What is a healthy breakfast? this topic is debated quite a bit. I turned to none other than Harvard Health, where a PHD chimed in on the topic of eating breakfast. Today I’ll curate some of that content as well as provide my own take on the topic in my own smart alec ways.
What Exactly is a Healthy Breakfast?
According to Monique Tello, PHD, it’s not really what we put into our system first thing in the morning, but it’s more about how we break our overnight fast.
People eat at different points of the morning, and some, even into the afternoon. Tello suggests that if you aren’t hungry, you don’t need to eat right away. She also adds that eating right away to “rev up your metabolism” was an old myth made up by pesky cereal manufacturers. (I blame Mikey, from Life.)
Why Overnight Fasting Helps Weight Control
Fasting for weight loss is becoming the norm. Ask around, and you probably know someone who does some sort of intermittent fasting. It’s proven to help with weight loss and metabolic health.
For most people, this means you stop eating at 8 PM the night prior, and wait a full 16 hours until you eat again. This will bring you until noon if you stop at 8 PM. You can eat stuff like broth, (but not an entire dish of Pho) but your liquid intake should be confined to coffee, water, seltzer, and tea. Stay away from sweeteners and creamers for full effect.
If you can do this, you’ve fasted 16 hours. Most of it was while you were having wet dreams, so how hard was it really? If you follow this plan, you can eat for the next eight hours. Further, if you can keep that healthy by eating vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins along with healthy fats, you’ll be full blown operating under the circadian rhythm intermittent fasting program. This means you can expect lower blood sugar and insulin levels along with losign a few pounds. Once you get started, it’s easy to maintain.
I’ll be doing an entirely new page on intermittent fasting in the near future. I’m going to record myself doing this program so you can all follow along.
Why Low Glycemic Foods Help
No matter when you eat, the article continues, research shows that we function better when we don’t spike our blood sugar levels.
This means eating a lower glycemic load.
For breakfast, this means eating fruits, (I knew my fascination for kiwi fruit would be rewarding) vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
If you are looking for more ideas, they suggest whole wheat or rye toast with nut butter, black beans with tortillas, oatmeal, fruit, nuts, and yogurt.