Ioverslept and was runninglate. I’m not hungry in the mornings. I’m too busy and don’t have time. What was your excuse for not eating breakfast this morning? We’ve all heard the popular phrase that “breakfast is the most importantmeal of the day” and I’d be willing to bet that most of us agree with that statement. But if we believe this, then why do 53% of Americans skip breakfast at least once a week (1)? I’ll admit it, I skip breakfast almost every day, usually justifying it with all the classic excuses but Ialso believe that there are a lot of benefits to breakfast. Anyone else in the same boat?
The research I’ve done on breakfast is enough to make me want to jump ship and commit to eating breakfast each morning. I realize now that no excuse is good enough to forfeit the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast. I’m going to share with you some of the positive results I’ve learned about and been able to experience myself as I’ve made an effort to incorporate breakfast into my morning routine. Hopefully you’ll be able to benefit from this too!
Many of us eat to satisfy our hunger. But eating breakfast actually benefits us in more ways than just that. Breakfast contributes to our overall well-being including physical, mental and emotional aspects.
Physical Benefits: When you eat a balanced breakfast, the nutrients will give you energy to complete tasks throughout the day, make you feel fuller and get your metabolism started to help burn calories during the rest of the day (2).
Mental Benefits: We all want to work smarter, not harder. Breakfast can help with that. Studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast assists with focus, memory, recollection, concentration and problem solving (3).
Emotional Health: Ever been hangry? When your blood sugar levels are inconsistent, it effects your mood, making you angry, irritable, and anxious. When you eat breakfast, this helps stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the rest of the day and helps you be a little less moody (4).
Our brains need fuel just as much as our bodies do in order to work efficiently. Life is demanding. Life is busy. And breakfast is one simple way that will help us conquer our day.
– Brittney Johanson, Viiva