Going for gold, an olympic breakfast
|My valiant but rather pathetic attempt to create an olympian breakfast of organic yoghurt granola and fresh fruit|
How can anyone not be proud when the once in a lifetime event comes to your country.Even if you were not born with David Beckham´s left foot,or have little or no interest in sport, the Olympics are history and something to be proud of.The UK will probably never be able to surpass Kylie Minogue arriving on a giant flip flop in Sydney 2006,the jaw-dropping scale of the Beijing opening ceremony, or Torvill and Dean Boleroing to become the first non-Soviet dance pair to win Olympic gold in 1984.However lets not jump the gun and get off to a false start.If the relay is going to be won and gold achieved, the team of athletes must have the perfect start to their day.It's advice that tends to get drummed into us from an early age: "Eat your breakfast! It's the most important meal of the day".Yet many of us just can't face food when we first get out of bed. Or, we're too rushed to get out of the house, so we simply don't bother.Eating breakfast increases the metabolic - or calorie-burning - rate. Consequently, you have more energy and weight control is easier. Watch out for foods heavy with refined sugars, like pastries and sugary cereals. These foods offer calories without many essential nutrients. High sugar foods and drinks may also cause your energy to soar briefly before it falls to lower levels. You may feel more drained and hungry, even if you ate breakfast. In the summer my day begins with a homemade fresh fruit smoothie. Pineapple, melon,bananas,peaches,nectarines, fruit juice or whatever else is healthy and close to hand.After fasting all night, breakfast can kick-start your energy level. If you choose healthful, slow-burning foods, like whole grains and fruits, you should be able to control your appetite until midday.Breakfast is the all important meal of the day and most of all to the Olympic athletes.The 2012 Olympics are about to get under way in London and I have created a breakfast for champions.Good luck to all nations to bring home gold and what better advice and encouragement than found in the words of the first verse of the Portuguese national anthem.
Heroes of the sea, noble people, brave, immortal nation, raise today once again the splendour of Portugal! Amid the mists of memory, Oh Fatherland, feel the voice of your distinguished forefathers, that shall lead you to victory!