For those of you who missed this on the main THM page, I thought I’d share it here for you to read. Coming off of a holiday can be rough if you enjoyed some off plan Easter treats with your family. I went off plan this Easter a bit, but tried to stick as best I could to my THM candy, baked macafoni, ham w/ cloves and sugar free jam, and baked macafoni;) We had family visiting that we hadn’t seen a very long time and they put together a before dinner passover presentation where we ate bread and figs at a certain time in the reading. I felt like it was something I should participate in, so I did. I also had some of the delicious angel food cake my husband’s cousin brought, again not wanting to be rude. Most of the time, I share my own THM desserts, and feel justified in doing so but in this circumstance, I made an exception. But I didn’t beat myself up about it, I consciously did it, and the next day I jumped right back on plan. Deep S is a lifesaver and really does help you lose any weight you might have gained during the holidays. I love how Pearl advises not to try and starve yourself but to use healthy fats to really fill you up. It works for me and I know it will work for you too;) I’ve already lost the weight I gained on Easter. Think of how far you’ve come and don’t let one slip up discourage you from continuing on your journey. Here is the wonderful post by Pearl:
Feeling Derailed? Getting Back on Track is as Easy as 1… 2… 3…
Let’s get it all out in the open… some of us went right off plan over the Easter weekend. I’m raising my hand. Life happens, while Serene never chooses to eat any off plan foods – I do now and then. If you chose to stick with luscious THM foods over the weekend I am thrilled for you and fiercely proud of you. You determined what your body and mind needed – you stayed the course and I imagine you didn’t even feel a little bit deprived.
The rest of us are going to get back on track and if you’re not sure how to do that, I want to guide you through it in this post. I’m going to give you my three steps back to safety.
1 – First things first – shake off any guilt or shame. Maybe in other years you fudged whatever stringent diet you were doing, ate off plan for a holiday celebration and never got back on due to self loathing. That AIN’T going to happen this time! Trim Healthy Mama is a life time approach, eating off plan treats now and then to celebrate family, faith and life blessings is a mere blip on the radar of your THM journey. . I know the way I ate over the weekend is not the way I will eat for the rest of my life and I’m sure not going to punish myself for it.
2 – Don’t Purge! Holiday feasting is notorious for creating a vicious cycle that I call “Indulge and Purge.” Yes, you need to come back to the THM green pastures, but you don’t need to eat nasty, dry, rabbit food meals to get yourself back on track. I hear this question a lot, “Help, I ate terribly… should I do all Fuel Pulls for a few days?”
Deep S meals like fried eggs in generous amounts of butter are the best ones for getting back on track and all those excess sugars out of your cells. Or get some of that leftover meat, put it on a huge plate of salad and use heaps of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your dressing. Eating too low calorie and denying yourself of fats to try to combat your splurge will only make holiday cravings worse. Remember that fats satisfy. Sure, you can still have your usual amounts of Fuel Pull snacks or enjoy a Fat Stripping Frappa as a meal now and then, but don’t overdo these low calorie items, especially around Holiday seasons. I think that a couple of deep S meals in a row are the best way to do a THM reset (from my own experience).
3 – Enough is enough! This cannot be a whole season of cheating. The freedom THM offers is one thing, but seriously harming your body is another. Don’t give yourself license to spike your blood sugar with off plan foods every day from now until next month. You’ll wake up in May desperate and more apt to make extreme food choices, which will only create another vicious cycle.
But… I know some of you may have trouble jumping right back on the THM wagon after a big splurge meal or two. Old habits of self-sabotage die hard sometimes. You feel like you are on a downward cycle and can’t pull yourself out. In a perfect world, you’d jump right back to your next slimming THM meal which is always only three hours away, but the reality is… getting back on the wagon is hard for you when part of your minds whispers , ‘I can’t stick to anything… might as well eat what I want.” – You feel derailed, you feel like you can’t fight your food past coming back to demolish your health and weight progress.
If this is where you are at I am going to go all Serene on you for a minute. I’d welcome a lecture from her to shake me out of that path of destruction if that is where I was stuck. You are wonderfully made by our creator; you can overcome past bondage with his help and with the knowledge that the foods you get to eat on THM are not boring and nasty. You have a world of scrumptiousness in your future that boosts your health rather than pulls it down. You don’t have to go back to doldrums and deprivation this time.
Take action if the foods that derail you are still calling your name. If they are in your home they go in the trash or they go to a shelter, they do not stay in your house! You don’t want to waste? It is a greater waste of health to continue to eat them and ill health is much more expensive than throwing away a box or two or cookies. You have plenty of incredible THM treats to replace them with. (hoping I was Serene enough here)
So I’m right here with you… walking back to plan. All of our THM journeys are unique. Mine includes liberties to eat things now and then that are normally not part of my food world. Your own journey may not and that is perfectly fine. But that’s the beauty of this plan – it embraces all approaches to food and all styles of women. Hope this encourages you today. – Pearl.