Week 8 – Day 2

My power breakfast.

egg breakfast

From Dr. Oz’s Better Breakfast article, eating breakfast is critical for our bodies to start the day in the best way.
Consider the following breakfast benefits from a psychological and behavioral standpoint:

Minimize late-day cravings. Dieters often reason that if they are not hungry upon waking, then it makes sense to skip breakfast to “save” those calories. However, research clearly shows that skipping breakfast almost invariably leads to overeating later in the day, usually resulting in a higher caloric total at the day’s end compared to folks who eat a morning meal.

Set the tone. Starting the day with a nutritious meal is a way to remind yourself that you are a person who values healthy behaviors. Thus, as you proceed through the day, your subsequent choices around food and exercise may very well be influenced by your earlier decision to nurture your well-being.

Defend against deprivation. Eating a breakfast that you find tasty and satisfying will serve as powerful ammunition against those feelings of deprivation that sometimes arise during weight-loss efforts. When you start your day with an enjoyable meal, you will be less likely to feel the need to indulge later to “reward” yourself for your restraint.

Ease into your morning. Rushing out the door just minutes after waking is no way to begin your day. Instead, starting your day by calmly sitting down to a meal will allow you to organize your thoughts, to spend some time with family, and to boost your mood before you venture out into the world.

There are so many options for tasty nutritional breakfasts, and one of mine is the following – two scrambled eggs with zuccini (or mushrooms, peppers) a whole wheat tortilla and grape tomatoes. The glass you see has my daily chia seeds which I take every morning. This breakfast is perfect if I want to work out mid morning, as it keeps me full and provides me with a balance of protein, vegetables and carbs. Mom said it right – “Don’t skip breakfast!”

A Camino update

shell tatoo

Those who know me personally know that I am headed back to my beloved Camino this spring. In fact, I am but a mere 101 days to my departure for Bordeaux France, where I will meet up with my French Camino friends when we will once again undertake the Camino journey.

Many have asked me why I am choosing to redo something of such effort and distance. Believe me, the distance is not something I focus on, otherwise I might get a bit distracted from my true reason that is calling me back – simply said, I have much more to learn from the Camino. This may sound philosophical and a bit “emotional” and it should – – the Camino is not so much about covering some 800 km, but about the journey itself.

The Camino is about the people you meet, the friendships you make, the introspective moments you experience, the nature you admire, the memories you remember, the awesomeness of life you experience… and so much more.

This “get in better shape” blog series (My Dr. Oz project which will soon be called “DR Oz and other sources” project) will give place to my Camino blog. Last Camino, I leveraged my blog to allow family and friends to know I was fine, and to share my experiences and photos. This year will be the same as many mentioned they enjoyed touring “virtually”.

This year, my journey will likely include the entire Camino Frances route (800km), a short volunteering period in Santiago as a hospitalero (helping out at an albergue), a detour to Muxia (Spain) and a trek in Portugal. I then will return to Bordeaux France to spend a few weeks at my Camino friends’ houses. By the end of the trip (and almost 3 months) I likely will have walked more than 1,100 km, pending no health problems.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you, and want to thank my Sweetie, family and friends for their ongoing support!
Until then, I will increase my training so if you see me walking in Barrhaven with poles in my hands, and a backpack on my back – wave and say HI!
Buen Camino – – !