Three Compelling Reasons Why Breakfast is a No Brainer
There is one decision every single person alive makes each and every morning. This decision will affect you the rest of the day.
Ironically, so many people make a poor decision and as a result do not even know how much better their day could be if they made a better decision.
Did you know the first substance you put in your body makes a HUGE difference in the quality of your day ahead?
But sadly, many people do one or more of the following:
[tweetthis]The goal should not be “what’s easiest or quickest” but what is “healthiest and most effective” to start your day nutritionally.[/tweetthis]
Ironically, so many people have been “doing breakfast ineffectively” for so long they don’t know how good it could be if breakfast was actually healthy!
Here are THREE Compelling Reasons Why Breakfast is a No Brainer:
- Kick Start Your Metabolism
Research has shown that when you eat a good meal in the morning it kick starts your metabolism which ultimately allows you to burn fat sooner in the day.
After a night of sleep, your body needs a wake-up call and putting something “healthy in the tank” is the best way to kick start your metabolism which will provide benefits the rest of the day.
“Skipping breakfast, or any other meal for that matter, is not a good idea”, says Michelle Bishop, clinical program coordinator for Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center.
“Breakfast helps boost the metabolism, and when you begin skipping meals, your metabolism can be affected as well. Your metabolism helps break down your food into smaller pieces. If you don’t give your metabolism something to do, it slows down and get stored as fat in the body.” Increased body fat anyone…?
When I cheat, I feel it all morning and pay for it sometimes all day. I justify it because it seems easy but never worth it. I drag and concentrate more on food than I normally do and as a result, set myself up to make another poor decision. Been there?
Instead, I prefer a healthy, energy-focused breakfast that sets my body up for the fuel it needs to attack the morning and ultimately the day ahead.
For short-term and long-term energy boosts, make a habit of eating a high-fiber, carbohydrate-rich breakfast, says Jaimie Davis, PhD, RD, research associate at the Institute for Prevention Research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
- Nutrition focus for the day – momentum
If I’m running late, lazy (I be honest amongst friends, right?) or just plain exhausted, I may choose to have a bowl of cereal or a muffin and it starts a series of unfortunate events.
I almost always never correct this with the next meal but justify my behavior and make another poor choice at lunch. Then dinner. Then a late night snack.
“People skip breakfast thinking they’re cutting calories, but by mid-morning and lunch, that person is starved,” says Milton Stokes, RD, MPH, chief dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City. “Breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling, bingeing at lunch and dinner. They set themselves up for failure.”
But this is completely solvable when you begin the day with a great breakfast. If you’ve worked out in the morning then had the right breakfast, your chances of tanking lunch, dinner, or snacking dramatically decreases. If you’re anything like me, that’s the focus and discipline I need to succeed.
For example, here is my average breakfast that’s worth the 10 minutes of preparation time:
- Organic eggs (scrambled / fried / poached) cooked in coconut oil and served with salsa
- Sautéed Spinach with grape tomatoes cooked in coconut oil & garlic salt
- Fruit – berries / banana, etc.
- Beverage – coconut water mixed with orange, cranberry or blueberry juice
This type of breakfast kick starts my metabolism, gives me energy, and serious momentum for a nutrition focus. Did it take a few minutes to prepare? Absolutely. And it was worth every minute from the nutrition to the taste. In the end, the planning was absolutely worth the result.
Seriously, ten minutes to prepare and ten minutes to eat and clean up. So worth the time and effort nutrition fans!
As a result, I find my morning is SO much stronger and I’m far more likely to make healthier food choices the remainder of the day.
- It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
- Paleo Lunches & Breakfasts on the Go by Diane Rodgers
- Good Morning Paleo by Jane Barthelmey
Question for Comments:
Which is the most compelling reason for you to create a top shelf breakfast?
kickstart your metabolism
nutrition focus for the day