It’s 7 a.m., you scarf down a bowl of cereal and two much-needed cups of coffee only to find yourself starving by 10 a.m. Sound familiar? Wellness guru Frank Lipman, M.D., says it’s all too common. In fact, almost all of us are getting breakfast “wrong,” which is leading to weight gain and fatigue. The New York City-based physician says what our bodies really need to start the day is healthy fat and protein.
A person’s diet, especially breakfast, should include “no gluten, no sugar and as little dairy as possible; breakfast is the meal people find the hardest,” Dr. Lipman said. “Part of the problem is that gluten is super addictive. You’re basically a drug addict, and [when you take gluten out of your diet] there’s going to be withdrawal.”
So gluten, meaning anything with wheat in it, leaves us feeling sluggish and dependent. But banishing bagels from the breakfast table is easier said than done, unless you have a decent substitute.
Dr. Lipman, who works with celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, suggests a breakfast of gluten-free bread with almond butter, an omlette, or kipper (a small salty fish) and eggs. If you dare, you could even eat last night’s dinner for breakfast.
Alternatively, you could try his brand of health and wellness products, Be Well, which includes protein shakes, like “Recharge” ($99, Bewellbydrfranklipman.com), which are packed with the right nutrients to start your day. With 21g of protein and a blend of mixed greens and organic berries, I was full until lunchtime.
Twenty-one grams of protein sounded like a good amount to me. But Dr. Lipman’s says numbers aren’t exactly his thing. “I’m not a calorie person,” he told me, adding that we don’t need a specific amount of protein first thing in the morning, just fewer carbs and more natural foods. That also means time isn’t the most important thing to consider when preparing breakfast. So none of that eat-20-minutes-after-you’re-awake stuff, just eat when you’re ready to start the day.
Admittedly, I’ve been hesitant to drink protein shakes in the past, since the taste can be really icky, but Recharge was pleasantly bearable. After I mixed it with a glass of almond milk, I got a creamy-textured, fruit and veg-flavored smoothie.
“My attitude toward food is that we need to eat real food, not food that’s been manipulated,” he said. “Try and eat as close to nature as possible.”
by Caroline Murray
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The New Year is viewed as a time to reinvent yourself and leave bad habits in the past. Topping people’s resolution list each year is the desire to lose weight. While getting healthy is an admirable goal, people typically tend to go about it the wrong way. Many resort to cutting out food favorites like carbohydrates and fats, and in doing so create a diet plan that is unrealistic to maintain throughout the year. The key to successful dieting is to make small changes that will transform your life but not your lifestyle. Here’s how to make the most of your New Year’s resolution:
• Eat breakfast. Did you know that in order to gain weight, sumo wrestlers in Japan aren’t fed breakfast? It’s true and skipping breakfast slows down metabolism and encourages weight gain. Start your day with a breakfast that combines fiber and lean protein in order to rev up your metabolism and keep you feeling full ’til lunchtime.
• Add more fiber to your diet. Fiber is the secret to easy and successful weight loss. It is the zero-calorie non-digestible part of a carbohydrate. The more fiber a food has, the more satisfied you will feel after eating, leading you to consume less throughout the day. In addition, fiber has zero calories — so you get to fill up without filling out.
Chances are your hair needs some TLC after a hectic work week and last night’s happy hour. Check out some super-easy tips from Natasha Sunshine of Byu-Ti Salon.
The MANE source of nutrition for your hair is a protein diet. If you want healthier hair, you need to make sure your diet consists of protein, water, iron and vitamin C. This will protect your hair from thinning, breakage and brittleness.
So, start your day with a protein shake.
Take a scoop of Power-gy protein and a scoop of almond butter, banana and one tablespoon flax oil. Mix in blender.
Protein for strength.
Almond butter and flax for omegas.
Banana for energy and potassium.
Other suggested protein-rich breakfast foods: Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs…just to name a few.
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