Day Sixteen – 30 Days Of Tips For Starting The Trim Healthy Mama Plan (THM)
Day Sixteen – Tip Sixteen –
Create Your First Meal Plan
(Trim Healthy Mama For Beginners)
Yesterday you sat down with the list of meals your family normally eats and looked at Trim Healthy Mama compatible versions. Today we are going to turn that list into your first Trim healthy Mama meal plan.
As a general rule of thumb, you need to be aiming for at least five ‘E’ meals a week. ‘E’ Meals are those where the primary fuel is carbohydrates so these can be a bit trickier than ‘S’ meals which can be filled with butter, cheese, cream and other good stuff 🙂 The Trim Healthy Mama Plan relies on a mixture of these meals so getting the balance right is vital.
Have a look at the meals you have adapted for your family. Is there at least five that are ‘E’ meals. If so, great, is not, could you adapt any to be ‘E’ meals? One way to do this is to look at breakfast at that can be one of the easiest meals to make an ‘E’.
When you have your list, try to make each day laid out so that you eat around three hours apart (doesn’t need to be strict, just gives you chance to burn off the previous fuel) and that you have a mixture of ‘S’ meals and ‘E’ meals in a day. Remember that ‘E’ meals give you energy while ‘S’ meals satiate or fill you up, so plan according to what your days entail. If you are going to be exercising, try eating an ‘E’ meal before hand. If you’re going to be out for a while, try an ‘S’ meal to keep you going for longer.
Make sure you also consider your snacks. This is the one place where it can be useful to look for a few ‘FP’ or ‘fuel pull’ items. These are neither high in carbs or fat and so can be used at any point. Don’t try adding ‘FP’ meals, but ‘FP’ snacks can be a useful tool.
Lay out all your meals and check that you have a mixture of ‘S’ and ‘E’ and have snacks. Most importantly though, make sure that it fits with your plans and your families activities. Don’t plan something complicated when you have a day that involves being out for a long time and you get in late. Or don’t plan complicated snacks that will be difficult to carry.
If you’re stuck for ideas, feel free to ask in our Facebook grouphere or keep an eye on the main group for ideas.
When you have written this all out, you have your first, family friendly, personalised menu plan!! You’ve almost ready to go for it!!
See you tomorrow x