“The first thing you put in your mouth in the morning…provided it is food…dictates all neurotransmitters for the whole day.” – Charles Poliquin
Some well known phrases: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”; “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper.” It has been long established that a good breakfast will set you up well for the entire day. I used to think that a healthy breakfast was cereal or meusli, or maybe some porridge. I’d have a hearty portion of whole-wheat grains, expecting it to be doing me the world of good, but after a couple of hours I would be ravenous again, so would turn to the healthy (I thought) flapjack or cereal bar. If I missed lunch, I could not cope. I’d start to get the shakes, feeling that I needed a huge carb-loaded meal to settle by blood sugars again. This pattern would go on all day long, ending with a “healthy” dish of pasta for dinner. I couldn’t understand why I was finding it so hard to lose weight! I was eating correctly according to the food pyramid I’d learnt about at school. Y’know, the one that looks something like this:
Somehow, I knew something wasn’t right. I talked to my friend Paul from Perfect Balance Personal Training and he suggested that I try having meat and nuts for breakfast. I was sceptical to say the least, but willing to try something new. Paul recommended reading this article, and it changed my life (seriously, you should read it). I could see that having a carbohydrate-based breakfast was nearly as bad as having a few spoons of sugar for breakfast – there was very little nutritional value in what I was eating, my insulin levels were spiking and then crashing, which was giving me the shakes when I got too hungry again.
I started to eat a mixture of bacon, eggs, sausages, steak, salmon, home-made meatballs and grilled chicken for breakfast, accompanied by a handful of nuts, and saw radical changes in my eating habits. I just didn’t need all the sugary snacks, because I was eating to nourish my body, not to fill my stomach. I lost weight even though I didn’t change anything else in my diet or exercise routine, and felt full of energy, able to miss meals if I had to (I try not to, but some days just go crazy) without feeling shaky. Eating a high protein breakfast could be one of the best things you can change in your diet for immediate results in terms of energy and fat loss. I’d love to hear what you think – please post in the comments below.