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What’s for Breakfast?: A key to A Successful 4-Hour Work Day

Filed under: 4-Hour Workday — by at 8:02 pm on Monday, April 8, 2013

Breakfast food on the kitchen counter

March was a rough month in terms of staying on track with my 4-Hour Workday.

Each day I began with good intentions. But then, after a couple hours of working at my desk, I would lose my concentration and focus. I’d then get pulled into Facebook, waste too much time and then stop for lunch and to do a few mundane tasks – like empty the dishwasher or swap the wash into the dryer. I would then sit back down at my computer to attempt to finish my list of 6 things to do that day.

Every night, when I laid down my head, I would beat myself up for not trying harder, for not applying myself, for frittering away yet another day. I would fall asleep, mad at myself.

Every day I’d awake with good intentions and to try again. Yet, the same cycle repeated itself.

I had no clue why, except it must have been been me not focusing or trying hard enough. I mean, what else could it be? What had changed?

Easter Monday I was talking with my husband while finishing my watered-down orange juice. My energy level plummeted – Darrell watched it drop like a rock and I felt it. I needed to lie down on the couch before I passed out.

It then struck me: family members had kindly made a run to Costco for us while they were here at the end of February . I had been drinking the Costco brand of orange juice the whole month of March. The juice was what was different?

Was the change in orange juice brand responsible for my lack of focus and energy? Perhaps, was it also responsible for the numb and tingling in my left foot, which was a new ailment last month? And the vague but persistent headaches.

But how is that even possible?

For the last umpteen decades, my breakfast routinely consisted of whole wheat bread, peanut butter and orange juice from concentrate – and a banana, when they were in a house. That gave me a quick n easy breakfast, which I thought was fairly healthy and balanced, and kept me going until lunch. It was what I knew and what I thought worked for me.

But, since substituting my OJ for water or green tea, I have felt more focused, more clear headed and the most of the strange pains have vanished.

I am deeply relieved that my lack of focus and productivity was not my doing, but rather my food’s.  However, I am now feeling unsettled because what I thought was good for me and worked for me is clearly not. Now I wonder if the general tired feeling that I have felt for ever was because of my food, not so much because of my cerebral palsy, which was one reason for implementing my 4-Hour Workday in the first place.

I now see how what I eat for breakfast is crucial in having a successful 4-Hour Workday.

What is on your breakfast menu? Does it keep you energized until lunchtime?

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Comment by Suzie Cheel

April 8, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

Yes food as i have found as part of my healing has a great impact on how we feel

I have analkaline breakfast most mornings og Quinoa flakes, cinnamon, fresh fruit- usually a banana and some berries with my organic coconut yoghurt that I make. yes it usually keeps me going until lunchtime. I have been reading recently though that a midmorning snack is good-

Comment by Susan Murphy

April 9, 2013 @ 3:54 am

I went to the grocery store a few weeks ago and picked up a decent quality blender, and a pile of veggies and fruit – kale, cucumber, avocado, ginger, celery, pears, apples, spinach, and so on. Also some coconut water.

Now, every morning I cram as many fruits and veggies as can fit into that blender and make a smoothie for breakfast. They don’t always look too appetizing but they taste really good, and the difference this one change has made to my energy and overall well being has been life-altering.

Comment by Sho

April 9, 2013 @ 7:01 am

I have given up carbs/sugars – and have never felt so ‘clear’ and had so much energy! breakfast is an egg/cheese/meat scramble. gets me through to lunch no problem at all – and without the mid morning ‘crash’ same with the afternoon – a dark green salad loaded with veg and no crashing in the afternoon.. 🙂

Comment by Karen Lynn

April 9, 2013 @ 9:40 am

Hi Glenda,
I sympathize with you, and understand those feelings to the hilt! I have had sensitivities to food all my life. Black eyes, bloated stomach, puffed fingers,stuffy nose- never knowing exactly what was causing it until now. I knew it always happened after I ate; along with the horrible feelings and cravings I had afterwards. I always knew something was NOT balanced within my body. Maybe it was the DPT shot which caused my C.P. but it got worse as I got older.

So glad you found out. What are you eating now to make you feel better for breakfast?

Comment by Paula Bright

April 9, 2013 @ 10:08 am

Another point to keep in mind that you may not have considered: When I turned 50, all kinds of small things started changing with my health, and have continued now that I’m almost 60. I spoke with my doctor and a nutritionist. Both told me that bodies do that with aging, and that needs can change greatly. So don’t beat yourself up about the breakfast that worked for you all those years…it could just be the aging process changing your body, and therefore what works for you. Hang in there, and happy birthday to the kitty.

Comment by Leon

April 16, 2013 @ 6:05 am

Glenda, thanks for sharing this, I’m so happy I’m not the only one who has spells like this. I get really hard on myself but have to realise we are all human 🙂

Comment by Tammy

April 24, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

I totally agree! Food (and water) makes a huge difference in how well I work and my happiness.

There are new studies that even show our mood and depression can be caused by the bacteria in our gut.

I love chia oats for breakfast (1/2 C raw oatmeal, 1/2 C non dairy milk or water and 1 TB chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes). I top it with blueberries. Then I make sure to get some greens (salad with strawberries, or green smoothie).

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