"Okay so I got my keys! Check. Phone? Check. Should I grab a bite to eat before I head out....? *shrugs* I think I'll be fine. I'll just have a larger lunch!"
You'd be surprised how many people have said this on daily basis while scrambling to leave out for their daily tasks. So many people say that they "aren't breakfast people" because they either feel like they don't have time for it, or they feel that it's not a main priority, and both are a big no no. Many of us have heard that phrase that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with that being said over and over, it's easy to fall into the trap of believing that it's just a phrase that parents say to make their children do things that they don't want to do. Honestly, that might be the case for some, but it's true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and should be held at a higher caliber than it's been on. This article is more focused on tough love because in order to have a health and energized day YOU NEED BREAKFAST!
It's good to understand first that breakfast is the fuel that drives the rest of our day. When you think about it like this, imagine how far you'd go in a car with no gas. Let me give you a hint, it's not far. The best combination for breakfast is pairing carb with lean protein. Keeping the carb as a factor allows you to have the energy you need to get your day going, and the protein keeps you feeling full until it's time to eat again. When it comes to the idea of going to the gym, it's recommended to have a light breakfast so you'll be able to sustain your energy while pumping iron.
Examples of balanced breakfasts are:
1. Granola cereal, yogurt, a sliced apple
2. Scrambled eggs, toast, orange juice
3. Veggie omelet, bran muffin, fruit with yogurt
4. Whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with berries and/or yogurt, milk
5. Whole-wheat zucchini pancakes topped with fruit, milk
6. French toast topped with fruit, orange juice or milk
7. Low-fat cheese melted on toast with a piece of fruit
8. Low-fat cream cheese on a whole-grain bagel, orange juice
9. Peanut butter and banana slices on an English muffin, milk
Focus On Me
It's been proven that when you have breakfast that you're able to focus better and have your concentration to be more centralized. "Students who eat a healthy breakfast tend to have better concentration than students who skip breakfast altogether. When the day starts with breakfast, students can focus on the task at hand better and become less distracted by outside influences and other students.",says www.healthyeating.com. Do you remember in school, before the important state regulated tests, the teacher stands in front of the class and explain to the students of the importance reviewing your notes, getting rest the night before, and having a healthy breakfast the morning of the test to do your best. You're able to both retain and dispel information more easily, which in turn increases your overall success. The same holds true when it comes to eating a light healthy meal before working out. Doing this allows you to be more focused on the push to come and the power to drive to the next level. Like I said in the beginning, breakfast is the fuel that aids in the success of your day. Depriving yourself that, especially before the gym, is a sure fire way to limit your endurance and power when it really matters.
We've focused a lot on how breakfast fuels our daily functions, but it's good to understand what fuels the other areas of our lives. In life, there are many stimuli that encourages us to make certain decisions. Past hurts, holding onto a family name, religious reasons, just to name a few are factors that adds into the sum of who we are. Our past experiences and environments also play a factor, but as we grow and learn, it's imperative that we learn new skills, make new habits, and progress pass our current circumstances so that the fruit of what's driving us builds a more beautiful world around us instead of hate. If you only have candy and ice cream for breakfast every morning, you're not adding any value to your body, and thus, no positive growth is happening. This is just a reminder to stand guard at the gates of your mind, and be aware of what's fueling you because, like breakfast, it will determine how you will function on the days ahead.