Why is breakfast so important?
Breakfast is so important for a few reasons :
Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than people who skip breakfast.
I know so many people who don’t eat breakfast because they say it makes them nauseous, the aren’t hungry in the mornings or they don’t have time. Most likely this is because we are either brought up eating the wrong things for breakfast and have become conditioned to not enjoying it or the coffee/tea makes us think we aren’t hungry, but isn’t fueling us properly. Breakfast is best-fast!
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to function optimally. Remember, you have been asleep in ‘repair and rebuild’ mode for a few hours and your body needs fuel.
Eating a good breakfast helps to regulate your hormones and keeps cortisol and insulin levels in check so you won’t overeat or make poor food choices later in the day. Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. Over time, this can disrupt your cortisol and adrenal function and lead to a stress state in your body. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low, breakfast helps to replenish it.
Eating breakfast also has long-term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes risk.
The best time to eat breakfast is within two hours of waking. Make sure that if you enjoy coffee with your breakfast that you have something (even if it is few bites of banana) in your stomach before the coffee to reduce GIT upsets and make sure your cortisol isn’t spiked for the whole day. Caffeine has a strong peristaltic effect and can cause inflammation in the bowel if you overdo it.
What do you like to eat for breakfast?
We like to include some form of protein (usually plant-based), slow burn carbohydrates and good fats into our breakfasts. A good protein source and healthy fats, these omegas will help you feel fuller for longer and increase satiety, while whole forms of complex carbohydrates can fuel your body and give it the energy it requires. Why not make some quinoa porridge with fresh fruit and nuts, or a yummy fry of of fresh greens and mushrooms, or a green smoothie loaded with antioxidants.
We have some great examples of healthy breakfasts under the breakfast tab. Rooibos paleo muffins, warming coconut porridge, smoothie bowls or paleo flapjacks. We always love new breakfast ideas, so if you have some… please share!
If you’re not into eating breakfast, start slowly and see if you start to feel better throughout the day.