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Homemade Dark Chocolate

I love dark chocolate!

I’m talking about that love that you just can’t go a week without… or a day even!

When that craving hits, you don’t want to be reaching for a candy bar.

Commercial chocolate is full of ingredients that are not healthy for you, even though chocolate itself is actually pretty healthy.

Commercial chocolate has processed sugar in it… not good for stable blood sugars or for weight loss.

Dark chocolate is a good source of Magnesium and antioxidants. More on Magnesium here and a magnesium oil recipe.  read more

Top 3 Healthy Chicken Nuggets Recipes

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3 Trim and Healthy Chicken Nugget Recipes

Chicken Nuggets are such a staple in most kid’s diets (and some adults too!). We love the taste of fried chicken in little tasty bites… But all too frequently American’s feel trapped into getting fast food Chicken Nuggets. 

We know that McDonald’s isn’t health food, but we expect to be eating only fried chicken and breading when you order their chicken nuggets. 

It can’t be too bad, right?

Natural News.com released a forensic investigation to find out what was in McDonald’s chicken nuggets. The chicken nuggets that were inspected were from a McDonald’s located in Austin. Tx. read more

Why You Should Add Butter to Your Coffee

Week one we increased our water intake.

Week two we cut out sugar.

Are you feeling better already?

No more Sugar crashes or highs? We want to keep our blood sugar smooth and stable.

This next tip will help not only keep your sugar cravings at bay, but will also help you burn more fat, fuel your body and help you focus…

Want to know the secret??

Adapted from: http://glutendoctors.blogspot.com/2010/10/why-i-allow-butter-on-diary-free-diet.html

This week we are going to focus on Healthy Fats!  

Fats from animal and vegetables are so vital to our health. They are a “concentrated source of energy.” (Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon). Using fats as an energy source is also understood in Trim Healthy Mama‘s satisfying or S meals. read more

Why Grain Free? Part 2

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Adapted from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frederikvanroest/3842334310/

Why Grain Free? Part 2: Harmful Effect of Grains

Earlier I shared why we went grain free for a while. You can read that post here

It took a lot of research for me to even consider this… I loved my carbs and bread and pasta… 

So what kind of research did I find?

First, I learned about phytates that are part of the grain. This is mother natures way of “protecting” the grain so it would pass through the stool and then germinate once “deposited.” These phytates bind to other nutrients (like magnesium) in your foods and aren’t digested or absorbed. It is like starving yourself from the inside – but the calories are getting absorbed. You get fatter, just without the nutrients. read more

What is Stevia?

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What is Stevia?

We learned in Cut the Sugar, that we need to make changes to reduce the sugar in our diets. I am so excited to see more and more Stevia products on the shelves. This is great news for people wanting a zero calorie, healthy sugar alternative.

What is Stevia exactly? 

Stevia is actually derived from a plant. It is related to a daisy and ragweed (I’ll take the daisy, thank you!). The Stevia plant can be found in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina and it is cultivated in China. You can even grow it yourself if you want! Stevia has zero calories and is 200 times sweeter than sugar without affecting blood sugar. Since it is sweeter than sugar, a little goes a long way! You also don’t want to over do Stevia because there can be too much of a good thing, then it will taste bitter. read more

4 Reasons to Cut out the Sugar

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4 Reasons to Cut the Sugar

 

We are going to focus on Cutting out the Sugar! 

This is not a new idea. Lots of popular diets have come to the conclusion that our sugar is out of balance in our Modern diet and this is the cause of our expanding waistbands.

 

Management of your Sugar and Carbohydrates is crucial for weight loss and your general health.

 

We know sugar is so important to get under control.

 

A low glycemic diet in general is healthier than a diet focused on lots of carbs. When our system gets overloaded with too many sugar and carbs, our cells start storing extra carbs as fat in our cells.

 

Our cells love to store carbs, so they are very eager and ready when we over eat our carbs. If we eat a moderate or low carb diet, then we can burn those carbs before they get the chance to be stored as extra fat. read more

New You New Years! Increasing Water

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New You New Years Week One: Increasing Your Water

You made it to the first week of New You New Years!  This week we are going to focus on increasing your water intake. 

Last week we focused on awareness: Being mindful in what you are eating. Thinking about what you are feeding your body is the first step to changing your habits. Did you pick up on anything you need to change already???

During New You New Years, we are going to take baby steps each week so you can be a Trim Healthy Mama!

To increase our water intake, this could include drinking more water, tea, or fruit infused waters. My favorite way to drink tea is in Trim Healthy Mama apple pie sips. These are amazing!! I love them so much during these cold winter months when drinking a cold glass of water isn’t as appealing. read more

Trim Healthy Mama Review

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Trim Healthy Mama Review

Trim Healthy Mama is the latest “diet” book craze. It seems like every where I turned there was something about Trim Healthy Mama. I was curious at first, and skeptical.

I had to find out for myself what all the fuss was about! 

What was so new and different about this plan? 

I heard about Trim Healthy Mama first from my sister. She and her family were starting to implement the plan… and seeing results.

Then, I joined the free Facebook group to learn as much as I could before buying the book. I was simply AMAZED at the transformations I saw in the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group. I could not get enough of the life changing stories from these women (and some men too!). Joining the Facebook group is a must for starting out. There are amazing moderators to help with answers to any questions and also getting advice and encouragement. I would highly recommend joining the group to help you with your Trim Healthy Lifestyle.  read more

New You New Years!!!

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New Years is next week! I know you are already thinking about what you are wanting for 2014. Some of you make the same resolutions every year and by February they are already a thing of the past.

This year will be different. This year you will make a change and stick to it!

How? You may ask. Because We are all going to be a part of New You New Years!!!

So lets talk about what New You New Years is going to look like. Every week, a new challenge will be presented to focus on the whole week. It may be to eat one vegetable at lunch and dinner. Or maybe it could be focusing on eliminating white sugar for the week. Maybe we could even focus on adding a 20 minute walk in or another exercise each day for a week.  read more

6 Best Trim Holiday Drinks!

Trim Healthy Mama, sugar freeHolidays are the time to share with friends and family. This year you can share how you are staying Trim and enjoying all of your Trim Holiday Drinks! 

No need to let this holiday season be an excuse for added pounds. These Holiday Drinks are the perfect solution to quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistband!

YOU CAN ENJOY THESE TRIM HOLIDAY DRINKS WITHOUT ANY GUILT!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake

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Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Frozen Sugar Free Eggnog

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Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

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Sugar Free Hot Chocolate stevia, trim healthy mama

I hope you enjoy all these trim holiday drinks this year and next! Remember to get your copy of Trim Healthy Mama so you can stay Trim throughout the whole year!  read more