Life, in all aspects, is all about striking a balance (perfect or not) that aids in creating a happy life comprised of many elements. One important factor that affects each and every one of us on a daily basis is nutrition. It has been said that you are what you eat, and while I don’t want to be a glazed donut, I am a strong believer that when people make these great declarations of diets containing “no carbs” “no sugar” “no fat”, they are only hindering their future relationship with food. Not only is this sort of diet NO WAY TO LIVE, but it is very difficult to maintain forever. In short, I don’t believe in restrictions. I think in order to have a balanced life and a balanced diet, one must incorporate all types of food (yes, this includes some guilty pleasures!) into their nutritional plan.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m starving, I’m certainly not at my best. I feel tired, moody, and worst of all, my brain isn’t as sharp. I find that when I let myself become famished, I tend to make illogical decisions, and this is especially true of food! When you’re that hungry, a bag of salty chips might take the edge off initially, but you’ll regret that choice shortly after when you find yourself digging in the pantry again looking for another snack. To avoid this, I like to graze and eat small portions throughout the day.
Being prepared is also a way to stop making irrational food choices. I usually carry around a bag of almonds or an apple (with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese…yum!) if I know I’m going to be gone for several hours. Though the number of “on-the go” healthy food choices are becoming more prevalent to satisfy busy lifestyles, it’s always a good idea to pack a snack just in case.
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with oatmeal & fruit. I love the mixture of the filling oatmeal topped with the natural sugars in blueberries, raspberries, and bananas. This breakfast keeps me full and satisfied throughout the morning. Another one of my favorites, Magical Breakfast Cream, comes from The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano.
MAGICAL BREAKFAST CREAM
4 to 6 tbsp Greek yogurt (1/2 cup), add 1 tsp flaxseed oil and mix well. Add 1 to 2 tbsp lemon juice and mix well. Add 1 tsp honey and mix. Grind 2 tbsp finely ground cereal (w zero sugar) and 2 tsp almonds. Add to yogurt mixture and serve immediately.
Flaxseed oil–sesame or safflower
Lemon juice–grapefruit, orange, blood orange juice
Shredded wheat–buckwheat, barley, oatmeal
By eating a delicious and healthy breakfast, you set the nutritional tone for the day and jump-start your metabolism. What’s your favorite breakfast?