Breakfast…the most annoying meal of the day…or is it?

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How many times have you heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Jack in the Box even sells breakfast all day for this very reason…ha…I jest…as if the egg, bacon, and cheese croissant was the actual important part and not the time that you eat the meal. In all seriousness though, I am sure that you have heard people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are even good reasons given and research that supports them. The most common of these is that eating breakfast starts your metabolism for the day and helps you burn calories better throughout the day.

Now, this blog post is not about the reasons why you should eat breakfast. I am pretty sure that I don’t need to convince you that it is not a good idea to skip breakfast. Maybe I am wrong about this, but most people I know (even people that skip breakfast on a regular basis) are well aware that they should be eating breakfast. However, they come up with a bunch of reasons why they don’t….anything from “I don’t have time in the morning” to “I don’t feel like eating when I first wake up”.

Let me empathize with you here for a moment. Breakfast is a difficult meal to get a healthy balance of nutrients without spending a lot of time first thing in the morning when all you want to do is sleep and then get out the door. What is there to have? A bagel? A bowl of cereal? An English muffin? Eggs (nope, takes too long)? Are those complete balanced meals? No! So how about an English muffin, two eggs, and some fresh fruit? Great….oh no, wait…takes too long and I don’t want to eat all that food in the morning anyway.

So, what is the solution? Well, the easiest solution that I have found is Shakeology! Now, I know what many of you may be thinking….here he goes with the Shakeology again. Get off of the Shakeology already. OK…yes, I sell the stuff…yes, I make money if you buy it from me. I don’t intend to hide that. But, I am also a user of Shakeology and have it every day for breakfast. And, you know what?…I don’t have to worry about whether or not I am getting a balanced meal and I don’t have to worry about the time it takes to prepare. I can even have it at work a little later if I am not ready to eat at 5am.

Let me tell you a little story about Shakeology and breakfast. Growing up, my Dad pretty much never ate breakfast. He often didn’t eat until 1 or 2 pm and ate dinner at 8 or 9 pm. Recently, he was diagnosed with type II diabetes and was placed on medication. For a while, it seemed as though he wasn’t going to put up a fight but now he has made some major life changes and is fighting back. Soon after I became a Beachbody Coach he asked me about Shakeology and bought some for himself. At the time, I wasn’t using Shakeology and wasn’t really interested because I hadn’t done any research and thought it was just another shake.

My Dad has been using Shakeology as his breakfast for almost 4 months now and just told me that he is off of his diabetes medication! Now, he says his numbers aren’t perfect or anything but he is off the medication! Please don’t get me wrong, I am NOT saying that Shakeology single-handedly cured diabetes here. As I said, he made several major life changes, including exercising regularly (treadmill, Power 90, etc), eating better and losing upwards of 30 pounds, moving his dinner time back to no later than 6pm, AND eating breakfast! Shakeology was what allowed him to have a simple nutritious breakfast that he didn’t have to worry about or mess with…easy.

So, can you cook up a bunch of food and get a well-rounded, healthy breakfast without Shakeology? Absolutely! If that works for you, please keep doing it. But, if you are one of those people that has trouble with breakfast and you know you should be eating it, think about giving Shakeology a try. For the price of that Starbucks latte, you can have a well-rounded breakfast that is worry free. Here is a video about what is in Shakeology and why it is a well-rounded, nutritious meal:

If you want to try Shakeology absolutely free, just click here to find out how you can get a sample from me. If you want to go ahead and order some Shakeology, just click on the banner below. Feel free to contact me at ryan@tribasetraining.com

Have a healthy morning with Shakeology!

Ryan Chapman
B.A.S.E. Training
www.tribasetraining.com

2 Comments

  • Jason Troxel

    June 28, 2010

    Ryan,
    I think that what you’re really talking about is prioritization of desire or if you want to think about it in the manner that Tony Robbins quantifies it: the amount of pain that you’re willing to endure and what actions cause the least pain. From personal experience, I would say that there are a great many driving factors for foods that drive toward consumption – taste, convenience, social aspects, marketing, apathy, availability, and hunger. Your point above, while intellectually correct, assumes that all indulgences are desire driven; I counter that they’re not.

    Of course one could argue that the dedicated reader of your blog is already geared toward making a change in their lifestyle. However, without that assumption the “can’t miss” first step is to make a choice – the individual has to choose to make a concerted effort to try to make better choices. The second no-kidding step is to educate yourself enough to be capable of making those better choices. And, I would argue, that the third step is to do what you may have unconsciously done yourself – find a substitute that is more rewarding than the food itself and make a conscious association to that reward.

    Perhaps you lose 10 pounds and you get a massage or a mani-pedi. The rewards have to be bite sized to be really reinforcing. You’ll recall that Jeff and I and you all did our “weight loss compititions” in San Diego and there – even though the actual “prize” came at the end, there was a constant reinforcement by being able to brag, talk smack, and share the accomplishments. We were pretty successful there all things considered. However, when we went our separate ways back to our families that constant reinforcement and feedback loop dropped away; at least two of us gained some or all of our weight back.

    The other thing that I think is important to work toward is disassociating food as a reward system. Using the habit you’re trying to break as a reward for reducing your habit is an negative reinforcing system.

    Maybe my point is this – if people find a benefit in limiting their choices of favorite foods, then by all means please do so! But I like your blog and I feel that you could maybe explore some more of this concept of how an individual actually battles all the drivers of food indulgence.

    Thank you for the great articles – keep up the great work!

    • tribasetraining

      June 28, 2010

      Jason,

      I can only assume that you made this comment on the wrong blog post. I believe you meant to post this against my article entitled “A compromise on Nutrition….pick your battles”….located here: http://tribasetraining.com/blog/?p=116…however it showed up on this article about breakfast and Shakeology.

      I had trouble tying your comments to this blog post until I realized that you must have been talking about the other post…yes?

      Anyway, I do (whether consciously or subconsciously) write my blog with the reader in mind who is already concerned with making good decisions and is in the process of educating themselves to make such decisions. The article is intended to make people think more about those things that they do only because of some of the things other than taste that you mentioned (convenience, marketing, social aspects, etc). My intent was to drive the already purpose driven reader to think more about some of the things that eat just because everyone else does; or because it is convenient; or because it is there in the house and thier spouse bought it. I was driving them to remember that they have goals that they are trying to meet and that they would do better to only allow the indulgences for those things that they really care about. So, yes, this is decidedly written toward someone who is already making lifestyle changes and not those who need to make that first step…this is intended to help with the second step.

      Now, in relation to your third step of finding a substitute. I hesitate to agree with you in the strictest terms. I think that, if you associate your lifestyle changes with small rewards that are bite size like you say, then the change becomes less of a lifestyle change and more of a temporary challenge. Your reason has to be to better yourself and become more healthy and not just to get a mani-pedi. On the other hand, I do think that it is helpful to give yourself challenges or rewards in small chunks that drive your resolve to become more healthy…in other words, the directly relate to your health and fitness and drive you to continue. Clothing of a smaller size is a common one and athletic events are another common one. Athletic events are my driver obviously. I sign up for events (triathlons, runs, etc) and I set goals for myself. My increased performance at each one makes me want to continue whereas a mani-pedi does not drive me to continue getting healthy. This may not work for everyone but I think rewards that are completely unrelated to your health can be dangerous and cause relapses…because maybe you don’t set another reward or goal after that mani-pedi that you earned and you end up gaining the weight back. Not sure if I am making any sense here or not but I think my point is to make your rewards continue to drive your health and fitness goals by making them closely related.

      On antoher note, I did not think about anyone making the choice to keep something on their short list for social reasons or convenience reasons….but I see the point there. Maybe someone would want to keep Bud Light on their list of indulgences for the weekends because they drink socially (not because they really like the taste of Bud Light (bleh!).

      Anyway, thanks for comments and thanks for compliments on my articles. keep the comments coming.