Skipping breakfast is no big deal, right? After all, it’s kind of the smallest meal of the day, and you just got up so you can just power through until lunch. WRONG! It is so important to eat breakfast because that’s what gives you energy after a night of sleep. You wouldn’t go on a long car trip without putting gas in the car, right? If you did, you wouldn’t get very far. The same is true for breakfast. “Fueling” your body for the day ahead helps your day go better. Oh, and don’t think we are talking donuts here. We are talking about the importance of not only eating breakfast but making it a healthy breakfast.
- Mood – Who doesn’t get grumpy when they need food? Hunger makes you grumpy, makes you think about how you feel, and keeps you from being able to pay complete attention to what’s going on around you, or being said to you, whether you are learning or working.
- Concentration – Who can focus when their stomach is hungry? Those 10 minutes you save by not eating a healthy breakfast are not worth it. Without that healthy breakfast it will be harder for you to focus and give your complete attention to your tasks, which wastes more than 10 minutes in the long run. Studies show that adults are not as productive, and kids do not perform as well in school and at play when they haven’t had a healthy breakfast.
- Weight – Eat more, weigh less. Well, it isn’t quite that easy, but eating a healthy breakfast can help you stay full/satisfied longer and help cut down on snacking. Note that it is important that your breakfast be healthy. Sugary cereals, pop tarts, and donuts aren’t going to cut it here. Even healthier carbohydrates all on their own will burn off quickly. Healthy cereal, whole grain toast, or oatmeal with fruit are breakfasts fit for champions but make sure you include fiber and protein in your breakfast. When you skip a meal you are also more likely to overeat at the next meal which also attributes to weight gain.
Next time you are about to head out the door without breakfast, stop and think first about just how important breakfast it. Take those few minutes to grab something healthy. Give your body the energy it needs so you can be healthier, happier, and more productive with your day.