You and Breakfast!

You and Breakfast!

BREAKFAST!

I have something to tell you. You will be shocked, floored, flabbergasted…It may be a shock to some of you, but there was a time in my life where I did not always eat Breakfast…GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, I look back and I have no idea how this could be (only because it was in my college years of course!). Today, if I do not eat something by 10 am I am not a happy camper. I can actually feel my blood sugar drop and I am seriously, starving. This is a sign of a fast metabolism.

Many years ago, this happened because I did not pay so much attention to my diet (let alone to what my body really needed). I would eat late in the night, not be hungry in the morning, and the best excuse…have no time in the morning and run out the door. Wow, who was I?! This is one of my BIGGEST health tips… TRY TO EAT BREAKFAST ALWAYS!!! If this is you, you must try to break this habit.

Ever skip breakfast, secretly hoping you’ll fit into your jeans better if you do?

It’s a natural thought. Less food in your belly means more room in your waistband, right? Think again. New research shows that skirting the ritual of a morning meal can totally sabotage your waistline by setting you up for minimal calorie burn and a bigger appetite throughout the day.

How many days within the past week did you eat breakfast? Here are some fun facts for you:

Over 90% of people agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and 75% believe eating breakfast will give them more energy, but fewer than 50% fit it in seven days a week. What is the deal? (Source: Cynthia Sass, Registered Dietitian)

Eating breakfast every day is vital for a number of reasons. Breakfast skippers are four and a half times more likely to be overweight, and studies show that people who eat breakfast naturally eat fewer calories all day. Plus not only does our body need fuel but so does our brain.

Many people say they are just not hungry first thing in the morning or they just have not time.   I will never understand how someone is not hungry in the morning!  If this is you, it is a big clue that you have a slower metabolism and I am here to help.

You would be shocked at the difference in taste from fresh fruit!

Fresh from the Farmers Market! 

 

If you struggle with breakfast barriers, here are my suggestions for knocking them down:

  • Step one: Try to stop eating late at night.
  • If you’re not hungry in the am: re-train your body. Start by eating or drinking something small, like a handful size serving of nuts or a piece of fruit.
  • After about a week, add something else, like your choice of milk or a smoothie.
  • The following week, add a third item, like a banana.

 

Within a month’s time, strive for a balanced breakfast:

  1. A lean protein (yogurt, an egg or egg whites, lean bacon, etc.)
  2. Produce (green juice, veggies in your omelet/egg sandwich, a smoothie, or fruit in your oatmeal) – load up on the produce!
  3. A healthy fat (nuts or seeds, coconut oil, natural nut butter, avocado or extra virgin olive oil)
  4. A gluten-free choice (oatmeal, granola, cereal, and try my Apple-Cranberry Almond Gluten-Free Muffins!)

Here are all my Healthy Breakfast Recipes.

Fresh Fruit

 

If you really are still struggling with the idea of a full meal at this point, you can split it up into two smaller meals. Eat half at home before you leave, then one to two hours later, enjoy the other half.

In no time you will not only feel more energized but you will have created a faster metabolism. If you start the day off right, you will most likely make better choices throughout. Give it a try!

“You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday.”

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EAT WELL. STAY FIT. FEEL GREAT.

xx Moni

Love Monica Nelson

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Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that I am not a Registered Dietitian. While my advice relies on my own personal experience and research, what has been successful for myself and others may be not best for you. You should always consult your doctor when making changes to your diet. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at monica@monicanelsonfitness.com.

6 Comment to “You and Breakfast!”

  1. Eunice says:

    I love your blog!!! I go almost everyday! I used to be the girl not eating breakfast because I wanted to lose weight but I am thinner now that I eat breakfast than when I did not do it! 😀

    • Monica Nelson says:

      Hi Eunice!
      I am so glad you found me! Make sure you follow me on Face Book and Twitter to get my most recent updates on my Recipes and my Fitness Tips. I am so happy to hear you are on the right track now, and Yes- Breakfast is the most important meal! Looking forward to hearing from you soon. 🙂

  2. I agree completely with your advice. I wrote something similar this morning. Eating a healthy breakfast sets the tone for healthy eating the rest of the day.

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  5. Paul says:

    This is the reason why breakfast is known as the important meal of the day.

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