Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 29 - Try Something New


New Week!  Just like mom always said "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!".  This one you only  have a couple days of, but I recommend trying to do it all week!  Eating breakfast is an important part of starting the day off right, as well as keeping your metabolism moving efficiently.  When you skip breakfast, you get the mindset of "I missed breakfast, I can have this (insert unhealthy food here) to make up for it".  Not a good plan!  Research shows eating breakfast helps you stay on top of your cravings during the day as well.  

As far as metabolism is concerned, your body does not like to go from dinner to lunch the next day.  It is too long, and in just that amount of time, it will start to worry about when you are going to feed it again.  So instead of using what you are giving it at lunch, it wants to store the carbs/fat/protein in case you aren't going to eat again soon.  Remember, your metabolism does best when you eat every 2-3 hours, and that includes starting off with breakfast!  

Breakfast does not have to be traditional cereal.  Try a sandwich, wrap, yogurt with berries, eggs (or simple egg muffins, recipe here).  Be creative, find solutions if you don't have time in the morning.  Take a yogurt out the door with an apple.  It doesn't even have to go together :)  Something to get you off to a good start!

The goal for day 29 is to try a new food.  I see children for picky eating, but I also work with the adults I am seeing for other things on their picky eating!  There are so many great things out there, and part of a healthy diet and not getting bored is new options, and lots of them!  Your new food can come from any food group, and it can even be something you think you don't like, but haven't tried for a long time!  Don't like yogurt but haven't tried the greek kind?  Give it a try!  Have you tried jicama, celery root, parsnips, acorn squash, or spaghetti squash?  All great fall vegetables!  Find a way to use them and see what you think!  For those without power, remember it can be any kind of food, try a new healthy cracker/chip product, or a low calorie bread/bagel.  Try something new out to eat (mashed cauliflower anyone?).  To get your +1 for day 29, try a new food, tell us what you tried, and you get your point :)  Enjoy!

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