I have mentioned few times that I have love-hate relationship with food. My tendency is to have a non-stop meal when I am bored followed by regret/sadness. I am glad that it has been better recently compared to mid 2017 but the struggle to eat right consistently is still there.
As my struggle continues, I notice how breakfast has a huge role on my future meal of the day. When I choose the right meal, it gives me joy and happiness. On the other hand, when I start with something too sweat, I tend to feel sick and crave for the rest of the day. Thus, I start to come with two rules for my breakfast.
First rule is to eat things I love that don’t make me sick. What does this mean? I eat whatever I want, as long as it does not have any negative impact on my stomach health. On savoury side, crisp and fried food are my favorite things. On the sweet side, cheesecake is my hero. However, I will not eat these three things in the morning, regardless how much I love it as it will have negative impact for my day (ie. sickness or tendency to eat junk food the whole day). I also don’t eat cereals in the morning as it makes me want to eat junk food later on the day.
After a while, I have found my true love for breakfast: toast, banana, and peanut butter/jam/Nutella. When I crave for savoury breakfast, I’d go for toast & eggs. (PS. Now you can see how toast is my source of happiness, hahaha!) I realize that peanut butter is full of fat and still not so healthy but these combination makes me happy. It makes me ready to face this unpredictable world with positive mind. So, every morning – after my training routine, I usually have this combination. I consciously ignore my coworker who tease me with ‘oh – that’s look healthy’ statement whenever they see my plates full of banana, toast and peanut butter. I don’t care, it makes me happy – short and doesn’t harm long term – so I’ll have it.
Second rule is to eat healthy thing in the morning. This way, I am less concern if I don’t have a chance to have vegetables or fruits on that day for whatever reason. To accomplish this, I have my green juice before or during my morning training. It is made from green vegetable (spinach or kale), carrot, and 2 types of other fruits (usually among tomato, apple, pear, orange, or berries). Truth or myth, I have a belief that this juice supplies my body with fiber and vitamins.
If you notice, I put rule no.1 as food I love, instead of healthy food. There is a valid reason for this: allowing me to eat things I genuinely love in the morning suppress my will to binge eating on that day. Of course this statement is not always true but it is 90% of the time true. It really helps me not to buy a big pack of crisp + french fries + spring roll + full portion of Chinese take away + half round cheese cake and finish it at one go.
So… yes, I treat breakfast as my treat. No matter how hard my day will be, at least I have that 15′ to eat things I really love and get ready to face the world. Breakfast is my life therapy.