Morning Drinks: What's Best for Breakfast?

4 years ago
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What's your favorite morning beverage? Coffee? Tea? Juice of some sort?

Me, I usually go for coffee, preferably with a bit of chocolate mint from our yard mixed in with the grounds. Today, though, I went with the carrot juice my husband made yesterday.

Coffee's acidity upsets my stomach if I have too much of it, and the caffeine can make me jittery, despite the fact I do have a bit of a physical addiction to the stuff.

As for carrot juice, I enjoy the taste and like to think I'll get super vision from it one day. It's also very good mixed with lemon juice, oddly enough.

We all know that eating breakfast goes a long way towards ensuring our brains work as well as possible, but what we eat is highlighted more than what we drink.

When you're short on time in the mornings, and maybe exceptionally tired, it's natural to want a quick burst of energy. When I was working 50+ hours a week at jobs I only did for the paycheck, plus attempting to write, plus taking care of the house, plus caring for pets, plus nurturing our marriage, plus about a thousand other things, I did everything I could think of to keep energy levels up.

Unfortunately, that meant a combination of coffee, junk food and energy drinks. Not only did that contribute to the touchy stomach I still sometimes have to deal with today, but it sent the negative parts of my dyslexia through the roof, while eroding the positives and all aspects of my health.

Now that I've finally been able to shave some stress from my life, I've been able to pinpoint some of what went wrong in my diet choices.

The biggest problem was with convenience and cost of healthy foods. I had neither the time nor the mental energy to read labels, much less make healthy meals. Instead, I turned to what was easiest to get ahold of - drinks created to make short term energy. They were only a buck or two a pop, I could consume them on the go, and they worked, at least for a few hours.

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