Last week was my first week following the Reinvent programme. The focus for week 1 was to introduce more fruit and vegetables into my diet, with the aim of eating the rainbow. Reinvent week 2 the importance of breakfast builds on this by getting into good breakfast habits…
Reviewing my Goals For Week 2
- Replace coffee with fruit tea. – I’m down to one coffee a day and drinking more fruit teas which I’m really enjoying.
- Up my water intake. – Bit hit and miss but definitely increasing
- Meal plan, shopping list, online shopping. – Epic fail this week, no real planning which definitely impacted on my progress
- I am rubbish at eating breakfast and having a morning routine. I need to start! – Yeah this continued, although I did manage to eat breakfast at least 50% of the time.
- Up daily fruit and veg intake to 5 a day minimum. – This is improving, but I’m not quite at 5 a day minimum, but there is a definite improvement.
- No processed vegetarian replacements. – I have managed this pretty much almost 100% of the time, I had one slip up and had a couple of quorn sausages, so I’m really pleased with that.
- Find healthier snack alternatives for my sweet/savoury needs – I’ve definitely reduced the snacking, but I’ve had crisps and chocolate biscuits that I need to consistently replace with healthier alternatives.
Reinvent Week 2 The Importance of Breakfast – A bit of a Challenge
This is a real challenge for me because I am rubbish at having breakfast. In fact, I am rubbish in the morning full stop. Primarily because I have absolutely no routine.
I work from home, teaching online, so the only absolute essential is that I have to make sure that I am at my desk by 9.00am. That’s it. My children are all in their late teens, so there is no school run to do. I don’t have to commute, and anything else can be ‘delayed’ until later in the day… Walking the dog, exercise, eating breakfast!
There are lots of reasons why you should eat breakfast.
- Decreases the risk of chronic disease.
- Balances blood sugar.
- Provides you with energy and assists with weight management.
- Kick starts your metabolism.
- Improves concentration and assists with mood.
- Breakfast is a great opportunity to get vital nutrients into your day.
So why do I still struggle?
I don’t know. I’m pretty sure that it’s because it’s a habit that began when I started secondary school. I had a long journey to school which was 15 miles away from where I lived and took about an hour. I would leave home at 7.20 in the morning, and in order to get more sleep in I would skip breakfast or eat it on the go.
It didn’t help either that what I ate had no nutritional value at all. Everything I ate was rubbish. Apple turnovers and doughnuts from the bakers, sugary cereal, toast, so I was trapped in this blood sugar roller coaster that I am still on 25 years later.
This week has been no different, even with the specific focus I’ve struggled. I just haven’t managed to eat proper breakfasts this week, and it’s definitely because of the lack of routine. Which I plan to work on in the forthcoming weeks, so that I can make eating breakfast one of my new healthy habits.
Getting into the habit of eating breakfast every day is just one aspect of making positive changes, the other is to make sure that I’m planning and eating healthy breakfasts that set me up for the day.
Protein based with 1-3 portions of fruit and vegetables every morning. I’ve not done too badly with that this week. When I have eaten breakfast, I have managed to follow those guidelines for a nutrient rich breakfast, through tasty smoothies! Puriton protein mix, almond milk, berries, banana and cherries, which I’ve really been enjoying.
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The key thing for next week is to really get into the breakfast eating habit. So I’m going to start actually getting up when my alarm goes off and start making and eating breakfast an actual thing!
I also need to make sure that I am properly meal planning and going for it, cooking the meals that I’ve planned and building these new habits.
Again, this week I’m also going to try and get more pictures of what I’m eating, I’m hoping it will help me keep my mind focused. But it’s quite difficult to keep on top of that because it feels a little bit unnatural snapping away!!
Next week the focus will be mindful snacking, watch this space!
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Disclaimer: I have been offered a subscription to reinvent free of charge in return for documenting my experiences via the blog. All opinions as ever are my own!