When transitioning to a macrobiotic diet, it may be challenging to know the best foods to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And introducing yourself to a new diet can be intimidating. But don’t let this discourage you – discovering unique meal ideas can be fun and exciting. Additionally, building a positive relationship with healthy foods from the beginning will help you to continue to improve your health and life. It is important to understand that a transition to a macrobiotic plant-based diet takes time. We encourage clients to start simple. So here are some easy macrobiotic breakfast options.
Why Should You Eat Breakfast?
When confronted with the question of why we should eat breakfast, several may respond with the common phrase, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Contrary to public belief, however, this is not true. It is essential to distinguish the fact that breakfast is vital while acknowledging it is NOT the most important meal of the day. The meal you should never skip is lunch. Lunch is the most important meal because it stabilizes and regulates our blood sugar levels. Meaning eating a healthy lunch creates strong energy throughout the entire day. And your energy will not go up and down while working, watching the kids, etc. However, that should not undermine the considerable grounding effects that macrobiotic breakfasts create.
Though breakfast may not be as imperative as lunch, it is just as necessary to eat as it provides numerous health benefits. Concerning one’s preparedness for the day, consuming a balanced breakfast each morning equips individuals with higher focus energy levels. This consistent nourishment is particularly crucial to kids going to school and their ability to concentrate. Also eating breakfast has proven to keep the metabolism active all day and promote standard weight management.
Macrobiotic Breakfast Tips
One of the simplest habits that people can change to improve their diet is by adjusting their sleep and eating schedules. For instance, rising early and regularly eating breakfast between 5 am to 8 am allows you to feel more awake and prepared for their day.
To wake up this early, you must get the right amount of quality sleep. To avoid inadequate sleep, do not eat late at night. If you are not careful, you may face detrimental consequences, such as slower metabolism and digestion rates and decreased energy levels, by not getting enough sleep and eating too late at night.
Overnight, our bodies are actively cleansing and repairing themselves to prepare for the next day. If the stomach is full of food at night, then the body’s efforts will redirect itself towards digestion, rather than focusing on restoration. Instead, we recommend that people stop eating at least 3 hours before going to bed to feel more alert and hungrier for a macrobiotic breakfast the next morning.
There are several other measures to implement while eating any macrobiotic meal. For instance, improving one’s health may be as simple as fixing their posture. Sitting down while eating best supports the efficiency of the metabolism and digestive tract. Furthermore, taking at least 20 minutes to eat a macrobiotic breakfast instead of rushing your meal is helpful. This practice, as well as eating without distractions, such as technology, promotes positivity and mindfulness for each day. While these straightforward routines may not initially feel as significant as getting good sleep, they can ease the digestion process, improve your mood and make you feel invigorated.
Macrobiotic Breakfast Foods
A plant-based macrobiotic diet primarily consists of grains, vegetables, soup, fermented foods, and other natural, vegan food products. With grains and vegetables being the epicenter of the diet, it can be difficult at times to discover new macrobiotic breakfast foods. We recommend that your macrobiotic breakfast has a grain-based dish with light vegetables on the side. For the basis of any breakfast dish, some great grains for breakfast include, but are not limited to:
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Discovering New Macrobiotic Meals
At SHI, we are committed to supplying our clients with the practical resources and tools they need to thrive in their diet. We provide courses, webinars, and retreats to educate others about the macrobiotic diet and how it can improve their lives.
To learn more about macrobiotic breakfasts and other meals, contact SHI today.