Get off to a healthy start with the right breakfast

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Most things in our life become a habit and without knowing, we forget to listen to our body and do things on automatic pilot.

An example of this would be the food we eat every day. I bet if you kept a food diary just for a few weeks you would see a pattern of the same foods forming.

Take breakfast as a prime example. Most people reach for cereal or toast as a quick fix in the morning without even stopping to think whether they are even hungry.

Whatever time you get out of bed in the morning you will find after six to eight hours without any fluids that your body is dehydrated. So the first think that you should think about in the morning is a drink.

However for most people that would be a cup of tea or coffee and these are really not the greatest choice!

Tea and coffee are diuretics and will dehydrate you even more than you already are.

They also contain caffeine which will over-stimulate the adrenal glands and put stress on your liver as it tries to cope with all of the toxins!

The best choice would be some water – you can add lemon and a slice of ginger to hot water as this is really cleansing.

Give yourself time to decide whether you are really hungry or just thirsty as 
the signals for both are the same.

Have another glass of water before reaching for the toaster.

Once you are ready for breakfast be smart with your choice.

It’s very easy to reach for whatever is convenient and the decision you make at breakfast will affect how hungry you feel for the rest of the day.

So cereal is never a good choice, even though it is marketed to you as a healthy option.

The process that the original cereal grain is put through in order to provide you with your weird-shaped, honey-coated cereal of choice really leaves no nutritional value in the product.

In fact, because all of the natural nutrients in the grain are removed during the process of making it into cereal, artificial vitamins and minerals have to be added back in, along with flavourings, sugar and salt.

So how can this affect the rest of your day?

Because of the high sugar content in cereal (in order to make it taste nice) there will be a huge sugar high from eating cereal, resulting in feeling hungry again approx-
imately one-and-a-half to 
two hours after eating breakfast.

This will mean you will be reaching for a snack around 10.30am and because the sugar rush will make you crave more of the same, you are likely to make a bad choice with a snack such as biscuits, cereal bars or chocolate.

Most of us reach for cereal because it is quick. But this morning I made a banana and cinnamon omelette for myself and my family, which took around 10 minutes to make and have on a plate.
Here is the recipe; I hope you enjoy it as much as my twin boys did this morning!

Banana and cinnamon omelette
Serves 1-2

Ingredients
1 banana mashed
3 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Coconut oil or butter

Melt the butter in a pan; whisk the mashed banana, eggs and cinnamon together.

Add the eggs to the pan and cook over a medium heat until the underside is set. 

Flip over and cook for a further five minutes (or pop under a hot grill for a couple of minutes).

If you would like some more breakfast ideas then you can find some here on my website http://www.fab-body-fitness.co.uk/category/recipe/