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The Importance of Breakfast

Traveling for the holidays?

Whether you are driving to Grandmas or heading to the airport for an end-of-year getaway, there is one thing you or your “pilot” absolutely MUST do before taking off.

Not laundry. Not packing. Not setting the house alarm or turning on your privacy settings to assure that work does not interfere with your PTO.

 You MUST fuel your vehicle.

You wouldn’t start a trip without filling your gas tank. So use the same philosophy when thinking about your nutrition.

Maybe you guessed that this is another “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” article. And there is a reason that we hear this sentence over and over again. Because evidence-based research has proven it to be true.

Recently I heard from a friend who had stopped eating breakfast because he read that cereal was an unhealthy way to start the day. While Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Puffs may not set you up for an energy-filled productive workday, eating nothing is not the answer!

Another client was afraid to eat breakfast for fear that the Hungry Horrors (hunger pains) will hit mid-morning when she is in a meeting.  She rationalized that eating breakfast will make her eat more, yet complains about late-night eating binges.  A body that goes a long time without eating will fire back, demanding high quantities of high-calorie food to make up for what was missing. Starving it is not the answer; eating consistently is.

Here are just a few research-based reasons to “Fuel Up” and eat your breakfast:
Improved concentration: Eating a healthy breakfast improves memory and relevant brain function. Research indicates that students who eat breakfast perform better academically.

  1. Healthy weight: Studies show that people who skip breakfast actually weigh more than those who eat breakfast regularly, and breakfast-eaters tend to make healthier choices when eating later in the day.
  2.  Metabolic boost: “burning calories,” technically known as thermogenesis, is triggered by ingestion of food. Eating breakfast can increase your metabolic rate by up to 10%, jump starting your metabolism.
  3. Lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: epidemiologic research concludes that frequent breakfast consumption is associated with a decreased risk of T2DM and metabolic syndrome.

Want to learn more? Contact Melissa@CoachMCares.com for a complimentary health assessment!

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