Wow, this last week went so fast. It feels like only yesterday I was talking about chocolate. But this week I’m going to keep it short and strict and talk about breakfast.
Skipping breakfast; one of my biggest eating habits, and I know I’m not alone. Unlike a lot of other people, I know what skipping breakfast can to do a person, yet I continue to do it, so hopefully this post can help others and myself to learn to start eating breakfast.
Breakfast is important as it gives you the necessary energy you need for the day, or at least until your next meal. It helps to bring your glucose levels back up, as they drop when you are asleep. Glucose helps produce energy, and without it can leave you feeling tired and can disrupt mental and physical function.
Two major negative impacts of skipping breakfast are weight gain and gallstones (scary stuff). Eating breakfast can help prevent binge eating and it gives your body the required energy it needs to be able to increase metabolism and break down fat. If you leave it until lunch time to eat your first meal of the day, this can lead to a rise in insulin levels, in which the body will store fat. Breakfast also helps contractions in the gallbladder, which is needed to remove the bile the gallbladder produces. Prolonged periods of fasting can cause these contractions to weaken and unable to remove the bile properly, leading to gallstones and serious abdominal pain.
Many cereals are generally low in fat, have added vitamins and minerals and provide a slow and steady release of energy, which also keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Yet a lot of cereals contain large amounts of hidden sugar and salt. Oats are considered one of the best meals to have for breakfast, as the starch is digested and absorbed slowly and can provide energy that lasts for several hours. Oats are also one of the main ingredients in muesli, discovered by Swiss pioneer Dr Max Bircher-Benner. Traditional muesli is 30% rolled oats, 30% wheat flakes, 10% sultanas, 10% hazelnuts and 20% fresh apple or seasonal fruit. It is a rich source of insoluble and soluble fibre, which is great for maintaining proper bowel function and preventing constipation.
The nutritional value of a breakfast cereal can be boosted by the addition of a piece of fresh fruit and a glass of fresh fruit juice or low fat milk. By doing this, you are providing yourself with the necessary fibre, vitamins and minerals you need to get that kick start of energy for the day
So I hope all those who don’t eat breakfast will join me in trying to incorporate this important meal back into our diets. It doesn’t just have to be a breakfast cereal, but at least try and make it a healthy and beneficial start to your day. I’m sure your body will thank you for it. Good luck guys. 🙂
Note: I am not a nutritionist. All this information comes from hours of research.