Due to an enormous amount of requests this will be the first of many nutrition blogs. Please note that I am not a nutritionist, just someone whom has learned a lot in my own experience.

The whole “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” concept is a farce. Have you ever noticed that most cultures outside the U.S. have a very light breakfast, if anything? This is not an accident. During the hours from 2am until 10am your body is still in cleansing mode. In other words, why load up your body with food when your digestive system is not yet finished cleansing from the day prior? Our digestive fires do not kick in until after 10 or 11am, so until that time allow your body to clean itself out. This will prevent sluggishness, lack of energy, bloating, and constipation. You can aid the process by drinking herbal teas (ginger gets the system moving), drinking plenty of water, coconut water, fresh fruit or vegetable juice straight from the juicer (avoid bottled if possible), and even a small cup of organic coffee. In other words, only liquids during this time of day, but have them in unlimited amounts. By the time lunch arrives you will actually be hungry for it instead of just eating because you are “supposed to”. Not to mention you will have more energy before and after your meal because digestion is heightened.

If the idea of waiting until 10am to eat solid food is frightening to you then have some water rich fruit like watermelon (hence the name), papaya, or canteloupe. You can do this to ease your way in. Try it for 7 days and see how you feel. I bet you will have more energy and stamina throughout the day. If you are by chance up before 4am and exercising vigorously in the morning as I am in India then see if you can hold off until 9am or 9:30am. Again, a 7 day experiment will help you find the ins and outs that work for your life.

I attribute the breakfast craze in America to consumerism. Cereal vendors need to make a living too I suppose, right?