Breaking The Fast
Start Your Day Right
The definition of the word breakfast means the first meal of the day and its origin was derived from the late Middle English verbs break and fast. The word literally means to break the fasting period from the day before. It does not mean roll out of bed and eat. No matter what time you eat after a night’s sleep is your breakfast, whether it is 6:00 am or 6:00 pm because it is when you break your fast.
When you break your fast, you are giving your body a break from producing insulin every time you eat, which can lead to insulin resistance in the long-term.
During this break your body has a chance to metabolize or burn excess sugar stored in the liver from the days before. This helps maintain the integrity of your insulin sensitivity, and prevent the development of insulin resistance, obesity, type II diabetes and fatty liver disease.
Breakfast is definitely an important meal but it does not need to be consumed as soon as you rise. Breaking your fast with sugary cereal, muffins, or bacon is certainly not healthy. For those who "have to eat" right when you wake up, try fresh fruit or a fruit smoothie. If that's not needed, you could have a cup of roasted dandelion tea, or you can break your fast at noontime with a healthy salad.
I personally have a power packed fruit smoothie each morning....it makes feel me happy and full.
Fruit has the highest water content of any food, it requires less energy to digest than any other food, and does not digest in the stomach with the exception of bananas, dates, and dried fruit. For this reason, making fruit your food of choice for “breakfast” may be optimal. Fruit is hydrating, cleansing and detoxifying, full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber and antioxidants.
If you find yourself still hungry after eating just fruit or a fruit smoothie, just eat more fruit!! It is really good for you, and calorie for calorie, the nutrition can’t be beat. As the morning goes on, switch to bananas, dates, and dried fruit if needed.
Fruit is always demonized for its sugar. It's the first thing people freak out about when told to eat it because that's what you've been trained to do. Whole raw fruit eaten in its pure unaltered state is a balanced food with carbohydrate, protein and fiber. Fruit is only “dangerous” to diabetics when it has been processed, preserved, juiced, or heated because one or more of the natural components have been altered, making it potentially unbalanced and unhealthy. There are many fruits to choose from, so if you're concerned about how much sugar is in a piece of fruit, it is easy to find charts and lists online that will give you guidelines as to which fruits are higher than others in sugar or their “glycemic index”.
Nurse Fame's Power Smoothie
2 Cups Frozen Mango, Blueberry, Strawberry Blend or frozen fruit of choice
1/4 Cup or chunk of Frozen/Fresh Soursop
Bananas (at least 2 baby bananas or burro bananas)
An inch of Ginger
4-6 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1-2 Tbsp Seamoss Gel
1-2 Tbsp Baobab Fruit Powder
3 Pitted Dates
1/2 cup fresh in season fruit you prefer (optional)
1/2 cup at least of Coconut Water or Distilled Water (may need to add a little more)**
**Feel Free to substitute your preferred nut milk instead**
WRITE DOWN A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE FRUITS.
CREATE A BASE SMOOTHIE FROM YOUR FAVORITES. INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE FROZEN FRUIT (INSTEAD OF USING ICE CUBES) AND MAKE SURE YOU ADD HEMP SEEDS FOR A NUTRIENT BOOST.