Breaking Your Fast.. Say Whaat??

Have you ever watched the HBO Series called Game of Thrones?  I am a HUGE fan!  I’ve even read each of those monstrously large novels!

Throughout the series, you’ll find them eating meals, especially Breakfast.   What is really interesting is that the never call this first meal of the day, “Breakfast”;  They usually refer to it as a process of  “breaking fast.”  When you think about it, they are spot on!  LOL

Skipping your Breakfast is a BIG “NO NO”  The point that I am about to make is HUGE!!  You’ve got to fuel your body in the morning, as it has been 8-10 hours since the last time you’ve eaten.  Yep, sounds like a fast to me.  According to research, skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult.

Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger.

How your Body Reacts to Habitually Skipping Meals  Some experts believe that breakfast keeps your metabolism running higher because skipping meals causes the body to kick into ‘starvation’ mode.
This sounds impressive, but it really isn’t what happens — it takes three or for days of eating nothing before the body starts gearing down your metabolism. It’s more likely that people who regularly eat breakfast also make good dietary choices the rest of the day.

Quick Tips to Start Your Day off Right
    1.    Start each day with a glass of pure water. Along with a few minutes of stretching  this can change your entire outlook on the day ahead.

    2.    Fruit in the morning. No one disclaims the benefits of fruit. However, its high sugar content gives some concern to those worried about an insulin spike. In the morning, this spike will replenish your blood sugar that’s low from a night of fasting.

    3.    Eat some protein. Even if you’ve an active day ahead and don’t want to be bogged down, eating 15-20% protein in your breakfast will help you perform better. On more sedentary days, this percentage should be even higher.

    4.    Eat whole foods. Try to avoid things like spices and cooking oils in the morning. Concentrate on pure nutrition. In the morning, your body craves fuel and is less picky and sensitive to taste, so it’s the easiest to keep meals completely healthy and natural.

    5.    No enriched anything! As discussed above, carbs are fine in the morning. You’re going to use some immediately and burn the rest off throughout the day. But keep these natural. Make breads, pancakes, and cereals all of the natural variety. Read the ingredients and avoid anything with enriched flour.

The “No Time for Breakfast” Solution!!  OK, so if your mornings are hectic and filled with getting the kids ready for school, working out, rushing to your job, etc.  How the heck do you take the time to make a healthy breakfast as described in the section below?  I think you know were I am going with this… lol. 

YES!  Shakeology!  I usually start my day off with a glass of Chocolate Shakeology with some strawberries and 1/2 of a banana.  This nutrient dense, low calorie drink is exactly what I need to start my day. 

In This Together,

Coach Eric Hollingsworth
P90X, PiYo Certified Fitness Coach

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