Though most people know that there are many benefits to eating a healthy well-balanced breakfast many people probably don’t know what exactly the health benefits are.
The importance of eating a good breakfast is something that is taught to us from an early age but we never really go to any effort to figure out why that is. It could be in part because, as we grow older, our lifestyles become a lot more fast-paced and we stop spending time eating a healthy breakfast. In fact it is the most commonly skipped meal and people often eat extremely unhealthy foods instead.
Many people think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight but this is rarely the case. In actual fact quite the opposite happens and people actually gain weight when they skip breakfast on a regular basis. The reason for this is quite simple really; most people who skip breakfast will want to snack on something before lunchtime. Usually that snack tends to be something unhealthy. A well-balanced breakfast with lean meat and grains will actually keep you feeling full throughout the day and it will have more of an impact throughout your whole day and not just the morning. As a result you’ll find yourself reaching for unhealthy foods less often throughout the day.
You will also have more energy and your mood will be better. Ever wonder why morning people are always so energetic and happy? It’s because they eat a healthy breakfast! You can’t be happy and full of energy if you’re hungry. Being hungry will also have an impact beyond just your mood and physical energy. Your performance at work will also suffer simply because you cannot perform at your best if you are hungry, constantly thinking about food, in a bad mood, and without any energy. It’s just not going to happen and your colleagues and even your boss might just start taking notice of your lackluster performance.
Eating a well-balanced breakfast also lowers your cholesterol and boosts your immune system. Wholegrains eaten at breakfast lowers cholesterol because they deliver soluble fiber, which binds cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and drags them out of the body before they get into circulation. Some grains give you polyunsaturated fats, which directly lower LDL (the harmful cholesterol-carrying particle that contributes to artery-clogging atherosclerosis). And some grains contain plant sterols and stanols, which block the body from absorbing cholesterol.
Adding fruit to your breakfast will give you an immune boost from the Vitamin C and Minerals found in fruit. This will also help prevent colds and even help prevent some cancers. Several fruits are so high in antioxidants that they’ll do more than just keep you healthy, they will also help you look and feel younger.
So, don’t just grab the easiest, quickest thing to eat for breakfast. Take the time to plan your first meal of the day and make sure you’re eating a lean protein source, whole grains, and fruit. You want your breakfast to be as balanced as possible.
A donut or muffin or processed cereal is by far some of the worst things you can possibly eat and you should honestly realize and admit this to yourself and take the necessary steps to correct it. Too many people think that eating just anything in the mornings will do but what they’re actually trying to do is ease their feelings of hunger. Their goal isn’t to give themselves the fuel needed to face the day and be as productive as possible but simply to satisfy their cravings.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by skipping breakfast or eating a second rate breakfast. And always ensure your children eat a healthy breakfast as well since they too need all the nutrition and benefits a well-balanced breakfast provides to give them a leading edge early in life.