Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
Now the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in. We lay there in the mornings for an extra half an hour not wanting to move from the warmth and comfort of our beds, and then we then rush out of the door without a decent breakfast. A lot of people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they’re right… there really are so many reasons why we should make breakfast a priority.
It keeps us focussed – Eating breakfast every day helps the brain to function properly. It restores glucose levels which are important for improving mood, lowering stress levels, and helping with concentration and improved memory.
It makes us happy! – The foods that we eat are linked to our mood. Even if you’re ‘not a morning person’, you’ll definitely be less grumpy if you eat a good breakfast before starting your day. This is because breakfast balances your blood sugars which, in turn, prevents those tired and cranky feelings. And we’re not talking about grabbing a doughnut on the way to work by the way, be sure to make time to prepare yourself a healthy and nutritional breakfast, like porridge, eggs or fruit. You’ll thank us for it!
It controls your appetite – Having breakfast kick starts our metabolism and helps us to burn calories throughout the day. A good breakfast provides us with all the essential nutrients we need which allows the body to keep its appetite in check. If your body doesn’t get this in the morning, you’ll feel more inclined to over-eat during the day, or snack on foods that are high in fat or sugar mid-morning. This is why nutritional researchers have found that, on average, people who eat a decent breakfast every day maintain a healthier weight than those who don’t.
It makes us feel energised! – When you first wake up, think about the last time you ate… It could easily be more than 10 or 12 hours before, so why would you make yourself wait any longer? We get energy from food, therefore a healthy nutritious breakfast is the best thing for us to start our day the right way!