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Trim Healthy Mama -- No More Fads!

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  757 ratings  ·  92 reviews
TRIM HEALTHY MAMA is more than a nutrition book, although you'll be armed with knowledge that will revolutionize your life. It is more than a recipe book, although you will find hundreds of quick and tasty recipes to satisfy your family and trim your waistline at the same time. Serene and Pearl coach you all the way through to freedom from food restriction and excess pound ...more
Paperback, 642 pages
Published September 2012 by Prescott Publishing
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Susan Priolo
I’ll admit it. I was a little skeptical about the new book called Trim, Healthy Mama. I’ve been interested in health and nutrition for nearly as long as I’ve been homeschooling so I’ve seen and tried just about everything. Yes, even some real wacky stuff, all in the hope of better health and nutrition. I have counted calories, done Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Fit for Life, the Dukan Diet, Raw Foods, Hallelujah Acres, Nourishing Traditions, Paleo/Primal, Juicing, Green Smoothies and more. Just ...more
Lynnae McCoy
Jan 20, 2013 Lynnae McCoy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to improve their health.
This was an excellent book, covering not only healthy eating, but exercise, supplements, a healthy (married) sex life and more. At over 600 pages long, Trim Healthy Mama covers a lot of ground and backs up their plan with solid research. The basic premise is that you should eat a carb-conscious diet and never mix both high carbs and high fat in a single meal.

The authors, sisters, are Christians, and though the book is written from a Christian perspective, it is not overly preachy.

I'm skeptical a
I should have known what to expect going in to this. Two women, no credentials, writing a book that is really just a weight loss book. They may try to hide that under the guise of healthy eating, but it is really just a weight loss book. Similar to the Hungry Girl with lots of fakeish foods and low fat/carb stuff. Recipes are broken down into categories-e, s, fuel pull, etc. I honestly couldn't tell you what they mean though because it was too complex (boring?) for me to bother caring about. The ...more
I've almost finished reading this hefty tome, and as soon as I finish I want to start right back at the beginning and read it over again -- in the copy that I bought for myself after reading halfway through my borrowed copy. A true lifestyle-changer, even for Nutrition Nerd me. And the recipes are absolutely amazing.
Kathleen Johnson
The cover claims, "No More Fads!", but that's exactly what this is. It's low carb/low sugar and lots of fake substitutes. Poorly organized.
Leah Johnson
Trim Healthy Mama is so much more than just another low-glycemic meal plan. And this book does not set an ideal lifestyle or size to squeeze into.

When on this plan, you don't necessarily eat less, and you don't cut out any macronutrients/food groups (fat, carbs & protein). You learn to rearrange the three food groups in a way that is kind to your health, mind, energy, blood sugar levels, taste buds and waistline.

I am very impressed by the flexibility in this plan. Written by two very diverse
I am following this eating plan which is basically no sugar or refined carbs. There is much more to it than that but thats the basic guts of it. The book includes some research, some background about the authors and explanation of how the diet works. I liked it wasnt just "eat this" but covered more about the whys/hows as well. Though in saying that I would have liked a little more scientific input - sometimes I felt like the research side of things was more anecdotal than actual science.

As far
Amber G.
My cousin-in-law found a lot of help from this book, in learning healthy eating habits, and losing weight. I chose to check it out from the library to peruse it. I can see how this could help people who really are beginners in figuring out how to combine foods for weight loss, and how to eat healthier in general.

But, the majority of the book seemed like fluff, and ridiculous banter between sisters. It's a hefty book when I found maybe one or two chapters actually helpful. Nothing in this book wa
I will probably update this review several times: I originally bought the .pdf of this book so I could start reading it sooner and because it was cheaper! Then I found that I really wanted a hard copy of the book... especially so I could bookmark recipes and keep it in my kitchen! I know this book is expensive, but I think it is worth every penny I paid (for both the .pdf version and the hard copy combined!)!

Over the past couple of weeks I have incorporated some of the things they have taught: w
Steve Hemmeke
I avoid nutrition books like the plague.
I also almost never review a book unless I've read the whole thing.
But I couldn't resist on this one.
I only lightly read two chapters, and I was pleasantly surprised. Fitting with common sense and basic medical facts (my wife assures me), the authors are also quite well grounded biblically. Here are two examples:

“Daniel turned down the king’s meat because it was not killed according to God’s laws and was also offered to idols. This is why Daniel stated tha
Really great book to help you understand what to eat AND WHY. There's a lot of information floating around on this program now via FB groups, blog posts and pinterest, but the book is still necessary to really help you understand the basics. Lots of recipes, too, to help you get started on your new life of managing carbs and blood sugar spikes to really get your metabolism humming... There is also brief information on a number of "lifestyle" issues, including men's health, exercising, sex life, ...more
Charity Mcdonald
This book was a life changer for me. I'm young and was an athlete in college and never really struggled with weight so I didn't go into reading this book with a weight loss perspective. My mom's cousin is a mom I have tons of respect for and she told my mom about it. I read it out of curiosity and because I'm a huge nerd. I hadn't put too much thought into my food before but I knew from articles online that food theory was changing rapidly with new research. Fat was no longer the enemy, sugar is ...more
Lots of people have problems with this book because the authors have written it in a friendly, conversational tone. Some don't like the way the recipes are presented, without a list of specific measurements in the ingredients list. Some take umbrage with the fact that if they don't like a recipe, it is suggested that they tweak it to their liking.

All that aside, if you follow this plan, you WILL LOSE WEIGHT! My husband and I have been following this plan since July of 2014. At the time of this
Anna Marie
1. Written by two completely unqualified 'christian pop star' sisters, all about putting their faces out there.

2. They say this is not a fad, but there were 120 holds on 35 copies in our library system. Fad, much? It was confirmed further for me when I cracked the cover. It's all catch-phrases and a bunch of little self-invented key words that were miserable to try to keep track of.

3. Ugly, horrible sketches of these two women with snide captions throughout the book. Whoever their artist is shou
FINALLY finished the entire book! This book is amazing. The one thing I didn't really like and then more that I did: the recipes don't always have measurements, or aren't quite right. Otherwise, this book has a ton of great information that makes sense. It is written in a fun way that makes it interesting. Following the advice in the book might be a challenge at the start but once the concept is understood, it's a lifestyle change. I fully intend to re-read this more than once.
Jenny Carr
Quite thorough, and a common sense approach to healthy living. I wouldn't go as far as Serene, and Pearl on sweetners, and constantly limiting carbs, but the message was clear; to lose weight is to never combine fats with carbs, always build meals around protein, and exercise, including intense, and resistance training.
I have gained a lot from it, and am losing on body fat just one week in.
A good new approach to eating a healthy diet. Overall, really good explanations, concepts, and health advice. Good low-carb recipes too. Unfortunately, the book is too huge, the recipes are right in the middle and it's a bit complicated and unwieldy. I'm glad I read it and will continue to follow many of the concepts and use some of the recipes.
Marian Alvarado
I'm so thankful a friend told me about this book. This book is life-changing! I am eating healthy, losing weight, and I've lost so many of my cravings. This plan is something I can stay with for life. Can you tell I'm excited about it?!!
I'm not a diet expert, but what appealed to me about this book was the low-glycemic approach. No matter how much I try to cut sugar out of our family's diet, it always creeps back in. I thought the diet presented here was an interesting approach, which anyone could grasp the basic concepts and put into action using the basic components. It would have been nice if the authors had a presented a plan to do so without all of the unusual and hard to obtain ingredients. This is where they lost me (at ...more
This is hands-down the best health and weightloss book I have ever read. Using a biblical approach to food, Serene and Pearl have given us the almost magical code for using food to fuel our bodies, slim down and gain health we did not think possible. The conversational tone and funny pics make it an enjoyable read, if it is rather thick. It is packed with well-researched information that truly is life-changing. I felt like I was getting a degree nutrition just by reading through this delightful ...more
Selah Bell
This book is not a diet - it is a lifestyle change, explaining the science behind nutrition in a simple and easy to understand manner. I don't necessarily agree with some of the foods and ingredients they recommend, but I LOVE how they explain how to balance carbs, proteins and fats. I wouldn't use this book as a full meal plan, but I love how you can take the principles they explain and create your own plan - you can be flexible and creative yourself, and I really like that. Anyway, I'd recomme ...more
First, almost 700 pages is completely unnecessary (even with recipes). There were a lot of hokey stories that didn't really get me interested in this diet.

Second, it's a fad. Granted it is a fad that is working for a ton of people and I congratulate them, but it is still a fad. Instead of counting calories you're counting carbs, sugars, and trying to figure out what artificial sweetners are on and off plan.

Three, there are A LOT of artificial food recommendations (ex sweetners). Weird for a 'h
Catherine Gillespie
I’ve read a lot of books on nutrition and diet, and I think the idea of carb cycling is sound, but it’s REALLY tough to implement. I don’t mean that in a “it’s hard to follow a diet” way. I tend to be more of an abstainer than a moderator, so I find it stressful to try to remember when I ate which nutrient. It’s a lot easier for me to just have a couple of hard and fast rules and stick with them. That said, if you’re a moderator, this approach could be great for you.

{Read my full review here}
Alexa Price
Everyone should read this book!!
Julia Reffner
Some great insights on taking care of your temple (and marriage). I have found some great THM recipes on Pinterest and blogs but haven't really cared for the recipes I've made from this book so far. I will say it was an enjoyable read and I learned quite a bit on nutrition. In practice it seems like this plan will take time to master. Seeing reports I see many people have lost a lot of weight using these principles while others have not seen much change. The editing at times also made this a clu ...more
It took me almost 3 months to finish this book, I worked through the beginning quickly then scanned over recipes as needed, and slowly read the back. There's a lot there, and not everything is necessary, but there are some appreciated introductions to other topics. I feel like this is the answer I've been hoping to find, and I have lost 21 lbs. since beginning the book!

I was rather skeptical in the beginning, so much that I wasn't really interested in the book when a friend mentioned it to me. B
Rebekah Schrepfer
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Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett have become an almost overnight sensation with their system of dieting. It consists of organizing your foods into two meal types. S-meals are the Satisfying no-carb, but relatively higher fat meals. E-meals are Energizing, low-fat but low-carb meals as well. The idea is to obtain energy from either fat or carbs, but never from both which would spike insulin levels and lead to energy storage as fat. Beyond that basic
I love this book! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. It has been completely life-changing for me, and is exactly what I needed to regain my health. It explains so many things that I have been searching for answers to and is so sensible and easy to understand. It is not only a program for weight loss, but a lifelong program for your health. It does not exclude any food groups, but is balanced and practical. It has shown me basic mistakes I have been making while I have been trying to ...more
I loved that this book brought together so many of the different things I've read about food/nutrition. It talked about whole grains, juicing, Paleo/primal, Atkins, Nourishing Traditions, vegetarianism and more. I love that very few things are completely "off-plan." I love that sweets are included, while making them good for you. I love that it explains which (whole) foods are S or E, and then includes recipes for combining then, and to give ideas of how to modify your existing recipes. (I've on ...more
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book, chock-full of recipes for eating "on plan". The two sisters Serene and Pearl write the way one would talk to a girlfriend over coffee, straight talk with humor but based on their own experiences with weight loss and healthy eating. They have obviously read and researched extensively.

I love this eating plan! It is highly "do-able" with no feelings of deprivation as you can have both fats and carbs (just not together), but always with a protein source
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