The company I represent continues to surprise me in small but meaningful ways.
With my current night-time job, breakfast is a bit of a conundrum. I’m always hungry by the time I get home at around 8:00 am, but I’m also super-ready for bed. I just know that if I don’t have something to eat, I’ll wake up prematurely. That’s a recipe for disaster, because there’s no telling if I’ll ever get back to sleep. Sure, I can survive for a day or two on three or four hours in a twenty-four hour period, but it can get messy after that.
The evolution of my breakfast (in this job) went something like this:
- Toast with peanut butter or jam
That became obsolete when I figured that all that sugar wasn’t good. So I moved on to:
- Ramen noodles with some protein, for instance a little chicken or a chickpea patty, which was satisfying for a while, but quickly paled when I realized just how many calories are in those noodles.
- Granola with milk was next, until I saw the amount of sugar in that stuff too, so that…
- Whole Oats with Flax (from my company’s healthy food range) came to my rescue. This is easily the best choice, because it fills me up, without all the calories.
Here’s the important part: You’d think oats with flax would be a standard item. They’re not. Compared with regular, supermarket brands, our product has:
- 66% more fiber
- 25% more protein
- 46% less sodium
- 33% less sugar
- more whole grains, and is an excellent source of ALA Omega-3, an important anti-oxidant.
I don’t like using the microwave, so I add a little boiling water from the kettle, a dash of milk after five minutes, and some fresh fruit (pineapple at the moment) for interest.
Okay, you say, it’s a better breakfast cereal, big deal. But let’s think of it this way. If you have breakfast at home five times a week, and you live for another forty years, that’s over 10,000 breakfasts. My point is that even a marginally better, less sugary, more nutritious breakfast will have an immense difference on your health when you add up the numbers.
The one-percent differences don’t look like much day-to-day, but they are unbelievably powerful over time.