Many of you have asked about what I eat for breakfast. I recall that when I was a youngster, there was a cereal that advertised itself as “The Breakfast of Champions.” It used to feature well-known athletes on the box. Well, as a child, I certainly wanted to be like that. Of course, I didn’t understand how such a breakfast would help or what it actually would do for my body, but the box was impressive.
It wasn’t until recently that I actually got a grasp of how ingredients of this and other cereals might have affected my body. As much as I wanted to be a champion and eat the wheat with sugar and pasteurized cow’s milk, my grandparents thought it best that I didn’t. They would set a bowl of oatmeal before me. I wasn’t too happy about that at the time, but I ate it. And today, I’m really glad I did!
You might be thinking I found out about the hybridization of today’s wheat, or how gluten negatively affects the physical body, or the danger of GMOs. Yep, these would all be good reasons to avoid wheat products, as I have. But what I just discovered was that, according to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat was treated with herbicides—mainly glyphosate, which is known to have lethal toxicity to mammals. That means us! It’s a common practice for wheat farmers to soak their fields with these chemicals, which kill the wheat and increase the yield of seeds, allowing for an early harvest and a larger profit.
This may be another reason to consider breakfast the most important meal of the day!
So, what do I consider the breakfast of champions? Not wheat! Personally, I’m fond of organic oats. I found out that my grandparents were right about oats’ life-giving properties. I was further inspired to eat oats by reading Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss when I was younger. I was impressed by how oats pulled cholesterol out of the body and assisted in keeping the heart healthy. And of course there are the testosterone-boosting effects of “feeling your wild oats”! Need I say more?
Oats help you pack on lean muscle mass as well. I used to put raw organic oats in a thermos with hot water in the evening and let it soak overnight. Now, I just add the oats to hot water and let them get softer, then mix half a cup of oats with half a cup of raw hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are an incredible superfood with more digestible protein than meat, milk, or eggs. Three tablespoons alone contain 10 grams of protein and 120 calories.
To this I add a handful of apricot seeds that I’ve powdered in a coffee grinder. There are many studies showing a connection between amygdalin, which is richly supplied in apricot kernels, and the destruction of cancer cells. Additionally, apricot kernels are a staple in the diet of the Hunza people, one of the longest-lived populations on the planet. They consume 200 times more B17 (amygdalin) from apricot kernels than the rest of the world, with no cases of cancer.
I then add raisins, pomegranate seeds (when they are in season), and coconut milk. Pomegranate has some amazing anti-cancer benefits as well as benefits for anyone who suffers joint pain. This is a big plus for anyone who is athletically vigorous.
This breakfast has served me quite well, from both a health and an athletic perspective. It may really be the breakfast of champions! Why not give it a try?