Breakfast was, for a very long time, been considered the most important meal of the day, and for a good reason. Your body needs energy early in the morning, in order to keep you active throughout the day. Breakfast also should provide you with the necessary nutrition for you to avoid general fatigue and tiredness, which, obviously, limit your endurance and lower your stamina level. If you are a bodybuilder, your breakfast should not be toyed with, as it sets you up for success!
Even if you’re a casual fitness enthusiast or a person who just wants to lead a healthy active lifestyle, you’d want to avoid these 4 foods at breakfast.
In The Morning Say NO To These Foods
1. Tea Or Coffee
Wow! I know, you probably didn’t expect this. How can anyone function without coffee in the morning?! Well, drinking coffee or tea early in the morning on an empty stomach is not good for you in the long term. Caffeine, as we all know, is addictive. This addiction adversely affects your cholesterol levels. Most of it is produced in the morning, and although it is also known as the “stress hormone”, cholesterol has its benefits, including helping you wake up in the morning. If you regularly consume coffee or tea you replace cholesterol with caffeine. Seems a bit counter-productive, doesn’t it? If you absolutely must have some coffee, then drink it after a meal and make sure to limit your daily consumption.
2. Sugary Fruit Juice
It’s only natural to assume that juice would be good for you. Fruits, vitamins… what can go wrong? Beware, though, as just like your favorite soda, fruit juice, that you get in a supermarket, is stuffed with refined sugar and aspartame, which can be even worse than sugar. Drinking those will substantially increase your blood sugar levels. If you must drink juice in the morning, then squeeze some from fresh fruit and add some veggies, like cucumber, spinach or ginger. Papaya juice is great for breakfast! It’s full of dietary fiber to support your digestion, as well as vitamins C and E to strengthen your immune system. If you have inflammation in your lower esophagus region, then you should stay clear of citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruit.
Yes, pastries are delicious, but they’re still just processed refined food, unfortunately. Eating pastry will increase the acidity in your body, and this unstable pH level is an ideal environment for cancerous cells to thrive in. It will also lead to increased blood sugar levels, which can cause high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and type II diabetes. So stay away from those croissants and cinnamon rolls!
You can have whole grain foods, like oatmeal, as they are rich in complex carbs and will boost your energy levels. With oatmeal, you get plenty of dietary fiber to prevent indigestion and constipation problems. Whole grain foods also help your body better absorb vitamins and minerals. Spice up your oatmeal with some nuts and berries to make it more enjoyable and even healthier!
Yes, tomatoes are great on a sandwich and are generally healthy. They are, however, highly acidic and are not recommended in the morning, especially for people with a history of ulcer. Tomatoes can irritate your stomach and even cause gastritis, bloating, acid reflux, diarrhea, indigestion and constipation problems. You can reduce the acidity of tomatoes by cooking them, rather than eating them raw, or better still leave them out of your breakfast completely.
There you have it! Now you know what to leave off your breakfast table! Some of this might have come as a surprise, but in order to live a healthy balanced life, we need to learn as much as possible about what we do and eat. So if you want to refine your diet even further, I suggest you check out my article 15 Unhealthy Foods that You Must Erase From Your Diet. Might be a couple of surprises there as well...