The biggest reason is because 'there is no time.'
Well I'm going to call bullsh*t because one thing I know for sure is we always make time for what's important to us.
So the TRUTH BOMB is that you don't believe it's important enough to make time for.
I can just hear all your defensive, angry thoughts being sent through the computer. The lists of things you have to do, how early you get up already, what time you have to be at work, how tired you are, the kids..etc, etc.
If you still are reading do this: Pretend that your partner, your best friend, your mom or your child had to be fed breakfast every morning or they would get really really sick, and be absolutely miserable.....AND it's up to you to make sure they get this nourishing breakfast. What do you do?
Do you say 'eff them, I'm way too busy and tired' let 'em get sick. I'll watch them suffer.
OR do you figure out a way to make it happen? You all of a sudden have created a bit more time, or you pay someone to get it to them.
We usually do whatever it takes to make sure our loved ones are happy, healthy and cared for. Sadly we do not do the same for ourselves.
Let me tell you a well kept secret....YOU ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THEM!! (yes I am yelling that at you, in a loving way of course)
So enough with the excuses, let's get down to business. I know you probably have a lot of questions rolling through that wonderful brain of yours.
- You will be more productive and able to concentrate the rest of the day
- It can help your body to stay at or get to a healthy weight
- It reduces your cravings for sweets throughout the day
- It gives you sustained energy. No more mid morning or mid day slump!
- You just went about 12 hours without eating....(it's called break fast for a reason)
- You will be less likely to overeat later on in the day
- It lowers your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by keeping your blood sugar levels stable
OKAY, BUT WHAT?
- Focus on PROTEIN & FAT
- Keep sugar and carbs very minimal
- Heat leftovers from the night before
- Choose a day to pre-make a week of breakfast food
- Nutrient dense smoothie (remember protein and fat, not a fruit sugar bomb)
- Pay for a meal delivery service (ex: Pre-made Paleo, Petes Paleo, Paleo on the Go)
- Hire a private chef once a week to prep cook (sounds crazy, but really isn't once you look into it)
- Don't cook: buy hard boiled eggs, cured meats, raw veggies, nut butter, coconut oil....we don't always have to be a freaking chef, simple food is good food too :)
- Your goal is within 1 hour of waking
NOT FOR EVERYONE, RIGHT?
As with just about all things, there are always exceptions. Some of you are probably thinking, "But what about intermittent fasting? I thought that is supposed to be healthy." Yes, every once in awhile intermittent fasting can be beneficial for someone with stable healthy blood sugar, or for someone struggling with insulin resistance (high blood sugar).
It is not good for people that are dealing with chronic stress, hypoglycemic tendencies (low blood sugar), or pregnant/breast feeding mothers.
Are you dealing with chronic stress? Do you suffer from energy dips either mid morning or mid afternoon? If you go more than 3 hours without eating are you unable to think straight or get grumpy? If you answered yes to any of these fasting probably is not right for you at this time.
It takes a tiny bit of fore thought and preparation but it is probably worth it in the long run. That's the key 'in the long run.' We usually only think short term.
I hope this helps to clear up some breakfast struggles! Remember eat some protein and fat within 1 hour after waking to maintain a steady energy throughout the day!
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P.S. Any of these ideas helpful for you? What have you tried that has helped with the breakfast dilemma? Leave a comment below and tell me!