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I subscribe to quite a few Health and Fitness newsletters. One of my favorite is Doctor’s House Call by Al Sears, M.D. – In fact, if I had to whittle down my e-mail newsletters and only keep one, his would probably be the one.
This morning’s edition was about breakfast food and the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. His suggestions seemed a little unusual at first, but the more I think about them… the more I climb right up on board!
At the time of writing this particular newsletter, Dr. Sears was eating breakfast: Salmon. I can’t say that I have ever eaten fish for breakfast!
From this issue of Doctor’s House Call:
When the low-fat craze started decades ago, many turned their backs on the breakfast foods enjoyed fifty or sixty years ago. In their place, bread and cereal products took center stage.
Today, millions of people will reach for doughnuts, muffins, bagels, croissants and hundreds of different cereals during their morning routine. The big food makers even claim their cereals are “heart healthy.” That’s good for a laugh.
High-carb breakfasts do the opposite of what a good breakfast is supposed to do.
Instead of feeling alert and energetic, today’s breakfasts make you fat, slow and tired.
Bagels and doughnuts are fun in the morning, but after the initial buzz, your blood sugar will sharply drop. This will leave you feeling tired and sluggish. You’ll also have trouble concentrating. And if you’re busy at the office, that’s bad news.
Don’t forget that spikes in blood sugar trigger a flood of insulin. Do that all the time and you’re on the fast track to obesity and chronic disease.
For breakfast, protein is king. It’s my favorite meal of the day. I try and change it up to keep it interesting, but meat or fish is always the centerpiece of my morning meal.
As strange as it may sound to you, fish is a great breakfast food. The Japanese eat fish and vegetables first thing every morning. They have for over fifteen-hundred years.
To go with the meat or fish, I scramble some eggs and add a leafy vegetable – usually spinach. That way, I get a well-rounded meal; complete with lots of protein, essential nutrients and antioxidants.
All of a sudden, baked fish and scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes sound delicious. I’m sure I’d toss in a little of my beloved Sargento cheese and chives. Shrimp would also be fantastic in an omelet or scrambled eggs.
Now the good doctor has me craving fish and eggs. I hope my husband’s ready for some fishy breakfasts!