The 7-Day Breakfast Experiment

 

Every day our bodies give us different signs or symptoms of balance or imbalance – a headache, stomach ache, acne, etc. Rather than trying to hide these symptoms by popping a pill, it’s worth trying to understand why you’re feeling these things in the first place. Even our emotions and mental clarity is worth some investigation. Feeling light and happy? It may be due to your diet! Have a headache often? Perhaps you’re missing some nutrient-rich sustainable foods in your diet, or are getting too many processed foods, or both. When we get these signs, it’s our job to figure out what is going on.

THe 7-Day BReakfast Experiment from The Kicking Kitchen

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The more you can tune in to your body, doing your best to figure out what is “off,” the healthier and happier you’ll be. This can definitely take some practice!

As a way of tuning into your body and learning to listen to its messages, explore eating a different breakfast every day for a week. Write down what you eat and how you feel – the good and the bad – both right after eating and again two hours later. Sit quietly after you eat and reflect. Note how your energy level, your moods and your physical symptoms are affected by the food in your body. Then, you can make changes in these choices to improve your diet and health. 

Below are some various suggestions for each day of breakfast. You may wish to substitute other options for your experiment.  

 

Day 1:  Eggs

Day 2:  Scrambled tofu with tamari soy sauce

Day 3:  Oatmeal or any grain product

Day 4:  Boxed breakfast cereal

Day 5:  Muffin and coffee

Day 6:  Fresh fruit

Day 7: Fresh vegetables

 

What I ate                                 How I feel right after eating                   Two hours later

 

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Day 6 …………………………………………………………………………………………….……..…………………………

Day 7 …………………………………………………………………………………………….…….………………………….

You may discover from this exercise that you are unusually sensitive to certain foods or that certain foods just don’t sit well with you, especially the highly processed food choices. A food sensitivity or allergy, or feeling tired, unhappy, unfocused, having aches and pains, may be your body’s way of telling you to start eating foods more appropriate for your current life goals.

 

Adapted from Integrative Nutrition.