Starting your day the right way

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is as the name suggests the meal that breaks your night long fast and sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you skip your breakfast, have something that gets digested easily or is sugary and spikes your blood sugar you will spend the rest of the day feeling ravenous and snacking every few hours. On the other hand if you start the day with something substantial and sustaining that keeps up a steady stream of energy to your blood till it’s time for your next meal you will feel much more energetic and healthy throughout your day.

Eating a healthy breakfast does not involve sitting down to a large meal of eggs, sausage and pancakes, what it means is that you provide your body with enough slow burning fuel to keep it going till it’s time for the next meal. A perfect breakfast should include a mix of protein and complex carbs. Try to include a fruit or some veggies as part of your morning meal. Three eggs made in your favorite style, poached, boiled or scrambled, with a small bowl of oatmeal topped with some fresh fruit is a perfect beginning to any day.

There are also lots of easy, on the go, options that you can eat to get your body going, for example: A cup of low fat yogurt with some fruit, or a protein shake are both great options. If you begin your day by working out it is important to feed your muscles so that they grow stronger and enhance your metabolism which in turn will help you stay in great shape. About 30 to 60 minutes before you work out it is important to feed your body some carbohydrate for energy and protein to make muscles and prevent their break down. You could try something as complex as an egg with a piece of fruit or salsa, or simple as a cup of milk or yogurt or a cup of juice with a scoop of whey protein mixed in. Also make sure to eat something right after you leave the gym, as muscles are most receptive to nutrients within half an hour of training. As a general rule it is best to avoid an overload of sugar, if you feel you need the carbohydrates consume them as rice, whole wheat bread, pasta or oatmeal.

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