Mornings can be an incredibly hectic time for just about everyone.
You probably hit the snooze two or three times, then finally open your eyes, stare up at the ceiling contemplating how badly you actually still need to keep your job, then peel yourself out of bed and start the morning rushing to get everything together for the day.
You cram as much as humanly possibly in to 30 minutes in the morning, grab your coffee and rush out the door. You’ll grab something to eat on the way in or maybe just skip breakfast all together.
If this is your morning, you are not alone. So many of us are living on the GO day in and day out. Stress levels are only getting higher and our preverbal plates are only getting more jammed packed.
Finding time to sit down to a quiet breakfast of eggs, bacon, whole wheat toast or fruit and veggies seems to be a thing only made for vacation days or trips to the ocean.
But breakfast is such an important meal when it comes to your gut health, your hormones and ultimately your overall level of energy and mental stability. Without breaking the ‘fast’ after a full night sleep, your body starts to go into survival mode because it doesn’t know if any more food is going to be coming or how long it will have to wait for more food. It begins to send signals to your brain and body to store fat, stop burning any fat, and hold on tight. This causes your body to start to experience internal stress from a physiological stand point. It is working hard to keep you going.
Then, if you just quickly down a cup of coffee on an empty stomach- HOLY COW- your body just hit the highest peak of the top speed dragster rollercoaster and is about to give you one heck of an adrenaline rush. You will spike your insulin and adrenal glands with a kick high of caffeine and stimulants, giving you the feeling that you are energetic and hanging in there. In reality, your body is now on a full on stress rush the rest of the day, going up and down between high energy and intense drop/crashes when the stimulant runs out and your blood sugar tanks. Enter- cravings, carbs, over eating, energy slumps, brain fog, and sometimes hunger that can not seem to be satisfied. The grand finale? BLOATING, gas, indigestion.
If this is a rollercoaster ride you have been riding for some time, I am sure you are screaming “GET ME OFF THIS THING” but you feel like you’re already strapped down and there is no way off this thing. ESPECIALLY if you are experiencing things like food allergies, intolerances, gluten sensitivity, or IBS.
But let me tell you, there are ways off. There are ways to start your day on a more stable course, without having to sit down and spend 20 minutes eating breakfast.
Since I work 40+ hours a week, have a toddler, a business, a husband, and a million other to dos on my list, sleep is something I NEED and I can not be messing around with extra early mornings filled with cooking and packing lunches right now.
But I also know without breakfast I become a monster, so here is my criteria when it comes to breakfast since I don’t have a ton of time to just sit and eat before work
1)must be able to eat while driving to work most mornings
2)needs to keep me full for more than 30 mins
3) needs to include protein, fiber, & fat to balance hormones and keep me sane
Here is an example of a recipe that hits all 3 of these criteria AND is gluten free, dairy free, allergen free
((Overnight Vanilla Chia Pudding))
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup cacao powder (not the same as cocoa)
5 tbs chia seeds
a drizzle of real honey, agave or stevia to sweeten
(Optional: Add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to the mix. I used amazing grass vanilla plant based protein powder (1/2 scoop) in mine today)
Mix the cacao, almond milk, and honey in a jar by giving it a good ol’ shake shake. Then add in the chia seeds and give one more shake.
Stick this in the fridge overnight and by breakfast you will have a quick, easy, grab and go pudding!
Let me know if you try this and how it goes!