Once noontime rolls around, I will devastate any treat that comes across my path. It is so hard for me to adhere to any dietary rules after about 10-11am. But if I’ve had a good breakfast, I can usually behave through lunch. If I go to work hungry and the drug rep leaves bagels and cream cheese in the lounge…Holy Bagelfest, Batman! Many of my co-workers, who dont visit the lounge until lunchtime (a practice I find odd, but perhaps a strategy I should employ) will see no remnants of this offering, unless they catch me and my shiny cream-cheese-glazed index finger making a recycling bin deposit.
So what is a “good” breakfast?
First of all it’s one that consists of food. Food that you can chew. So something other than a tall skinny mocha frappacino.
A good breakfast would include: real ingredients, non processed foods, 10-20 grams of protein, a fruit and/or vegetable
Breakfast is the time of day when most of us, still groggy and crusty-eyed, have the most will power. It is also the time of day that many folks forgo a meal or opt for coffee instead of something chewable. Unless you are the skinny, well-kempt, restrictive, titanium will-powered size-two who works down the hall from me, this usually leads to poor choices at lunch (or mid-morning Bagel-and-cream-cheese-fests). If you can manage to get in a protein shake or protein bar in the am while searching for your cars keys, scrambling to get to work, the gym or corralling the kids for carpool/school. You will look amazing later! Trust me. For those of you with more time, perhaps an egg and veggie omelet. And maybe with all of your free time, you could run to the bank and the post office for me. I kid. Unless your willing.
So, I repeat: Eat breakfast. And have it include protein and a fruit and/or vegetable