Jack LaLanne, the father of fitness said this about nutrition, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. He also said, “Exercise is king, nutrition is queen together you have a kingdom”. He knew how important nutrition was to overall health and wellness. He was living it long before all of our popular “weight loss” companies, services and foods. The purpose of breakfast is to “break the fast” of your body from slumber. Just because you sleep doesn’t mean you body does. It continues to “run” 24/7. Everything your body does requires energy: breathing, eating, sitting, sleeping, talking, heartbeat, digestion etc. Our body converts nutrition into the energy our body needs. Just like gas for our cars, our bodies require nutrition to continue to live. It must be fed at regular intervals throughout the day. When you wake up, your body is empty. It will still work, but how effectively will it work?
Enter the king, breakfast. Fueling your body properly from the start will practically guarantee a successful day. You have all day to burn off your breakfast. Yet, as a whole, we continue to make dinner our biggest meal and then we sleep on it and it just sits there. Yuck. A wholly nutritious meal consists of three ingredients: terrific carbohydrates, proteins and great fats. These ingredients can be found in: oats, eggs, quinoa, vegetables, olive oil, nut butters, fresh fruits, lean meats just to name a few. There is no mention of sugar, processed foods, fried foods, drive-through foods, get the picture. Energy for your body is converted at the cellular level. Our cells contain organisms that require nutrition to convert the energy. If these organisms are swimming around in high fructose corn syrup, sugar, GMO gluten, how fast do you think the conversion from food to nutrition will be? Verses, cytomplasm rich with water and fresh, natural foods that our body was meant to consume?
Everyone complains about the lack of energy they have, but wake up, start the day running and harried, taking bites of food here and there without any thought, drinking junk to “keep us awake”, eating a big dinner then crashing into bed. Yep, that is the recipe for energy. Wake up 5 minutes earlier, prepare breakfast the night before just start with something small if you are not used to eating anything. Start with a piece of fruit and some type of protein. Your body will thank you for it. All it takes is just one step. Prepare today for your success tomorrow. Wake up and create your kingdom, eat breakfast.