Living Well – Each day begins with breakfast

Bi-monthly column on fitness, nutrition and motivation.

“Hey, we’re just having breakfast, sit down and join us.”

“Nah, I’ll just have a cup of coffee, I’m trying to lose weight.”

WRONG!!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for someone who is trying to lose weight. Having a well-balanced breakfast that fills you up in the morning does a few different things for you.

1. Our bodies can’t go until lunchtime without eating, normally a person will end up having a mid morning snack. Typically that mid morning snack will be something unhealthy.

2. Having a healthy breakfast increases your metabolism and your energy levels. You’ll think better and feel better all day long.

3. If you don’t eat a good breakfast, your body has gone all night long and then all morning long without food. This triggers what’s called “starvation” mode. Your body then thinks that it should turn any food into fat instead of simply using the calories just to keep you going.

4. Studies have shown in adults and children that by simply eating a breakfast enables you to concentrate and think better throughout the day. It also helps to balance your brain for people who experience mood swings.

What are some good examples of a healthy breakfast then?

A cup of yoghurt with granola or chopped fruit;

A bowl of oatmeal with milk, maybe some honey or agave nectar for sweetener;

A bagel with peanut butter and jam; or

Eggs and whole grain toast.

Unsweetened whole grain cereals like cheerios, shredded wheat etc. Try to stay away from the sweetened cereals, obviously they create sugar highs in children and adults alike.

Wayne Little