Let’s just take an example of a “typical” breakfast for a moment….
And let’s say today’s breakfast is a bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal.
It has 13 grams of protein per 1 cup serving and and 5 grams of fibre. OK, so off the top, I am not overly impressed with the 9 grams of sugar in that serving
but calorically speaking, it’s still going to be a decent start to my day since I will up the protein with another 1/2 – 3/4 c of milk and a load of fresh blueberries.
It’s perfectly fine to get your carbs (from grains or other starch) in you first thing in the morning. In a matter of fact, it’s deemed detrimental.
I’ll tell you why.
The first reason is because it is the start of the day and you need to kick start your metabolism so by eating protein when coupled with good quality carbs, you are “breaking the fast”.
The second reason is when you eat your grain carbs first thing in the morning, you are feeding your brain glucose, which is the only thing your brain can function
on (not protein or fat).
And lastly, you now have the rest of the day to burn off that bowl of cereal. Cool, right!?
See, you just learned 3 new key reasons why you need to eat your carbs first thing in the morning. You heard it hear sister!
With all of my programs, I give wo very specific times to get in those starchy carbs and grains. One, you just read about now….first thing in the morning for breakfast for your brain to function optimally.
The other time I instruct you to have the second grain or starch, is with your post exercise meal IF, and I mean big IF, you worked out that day. If you didn’t, you simply load on the veggies and have an extra serving of fat to fuel you and to fill you (and they do a great job of that). AND, you can still have a snack later on if you stick to this plan.
We get so stuck on consuming too many of these starches and carbs in our diets BUT the problem with them is that they have a higher carb content, which can easily derail weight loss and fitness goals,, as well as steal our energy levels and pack on pounds effortlessly. That in itself should be enough to keep you on track and in charge.
We also do NOT get enough vegetables in our diet. You know you don’t! LOL.. I can fall short in this area too. We all do. It’s actually a hard thing to do in today’s world where we are surrounded by pressures of life, we are not prepared with good healthy food in our purses and cars and we definitely don’t have enough healthy food pit stops for us to stop and get anything remotely healthy.
So what can we do? BE PREPARED.
Grab your carbs first thing for breakfast, making sure you are getting a serving of good quality protein and a serving of a good essential fat as well and you’ve got it in the bag.
Lastly, here are some examples of those starchy carbs and grains we talked about. Servings should be 1/2 cup serving and don’t forget to load up on your veggies. Your body will thank you!
Whole grain bread (well, actually any bread but this is the best)\
Whole wheat, brown rice, lentil pasta