“Light, Deep, Heavy ‘S’ Explained”
by Meggan Larson
Light, Deep, Heavy S explained…
This week’s quick tip is a teeny tiny bit advanced but hopefully it will help clear some things up. When eating the Trim Healthy Mama way, your meals are mainly separated into S (see book) and E (see book). E meals are pretty straightforward but S meals can get a little complicated because there are three different kinds of them – light S, deep S, and heavy S. Once it’s broken down it’s pretty easy to understand – I promise.
Let’s start with…
deep S because it’s the simplest. The book explains what deep S is starting on page 432 but in a nutshell only the purest forms of fat are acceptable for a deep S. As the book says “eat well from simple fats and proteins and limit carbohydrates to a minimum” – page 433. Basically you are trying to consume the simplest forms of fats in a deep S setting. Some easy examples are: eggs fried in butter, a salad with chicken and non starchy veggies drizzled with olive oil & vinegar, steak with sautéed mushrooms, skinny chocolate made with virgin coconut oil, etc. Notice how there’s no dairy, nuts, nut butters etc. included in the meals. Again, only the simplest forms of fats are used in a deep S setting.
Next comes the light S. This is essentially a deep S with a little extra added (that’s how I like to look at it!). So for instance, say you took the eggs fried in butter and added a sprinkle of full fat cheese – this would make it a light S. Or if you added some avocado to your chicken salad, that too would make it a light S. Another easy way to do this is to take a FP recipe like choco pudding and add a little cream or whipping cream to it. Essentially you’re just adding a little bit of extra fat to your meal or snack that is a less simple form than what you would use in a deep S setting.
Last but certainly not least is the heavy S. I’m not gonna lie, this is my favorite kind of S meal. Pizza casserole and a big salad loaded with avocado and cheese, and cheesecake for dessert? Oh my! Skinny chocolate made with peanut butter and cream? Yum! Coffee with steamed cream & topped with whipping cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon? Bring it on! (Not that I’ve ever done that before…multiple times in a week or anything. That’s just crazy!) The trouble with heavy S meals is that they are often overdone and can eventually cause a stall. Even though you’re still separating your fats from your carbs, there still comes a point when it’s too much for your body and it stops being as conducive to weight loss.
It’s a good idea to mix up your S meals between deep, light, and heavy – especially if you’re experiencing any kind of stall. Nuts and cheese are usually the culprits when someone is completely on plan but still stalling in their weight loss. As I said, this is a little more advanced THM knowledge but something to keep in the back of your mind as you make and enjoy your yummy ‘S’ foods. Weight loss and health never tasted so good!
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and under going aggressive chemotherapy, when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after loosing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, that ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!
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