Okay - I understand we're not all hungry in the morning. But, you need to eat within an hour of waking in order to jump start your metabolism so that your body starts working efficiently and starts burning calories. If you're trying to get away with not eating just because you're not hungry, because you think food = weight gain or fat gain, you're just wrong and begging for the backfire (which, I promise you, will hit hard). A lot of people try to get by with just some juice, coffee or a smoothie. I am a very firm believer in a STARCH to start the day, as those fantastic complex carbohydrates fuel your brain (important in the morning, yes?), give you instant energy, and when done right, will give you a boost lasting a good 3-4 hours. Although a slice of whole grain toast with some almond butter (mmm) is sufficient, with a latte or very small glass of juice (though juice is really a rip-off from the actual fruit - another blog entry in itself), my favourite breakfast takes ten minutes and its benefits last ALL day long.

LARGE FLAKE OATMEAL WITH BLUEBERRIES (and half a banana if you have it for some potassium!) Oatmeal and frozen blueberries are things you can have on you at all times. Yes, you have to cook it stove-top, but do we really want to always "zap" heat into our food anyway? It's kind of nice to cook old-school. It feels more real, and a better way to deal with real food. So, toss 1/2 - 3/4 cup of oats into a small pot. I like to add some milk and some water, because it tastes so decadent with a little milk.... cook it at 5. Stir every few minutes. 1/2- 1 cup of blueberries when it's heated. Stir around. Mm - look at the steam from the clash of temperature. WARNING: it turns purple. Fun for the kinds though, right? It's so pretty! Trust me, it's so delicious. Whole foods, jam-packed with nutrition. It is cancer-fighting, energy-boosting, mood-boosting and fat-blasting. What's not to love?

(Can you tell I just finished a bowl?)

Try it - because even if you just start with this one meal, it will completely change the way you feel, and the way you decide to eat for the rest of the day. If you've invested in yourself with a great first meal, why spoil the feeling and the benefits with the second? You're on your way to great health and a better life. Trust me.

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