The word of the month is metabolism and I’m determined to get mine back on track. Over the past few days, I’ve been catching up on my fitness reading and have been reminded to eat within one hour of waking up and ideally within 30 minutes. I always eat breakfast, but I realized that I’ve been waiting way too long to eat. At least for the past few months, I’ve been waking up and chugging coffee while getting ready for work and not eating anything until about two hours after waking up. I’m changing that habit starting today.
One of the best things to get metabolism moving is protein and eggs are the perfect food anytime of the day. Pair them with complex carbs and you have the perfect meal. I grilled asparagus in a skillet with cooking spray over medium heat for about 6 minutes. Then I added in 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites and scrambled them while the asparagus finished cooking for the last couple minutes. I added a little salt and it was delicious.
I will hopefully see a change in energy levels in a couple weeks, if not a few days, just by eating breakfast earlier. When you wake up, you likely haven’t eaten in 8 to 12 hours and your bod is totally starved of energy (calories). It’s all in the name breakfast – breaking the fast! This is why I get a little crazy when people skip breakfast. It has to be the worst thing you can do to your bod. Though after taking a look at my own habits, I realized I needed to make a few adjustments of my own.
It also helps to actually have food in your house to be prepared for breakfast eating. One of the reasons I’ve been waiting until work to eat is a combination of waking up too late/rushing around in the morning and not making it to the grocery store on the weekends, leaving me with an empty fridge. Then I end up at Starbucks with a breakfast sandwich and latte in hand or in the office kitchen with a totally unsatisfying granola bar. But, that is an entirely separate post for another day. So … new year, new habits!