AmMo Posted by Dr. MO Over the past few days I have written about how to become more of a Morning Person. Today I am shifting gears a little bit to talk about how to fuel the ‘Morning You’ to get your day going in an energized way……If you are reading this during the day or in the evening… review it now, and apply it tomorrow.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s your energy source kick-starter for the rest of the day and as an early bird you will have a longer to wait until lunchtime. Here are some fueling suggestions for you to consider:
1.Eat according to your daily activity level. If your job requires little movement consider “grazing” – eating smaller portions at breakfast time and then scattered during the day. If you will be physically active or will be expending significant mental energy increase your early morning food intake.
2. Exercise before you eat. This will help you develop an appetite, it’s also so much better to do your digesting without your body bumping around. Think about including a smoothie or a fruit juice for vitamins and fiber.
3. Create time for your breakfast. Sit down for a relaxed meal no matter what you choose to eat. Give yourself time for eating and digesting.
4. Give yourself variety. Consider the following as breakfast food possibilities:
Drink juice at the very least. Drink a glass of fruit or vegetable juice to give your body some energy. Avoid drinks with fat, such as whole milk, which take longer to digest, and may give you a feeling of fullness/satisfaction, leading to skimping on a healthy breakfast. If you are sensitive to acid try grape juice instead of apple or orange juice. Drinks like moothies (fruit/milk/soy), freshly squeezed juice, blended drinks, and vegetable juices are great for hydration and balanced energy.
Slice different fruit into your cereal, yogourt or smoothies. Cereals such as mueseli, granola, or whole grain cereals give you healthy fibre.
Whole grain breads such as whole wheat, rye, oat, quinoa, spelt, or sour dough breads are lower calorie and excellent choices. Excite your taste buds with jams and marmolades.
Soft or hard boiled eggs are the healthiest (in moderation).
Ethnic foods such as idli (steamed rice cake from southern India), dosa (a type of pancake made with rice and pulses), or chapati (an Indian whole wheat bread) will add some zing to your breakfast.
Remember, your momentum is both physical and mental and so it is vital to fuel your body along with your mind… both are needed to propel you forward and upward each day. A great breakfast provides you with the foundation for a great day.
Here’s to your momentum!