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Healthier Together Series: Cycle 1 A. Nutrition — Make one change…

hisu-lee-bQLCyj-9-tk-unsplashThis week’s nutrition notes:

In an earlier a post, I mentioned how our body starts out in our personal best metabolic state…basically after >6 hours of sleep, not eating or drinking anything, our body is burning stored fuel (glycogen and/or fat) for energy (which is possible because our insulin levels are lower). We like that. Most of us have enough fat on our body that we can spare to burn some for fuel. Our body’s insulin levels are meant to drop down while we are sleeping (A.K.A. fasting) & therefore, we are more likely to wake up in a fat burning mode. Use this to your advantage.

This week, make sure your first meal of the day, “break-fast,” has protein. You can add leafy veggies too. You can add fat too. So that first meal, whenever it is, might include organic free range eggs, nitrite free bacon, left over meats/chicken/fish from night before, avocado, butter, spinach, mushrooms, hard cheese, etc. ***The key is to avoid the starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, pancakes, waffles, crepes, anything made with wheat flour, etc.) and sugars.

If you eat protein & fat for that first meal, your blood sugars remain stable, you DON’T have an insulin surge, so your body can continue in a fat burning mode from overnight & you continue to nourish your body with nutrients. Also, you may notice that your hunger levels are better later in the day and you have more energy the rest of the day.

So, look for low carbohydrate “breakfasts” with natural proteins, fat with or without leafy veggies and water, tea, or coffee (with cream if you like, but hold the sweetener). Make your breakfast work for you.

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