Goals of Living
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Breakfast is really the most important meal of the day, and it has the power of making you both mentally and physically stronger. Imagine if you were driving a car for 8 hours, everybody would suggest it’s a good idea to fill up the tank before starting to drive. The better the gas you buy, the more certain you are that your car is gonna reach the destination as well.
Breakfast to us is the same thing as gas for cars, we need to fill our energy levels so we can be confident that we handle the day to our fullest potential. Imagine what kinds of challenges and ideas you would have succeeded with if only you thought more of breakfast like gas for a car.
Your body’s energy source is glucose and you get glucose from the carbohydrates you eat. When you’re sleeping your body breaks down glycogen and releases it into your bloodstream as glucose to keep your blood levels stable. This is important for the brain which uses glucose for energy as well.
In the morning your glycogen stores are low. When your body is empty of glycogen, it starts to break down fatty acids instead. The thing is that without carbohydrates, fatty acids are only partially oxidized. This affects your energy levels negatively. Eating breakfast boosts your glycogen and in turn, boosts your energy levels.
Surely eating more can’t help you lose weight? Well it depends, breakfast keeps your energy levels up and makes you feel full. This in turn reduces occasional snacks which often is low on fiber and high in salts and sugar. Eating breakfast also has the mental effect of boosting your short-term concentration, which will help you focus on your work instead of eating.
Well, what if you don’t have unhealthy snacks at home? Science has linked weight loss to breakfast anyways. The reason is simple, if you don’t eat breakfast you will be more inclined to eat more during lunch, maybe even the rest of the day? Eating a good breakfast will help keep your other meals smaller.
“I don’t have time to have breakfast! I’d rather sleep in, I don’t enjoy breakfast anyways! A boring dry sandwich after I wake up? Pass! ” – This used to be me. Truth be told, I haven’t always been a morning person. I have learned that you don’t need to eat a white sandwich with cheese or make bacon and eggs.
I have different breakfasts depending on what I feel like, but a winning concept is a homemade shake with protein powder. It’s fast, easy, and makes you surprisingly full. Other days I eat protein bars, cashew nuts/walnuts, and blueberries. That’s not your thing? Here are 15 ideas on what you can eat during a busy morning
Studies have shown that not eating breakfast or having a low-quality breakfast has negative effects on your mental abilities. The biggest difference between eating and not eating breakfast was on memory tests. The people that ate breakfast performed better after eating breakfast.
Some studies have shown that eating breakfast gives you a slight improvement in recognition, attention, and working memory. The benefits of breakfast were most conclusive with food with high protein and good unsaturated fats
Quite frankly, if I would list all good recipes here it would turn into a food blog instead (maybe a future category?). Based on the research talked about in the fourth section I have looked up some good lists for you to have a good and healthy breakfast. Check out the following links:
Breakfast does matter, it helps regulate your glucose levels, helps prevent obesity, and has shown to improve some mental functions. We have also debunked the “no time for breakfast”-argument.