This Is What the Co-Founder of Health Yoga Life Eats for Breakfast
Vyda Bielkus has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years, so her nutrition is of utmost importance.
We don’t need to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In this series, we’re asking top doctors, fitness pros, and dietitians for a sneak peek into their kitchens, so we can see what’s on their breakfast tables.
Claim to Fame:
Vyda Bielkus, co-founder and CEO of Health Yoga Life, is a busy business owner running and operating two yoga studios—one in Beacon Hill and one in Cambridge. Health Yoga Life offers yoga teacher training, online coach training programs, yoga and meditation retreats, and corporate wellness programs, as well as everyday yoga classes ranging from Power and Groove flows to Mind Meditation.
What She Ate:
She has eaten practically the same breakfast every single day for the last 10 years—talk about consistency! She scrambles two eggs in 100 percent grass-fed butter, adds 1/2 an avocado, and pairs that with crackers like Mary’s Gone Crackers and sauerkraut. She likes the Farmhouse Culture brand.
Why She Chose It:
“Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years I really had to educate myself about food,” she says. “You can’t live a healthy life on preservatives, sugar, soda, and hydrogenated fat.” She notes the importance of continuously evaluating your choices, pointing out that what once worked may not work for your current lifestyle and age.
For example, the sauerkraut in her breakfast line-up was a recent addition because it is filled with probiotics, which aid in gut health. She walks a baseline of five miles per day and practices yoga for strength and flexibility, so eating breakfast keeps her full until she can get to her next big meal in the afternoon.
If you need to make lifestyle changes, she advises people to not delay. “Start making some changes today,” Bielkus says. “Look at what you’re doing and make one change, or maybe two. Start there. As you continue to stay consistent with healthier swaps, you’ll feel better, which will make you want to keep up with the changes.”