Eat for Life #2 – Breakfast is King

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Remember when commercials used to show a “complete breakfast” with fruits, dairy, and grains? That’s not common anymore – the average person doesn’t indulge in a “completely” balanced breakfast every morning. We live in a faster world now, and balance is trumped by convenience.

A balanced breakfast is vital to weight loss and proper nutrition.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be a big production. The key is to eat foods that make you feel fuller, longer. For my weight loss success (and weight training regiment), that meant cutting out as much bread as possible, and eating more protein.

Eat for Life #1 – Taking the First Step

Before we begin, I thought it would be nice to start with a prologue to offer some background and answer, among all other questions, why I’m doing this.

I’m doing this for my dad.

When I was 21, I was 30-lbs overweight. I had a very unhealthy lifestyle, and I was aware of it, but not motivated to change it. It wasn’t until things started to fall apart in my life did I realize something had to change. When I started living on my own in the real world, I said “enough!”

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Random Tip #4

Grapefruit juice extends the effects a caffeine.

Grapefruit juice contains certain flavonoids which are responsible for the prolonged digestion of caffeine in your system. For example, the effects of a cup of coffee or tea are prolonged by several hours if drinking grapefruit juice in the same period of time.

Random Tip #3

Breathing is a cure for the common cramp

There are three different kinds of cramps: abdominal, stomach, and muscle. The first two are more commonly caused by incorrect breathing or indigestion. The third is usually caused by dehydration.

You can cure a cramp while running by breathing more deeply. The key is to begin inhaling on the down-step of whichever side you’re experiencing the discomfort from.

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Hangover 101

After traveling the country and sampling every type of drink that’s local and good, I’ve heard just about everything regarding how to handle the day-after hangover. Some people have it right on, and some people are flat-out wrong.

I’m not the first to write a 101 on hangovers, but I’d like to think this one will go down as a lesson for all those out there curious to get it right.

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