Nutrition in the health and fitness world is a funny thing. These meal plans that exist have everyone feeling as they they have to meet some sort of deadline every day with their food.
A meal plan is created with a list of the food that we are going to eat at every meal, complete with the measurements of how much food is to be eaten at each time.
So when someone goes to follow this, it isn’t considered to be a guide; it’s more like they believe it is set in stone.
So even if they hate to eat certain foods that are listed, they eat them anyways. IF they get hungry before they are to have their next meal, they white knuckle through it until it is time to eat again.
Because the meal plan said.
And if we stray from what the meal plan said then Oh no!
What on earth are we going to do?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
We are going to take it a meal at at time. We are going to figure out what we are going to eat and move on with life.
Because nothing will happen whatsoever.
Meal plans are guides. That is it. It is a suggestion of how we can try and create our meals, but it isn’t a hard and fast rule. All of our bodies are different and we are going to get hungry differently; we are going to process foods differently.
And let’s get real. We like foods differently.
So there is no way that a meal plan that is created is a “one size fits all”.
I am not even sure one size fits all is even a true statement when it comes to, well, anything! Haha.
So we need to take the time to investigate. Learn the basic principles of sound nutrition. Learn basic cooking skills. Play with seasonings.
Take the time to see if the hype over Kale is for real.
Because if we don’t love how our food tastes; if we don’t enjoy it then after a while we are not going to eat it. And then guess what? We are going to drive through McDonald’s and pick up a number 1 with fries and a sweet tea.
Then we are right back into that damn diet cycle where we “fall off the wagon.”
And all because we were trying really hard to follow a meal plan that promised us results because we got really sick and tired of the way we looked and the way we felt.
So instead of trying to follow something exactly the way it is written, take what you love, throw out what you don’t, and make that good enough. If it called for Kale, but you really love corn, then eat the corn and not the kale.
Because whatever we like, we will keep doing. And that has to be good enough. Because if it is what gets us to being consistent? Well then that is a breakthrough in and of itself!
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There is a little freebie in it for ya!
So it’s no secret that I love pizza. It is one of my most favorite things EVER! Growing up, we would have pizza every Friday evening. As kids we always looked forward to this because we got to eat in the living room and watch a movie!!(and this was a pretty big deal in our home because we had to sit at the table to eat any kind of food).
Mom would lay a quilt out on the floor for us to sit on, and then we would watch a movie eating either Domino’s pizza or Little Caesar’s. It is a special memory that I hold from my childhood. It isn’t a huge thing, but it is things like this that remind me that it doesn’t have to be an extravagant thing to be a memory for children. 😉
So why a healthier pizza recipe?
Well, the thing with eating everything in moderation is that we have a choice. And while we can choose to indulge in our favorite foods periodically, it is really important for us to learn new skills to fit our healthy lifestyle. The biggest skill we can learn is to prepare our favorite foods in a healthier manner so that it is in alignment with how it makes our bodies feel, as well as our personal goals. And while we MAY want to have pizza every night, we both know that this is not feasible and not really a part of eating moderately.
Let me give you a little example.
Last Friday we had pizza. Hubby wanted Cassano’s, so that is what we got. It tasted so good, but after I ate it I was feeling bloated. Ok, no big deal.
But the next morning, I woke up thirsty as hell, and felt puffy and bloated. Not to mention I felt kind of gross from the inside. So I went to the gym and taught my morning Body PUmp class. This day my energy was extremely low. The barbell felt like it was a thousand pounds and I was struggling hard.
The thing is that I know my body well enough now that the way I was feeling? Was totally due to the way I ate the night before. And to make a long story short, I felt this way because I ate the pizza. OUr bodies need certain nutrients to thrive and even though pizza tastes delicious, it doesn’t satisfy the nutrients we need. So our body will use whatever it can from that food we just ate, even though it doesn’t really recognize all of it ingested because well, processed foods.
And of course all the grease lol.
We get to the point where we just don’t want to feel so damn sluggish and have such low energy. So this is where learning to create foods in a little healthier manner can satisfy cravings and the taste for things, but also make us feel good on the inside!
Ok, so enough story time today! Let’s get right to it!
What You Are Gonna Need!
(Any of your favorite pizza toppings will do, I am going to share mine today!)
Here’s What You Gotta Do!
This is just one serving, so each family member can totally make their own!
Super simple, super quick, and super delicious! This is what creating our own nutrition plan is all about. Finding what we love, learning how to fix it, and then adding it to our life so we can keep pressing forward.