Are you a bad breakfaster?!

Posted on June 23, 2009

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One of the issues I encounter a lot with clients is the habit of missing breakfast completely or consuming a low-quality (typical) breakfast. This has all kinds of health ramifications that I will not go into deep detail about here. I will say, however, that do think breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. The most common problem experienced by bad or non-“breakfasters” (I used to be one) are the constant, often dramatic, energy ups and downs experienced throughout the day. These energy fluctuations are often solved by good breakfast habits alone. The conclusions of a large study on people who lived to be 100 or older, included simply eating breakfast as one of the top ten factors in achieving a long life. A small, powerful breakfast sets the tone for your metabolism, sugar balance, energy levels, brain function, mood, etc. for the rest of the day.
One of the things I have been doing for clients a lot lately, with really positive results, is formulating a personalized meal replacement powder based on individual constitutional and nutritional needs that offers a quick, simple, powerful, nutrient-dense, meal replacement. (Not a protein powder!!! Ask me why not…)
Another solution I have always been a big fan of, food bars. The right bar can make a great breakfast or healthy snack for those who tend to go too long without eating. Planning by keeping quality nutrient dense snack foods on hand and knowing how to choose the right prepared snack are the keys to integrating this important habit. But be warned, there are more garbage bars out there than good nutrient-dense whole food options. The fact is that you don’t need concentrated chemically isolated vitamins or protein glued together with sugar. These junk energy bars can be especially aggravating to those already experiencing energy fluctuations, hypoglycemia, “brain fog”, digestive issues (reflux, gag, bloating, constipation, etc.), allergies, and inflammatory conditions. Read the ingredients! If the ingredient list is full of strange non-foods, chemicals, or sugar, forget it! A snack made from whole foods will have all the protein and nutrients you need in a form that your body can easily assimilate. There are a number of nut/fruit/seed/wholegrain bars sweetened with unrefined or low glycemic index sweetners (what’s the glycemic index!?) My #1 favorite product on the market right now are Taste of Nature Organic bars. They are:
-Certified Organic
-Non-GMO
-Certified Vegan
-Very Low Glycemic Index
-Gluten Free
-Just Real Food! (what a radical concept!)
I like this product so much that I now distribute for them – when I am not eating all my stock! I can also offer them below the health food store prices. I hope you will try them out.

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