Muesli is considered the classic healthy option, while grabbing something quick from the bakery is for those on the go. There's only time for an egg on the weekend. But is muesli really that healthy? And is a sweet treat from the bakery truly the only fast solution?
We are constantly being advised to eat carbohydrates, such as muesli and whole wheat bread, for breakfast to give us energy. But a bowl of pasta at lunch demonstrates the often adverse effect of carbohydrates—when we sub-sequently fall into an afternoon slump. Carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels, and consequently serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter for relaxation and well-being, so it transfers this information between the nerve cells and makes us feel tired. As such, carbohydrates are ideal for dinner, but not necessary throughout the day.
Even for those who avoid carbohydrates for dinner, consuming this macronutrient during the day will not enhance weight loss or reduce overall body fat. Instead, only energy levels will be reduced. This is one of the best tricks I adopted from one of my early mentors.
Excellent breakfast options that do not contain a lot of carbohydrates include:
– Beef carpaccio with olive oil and sea salt
– Smoked salmon and avocado
– Scrambled eggs with caviar
– Steak and macadamia nuts
– Veal burger with feta
– Trout fillet and pine nuts
You can also use any other combination of high-quality animal protein and healthy fats.
There is one thing I have noticed that all my clients have in common: Every single one, without exception, experienced higher energy levels during the day after adopting a new breakfast regime. That's why, whenever I'm advising new YPSI clients and athletes I always ask about breakfast first. It has a huge influence over our performance.
And that's only logical, because the first intake of food determines the neurotransmitter balance and therefore our mental performance for the rest of the day. This breakfast increases dopamine and acetylcholine, the neurotransmitters responsible for energy, performance, attention span, and drive.
All the best with eating animals for breakfast!
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Picture: Beef carpaccio with sea salt, olive oil, arugula and some Parmesan for breakfast. Especially raw meat has a great effect on dopamine level which optimizes cognitive and physical performance.