Breakfast; what’s the big deal?

Yes what is the big deal with breakfast, what is the point? Why should it matter.

It’s now commonplace for adults and kids to freely admit they don’t eat breakfast before leaving home. Whilst this may be the norm it doesn’t mean that it’s a good thing or healthy for that matter. I get it, you have heard the saying so many times, ‘ breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and that’s it is good for you, blah, blah, boring, yawn.

But what if the medical experts are right?

I have friends tell me that they just don’t have time or just can’t be bothered! The other point is, breakfast is boring. Guess what? I used to say the same thing once upon a time, no time for breakfast. When I was hungry I used to grab a chocolate bar from the vending machine, back then there was no huge awareness of healthy eating like we have now.

I’m not going to dictate to anyone whether or not this is true but I will still put my argument forward then leave you to make up your mind

Please permit me to briefly switch to Coach mode with the following questions.

What is your definition of breakfast?

Why do you think breakfast is boring?

Are you really sure you don’t have time for breakfast?

Why don’t you have time? What is your ideal breakfast?

What is your ideal breakfast?

Are you willing to try something new?

What would you eat if you had the time to prepare it?

Hopefully you have answered these questions, truthfully. Putting my Coach cap away, let’s get back to reality, just you and me. Without sounding patronising or dictatorial, can I give I tell you what my opinion is. Admittedly I am passionate about Breakfast, that’s because after years of eating junk I changed my eating habits. Truth be told it wasn’t easy, it was a long hard slug, it was at the same time I started eating healthily. I have listed my

Admittedly I am passionate about Breakfast, that’s because after years of eating junk I changed my eating habits. Truth be told it wasn’t easy, it was a long hard slug, it was at the same time I started eating healthily. I have listed my

views below; there are more but this are based on my personal experience. The last point on the benefits resonates with me because my late Mum had diabetes. Rephrasing, I am not trying to teach you to suck eggs

Benefits of breakfast

1. It helps you start the day fully alert, meaning you are focused and ready to start your day right.

2. It’s good for your wellbeing.

3. Gives you energy

4. Stops you overeating

5. Prevents stomach cramps

6. Stops hunger pranks

8. It boosts your metabolism

9. Fights food cravings

10. According to medical experts eating a hearty, wholesome breakfast prevents Type 2 diabetes.

Pitfalls

  1. Binge eating, when hunger strikes. This was me before I changed my eating habits, I ate everything I clapped my eyes non-stop.
  2. Leads to weight gain. Research has shown that people who skip breakfast are likely to put on weight, this is because is linked to the 2 points mentioned above.
  3. Could lead to headaches. I suffered from this a lot, not helped by the fact that I was a migraine sufferer.
  4. Lack of concentration/focus on work or studies. I used to skip breakfast as I didn’t want to be late for lectures. One day I also passed out on the corridor!

Please don’t be put off by the pitfalls, if you don’t have time for breakfast, there is an alternative – Breakfast on the go. This will however, require some organisation which I promise will be worth the effort. It doesn’t have to be a long process, it could be 5 minutes or 30 minutes depending on your schedule.

A good tip is to set a day of the week aside during the week to prep your breakfast in advance. I you have say 10 minutes on a weekday whilst waiting for your dinner to cook. You could make:

Chopped Fruits with yoghurt put in a jar or sealed plastic container for the following.

If you have more time chop and freeze fruits in freezer bags, clearly labelled for ease.

Granola or muesli topped with yoghurt or fruit.

If you have 5 minutes in the morning whilst getting dress, pop a sliced bread in the toaster; spread with peanut as an open sandwich or mix up some avocado to spread on your toast. The possibilities are endless. However, if you really are not a Breakfast kind of person then I suggest taking a piece of fruit or yoghurt with you in case you are hungry, this has got to be better than biscuit or chocolate, right?

Based on my experience I have discovered having breakfast has improved my wellbeing. All I can say, give it a try, you have nothing to lose. As the saying goes baby steps you will get used to it.

Let me know how you get on, in the meantime if you want more breakfast ideas, check out my my ebook on Amazon – Breakfast on the go for Busy people: 21 simple and quick recipes for all dietary needs. Follow the link below:

Author:

Hi, I am Dee short for Danielle. A certified Nutrition and Weight Loss Coach from South London, England. My aim is to help people with diabetes live a healthy lifestyle without the fad diets. The purpose of this blog is to share tips and advice, not to Coach I have a seperate site for that - under construction.

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