So….I’m going to go out on a limb here and confess that, even as a Trim Healthy Mama, I cheated today. Big time. Although, eating Trim Healthy Mama style it’s more appropriate to say that I went “off-plan.” Whatever you call it, I did it, and I did it in spades. Maybe I’m not alone in this (please, please tell me I’m not alone!), but holidays are some of the hardest days for me.
Maybe today your sweet kids made a special breakfast that was off-plan. Or maybe you decided to treat yourself to a donut at church. Or maybe, like me, you were driving home from church and mysteriously found yourself at Cold Stone (how did that happen?). I’m definitely doing better now that I have one full year of meal plans and shopping lists at my fingertips – that makes it so easy to eat at home more (which also saves money!) and avoid cheating.
Whatever the circumstances (mysterious or not), or whatever the diet or eating plan or healthy lifestyle you are a part of, cheating can throw you seriously off track. But don’t beat yourself up! I think it’s more important to occasionally eat something that’s not necessarily the best for me than to hurt my kids’ feelings when they’ve worked hard on a special meal. Of course, I could easily turn that into an excuse to eat badly all the time, but on a rare occasion it’s not that bad, and it’s easier than you would think to get back on track!
The photos in the photo collage, clockwise from the top, are: Steak from thekitchn.com; Prosciutto egg cups from Generation Y Foodie; The Shrinker from Trim Healthy Mama; Asian Chicken Salad from Working at Homeschool; and Skinny Chocolate from The Laundry Moms.
My biggest struggle is that one sugary meal or dessert can lead to, “Well, I already ate something bad, I’ll just have one more…” and so on. Worst of all, just a little sugar will often resurrect cravings that I thought I had beaten into submission.
So what’s a girl to do? Binge-eating is NOT the answer. Fortunately, if you follow the Trim Healthy Mama principles you can just wait three hours and start fresh! You can eat your S, E, and FP meals with no guilt! Before I get into what I will be eating tomorrow, here is an EXCELLENT explanation from the Trim Healthy Mama authors on why Deep S is the way to go after you’ve gotten off course! Trim Healthy Mama Facebook Page. You might have to “like” the THM Facebook page to view, but it’s worth it!
Here is the day of meals that I stick to after I’ve “cheated”, or eaten off-plan, to get me back on track. This is my day of “reasonably Deep S”, and I’ll add in an E the following day (please don’t get confused – Trim Healthy Mama is NOT just a low-carb diet! I eat plenty of meals with carbs, too, but this is just my one-day cheat recovery plan. Please read the book to get more details!).
Cheat Recovery Plan: One Day of Gluten-Free Deep S Breakfast:
Prosciutto Egg Cups YUM! These are SO good. I’m working on getting a camera so that I can share photos of my recipes and what they look like, but here is a beautiful recipe from Generation Y Foodie for now! The saltiness of the prosciutto combined with the creaminess of the egg is delicious. When my husband went to Italy for a business trip, he said he was served something similar to this and wanted to try it at home. In Italy, he said they would put the prosciutto in the pan, then crack an egg over it and fry it all together. The recipe pictured is similar, but you could also do it the Italian way! If you don’t have prosciutto, you could substitute bacon to make the “cup”, or a piece of deli meat to fry with the egg. Either way, this is a yummy “S” to get you started on your recovery day!
Snack: The Shrinker This is one of my favorites of the Trim Healthy Mama Drinks. I split it into two quarts, one to drink in the morning, and one to drink after lunch. It may require some tweaking to get it to taste the way you like it, but if you like Chai, you’ll probably be a fan! Oolong tea has amazing weight loss properties. As an experiment, I added “The Shrinker” every day after a four-week weight-loss stall. I really believe that the addition of oolong got my metabolism revving again and helped me to lose my last five pounds. Don’t give up on this recipe if you don’t like it the first time! Stick with it, add more or less sweetener/vanilla/cinnamon/or cayenne, and you’ll find something amazing! I find that I really don’t like to add any water to it, and only use about 1/2 cup of ice to pour it over.
Lunch: Asian chicken salad (S version, but omit the almonds for Deep S) This is one my favorite salads! You can always skip the “Just Like Brown Sugar” if you don’t like sweet dressings, but the basic principle of a Deep S salad is a great one to use while you’re trying to kick the cravings and get back to a healthy way of eating! Another salad I make sometimes on a “recovery” day is cabbage or lettuce with baked chicken (thighs or breasts), cucumbers, any other yummy veggies I have in the fridge, and a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. Snack: The second half of the shrinker!
Dinner: This is where I like to keep it super simple: Meat (steak or chicken), with a giant side of veggies and maybe a side salad if I’m really hungry. It’s a full plate and sometimes simplicity translates to insanely delicious! When I’m cooking steak, I cook it the Alton Brown way. I’ve never screwed up a steak making it this way, and it’s steakhouse perfect every time! For the vegetable side, my favorites are zucchini sautéed in butter with salt and pepper or Pioneer Woman’s simple baked asparagus.
Dessert: One piece of skinny chocolate. I LOVE chocolate, but since this is my recovery day, when I’m trying to get myself back to being healthy, I usually limit myself so that I’m not going heavy on the fats. If you’re not a huge fan of skinny chocolate, there are some good variations on Pinterest.
See? Easy, yummy, and it doesn’t take too long at all! (Unless, of course, you’re making steaks for a family of twelve. Then it would take awhile). If you’re joining me in getting back to being a Trim Healthy Mama, let me know! Maybe we can encourage each other. 🙂
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