Mom was right...
Do you have mornings where you’re cranking away – perhaps in a meeting, making a sales call, or in the middle of running errands. Suddenly, bam! It’s mid-morning and you hit a wall. No energy and you can’t think clearly.
Hmmm…what did you eat for breakfast?
I hate to say, “I told you so,” so I’ll turn to Mom, who has said it countless times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And to give Mom some support - there’s solid science too. Because the length of time between dinner and your first meal the next day is typically the longest your body goes without food, breakfast has an effect that’s different from any other meal, impacting the way you metabolize glucose (blood sugar) and the production of insulin all day.
So what do you eat each morning to get your body and mind going? A cup of coffee gulped down on the go? Sugary yogurt and a “muffin” (AKA - cake) eaten at your desk? Nothing at all?
Your body deserves so much better than that. And so do you!
For the majority of people, when you eat a good breakfast, your day goes smoothly. No growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from getting done what needs getting done.
What Breakfast is Right for You?
Well – I really can’t tell you. It depends on you and your body, and is something you need to figure out for yourself. One of the best - and most fun - ways to find out is the Breakfast Experiment. For one week, eat a different breakfast each day. Get crazy - choose foods you don't typically think to eat at breakfast. Record in a notebook what you ate, how you felt immediately after the meal, and how you felt again two hours later. Some ideas:
- Day one: Scrambled eggs or tofu
- Day two: Green smoothie with fruit, veggies and nuts or seeds
- Day three: Oatmeal
- Day four: Peanut (or other nut) butter on whole grain bread
- Day five: Muffin and coffee
- Day six: Fresh fruit and plain yogurt
- Day seven: Salad with fresh vegetables
Feel free to repeat the experiment with different foods each morning. Which breakfasts made you feel energized? Which ones didn’t? After the experiment, try adding in more of the foods that made you feel great!
I did an experiment myself and discovered something I didn’t expect at all – protein and a healthy fat (e.g. – avocado, nuts and seeds) made a huge difference in how I felt and kept me satisfied until lunch. I always swore I needed to eat every two hours, but when I combine good quality sources of protein and fat, I’m good to go – no mid-morning scramble for a healthy snack.
We’re all different, so find what works for you. And don’t be surprised that your needs may change. Over time your body changes and how you need to fuel it can change too.
That all being said, if you don’t eat much of a breakfast, yet feel good with your weight and your energy levels, keep on keepin’ on. But if you notice things changing, try experimenting with breakfast and see what happens.
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