From my childhood until approximately five years ago, I never really thought about what I ate for breakfast. Like everyone else I had heard many times that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". A common breakfast for me was orange juice with one or more of the following: cereal with milk, some sort of fresh fruit, and often toast with jam. Hearing that some people don't eat anything for breakfast made me think and feel that I was doing pretty well eating what I was. I would usually have a lot of energy, and would sometimes have a corresponding dip in my energy a few hours later. It was something that I considered normal and had gotten so used to it that I didn't give it any further thought.
I then started working for a different company in the corporate world. That company offered very good benefits, including a 75% reimbursement for naturopathic doctor consultations. I had heard from various people about how much they had benefitted from seeing a naturopathic doctor and was curious...
In the span of a few months I had sessions with a naturopathic doctor. She asked me a number of questions about my daily life, habits, routines, and typical eating patterns. That doctor suggested that by changing my breakfast I would more sustainable energy, especially in the morning. And allow me to not have or minimize mid-morning energy crashes.
What changes did I make?
- Eliminated frozen concentrated orange juice
- Eliminated refined sugar
- Eliminated simple carbohydrates
- Added more protein
- Added complex carbohydrates
- Added healthy fats
What do I eat for breakfast now?
It depends on how much time I have and what I’m doing later that morning. When I’m in a rush I’ll have a high quality greens protein shake with no sugar. Sometimes I’ll have eggs with gluten-free toasted bread. Or oatmeal with blueberries, crushed walnuts and hemp seed. Other times I’ll make a green smoothie with high quality greens protein powder. I also make “energy muffins” with ground almonds and no sugar. They’re stored in the freezer and sometimes I’ll grab a couple of those for breakfast. I eat out for breakfast sometimes, and when I do I order whatever I’d like as a treat!
How did it affect my energy and mood for the morning?
Both are more consistently better.
What do you eat for breakfast?