As the mornings get darker and darker, and the evenings get shorter and shorter, lying in bed for an extra half hour sounds appealing, right? Even if it means skipping breakfast? Yep, We've all been there.
Ok, missing breakfast one day here and there because you have accidentally slept in, isn't going to be the end of the world. However, lying on for that extra few minutes, knowing that you are either going to be late for work or miss your breakfast, is asking for trouble. The likelihood is that this is going to kick off a chain of events that could very easily spiral out of control if not nipped in the bud at an early stage.
The reality is that when you miss a main meal, especially early in the day, whether you like it or not, your body is going to overcompensate some time later in the day. How will it do this? Have you ever heard of the 'see food diet'? I can guarantee you that if your body does not get properly fueled in the morning, you will be that hungry by mid morning that your body will indiscriminately crave and consume all the food you can get your hands on - good and bad!
And what happens after that? Guilt sets in. How do we cope with guilt? Go for a cup of coffee and eat 3 caramel squares along with it. Sounds familiar? By the end of the week you'll be stopping for a Chinese on the way home. All sounds very downbeat, but don't worry, there is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel.
People have an emotional relationship with food. When we are eating well, we feel good, energetic, happy, focused, postive......and the list goes on. When we are eating poorly, or not as well as we would like, we often feel great when we are eating, but that's it. Afterwards we start to feel guilty, then maybe even unwell, bloated, lethargic, even depressed. That's how important Breakfast is folks, and just an example of what can go wrong without it.
So how do we go about ensuring we get a good, nutritious breakfast?
Have everything you need sitting ready the night before. Overnight oats are a great option. That way, if you do happen to sleep in, or are running late, you can simply grab them on your way out and eat them on the bus! You could also cook up some Veg on the pan at night and have them ready for an omelette or simply scramble some eggs through them. that's a 5 minute job and tastes great! A favourite
of my own would be to steal a potato from the dinner pot and fry it up on the pan with some kale or spinach and add some egg. That way, I have the perfect combination of protein, fats and carbs.
Stay tuned and we might even post a few recipes!!