One of the many life-changing things I learned at Green Mountain (a place that people see as a weight loss retreat but is so much more than that) was to eat a satisfying and filling breakfast – one preferably consisting of 2-3 servings of carbohydrates and 1-2 proteins, depending on what works for you and your body. Life before Green Mountain consisted of an energy bar while sipping coffee in my car. Life before Green Mountain also consisted of high-fat, high-carb lunches, which I have no doubt were a result of my insubstantial breakfasts.
Before Green Mountain, I knew the basics. I knew I needed to eat breakfast for a better functioning metabolism and consistent energy throughout the day, but I didn’t realize my breakfasts (or lack thereof) weren’t sticking with me and were actually causing me to overeat later in the day. It makes sense now, but at the time, I just thought that my usual selections of pizza and subs at lunch were a lack of discipline and willpower. I didn’t know that when we are calorically deprived, we can crave refined carbohydrates because they quickly fill us up and are digested faster than protein or fat, so energy gets to the body faster.
I would venture to say that one of the biggest contributors to my weight loss since coming to Green Mountain was finding a breakfast that works for me. Now, I feel tided over until lunch and don’t become so ravenous that I make poor food choices. And because I am balancing my plate better, I no longer crash after lunch from a diet of refined carbohydrates.
Some people find one breakfast that works for them and stick with it. This has certainly been my M.O. and I want to share it with you. I call it my “Green Mountain Sundae.” Take a look at today’s Foodie Friday video for several ideas to help you find YOUR filling breakfast(s), but in the meantime, treat yourself to this amazing breakfast concoction and let me know what you think!
Green Mountain Sundae
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoons of raisins
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of flax seed
- 1/2 banana
Now for the video….
(Email viewers, head to the blog to watch.)