First off, if you’re not eating a healthy breakfast, you are setting yourself up for disaster for the rest of the day. You see, a healthy breakfast that has Protein, Fats, and Carbs (the good ones of course), helps your neurotransmitters in the brain. Gives you sustained energy (no need for Coffee, Red Bull, or, something sugary to keep you up.
You may initially think that the picture of a bowl of cereal with milk is a healthy way to start the day. Remember, I said you need to a Protein, Fats and Carbs (non-starchy type) for a healthy meal. Where in the picture is the Protein? Fat? Please don’t say the pasteurized milk is protein and fat in my consultations with potential clients who are having problems losing weight, feeling better, etc., claim that they eat a healthy diet. If that’s true, I guess they wouldn’t be having a consultation with me. So, after a few hundred consultations and thousands of conversations concerning the topic of eating a healthy diet, here’s the typical breakfast for those who actually have breakfast.
Or perhaps, just the scooped bagel and a cup of coffee with half & half and 3 or so packets of an artificial sweetener after working out for 2hrs!!!
You may ask “what’s wrong with those options for breakfast?” For starters, they contain “trans-fats” which are found in baked goods, cookies, cakes, margarine, snack foods, etc. So, start reading your labels and watch out for anything that says “partially hydrogenated” on the label. Processed foods contain added chemicals, preservatives, colorings, deodorizers, and trans-fatty acids.
Eliminate sugar as much as possible. Why? because sugar suppresses your immune system function. Research has shown that sugar can lead to cancer, is very addictive, raises insulin levels which results in “fat storage” and turns off “fat-burning” functions, increases the risk for obesity and diabetes.
A sound healthy breakfast or any meal should contain a Protein, Fat, and a Carb (non-starchy). The exact portions will vary from person to person as we are all biochemically different (one of the main reasons why the “one diet approach for everyone doesn’t work”). you also have to consider that we each have our own emotional, psychological, and physical attributes.
Here’s a good example of a good way to start your day.