Friday, January 18, 2013

Do NOT Skip Breakfast!

We are all at fault, including myself for skipping breakfast at times.

It often amazes me how people take better care of their cars, shoes or accessories, than their bodies. I have yet to meet a person who said, “God has a plan as to when my car should ‘die’ and I do not need to worry about it. I don’t need to check or change the oil, or perform any routine maintenance. And I don’t need to worry about the type of gas I use.” We recognize the necessity of proper care to get the longest life and best performance out of our cars, computers and gadgets. But seriously when will we realize that proper care also gives our bodies the longest life and best performance?

It took for me to go under a major brain surgery and be faced with the 50% chance of ....well everything, to start taking my health serious. And guess what? I am still not where I should be. I still drink double double coffees knowing good and well that sugar is a killer! And I still have cookies and chocolate. Yes ok I try and stick with pure dark chocolate, but I should cut it out period. The first 6 months after my sugar I did not touch a chocolate, coffee, sugar or anything that was not apart of the food groups. I drank up to 5 organic herbal teas a day and breakfast was my biggest meal. Hhhmmm what happened? Well, I got comfortable. My diet was so clean that the first time (months later) I ate half a slice of pizza, I got major heart burn (that lasted an hour) and I puked. Yes that's right. Because everything that was inside of my body was clean and there I was putting the junk back in.
Today, scientific research has confirmed that most of the leading causes of death and chronic diseases are preventable. Adding breakfast to your eating pattern is a major step to improving your lifestyle. Food is fuel. Literally. Studies have emphasized the importance of breakfast. If you want to make the most of your day, fuel your body early with the right stuff. Think of this, you have been sleeping for 7..8..9 hours right? Well how often do you go that many hours without eating while your awake? Not often. Ok so your body is starving when you wake up. But what do you we do? We focus on rushing out of the house, grabbing a coffee or a donut (not me lol)or nothing at all and we actually forget that our body is hungry. And after many days, weeks, months...even years of doing this, our body becomes accustomed to it and we "claim" we are never hungry in the mornings. No that could never be so.

Starting your day with a good breakfast boosts your energy, increases your attention span, and heightens your sense of well-being. You’ll be in better control of your emotions overall. A good breakfast is one that provides at least one third of the day’s calories.

The effects of a skipped breakfast are short attention span, lack of alertness, longer reaction time, low blood sugar, decreased work productivity. I assure you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Set your alarm clock 15 or 20 minutes earlier than your regular wake up time and treat your body to what it deserves. A balanced breakfast. It’s a good investment of your time. Believe me, once you get into the habit of eating breakfast, you WILL feel hungry in the mornings. You will not stand that feeling of hunger anymore and you will NOT ignore it.

Start small if you are not a breakfast eater:

Whole wheat toast and/or a piece of fruit.
There are many to choose from: oranges, grapefruits, apples, bananas, grapes, kiwis, mangos, melons, berries. Eat two servings of fruit every morning.

What do i have?

I juice every single morning. Raw fruits and vegetables. Shortly after I have a boiled egg or a whole banana. Oats porridge etc

Take the step. Do the right thing. Eat breakfast.

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