Tuesday, August 9, 2011
When I was a teenager, my parents owned a little Mom and Pop Restaurant. I would come in before school, place my order with our cook George, and sit back and relax. I would order an omlet with turkey, cheese, and a bunch of vegetables and dig in. It was heaven I tell you. George, our pot-belly cook, would always comment, "How is it that you eat all the time and you're skinny and I eat once a day and I have this?" (he would grab his belly and shake it). My response was pretty funny though lacking insight fullness, "Because I'm a rock star and you're a butt head." I realize now that the difference in our appearances had little to do with the fact that George was a Butt-Head and everything to do with the fact that he only ate once a day at night and I ate throughout the day. His metabolism fires were flickering out while mine were roaring.
I like to think of metabolism as a fire in the belly. Now, with a fire, you want to constantly feed it small manageable chunks of wood so with little effort, the fire can burn it and maintain its roaring flames. If you wait too long to feed the fire, the flame gets smaller and it won't burn as much fuel. While I was managing my metabolism with smaller meals throughout the day, George was throwing a huge log on a tiny flame and as a result, his body packed on the pounds.
Now, George's eating habits may be extreme, but the lesson learned here is to eat consistently. Eat throughout the day starting with a wholesome and energizing breakfast and eat again every 3-4 hours. You can make your meals 300-400 calories depending on how many meals you have. Try to have a mix of Protein (not just meat), Carbohydrates (not just bread, veggies too!), and Fats (healthy oils, nuts, avocados, etc).
Need some ideas for a wholesome breakfast? Check out the recipes below. Enjoy in Good Health.
Erin Is Awesome
Oh and FYI, Mr. Megasaurus knows the importance of eating multiple meals too!
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Makes 2 Servings
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen)
1/4 cup peaches (frozen)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1-2 tbsp Agave Nectar (depending on how sweet you'd like it)
2 heaping tbsp coconut flour
1/2 cup water
1tbsp Coconut oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients into a blender and enjoy! It's great for gluten-free people that want something sweet and satisfying. The coconut flour gives the smoothie protein and fiber:)
Homemade Raw Granola
Makes 1 Serving
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw pecans
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds sliced
1 tbsp raw Cacao powder (available at whole foods)
1 tbsp Agave Nectar or 1&1/2 tbsp of xylitol
1/4 cup of almond or coconut milk
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. You can add less or more of the almond or coconut milk. You want the granola to stick together in delicious clumps. Also, take your time and enjoy this one. It's so chewy and awesome it almost forces you to sit down and enjoy it.