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11.20.2011

Start Your Day at ‘500

It Not Only Eating But Knowing To Eat                                                                                                                                          

Pendulum Row MachineDoug Scott is the Head Strength Coach at the Pingry School in New Jersey.  Doug writes a Newsletter for the School each month called Strength & Fitness Doug knows that kick starting your metabolism with breakfast is important for all teenagers.  The following is an excerpt from his Newsletter.

Pendulum Row Machine

Now I’m not mandating that you start your day at the predawn hour of 5:00 AM. Although, if any of you are awake you are more then welcome to join me for a morning jog.  What I am suggesting is that you realize breakfast is the most important meal of the day and start your trip to school with a 500 calorie, nutrient dense meal.

Here’s the scoop. When you sleep your body is burning energy, mostly carbohydrates that are stored in the liver, approximately 300-500 calories per night. Lets assume that you want to perform well in school. Your brain needs energy to fuel itself. The main source of “brain fuel” are carbohydrates stored in the liver as glycogen. So without a proper breakfast your brain is literally “running on empty”. So, top of your fuel tank by eating the following breakfast before school.

Bowl of cereal (no car-toons on the box) with 2% milk

Piece of fruit Juice – Orange or Apple

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