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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.
1 egg + 2-3 egg whites
2 slices of Canadian bacon
1 slice of fiber-rich toast
12oz of lemon water*
This breakfast is approximately 300-400 calories.
Breakfasts like this have helped me lose weight and keep it under control for years now. It’s not for everyone, but it’s balanced and nutritious, and it keeps me feeling full for longer.
* Lemon water has many health benefits: reduces inflammation, aids in digestion, cleanses your system, good for your skin, good for your immune system, full of potassium, and gives you an energy boost. Try it over sugary juices.
Have a health breakfast routine? Share it below!
What was Walt Whitman talking about in Leaves of Grass?
What did he think and consider and open himself up to,
to go on and on with such colorful elaboration?
Phrase after phrase, all connected,
describes the American frontier differently.
I’m in love with it – the flowing river of inspiration.
I smell it when I travel to parts less familiar.
I see it in the faces of countless strangers.
I hear it in the turbulent murmurs around me.
Everyone has an accent, and it is amazing.
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 father.
When I was 21, I was legitimately overweight at 230 pounds (I’m 6’1”). I had an unhealthy lifestyle, and I was aware, but not motivated to change it – I had a girlfriend and a social life – until after college. When I started living on my own in the real world, I said “enough!”Enough with feeling like the elephant in the room! Enough with feeling like the least attractive guy on the train! Enough with the same old junk! Enough with the same old excuses! It’s my life, and my time is now.
When I was 22, I began a rigorous weight loss campaign. I was incredibly blessed; I lived across the street from a gym, and had a job that allowed me to afford it. That’s how it started – after work, I would go to the gym. Simply adjusting my life to include regular exercise was a long and demanding process.
My diet, on the other hand, didn’t change, and that slowed my success. After a year without substantial physical results, I realized my diet needed to change.And that’s how we begin here… with awareness – the first step towards change.
I first began to observe what I ate, and took notes. A pattern emerged:Too much bread! Too much dairy! Too much red meat! Too much sugar, salt, and oil! Too much alcohol! Too little vegetables! Too little fruits! Too little fish! Too little creativity!
As I continue on with this series, called “Eat for Life,” you’ll begin to see how a change in diet, coupled with fitness, enabled me to drop 60 pounds in two years.
It wasn’t a change in diet – it was a change in attitude towards my nutrition.
If you run, you know about routines. You know it can be important to keep a routine if you want to run harder, faster, longer. Pushing yourself is hard to accomplish without a routine. All fitness has results with a routine. Go exercise more than three times a week, and I call that a routine. Even once a week is the beginnings of a routine, but to effectively pursue excellence, you need to make it a part of your daily life.
The same applies for all good and bad things in life. Routine builds tolerance, endurance, and discipline. Routine keeps life moving forward at a consistent pace. It’s what motivates us to pursue that excellence in all of us. It’s what brings each foot in front of the other, each inhale and exhale, each day and night. Routine is the force that drives me – it doesn’t control me – I control it with my own desires to achieve.
Respect is deserved on the street. There are so many people out there, and half of them are oblivious… with good reasons. They got their headphones on, their sunglasses on and their voice boxes all a twitter. That’s a cynical observation; most of us are all walking in one direction, and can’t see what’s behind us. It’s good to be aware of your surroundings, or if not, to stick to a region of the sidewalk in anticipation of people passing you by. People pass on the left… mostly.
As for runners, we need to respect what’s around us. We’re usually more aware of our surroundings than the rest – we go fast, but not fast enough to miss a beat. The cars and the bicycles have reign over the road, and when you’re the pedestrian, you have to respect the rules of their road. The only problem (and peeve) is slowing down at someone else’s expense. Drivers pull up past the stop signs and crosswalks, bicycles ride on the sidewalk, and you’re average pedestrian wanders and sidles all over.
Everyone, we need to share respect for one another. We must respect families with their children, their infant babies just learning how to walk, and their dogs that don’t know any better. We must respect the people holding too much, taking on too much to stay apprised of quick changes. Respect the runners that run after something, because they don’t take kindly to stopping or slowing down. Make way, if you can, and don’t dally. Share in the mutual exchange of respect, and no harm will come to you.
A cold breeze wisps wintry air,
slowly returning the cycle full.
It reminds me of the tree green cry
as autumn brings the summer’s ending.
Look how moved the wood is, still;
it changes in place while the others remain.
There will be sadness when received the water bill;
it’s drought will shed red, yellow, and brown.