How To Feel Excited About Food Again
How to Feel Excited About Food Again
If you’ve been following along this year, each month we are introducing a new, healthy practice to incorporate into your routine. Last month we talked about the importance of a good night’s sleep and this month we are talking about something very near and dear to my heart….BREAKFAST! I seriously wake up in the morning excited about food. I know talking about the importance of breakfast seems a little redundant. We’ve all heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day;” but why is that? And why do many people skip out on breakfast? How is it effecting their health? Lets dive into question number one—
Why is Breakfast the most important meal of the day?
After sleep our bodies have been in a state of fasting and breakfast is the signal to our bodies to wake up, rev that metabolism and get going for the day. When we skip out on filling our body with great nutrients first thing in the morning we’re not giving ourselves the healthy metabolism boost and energy our brain needs to get jump started for the day. Ideally, we should eat breakfast within thirty minutes to an hour of waking up.
Why do people skip out on such a healthy practice?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I just don’t have time,” or “I’m not hungry in the morning.” My encouragement is to just try it for a week—make time, meal prep in advance and I promise you will feel great and reap the benefits. If you aren’t hungry in the morning, perhaps you’re eating dinner too late or your metabolism is suppressed. Once you cultivate the habit of eating a well rounded meal in the morning, eventually your body will make the switch and you will be hungry when you wake up.
Finally, I want to finish off this post by telling you some of my easy peasy go-to breakfast ideas ::
I absolutely love overnight oats for a quick grab and go. Just get a jar or cup and fill it with oats, almond milk (or yogurt), place it in the fridge overnight and top with your favorite fruit, nuts, nut butters, chia seeds, etc. in the morning and head out the door.
As another option, nothing can beat a morning smoothie. Smoothies are especially great for people with less of an appetite in the morning because they leave you feeling light and energized. I hate feeling overly stuffed and weighed down before I get to work. There are so many wonderful smoothie recipes on Pinterest. My personal favorite smoothie that I make almost daily is called Chocolate Banana “Nice Cream”. It consists of 2 frozen bananas, 1 Tbsp raw cacao (iron!) and 1/2 C. almond milk. Blend together (should be super thick and creamy) and top with cacao nibs, walnuts, hempseed and peanut butter. So yum and packed full of antioxidants and superfoods!
Have a beautiful week and drink all the smoothies!
(Photos via Migrant Wellness)