What’s A Healthy Morning Appetite?
One of the top all-time questions I am asked as a health coach is “when do I need to eat breakfast by?” This is usually prefaced by comments like:
- I just don’t get hungry in the mornings
- I feel sick if I eat first thing
- I can’t face food until I’ve been up for a few hours
- I don’t have time to eat first thing
- I go straight to the gym as soon as I get up, so I can’t eat until afterwards
Whilst I’m not against purposeful fasting from time to time, and even believe that it can help you to become more insulin sensitive and thus drop body fat faster, my rule on day-to-day breakfast strategies is pretty simple. Eat protein. Do it within 30 minutes of rising.
breakfast: the key to super-charging your metabolism
We all know that eating a proper, healthy breakfast is important to maintaining a raring metabolism as well as to creating stable energy and good mental focus for the day ahead. But did you know that waiting till you’ve been up for a few hours to eat can put your body into a cortisol-driven and fat-storing state? This is particularly relevant if you suffer from busy-stressed-life syndrome (it’s a real syndrome!), if you’re training first thing, or if you’re human and tend to make poor eating choices later in the day if you don’t lay a good foundation from the get-go!
The truth is that you should be hungry if not STARVING within 30 minutes of waking. Feeling this way may not be common, but it certainly does reflect a healthy morning appetite! Recently I’ve had a few clients comment worriedly that they just can’t stop eating in the mornings and my response is GOOD. That’s awesome! Nothing better than a nice strong wake-up call from your metabolism to tell you that your hard work is paying off!
And I most definitely relate – sometimes I can hear my tummy growling before I’ve even removed my sleep mask. I’m more of a ‘live to eat’ kinda gal, so these are the days when I do tend to eat straight away no matter what. I have been known to go to work un-showered, make-up less, and with a full boofhead of frizz rather than miss my breakfast.
But there are also other days when I am so tired from the day before that I just don’t care, when I’ve pigged out until late the night before and probably am still digesting yesterday’s food, or when an accumulation of busy-ness and stress quite simply means that I’m just not hungry. These are the kind of days when I’ll be 2 coffees and a couple of blog posts in before I realise I feel like absolute crap and may have even gone past the point of no return in terms of the way I’m going to feel for the whole rest of the day!
Delaying your first meal not only can leave you dizzy, light-headed or just plain old tired and grumpy, but it can also severely ramp-down your metabolism, can elicit a lasting stress response based on your survival-instincts, and ultimately it can make it very tough for you to meet your fat loss goals. Not least because your defences will be far lower when you come across any tasting looking treats later on in the day!
My advice? You spend so much of your time; your whole life even focusing on other people’s needs and the urgency that comes from constantly wearing several hats at once. Why not make this one thing something you commit to doing for yourself no matter what?
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I kinda sorta did something REALLY not ideal! I made a mistake 😞
I then found about that mistake a day or so ago, when one of my amazing clients let me know!
I then fixed it of course, but since then something has been nigglin’ away at me telling me that maybe the mistake was a SIGN and a DIRECTION and I shoulda fixed it the other way!!
What am I talking about? My Easter Extravaganza Instant Manifestation Bundle, which is supposed to close TODAY in just a few hours, and contains 4 of my BEST money and manifestation courses, over 85% off!
As we do, we threw this thing together last minute like usual (aka KAT style) – and somehow managed to put THE WRONG PRICE on the sales page!!! ♀️
– Correct price on order form, when you actually click the buttons.
– Incorrect price on sales page. Doh.
The one on the SALES page was lower, about 25-30% lower than the already reduced 85% off! I think what happened is we copy and pasted off an old previous bundle sales page and so the old price just carried over.
Anyway, a few people pointed it out and obviously we honoured the mistaken lower price while fixing the page for future peeps.
BUTTT … I just felt ugh about it, y’know? Even though the lower price was a mistake! And even though the actual price was literally already 85% off for this offer!
It wouldn’t stop bugging me.
So, long story short, I’m changing it!
My Easter Extravaganza Bundle is now over NINETY PERCENT reduced … for anyone who already bought and paid full we will honour the lower price for you as well of course (watch out for an email later today!) and for everyone who has NOT yet, the price has now been adjusted on the sales page, DOWN!
And, because of the muck around and confusion, I’m extending my bundle sale for one more day into Easter Tuesday 🐣
Jump on now and grab four of my best Money and Manifestation courses now at 90% off, next 24 hours ONLY!!! 💥
Literally just as I finished writing this my brother walked in to my room with my (fixed!) phone. OF COURSE. Everything always works out in my favour. Just like I told ya. And just in time to snap a quick pic for this blog.
Get it! One more day! Lessssgooooo, now 90% off! https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/katrina-ruths-easter-bundle/ —> this price is CRAZY! Extra crazy!!
I wrote half of that with my eyes closed while having makeup done. #ninjaAF