Don’t Skip the First Meal of the Day: Opt for a Healthy Breakfast

It’s another early morning and the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. And plus, do you even want to worry about breakfast? If you’re like most people, the idea of having breakfast so early in the morning just won’t happen. However, it is extremely crucial for maintaining a diet that is healthy.

When normal days persist, people tend to eat when they’re hungry. Usually meals are within every 3 – 5 hours and then there is snacking that occurs. When you sleep overnight however, the body goes for a longer period of time without food. It is said that during those hours, the body is in a state that is considered semi starvation and if it is not fueled when you wake up, there can be negative health effects.
The truth is that breakfast is awesome because it can provide you with a plethora of nutrients that you need to get through your day. And I’m not talking about grabbing a doughnut. I’m taking about wholesome products. The first meal of the day promotes growth as well as muscle repair with the help of protein. Let’s not forget to mention that breakfast helps to really replenish your energy. When you skip breakfast , these things are less likely to happen. You’re also more susceptible to all kinds of fatigue, which no one wants to deal with.

With regard to energy, breakfast plays a significant role in getting the glucose to your blood. That is what helps you stay active. Since you’re not eating at night, when you are asleep, the levels of glucose decrease, so breakfast is needed to fuel you right back up.
The unfortunate truth is that most people simply skip breakfast because they believe that they have the ability to lose weight this way. However, according to research, this is not the case at all. When you don’t have a proper breakfast in the morning, you will have ridiculous amounts of hunger later on. This leads to overeating and eventually making food choices that are not the best in the world. They include a lot of vending machine snacks that are filled with calories, but have little nutrients. Reality shows us that those who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight compared to those who take the time to eat something in the morning.
When you eat breakfast, try to stay away from those sugary products. You know what I’m talking about. Everything from the cereals to the heavy creamers for your coffee all add up in the end. Your glucose will spike to high levels, but that is not what you want! We want your glucose to spike to moderate levels, so opt for whole grain toast, bananas and even oatmeal.
The Bottom Line
If you have a severe issue with eating solid foods in the morning, why not try liquid breakfasts? There are a ton of healthy shakes out there that you can drink when you’re on the go and they have the same effect that the wholesome foods have. And if you can try munching on some dried fruit and nuts- they help with reviving your energy. Happy eating!

Anita Haridat, Ph.D