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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Know Your Super Foods


At Artifact, we promote living well, and part of that is educating people on basic nutritional and physical advice. Super foods are no exception. They’re called “super” because they have a high level of nutritional value in them. Doctors encourage adding these to an otherwise healthy diet, as they’ve been known to promote longer and healthier living. The term “super food” has been circulated a lot in mainstream media, and it’s important to hash out the foods that really are “super.”

Major Super Foods:

Tea (black or green)

Try including these in your diet, and you will notice the effects over time. Antioxidants and vitamins and minerals work with your body to increase your immunity and strengthen your joints, muscles and heart. Try experimenting with them in your cooking: blueberry oat muffins, green tea with honey, grilled salmon… mmm!

Don’t settle for processed foods and drinks that claim to be “super food.” They may contain some of the key super ingredients listed, but they also contain extra sugars and carbohydrates to help them taste better. Stick to natural super foods, and in time you’re body will thank you for it.

The Encyclopedia to Nutrition

I visited this site at work, and it has been my grail to understanding healthy habits in life, diet, fitness, and overall wellbeing. I strong recommend it to anyone interested in taking control of their health, like a bull by the horns!

Sections include (but are not limited to):

Calories Burned during Exercise

Low Calorie Cooking

Weight Training Exercises

Costs of Obesity

Full of detail, this site will illuminate your understanding of personal health.