Can you indulge without ruining EVERYTHING?
Hey hey diva friends!
Throughout my coaching career I have noticed that women often struggle with the mentality of "cheating". Some women take a cold turkey approach to changing their nutrition, some women starve then binge when the cravings become too much to handle, some women say "just a taste" but finish 3 cupcakes. Some women take a "cheat day" but instead of 1 treat it turns into 3 full blown cheat meals that derail their entire week...most of the time the mentality, their core belief system and their approach to how food relates to their body never changes....
Because of this fundamental mis-step they fail to see the results they are after. They continue dieting, yo-yo-ing, struggling, binging and cycling through every fad diet in existence wondering why all their best efforts go nowhere. Without a dramatic change in how we view food our best intentions are essentially worthless.
I know- because until I changed how I thought I did ALL OF THOSE THINGS TOO!
Once I began learning about how food affects my body, my brain, my energy, my past, my present and my future....it became clear that each bite of food is detrimental to the outcome of my health. Whether that be positive, or negative....and good news is.... I'm in charge.
Once that really sunk in and rooted itself into my food philosophy, I realized that I can eat whatever I want WHENever I want....as long as i make some critical shifts with the nutrients I use. I had a pancake this morning and chocolate last night....but I guarantee you the ingredients in both were not the same ingredients that you'll find in a Hershey bar or a bisquick pancake!
Substitution - NOT deprivation
This is they key. This is how we take control and BREAK the cycle of endless dieting so we can finally just live our lives and not obsess about food. Because once we make that shift, our bodies do what they are created to do...use the food as fuel, build muscle, burn fat, and create healthy energy for us to get through our day effectively.... MENTALITY IS EVERYTHING.
That being said, many people struggle with giving up their favorite foods like...pizza....and pasta. I understand!!!! I was a bread-a-holic 5 years ago. BRING ME ALL THE BREAD! and pasta? pizza?? Now you're talking.... but I also struggled with intense gut pain, rosacea, weight gain, diet cycles....you've seen my story, you get the picture....
So I love to provide substitutions for you and today is a recipe that is sure to please even the pickiest "non-healthy" eaters in the fam :)
Is it spaghetti? Is it pizza? Is it lasagna???? It's...
:) hehe see what did there?
- Rice/quinoa pasta (or if you want this to be grain free use spaghetti squash)
- Pizza sauce ( read the ingredient label and make sure there are no sugars added)
- Turkey Pepperoni ( or substitute your favorite sausage)
- Cheese ( optional. I chose to use a Pescarino Romano sheep cheese. If you use dairy cheese look for raw, organic and grass-fed. You can find organic valley brand at Kroger!)
- Heat oven to 375
- Cook the pasta according to the directions. If it's rice pasta rinse it with cold water after draining.
- Pour 1/3 pizza sauce in 9x9 baking pan. Cover with 1/2 noodles, layer with pepperoni. Repeat: sauce -->noodles-->pepperoni and then cover the top with remaining 1/3 jar of sauce.
- Place in the oven for about 10 minutes to heat through and then sprinkle the top with cheese.
- Place in the oven for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is warmed.
So there ya have it! I'd love to hear what YOUR favorite comfort foods are - leave me a comment below!
If YOU are interested in getting serious about your health and if you're FINALLY ready to break that cycle, then check out my comprehensive 8 week program launching January 15th, 2018 called "Get Gutsy With Me"
In the program you get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora, PLUS live videos, extra support in an online community and fun from me WITH the option of boosting your results with additional personalized gut testing!
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By for now!