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May 15, 2009

Eat Breakfast

Mornings are a hassle for me. I'm not a morning person, so I admittedly wait until the last possible moment to get out of bed and get ready for the day. Unfortunately, this methodology results in a sacrifice somewhere in my morning. I may not have time to pack a lunch, or I may grab a convenience food for breakfast and eat in the car, or I forget to pack some odd item that I need for the day ahead.

Getting everything together the night before is most beneficial, but a peanut butter sandwich goes stale over night. As a result, breakfast usually is sacrificed first. Reader's Digest has 27 ways to eat a healthier breakfast.

Studies find that what you eat for breakfast influences what you eat the rest of the day. People who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be obese and have diabetes than those who don't. The most important tip we can give you is to eat breakfast every day. Without exception. This one action alone can make a huge, positive difference in your health.

What they suggest for a high energy breakfast is something with a whole grain, fruit and dairy component. I'll be frank with you -- for someone like me who tends toward low blood sugar, I need protein for breakfast or else I'll be snarling by 9:30. I'm better off with no breakfast than something with lots of carbohydrates.

My own ideas for breakfast on the go:
1/2 a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread and a cup milk
1/2 a cup of my Gorp medley (salted sunflower seeds, raisins, unsalted roast peanuts, raw almonds and dark chocolate chips) with yogurt and fruit on the side
shredded wheat cereal with milk and a SMALL side of Gorp
A slice of cold pizza
Cut out the coffee (this has done wonders for my morning personality) and replace with water.
Multivitamin (save your calcium supplement for bedtime)
Four homemade oatmeal cookies with a cup of milk (I make my own so it's lower in butter and higher in oat content) -- cookies for breakfast!

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