Breakfast…Don’t Leave Home Without It

Over the last few days I spent quite a lot of time at various ShopRite stores.  Since last Wednesday I have been fortunate enough to meet with hundreds of ShopRite associates.  I decided to talk about this topic this morning because as I was leaving the Bayonne store last evening I realized I had a great admiration and respect for these very hard-working people.  I have been visiting stores with our company doing biometric screenings and consults.  I sincerely hope that a great many ShopRite employees are reading today’s blog because I would like to let you know that it was such a blessing to be at your stores.  I indeed felt fortunate to be in the presence of people who are hard-working, dedicated employees.  I know that all of you have been tired and yet still you welcomed my company with a smile on your face and a keen interest to learn more about health and wellness.  I feel as if I learned a lot about you and you learned a lot about me.  Over the next several weeks I will spend a lot of time blogging about all the questions you had and also my observations.

A common thread among many of you is breakfast.  I would venture to say that 80% of the associates I spoke with are not eating breakfast.  Many of you shared with me that there is simply no time (I know you are rushing to get to work on time).  Several of you told me that you  avoid eating breakfast because when you eat breakfast you immediately become tired.  One of the things that I am very excited about is that now that you are finding out where your biometric screening numbers are, you will consider how important it is to eat breakfast.  Here’s the thing, if you don’t eat your breakfast it is impossible for you to be as healthy as you can be.  If you eat the wrong breakfast you will of course become tired immediately.  My advice is what I shared with all of you that I have spoken with so far, eat your breakfast.  The best choice for breakfast are oatmeal (no, not instant) or eggs.  I recommended oatmeal to many of you because the best way to reduce your cholesterol quickly is more fiber and more cardio.

Please bear in mind that I will do a separate blog on how to reduce your cholesterol in detail.  For today I wanted to remind you that I noticed how hard you are working and I noticed your hours.  So we have to think about planning.  I am not asking you to do a lot of work in the morning mind  you.  For those of you who wake up at 4:00 AM to get to work on time, I know that it is unreasonable to spend an extra 30 minutes in the kitchen preparing your breakfast.  Therefore please remember what we discussed: make a big batch of regular oatmeal (I like steel-cut oatmeal) on your day off and separate it into five or six plastic containers.  The idea of course is to grab a container on your way out, grab some fruit and raw nuts, sprinkle with lots of cinnamon and a little organic maple syrup.  I tell you over and over about the cinnamon because it’s a great way to boost your metabolism – I use it in everything I can stand.

Sick of oatmeal?  Make a dozen hard-boiled eggs on your day off and keep them in the refrigerator.  On your way out grab the eggs, some fruit and raw nuts and remember please don’t be afraid of the egg yolks.  I also want to remind you that one of the best things you can do for your life in the morning is to drink a cup of hot water with the juice of one lemon before you even start the day.  Do that and you will never have to do any crazy detox.  In a few weeks I will send out my own personal oatmeal recipe.

I have had an unbelievable week so far and it has truly been such a joy meeting new members and getting to talk about health and wellness.  As all of you may have noticed it is a topic that I never get tired of.

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