Are there people who follow the Trim Healthy Mama Plan while avoiding gluten and dairy? What do they eat?
Ok, so I got this question from a couple of people. If I'm going gluten free dairy free does that mean that Trim Healthy Mama is not working for me? Am I still following Trim Healthy Mama? I'd like to answer those questions and explain my mindset a little bit.
Am I still following Trim Healthy Mama? Yes.
Is the Trim Healthy Mama Plan working? Yes, in as much as it is followed, with patience, the plan definitely works.
Can I follow Trim Healthy Mama and do the 10 Day Challenge? Absolutely, yes!
Will the Trim Healthy Mama plan help my fill-in-the-blank-with-health-struggle? Maybe yes, maybe no. I want to admit right now, that going off of gluten will not be a big problem for me because I really don't eat that much gluten. I don't like Josephs products, though they are popular. I prefer making the “Wonder Wraps.” I don't avoid them because of the wheat but because of other ingredients.
As for wheat, because the gluten in wheat has truly changed so much over the years, a number of people are finding that they truly do have gluten sensitivity. According to Dr. Mercola gluten can even have adverse effects on your brain. If you've ever read the book Grain Brain you'll understand more about this. I found it at my local library.
Dairy can also be a healthy part of the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I feel like cultured dairy products definitely have their place on the table, but as of right now the dairy that I consume the most of is cream in my coffee. I have wanted to give it up just for a while to see if the joint pain and other symptoms of inflammation that I have would go away, but I have not yet been able to skip cream in my coffee.
What's crazy is, when I was a raw vegan, I stopped drinking coffee altogether for two years! It's not like I have a Starbucks habit, I don't even use a sweetener in my coffee but I really don't enjoy black coffee. So I wonder, could dairy cause my inflammation? According to arthritis.org gluten and casein could be a factor.
In addition, I wonder; could food sensitivity be hindering my weight loss? According to Dr. Hyman, it's possible.
Dairy and gluten are the most common triggers of food allergies. For patients who have trouble losing weight, I often recommend a short elimination, as part of the The Blood Sugar Solution. Both dairy (milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt) and gluten (most often found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, triticale, and kamut) are linked to insulin resistance and, therefore, weight gain. Temporarily cutting them out of the diet, allows the inflamed gut to heal. This one move may be the single most important thing most you can do to lose weight. (source)
Why am I doing a 10 Day GFDF Challenge? I touched on this briefly in my original post but my main objective in doing the GFDF Challenge is to see if I feel better after giving up cream in my coffee (and any other dairy or gluten). I already eat very little gluten as our family went GFDF many years ago, but I'm not super strict about it or diligent about avoiding it all the time. I really want to stick to it for 10 days and what better way to be accountable than to start a challenge?
Apparently, I also like “challenges” as a link to an old old post popped up on my Facebook “memories” today from back when I was challenging people to eat more greens. I didn't even realize my old StuffByHuff blog still existed until today!
I have battled adrenal fatigue, hypothyroid and anxiety problems for a few years now and I go through the same cycle over and over. I start making progress and feeling much better, then I start to do too much and run myself down or slack off on the supplements I take or something. Consistency is not my strong point.
It's a long story, but I'm in the midst of switching doctors as well due to the cost of going to a doctor that I choose instead of one that my insurance will pay for. That has added extra stress and uncertainty. I have been off my compounded thyroid medication for about a month now and I've gained some weight back. Tuesday I have an appointment with a new wellness doctor, so maybe I'll share the details of that later. One of these days I may do a rant on health insurance…but for now, I will continue to do what I can to maintain and improve my health.
While I am doing the 10 Day Gluten Free Dairy Free Challenge I will be following the Trim Healthy Mama plan as far as the following points are concerned:
- separating fuels: I will eat meals according to the concept of not combining fats and carbs
- eating every 3-4 hours: If I don't eat frequent meals I tend to end up overeating by the end of the day and since I am susceptible to emotional eating, anything that triggers my emotions when I haven't eaten causes me to overeat. (note: when I overeat it's not ice cream or pizza… it's good food, but in too large a quantity or it's a crossover)
- no caloric sweeteners: no honey, maple syrup, etc. but I will still use Gentle Sweet and Stevia if I need a sweetener
- drinking Apple Cider Vinegar and Oolong Tea drinks, I will continue to drink “sippers” like Garam Masala Chai and Good Girl Moonshine. Apple Cider Vinegar curbs the appetite and the Oolong tea drinks are good when you are needing something sweet…
- using the THM Baking Blend to make any baked goods that I need and placing an order for Not Naughty Noodles (not my favorite but nice to have in case the kids eat pasta and I want some)
- using collagen in my tea and if I drink it also in my black coffee
- eating lots of fresh veggies
Things I will be doing that are not necessarily part of the plan:
- avoiding all dairy products
- avoiding all gluten products
- writing down what I eat and drink, all of it, every detail (I use Myfitnesspal)
- skipping the Pristine Protein Powder during the challenge, which I may replace with Pea Protein Powder because I have some and because I like the Big Boy Smoothies with okra 🙂 don't you?
I have had so many vegetables from my CSA (community supported agriculture) that I can barely keep up eating all of them, so hopefully that will make this easier. I really am thinking of doing some cold soups too, as I really like gazpacho.
Today my objective is to go through my Trim Healthy Mama cookbook marking all the recipes that are GFDF. It's raining anyways … I also found this Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Pinterest Board, (it's not my board) but proceed with caution Pinterest is a black hole! Also, it's 50/50 whether the recipes pinned will be compliant or not, so just beware.
What would help you stick to a 10 Day Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Challenge? Are you currently gluten or dairy free? Please share your experience in the comments below! If you are a Trim Healthy Mama who follows a GFDF lifestyle, please comment below! Some of us may have questions for you!
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