Breakfast. Sets the pace for the day!
Professional car racers can only keep the pace if their fuel is absolutely correct. The same applies for us!
In our ‘got-to-go’ society, the trend has been to skip breakfast and ‘grab something on the run’ which more and more has become coffee and a muffin or other sweet pastry, and give the kids some sort of starch and sugar in a box with low fat milk.
This ‘habit’ has definitely helped fuel the Diabetic and Obesity epidemic throughout North America not to mention the ‘always hungry and tired feelings’ we have throughout the day.
Insulin and Leptin
Two hormones, insulin and leptin are now clearly at the center of discussion and need to be understood in order to get this epidemic under control. Hormones are chemical messengers that direct, orchestrate and regulate all your body’s activities.
These two in particular govern when you are hungry, when to stop eating, what your body should do with its glucose and fat…store it or burn it…(I know which one I’d rather have happening!!)
Insulin is such an important hormone that without it, cells would stop allowing glucose (your energy molecule) from entering through the cell membrane and be metabolized for energy production. Diabetics know this only too well, but so do top athletes who strive to achieve enhanced performance.
Leptin on the other hand is a hormone, produced by your fat cells. It tells your brain when you should eat, how much and WHEN to stop. It also has other critical functions such as regulating blood circulation, preventing blood clots, enhancing new bone growth, regulating body temperature and cell reproduction to name but a few.
When the body’s levels of both are too high, you have serious problems with sugar and fat metabolism, which commonly leads to diabetes and obesity if left unchecked. The culprit is progressive Insulin and Leptin Resistance.
In Insulin Resistance, the body’s sugar levels progressively increase in an attempt to trick the cell in absorbing more glucose, because elevated insulin levels gradually slow the process down. It leads to a vicious circle of hyper and hypoglycemic events and eventually to many degenerative diseases including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
In Leptin Resistance, your body’s ‘fat burning’ slows down, giving rise to sweet cravings and more fat storage. This in turn leads to the same degenerative diseases as insulin resistance. Look at it this way, the more your inadequate diet triggers high levels of Insulin or Leptin, the more your body gets ‘tired’ of the constant demand (nagging) for sugar and the more your insulin just stops ‘listening’ and shuts down it’s receptors (preventing absorption into the cell). This is ‘Resistance’. Sound a lot like a nagging spouse syndrome doesn’t it.
Both hormones are ‘regulators’ and as such should not be inhibited by drugs lest you want a whole lot of side effects. For the majority of people, the only sensible way for these two to return to normal is to adopt dietary changes.
Start your day with a high fiber, low complex carbohydrate, low glycemic, high quality protein breakfast with plenty of good Omega 3 oils. This keeps insulin and leptin levels low and triggers fat burning.
My Morning ‘Power’ Smoothie to the rescue!
For years now I have successfully started my day with this simple, easy and inexpensive recipe, which provides me with all essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids to carry me well through the day. It has eliminated morning sugar cravings and fatigue and provided the much needed energy and normal weight, which we all strive for. It’s also one of many proactive things I do to prevent degenerative diseases and insure longevity.
Start with a good blender; add one tablespoon each of organic flax and hemp seeds, one teaspoon of organic chia seeds, and 1 – 2 cups of high antioxidant whole frozen or fresh low glycemic berries. I prefer a mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Add 1 – 2 cups of water and ice and begin blending. Once the seeds and fruits are mostly crushed, I slow the blender speed down and add one scoop of my favorite super greens powder and one scoop (25 – 30grams) of Bodyflex AM. I let it further blend for only 5-10 seconds as blender blades can harm the structure of protein powders and should not be used except to blend or stir in the protein at a last stage of preparation.
Voila! It’s ready to go. If I’m in a hurry, I poor it in a shaker cup with a lid and straw and off I go. In addition, I consume at least 3 – 6 grams of omega 3 marine mammal oil caps (higher in DPA than fish oils). All of my vitamins and minerals are included in Bodyflex AM. Do the same for the kids and watch them thrive! Many children who have used Bodyflex AM in the morning have the ability to sit still, concentrate and learn in school.
What is in Bodyflex AM?
Bodyflex AM contains Cold Processed Whey Protein Isolate, L-Lysine, L-Glutamine, L-Threonine, L-Proline, L-Aspartic Acid, a Multi-Vitamin, a Multi-Mineral, Glucosamine and is sweetened with stevia. Bodyflex AM does not contain any sugars or high glycemic ingredients, chemical sweetners or fillers. Bodyflex is great when added to a fruit smoothie to ensure that you are getting your complex carbs and fibre from the fruit.
Each 30 gram Serving Contains:
Medicinal Ingredients: Whey Protein Isolate 20 g, L-Glutamine 4000 mg, L-Lysine HCl 3000 mg, L-Aspartic acid 2000 mg, L-Threonine 1700 mg, Glucosamine HCl (Vegan) 500 mg, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate) 400 mg, Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 10 μg or 400 IU, Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate) 140 mg AT or 300 IU, Calcium (Calcium Citrate) 210 mg, Potassium (Potassium Gluconate) 185 mg, Phosphorous 130 mg, Magnesium (Magnesium Citrate) 84 mg, Zinc 20 mg, Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 10 mg, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 7.5 mg, Manganese 7.5 mg, Niacin (Niacinamide) 3 mg, Iron 2.5 mg, Folic acid 1000 μg, Biotin 500 μg, Vitamin A (Palmitate) 1000 IU, Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) 1000 IU, Selenium 65 μg, Chromium 37.5 μg.
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Chicory root extract, natural vanilla flavor, natural chocolate flavor (Bodyflex Chocolate only), stevia leaf powder, sea salt 95 mg.