Before you raise your eyebrows, let me explain. Prior to my competition back in 2012, I used to cycle through the staple bodybuilding breakfast items – eggs, protein pancakes, shakes and maybe oatmeal (depending upon carb intake). Then, I met my wonderful coach Tara from BodyAtheltica and my world, as I knew it, was shaken up!
I’ll never forget when Tara told me I could consume chicken and almonds/walnuts (with veggies, if desired) for breakfast as a substitute for my 4 egg whites, 2 whole eggs and veggies. In fact, all of my meals for the day were substitutable for one another. Initially, I stayed clear of the option, thinking my taste buds wouldn’t be willing to handle a “lunch-type” meal early in the AM, but then it happened…I ran out of eggs. I suddenly had no choice.
Though timid as I was, I dove in. And to my surprise, I loved it. It was satisfying, simple to ‘jazz up’ with different spices and surprisingly easy to swallow early in the morning. Not to mention, I felt crazy energized for the entire morning! From that day forward, it became my primary ‘go-to’ breakfast option. But not just because of the above reasons, but also because I did a little bit of research (if you know me, you know how I like to research the wazoo out of these sorts of things) and stumbled upon some interesting information. Quickly, I learned that consuming meat & nuts for breakfast is among one of the best ways to start your day – if not THE best way – and here’s why:
Satiety: As I’m sure you know – or guessed - both meat and nuts are foods that keep you satisfied, longer; meat because of the high protein content and nuts because of the high fat content. Both macro-nutrients are slower to digest than that of carbohydrates, which means that they fuel you over a longer period of time.
Blood Sugar: The high-protein content inside of the meat also creates a gradual increase in blood pressure as opposed to a sudden one. This results in fewer cravings and hungry pangs, which ultimately means less unnecessary snacking. Nuts, likewise, promote stable blood sugar. By preventing peaks and valleys in our blood sugar levels, we avoid the need for our body to crave a ‘quick fix’, which is more-often-than-not something full of sugar or easily converted to it.
Healthy Fats: Provided that you stick to nuts like almonds and walnuts – which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids – you’re starting off the day with a high dose of healthy fats. Most people in the world consume a diet deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, yet high in omega 6’s. This imbalance can cause a whole slew of problems. See for yourself.
Influencing Neurotransmitters: Neurotransmitters are chemicals from the brain that help it communicate with your entire body. And according to an article on Charles R. Poliquin’s website – the ‘main man’ promoting meat & nuts for breakfast – “what you eat for breakfast sets up your entire neurotransmitter production for the day.” From what I’ve researched, they’re most certainly right! Apparently, what we eat for breakfast impacts the balance of our brain function for the day, and meat and nuts is a perfect brain choice to make. Crazy!
If you’re not convinced yet, I dare you to try it. You’ll notice within the first day or two that you feel more energized, less hungry and better able to take on the world! Try This: 6oz or grilled chicken breast with ¼ cup of almonds
“I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time" so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.” - Steven Wright
“Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." - Francis Bacon
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