The simple concept that food is information, has been obscured by food processors and marketers everywhere. Food is important information you give your body, it can have a powerful effect on activating your immune system, preventing disease and maintaining a healthy weight.
Every single bite you eat contains a combination of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats along with vitamins and minerals, and sends a powerful chemical message to the cells in your body. In other words, everything you eat and drink, is digested, absorbed and sent to your blood to nourish your cells. Scientifically this is called nutrigenomics, the study dedicated to understanding how the food you eat, affects gene activation and cell reaction. This is why it is important to fuel your body with the foods it was designed to process and metabolize, and to understand how and why your digestive system works they way it does. You can imagine what a surprise it is when your body has to figure out what to do with highly processed, chemically and hormonally enhanced, and genetically modified foods. No surprise, it creates inflammation which is the building block of disease and a compromised immune system.
Food done right is a simple message to your cells to “power up, all systems are go”. It is important to include protein because it is one of the most powerful nutrients in the foods we eat, from both plant and animal sources. All of your body tissue is made up of protein, which is why it is vital to have enough protein in your diet to provide the building blocks for daily tissue repair. Protein is composed of a specific combination of linked of cells known as amino acids. There are 20 amino acids, of which eight are considered essential, you can only get them through your diet because your body cannot make them. So, it is important to fire up your metabolism by eating the right combination of foods, including protein, to tell your cells what to do.
Breakfast is one of those simple habits that can have cumulative lasting benefits. Starting each day well-hydrated and well-nourished will help to balance your blood sugar, lower your stress levels and provide energy to support the mental and physical activities of the day. The easiest way to ensure that you have a healthy breakfast is by planning ahead and having all the ingredients on hand. This is cost and time effective, a few hours of shopping and preparation on Sunday can set you up for a week of easy, nutritious and delicious meals, including breakfast. You can add variety by alternating between smoothies, chia pudding, overnight oats and deconstructed breakfasts, like a half an avocado on multigrain toast or a banana and a handful of walnuts. The key to successful breakfast eating is in the preparation, no one wants to be cooking 40 minute steel cut oats in the morning.
Now you know that the molecules in your food are actually messages telling your cells what to do. Food can communicate with your body on a cellular level and tell it what to do as well or better than medicine can. Food has an important function in the body beyond calories. 100 calories are not created equally in different foods. If you eat an apple for breakfast you are getting fruit acids, fiber and nutrients, like quercetin, which is a flavonoid loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. If you have a bagel you are loading up on empty calories from a processed carbohydrate that will create a pro-inflammatory condition in your body. Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to start your day by consciously choosing foods based on how they will affect your cells, not based on calories or time constraints.