Rise up

It’s no surprise that breakfast being the most important meal of the day continues to stand true! I’m a firm believer that starting your day on the right foot means starting your day with a delicious, filling breakfast. Coffee not optional. Okay kidding, you don’t need to have coffee. However, your body performs many functions throughout the day and in order for it to function properly, it needs proper fuel!

We all live different lives, but the main thing I find to be really important is that we eat breakfast. If we don’t, we end being more hungry later on in the day and overeating to compensate for our hunger. That is just a recipe for disaster. So get up, have a kick-ass day, and eat breakfast! It doesn’t matter if you have an hour to sit and enjoy breakfast over your morning newspaper, on your way out the door, or over coffee with your co-workers.

Some of my faves:

  • A bowl of cereal (currently: Raisin Bran- I add bananas)
  • Scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, and sliced avocado (avocados=love)
  • A KIND bar and maybe a yogurt on the side (if I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to sit). The bar is easy to eat on the go and the yogurt I can just have when I get to wherever I am going.
  • Protein smoothie (usually after working out, but I enjoying making smoothies since they are so filling anyway)

Those are all breakfasts I enjoy and eat on a regular basis. Sunday morning, however, you can find me lined up outside a bagel shop, deciding between scallion lox or strawberry. Decisions, decisions. I LOVE a good bagel, and will gladly enjoy one, once every week or two. You may like different things, but the point is…eat breakfast! It will set up your day well and give you the energy you need to have a fantastic day. The most important meal of the day just happens to be my favorite meal of the day. Cheers!

Let’s talk about food, baby!

Food is fun. Food is delicious. It’s part of our everyday lives. It nourishes our bodies, keeps us going, and connects us with other people. I love that. It connects us with other people! What do we love about the holidays and festivities that happen in December every year? Some would say holiday music, lights, presents, traditions. I would say all the delicious food! Seasonal desserts, pastries, dinners, feasts, you get the idea. Dinner brings families together at the dinner table every night. We love to brunch with our friends on the weekends. We have favorite meals. Me? Breakfast is #1. Make me pancakes and scrambled eggs any day and I’m the happiest girl in the world!

Food is an integral part of our day, and rightfully so. What we put into our bodies is just as important as our daily routines. It fuels us through our busy days. Food is so good, that it affects the way we feel. For example, when I am celebrating a family member’s birthday with cake, I feel joy and happiness just from the moment itself. If the cake is realllllly good, even better.

With all the delicious food options out there, it can sometimes be overwhelming to feel like you are balancing enough between nutritious foods and yummy treats. That is why I believe in doing our best to make nutritious choices whenever we can so that when we want to indulge, we can without worry! Food is pretty simple. Eat good, feel good. Eat cake? Savor the moment and enjoy! It’s true we can say that certain foods are healthier than others. But just because you like donuts doesn’t mean you are making unhealthy food choices. If you are happy with your choice and it satisfies you and you have decided that yes, I damn worked for this…. then you have a healthy relationship with food. End of story. #relationshipgoals

With that in mind, food can be both nutritious and delicious at the same time. I think it’s important to still be mindful of what we eat, as there are many wonderful benefits that food provides us. So here is where I will share my passion for good food, thoughts, insights, and all the rest. This is my relationship with food!:p

-Vanessa