Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Breakfast in the cave.

You know that old saying about breakfast being the most important meal of the day? Well, it turns out there is something to that.
Eating a nice amount of protein first thing in the morning can help normalise your body's insulin production for the day. Notice I said protein? That's the important bit. If you start your day with "healthy" cereal or toast, then your insulin will spike leaving you ravenous for more food within about two hours...And have you ever read the recommended serving on a cereal packet? Its about 30 grammes! Seriously! My budgie would want more than that. How can you as a big mammal, weighing a couple of thousand times more than a budgie survive on 30 grammes of cereal for a third of a day?

The fact is, you shouldn't be eating any cereal, cos it spikes your insulin, causing your body to convert the blood sugar to glycogen and stuff it under your skin as fat...leaving you hungry for more. What's worse, is that many of the chemicals that make up the average cereal inhibit your body's uptake of essential vitamins and minerals. They just clog up your gut and won't let any of the good stuff in.

   So what should you eat? Eggs, lean meat, fresh fruit, nuts (not peanuts, though, they are legumes). Some mornings I love kippers and scrambled egg, or 100% meat sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes . A proper "unhealthy" fry up that has left me several stone lighter and my body free of the transfats and other poisons that you get in cereals, bread, pastries and waffles.

  I know from experience that it's not every morning that you feel like cooking, so sometimes I make a fruit smoothy in the blender. I then add a scoop of hemp protein and voila! I'm good until lunch. It's the protein that's the important thing. It sates your hunger, raises your metabolism and fuels your body with the highest grade energy it's possible to get. It is also absolutely impossible to eat so much pure protein that you get fat. Your body will only process a certain amount and will never convert it to glycogen and stuff it in your fat cells.

   Here's a recipe for a quick fix breakfast (or lunch) that will really get your motor running in the mornings and not leave you bloated, gassy or feeling down like so many modern foods.

  Curried Turkey and Bacon Salad


  • A slice of raw turkey breast per person.
  • 2 slices of bacon per person.
  • A tomato per person.
  • A handful of your fave salad leaves per person.
  • A handful of sliced cucumber per person.
  • A curry powder that has no soy or wheat or starch in it.
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive or coconut oil

Chop the cucumber and tomato as small as you like.
Throw into a bowl with the leaves and toss in some oil and lemon juice.

Next, thinly slice the bacon and turkey (So it cooks quicker). and throw into a very hot pan. (I prefer coconut oil for this as veg oil has a tendency to go trans-fatty at high temps).
Sprinkle a good amount of the curry powder over the meat and stir fry until it's all cooked. (If a wooden spoon will cut the turkey slices cleanly, then it's a safe bet they are cooked through).

Tip over the salad, stir in and enjoy!
If it's a cold day, top off with a poached egg and you'll be ready to take on the world!

Seriously, try eating properly first thing in the morning and see how you feel by 10 or 11 O'clock. I guarantee that while your mates are flagging and waiting for the sandwich van to call round, you'll be fine!

Till next time!


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