Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~Hippocrates

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Breakfast: the Most Important Meal of the Day


This can’t be more true and I’ve addressed this in other entries about weight loss and maintenance.

Because the body is basically an energy burner, like a coal stove, the burn stops when the energy source (fire) stops. Never mind how much coal (i.e.-fat) is sitting in the stove. Get the picture?

Breakfast comes (duh!) from two words, cleverly put together. “Break” the “fast.” The “fast” part is when the fire goes out, while you are sleeping. To kickstart that fire (your metabolism) again, you need to add fuel in the form of a healthy breakfast. The key word is “healthy.” Not a slice of white bread with jelly. A good, solid breakfast ideally has something from at least 3 food groups. A protein, a fat and a whole grain carb will keep  you satisfied until lunchtime. Use portion control as well. Learn what a portion looks like. (I’ll review this in a subsequent post.) Add a mid-morning serving of fruit so you arrive at lunchtime hungry, but not starving. After a healthy lunch, have a id afternoon snack so you are not famished at dinnertime. A healthy afternoon snack would be a palm-sized handful of walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews pr pistachios (or any other nuts), or a plain yogurt with some fresh fruit added for sweetness. Stay away from flavored yogurts which are high in sugar. Some brands are now featuring lower sugar content. Look for 10 or fewer grams of sugar per serving.

The extra bonus of eating a healthy breakfast is that yo continue to burn calories at a higher rate throughout the entire day! Skip breakfast and your body remains sluggish, stubbornly holding onto that unneeded mass.

If you are not great in the morning, prepare your breakfast the night before. Some ideas:

  • A whole wheat muffin spread with peanut or almond butter, topped with whole fruit spread, not jelly.
  • Prepare quick-cooking steel cut oats, put in the fridge and reheat in the morning (watch it warm up in the microwave so it doesn’t overflow the bowl). Better still cook the real kind – enough for a week, and reheat with a splash of water each morning. Add raisins or craisins and a tablespoon or two of nuts for a very filling and healthy breakfast.
  • Cheese and crackers. Watch portions.
  • Trail mix. Make your own with low sugar cereal, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, raisins, cashews or other nuts. Also good for a snack on the run.
  • Low fat cottage cheese, fruit and a slice of whole grain bread.

Hydrate with water, skin milk, coffee or tea or a 4-6 oz. portion of fruit juice.

A few other tips to make your meal nutrient dense (packed with goodness, not junk!)

  • Make your grains whole.
  • Read the bread labels and look for whole in the ingredient list.
  • Use fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits. Canned are loaded with sodium and/or sugar.
  • Make your dairy low fat
  • Watch portion size
  • Read labels
  • Have moderate portions of healthy fats. These are easily recognized by being liquid at room temperature
  • Strive for fresh over processed. Always a better choice.
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Purple Breakfast?


It didn’t start out that way. Innocent as it was, I made Scottish oatmeal for breakfast. This time, rather than putting those blueberries on top, I decided I might like them a little cooked and warm, so I put them in midway through the cooking cycle. This is what I got:

Yes, it looks weird, but it tasted very good. Just to make it prettier, I added a few more berries to the top, along with some slivered almonds. This hearty breakfast lasted until lunchtime. It was packed with rich antioxidants, fiber, protein and good fats. Very satisfying.


Purple Oatmeal

Weight Loss is Not Magic


Because people want instant gratification, the promise of quick weight loss is ever enticing. We want to believe that it will work. It may work in the short term, but it never works in the long term. Quick weight loss inevitable results in regaining even more than what was lost. Even worse is that losing weight too fast is downright dangerous. Nothing replaces a sensible eating plan and exercise, for the rest of your life. It’s just that simple.

The worst thing you can do is skip meals. Your metabolism shuts down as your body believes it is starving. That’s why the old wisdom that breakfast is the most important meal is actually true! After a night of fasting, you need to stoke the fire and get the metabolism going. Fat cells burn less energy than muscle cells, hence the importance of converting the fat into lean muscle tissue. We now also know that sleeping too little can also make you fat. Rest is needed for proper functioning.

Use common sense. Any diet or supplement that seems too good to be true, is. You need just change one small behavior, stick with it for 21 days and form a new habit. Try making small changes in the composition of and/or quantity of your foods. Little by little you will achieve your goal of losing unhealthy weight and keeping it off.

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