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Food Coma

How I Defeated Food Coma

I HAVE BEEN EATING THE SAME MEAL EVERY MORNING FOR THE PAST 60 DAYS, AND THIS RITUAL CONTINUES.

It’s kind of odd that there are only so few selections for our daily breakfast. I suppose there's a universal morning craving for caffeine, carbs, and some saturated fat. Caffeine to fuel our day, while carbs to fill our stomach hunger. Doesn't it just sound too familiar and almost boring? Coffee, eggs and toast?

BUT WHAT DOES BREAKFAST DO TO OUR BODY?

As a design student, I find it hard to even have breakfast along with my daily morning rush. So I managed to master cooking a fresh nutritionally dense breakfast in under 15 minutes, every morning. I call this breakfast, The Unseasonal Tradition. I want to express my gratitude to Richard Rodriguez, a health conscious UCSF student who gave me this recipe, and also gave me permission to share this hidden gem to you all :)

Here are his notes, and what the breakfast contains:

  • Eggs - The most naturally bioavailable form of animal protein. Cholesterol is essential for membrane stability, hormonal function, but we only need ~200 mg a day (1 egg). I like to halve the amount of yolk I have in my eggs to reduce cholesterol intake, and it also leads to a better tasting, fluffier egg.
  • Steel cut oatmeal - Rich in soluble and insoluble fiber to slow down digestion and allow for more complete absorption, as well as add bulk for regularity. Also has properties that boost thyroid hormone and indirectly testosterone, while lowering LDL, the harmful form of cholesterol. Also rich in iron.

  • Malt-O-Meal - A fortified wheat cereal that adds great texture, dramatically increased nutrition that is dense for those trying to put on lean mass.

  • Milled flax seed - Super food. Rich in both forms of fiber, has phytans to balance absorption of divalent metals/seep out heavy metals from GI, also rich in ALA, which although not substantially converted to useful omega-3’s, is still making up the deficit most of us live with.

  • Pumpkin seed - Seeds generally are poorly understood. Pumpkin seed in particular is rich in zinc, which in bioavailable form boosts dopamine, testosterone, GH, skin cell turnover, wound healing, immune system, and reduces fatigue. Also has an omega-6 FA which inhibits bacteria from setting up shop in our pores. 

  • Cinnamon - Increases insulin sensitivity, never a bad thing.

  • Banana - Very high in potassium, which many of us are deficient in, and when not fully ripe, has a decent amount of fiber and adds sweetness to the mix.

  • Dark chocolate - Antioxidant, source of l-dopa like molecules, theophylline, a stimulant/bronchodilator, and with the tremendous flavor make the meal solid and craveable. The single addition that makes the meal eatable on a daily basis.

Directions and instructions will be posted soon*

Breakfast is key to defeat food coma.

"I have not brought a single cup of coffee since school started"