We’ve all heard that you must, must, eat your breakfast. Study and study shows us the dangers of skipping this most important of all meals. Skipping breakfast will make you fat, stupid, unattractive, and just generally a very bad person. So like most things related to health breakfast is good for you as long as what your eating is good foods. So I wanted to make a list of my favorites healthy breakfast foods and let you tell me what you think and add your own as I always tend to eat the same thing and I need some new ideas. Here are my top 5 healthy breakfast foods.
Eggs – well this is a no brainer for me. Just so many things you can do with them and unlike what many will try to tell you they are not unhealthy. Loaded with protein and vitamins these guys are great scrambled, fried and poached. As a side note the cholesterol in eggs does not contribute to higher blood levels of cholesterol – that is a myth.
Whole Wheat Toast
Love it with real butter from grass fed cows. I don’t even need to add jelly or jam.
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
More protein which mean less hunger through out the day than your traditional yogurt, There are some many flavors and brands out there now but I still just like my Chobani with some honey added in for good measure.
Steel cut Irish Oats is my favorite. I like this so many different ways I don’t think I will ever get tired of it. Everything from fruit to honey to sugar and even butter makes goes well with this delicious hot cereal.
Fruit and Berries
Whole or chopped, plain or added to my other favorites. These guys make everything taste better. As you know they are high in an anti-inflammatory compounds termed anthocyanins, which help reduce heart disease and diabetes. Theses are especially good on pancakes and French toast.
News from a recent study at Health Service Research shows the majority of doctors and nurses survey have a substantial amount of knowledge about alternative medicine. Even more surprising is that many of, 76%, use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This number is interesting for the fact that it is actually higher than the us of these approaches by the general population – in which only 63% use CAM. Why this shocking difference. Could it be that those in the know in conventional medicine realize that all the drugs they are prescribing are not that effective and that a lot of them could be replaced by CAM and/or a healthy diet and exercise. This is most likely the case but you are not going to hear it from them as they like the drug companies has a vested interest in you to continue taking your meds. I’m not one to say that modern medicine isn’t a wonderful thing and has saved many lives, but I do believe strongly that there is a lot of afflictions of modern mankind that would be much better treated with alternative approaches and with proper diet. It seems like your doctor knows this as well. It is shocking to me that the average American between the ages of 19 and 64 takes nearly 12 prescription drugs each year. I had no idea that this number was so high. I do not take any nor have any plans to. I think we must ask ourselves what is the true benefits of all these drugs. Are we healthier as a nation? According to the data no. Our life expectancy is declining faster than other industrialized nations and we’re currently ranked 49th in life expectancy worldwide. Something clearly does not add up. I guess no amount of drugs can overcome a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet.
As most of us know by just looking around during our class yoga is growing rapidly in popularity. Every week we here about a new celebrity that credits yoga with helping them attain that awesome body they just showed off in their latest Hollywood blockbuster. Well now the practice of yoga is even reaching the youngest of us, yes kids doing yoga who would have thought. Well it is actually quite a natural transition. A parent or teacher notices how yoga is helping them improve their concentration, relieve stress, and even manage their weight and realizes that these are all benefits that would help kids as well.
Kids do surprisingly well in yoga. I thought that I could never get my 4 year old to stay in the same room when I was doing my yoga with my favorite DVD, but surprisingly he actually wanted to learn and enjoyed doing it. He stayed and actually tried the moves for over 20 minutes, and for anyone that has a 4 year old can attest their attention spans are not that long. There are all kinds of classes that are tailored to kids with some using very creative ways of getting and keeping them involved. Meowing during cat pose and hissing like a cobra during that pose are all the sort of things that keep younger kids involved and interested. If you are interested in knowing more about how kids are getting into yoga check out this great piece at ABC-NEWS.