Have you ever wondered what the country's smartest, most powerful women eat to keep their minds and bodies in peak condition? You're about to find out.
Last night, I attended an event for two of the most revolutionary women alive: Jill Soloway, creator of groundbreaking Amazon series Transparent, and Gloria Steinem, an activist and leader of the 1960s feminist movement. The two sat on stage at UCLA's Royce Hall in Westwood, California, exchanging ideas about the state of the country. At 82, Steinem is as acute and profound as ever. Over the course of the evening, she offered resonant soundbites of wisdom, like "I'm a hope-aholic," and "We move at the speed of trust." We all listened with reverence, Soloway included.
When you get the chance to meet someone you greatly admire, often the first question you want to ask them is something simple—something that will allow you a little window into their daily life. So it makes sense that at the end of the event, Soloway's first personal question for Steinem was the following: "What do you eat for breakfast?"
Soon it was revealed that both Steinem and Soloway's breakfast choices have something in common—in fact, it's the one thing that nutritionists, athletes, and successful career women all agree is essential to their health and productivity. Keep scrolling to discover the breakfast ingredient that Gloria Steinem, Jill Soloway, and many other successful women swear by!
Steinem is not only razor-sharp, but she's also a physical anomaly—her skin seems not to have aged at all over the past 20 years. The secret to her ageless body and mind? Caffeine.
"I've always lead a somewhat disorganized life; generally I just eat whatever was left the night before… chocolate cake," Steinem answered facetiously. "But if left to myself, I have scrambled eggs and a chai injected into my veins."
Soloway's breakfast is also caffeine-centric. "I like to start my day with a coffee while I read the New York Times," she said.
Generally, people tend to have mixed views about how "healthy" caffeine is. But according to nutritionists, caffeine plays a role in the diets of many healthy, productive people. "A sensible amount of java can do a body good," says registered dietitian Dana White. "A small jolt of caffeine can benefit circulation; plus, there is a myriad of antioxidants brewing (literally) in each sip. The key is to not overdo it and watch those sugary add-ins."
Match your morning dose of caffeine with some lean protein à la Steinem, and you'll be ready to take on the world.
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