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5 Better Breakfast Ideas

5 Better Breakfast Ideas

If you typically grab a granola or cereal bar for your breakfast meal and head out the door (if you even grab anything at all), you are making a grave mistake. It’s vital that you fuel your body well during this first meal of the day or you’ll find yourself suffering from low energy, food cravings and you’ll have a harder time controlling your appetite throughout the day.

That said, if you eat the same thing daily, you’re bound to get bored and turn to lesser healthy options, so that needs to be avoided as well.

Let’s take a quick peek into five better breakfast ideas that you should consider using and interchanging to help you lose weight.

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Yogurt Parfait

A Greek yogurt parfait is an excellent choice to get your day started off right. Pair it with some fresh berries and nuts or unsweetened coconut for a great start.

You want to always do your best to get all three nutrients into your morning meal – proteins, carbohydrates, and dietary fats.

This meal will do that perfectly.

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Yogurt Parfait

    Protein Pancakes

    Protein pancakes are another option to consider. Whip these up yourself using egg whites, protein powder, dry oats, and any berries you desire.

    Cook them as a normal pancake and they’ll be ready in minutes. Top them with some sugar free syrup or some natural nut butter and more fresh fruit.

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    Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is a classic standby that you can dress up in a number of different ways. It is important that you choose the unflavored variety of oatmeal otherwise you’ll be taking in far more sugar than you should be. Try adding a scoop of your favorite protein to your bowl of oatmeal and then add a sliced banana and some slivered almonds, peanuts, or diced pecans. You can also cut an apple up into the oatmeal, add some cinnamon along with walnuts and some vanilla protein powder.

    Oatmeal is filling, healthy and, just by adding different toppings, it can be made in a variety of ways.

    Scrambled Eggs

    Scrambled eggs are another great option that you can tailor make to your own personal preferences. This is also a great way to get more vegetables into your day, which most people have a hard time incorporating to their daily meals.

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    Scramble up your eggs and then serve them alongside a diced sweet potato hash, lightly pan-fried in some olive oil.

    Poached Eggs

    Finally, don’t overlook poached eggs. This is one way to prepare your eggs that so many people forget about but can still be a very healthy approach as it requires no butter or oil.You can use poached whole eggs or just the whites if you want a lower fat option for your breakfast meal. Serve these over some Ezekiel bread if you can have the carbs or simply a bed of spinach if you are on a lower carbohydrate diet.

    Add some fruit to top it off and get your fiber and antioxidant intake up and you’ll be all set for optimal success.

    So there you have some quick and simple breakfast ideas to consider as you go about your fat loss diet plan. If you get a bit creative and have five or six classic stand-by options to choose from, you can rest assured that you will be getting good nutrition in with each morning meal you eat. That in turn may just make the difference of whether you stick to your diet over the long run or not. Eat well in the morning and you’ll see success.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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