We’ve all heard it before.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but if you intermittent fast like me, your breakfast may be at noon.
It’s breakfast, never the less.
What I eat when I break my fast generally sets the tone for the day.
Have you found that for yourself too?
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What You Eat Matters
The types of food most people eat for breakfast are probably the last thing your body needs.
You need food rich in protein, good fats, and nutrients to get your day started right, not food that is going to turn to spike your blood sugar and cause you to store fat.
Sure, you’re starving in the morning.
It’s natural to want to go for that quick refill, but while this food might fill you up, it most certainly doesn’t get you ready to take on the day.
If I start out with any of the 10 foods below I’ll usually crave cookies the rest of the day.
What about you?
Ten Foods Not to Eat for Breakfast
Pancakes, waffles, and french toast
Say it ain’t so. Who doesn’t love a big, syrupy pancake breakfast in the morning?
Your body, that’s who.
Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are not good to have first thing in the morning. All of those carbs and sugar are not the way you want to get your day going.
Donuts, danishes, and other pastries are not your best friend in the morning.
Lots of sugar but little fiber makes for a rapid rise in blood sugar.
This is not the way you want to start your day because it won’t be long before you have a sugar crash.
What, now we can’t even have a bagel and a schmear in the morning?
What is this world coming to?
Like the other pastries, bagels will give you that great big high, but a very quick low.
Before long you’ll be hungry for more, but you’ll also be bloated and possibly even constipated.
So just skip the bagel.
Okay, not all breakfast smoothies are created equal.
There are some that are a good choice, but you want to stay away from ones made of just fruit.
Breakfast smoothies created with fruit juices, ice cream, chocolate syrups and powders, agave nectar, or non-organic peanut butter are not doing you any favors.
You need a breakfast smoothie that is going to be rich in nutrients with ingredients like a high-quality protein supplement, vegetables, chia seeds, flax seeds, and coconut milk.
The problem with most boxed cereals is they are loaded with sugar and artificial flavoring.
Cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, and Honey Nut Cheerios are oat and wheat that is processed in a way that isn’t healthy for us and they contain a lot of sugar and preservatives.
If you stick with the organic cereals and ones with a few ingredients (without sugar at the top of the list), then you’re doing better, but not the best.
AKA mini cakes.
Usually packed with artificial sweeteners and processed ingredients, these yummy foods will cause a spike in your blood sugar like many of its other pastry-like counterparts.
If you can’t do without your muffin then make your own high protein muffin with coconut flour or almond flour.
Granola bars are another food that unless you make yourself you probably want to avoid.
Store-bought granola bars might seem healthy, but they most are often filled with bad fats and unhealthy sugars.
The dairy in yogurt is not a good way to start your day.
It triggers the release of mucus from your body which can result in a phlegmy cough and runny nose.
Most yogurt is full of sugar with the exception of plain Greek Yogurt.
There just are not enough nutrients to make this a good breakfast food and way to start your day.
If you truly cannot do without toast, then opt for a gluten-free option for your bread and be sure to eat it with protein.
Pre-Packaged Instant Oatmeal
This highly processed version of oatmeal is packed with added sugar and flavoring and almost no fiber to get your day started right.
Opt for rolled oats or steel cut oats the next time you want oatmeal for breakfast.
Add a scoop of protein to make it even better for you.
What Should You Eat For Breakfast?
Well, that depends.
If you don’t feel hungry when you wake up you could skip breakfast.
I know that sounds crazy since most of us have been told you must eat breakfast to be healthy.
Did you know this may not actually be true for most people?
It’s called Intermittent Fasting when you skip breakfast or eat in a shorter amount of time rather all day long.
Read up on it here
Whenever you Break Your Fast…eat something healthy so you don’t crash shortly after.
If you eat early before you head to the office an omelet with veggies or a meal replacement shake might perfect.
If you intermittent fast your idea of breakfast may be a chicken salad.
The idea is to stay away from high carb sugary foods.
Generally speaking, high carb foods won’t give you the energy you need to make it thru the morning much less to your next meal.
Most people will do well with a combination of protein, fat, and carbs.
Other ideas are old fashion oatmeal with a scoop of protein or peanut butter or try protein pancakes (my recipe here).
What’s Your Favorite Breakfast Food?
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