What’s the big deal about breakfast?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is literally “breaking the fast” from while you were sleeping. Eating a good breakfast will speed up your metabolism and fuel you up to get you ready and focused for the day to come.
When you sleep, your body digests all of the food that you have consumed throughout the day, leaving it depleted of an energy source when you wake up. It is vital for your body to replenish the energy source with a well-balanced high carbohydrate breakfast, such as a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and a banana. It’s especially important to have a good breakfast if you are working out in the mornings. If you commonly workout upon waking, having a large breakfast is not necessary. A small piece of fruit or peanut butter will give you what you need until post workout. However, if you usually workout a few hours after waking up, getting that good breakfast in prior to your workout (even if it’s something light) is recommended to control blood sugar.
In general, kids and teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. The same goes for adults. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school.
Food equals fuel, without it we will have low energy, feel sluggish, and our work can suffer. Just like your car won’t run on empty, same goes for food/nutrition for our bodies.
Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.
Having troubles coming up with good ideas for what to eat for breakfast? Shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help you come up with ideas that fit your lifestyle and schedule!