I love sharing tips and ideas for wellness. I know that you, like me, can be victorious in your fitbattle.
I am your average gal. I worked a soul sucking sucking corporate job for years and one day I found myself at the gym. I didn’t know what else to do. Back in the day I swore I would not be that person – a gym rat. Well guess what? By most peoples’ standards that’s exactly what I am.
The Gym is only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s the 23 hours a day that I’m not in the gym that make all of the difference in my fitbattle – battle to be fit, healthy, and well.
Today’s Tip is all about starting your day on the right foot. Or should I say the correct foot?
Breakfast. Yes! Breakfast is a vital part of your day.
Our bodies are amazing. Think about the complexity of the bodies’ functions and how most functions require no conscious thought. The heart pumping blood too the furthest cells of our body and then receiving the deoxygenated blood sending it to the lungs to be oxygenated and then back out to our cells carrying vital nutrients.
Overnight our bodies use the remaining nutrients from our food and supplements to repair and restore it’s cells while we rest. Yes, we rest, but our body is still at work. When we awake our body needs nutrients, ASAP. It is depleted, similar to your gas tank being empty. You are going nowhere fast without gas in your tank.
By breakfast, I’m not referring to coffee and a danish. I’m talking about a well-balanced nutrient dense breakfast. What do I mean by well-balanced? A breakfast that incorporates carbohydrates, protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
By nutrient dense I mean whole food and supplements. The simple step of taking a daily vitamin can make all the difference in your wellness and effort to achieve and/or maintain a healthy weight.
The body is amazing. Think of it as a Maserati (or other luxury car) and treat it the same way you would a $100,000 car with care and regular maintenance, starting with a good breakfast of high-octane gas.
The amount of calories you need are based on several factors that we will cover on another day. The average woman should eat between 200-350 calories for breakfast that includes 20-25 grams of protein. FYI, a danish does not have protein unless it is a cheese danish. Men should eat up to 400 calories for breakfast that includes 20-30 grams of protein.
Oh, and did I mention that you should have breakfast within the first 45 minutes of being up? Yes, that early. The gas tank is empty the moment your first foot hits the floor.
If you are thinking… I’m too busy for breakfast, that’s too hard, I can’t do it. STOP IT!!! Breakfast can be something as simple as a smoothy that takes three minutes to put together. Heck if you are that busy, you can make it before you go to bed so the only effort you make in the morning is taking it out of the fridge.
Excuses and reasons for why you cannot do something are not serving you. Oh man, was that too harsh? Nah! You want wellness right? Well get to it then.
A little plug… I have meal replacements shakes available. If you cannot figure out what to use or buy message me for info.
Until tomorrow… be well! Kathi