Is breakfast really that important? ?It?depends?who you talk to?

Mainstream media and big cereal companies (e.g., Kellogg) have always stressed that breakfast is the most?important?meal of the day.

I would beg to differ.

Breakfast is the most?marketed?meal of the day. Why?

Because any company that convinces you to eat their cereal, bagel, or Pop Tart owns your breakfast, as most people eat the same breakfast daily.

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Studies?show that due to our stringent breakfast routines, consumers have strong brand loyalty to certain cereals.

How about those?Tony the Tiger?ads that got tens of thousands of children to eat Frosted Flakes every morning for years?!

(I actually was one of those kids! Before I got into health.??)

Most breakfast cereals rank just behind cookies, candy, ice cream, and sugary drinks as a source of?dietary sugar.

Also, instant oatmeal and/or instant cream of wheat is highly processed as well.

So two questions:

1. Should we eat breakfast at all?

That is up to you? If you are eating something?processed?(bagel, muffin, pancakes, donuts, or pastries) or with large amounts of?sugar?(most yogurts or anything with??instant??in front of it) ? I would?avoid?breakfast, and have black coffee or green tea or?what I have.??

You can break your fast with a?healthy lunch?and save time in the morning.

Also, by skipping breakfast, you?balance?out your fasting and feeding times.

The human body is?designed?to go periods without food.

Most people think that eating first thing in the A.M. will give you the fuel to start the day, but your body has?plenty of left over fuel and?glycogen (when that runs out ? fat) stored inside of you.

Glycogen?is your most easily accessible energy source and can last for days.

If we?start eating?the minute we roll out of bed and do not stop until we go to sleep, we spend almost all of our time in a?fed state.

2. What do we eat for breakfast if you are going to have it?

Eggs?are a good choice, and you can get creative with how you make them (scrambled, omelette, sunny side up, etc.) and what you put in them (veggies, cheese, avocado, etc.).

Most importantly, avoid?anything processed or that you would throw in your?microwave. So no?bagel, muffin, or pastry with the eggs.

So the?bottom line?is that marketers and big corps want you to think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, when it actually is just?another meal.

For a while, I was?convinced?as well, but after researching and skipping breakfast myself, I realized it wasn?t a big deal.

I had even more energy to work out and/or go to work all in a?fasted state.

Also, short-term fasting leads to?several changes?in the body that make fat burning easier. This includes?reduced insulin, increased?growth hormone, enhanced?epinephrine?signaling (adrenaline), and a small boost in metabolism.??

So figure out if?breakfast?is that important for you, and you will see that it?s not all it?s hyped up to be.

Have a great day!

A question I always get from friends, family, and clients is what bars should I buy to snack on?

It has gotten quite confusing going to the store and choosing from at least a dozen different bars.

The first question I would ask is do you have any allergies?

The second question I would ask is do you have any dietary restrictions (kosher, vegan, vegetarian, etc.)?

Health nutrition bars recommendation & review | Brian Gryn

The?quick and easy?way to tell which bar to choose is pick the bar with the?least?amount of ingredients and make sure you can?pronounce?each one.?Pay attention to the first ingredient because that has the highest % content in the bar

Avoid the following ingredients (these are just 5 common ones):

  1. Brown Rice Syrup (raises your blood sugar (high glycemic))
  2. Soy Protein Isolate (cheap and definitely NOT a high-quality protein)
  3. Sugar Alcohols ?(tough to digest and can cause gas, bloating, etc.)
  4. Agave Syrup (yep, has more fructose than high fructose corn syrup)
  5. Soy Lecithin (processed food additive that helps things stick together)

Bars I recommend:

LaraBar ? 6 ingredients ? Kosher ? Vegan ? Non-GMO ? Dairy Free ? Gluten Free ? larabar.com

Rx Bar ? 7 ingredients ???Non GMO?? ?? ??No Dairy?? ?? ???No Soy?? ?? ???No Gluten ? rxbar.com

Amrita Bars ? Solid ingredients ? Vegan ? Raw ? Gluten Free ? Soy Free ? Peanut Free ? Dairy Free ? amritahealthfoods.com

Youbars.com ? make your own bars! ?No excuses for bad ingredients??

Go Raw Bars ? 4-6 ingredients ? Organic and Sprouted (free of anything harmful) ? goraw.com

Hope this helps!

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