Day Nine – 30 Days Of Tips For Starting The Trim Healthy Mama Plan (THM)
Day Nine – Tip Nine –
Sort Out Your Sweetener
(THM For Beginners)
One of the biggest changes you will make on the Trim Healthy Mama plan is cutting out all sugar. This is not as easy to do as you might think as sugar seems to be in EVERYTHING! So one of the most important things to get sorted is your sweetener of choice.
Although in this 30 days we haven’t started on plan yet, sorting out your sweetener takes time and so it is best to do it now, especially as deliveries can take a while. Natural sweeteners are great and you soon adjust to them, but at first they can taste very different to the sugar you are used to and so it can take time to find one you like.
Your options from the main Trim Healthy Mama store are –
All of these are natural, plant based sweeteners and serve a variety of functions.
Stevia is probably mentioned the most as it is a staple of Trim Healthy Mama. It is a plant in the mint family and you need a tiny ammount – one doonk (32th of a teaspoon) is the same as a full teaspoon of sugar. Stevia is mentioned throughout the book but it can have a bitter taste (The official THM one linked here doesn’t). It has to be avoided by anyone with a ragweed allergy though. If you want a bigger bag then they also make a 4oz size.
Super Sweet is a blend of both erithritol and stevia. It is perfect for baking and is the sweetener I use to bake with. You can use it weight for weight as you would sugar which is really helpful. There is a lso a travel version of the sweet blend to carry with you in sachets for those who like to use it to sweeten drinks and food while out and about.
Gentle sweet isn’t quite as strong as super sweet. It contains xylitol, erithritol and stevia so it is not as sweet, but still perfect for baking. Xylitol, which we will look at in a moment, is not safe for dogs, even in small quantities. It causes them to produce too much insulin and go into a hypo and that is almost impossible to save a dog from. Please keep all xylitol away from your pets. Again, gentle sweet also comes in sachets for use on the go.
If you really don’t like Stevia at all, then pure xylitol is a great option, as long as you keep it away from pets. It is the most suagr like in taste and again can be used weight for weight for sugar. It is my personal favourite sweetener, I’m just very careful around my pets.
Finally there is pure erithritol. Erithritol is an alcohol sugar, the same as xylitol but it doesn’t affect pets. It cxan, as can xylitol, cause stomach upsets but is the gentler of the two. It is a great option for baking if you don’t like things too sweet and you have pets and don’t want to risk xylitol.
If you have friends that are on the Trim Healthy Mama plan then see if they will let you try a bit of their sweeteners. Otherwise, I would start with stevia and maybe a blend and see how it works for you.
If you’re not in the US and so shipping is a bit high to buy these products, then watch out for a post in the next few days on where to source these products from elsewhere! I’m currently working on a UK sweetener special!
Start sorting your sweetener out now and when you’re ready to go on plan, one of your biggest hurdles is already overcome.
See you tomorrow
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