Meat & Nuts for Breakfast?

People often ask me, who are my gurus? Well, one of them is Charles Poliquin and recently I read an interesting article by him. It was not only interesting to read, but interesting to try for myself.

Charles Poliquin states in one of his recent nutrition articles that a rotating meat and nut breakfast is his single best dietary tip for optimal leanness, energy and sustained mental focus. He goes on to say that,

“Clients ranging from NHL & NFL stars to corporate executives rave about the increased mental acuity and focused energy they derive from this food combination.  The meat allows for a slow and steady rise in blood sugar. The nuts provide a great source of healthy smart fats that allows the blood sugar to remain stable for an extended period of time. ”

Furthermore he goes on to say that,

“Multiple studies on employee productivity or on children’s attention patterns have demonstrated that a high protein breakfast does not only impact on the energy and productivity levels of morning till noon, but extended its positive way in the late afternoon.”

So I decided to try it out for myself. Within a few days I began to notice a difference in the mornings. Since I’m a Health and Fitness Coach/ Personal Trainer, I’m usually awake at ungodly hours of the morning to coach clients. So at 5am I need something quick and filling to get me through those first 3 hours of activity. What I noticed straight away was that I felt more awake and alert. I also felt satiety, but not full and sluggish. Furthermore, my thoughts did seem clearer and more focused and my cravings for processed carbohydrates diminished for the remainder of the day.

Some clients have reported back the same results and the females especially noticed feeling lighter through the tummy.

Here’s an example of a few of my quick morning meat and nut rotations.

200g piece smoked Duck

Hand full of Walnuts


200g smoked Salmon

Hand full of Almonds


150g smoked Mackeral

Handful of Cashews



About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

3 Responses to Meat & Nuts for Breakfast?

  1. Linda says:

    Would eggs have an equivalent impact since its still a protein?

  2. Pingback: Walnuts for Brain Health (via OREGON ATHLETIC CLUBS) « Bangkok Personal Trainer

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