35 pounds! It was gradual, and it was all his idea!
I am a facilitator!
Now, he will look at the cookbooks, or the THM Membership site and print out or show me ideas for recipes he wants to try.
He loves a varied meal plan and this means that my Pinterest board for Recipes we’ve tried has over 500 recipes!
He may not fully understand how to create a meal from each fuel type, but we discuss it often to see if he can decipher it…this part is going to be gradual too.
Most recently he let me know that he needed more treats around to help curb his sweet treat desires and so, I keep one treat available as I can.
We also add a hot drink or cold drink like Boost Juice, or a Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate to every meal and snack so that we feel like every time we eat is a wonderful thing to look forward to.
Because of my friend, who is the Mother of Change on Facebook, we try to drink half our body weight in ounces of water every day. This was harder for my husband than the switch to eating this way because he does not like water at all…at least he didn’t used to.
The Trim Healthy Man Plan
What helps him stay on plan, according to my Husband
- Eat every 3 hours, even if you are not hungry
- Plan ahead, you don’t want to scrounge around for food when it’s time and then go for convenience over healthy foods
- Mix up the recipes, frequently
- Drink Plenty of water
- Remake old favorites….like the Jalapeno Poppers
- Ask your husband what he needs. This is how I learned he needed more treats around.
- Find a sweetener he really can live with, and make it portable. You can find the sweetener we use here
For Wives who are waiting on their Trim Healthy Man….
Would I have loved to have my husband on board with me from the beginning?
Did it affect my success for him to not be committed to the plan?
If I am going to be committed to something, then it’s going to be something I want to do. I won’t place blame for my lack of commitment to my own long term health goals on him or anyone else.
Is it better to have him on plan with me?
Yes! I think that it is easier not having candy or sugar in the house at all. But, it’s do-able with just one person on plan too.
Give him the space to make the jump. It is going to be a different world for them. Also, wrapping your brain around something becoming a lifestyle and not just a diet is going to be a challenge.
All I can say is, that for us… I am so grateful we are a Trim Healthy team now!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
If you want to learn more about my family, Read about Why I believe you are a Gatekeeper, or how to cut down your cooking time you have come to the right place.