There’s only one word to describe my Friday: Yikes. After attending a sales meeting from 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. with minimal breaks, my brain was fried. I was up at 5:15 yesterday…which isn’t that early to me, since I typically wake up around 5:30 for my daily workouts. Waking up wasn’t the issue. Putting on a suit at 6 a.m. ON A FRIDAY…the only business casual day of the week…now THAT was my issue.
Typically, I’ll eat a piece of fruit such as an orange, clementine, or a cup of strawberries daily around 6 a.m. before I head to my work’s gym to complete my cardio workout. Today however, there was no time for a gym workout. I had to be dressed and ready by 6:45 to catch a shuttle! Since this is wayyy to early for me to eat a full breakfast, I packed it to-go. I had the utmost intentions of eating a filling breakfast…I made homemade oatmeal the night before, packed nuts and granola for toppings, and rounded it out with a yogurt and an orange for some vitamin c. Good intentions…yes. Good execution? MAJOR FAIL.
I barely had time to scarf down my yogurt and half of my orange before the meeting began! You might be able to guess what this resulted in. By 9:00 (one hour into the meeting, mind you), I had a grumbling tummy and a major headache. A quick search in my purse lead to a Clifbar saving the day, or I guess just saving the hour. I was hungry again by 10, and honestly, no matter what I consumed for the rest of the day, I felt continuously hungry. I hate that feeling!!! Plus, it almost always ends up with me snacking mindlessly.
I wanted to address this because this hasn’t happened to me in almost a year. I don’t let it happen by making sure I consume protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates at breakfast. I start with my pre-workout piece of fruit, have a post-work out fruit bowl, yogurt for calcium, and usually, at least during the work-week, homemade oatmeal with nuts for healthy fats, a handful of cereal or granola for additional toppings, and some syrup for sweetness.
Since beginning to read food blogs last year, I’ve gotten a zillion and one oatmeal recipes, so it never gets boring! To me, a filling, well-rounded breakfast gives me more energy, increases my productivity, and gets my day going.
What do you attribute your energy to each day? What’s your favorite oatmeal recipe (excluding bananas!)?