It’s been a whole night since you last ate a meal. Your body is hungry, meaning, it’s in a low blood sugar state. So what to do?
This is what you’re thinking:
“No way Jen, I’m not hungry in the mornings.”
Do your mornings feel rushed? Is there barely time for you to get everything together and make it out the door on time?
If the answer is yes, well, I can absolutely relate!
The body is amazing. When it’s dealing with stress of any kind (rushed mornings, intensity at work, a tough work-out, a trauma) it doesn’t waste time on digesting food. It spends its energy instead on helping you get through whatever challenges you’re facing. What this means is when you are stressed out or rushed, you won’t feel hungry, even if your body desperately needs fuel.
So how about this? You and I…we both make a spring-time commitment to wake up a bit earlier, slow down and make a little time to nourish ourselves?
“I still ain’t buying it Jen.”
Here’s more inspiration:
Did you know your body converts much of the food you eat into glucose (sugar) since this is what every single cell in your body uses as fuel? Nothing that is living functions well (or at all) without fuel. A low blood sugar state is a big deal for your body. No food means no fuel which means no function.
You should know that this wondrous body of yours has a way of reminding you to eat, but it isn’t always a great method. It’s called a “sugar craving”, and the cycle goes something like this:
You feel a strong craving for something sweet and sugary mid-day. There aren’t many healthy options, so you end up eating a high-sugar snack. Your blood sugar levels spike and bounce from one end of the pendulum to the other: high blood sugar. Your body goes into overdrive tries its best to compensate. It brings things back into balance as best it can, mostly by storing the excess sugar as fat. Then less than an hour later, unless you’ve eaten a balanced meal, you get another sugar craving. The cycle continues. It’s a rocky roller coaster, but you can avoid it by eating balanced meals, regularly, starting with the first meal of the day: breakfast.
“Making breakfast just feels too overwhelming”
Think small and easy. Think a little protein, a little carbohydrate, a little good fat.
An apple and a handful of almonds, plain full fat yogurt (or cottage cheese) sprinkled with nuts and cranberries, scrambled eggs and a smoothie, whole-grain toast with nut butter and sliced bananas, even last night’s leftovers.
“Sorry Jen, I run/do yoga/workout first thing every morning. I can’t eat until after I exercise, and by then, I’m out for the day.”
Try this recipe.
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen berries or fresh fruit
- Handful of spinach (it’s packed with protein and you won’t even taste it!)
- 1 big scoop of nut butter or 1 serving of protein powder
- 1-2 tsp flax seed oil
- 2 cups of almond, rice or coconut milk
Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Pack up your smoothie and take it with you for your post-workout breakfast wherever you are.
Take a deep breath before drinking and most importantly, ENJOY!