Missing breakfast can have serious consequences for your weight, your energy levels and even your blood sugar.
Breakfast skippers tend to weigh more than people who eat breakfast, studies show. Skipping the first meal of the day leaves your metabolism in “sleep mode” – a thrifty state intended by nature to get your body through the 12 hours or more between dinner and the break of day. Munching a piece of morning toast or crunching a bowl of bran flakes signals to your metabolism that it’s time to kick things up a notch by burning more calories. Skipping the fuel keeps your metabolism on low, which can lead to weight gain and feeling sluggish.
You’ve also created a starve-now-indulge later eating pattern. Breakfast skippers tend to overeat later in the day.
Breakfast avoiders may also be at greater risk for diabetes – perhaps because they tend to eat fewer whole grains, produce and dairy products.
Starting a breakfast routine is easy. And the moment you do, you take major steps towards fixing the problems it has caused skipping breakfast in the past, including excess weight and unhealthy blood sugar swings.
Eating breakfast will result in more stable blood sugar. This means fewer food cravings and hunger pangs later in the day. Because you are re-fueling your body early on in the day, you’ll have more energy in the morning, and you may find that you start to control your weight easier also.
Here are some tips to help you stop your breakfast skipping habit:
Work with your body. Not hungry first thing in the morning? Wait an hour or two and then have a piece of toast with peanut butter, a bowl of cereal, or some fruit, a hard-boiled egg, and a glass of milk.
Eat foods you like. Breakfast foods are a marketer’s creation, nothing more. There’s no rule that says you have to start the day with them. Have a sandwich, a bowl of soup, or last night’s leftovers, if that is your pleasure.
No time? Make a portable breakfast sandwich. One great combination is peanut butter and banana on whole wheat. Any kind of protein between two pieces of whole grain bread would work. Bring along a piece of fruit and you’re set. If you like milk, add a cup of skim milk, poured into a take along coffee mug with a lid.
Grab an energy bar and a cup of yogurt. Together they are the perfect amount of nutrients and calories to start your day. And both are instantly ready for eating. Here is a great Energy bar if you are looking for one.
Have a smoothie. For the ultimate on-the-go breakfast, whirl together frozen fruit with coconut water and you are set to go. Want something even faster? Try www.dailyharvest.com. They will send you prepared frozen fruit & veggie cups where you just add your liquid, blend, and you are set to go! I have been using them now for a month and I love them! It makes my mornings go so much faster and I am getting my breakfast in. I tried making morning smoothies on my own at first but I failed miserably. I had all this extra fruit that just went bad and just getting everything at the store was so time consuming. Check it out!
Set things up in advance. Get breakfast ready the night before, so that you can eat at the kitchen table in 10 minutes or less. Pour cereal into bowls, set up silverware and cups, set up the coffeepot, and wash, chop, and refrigerate fruit.
So I hope this gives you some useful tips for starting your day and body right and I suggest you check out Daily Harvest today for a great ready for you breakfast.
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