Early in their program, I ask my clients to try a little experiment with their breakfast. It is a great way to start a conversation with your body about what it actually needs, as opposed to what your taste buds would like. The breakfast experiment is simply this: Explore eating a different breakfast every day for one week. Jot down what you eat and how you feel, both right after eating and again two hours later. Sit quietly after you eat and reflect, even if only for 1 minute. Note how your energy level, your moods and your physical symptoms are affected by the food you just consumed.
Here are some examples of different breakfasts to try and/or combine:
scrambled eggs and bacon, scrambled tofu, oatmeal, boxed breakfast cereal, muffin, roasted vegetables, doughnut/pancakes and coffee, fresh fruit, leftovers from last night’s dinner, etc. Think outside the box and try something new. Please note: the doughnut/pancakes and coffee combination is a must because I want you to experience the difference in how you feel between that breakfast and a healthy, balanced breakfast.
If you chose to do this experiment with a friend, colleague or family member, you’ll find that you probably all experience each breakfast differently. What works for them isn’t necessarily going to work for you. I find that generally my clients do better with a balanced breakfast that includes carbohydrates, fat, and protein, rather than pancakes for example. I’d encourage you to play with your portion sizes as well. Most people do not eat enough for breakfast. That’s like barely fueling your car and expecting it to last all day!
By the end of the week, you will have a good idea of which foods really do fuel you through your day, and which foods just taste great! Choose the helpful ones most of the time, and really enjoy the others on occasion. You will hopefully also discover that listening to what your body truly needs is the best way to start your day!
Try it tomorrow!