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Trim Tuesday Talks...NSI

Good Morning!

Today I am back with another Trim Healthy Mama blurb! I am a mama who is trying to run a large household. If you've read our previous posts on budgeting, you'll understand the need for this article. Today I am talkin' to you about NSI. No Special Ingredients while on Trim Healthy Mama.

If you want some more in depth FAQ's about THM, go here. They answer some all too familiar questions regarding this lifestyle change.

NSI are super helpful in this way of eating. It's true that there are some ingredients that come in handy - Glucomannan, Stevia - but those are things that last a long time and are beneficial to some of the recipes.

Oats - we go through a lot of oats/oatmeal. Porridge is a great breakfast (E) that we add egg whites to for added protein. Topped with berries, apples, yogurt...quick and easy breakfast that satisfies the family.

Eggs - eggs are a beautiful S (satisfying) They do in a pinch, and are great for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and yes, s…

Trim Healthy Mama Mini Review - I'm a lifer!

Good Morning!

Many years ago...in 2013. I found a book titled, "Trim Healthy Mama". You can find it here. {side note* they just released their 3rd cookbook! And although I have yet to purchase the brand new copy, I have editions 1 & 2 and I'm still finding new recipes to try everyday! Thank you Serene and Pearl!} I was hooked. It was a lifestyle change in the way I looked at food, and taught me a new way of eating. In that first few months, I lost 45 pounds! 45!! I eventually fell off the wagon, but still had my new found knowledge sitting subconsciously in every food choice that I made. Fast forward 4 years and 2 additional babies (We have 6!), I have dived right back in with the Trim Healthy Mama world.

There are tons of low carb, low sugar recipe bloggers out there. I find recipes from all over the blog-a-sphere to help me along my journey of becoming a healthier me. Throughout my entire learning curve I am staying away from processed and refined foods. It's n…

My New Found Love of Mornings....

I am rather enjoying my 6 a.m. mornings. Sometimes even earlier as my body thinks 4 or 5 a.m. is also a good time to wake up. Those mornings I do lay back down and pray to sleep for a little longer. People used to tell me insomnia would catch up with me...or drinking coffee at 9 p.m. would affect my sleep pattern. I didn't believe them. I understand their logic now.

My insomnia is manageable. I've heard worse cases than mine. For the most part it's due to distraction. Social media, my teenagers, my middles, my baby, budgeting, mom guilt...then there are the never ending questions... did I set the coffee maker? Is the door locked? What time do I need to be somewhere tomorrow? E.T.C. ugh.*

I've been terrible at putting those things to rest with prayer. Prayer should be the first thing that comes naturally, but I'm human. And I definitely don't put God first in some cases, & I should.

Anyway, lately I've promised myself to start spending the hour before mu…

One month on YNAB (well actually 6 weeks)

So it's now been over a month (closer to six weeks actually) that we have been using the YNAB method. Our second pay period since starting this has come and I'm happy to report the day before payday we were still in the positive. Admittedly we had about $100 less in our account then we did the day before the previous payday, but we had done some school shopping that previously we hadn't done and used up the money in that category. But a previous plan changed.
My wife was planning to go visit some family on the weekend and originally was going to go out on Wednesday but since payday was on Thursday she decided she was going to wait until then so she could pick up some groceries and a few other things prior to going out. We were talking Wednesday after work and she was really wanting to go that night so we took a look at what she wanted to buy and how much was left in the budget. The grocery budget only had about $3 left but we had various other categories that still had mo…