**This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins**
By Daja, Contributing Writer
A Tale Of Two Breakfasts
Here are two scenarios for starting my day. In the first scenario I get out of bed and am immediately behind the eight ball. My to-do list is a mile long so I don’t make breakfast a priority. Breakfast consists of coffee and little else. Maybe a quick piece of toast or a banana. Good enough, right?
In the first scenario, I am famished by 10AM. I’m testy and irritable and ready to eat my own arm. I also have a hankerin’ for carbs that nothing will satisfy but a big pile of processed junk. Mount St. Carb. It’s a beast. I want cereal, chips, cookies, whatcha got? I want it. Now.
In the second scenario, I am quite satisfied, even tempered, and able to wait until lunch time for my next decent meal. I have no particular cravings. But, if I feel the need for a snack, carrot sticks or a Nick Stick’s will totally satisfy. It’s all good.
The difference? For me, the biggest difference between the first scenario and the second is PROTEIN.
How Increasing Protein Intake Can Curb Cravings
What My Body Is Really Asking For
I know, through a lifelong process of trial and error, that when I get that insatiable desire for empty carbs and sugar my body is begging for energy. At that point, the quickest form will do. My body is crying out for energy now! But, if I give my body the fuel it really needs for sustained energy, I don’t need nor want the empty carbs.
I may be craving an entire bag of BBQ potato chips, but what I really need to be doing is increasing protein intake to about 20 grams of protein.
Revving Up Your Metabolism
While you are sleeping your body’s needs are fewer, so your metabolism–that is the chemical process of using the fuel in food to power everything we do–slows down. When that alarm clock goes off, your needs increase. Ideally, your metabolism should also speed up to provide for your body’s needs. What does it need to speed up? Like any good machine, it needs more fuel.
You’ve heard the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that may be true, if you’re fueling up with a donut or just coffee and toast, you’re probably not doing your body any favors. Those carbs and sugars will be burned up very quickly, leaving you feeling depleted and perhaps even anxious, as your body searches for new fuel sources. If it doesn’t find them it may just decide to slow back down and burn less fuel. Uh oh. That’s not good. Weight gain anyone? [source]
To keep that metabolism movin’ and groovin’ give it the fuel it’s really looking for! What it really wants is a source of energy that isn’t quickly burned up, that it can really work on for a while, creating more heat in the process. (This process is called thermogenesis.) Proteins burn longer and slower than carbs. That’s why you are satiated (not hungry) longer after eating a surf n’ turf as opposed to a bowl of cornflakes. [source]
Speaking of cornflakes…Do you know how the notion of cold breakfast cereal got started? There are always food fads and they are always changing–at various times in history dieticians have vilified eggs, salt, butter, protein. We’ve seen it all, right? In the late 1800’s the killer was protein. Protein was enemy number one for the health conscious. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg ran a health clinic that did interesting things like give people yogurt enemas. He also advocated for the removal of virtually all protein from the diet. The primary reason was that he believed that it was important from a health standpoint to lower everyone’s sex drive. (No, I’m not making this up!) He believed that protein in the diet was responsible for active libido and that was downright scary. #hideyokidshideyowife Dr. Kellogg to the rescue along with his brother, Will. Ta-da! Dry cereal = low protein breakfast. No more bacon, sausage, eggs. No more sexy time. [source]
Increasing Protein Intake
I know, for myself, I need protein in the morning in order to feel my best, think clearly, and to avoid rabid cravings followed by a sugar binge. I believe every person is unique and there is certainly no one-size-fits-all approach. But, for myself, I like at least 20 grams of protein in the morning. It’s a decent goal for me to try to meet my protein needs early in the day, to sustain me as a I chase around these 9 children.
Although it’s incredibly enjoyable to get your protein from eggs and bacon, sometimes, we need a little more help. That’s when a product like Vital Protein’s Collagen Peptides can come in mighty handy! Unlike gelatin, collagen peptides are soluble in cold or hot water. So, you can stir 2 scoops into your juice, tea, coffee, oatmeal, smoothie, etc. No taste. No grittiness. Just a boosted nutritional value to get you through the day. Done and done.
Collagen is the most common protein found in the body and is the key component of all connective tissue. This means that getting enough collagen is vital for your hair, skin, nails, tendons, joints, and muscles. Hello! We are talking about a real powerhouse to add to your breakfast routine! Say hello to protein and goodbye to excessive cravings!
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