I’m often surprised how many people don’t eat a good healthy breakfast; or think they’re eating a healthy breakfast but it’s the equivalent of eating indigestible cardboard; or don’t have breakfast at all!
Breakfast is so important, our body has nicely rested overnight, detoxed (all going well) and is ready to start a new day… our bodies need good quality fuel just like a car, put rubbish fuel in and you won’t get far, you’ll probably break down and need some repairs.
You’ll find so many opinions from nutritionists etc on the perfect breakfast. We each have different needs but there are some things that we should all consider…
Say no to boxed cereals! They are generally very poor nutritionally, even the ‘good’ brands have been sitting around for ages in their packaging and losing any nutritional value that might have been left behind after over-processing. And to add insult to injury, they’re often pumped with man-made nutrients which our bodies don’t know what to do with, not to mention the colourings, processed sugars etc.
Say no granola/meusli as well (even if it’s home made... unless of course the oats are first soaked). It tastes great, looks healthy but isn’t easy to digest.
Say no soy milk, I’ll write more about this another time but Soy in the form of milk (or tofu) can’t be digested by the body and is extremely high in oestrogen so messes with our hormone levels. A large proportion of Soy is made from GM beans which are also wreaking havoc with the food system and our bodies. Best to steer clear!
Always eat breakfast! It’s important for kick-starting your system and for providing energy for the day, food for your brain, food for your muscles, for your body to keep renewing. Our bodies are well oiled machines (or rather factories) which need healthy input from us. The best time to eat breakfast is between 7 and 9am when our stomach and stomach meridian are most active.
Often people say that they don’t eat breakfast because they experience nausea in the morning. If that’s the case then it’s advisable to see an alternate therapist to re-balance things – your adrenals might need a boost/balance or your liver might be toxic and need a cleanse.
The perfect breakfast should be easily digested and provide enough fuel to last until lunch. If you feel bloated after breakfast or feel hungry an hour or so later, your breakfast might need tweaking, or your digestive system might need strengthening.
After my morning meditation, I start off with a super greens drink which is filled with lovely nutrients (more about that another time) and then sit down to a bowl of porridge. In winter (especially in cooler countries) we need warming foods so a bowl of porridge with some stewed fruit is perfect. In summer I still have porridge (because I love it!) but have less, balanced out with lovely fresh organic berries etc (so cooler fresh summery fruits). I always mix in a handful of ground organic linseeds, chia seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, sometimes adding shredded coconut or whatever takes my fancy. I always have a spoonful of good quality plain yoghurt (which I often make myself) for extra good gut bacteria and to help the body to assimilate the minerals. And this is how I make the porridge…
* The night before I pop 1/3 cup Rough Cut Oats (that’s quite a large portion) in a saucepan, cover with water and add a generous squirt of organic lemon juice or fermented apple cider vinegar (roughly 1/3 tablespoon), put the lid on and leave it to soak (but not in the fridge).
Why? Rough cut oats are so delicious! They’re almost as ‘whole’ as you can get. They’re the whole oat grain which has been cut one or two times. They’re also known as ‘Steel Cut’, ‘Coarse Oatmeal’, ‘Pin Head’ and most health food shops sell them. I really like the ones grown by Bob’s Red Mill which are grown and processed nowhere near wheat so are gluten free and deliciously wholesome. (I’m looking for an equivalent grown in the UK to reduce air miles, please let me know if you find a local grower). Because they’re whole they’re a slow burner and provide energy for hours after being eaten, they are also more nutritious because they’ve stayed whole and haven’t lost as many nutrients as rolled oats might.
Soaking grains overnight makes them easier to digest. The acid breaks down the proteins in the grain allowing your body to digest them and in turn get the most benefit, absorbing maximum nutrients
* In the morning I add a pinch of good quality sea salt and a dash of organic cinnamon and simmer on the lowest heat for 10 or so minutes until soft and eat!
Why? I love cinnamon and it tastes great with the slight lemon flavour, it’s also great for you. The sea salt adds another level of minerals.
So there you have it… it’s really quick and easy, once you’re in the routine it takes no time at all, is cheap, incredibly healthy and delicious.