Monday, January 13, 2003

Personal Trainer

Start day with high-quality carbs

By Dave Patania

Question: You recommend eating oatmeal every morning. Is that really necessary?

Answer: I recommend oatmeal because it is a high-quality carbohydrate that provides your body with the energy to perform/exercise at your best. Because it is an unprocessed food, it is hard for your body to break down; thus, it provides a slow release of energy.

Low-quality carbohydrates, such as white flour and high-sugar products, get utilized by the body too quickly send insulin levels flying and get stored as body fat rather than used for energy production.

Nevertheless, oatmeal isn't all that I recommend for the morning. There are many high-quality carbohydrates, such as brown rice farina (brown rice milled to a fine consistency). Brown rice is one of the best carbs you can eat. It is loaded with nutrients and has a good

amount of protein.

You also can use "brown" cream of wheat, found in health food stores. There is a variation of oatmeal called Steel Cut oats, oatmeal milled into smaller pieces for a creamy consistency. A coarse whole-grain wheat English muffin is great for breakfast, too.

It is important to have a well-rounded meal in the morning that includes a quality protein, such as egg whites or Egg Beaters for lean muscles and recovery, along with the quality carbs and a cool glass of water. Shop around and find other types of healthy, quality foods for variation.

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