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Up until a few years ago, I had a bowl of cold cereal with milk for breakfast my entire life. I ate (and loved) Honey Nut Cheerios for years. Then I moved on to some of the Kashi cereals and other more “natural” options. I didn’t question what I was eating because that was all I knew. I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to eat in the morning.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I kept eating the same thing when it wasn’t satisfying me. I would usually get hungry less than 2 hours after I’d eaten and this frustrated me for years.
I ended up experimenting with my breakfast. First, I stayed “safe” with things like eggs, oatmeal, and smoothies. Then, I became a bit more adventurous and tried having leftovers from dinner such as chicken and broccoli, brown rice and vegetable, and even a salad with some hard boiled eggs.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “I could never eat vegetables in the morning!” I used to feel the same way until I went in with an open mind and some out-of-the-box thinking. Truthfully, eating chicken, broccoli, and brown rice tastes delicious (even in the morning) and is extremely satisfying. It’s interesting that in our society that we have a narrow idea of what foods we should eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also tend to limit what foods we eat as snacks between meals.
When I work with my clients, I have each of them complete a Breakfast Experiment during which they try several different types of foods for breakfast. Through this experiment, they start to figure out which foods work best for them. They learn which foods keep them satisfied and give them good energy. At first some of them are a little hesitant to have leftovers from dinner, but once they try it they realize it’s not so crazy after all. The idea here isn’t that everyone should eat leftovers from dinner for breakfast. The idea is to experiment and figure out what works best for you.
Do you feel like your breakfast food is working for you? If not, think about what types of foods you could try. Create your own breakfast experiment. When you’re done, email me. I’d love to hear how it went.
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