Breakfast and Carbs
Doughnuts, cereal, pancakes, waffles, waffles with fried chicken, muffins, bagels, toast…what do these all have in common? You guessed it right, dun dun dunnnnn…Carbs. We have a love/hate relationship with carbs. It’s so tasty, it’s so tempting, but once on your lips forever on your hips. And when do we normally consume all of these items? Right again…Breakfast! Breakfast should be made of protein, good fats, and vegetables. The most important meal of the day is definitely not Frosted Flakes. Sorry Tony.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come to a shoot and there was this beautiful buffet with an array of luring pastries and enticing breads, warm and flaky, but NO! *slaps hand * Empty carbs plus sugar are appetite stimulants and once consumed, it’s a hard and dangerous cycle to get off. And then the afternoon slump brings you from an energetic upbeat “seize the day” being, to a useless, “I can’t wait until its Friday and it’s only Wednesday feeling.”
- Carbs, especially from wheat cause the blood sugar level to rise. This ups to level of insulin to store the excess sugar causing you to feel tired and hungry. Eating carbs leads to high blood sugar which leads to high insulin which leads to fatigue which leads to craving more carbs. Repeat.
- Carbs boosts your sleepy neurotransmitters like serotonin whereas protein and fats boost your neurotransmitters like dopamine and acetylcholine. Wait, what? Neurotransmitters are the little messenger guys that deliver signals to the brain to make the body function properly. Many of us have a chemical imbalance due to poor diet. Don’t shoot the messenger!
- Another thing, at night when we sleep our body goes into a fasting state and burns fat. Once you wake up and the first thing you eat is carbs, you immediately stop that fat burning process. For this reason, I eat carbs after 3 o’clock. I am human and don’t always stick to this (especially when there are time changes involved) but when I am consistent, my energy levels are higher and I sleep better at night.
Let’s get into the fun part now! Food!
Read my lips: healthy food can taste delicious. Normally when I am getting ready and have to race out the door—which happens more often then not—I drop two eggs in a boiling pot for 15 minutes and this gives me 15 minutes to take a shower and brush my teeth. I peel and eat with raw spinach. Boring? I get creative too! Omelets are not as hard to make as they look. Grab mushrooms, spinach, and eggs (eat the yolk!), cook with coconut oil. Add avocados, tomatoes, or peppers. Have sautéed butternut squash and goat cheese omelet, scrambled eggs with green onion, even bacon. *Side note…There are so many misconceptions about bacon. Bad bacon is bad. Look for organic, nitrate free bacon. * Make your own breakfast sausage! I love left over ground beef for breakfast. When I’m feeling naughty I’ll make pancakes with coconut flour. Seriously, there are so many options! The funny thing is when you start training your body to eat healthy, unhealthy food starts tasting bad.
In conclusion, please always eat breakfast and eat a healthy, kick ass breakfast with protein, vegetables and fats.
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Lipman, Frank and Claro, Danielle. (2014) The New Health Rules. New York, NY: Artisan
Neurogisitcs: The Brain Wellness Program