Find out what a Trim Healthy Mama fuel pull is, how to use it and why it is important.
I feel like the Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull food items cause more confusion for beginners than anything else on plan. So today on the THM A to Z series, we are going to dive into what a fuel pull is and why you should know.
If you want to joint the THM A to Z series from the start, visit this post to start at A.
So back to Fuel Pulls. These foods are actually very beneficial to the THM plan, especially if you are wanting to lose more weight or if you have stalled.
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What Is A Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull?
I like to think about it like this:
A Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull is basically a middle of the road “nothing” food. It doesn’t have enough fat to push you into an S meal and not enough healthy carbs to push you into an E meal.
So it leaves you in nowhere land. Not an S, not an E. It is a FP!
How To Eat A Fuel Pull
A Trim Healthy Mama FP item can be consumed in two ways to stay on plan.
Eat the FP By Itself
You can eat a meal or snack that only consists of fuel pull items. This would ultimately be items that are low in fats and in carbs.
FP meals are good for an occasional switch up because they are traditionally low in calories. So if you have been eating a lot of heavy S meals, a lighter meal can help to keep your daily calories under control.
Some people will also try a fuel cycle. This simply means that for a designated number of meals, you eat only fuel pull meals in an effort to lost additional weight.
Be careful, this is the same as just eating a very calorie restrictive diet. Doing that can cause your body to try and hang on to any calories you put it which is the opposite of what you want.
Eat the FP with another Fuel
A FP is simply a neutral food that can go with an E or an S meal.
For example, steamed broccoli is a FP. The vegetable itself it does not have significant fat or carbs. Add some butter and cheese (fats), you have made this an S.
Serve it steamed with just some salt/pepper next to a sweet potato and you have an E meal. The Broccoli here didn’t change into an E, the Sweet potato made it an E because of the carbs and you can eat your FP broccoli because it is a “nothing” that goes in either meal.
The FP food is like a good purse/bag. Grab it in your yoga pants and tennis shoes to grab the kids from school or dress it up and where it with a cute dress to dinner. Either way it works. Same thing with your Fuel pull. Throw it on your plate and add a carb or a fat.
Confusing Fuel Pulls on THM
There are several Fuel Pull foods that always seem to cause confusion on plan. I find that a lot of these that are hard to grasp are personal choice/convenience items.
These items are manufactured intentionally to fit into “diet” lifestyles to make staying on plan easier.
Here are some of those confusing fuel pull items:
- Halo Top Icecream – Eat it after an S or an E meal and you are ok.
- Joseph’s Pitas or Lavash Bread – have a pizza pita with cheese and pepperoni for an S or have low fat turkey on the pita with an apple and a few baby carrots on the side for an E.
- Mission Carb Balance Tortillas – A taco loaded with ground beef, cheese, sour cream and avo for an S or a Light Laughing cow cheese with low fat turkey with a big juicy peach for an E meal.
- Dreamfield’s Pasta – Have chicken alfredo for an S meal or make a light pasta salad and a sprouted sandwich for an E