Jun 13, 2011

Terry Shanahan update: June 13th, 2011

I'm still chuggin' away on The Shanahan Plan, and my life has essentially had a huge makeover. I awake at 5:00 on weekdays to hit the gym before work, so I can come home and enjoy making dinner afterwards. The amount of protein I eat is a tremendous step up from before, where I usually consumed grains and dairy.  And my body feels great: I have more energy, my skin is clear, and I can see my legs taking a different shape as I focus more on strength training instead of constant cardio.

Don't get me wrong... I still have some cravings and I have some days where I don't stick to plan, although they aren't consistent, or even weekly for that matter. But I have learned that losing weight and getting in (better) shape is more contingent on the food you put in your body than how much work out.

I did let Terry know that in the mornings, I eat my eggs before I get to work at 8:30 and by 10:00 I'm famished. He told me to try a recipe of his, Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal pancakes. There's two versions: the one depicted in the video (which Terry calls "Mancakes"), that include agave nectar and cream, and then the female tailored version without those items. If you're a woman, watch the video so you can see how he prepares and cooks the dish, but go by the ingredients to follow.

Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes
Serving Size: One pancake

- 1/3 cup raw oats (I used steel cut oats, but Terry also recommends almond or coconut flour if you wish)
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 scoop of coconut oil

Obviously thisthe kindergarden version of how to make a pancake, but sometimes it's good to have everything laid out for ya, right?
1) Put a scoop of coconut oil in a heated pan to keep the cake from sticking.
2) Combine all ingredients in one large mixing bowl, stir until it appears to be a batter.
3) Pour entire contents of the bowl into the pan, let cook. When you can easily cut the cake into quarters, flip the cake on the other side.

Tah-dah! Now you're ready to enjoy. I love these because they're a healthy, delicious and a sweet(er) alternative in the morning for breakfast. They also refrigerate well, so make extra and keep them for later in the week. I have been eating one pancake every other day, rotating with my eggs and chicken breast sausage routine.

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