Breakfast is a nutritious way to start out our day. Eating breakfast replenishes our body, increases our mood, improves our concentration, helps us maintain a healthy weight, and is the groundwork of a healthy diet. Eating a healthy breakfast can be quick and easy, and can provide us with benefits that last the entire day. Some of us are under the fallacy that missing breakfast will help us lose weight. However, doing this may actually cause us to snack throughout the day, and eat more at our next meal, and negatively impact our mood. Breakfast encourages our metabolism, it also curbs our hunger, prevents binge eating later in the day, and steadies our blood sugar. Also, eating a fiber-rich breakfast helps us fill up and feel full longer so we don’t consume additional calories throughout the day. Breakfast provides our body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. Without breakfast we’re essentially operating on empty. When we skip breakfast the memo we’re sending our body is that it needs to conserve rather than burn any incoming calories. A healthy and nutritious breakfast is the best way to start the day. Eating breakfast improves our thinking ability, keeps us focused, and helps prevent obesity. Our morning meal is the fuel that keeps us running throughout the day.
Our bodies use a simple sugar called glucose for fuel. Glucose is our main energy source; it fuels our brain and our body. Eating breakfast provides our body with the glucose we need to function accurately and combat exhaustion. Glucose is warehoused in our liver and is discharged as needed. When our glucose stores are exhausted, usually after a night of rest, this source of rapid energy isn’t easily accessible. The outcome is the stir of hunger, diminished concentration and lethargy, which can make working and learning an arduous task. Breakfast reinstates our glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for our brain to function. Studies have shown eating breakfast can progress memory and concentration planes and it can also make us better-off as it can improve mood and lower stress levels. The foods we consume are innately linked to our dispositions, and while many of us may not be morning people, eating breakfast will certainly guarantee that we’ll be a little less grouchy. Eating in the morning gives our bodies that jolt to get us going while balancing our blood sugar to avoid a drained and irritable mood. There’s a period of 8 to 12 hours between dinner and our morning spread. When we eat breakfast, we’re breaking a fast from the night before. Eating a healthy breakfast is a great opportunity to eat nutritious foods, which provide our body with essential vitamins and minerals, vitamins and minerals that are needed for development and maintenance, bone strength, and a healthy immune system. When we regularly consume a healthy breakfast we’re more likely to meet our daily nutrient requirements, eat less fat and have a lower cholesterol level, which helps with the risk of heart disease and other potential health risks.
Breakfast can be good for our waistline also; research shows that when we eat breakfast we’re less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within our model weight range. If we cut breakfast, we’re likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning. Although people who skip breakfast may eat slightly fewer calories during the day, they tend to have a higher body mass index, or BMI. BMI, is the ratio of a person’s weight compared to height, as an easy measure of whether someone is in the range of his or her healthy weight or not. A BMI of 25 or higher, for example, indicates that someone is overweight and needs to take action to come back to their ideal weight. If we begin our day with a healthy, satisfying meal, we’re less apt to snack on less nutrient dense foods through out the day. By eating a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast we’re more likely to be successful in losing body fat and maintaining a healthy weight.
With our frenzied timetables, it’s easy to stop by the nearest coffee chain and grab a latte and a bagel or a muffin that’s loaded with fat and calories, or just skip breakfast period. However, that a cup of coffee and a muffin (or bagel) isn’t considered a wholesome breakfast. We may believe that a muffin and a cup of coffee should “cut it”, but experts warn about being more wary about what we choose to start our day. When some of us think about breakfast, our thoughts drift to waffles or pancakes with sausage and bacon or a big bowl of sugar filled cereal, or even an omelet swollen with cheese. And as tasty as those foods sound, we know that they don’t add up to a healthy or nutritious breakfast. Pastries such as toaster tarts and commercial baked goods like and donuts typically have a high sugar and fat content, providing little more than a source of calories. They’re characteristically made from refined grains that are stripped of their bran and germ, which are grain components rich in vitamins minerals and dietary fiber. Breakfasts containing mainly carbohydrates, such as waffles with syrup or toaster pastries and a glass of juice, provides a burst of short-lived energy, while a piece of toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk will fend off hunger for longer. Breakfast meats like bacon and sausage are high in saturated fat and should be eaten frugally. Lean turkey or chicken is a better meat option and eggs, nuts, hummus and beans are other great protein options. Eggs are high in cholesterol, nevertheless as long as they are consumed within the guidelines of the Food Pyramid, they can be a very nutritious way to jump-start our day. A healthy breakfast is an arrangement of lean protein, complex carbs from whole grains, and a healthy fat. Complex carbs include oats or oatmeal and whole grain breads or cereals. Oatmeal is a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, iron, and magnesium it is also a good source of protein and fiber. Healthy fats include nuts and nut butters, flax seeds, and avocados. Breakfast gives us a chance to start each day with a healthy and nutritious meal.
Breakfast is like implementing exercise, if we make room for it in the morning, we’ll look and feel great. Eating breakfast helps us feel more focused for the day’s challenges, whether we are at work, school or simply getting on with our day-to-day practices. Eating food in the morning not only fuels us, it gives our brains essential energy to function and focus better on tasks. A well-balanced breakfast can help keep us alert and productive throughout the morning. Breakfast improves concentration, problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity and attention span. Eating breakfast helps us be more physically active, and miss fewer days of school or work due to ailment.