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Getting the right start to the day is as important as warming up for your workout: it could make or break the rest of your day. Unfortunately, many of us are clueless (or just plain lazy) about making breakfasts for champions. If you’re one of them, fret not – we’ve got you covered.
Read on to find out how and why you should make a few, simple changes to your lifestyle today:
Plan, Plan and Plan
Captain Obvious to the rescue! Not quite. While this might sound extremely needless to say, a lot of us are guilty of leaving the entire burden of planning and preparing breakfast till the morning itself – when we are generally grumpy and the least motivated to do anything at all.
This lackluster for life, coupled with the unpredictable nature of mornings (think: snoozing, unstocked pantries, etc.), can kill any chances of breakfast before you can even think about eating it.
So if you’re as serious about breakfast as we are, then do yourself a favour – plan and stock up the night before.
Eat Complex Carbs
It’s 10.30am, and you’re already feeling sleepy. What now?
It turns out that you might be suffering from a post-breakfast carb crash. The typical Singaporean breakfast of beehoon, or Milo and white toast, consists of what we call simple carbohydrates, which are digested very easily. This can spike up your insulin levels and cause the infamous sugar crash.
If you find yourself lacking the very energy food is supposed to give you, try consuming complex carbohydrates instead. These are carbs that take a longer time to digest, providing you with a steady stream of energy throughout the morning.
Simple ideas include switching out your white toast for its whole meal counterpart, or having your Milo a little less sweet. These little steps can go a long way to cut down on the simple carbohydrates.
Where Are Your Fats?
Fat in the modern food industry has a very bad rep. But it’s an undeserving, skewed, and one-sided view of the story.
While saturated fats are indeed bad for us, fat, in general, is essential for us to live: it is necessary for everything from hormone formation to cell development.
Our advice? Limit saturated fats but definitely include unsaturated fats in your diet, starting with the first meal of the day. The best part: it can be as simple as a tablespoon of coconut oil added into your oatmeal porridge, or home-baked nuts that can be prepared way beforehand.
“Getting the right start to the day is as important as warming up for your workout: it could make or break the rest of your day.”
Here at LIV3LY, we understand the pain of having to make ourselves breakfast – but we also believe in its importance. That’s why we’ve provided you with small, simple steps to effect big lifestyle changes! What are you waiting for? Join the breakfast club today.
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