A Good Diet Starts In The Morning

healthy-oatmealGood morning, oatmeal! That’s the first thing I say when I get to my kitchen. But it wasn’t long ago when I used to start my mornings with bread, butter, eggs, and bacon. Now that I’m a lot older and hopefully a lot wiser as well, I have shifted to a much healthier choice which is oatmeal.

My Super Breakfast

It has been researched over the years that it’s best to start the mornings with a cup of oatmeal. The health benefits of oatmeal is immense.

“Oatmeal in this day in time is considered by the American Heart Association one of the best ways to lower the risk factor of cardio vascular disease.”

Dr. Milady Murphy of Shelton State Health and Wellness Center adds this:

“It actually is very powerful. It’s cited by the American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association as being one of the most powerful superfoods in functionality to lower blood pressure, to lower cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, to regulate blood sugar, and to help someone with obesity …”

As much as oatmeal is considered as a super food, it’s also considered as “functional food”. This means that:

“… immediately after you consume it, it has all these … healthy blood sugar regulating benefits …”

Knowing that the healthy benefits of oatmeal take in effective almost immediately gives me an all-the-more reason to eat it.

Builds Up The Immune System

Part of the immensity of the benefits of oatmeal is the fact that it helps build up the immune system.

“Recent literature has also shown that it also builds up the immune system and may protect against certain cancers like breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men.”

And the healthy benefits just doesn’t stop.

“It contains antioxidants as well. So it has these benefits when you consume it consistently, whether it’s breakfast or for dinner … it doesn’t matter. It just has these super food type of benefits in the prevention of certain diseases.”

Oatmeal Is For Everybody

I remember growing up and eating sorts of cereals. I loved corn flakes, most especially the frosted ones. Then the flavored Quaker Oats came out and my mom made me eat that all the time. First of all it was quite easy to make it. It was just a matter of adding hot water. But that brought me to my saturation point of eating oats so when I started to live on my own, I went from bacon to eggs to breads to even cold pizzas. But now, I’m back to my good old oatmeal. I integrate my oatmeal breakfast with my diet delivery meal program.

It wasn’t really hard to go back to eating oatmeal because I had gotten so used to it when I was growing up. So I recommend that kids start eating oatmeal at an early age. They can skimp on their sugar-coated cereals and eat oatmeal instead. After all, oatmeal is good for everybody.

Go For The Real Oatmeal

But don’t get fooled with all the oatmeal products in the grocery store. Go for the “real oatmeal”. This is the kind of oatmeal that’s cooked in 20 minutes or so. The quick ones have been processed too much and have all been stripped from their super powers.

“The more processed oatmeal doesn’t have the powerful benefits as the non-processed oatmeal …”

With all the benefits of eating oatmeal, I know for sure that I start my mornings right.

 

Pre-Portioned Food For Weight Loss

healthy-diet-fruits-vegetables-01Pre-portioning your food is one weight loss technique that works. Preparing food with the right amount of calories and nutrients can bring about amazing results. You can eat any kind of dish just as long as it’s pre-portioned. This way, you wouldn’t have to starve yourself or crave for any kind of food.

Here’s the 1200-calorie meal plan of the Victoria Secret models.  If you notice (I’m sure you do), Victoria Secret models are super sexy. Their bodies are well-toned. Joanna Soh, a health and fitness enthusiast, shares the 1200-calorie meal plan.

“What I want to share with you today are some of the models’ favorite ingredients, some of their favorite meals and snacks that they like to have which will give them lots of energy for the busy day ahead yet at the same time, it’s full of protein and low calories.”

This 1200-calorie meal plan is low in carb and high in protein. It’s really an excellent way to lose weight since the meals make you feel satiated.

The Breakfast Meal

Since breakfast is the first meal, it’s really important to start it out right. This will initiate your metabolic rate for the whole day.

“All of us should have our breakfast within one hour of us waking up in order to kick start our metabolic rate and for our body to start burning fat.”

Here’s the yummy and filling breakfast that is packed with protein. The Eggy Oatmeal is very easy to put together.  All you need are the following ingredients:

  • 4 grams of oatmeal (This is equivalent to 148 calories and 4.4 grams of protein.);
  • 1 large egg (This is equivalent to 78 calories and 6 grams of protein.);
  • ½ of a medium sliced banana (This is equivalent to 52.5 calories.);
  • 200ml of water;
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder/Vanilla Essence (Optional)

The total calories for the Eggy Oatmeal breakfast is 278.5 calories and 10.4 grams of protein.

The Awesome Snacks

The 1200-calorie meal plan allows you to have some snacks. The snacks are very important because they will fuel you for the whole day. Here are the yummy snacks included in the 1200-calorie meal plan.

  • 25 grams of nuts (This is equivalent to 140 calories and 4.55 grams of protein.);
  • 100 grams of grapes (This is equivalent to 67 calories.);
  • 125 grams of Greek yogurt (This is equivalent to 98.75 calories and 7 grams of protein.).

The snacks will give you a total number of 314.75 calories and 11.55 grams of protein.

“This will keep you satisfied, keep you out of hunger, give you lots of energy to keep you going through the day, and at the same time to reduce your craving to avoid mindless munching.”

An Angel’s Lunch

An Angel’s lunch is huge in portion because it’s a main meal.

“As for lunch, because it’s in the middle of the day, it’s got to be a huge portion, something really quick and easy that doesn’t require cooking and it can be put together in under five minutes.”

So this huge pre portioned lunch meal is the sumptuous Grilled Chicken Salad that only has 202 calories and 25.6 grams of protein.

Another Snack For The Day

Despite the limited calorie intake of this particular meal plan, it allows you to snack twice a day. You can enjoy a creamy and refreshing glass of Berrylicious Dessert that only has 135.5 calories and 10.5 grams of protein.

Ending The Day With Healthy Salmon

The last meal for the day is the Salmon Spinach Frittata. Salmon has Omega-3 Fatty Acid that increases you metabolism. This delicious dish is heavily packed with protein and only has 272.3 calories. It’s the best way to end the day, to lose weight, and to keep it off.