Healthy Eating – First Principle Of Eating Right

by | May 24, 2011 | Health Habits, Nutrition Support, Uncategorized

Today I will start a topic which is very close to my heart – the 4 principles of eating right.

When you stand in front of the mirror do you like what you see? Let’s face it – most of us don’t. Most parts of our body are either sagging or not in the shape it ought to be in. To bring about a difference in the way we look in the mirror, we have to change what and when we eat. Endless scrutiny and criticism of this physical body will always lead us to move away from reality. To look leaner, toned and healthy we just have to follow the four most basic principles of eating right. Here’s the first one:

Real food before coffee!

Never wake up to tea or coffee. Instead eat real food within 15 minutes of waking up. No, I’m not asking you to give up your tea or coffee; all I’m saying is you should eat some real food before your morning cup. Let me explain why.

When you sleep, your blood sugar levels drop in the night. In the morning our liver stores are almost empty. So our blood sugar is low and it needs a ‘top-up’. Low blood sugar is also a reason why we feel ‘low’ and sleepy when we wake up. Many of my clients wake up, brush their teeth and then go for a jog or a morning walk. Please don’t – at least not until you’ve had something to eat. If you don’t eat as soon as you wake up, your body will break down muscle and convert it into energy to power up whatever you need to do in the morning. It would have been great if our body could burn fat instead of muscle but it doesn’t – it uses fat as a last reserve of energy.

Your first meal need not be something elaborate – even bread and pickle will do.

The idea is to provide the body with something to convert into energy until the real breakfast. Tea or coffee does not do the trick because although it does increase the blood sugar levels, it does not provide the nutrition the cells need after 7 to 10 hours of no food (post dinner).

See the next blog post – it’s about the second principle of eating right!

Or browse our healthy breakfast recipes if you feel like cooking something yummy ;)