You get up early in the morning, get showered and ready for your day, wake up the kids,(hurry!) help them get ready for school, (hurry up!) give them something quick like a donut or toast or a quick bowl of cereal (hurry up and eat that!) and off they go! Then you hurry off to work – or begin your day at home. Whew! What a whirlwind of a morning you’ve had! Now you are ready for whatever the day may bring. But are you?
Haven’t you forgotten something?
Hello?!? Did you even eat this morning???!
Here’s a good chuckle:
About 96% of people surveyed admit that eating breakfast is a really important part of living a healthy lifestyle but actions speak louder than words! Most people are sporadic at best, when it comes to eating breakfast. A lot of us eat only ‘if we have time’, or in the car and many of us skip it altogether! C’mon people – WE KNOW BETTER!
After about 12 hours of fasting (from the time you ate before bed to when you get up) your body really needs to switch gears from “park” into “drive”. A good, nutritious breakfast helps get your metabolism going and helps alleviate those dips in blood sugar that often make us crave sweets about mid-morning. (You know what I’m talking about; you’re sitting at your computer at work and your stomach reminds you that you are now starving and the donuts in the break room are SCREAMING your name!) Here’s my advice: Don’t do it!
People who do eat a nutritious breakfast tend to be leaner, more energetic, have reduced risk for type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease, and have better concentration when performing job or school related activities! Now that should be incentive enough, right? RIGHT!
So what exactly does a ‘nutritious breakfast’ look like, you may ask? That’s a loaded question, because every- BODY is different. You may need to experiement with different types of food and food combinations to find what “breakfast” works best for your body.
Typically breakfast foods of the SAD (Standard American Diet) are high in carbohydrates (cereal, bagels, waffles, grain or frruit heavy)
A healthy breakfast should be balanced with carbohydrates (fruit, veggies or whole grains), some protein (nuts, seeds, eggs or yogurt), and some healthy fats (coconut milk, coconut oil avocado, butter or nut butter).
Make a smoothie loaded with veggies, healthy fats, and some fruit.
Prepare a veggies scrample with eggs, sweet potatoes, greens and other veggies.
Enjoy fried eggs on your favorite toast smeared with avocado.
Those are just a few ideas – I’m sure you can come up with many more!
There may even be some out there that find fasting through breakfast is the best option, test that out too. Bottom line is be aware of when youor body needs fuell and how it reacts to thhe fuel you give it and when you give it.
But don’t just take MY word for it….try eating breakfast for several days and see if you feel better. Pay attention to your energy levels, your cravings and your mood. I can guarantee you will definitely notice some amazing results!