A Serene Breakfast Makes For a Blissful Day
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well sort of. Yogis believe that during lunch time digestion is working at full capacity, so you should be eating your biggest meal. But breakfast, on the other hand, is the meal that helps to outline what your day will look like.
We’ve discussed how your morning beverage impacts your day. For the most part, tea is my morning beverage of choice. If you’re a vata or a pitta then this is likely the case for you. These Ayurvedic doshas are strongly affected by coffee, so it’s pretty much a no-go. For an out-of-balance vata, anxiety quickly becomes a problem and for an out-of-balance pitta anger is often the resulting emotion. Coffee in itself causes the anxiety that plagues a vata. For pittas, coffee generates heat which leads to the resulting anger. Also read: Your Health on Coffee: 7 Facts To Change Your Perception.
But what about the rest of the meal? What should you eat? For me, rolled oats are the ideal breakfast choice. Slow cooked rolled oats with a few raisons, soaked nuts, honey, and a banana are ideal from both a mental and physical perspective and here’s why:
Oats help to get your digestive system moving forward and they also keep you fuller longer, which helps to avoid the immediate pangs of hunger caused by sugary cereals. Additionally, soaking nuts over night, maybe raw cashews or peanuts, allows them to be more digestible. Make sure you choose raw nuts because much of the nutritional density has been removed from processed nuts that have been salted, roasted, etc.
And rather than brown sugar or other sweeteners, honey is ideal. Don’t cook the honey in the oats, but rather add it last, just as you’re about to eat it. According to one of my teachers, Stephanie Keach, honey is one of the only sweeteners that add nutrients instead of just being less bad for you than the others, if that makes sense. But again, if it’s heat processed that all gets taken away. I wrote over at Breathe magazine that honey keeps free radicals at bay, it contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5, and B3 (the vitamins depend on the qualities of the nectar and pollen in your area). Besides the above, copper, iodine, and zinc exist in it in small quantities. If you have allergies, honey can be beneficial because it allows you to adapt to the seasonal pollen in your neck of the woods. And bananas are also a good choice because they aid in the release of seratonin which makes us happy. Cheers to that.