WHY BREAKFAST?

I can not stress the importance of eating the first thing in the day, ideally with-in thirty minutes after you wake up.

Your brain and central nervous system run on glucose, that’s the fuel you need to think, walk, talk, and carry on any and all activities. Let’s say that the last time you eat something at night is at 7pm The following day, you don’t eat breakfast but wait until about noon or so to eat — you’ve gone 17 hours with nothing in your system.

Your poor brain is deprived — and your body has to work extra hard to break down any stored carbohydrate or turn fat or protein into a usable form for your brain to function. That’s a lot to ask for when you’re sitting at work, trying to concentrate or doing any other tasks.

Eating breakfast has been proven, many times over, to improve concentration, problem solving ability, mental performance, memory, and mood.  Breakfast skippers also have a harder time fitting important nutrients into their diet. Many foods eaten at breakfast contain significant amounts of vitamins C and D, calcium, iron, and fiber.

Now some people believe that skipping breakfast may help them lose weight. WRONG!! Skipping meals often leads to overeating later in the day. Becoming overhungry often leads to a lack of control and distorted satiety signals, which makes it hard to determine when you’re full, which can result in taking in more calories.  Eating breakfast also revs up your metabolism so it allows your body to burn more calories early on in the day.

What if there’s just no time in the morning to eat breakfast?  You know yourself and your schedule better the anyone else.  If you know you are rushed in the morning, make a breakfast to go for the morning. There are plenty of items you can pack to take with you.  Carry a resealable bag of easy-to-eat items such as: hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, a muffin in a minute, nuts or even a high protein low carb bar

Whatever you choose, just eat something.

For all those all-breakfast believers: If you think you’re doing fine with no breakfast, just try changing your tune for a week —you’re likely to notice a difference.

 

What do you do to make sure you get in your breakfast?

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3 thoughts on “WHY BREAKFAST?

  1. I take small tubs of Greek yogurt in the fridge and a packet of frozen berries in the freezer at work. I’m lucky because my work is above the supermarket so I can duck down and restock breakfast and lunch items in a jiffy. The days I don’t work – I’m guilty as charged. I sometimes don’t eat anything till 11a. I do drink 2 cups of coffee upon weakening though with skim milk…..does that count????!!!!!😜

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