Nutrition

Breakfast of Champions

When I say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you probably hear the voice of your mother or your doctor in your head. But get this; they actually know what they’re talking about! There are so many people out there (and probably some of you) that want to better themselves by eating healthier and boosting that metabolism in order to drop a few pounds. If you’re included in that group, lend me your ears for just a couple minutes!

Do you know what happens to your body when you don’t start the day off with breakfast? Quite a few things actually. When we don’t consume any protein or fats at the beginning of the day, our immune systems weaken, allowing more and more diseases to infect us. And not only that, but we deprive our bodies of nutrients that we absolutely need to be healthy. Skipping out on breakfast can also result in headaches and dizziness, increased levels of acidity, bad breath, and an increased risk of obesity.

Do you struggle with blood sugar problems? Make sure to eat a big breakfast! It can help to regulate blood sugar levels, too.

As many risks as there are when breakfast is not part of our day, there are several more benefits waiting for you when you do take the time in the morning to eat. One of the most known benefits of eating breakfast is that it helps with weight control. If you make sure to include protein and fat with your morning meal, you can be sure you’ll feel better throughout the day.

Confession time. I did not, until recently, know that if you don’t give your body enough calories, it w

ill enter starvation mode and you won’t lose weight! That goes for breakfast, too. It’s not just okay to stuff your face in the morning, but it’s encouraged! You can do a happy dance now, I’ll wait.

Now, I am NOT telling you to go and buy an entire box of Krispy Kreme donuts every morning and eat them solo. You will get fat. What I mean is that you should eat a lot of organic foods like eggs, avocado, peanut butter, bacon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, peppers, and spinach. Go ahead and make yourself a bell pepper omelet with a side of bacon and a smoothie for breakfast, and add a half a grapefruit to that while you’re at it.

The reason eating so much in the morning is good for our bodies is because it jump starts our metabolism. Eating in the morning activates the thermogenesis (the production of heat in the body), thus boosting your metabolism. And not only does it do wonders for your metabolism, but eating a big, healthy breakfast aids with concentration throughout the day, as well as performance in physical activities and exercise. This can also help to lower cholesterol.

I certainly didn’t know all the trauma I put my body through when I skip breakfast, or even eat a small one just to ease my hunger. So you can be sure I’ll add a few more items to my table in the mornings, especially since I now know how healthy it is for me to eat more!

But above all, pay attention to how your body reacts! If you eat a lot and it slows you down, eat less and maybe reconsider the foods you are eating. And if you aren’t eating that much and you end up ravenous an hour and a half later, add some more calories. You’re going to be stuck with your body for a long time, so you may as a well treat it nicely!