Believe in Breakfast
There is a wealth of information available on “Healthy Eating habits” and their relation to weight management and disease-free lifestyle. The options are far too many when it comes to selecting healthy food. But little do we realize that there is not much choice available (or rather allowed) when it comes to when these healthy foods should be eaten !
The first meal of the day, or the breakfast, is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. A healthy breakfast that consists of milk, fruits and cereal provides the energy required to kick-start the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are many benefits of eating breakfast – See that your child never skips it.
Leading nutritionists and dieticians recommend that breakfast should never be missed, as doing so would adversely impact brain function and overall diet. Children who eat breakfast in the morning have a positive attitude towards school. They perform better in morning
The logic for highlighting the dangers of avoiding breakfast is pretty simple. Brain needs fuel (glucose) to perform all its activities. If you have had your last meal at 10 PM before going to bed and you skip your breakfast the next day, you will practically be without food for more than fourteen hours. It simply means that you have deprived your brain of its fuel and your body has to work extra hard to break down any stored carbohydrate or turn fat or protein into a usable form for your brain to classes, tests and miss school less often. They are also shown to have fewer problems of attention deficit disorder. Breakfast makes the difference in the way children look, the way they feel, and the way they grow and learn.
There are fewer discipline problems among children who start their day with a good or healthy breakfast. It is to be emphasized that children seldom make up at other meals if they miss breakfast.
Kids who are regular breakfast eaters are more likely to get the nutrients their bodies need and thus grow up to be healthy individuals function. This is not a desirable situation when you need the energy for sitting in a classroom, trying to concentrate on reading, or doing any other work anything…. And I am also feeling dull ! I wish I had had my breakfast !
Eating healthy breakfast has been proven to improve concentration, problem solving ability, mental performance, memory, and mood. Breakfast skippers usually fail to fit important nutrients into their diet. Many foods eaten at breakfast contain significant amounts of vitamins C and D, calcium, iron, and fiber. Eating something for breakfast is better than eating nothing at all.
Many people believe that breakfast must be eaten only if the activity level is high or you are into sports activities. But the fact is that, regardless of your activity level, breakfast is an essential part of a healthful lifestyle and is also important for maintaining energy all day long. Breakfast is a fuel without which your body cannot function to the desired level of efficiency. The rate at which your body uses calories for energy is known as metabolism. Metabolism is directly related to energy levels, so the higher your metabolism, the more energy you have throughout the day. When you are sleeping, your body naturally decreases its metabolism. When you wake up, there is an increase in metabolism, which is highest by noon. The amount of energy you have during this time is dependent on how much food calories your body has to use for energy. Breakfast becomes the first refueling point for you brain, before starting your day’s work. So basically, eating breakfast actually helps maintain high energy levels throughout the day. In fact, better the refueling, more efficient will be your metabolism motor!
Some people believe that skipping breakfast may help them lose weight. This is definitely not correct. Skipping meals often leads to overeating later in the day. Those who claim they are cutting calories by skipping breakfast are the very same people who are found snacking later in the day and fighting the low energy battle in the late afternoon and evening. This is very natural as hunger after an unusually long gap between meals (if you skip breakfast) often leads to a lack of control and distorted satiety signals (that means it is difficult to determine when you are full!). This can result in taking in more calories than if one had an appropriate breakfast. As a matter of fact it is easier to control one’s weight by eating smaller and more frequent meals.
There is another myth that by eating breakfast, hunger pains are felt throughout the day. There is a need for a closer look at a person’s eating habits before coming to any conclusions. Are the types of carbohydrates chosen to start the day simple or complex carbohydrates? Foods high in sugar, even the “natural” fruit sugar will raise blood sugar levels quickly and trigger hunger and sleepiness a few hours later. In fact, your body may still be hungry from not getting enough fuel 24 hours ago and just responding to the feast or famine cycle of the day before.
Choose your breakfast recipes such that they focus on a blend of protein and carbohydrates. Hearty carbohydrates will give that boost of energy to jumpstart your day. A mix of protein will be the staying power to keep your body going strong over the next three to four hours until lunch.
According to many sports nutritionist, it is advisable to choose wholesome cereals that are iron-enriched, not loaded with sugar, and have high-fiber bran content. Cereal (whole wheat bread) is not only a traditional way to go at breakfast but also may be one of the quickest and versatile meals for the morning time rush. The best option for breakfast foods is milk and cereal, as this is a perfect way to combine protein and carbohydrates.
Now that you know that a good breakfast is the best way to start your day – Believe in it !