Regarding the THM Jetpack, first: remember that the Jetpack itself is prayerful resolve (THM Jetpack part one). Now, let’s tackle what’s in the Jetpack.
Besides your Bible & journal, start with the book: Trim Healthy Mama. Don’t misunderstand, while the book will add some $ignificant weight to the Jetpack, it won’t be all you need to work the plan; it is the “class material” you’ll need for the journey, but contrary to what you might think, it won’t be the all you need and it’s not the most expensive part of the “diet” plan. Okay, so at this point you just might be thinking: What?!?! This deal’s going to cost more than thirty-five bucks?!?! Yep. Yep, it will – it’s going to cost you. You’re going to see that, initially, it’s going to cost you a whole lot. But once you begin filling your THM Jetpack with all your THM plan goodies, you’re eventually going to come to the realization that you’ve been justifying all sorts of rather indulgent expenses for years!! And, given some time, you’re going to realize that all the different goodies you’ve willingly purchased actually cost a whole lot more than you’ve realized. Seriously, go back over your receipts and see what you’ve been willing to $pend here and there on food and $nack items. Don’t forget little “fa$t food” trips.
It’s just going to shock you initially, perhaps, what you’re going to need to spend in order to closely *follow* the plan and *use* the recipes and implement the *guidelines* of the plan. You might, for example, think glucomannan might be a little expensive and unnecessary; but then, somewhere in the dark recesses of your mind, you’ll remember that you never thought it was too expensive to occasionally buy Costco Vanilla IceCream or a couple of Grande Mochas from the S’bucks in town now and then. You might also, initially, think that the protein Isolate powder is way too steep and you’ll rationalize that any ol’ protein powder will do… but then, at some point you’ll come to realize, wait, you’re not buying Häagen-Dazs pints or Potato Chips or candy bars or “protein bars” or Dr. Pepper or any other of dozens of relatively expensive food items you (and I) just took for granted in the monthly food purchases.
So here you go… (read the THM book—re-read the book—understand the mechanics) see the suggested resource links and remember:
an unprepared student will be a frustrated and probably unsuccessful student.
† Oolong Tea. †Apple Cider Vinegar.
†† Whey Protein Isolate (Isolate, not just any protein powder).
Heavy Cream (take it easy!).
† Stevia and/or † Truvia (and Xylitol and Erythritol can be used as well).
† Glucomannan . †† Coconut Oil (!!!).
† Light Coconut milk.
† Unsweetened Cocoa Powder(!!!).
† Peanuts or Peanut-butter (natural).
De-fatted Peanut Flour.
Nuts & Seeds (watch it, though… go easy).
† Quinoa. Chia Seeds. Chana Dal. Golden Flax. Golden Flax-meal.
Coconut Flour. Wheat Berries (which you’ll sprout if possible).
† Kefir and Greek Yogurt.
Cottage Cheese (low or nonfat) Lower fat cheeses, Light Laughing Cow cheese.
Nutritional Yeast. Xanthan Gum. Spices… great spices!!
† Salmon, Chicken, Fish, Lean Meat.
Unsweetened Almond or Flax Milk.
Vegetables (avoid ititially, white/red potatoes, corn).
Fruits (avoid high glycemic index fruits, dried fruits, fruit juices).
As a side note, the THM plan of eating or recipes don’t fall into a particular diet category. THM’s not a fad diet and it’s not a two-week deal. It’s not Weight Watchers ® and it’s not Paleo. It’s not Atkin’s® or Zone® or Southbeach® and, obviously, it’s not Vegetarian/Vegan. And, just so’s ya know: It’s not Raw (the authors talk candidly about pitfalls of different diet phases they experienced – you may even have followed them through their food journeys).
So… dear THM (wannabe?): it’s not an all or nothing deal. You “mess up” or you eat “off-plan” you don’t quit and say, stupid plan! and say/think you can’t do it. No, you just get up, dust off the error of your ways, grab your Jetpack and keep going from wherever you are!!
As I’ve made my way to this part of the journey, I find the incredible thing about this plan is it’s just a plan, a helpful encouraging plan. I think you’ll appreciate the simplicity and flexibility you’ll have within certain very practical guidelines. But… and this is a very big but ( one ‘t’ – no pun intended—but hopefully it’s the last big bu.. you’ll ever have): you will have to give up free-wheeling anything goes eating f.o.r.e.v.e.r. if you’re ever going to be and remain trim and healthy – don’t read that as: skinny and healthy. There’s a great difference between trim and skinny.
† denotes a THM “foundation food”