JULIA comments –
I have weaned myself off breakfast over the last year or so. I feel much better on days when I skip breakfast. I seem to have more energy, both physical and brain, and need less food in total. I rarely eat before 10am now, and often go until about 11 or 12. The feeling of being hungry whenI wake up has now gone, and I suspect it was due to programming since birth, a bit like Pavlovs dogs.
The government are pushing breakfast for a reason. they want us constantly made sluggish with excessive eating.
Olives and Olive oil Coconuts and coconut oil Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk Raw nuts, especiallymacadamia Organic pastured egg yolks Avocados Grass-fed meats Palm oil Unheated organic nut oils
What Can You Have for a Healthy Breakfast?
Again, I am not convinced that most people benefit from eating breakfast, but if you are in transition to phasing this meal out of your schedule, or for whatever reason choose to eat breakfast, then organic pastured eggs are an excellent breakfast option. The less you cook them the better, as many of the nutrients in the yolk are susceptible to heat damage. So soft boiled or poached are your best options. One other option is to prepare a lunch or dinner option for breakfast, or even use leftovers from your last evening’s meal.
The Strong Case for Skipping Breakfast
The interesting aspect about eating first thing in the morning is that it coincides with your circadian cortisol peak, that is, the time of day when your cortisol (a stress hormone) levels rise and reach their peak. The circadian cortisol peak impacts your insulin secretion, such that when you eat during this time it leads to a rapid and large insulin release and a corresponding rapid drop in blood sugar levels, more so than when you eat at other times of the day.If you’re healthy, your blood sugar levels won’t drop to a dangerously low level (such as can occur with hypoglycemia) but they can drop low enough to make you feel hungry. So, although skipping breakfast goes against the conventional idea that you should not skip meals, omitting breakfast could actually make it easier for you to control food cravings and hunger throughout the day. That said, there are also many other reasons to consider skipping breakfast.However, it is important to remember that skipping breakfast is a process, not an action. You don’t simply stop eating breakfast one day and you are golden and reap all the benefits. It is a major commitment that may come with some discomfort, and it typically takes several weeks to successfully transition from being a primary carb burner to using fat as your primary fuel.
How to Implement Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting, also known as “scheduled eating,” does not necessarily mean abstaining from all food for extended periods of time. Rather it refers to a dramatic reduction of calorie intake, or limiting your eating to a narrow window of time each day. Some recommend cutting your daily calories at least in half, but you can go as low as 500-800 calories. Another alternative is to simply eat all meals or snacks during a limited window of time.Ideally, you’ll want to limit your eating to a window of about 6-8 hours each day, which means you’re fasting daily for 16-18 hours. This is enough to get your body to shift into fat-burning mode, and applies whether you’re restricting the number of calories you consume during this time or not. Say from noon to 6 pm.