Meal Planning June 8-14

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Monday – Chicken stir-fry with brown rice or quinoa (E)

Tuesday – Steak fajitas (S)

Wednesday – Community group (dinner provided)

ThursdayEggroll in a bowl (S)

Friday – Eat Out/ Date Night

Saturday – Spaghetti with meat sauce (S)

Sunday – Snacks (popcorn, yogurt, fruit) or leftovers


What are you eating this week? Comment with your favorite summer dinner recipes.

 

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An Introduction to THM

I love to cook and bake and share food with others. In the last several months I have challenged and changed my foundations regarding food. I eat following the Trim Healthy Mama “diet” this is no longer weight loss focused for me but I wanted to give some background and basics before any additional post regarding THM


I have been eating on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan for four months now. Unlike many I’m not a mama but  I stumbled onto the plan through a friend.

April of 2014 my husband and I got married. What no one tells you is that when you live with someone your eating habits will change and its very easy to gain weight. My husband is a meat and potatoes farm boy who can eat three times my portion and still be hungry. When we got married I started to cook more of his favorite meals. They were delicious but between not exercising regularity and me not being used to eating that way it didn’t work so well for my waistline. Between July and December I semi-unknowningly gained 30 pounds. On my 5′ 4″ frame that’s no small amount. I knew clothes weren’t fitting but I didn’t step on the scale until late December. I had never seen that high a number and was shocked. Being that it was coming up on January I contemplated the classic new year’s resolution of loosing weight.

I have counted calories before and just been cranky, not making progress in terms of loosing weight. I end up feeling hungry and restricted, so would crack at some point eating my weight in ice cream.

The first week in January we went to a friends house and ended up talking about food and weight. My friend had been on Trim Healthy Mama since October and was loving it. Her emotions were more even and she overall felt better, plus weight loss.

That night I went home and bought the e-book. It took me three days to read, its a 500 page book but I couldn’t put it down. Each part made sense and I couldn’t wait to start. So in a stroke of either brilliance or stupidity I started the following Monday. The same Monday I was starting a new job.

The first week I was tired and cranky due to sugar detox and being tired from my new job but I stuck with it. I saw small improvements in my blood sugar stability and so it gave me hope! Skipping forward four months I have evened out my blood sugar and lost 20 lbs. (Wow, that sounds like an infomercial tagline) Honestly though, the plan has worked for me and I want to share it with you. Not as a “you should join to” but some principles and delicious recipes that anyone can eat and enjoy.

I will not claim to be an expert on the plan, I just know how to make it work for me. Please visit trimhealthymama.com for more details and to get the book.

Welcome!

Welcome to Cate Klein.com! This is a small window into my world of a 20 something who loves food, marketing and generally exploring life. This blog is an intersection of these passions and interests.

By day, I do digital marketing for a local arts non-profit. I love learning about new trends and teaching people about the ever evolving space that is the digital world.

With my free time I love dancing with my husband (how we started dating) and cooking. I follow the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan so meal planning and recipes reflect that.

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my whole life and while I still don’t like the rain you cannot surpass the beautifully amazing summers.

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