From the Mail Bag: Why Don’t You Post Nutrition Facts For Your Recipes?

One of the many neat things about the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is that it shares similar recipes with other diets, such as low-carb, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo.

Trim Healthy Mama is made up of eating both healthy carbs and fats at different times (super simple explanation of how THM works, here), so only the S (fat-based) meals are compatible with low-carb diets.

With the exception of sprouted and sourdough bread for E (carb-based) meals, most Trim Healthy Mama recipes are naturally gluten-free, too. 

You can use dairy on THM, but you don’t have to in order for it to work. Most dairy can be replaced with plant-based alternatives.

Trim Healthy Mama utilizes different sweeteners than Paleo and Whole 30 diets, but many of the savory recipes can be intertwined.

All that to say: there are more than just Trim Healthy Mamas who visit Northern Nester, and I appreciate all of you!

I wanted to address the occasional comment I receive requesting I post nutrition facts for my recipes. 

“Why don’t you post Nutrition Facts for your recipes?”

“I’m Keto. Please tell me the net carbs for this dish.”

“I need to know the macros. Please post that info!”

I understand how that would be helpful if you’re goal is ketosis, or if you need to be especially careful with even good fats because of cholesterol or other medical complications.

I’m partial to Trim Healthy Mama, of course, because it’s worked well for me (read my Trim Healthy Mama Testimony) and doesn’t exclude any of the food groups God created, but I also believe diets should not be a reason for contention among friends, and support everyone’s choice to fill their tummies in the way they see fit! 

If you’re in need of the nutritional information for my recipes, may I recommend Very Well Fit’s Recipe Calorie and Nutrition Calculator? You can probably find better paid ones, but this one is free and easy to use; just copy and paste my recipes into their analyzer and it will break everything down for you. 

Here’s the big reason why I don’t provide nutrition facts myself.

Ready?

It’s not the Trim Healthy Mama way. My recipes are primarily created for the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. I’m thrilled when others use them, but even though Trim Healthy Mama has created “rules” for people who operate better with perimeters (45 grams of healthy carbs in an E meal with no more than 5 grams of fat, a net of 10 carbs in an S meal, etc.), from the beginning, this plan has always been about FOOD FREEDOM!

Trim Healthy Mama is ingredient focused, rather than number focused. Once you’re familiar with which foods are fat-based, which ones are carb-based, and which ones are neutral, it’s a simple matter of pairing like with like and centering your meal around an appropriate protein source (Here’s an exhaustive list of protein sources and which fuel type they fall into!).

There’s no calculating.

No counting.

No math.

In 6.5 years of THM, I have never counted a single carb or gram of fat. 

Self-discipline aside, I think complicated diets are the biggest reason why people start strong in January and peter out by March. If it’s not dead simple, a diet will be impossible to stick with when life gets in the way.

“Food Freedom” is what differentiates Trim Healthy Mama from other diets. Its simplicity makes it sustainable. It’s a lifestyle to love, not a diet to dread.

You can do this without ever having to add or subtract numbers in your head. You can stay on plan eating in or eating out, at home or abroad with ease.

I’d love for others to understand what this Food Freedom feels like… that’s why I don’t include nutrition facts in my recipes. 

I hope that answers the question for anyone who has ever asked or wondered! 

Do you have a Trim Healthy Mama question you’d like me to address? Please feel free to comment or send an email to northernnester @ gmail . com. We may address it in a future post! 

More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge

One of my health goals for the upcoming year is to eat smarter on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I’ve been indulging in too many Frankenfoods and calorie-dense, dairy-laden desserts and not eating enough veggies or consuming enough hydrating, immune-boosting, life-giving liquid throughout the day. To help myself get out of my rut, I’ve decided to do a More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge, and hope that you’ll join me in the fun!

The idea behind this challenge is to eat less of the less nutritional foods that have become crutches to us and more of our healthier options. My hope is that doing this faithfully for a month will not only shed a few pounds that have crept on over the holidays, but that I will break my dependency on calorie-dense, on-plan food and learn to enjoy lighter, healthier, nutritionally-dense things that do my body more good.

The More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge will last for 2 weeks, beginning January 1 and ending January 14, and include:

More:

  • double-fermented low-fat kefir (1-2 cups a day)
  • salads (1 a day)
  • E meals (1 a day, meal or snack)
  • sippers (1 jar of Singing Canary, GGMS, Shrinker, or bone broth a day)

The Singing Canary recipe can be found in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I have several GGMS recipes here, and be on the lookout for a bone broth tutorial coming soon! 

Less:

  • dairy (limit dairy to kefir, butter for cooking/baking, half & half in coffee, cheese in garnish amounts)
  • Frankenfoods (eliminate for the duration of the challenge)
  • nuts, nut flours, and nut butters (use sparingly)

You can participate in this challenge silently, or on Instagram or Facebook. I plan to post pictures of 3 meals/snacks I eat each day in my Instagram Stories under the handle @northernnester. If you use the hashtag #moreorlessthmchallenge, you can connect with other THMs who are participating in the challenge and be inspired by their meals! Also, I plan to post my meal pictures at the end of the day on my Facebook Page, Northern Nester. You are invited to post your accountability photos in the comments of that thread. Note: I don’t post on Sundays. 

What would a challenge be without a prize?!

Up for grabs? Your choice of:

To qualify for this, you must:

  • be a resident of U.S. or Canada
  • complete the entire challenge (perfection is not required; only your best attitude and effort!)
  • post your meals on IG (stories or feed) or the More Or Less Challenge Thread that will appear on my Facebook Page at the end of each day. On Instagram, use the #moreorlessthmchallenge hashtag, and tag @northernnester so I can be inspired by you, too!
  • follow Northern Nester’s Facebook Page or Instagram

This is not a requirement, but I’d encourage you to take pictures, weigh yourself, and take your measurements before and after the More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge. My hypothesis is that you will be thankful you did!

 

 

The name of a qualifying participant will be randomly drawn at the end of the challenge. 

So, who’s in?! Who wants to focus on eating more nutritionally-dense foods and less calorie-dense ones? Let’s do it together; it’s way more fun that way! 🙂