Don’t just eat any food for breakfast, make it healthy by including proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs. A complete, healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need for a busy day.
When I wrote 7 Simple Strategies for a Healthy Holiday Season, I probably should have made it 8 strategies and included eating a healthy breakfast. When I start working with a client, she usually has one of two issues that she needs to fix immediately.
Two Breakfast Problems to Fix for Your Health
First, she may skip breakfast. This is not a good idea. A small percentage of the population may be able to do this, but by far, the majority of women must eat breakfast. After a night of ‘fasting’, your body needs to have fuel to start working. Food provides fuel for your cells, your brain, your organs to work properly. Plus when most people skip breakfast, they usually make up those calories at lunch and snacking, and it usually means eating low-quality foods. The hormones in your body are telling you, they need fuel. You feel sluggish, and you reach for a quick pick me up. That usually is a high sugar food or drink.
I strongly encourage you to eat a good breakfast.
The second thing I see is she eats a quick, high, simple carb, high sugar breakfast. Again, this is not a good idea. Your body, after the night ‘fast’, needs proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs to fuel the energy your cells need to do their jobs.
A bagel, piece of toast, pop tart, even a bowl of cereal are mostly sugars and carbs. This may give you a boost of energy as your blood sugar rises, but an hour or two later you will feel the crash and be reaching for something else to raise your blood sugar again. Roller coaster blood sugar levels wreak havoc on your cells and can lead to diabetes and other chronic conditions. Controlling your blood sugar is an important thing to do in order to allow your body to function properly. Starting out with a good breakfast can be a great start to balance.
Since most of us have busy days packed with to-dos from the moment we wake until we drop exhausted, I have created a beautiful PDF with 5 breakfast ideas you can make quickly. If you are in a pinch for time, you can still find a way to eat a good, healthy breakfast. Even if you aren’t in a pinch, several of these are my go-to’s, like a green smoothie.
Download your Breakfast in a Pinch: 5 Quick, Easy, Healthy Breakfasts to Enjoy In a Pinch. These breakfasts are easy to make, healthy, and tasty. Made with easy ingredients. You will be starting out your day with the fuel your body needs to do its job…make and keep you healthy and fit.
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