Breakfast for* Champions

After eating the last little bit of carbohydrates in my pantry, I have officially gone primal.  I have more meat, vegetables and fruit than any one caveman could eat.  After doing some research on the cave man, one important thing that kept popping up was the importance of breakfast.  This makes sense even if you aren’t on the Paleo diet.

At night when you are fast asleep, your body runs on idle, makes repairs and prepares for the next day.  Obviously you are not eating when this is happening.  So, when you wake and have your first meal you are breaking the fast.  Hence, breakfast.  Imagine having your breakfast at 8am, then not eating until 9pm.  When you skip breakfast, this is what you are essentially doing.

I don’t know about you, but I would not make it through the day.  You are not supplying the body with energy to operate at full efficiency.  A solid, conventional breakfast would include three things: a carbohydrate, protein and fat source.  This could be a cup of oatmeal with peanut butter and a couple of eggs.  This covers all of your needs until the next meal.

Having a bowl of Cocoa Puffs is better than nothing, but the insulin spike will have you dragging a few hours later.  Complex carbohydrates will help you maintain a steady rate of energy and avoiding any crashes.  However, if you are on the cave man diet as I am, you want to skip on the grains.  You can replace the oatmeal with fruit and a higher amount of fat.  For instance, a cup of blueberries with eggs and bacon will be sufficient.

Whatever your diet consists of, don’t skip breakfast.  It sets the stage for the rest of the day and helps get you through the morning.  Something is better than nothing, but stick to complex carbs (or higher fats) and protein.

Posted on Mar 18 2011, under Nutrition | No Comments »

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