Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Honestly, you definitely have time for breakfast

I wake up at 5:30 every weekday and I always eat breakfast. In fact last week I was so knackered I decided to skip breakfast and have a bit more time in bed. But because my brain was awake, programmed to be alert from that time and I couldn't drift back to sleep and then my lack of breakfast just affected the rest of my day, I just felt out of sorts. That's when it dawned on me - my body prefers food the sleep. 

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day if I have time to enjoy it. If I have plans to go out for brekkie I get WAY more excited about the food than I do with dinner - and I'm happy for the rest of the day. Even if it is a quick 5:30am rush job I have to eat breakfast, it's the meal that I see makes the most different to my mood for the whole day, so even if it's a bad bowl of crunchy nut (I use to have this all the time but now it's a 'I can't be arsed' occurrence) I try to always have something. So if you're stuck on how to incorporate a good brekkie into your morning routine, here are some tips I follow. 

Don't try the impossible
Unless you are some kind of magician you will not be able to whip up restaurant quality eggs Benedict in 15 minutes so don't waste your time. Toast things, chop, blend... Just don't try to cook. You'll just get frustrated and that's no way to start your day!

... But don't underestimate yourself either
Thinking that you only have time for a breakfast biscuit is acknowledging defeat. You'll be surprised by what you can whip up in 15 minutes (just not eggs benedict, guys). For example, porridge on the stove. My mum isn't big on microwaves so I grew up with the notion that things must be cooked on the stove and microwaves are simply for heating things up conveniently, so when my bestie, Nads, told me she COOKED her porridge in the microwave, my tiny mind was blown. Anyway, 15 minutes, that's plenty of time to cook porridge the regular way AND eat it! 

Dream about breakfast.
Literally, guys, not even joking here. It's bit like how I start thinking about lunchtime at circa 10am, but it actually does work. As I rest my head on my pillow at night my final thought is usually, 'porridge or fruit 'n' yogurt?!' And then I probably fall into a deep Greek yogurt related dream that I will never know about because they are wiped out by further dreams throughout the night involving post-apocalyptic worlds and me publicly mortified in various states of undress. 

If you really haven't got time, there are healthy grab and go options 
Again, you do have other options besides that breakfast biscuit bar (that is just a biscuit if we are honest to ourselves, people). If you don't have time to prepare and eat a healthy breakfast before stepping out, places like Pret have some great options. I love love love their Bircher pot - it's a healthy mixture of yogurt, seeds, nuts and fruit. And it tastes delicious so it's all winning here my friends.

If you're not hungry, think about your dinner sitch.
Eating too much, too late will probably have you waking up feeling a bit bloated and not in the mood for breakfast which will disrupt your meals for the rest of the day. If this happens too regularly you'll start an unhealthy pattern. Try and eat dinner as early as possible especially if you've diving face first into a plate of carby goodness!

If you give these tips a try I promise making breakfast a part of your morning routine will be a piece of pie! 


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