It’s been eight whole hours or longer since you’ve last consumed anything and now that you are conscious again and aware of your world, so is the untamed beast that is your growling stomach.
What do you do?
Some have conditioned themselves to just ignore their tummy’s demands, choosing to get dressed for work, maybe grabbing a coffee and maybe a banana or muffin on their way to the office.
Others take the ‘ breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ to heart and go ham on pancakes, eggs, sausages and baked beans, while others take just a bit more care of their stomach’s needs, choosing to drink a smoothie and get their hit of necessary vitamins and proteins.
Depending on your routine, your obsession with health and your own personal beliefs on breakfast, the way you decide to break your fast when your eyes open to a new day is all subjective, however, there are things that most experts agree on when it comes to breaking any fast, and it includes taking it slow, being gentle on your stomach and being healthy.
Breakfast is of course one of the most important meals of the day, since it jump starts your metabolism, helps with mental clarity and eases our body from a state of fasting and rest, to one of eating and movement, which will help you to perform better during the day, and burn more calories.
Elissa Mirsky, a published author and former editor-in-chief of Bold Magazine, notes ‘While there are many healthy breakfast options adding or eating fruit for your morning meal contributes many benefits to your overall health”.
Mirsky maintains that eating fruit during the pre-lunch hours can add many benefits, including, strengthening the immune system, improves the digestive system, promotes weight loss, and boosts energy.
“Fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants which help to boost the immune system throughout the day. Fruit helps the body go through a detoxification phase that helps rid the body of excess toxins which help the body to lose weight.
Lemon is a major source to release toxins into the body every morning. A simple glass of water and a squeeze of fresh lemon your body almost immediately goes through its own cleanses phase,” she notes.
The general consensus is that eating fruit, veggies and flushing your body with water in the morning are infact the healthiest thing to do to get your body back on track for your day ahead.
Jody Braverman, certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, and yoga teacher, agrees that fruits are a must have when it comes to breakfast food selection.
“Many typical breakfast foods — pancakes, muffins, waffles and bacon — are high in fat, sugar and simple carbs that give you an immediate rush of energy but leave you feeling flat by mid-morning.
Fruit, on the other hand, is a rich source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals that fill you up and give you energy. Pair fruit with a source of lean protein for a day that’s off to a great start,” Braverman recommends.
Fruits and veggies are great ways to get dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars, minerals you need and will help to down digestion as well as cleansing the colon. Absorption of fruit sugars provide long lasting energy.
Berries, nuts, tomatoes, bananas, citrus fruits, avocados, spinach, kale and sprouts are all great to have in the morning, as they are easy on the stomach and offers multi-vitamins, minerals and nutrients you will need to kick start your morning right.
Now fruits and veggies while light and cleansing are not in fact very filling and it will come as a surprise to absolutely no one when you start feeling hungry again.
After 11 am, you can have a light morning track, since your body will now be in the phase to break down complex carbohydrates and proteins better.
Such foods as eggs, oats, Greek yogurt, green tea, coffee and nuts are all good things to eat when you start to feel hungry again around 11 am as they include complex carbohydrates and fiber, lean protein as well as healthy fats, which will all work to feel you feeling full until lunch time
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