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The Breakfast of Champions by Instructor Ma

The Breakfast of Champions by Instructor Ma

Along with your consistent exercise routine, eating breakfast is vital to staying healthy.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Breakfast Rules

These four simple rules could turn your breakfast into a craving’s crusher, pound shedder and mood booster. It’s all about timing and balance. You will be surprised at how fast your mood and energy levels improve when you eat a healthy breakfast

  1. Do it daily. Your goal is to make it a daily, automatic habit. The reward? You can kiss late-day low blood sugar and sugary snack cravings goodbye.
  2. Do it sooner rather than later. For the best results, eat breakfast within an hour or so of waking up even if you’re not hungry. Morning-time low blood sugar produces a brain chemical designed to mask hunger pangs but can cause sugar cravings later in the day.
  3. Make it complex. We’re talking complex carbohydrates here (whole-grain cereals, oats, high-fiber fruits, etc.). The fiber keeps blood sugar on an even keel and helps you feel full longer.
  4. Power it with protein. Protein slows digestion, helping to prevent spikes and dips in blood sugar. Protein can come from low fat meats, eggs, beans or dairy.

Stay away from the sugary cereals, syrups, pastries, and white breads because they are digested quickly and will leave you hungry and tired in a couple of hours. Protein and fiber satisfy your hunger and will keep you feeling full until lunch time. Notice how much better you feel through the morning and the rest of the day when you don’t skip breakfast. Be sure to check out our free online health magazine at www.WorldMartialArtsFitness.com

About the Author: Instructor Ma is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Korean self-defense art of Hapkido and a 2nd Dan in Traditional Taekwondo. She is a professional sports and fitness model and full time Nursing student. She is the language, culture, and leadership development teacher for the US National Taekwondo Association.

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