Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This Sunday for weekday prep, I am doing some simple veggie chopping to shorten my breakfast routine in the morning. I love having eggs for breakfast but I don't have time in the morning to chop everything up and cook the eggs. Today I am filling little plastic containers with a morning's worth of chopped onions, red peppers and broccoli. That way tomorrow morning when I cook my eggs all I have to do is toss in one of these pre portioned veggie cups.
Most of my weekday prep posts have been about making a healthy breakfast quicker and easier. There's a reason for that! I'm sure everyone has heard the "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" line a million times. I'm also sure that a lot of you probably still skip breakfast. You are making a big mistake!
Most people don't eat anything after dinner until breakfast (or lunch if you're bad). This long period of time without food causes your metabolism to slow down. There are some good reasons for this slow down. When your metabolism slows down it helps you relax and fall asleep. Once you are asleep, it helps your body focus it's energy on repairing and restoring rather than digesting your midnight snack.
An important thing to remember is that your metabolism won't speed back up again until you give it some fuel. Think of it like a fire. If you light a fire at night (dinner) and don't put anymore wood on the fire until the lunch time next day, you wouldn't have much of a fire anymore. It's better to have a healthy breakfast in the morning to keep your fire burning all day and your metabolism revved up. Even something small like a handful of nuts or an apple can wake your metabolism up and give it the signal to start working. This jumpstart will help your body continue to burn more calories throughout the entire day.
Now that everyone is on board with eating breakfast, there is one caveat. Don't just have any breakfast. A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich isn't going to give your body the fuel it needs to be energized the whole day.
I try to stay away from any type of white flour at all costs, with the exception of special occasions (everything in moderation, even moderation). White flour is made by stripping away all of the nutrients that come from grains. Since all of the nutrients are stripped away during the processing, your body doesn't need to exert much energy to break down the food to get to the energy source (sugar) and in turn your blood sugar spikes. This reaction causes your body to store the food you just ate as fat for your body to use as energy later on. If you can't tell, eating a breakfast high in processed ingredients and white flours will make your metabolism go haywire, you'll be hungry again in no time and guess what? You will be craving sugar!
Eating a healthy breakfast is crucial to your body since it is the first chance your body has to replenish itself from all of the work it did the night before while you were asleep. Try a balanced meal high in fiber and protein. It will keep you full and energized for a long time and you will have an easier time saying no to that donut during a morning meeting.