As any new year comes around many individuals make resolutions. One habit or resolution, that I would like to see established in people’s lives, is the practice of eating breakfast. So many people hurry on with their lives skipping this improtant meal.
We have many choices in any given day and one of our first daily choices should be to eat a healthy breakfast. It’s very important to break the fast after sleeping, with a nutrient dense breakfast! Do you take part in this life giving meal? If not, this new year would be a good time to begin.
Do you struggle with eating breakfast? I talk to a lot of people during the day and I find that many of them do not eat breakfast. There seems to be 3 main reasons:
- Some aren’t hungry in the morning
- Many have frantic morning schedules
- Others are trying to cut calories by skipping their first meal
The first reason can usually be solved by drinking 16 oz. of water upon arising. This helps get the appetite going within the hour. The second reason could be solved by getting up 30 minutes earlier. The trouble with the third reason is that the calories saved are usually offset by overeating in the evening, sometimes binging.
Many studies have shown that breakfast eaters generally keep their weight under control better than non breakfast eaters. A University of California study of 16,000 people’s eating habits showed that those that ate breakfast had the lowest body mass index. Starting your morning with breakfast can boost your metabolism.
Eating a good breakfast may cut down your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It may improve your mood and can increase alertness. Many studies show that performance at work and school improve by eating a nourishing breakfast.
When a person wakes up in the morning their blood sugar can be low from the body using available stores of fuel for functioning during sleep. Even lower blood sugar can result from no morning meal; which can cause memory issues, irritability, poor concentration, inability to focus or a bad mood.
One idea is to prepare for your breakfast the evening before, especially if you have a very busy schedule. Thinking and planning ahead makes the morning go smoother. Some people pack breakfast in a bag, lay out their food and even set their table the night before.
There are those people who say they can’t stand the thought of food in the morning. If that’s your stance then at least drink something with protein, good carbs and nutrients. Some might prefer to pack breakfast to go; such as a green smoothie, fruit, nuts or a healthy whole grain breakfast muffin to eat mid morning.
Beginning your day with a good breakfast with high fiber, some protein and complex carbohydrates will help keep your blood sugar stable, keep you more alert, help you have more energy, be more emotionally stable and possibly give you a longer life.
It’s my hope that you will choose to “break the fast” every day by eating a healthy, nourishing breakfast and possibly adding many healthy years to your life.
Above all things I wish that you would prosper and be in good health!