As I flipped through the Winter issue of “Competitor” magazine last night, I stumbled across Allison Entrekin’s “Your Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions … And How You Can Achieve Them” article, starting on page 20. I know it’s mid-February, but that doesn’t mean the eating tip listed isn’t beneficial for athletes and people looking to improve their health.
I believe the most beneficial tip was resolution 4:
“Eat better. We endurance athletes pack a lot into our mornings – a training session, a quick cup of joe and a long commute to work. But if we don’t make time to eat a substantial breakfast, we’ll pay for it by dinner, when the only kind of vegetable that will sound appealing is a large bag of potato chips. ‘If you skip breakfast, by the end of the day, you won’t want carrots — you’ll want carrot cake,’ noted says Nancy Clark, MS, RD, a Boston resident and author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guideblook. ‘Have a hearty breakfast and a hearty lunch so you won’t be as hungry at nighttime and can make better choices.”
As someone who routinely skips breakfast — even though I certainly have the appetite to eat after I wake up, I just don’t like to force myself to eat that first meal of the day. It’s something I definitely need to begin working on in the future, especially as I continue to run and go for bike rides in the morning.
Active.com also stresses the importance of a healthy breakfast to keep you powered up all day.