Are you one of those people who skips breakfast? Do you tell yourself it will help you lose weight? Do you tell yourself you just don’t have time? Well, stop it already! You are doing the nutritional equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m sure you have heard that before, but maybe you just aren’t listening. Your body has had no food (and no nutrients) all night. You need to “break your fast” in the morning. If you don’t, you are running on an empty tank. Your blood sugar will be low, your brain won’t function properly and you will be mentally sluggish.
Now here comes midmorning and you are starving! You will eat anything to cut the growling in your belly and you usually do. That donut someone left in the staffroom, those Famous Amos Cookies in the vending machine or that high calorie breakfast burrito you ordered when someone ran around the corner to get coffee. Now you have filled up on empty sugar and simple carbohydrate calories. This fills your belly, but these are nutrient poor foods. Your body is still hungry because you didn’t feed it the fuel it needs. You only gave it empty calories. Gain you spell WEIGHT GAIN??
Here’s a better idea. Eat a breakfast that includes complex carbs and protein. This will give your body what it needs to power you through the morning. You won’t be starving by 10 a.m. If you are a little hungry, try some high protein light snacks like nuts or cheese to get you through until lunch. You will now have the energy and mental clarity to work productively through your day.
Short on time? Prepare a nutritious breakfast a night ahead. Have the whole wheat toast and the peanut butter laid out on the counter. Hard boil an egg you can eat with your whole grain cereal and skim milk. That’s not going to add big blocks of time to your morning and think of the nutrition and health benefits. If you want something quick and easy to fix that has lots of nutrients you need for you crazy day, check out Shakeology. I drink this stuff every day and it only costs about $4.00 per meal.