Breakfast, the champion of meals.

Before you run out the door without eating breakfast, there are some things you need to know…

Breakfast helps you to avoid distraction, helps you to avoid overeating, and enhances your attentiveness and performance throughout the day.

The brain runs on glucose but does not store it. So when you wake up in the morning your brain is lacking fuel and will not have anything to run on unless you eat a healthy breakfast.

The same glucose that feeds the brain also feeds your muscles.  Without a healthy wholesome breakfast, your body will feel tired. Most people try to overcome this feeling by eating something sugary for a quick boost but this actually decreases your energy in the
long run because it gives you a quick boost but is followed by a drop, leaving you tired and still hungry.

Besides your brain and muscles, breakfast is essential to keep your hunger at bay throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, you are more likely to eat an oversized lunch and dinner. Studies show that people who skip breakfast tend to be heavier than people who eat a nutritious breakfast on a regular basis.

Some of you may be reading this and saying to yourself, “I have never eaten breakfast so why start now?”

It is never too late to make a healthy change! However, this does not mean picking up a McDonalds breakfast on your way to work. The key here is eating a healthy breakfast.

Breakfast should be high in fiber and protein, moderate in fat, and adequate in carbohydrates. You need about 250-350 calories for
breakfast to feel full and hold you over until your next meal. Even though it is a small amount, it should not be skipped!

Being pressed for time in the morning is no excuse. Yogurt and granola, fruit, or even leftovers from the night before can serve as a quick nutritious breakfast.

So next time you rush past your kitchen and just grab a cup of coffee, stop, open the fridge, and eat a quick breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a three course meal but it does have to be nutritious enough to keep your brain, muscles and stomach going all day!

By: Erica Gomer

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