Nod your head if you’ve ever felt like this:
- The report is due in two hours and your energy level is running on empty.
- You’re in the middle of a mid-term exam and your mind simply refuses to provide you the answers that you spent hours the day before studying.
- You’re making sales calls and suddenly, bam!, around 10:30 a.m. you hit a mental wall. All you want to do is look out the window.
Hmm… what did you eat for breakfast?
I hate to say, “I told you so,” so I’ll turn to Mom who has said it countless times, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the meal that is designed to supply one third of the macro- and micronutrients your body needs to run without a hitch. What your Mom has been saying about breakfast is worth listening to. No more excuses.
Think back to what you have been eating each morning, knowing you have all of these things taking place in your day. Are you trying to start your day with nutritional fuel such as a cup of coffee gulped down on the go, a cup of sugary yogurt and a muffin eaten at your desk, or perhaps nothing at all? Your body deserves so much better than that and so do you!
When you eat a good breakfast your day goes smoothly. No growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from nailing those big goals you’ve made for yourself.
Which Breakfast is Right for You?
One of the best – and most fun – ways to find out which foods serve YOU most powerfully is called the Breakfast Experiment. It works like this:
- For one week, eat a different breakfast meal each day.
- Record in a notebook what you ate.
- Note how you felt immediately after the meal.
- Note how you felt two hours later.
In the Breakfast Experiment diary you’ll notice patterns forming. You’ll learn which foods give you the greatest energy. Feel free to repeat the experiment for another seven days with different foods each morning. Which breakfasts made you feel energized? Which ones didn’t? After the experiment, try adding in more of the foods that made you feel great!
A First Week Breakfast Plan
Sometimes if you’re not used to eating a healthy breakfast you may struggle with have to have. If that describes you then give this suggested plan a try and feel free to substitute your own healthy breakfast choices.
- Day One: tofu scramble
- Day Two: bean soup or a bean salad
- Day Three: steel cut oatmeal
- Day Four: organic granola with almond milk
- Day Five: vegan muffin and tea
- Day Six: fresh fruit
- Day Seven: fresh vegetables