Breakfast represents a new awakening, a new beginning. This applies both to your metabolism but also for your hormones. Starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast will set you up for success the rest of the day.
Now if you don't eat breakfast, we need to have a discussion about why that is. It could be schedule timing, it could be that your body doesn't want the food so early, there are a number of reasons that I have heard. I will just advise that if you are going to skip any meal of the day, don't let it be breakfast.
During your sleep period your body systems (endocrine, musculo-skeletal, digestive) have had a chance to process the good nutrients you took in from the day before, expell the bad stuff and really reset the whole sha-bang. Breakfast is fuel for the systems to keep charging as your system activity gears up for the day ahead.
Now for the keys to success in a good breakfast. Now I know you are immediately wanting me to lead off with, "Pancakes with syrup" or a "donut" but that shit is flat out not gonna happen. Rather I am going to give you 3 key items that should be in your breakfast.
1) Fat. Fat is Brain food. You want to be sharp, you want to get fired up, you need to be setting yourself up for success by eating oils, nuts, seeds, and fatty vegetables or protein sources. I am not saying you should eat a stick of butter each morning or down coconut oil by the gallon but you can sautée your food in it or cook your eggs in in or drizzle it over your veggies. A simple handful of nuts on the plate can mean a lot to keeping you blood sugar down and making sure that you are not "Jaba-the-hutting" granola bars at 10am thinking that you are super healthy!
2) Vegetables. Vegetables contain fiber. Fiber helps regulate the digestive system and aids your healthy bacteria in fighting off bad bacteria and things that can make you sick or inflamed. Fermented veggies like sauerkraut and kimchi are awesome because of the nutrient profiles and fiber but they also serve as probiotics as well!!!
3) Protein. Do you want little weenie arms and legs? I think you do not. I think that if you are reading this post right now there is a 99% chance that you already see the value in eating a complete protein with each meal or snack. Protein and amino acids are the building blocks for muscle tissue and help repair muscle that has been damaged by training. Eggs are classically a breakfast food but grass fed ground beef, sausage, fish... all are great protein sources that offer different benefits.
There is no sugar added to a perfect breakfast. Whatever natural sugars that are in the vegetables that you consume are just enough to keep you going but not raise your blood sugar. And that my friends, is the key to setting yourself up for success in the AM! No sugar means no crash later.
Healthy body=Healthy Life. Eat right and thrive.
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