Intriguing concept, no?
I first heard about this idea when someone talked about it on their blog (I forgot which one now?), and it sounded so good I just had to try it…
In fact, I wanted to write about it here at first, but then I thought I would give it a chance so I could speak from experience.
I did some more research and found out that this idea came from a book called Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. I thought he had a big section about food related topics and how they pertain to ultra marathoners. Instead I found out that it is a very small blurb in the book. I discovered this today through another blog post on salad for breakfast.
In any case, the book refers to how Chris went searching for advice on what is best for a runner to eat for breakfast. A doctor by the name of Dr. Ruth Heidrich told him that he should try salad for breakfast. It worked for him and as far as I know he is continuing to do it.
And it is working for a lot of different people including myself! I found a lot in my research on this subject and it seems to work for many different reasons.
- First off salad helps you to rehydrate after your night’s sleep. Any hydration beyond drinking water is a great thing to have.
- Loading up on vegetables with all their antioxidants and other nutrients is a great way to start the day too.
- For the most part your body is craving just enough carbs to get you to either lunch or your first snack of the day. Salad provides those needed carbs.
- Salad is a blank canvas where anything can be added…!
Many people commented about how they have added all kinds of things to their morning breakfast. Some like to add a hard boiled egg or some tuna. Some like to have some bread or toast to eat with it.
I personally make a salad with a spring greens mix or some other type of mix that can be bought at the store. You of course can also buy whole lettuce or greens as a base, but the bagged stuff doesn’t seem to cost too much more.
Then I add some extra spinach, some onions, carrots, possibly green peppers, cucumber, and whatever other vegetables happen to be around. I top it off with a hard boiled egg and/or some feta cheese. I throw some oil and vinegar on it and I am ready to go. Some people also recommend topping it off with some lemon juice.
What are the results?
I am feeling much better in the mornings and throughout the day. And I know I am helping myself get the necessary vitamins and minerals my body needs to function at peak capacity.
I also am not getting the same afternoon lulls I used to have. Come three in the afternoon I was often ready to doze off wherever I was, even when I was driving in a car!
A lot of these improvements came from changes in my eating habits because of the research I have been doing on the Paleo Diet. Salad for breakfast is just one of many. I also have a new lunch menu that I am following.
There is much more I will be writing about with regards to this topic and I am pretty excited to share it with everyone! I love the fact that I have made just a few simple changes to my diet and I have so much more energy for it! And I know it is working because when I cheat I pay the consequences for it too.
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