BREAKFAST- TO EAT OR NOT EAT
I think one of the best things we can do to reduce our stress and support our hormones and minerals is to eat breakfast.
We wake up in a fasted state and our cortisol goes up in order to wake us up. By eating first thing in the morning, we can have healthy cortisol levels throughout the day. If we don't eat right away, our bodies still need energy to function and will end up continuing to increase cortisol in order to maintain stable blood sugar. This can also lead to blood sugar swings throughout the day.
The concern with consistently elevated cortisol levels is that they cause our bodies to use more magnesium and sodium, which will impact levels of other minerals and the function of our nervous and endocrine systems.
If we start our day with a protein rich meal or even something small to break the fast, we can let our bodies know they are safe and supported. A breakfast with protein, carbs, and fats are ideal. Eggs are easy because contain protein and fat and you can use them in so many ways. You can add them to veggies, potatoes or sausage with a side of sourdough bread, oats or yogurt.
What you eat for breakfast is more about how you feel through out the day rather then if you are hungry in the morning or not. If you are tired, anxious, or wired, look at what you ate that day and continue to adjust until you have consistent energy, focus and satiety. Ideally, we should have stable energy throughout the day and can focus well.
A few easy ideas for those who don't want to add in extra time for breakfast:
*Overnight oats with nut butter and coconut milk
*Eggs cups (made in a muffin pan ahead of time)
*Unsweetened greek yogurt with fruit and granola
*Avocado sourdough or GF toast with eggs
*Protein smoothies -with favorite protein powder, fruits and veggies
*Cheese stick, hard boiled eggs and some fruit
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