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Breakfast

I am a big believer in eating a hearty breakfast. when you think about it most people haven't eaten a full meal in 10 to 12 hours, and your body needs fuel. Look at it this way, you're not going to leave on a trip with an empty gas tank. You just won't get very far. Same thing with your body, get a good breakfast and there will be no need for energy drinks to keep going.
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