Stop Skipping Breakfast!
There are so many excuses as to why we skip breakfast! We are guilty of skipping breakfast occasionally as well.
Do you skip breakfast? If so, you are not alone. On average 28% of men and 18% of women skip breakfast every day.
Why should you eat Breakfast?
You know the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, this saying was invented for a reason
Guess what? Those “naturally skinny” people that we love to hate? Would you believe that most of these people do not skip breakfast?
There was a recent study done by Cornell University, they found that 96% of those “naturally skinny” participants actually ate breakfast almost every day!
Benefits of Eating Breakfast
Did you know that most people that eat breakfast have more energy, strength and endurance throughout the day. Along with these great things people that eat a well balanced breakfast also tend to have lower cholesterol, better concentration and tend to do better at work or at school.
When should I eat breakfast?
It is recommended that you eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking up. Why is that? Eating within the first 2 hours of being awake changes the way your body metabolizes your blood sugar and glucose. Every time we eat our body produces insulin which moves glucose into our cells, this is where it is used for energy. Our metabolism works best when we keep these levels even.
According to Consumer Report, a study that included 30,000 increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 21% when they did not consume breakfast regularly. The same study concluded that women under the age of 65 skipped breakfast were 28% more likely to develop diabetes than women that ate breakfast regularly.
Pretty scary statistics huh? Yet another reason to stop skipping breakfast!
So what should we eat?
A lot of us do not enjoy eating a big breakfast, myself included, so what are some options for eating a well balanced breakfast?
We want to embrace the idea that the fiber in carbs will fill us up and provide energy. We want to try to strive for 53% complex carbs 27% heart healthy fats, and 20% protein. Protein will also help us stay full longer while also helping us regulate hunger hormones. Eggs, lean meats, and Greek yogurt are great sources of healthy protein that will help us stop skipping breakfast.
Having your breakfast readily available is a good idea. Fridge oats, pre-made quiches, smoothies, peanut butter on toast, apples with almonds and a hard boiled egg. These are a few quick ideas to make eating breakfast easier.
Please visit our recent recipe page for good breakfast ideas.