Trim Healthy Mama Plan, by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, offers “new breakthrough weight-loss advice to enhance America’s fastest-growing healthy lifestyle.”
The Trim Healthy Mama (THM) craze was taking North Carolina by storm when we lived there. When I heard that it was a no-sugar plan, I backed away quickly, because this girl likes sugar! After reading through this book, however, I’d be willing to give it a try.
There were several aspects about this book that really appealed to me. First, it’s an eating lifestyle, not a diet plan, that focuses on pairing protein with either carbs or fat for each meal. It can easily be adapted for weight loss, weight maintenance, growing kids and teens, and pregnant/nursing mamas. While I’m currently on a cravings-only diet during this crazy-sick pregnancy, I’m really looking forward to trying the THM plan for healthy weight gain later in pregnancy, healthy, calorie-rich eating while nursing, and post-baby weight loss. Towards the end of the book, there are several sample menus to help newbies get started, with many references to the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.
While this plan looks like a balanced approach to eating healthily, the actual book left much to be desired. There are so. many. words. The book clocks in at a hefty 310 pages, while the authors make reference throughout to writing a “short” book! It is way too long for people who just want to understand THM and get started. The book was written in a chatty, conversational style…but the conversation never stopped! There is a seven-page “recap” section in the back, which gives the main information in the book. This recap is probably all I will ever read of the book again, even if I decide to try THM! This could have been a great book at a quarter of the length and minus the chattiness.
If you’re interested in THM, I would probably pick up the cookbook, poke around the THM website, or browse Pinterest rather than reading the Trim Healthy Mama Plan.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.