Last year, I had a chance to re-think my meal routine after reading a couple of books on health and wellness. One of the books, written by a Japanese doctor, cited that the traditional belief that “you must eat breakfast, no matter what” was relevant in the older days when people got up early and worked in the fields, but does not necessarily fit into modern life. He also suggested that the body needs ample time to digest and detoxify what we consume, and often we put food into our system before the body completes this important process. True enough, with our lifestyles of having to work until late and the meal time being later than in the past, often the body just isn’t ready to consume food so early. Our body needs to excrete before it absorbs, and to help this important function, it is best to avoid anything solid for certain period of time, hence the suggestion that we skip breakfast. It made sense to me, so I tried it myself.
At first it was a struggle, but after weeks and months passed, I got used to the new routine. By the end of the year, I started seeing its holistic positive effects: my metabolism and digestion improved and I gradually lost extra weight which I have not gained back. I now wake up feeling lighter despite I having a square meal at night. I no longer hold back during my dinner with family, and I have more time in the morning.
Here is the best way to do this:
- Always have a large glass of water, with 1-2 slices of organic lemon if possible, to kick start the system.
- There are some suggested ‘liquid breakfasts’ that can help improve metabolism by warming the body:
- Ginger tea with honey or palm sugar. Ginger burns fat and warms the body, helping to detoxify. 75% of Chinese medicine uses ginger.
- 1-2 apples and 2-3 carrots juiced. Preferably organic, wash well and juice with the skin. Carrot Juice is a powerful antioxidant and a good source of Vitamin A. It is an excellent antidote to the harmful effects of toxins and heavy minerals. It is important to give a little sugar to kick start the system and also to last until lunch
- Have a light, nutritious lunch.
- Eat portion by portion. Food should be taken little by little rather than in large quantities. The body can only take so many nutrients at a time, and it flushes them out of the system if we eat too fast or too large portion.
- Eat more warm vegetables than salad. A bowl of salad is good but it cools the body. Most leafy vegetables contain few vitamins. Steamed vegetables in white colors, like cauliflower, cabbage or potato, help keep the body warm, again aiding to raise metabolism.
- Eat and enjoy whole foods with your family and friends!