Female Power Lies in Nutritional Balance – Part One
Morning has broken…and off to work
The morning, which comes after a night of fasting (and thus the origin of the word “breakfast”) should begin with a drink of water…in addition to coffee or any other hot beverage you usually drink. Water “breaks” the feeling of thirst that we sometimes confuse for hunger or fatigue. Therefore, you can’t overestimate the importance of drinking a lot of water throughout the day.
Many people glorify breakfast and say that it is the most important meal of the day. Nevertheless, it’s important to know that in order for the day to start out on the right foot, a balanced, dietary fiber-rich (whole-wheat bread, quaker oats, granola) breakfast combined with protein (dairy products, fish, eggs) that contributes to a feeling of satisfaction is recommended. This prevents a jump in blood sugar levels and assists in having a more balanced nutritional day. So eating a slice of whole wheat bread with white cheese or cottage cheese with fresh vegetables or yogurt with muesli or a morning drink, is an excellent offer for a new day.
Moreover, I don’t recommend beginning the morning with a sugar-filled meal, such as a bowl of sweet cereal and milk or a slice of cake/cookies/toast with jam. This causes an increase in sugar levels, and when the body balances them out, it leaves you with a feeling of wanting something sweet to eat. This impacts the food choices we make throughout the day.
The long-awaited break: lunch break
If you are one of those women who feel listless after lunch and look for something else to eat in order to feel re-energized, I recommend that you change what you usually eat for lunch.
As a main course, you should select a serving that is rich in protein, such as fish, chicken or beef. Take care that they aren’t coated in carbohydrates such as puff pastry, bread crumbs, etc., and aren’t floating in oily gravy. Chicken, turkey and beef products are good sources of iron and zinc. A deficiency of these nutrients is also connected to feelings of fatigue.
Foods rich in proteins add to a sense of vitality. Alongside the proteins, add a tablespoon of carbohydrates, preferably full grains, such as corn, brown rice, mujadarah, bulgur wheat, etc., and a variety of cooked and fresh vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and fresh baby leaves.)
We already talked about beverages… I recommend a vegetable-based soup that isn’t drowned in carbohydrates (corn flour-based or containing large quantities of rice or noodles).
And what about the hour that most makes us snack on rubbish stuff? Yes, we know these afternoon hours and supper time that make us fling off all restraint and rush to the refrigerator without thinking twice. This will be discussed in Part Two of my post.