No Time For Breakfast……Your Wrong!

You have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I bet you have also all heard that many people don’t eat breakfast because they claim they do not have time. That “no time” excuse is used for anything and everything wouldn’t you say. No one seems to have time for exercise, mammograms, physicals, to walk their dog, to play with their kids, to just about anything these days. It’s funny we all use that excuse because if you have time to read this post right now you could be preparing something for breakfast to enjoy:) I’m just saying….anyhow, let’s talk about how we can all make time for breakfast.

First, it all starts with a plan. Whether you are single, have children, spouses, significant others, or friends that you live with will depend on the amount you plan for each week. I will use my family as an example along with the children I offer daycare to during the week. So that means I feed two adults and three children (my son fends for himself) every morning. You will need about 30-45 minutes to set aside on the weekend or your day off to carry out this plan. (I use Sunday’s typically)

Sunday mornings I get up and while having coffee and breakfast of my own, I put on a dozen eggs to boil. By the time breakfast is done so are the eggs and are ready to be cooled before I peel them. While waiting for them to cool, I start an assembly line of other things that I prepare weekly. Overnight oats (many varieties are on the recipe page), granola parfaits with greek yogurt, smoothie ingredients so they are ready to blend in a hurry, and fruit to grab and go.

IMG_0327About once a month we also prepare whole wheat pancakes for everyone and freeze them in Ziplok bags. They are so easy to grab, pop in the toaster, and eat in a hurry with no mess to clean up during the week. Yes, I could purchase frozen pancakes but my family and kiddos love pancakes. When we premake pancakes we typically make 75-100 per month. Although, you could buy yours and they would offer the same fast, hot breakfast for you.

My breakfast arrangement really works for us. I know at 4:30 a.m. the last thing I want to do is think about making breakfast. And at 6 a.m. when my kiddos show up hungry, they are not always willing to wait for something to eat. I can grab two eggs, can of V-8 and a banana and my husband is fed and out the door. My kiddos can have pancakes and fruit or a granola parfait in seconds and still have smiles on their faces. A weeks worth of premade breakfast items for my crew is normally, 3 jars of overnight oats, 2 mini granola parfaits, 3 regular granola parfaits, dozen hard boiled eggs, two fresh pineapples, 6-8 bananas, 25 premade pancakes, and peanut butter for toast/english muffins/ bagels. This is 30-45 minutes of a weeks worth of breakfast…tadaaaaa!

I can imagine that many of you are starting to think about starting a weight loss plan with the new year right around the corner. Breakfast should be an important part of this plan also. Eating breakfast will give you the energy to sustain any new exercise you plan to do, it will keep you nourished helping you not overeat when you eat your next meal, and will simply just make your mornings so much smoother and productive. That being said, this is your time to experiment, make a new routine and get ready to feed your body a healthy breakfast. Then, come the new year, when you start your weight loss journey you will already know what you like and what works best for you at breakfast time.

We all seem to have appointments, meetings, and something going on all the time. Adding this to your weekly plan and getting a good breakfast every morning can really improve the productivity in your daily life.

Do you eat breakfast?

If so, what works best for you in a hurry?

 

 

 

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What I Am Most Passionate About-Part One

If I could name one thing that I am most passionate about it would have to be “MOVEMENT”

***Warning: Very wordy post, but it’s what I am passionate about so I have a lot to say.

No surprises for many of you. I am obsessed with motivating people to get up and do something. With obesity, heart disease and arthritis effecting so much of the population I truly feel the simple act of moving could benefit everyone.

Many people think if they eat healthy, eat clean, don’t smoke, buy organic, avoid chemical/pesticides/antibiotics and such that they will be healthy. I am not saying this all will not help you become healthier however, if you do not move your body on a regular basis in some way you will not be healthy.

When I hear about schools debating cutting back on gym classes I just cringe at this decision. Granted, it is not a schools responsibility to give our children an active lifestyle BUT one hour a day is pretty important when that may be the only hour that child is active all day long. I make it a point to keep the kids I care for active on a daily basis. This is not always easy being there is snow on the ground and it is freezing outside 6 out of 12 months of the year where I live. Ultimately, it takes some creativity and some thought but it is by far what I would consider difficult. Tumbling exercises, jumping on big pillow piles and toddler yoga are some activities you can do with your children in the winter months. Summer months are so full of possibilities that you would never run out of ideas. It could be as easy as a walk. I take a walk every single day(weather permitting) with my daycare kids and whom ever is able to walk, walks. Typically by 18-20 months they are walking well enough to make a mile block at a toddler pace. This is pretty amazing to most parents simply because they have never left there child walk by their side at this age, they are still being carried. From walking age on I very rarely carry my kids….why, when they can walk?

Let’s move on to a little older, such as when they discover video games, television, computers, tablets, etc. This is when most parents loose control of their children in my eyes. Two big words come to mind when I think of this age. PARENT and FRIEND. Of course we all want our children to come to us in times of need, to like us like a friend, to enjoy spending time with us and we want to give them everything we possibly can in life. What parent wouldn’t? The one thing I think most of us forget is that before we can be our child’s friend we have an obligation to be their parent. In good times and in bad, like it or hate it, want to or don’t, it is our responsibility. So instead of loosing control and letting your son/daughter tell you when you get to leave for the park, go bike riding, play catch in the yard etc., you need to make some boundaries and STICK TO THEM!!!! Teach them how to earn fun things(like if we get up and go to work everyday we get paid $). They give you 60 minutes of active play time and in return you give them 60 minutes of video game time. We did this with our son and it worked wonderful. His friends did not like it too much but they did all get out there and play kickball for an hour before they came in on a sunny summer day to sit in front of the television to play video games. This is not always easy and there will be arguments but you will be benefiting your child’s health which is, as a parent, your responsibility. (Remember: there is a plug or battery for every electrical device out today, don’t be afraid to pocket this if you have to just to get them motivated)

Onto young adults/adults which by this time the damage is starting to set in. Your joints hurt, your lazy, weight is creeping higher, and your physicals are not so much fun anymore. You start hearing words like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and so on and wonder how this happened. Which is such a stupid question and we all know it. Look at yourself, get a mirror if you have to. I don’t think anything you see in that mirror will surprise you. Now what are you going to do to fix it? Let’s start with something slow and easy. A one mile walk a day would be terrific. And please don’t expect to not feel a little discomfort when you wake up the next morning.You walked your first mile in a long, long time. If you are not a walker, try a bike ride, take your kids to the park, try some basic weight lifting with the milk jug in your refrigerator. Just find something that get’s you up and moving for a short period of time. Keep in mind that even nursing homes offer active adult time for the elderly so YOU CAN DO THIS! Keep up this pace until the discomfort subsides (a few days) and then raise your activity level a little more. You are never to old to do something active.

I think you all get the point here, I am pretty passionate about movement at any age. It is the best thing you can do for yourself, your children, and your health.

****Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor of any kind. Everything I have told you here is basic knowledge. Something that we all know is true but we don’t like to hear.

If you have a medical condition or concern please clear anything you wish to try with your medical doctor before trying it.