Breakfast is a big deal. It sets you up for the day on the right foot. But not all breakfasts are created equal. Some may fail you within hours and leave you craving a doughnut and others can turn on your fat burning furnace and keep you energized and full through the entire morning.
I’ve never been a fan of focusing on what you can’t do.
When I realized this little pain in my hip was not just going to go away by continuing to marathon train on top of it, I realized I had to stop running…for now. And telling a runner they can’t run is like telling a smoker to stop. It’s hard! I spent a week in hiding with low energy and pretty depressed (in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been).
After a week of wallowing, I decided that not running 30-40 miles a week was going to take a toll on my lifestyle, but it didn’t have to be for the worse. I could actually use this as an opportunity to be like a normal person. Running a ton allows you to eat a ton — part of why I like it so much. Now my diet is going to need to change.
If I can’t run to lose weight, I’m going to have to eat to lose weight.
After my last marathon I planned a few recovery celebrations and it turned out there a few ponds here I’d like to see gone. For good. I’m not saying I’m fat, I’m just saying I am left for some room for improvement. My plan now is to spend the rest of this year building a stronger body without running. We’re talking low impact cardio, weights and shorter more intense HIIT workouts. Next year, I can take the leaner, stronger and injury free body, and train for a great race in the Spring.
So I started to think about food a little differently. I’ve always looked at foods as fuel. What can I eat to power a strong run? Now I’m starting to look at food in terms of efficiency. What can I eat to feel full and satisfied but not overdue it? What can I eat to leverage my body’s own fat furnace?
And my Fat Furnace program was born.
Essentially, I identified 24 Fundamental Fat Burning foods and organized them based on their macronutrient profile. I created 12 meal plans based on total volume (kinda like caloires) and macronutrient composition based on your workout for the day.
I won’t go into a ton of detail here, because trust me, there is more to come in the next few weeks/months as I get this beast ready to launch. It’s being tested this week and I’ll continue to refine it until I think it’s ready for a larger group. But so far, so good. I lost a lot of weight just the first week of testing and there is already a visible improvement in my butt (I’m not kidding), so I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of my guinea pigs over the next few weeks! I’ve you’d like to be one, shoot me an email.
Fat Burning Breakfast Recipe: Easy Egg Scramble
The program will let you build your own menu plans following the Fat Furnace guidelines, or follow simple recipes…just like this one.
This Easy Egg Scramble would be the breakfast of a day where your exercise had a muscle building/strength component. These days are designed to include more healthy carbs to fuel a tough workout and protein for recovery. These days are naturally lower in fat, but high in satiating protein and fiber.
Fat Burning Easy Egg Scramble Ingredients:
- 1 cup raw Spinach, chopped
- 10 Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 Egg
- 2/3 Cup Black Beans
- Salt, Pepper, Cayenne to taste
Directions: Coat a small pan with spray oil and heat for 1 minute. Add spinach and tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes, until soft. Add egg and mix to scramble. Add beans and cook until egg is solid. Season and serve!
*While this is a stovetop breakfast, it literally takes 5 minutes to pull together.
Nutrition: This is the volume based on the moderate level and is a part of a full day plan. Higher volumes would have more beans and potentially added oil. Regardless of volume, you could add unlimited veggies to make the portion larger. This exact recipe has 250 incredibly efficient calories, 6g fat, 19g protein and 12g fiber.
Stay tuned for more fat burning recipes as I build out and test all the Fat Furnace program!