The Healthy Challenge is about taking baby steps to ultimately achieve a healthy lifestyle and lose weight in 2015. This week the challenge is to plan and eat a healthy breakfast every day.
Welcome to Week #6 of the Healthy Challenge. We have been taking baby steps to achieve our ultimate goal of a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. Weeks 1 through 4 were all about setting up a strong foundation. Week #5 is where the hard work started with a push to get much more active. Now Week #6 we are tackling food. Since menu planning and thinking about eating healthy all day long can be extraordinarily stressful, we are starting with a meal at a time. So let’s start with breakfast. The goal this week is to eat a healthy breakfast every day. Don’t forget to journal it too.
For me the issue is actually eating breakfast at breakfast time. I don’t like to eat first thing in the morning. There are times I can easily go two or three hours in the morning without eating. I always eat a low calorie breakfast. I try to stay around 300 calories. If you are a big breakfast eater, don’t change that. Eat a big breakfast and eat fewer calories throughout the day.
Hopefully in Week #1 when you wrote down what you ate, you became aware of what food makes you feel better. I feel better and have more energy when I have a high protein breakfast. My husband feels better when he has oatmeal. For some reason, if I have oatmeal, I am hungry an hour later. Oatmeal is supposed to keep you full longer, but it doesn’t work for me. (Oatmeal may be perfect for you.) I like to have turkey sausage and egg whites. Sometimes I’ll have a high protein smoothie. I always have frozen breakfast sandwiches in my freezer. While I don’t like to eat a lot of processed food, breakfast is the one meal I am better off with something pre-made. My brain doesn’t like to work in the morning so I need something I can grab and go. Otherwise, I will stand in front of the refrigerator looking for something to eat. I’ll stand there so long (because I zoned out), that I will forget what I was doing.
So I put myself on auto-pilot and head to the freezer and grab a sandwich. 9 out of 10 times that is what I’ll have for breakfast. If that is too monotonous for you, plan out a week of healthy breakfasts to eat. Just in case it hasn’t been clear, each week continue all of the healthy challenge activities that came before. So now we should all be journaling all of our food, exercising five days a week, drinking lots of water and no soda, and have a healthfully stocked pantry. Let’s get to it. Take this next step with me to change our lifestyle and get healthy once and for all.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
Join the 2015 Healthy Challenge. Start with a physical with your doctor, and then come back every week for a new small challenge. We will take small steps to get to our ultimate goal of a healthy weight and body. Join our Facebook support group here. Find the first challenge here.
Here are some healthy breakfast ideas to get you started: