A few years ago I decided that I would get up when I woke up. Consequently, I don’t usually do early morning appointments. Today was a little different and I had to leave the house at 7am. To my utter amazement it was still dark! I can’t believe I am going to say this but I actually thought “standard time is a good thing this time of year” even though I loathe the thought of it being dark before I am ready to end my day and settle in for the evening. However, that is really not the point of this blog. I hadn’t gotten very far from home when I noticed a long string of cars in line at a fast food restaurant- over 20 of them. Yes, I counted! I was at a red light – nothing else to do. When the light turned green and as I was pulling away one of the cars merged onto the road. It happened to be a brand new, very nice, expensive car. Now, I’m not proud to admit this – because it was judgmental- but my first thought was, “geez they have their priorities a little messed up. They are driving a great car, but giving their body a much less than great breakfast.” I won’t go into a long diatribe about the negatives of processed, fast foods, and additives that we can’t pronounce as opposed to the benefits of real food. I’m, for now, going to assume you know what I’m talking about. I’ll save that for another blog. Suffice it to say, real food is always the best choice. Then I calmed down and realized we are all over-scheduled. Fixing a healthy breakfast takes some thought and planning. Let’s face it, it’s time consuming. And sometimes (most of the time) that extra hour in bed wins out. Preparing something in advance is always an option, but frequently people with families are helping with homework and getting the kids ready for bed. People without families are trying to fit in errands, household chores, and some semblance of a life outside of work. In our world today, convenience is king. And guess what? I hadn’t prepared a meal either. But here is the big difference. I have a box of Hope Reset Bars. They contain 30-40% of an adult’s daily nutritional requirements, are non-GMO, gluten free, sugar free, have pre-biotic fiber, a perfect balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6, and most importantly they taste great. And they are real food! So I’m covered. I keep a couple with me all the time. When I am out running around and can’t stop to eat I have a back up bar! Even though I am not trying to lose weight, they can be used as a meal replacement for people who are on that journey. In fact I use them in my coaching program, “14 Day Jumpstart to Reset Your Metabolism”. So it’s pretty much a win-win. Here’s the best part. Every time I buy a box of bars the same nutrition is sent to a malnourished child somewhere in the US or around the Globe. The Hope Bar Project is dedicated to eliminating childhood malnutrition! It truly is a win win – for your body, your soul, and children!
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