Many mornings I try so hard to make it to the gym. I think about it the entire evening before, go to sleep excited to start the next day off right, and even set my clothes out so I won't even have to think when I got out of bed. But when the morning alarm goes off at an unseemly early hour, I push snooze, over and over, and think,
- “I just need a little more sleep"
- "I dont need that much time to get ready so I can rest for 5 more minutes" and then finally,
- “What was I thinking? This is just too early for me today!"
When I finally get up, too late to go to the gym before I have to get to work, I feel a sinking feeling in my stomach — I missed my opportunity to be healthier that day and feel great about myself from a morning workout. I know Im not perfect. It's not good for my overall health to feel guilty every time I dont do something according to plan. Im human — and shit happens!
I do know though, that when I start my day off right, I feel an amazing SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT and CONTROL. It makes me feel good about myself for the rest of the day. I feel happy, content, and productive before it's even lunchtime.
This rewarding feeling can also come from other parts of my morning routine – especially having a good breakfast.
A good breakfast gives me a lot of energy, and I dont feel hungry until lunchtime. I avoid relying on pastries or bagels that are sitting out during the workday, snacking on high-carb snacks from my pantry, or stuffing myself at lunch to make up for my morning hunger.
I feel satisfied when I start the day with a good breakfast.
I personally went to the grocery store and to online groceries and compared, reviewed, and analyzed dozens of the most common breakfast items — bread, yogurt, fruit, peanut butter, juice and more. Today Im sharing my personal recommendations with you. I'm suggesting specific types and brands of your favorite foods that will make it easier to lose weight.
You can eat the same thing you were eating before, but just UPDATE your ingredients. It takes NO EXTRA TIME from your day – it's the easiest way to be healthier.
If you like bread, and you cant imagine going without out, then dont! You can improve the KIND of bread youre eating, though. Instead of bread with empty calories that just tastes good, have a bread thats full of fiber and protein — it will keep you full for longer and is better for your body.
If youre eating low-fat yogurt for breakfast, swap it for Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese. Theres much more protein in it so it will keep you full for much longer with less calories.
And if you like eating fruit for breakfast, try eating more berries. A 1/2 cup of berries has more Vitamin C than an orange, and 1/3 of the calories of a banana.
You will taste a bit of difference initially, and then you will get used to it. These improved ingredients are a step in the direction of a healthier life.
UPDATE YOUR FRIDGE AND PANTRY WITH THESE BREAKFAST ITEMS
If You Like:
Try this Instead:
Lower sugar and more Vitamin C than other common fruits
Raspberries have 32 calories per ½ cup, compared to a medium banana which has 105. Both are high-fiber sources.
Strawberries contain 75% of your daily recommended Vitamin C, while bananas contain 33%