Hi, friends! It’s me, again, your 6am WOD buddy, Laura. Before I share a yummy recipe, I wanted to talk a little bit about the nutrition challenge!
We are nearly 3 weeks into the challenge. We all started out super pumped, excited and motivated to stay on track. Now, some of us might be straying a bit from those paleo or macro goals… eating a few extra donuts… or maybe skipping an extra workout each week?! Any of those sound familiar?!
Well let me just put a few things out there that may help you jump back on board!
It’s really important to be eating enough, whether you’re eating paleo/primal or counting your macros. We all know what happens when you eat too much… but if you aren’t eating enough, you could be putting your body into “starvation mode.” Your body doesn’t know you are trying to lose weight. It just knows how to survive. Starvation mode is where your body isn’t getting the nutrients and calories that it needs to properly function, so it holds on to every. single. little. calorie that you consume because it’s just trying to survive. Give it the proper food and it will much more easily let go of the excess weight, AND your workouts will be much more supported as well!
I promise you: You will not die from lack of cookies. I know those cookies look awesome. They really do. But if you avoid them, you will not spontaneously combust. Also, I promise you that after this nutrition challenge, the world will still be making cookies. They will exist and you will have access. (Insert whatever YOUR big challenge is, if cookies aren’t your thing!)
If you DO indulge in those cookies (or whatever) too much, you are just going to be dragging out the amount of time you have to be “losing weight.” Think about it, unless you are wildly out of control, you’re probably hovering around the same weight, give or take 2-3 pounds, right? That’s your body’s “sticking point”. It’s what your body natural gravitates toward, and if you’re anything like me, you have to be pretty strict to break free from that point. So, you just need to stay strict long enough to make it to a new “sticking point.” You have to work hard to get there, then work hard to stay there… then BAM! A few cookies/pizzas here and there won’t be so detrimental. However, if you’re still trying to get to that new “sticking point” it’s going to take you about 10x as long to get there if you continue eating those treats too often. See point #2.
Finally, be as strict as you need to be. If you see your friend over there is able to eat well 4 days a week and then destroy pizzas/cookies/cake/beers all weekend, and still see progress, and you think YOU should be able to do that too… you need to take a good honest look at what will work for you. Maybe that routine really does work for you (I HATE YOU), and that’s super great for you. (NOT. I HATE YOU.) But if that’s not what you can pull off, you need to change your routine. On the flip side, if you can get away with a donut every week, and that donut saves your sanity, then eat the freakin’ donut! You do you.
In conclusion, you can do this!!! You just need to DECIDE to do it!
Now let’s celebrate by making this yummy recipe!
Beef Marinara with Sweet Potato Noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
Take the peeled sweet potatoes and using a spiralizer or a peeler, peel noodles and set aside. (If you’re using a peeler, just keep peeling long noodles around the sweet potato)
Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper.
When the beef is cooked through, add the marinara sauce and turn down to low.
Heat another large pan over medium heat and add a splash of oil.
Add the sweet potato noodles and season with salt and pepper.
Cover and cook about 5 minutes, or until noodles are cooked through.