Following the Trim Healthy Mama plan? I'm loosely following the plan (please don't ask how often I fail!). But I'm learning that there are a few things that can make or break my success. If I don't keep the pantry stocked with food and things that make following the plan simple then I'm more likely to succumb to temptation. So, I (try!) to have a few 'default' quick meals or snacks always on hand. (Scroll down to the bottom for links to some printable resource lists.)
Another thing that can make staying on plan easy is organizing your Trim Healthy Mama book. It's nice to quickly flip to what you need, a great recipe or food list. Let's take a look at how I organize my book!
Lest you think I'm too brilliant, I borrowed this fabulous idea from Gwen of Gwen's Nest. She has a wonderful guide for new THM-ers.
Organize your Trim Healthy Mama book
I love how Gwen suggested using post-it tabs to mark the important sections. So, I borrowed her idea and decided which pages and sections to mark that would be the most helpful. Besides recipes, it's a good idea to mark the fuel source pages and food lists and a few sections in the appendix. Let's take a look at how I tabbed my Trim Healthy Mama book!
Tabs across the top of the book
First off, I tabbed the fuel sources - large square post-its for the main 2 and then smaller tabs for the 'relatives'. I also tabbed the 1 week fuel cycle, supplements, faq's, recipe index, and notes:
- Satisfying Meal, page 65 (and I made a note about keeping bread products to 6g net carbs and total carbs to less than 10g)
- Energizing Meal, page 77 (with a note to keep added fat to less than 5g)
- "S" Helper, page 91
- Crossover, page 95
- Fuel Pull, page 103
- 1 Week Fuel Cycle, page 429
- Supplements, page 581
- FAQ's, page 591
- Recipe Index, page 609
- Notes, page 621
Before moving on, I grabbed 2 highlighters and went back through the Satisfying & Energizing sections, highlighting the fuel sources (in separate colors). This is so helpful to know which foods you need to limit when you're eating the other fuel source. Make sense?
Indexing the recipe sections
I decided to color-coordinate each recipe section, so it would be easier to flip to the recipes I wanted. I ended up doing 3 'rows' of tabs, outlined below.
Row 1 - the breakfast sections in green, then baked goods in blue, and lunches in purple. Row 2 - it was back to the top the dinner & side dish recipes in green. Row 3 - desserts and snacks in blue, sauces & condiments in purple, and cultured recipes & earth milk in green. (see the picture above for a snapshot of how this looked.)
- Breakfast - eggs, page 215
- Breakfast - grains, page 223
- Breakfast - smoothies, page 241
- Breakfast - yogurt, page 249
- Baked goods - muffins, page 255
- Baked goods - breads, page 265
- Baked goods - pizza, page 275
- Lunches - salmon, page 283
- Lunches - soups, page 289
- Lunches - sandwiches, page 297
- Lunches - salads, page 301
- Lunches - odds & ends, page 307
- Dinner - crock pot, page 309
- Dinner - oven dishes, page 317
- Dinner - stove top, page 327
- Dinner - skillet stuff, page 339
- Dinner - Mexican meals, page 347
- Dinner - pasta ideas, page 349
- Dinner - vegetable sides, page 353
- Dessert, page 365
- Snacks - savory & crunchy, page 391
- Snacks - sweet, page 399
- Snacks - dips, page 403
- Snack ideas, page 407
- Sauces & Condiments, page 411
- Cultured recipes, page 415
- Earth Milk, page 425
There you go - my long list of pages to tab for easy use! Is your book all tabbed and marked up too?