Is the Scale Stuck and You Need to Know What to Eat about It? Try My Plateau Busting Italian Wonder

Sometimes - often, in fact - even in the best possible world, even with the best possible diet, weight loss stalls. The number on the scale stops before it gets to the place you want it to be. When you haven’t lost the weight you need to lose; there is always a reason. Always. It is a scientific reason, and it has nothing to do with any personal failing on your part. It is not about willpower or weakness. It is about biochemistry. Stalled weight loss, especially under conditions where you are giving your body everything it needs to lose weight, is a sign that something has gone wrong in the system.

A tiny splinter in your big toe can cause a cascade of major problems throughout your entire body if you don’t do something about it. But the solution isn’t to cut off your foot. You have to pull out the splinter, but not carelessly, haphazardly, or in a way that does more harm than good. To pull out a splinter takes concentration, precision, and the right tool.

When weight loss stalls, when you hit a plateau, your body is sending you a message. You have the equivalent of a splinter in your metabolic system. To get weight loss started again, you need to take tweezers to that splinter, carefully and skillfully, so your body can get back down to business doing what it does best: burning fat for fuel.

If point A is eating and point Z is living, metabolism is all the letters in between. Metabolism is the rate at which we convert food into life. It is the chemistry of life, and the magic that turns a meal on a plate into the life you live every moment of the day. When you eat food, there are basically three things your body does with it:

  1. Your body reacts to food.
  2. Your body digests food.
  3. Your body uses the micronutrients in food to create equilibrium between the production and biosynthesis of hormones.

At any point during this process - at the point of reaction to food, at the point of digestion of food, or at the point of hormonal balancing - things can go wrong, and when this happens, the whole system breaks down. It’s like the splinter in your toe - it seems like such a little problem, but if you don’t deal with it, if you let it fester, then pretty soon, you might be in severe pain.

Recipes, like my Italian Wonder, have just the ingredients you need to help you bust through a plateau and create the life you deserve. 

Italian Wonder

D-Burn | Serves 2
Prep Time: approx. 10-15 minutes | Total time: approx. 33 minutes


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced red onion
2 cups diced zucchini
2 cups diced yellow squash
2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
OPTIONAL: 1 cup cooked quinoa or wild rice


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the oil and onion in the skillet and cook, stirring often, for about 4 minutes, until the onion begins to soften and brown.
  2. Add the zucchini, squash, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 4 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, and oregano and sauté for 4 minutes more. Stir in the broth and lemon juice, and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Simmer for 1 minute, until the sauce thickens. Stir in the pine nuts and parsley. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve over quinoa or wild rice, if you like, or just enjoy it as is.


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