by Dr. Bryan Bingham DC
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Does this sound like your typical day? If you are like most people you’ve flipped the script on this old adage starting your day with little or nothing of substance and ending your day with a huge meal a couple hours before you sleep.
This typical American diet pattern works great for one thing, putting on fat. Ask a Sumo Wrestler how they put on so much weight. You might think that Sumo Wrestlers have a unique genetic makeup that allows then to grow much larger than the typical Japanese person, not the case. Sumo Wrestlers purposefully exercise with empty stomachs and gorge themselves just before bed in order to get as big as humanly possible. The typical American approach to daily eating is very similar to the Sumo method, but without the exercise, so we end up looking more like the guy on the right instead of the guy on the left.
Who has time to eat like a King in the morning? You do and so do your children.
The food that we eat in the morning sets the stage for the rest of the day. It should be no surprise that you go running for your 2pm sugar rush considering that everything that you have eaten causes tremendous peaks and valleys in your blood sugar. To understand the effects on your blood sugar, watch my video on The Glycemic Index.
We need to start our days with foods that will carry us through and not leave us craving for the next hit of processed sugar that is wrecking our bodies and perpetuating this cycle.
Below is a picture of the ingredients that I put in my daughters oatmeal this morning. This breakfast is packed with good fats and omega 3s that help stabilize blood sugar, decrease inflammation and protect the brain. I also add cinnamon because it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar and local honey to help with allergies. This meal takes me less than 10 mins to make and my daughter can’t get enough of it. Oatmeal is a great starting point and you can add just about anything.
The ingredient that you can’t see behind the coconut oil is Chia Seed, which is high is omega 3s.
Try out your favorite foods and let me know what works for you!