Fuel Up First Thing!

Yesterday I took my own advice and went for a nice long run in the sunshine!  I needed my ice cleats for half of it since the streets were pretty icy but those kept me from slipping.  Then that evening I went to the ice rink in town for a little skating- so fun!  Being outside beats the gym any day!

Tip #3:  Eat Breakfast

I know you’ve all heard it a million times, but it really is the most important meal of the day!  When you wake up, your metabolism is in slow-mo after being in repair mode all night.  If you skip breakfast that just makes it slow down even more meaning your body isn’t working at its full calorie burning potential.  Eating a healthy breakfast increases energy and fires up the metabolism, plus most people eat fewer calories throughout the day after breakfast- good news if you’re trying to shed a few pounds.

Many people complain that they don’t like breakfast foods or don’t have time in the mornings.  Well, breakfast doesn’t just mean cereal or oatmeal.  Make yourself a turkey sandwich if that suits you- just be sure to include a little protein and fat rather than all carbs to keep you full longer.  Adding chopped nuts to oats or cereal is a great option.  For those with limited time; make a smoothie the night before, put it in a travel cup in the fridge so you can grab it on the way out the door along with a handful of trail mix or a cereal bar with protein.  

*This was part of my take-along lunch today that would also make a great grab and go breakfast:  a muffin, orange and brewed green tea with pomegranate juice.

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