Eating a Healthy Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast is a habit of people who are practicing a wellness lifestyle. Any healthy meal includes some protein, carb, and good fat (not counting bacon here!!) Eliminate refined carbs (sugar, white flour, and for some people, all bread). This elimination will help cut the cycle of cravings for ‘something/anything’ mid-morning when your choices might be dictated by what is available in your workplace break room.
Didn’t your mom tell you this? Of course she did. Turns out she was right!
BTW, coffee and pastry do not count as breakfast. I know that those who wait in line at coffee shops, would beg to differ…but I’m just sayin’ that the although you may take in coffee and pastry…it doesn’t seem to fit the description of breakfast (“higher overall dietary quality’) from a study quoted below.
Observations about breakfast from a 2015 study on dietary guidelines
Breakfast tends to have a higher overall dietary quality because of its higher nutrient density compared to other meals and snacks. Adolescents and young adults are the least likely to eat breakfast.
Among the U.S. population ages 2 years and older, 15 percent do not eat breakfast, 20 percent do not eat lunch, and 7 percent do not eat dinner. Breakfast is most likely to be skipped by young adults ages 20 to 29 years (28 percent of males, 22 percent of females) and adolescents (25 percent of females, 26 percent of males). Breakfast skipping declines sharply with advancing age.
Interesting- I’m sure there are a number of possible reasons for the increase of breakfast eaters with age (what would be your best explanation??)- so here’s mine: As you get older you realize the role of breakfast in setting the stage for a great day— you recognize the value of breakfast in contributing to your overall health, and you start eating breakfast!
Your Assignment about your breakfast habits
In fact, I would challenge you to track your breakfast habits and results for the next two weeks. I would encourage you to do this even if you do eat breakfast…
Keep your own journal: write down what you eat before 8 am (make a note what time you get up and when you have your first food (what time do you break the fast of nighttime sleep?) Also make a note of how you feel throughout the morning: satisfied, starving; productive, distracted; personable, moody. Feel free to add your own descriptors.
Can you make any observations on the basis of your notes: how does the quality of your breakfast affect your performance an/or emotional and mental energy until mid-morning snack or lunchtime?
I’d be very excited to read your results below. Right now you could simply comment that you are going to track your breakfast- and I’ll say “Thank you” and look forward to your report.
Remember, in order for things to change for you, YOU have to change! In order for things to get better, YOU have to get better. (Jim Rohn) Eating breakfast could be, in fact, the catalyst for the best health change for you!
(More about breakfast in the next post! Keep reading!)