Importance of Eating Enough
So you’ve done, you’ve either jumped right in and joined our Paleo challenge or you are making an effort to clean things up without fully diving in. Either way there have been some life changes and you’re feeling pretty good about it. We want to help you be as successful as possible and work through some of the pit falls before they affect your overall results.
Make Sure you are Eating Enough
One of the biggest reasons people don’t see results when they start eating in a healthy way is because they are no longer eating enough. It’s really easy to come up with 1000 calories when you’re grabbing a big mac, fries and a 32 oz soda. It’s a whole different ball game to get those calories from eggs, kale and broccoli. One of the easiest ways we have found to overcome this is load up at breakfast.
Breakfast should be bigger than you are used to for sure, and how you ask do you do this and get out the door to work, plan ahead. Make some egg cups in a muffin tin for grab and go, when you make dinner make extra for in the morning, blend up a smoothie with avocado for extra calories and good fats. If you have time to makes some eggs, make as many as you can fit in one hand with some good quality bacon. Also stop thinking breakfast has to be just eggs and oatmeal. The above picture is one of my favorites, it takes time to get use to but you can eat anything at breakfast…anything!
DO NOT skip meals!
Again I repeat DO NOT SKIP MEALS! After about the first 10 days this will be
borderline impossible as your body will be letting you know you’re starving (hanger is real). Eat until you feel full. This will vary over time as well but eat enough that you feel satisfied, not stuffed. Each plate should have about ½ the plate in protein, just under half in green yummy veggies and the rest is reserved for good fats like oils, avocados, nuts and or seeds.
Vary Meals as Much as Possible
Lastly vary your meals as much as possible. I for one love meat in a bowl with some veggies but I can’t eat that every day. Try some of the meals we have posted, ask other people in the challenge their favorite so far or grab a new paleo cookbook and try things you’ve never had. This is a time to try some new things. Some may work, some may not but keep trying and don’t give up! The long term health benefits will be well worth it!
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Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.