Monday, November 8, 2010

Healthful Breakfast Food

Southsider K. L. tussles keeping her weight at a healthy level, has age-related health issues, and recognizes the Jerkonians from Big Food have scammed Americans into addiction to their quasi-edible food-like substances; aka the American diet. She e-mailed me inquiring what I normally eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner, which will be the next several weeks’ topics.

Breakfast is indeed the most essential meal du jour. Skipping breakfast is common but not health chic. People believe they’ll lose weight skipping meals, but that’s not true; the body expects to be refueled with quality victuals a few times each day, starting with breakfast. In fact, people who eat a healthful breakfast are more likely to sustain a healthy weight

In The End of Overeating, Dr. David Kessler, retired head of the FDA, wrote how humans, much like Pavlov's dogs, have become hardwired to anticipate foods with fat, sugar, and salt that cause disease. The morally irresponsible clones from Big Food learned decades ago what human’s wanted, and are only too happy to give us what we crave. We become ensnared in an inhuman cycle of dopamine-fueled urges when we want food, and opioid releases when we eat it. Kessler says, “If dopamine and opioid sound familiar, it's because they play a major role in alcohol and drug addiction”. Kessler makes the connection between food's power over people, and the pull of alcohol and drugs.” It isn't a stretch to say, ‘I'm addicted to chocolate.’ Dr. Robert S. Harris, a professor of nutritional biochemistry at MIT, add, “Most people do not eat foods because they are good for them, but because the foods appeal to their appetite, to their emotions, to their soul."

In 1988 I weighed 300 pounds. My exercise was hoisting a beer and cancer stick repeatedly to my mouth. My favorite foods: KFC, Krispie Kremes, Poop Tarts, pan gravy, bacon, prime rib, cheeseburgers and fried anything I could outrun: pleasure my incentive. Vegetables and fruit were niggling addendums. Well, that didn’t work too well for me, so I ended up in the cardiac ICU with five masked strangers successfully performing life-support.

As Sandi and I slowly evolved, we abandoned Fruit Loops, deceptive Aunt Jemima, greasy fast food biscuits with sausage, eggs cooked in bacon fat, and instant Quaker Oats, then over time embraced even more innate, whole foods. Our breakfasts always contain fruit, protein and fiber. I mix breakfasts up since eating the same food day in and day limits availability and absorption of the 40 daily vitamins and minerals needed to heal, rebuild, and sustain the temple. We’ll eat Steele Cut Oats cooked in apple cider, cinnamon, and chopped apple one day, Kashi Go Lean cereal with walnuts, ground flax seeds, yogurt, and blueberries the next or toasted Ezekiel Bread with organic peanut butter. We also eat probiotic yogurt every other day. As a rule I don’t eat eggs, but if my temple urges me to eat one, I’ll eat one if, of course, only if it shot out of a hormone-free, local bird that ate its celestially designed diet of bugs, worms grass, and grubs. The disgusting ingredients in today’s feed are not what our creator planned.

Colon-cleaning fiber can be found in whole grains and fruits or ground up flax seed. Try a breakfast of a hardboiled egg, an orange juice and fresh cranberry blender smoothie. Sandi and I make a juice based smoothie every day to raise morning glucose levels gradually, not zoom, crash, and burn. Shun sugary, colored cereals, high fructose corn syrup, pastries, bagels, and white breads. They rapidly digest, spike insulin levels leaving you hungry and pooped in a couple of hours.

Outmaneuver Big Food terrorist by ‘breaking-the-fast’ with real, fresh, home-cooked, vittles, then only you control the ingredients. Add a teaspoon of love while you’re at it.

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