Looking at Nutrition Differently: Fueling Your Body
I am sure many of us have heard that we need to start our day with breakfast, right. But like many of you, the thought of eating breakfast before 10:00am made my stomach hurt. I was always like this — from as early as elementary school. My mom would beg me to eat and I would and I would get sick. It was worse in high school because my day started SO much earlier. I quit eating breakfast. However, by mid-morning I was STARVING and we won’t even talk about how hungry I was by lunch time. OH MY WORD. I knew how important breakfast was. “The most important meal of the day”.
It wasn’t until I got to college and had a little more freedom with my schedule that I started to implement the start of a food schedule that worked with my body. As a music major, I was typically in a practice room by 7am so I could get in some practice time before my 8am classes. (Yes, I’ve always been an early bird!) My “breakfast” before practice was typically a slice of whole wheat toast and some hot tea. THEN, after my 8:00 class, a group of us would go to the student center and grab some breakfast. (and those are some of my fondest memories of college!)
I followed that habit for several years — in fact, until about 3 years ago that was how I consumed my breakfast. Wake up – eat some toast/tea – a few hours later a piece of fruit and maybe an egg. It wasn’t until I really started to make a change for the betterment of my health that I NEEDED to adjust this. I wake up at 4:30am to workout. I can’t eat something BIG, but need SOMETHING to get me through my workouts. FUEL. I last eat at 7pm and then NOTHING until 4:45am. I need something. Through a lot of trial and error, I found what works for me (and MANY fit people) is a handful of almonds. 8 to be specific. Sometimes, depending on my workout, I will do a scoop of protein powder instead.
Wait a minute, I told you breakfast was the most important way to start your day, right? And I start my day with 8 almonds? That isn’t breakfast! ….and you’re right! It is NOT breakfast, it is FUEL. Just like you wouldn’t take a trip in your car with an empty tank, you should not workout with an empty tank. You need energy.
I don’t know who determined three meals a day and what is a breakfast food vs. dinner food, but I have learned that by looking at food as FUEL, I not only feel better, but perform better. I know I’ve said it before, by Shakeology has greatly helped me with my morning fuel. Now here is what my morning fuel up looks like:
4:45 am – almonds/ protein powder
6:00 am – Shakeology
8:00 am – oatmeal with fruit
10:30 am – veggies and hummus
Nutrition is not just about eating, it is about fueling your body, mind and soul. If this is something you struggle with, I would love to mentor you. There are many tools to help you achieve success. Contact me for a 1:1 consultation so we can get you started!