Following on from defining fact from fiction in the vegetarianism space, I want to do some more debunking about breakfast. 2019 has been the year of fad diets and ‘wellness gurus’ promoting diets that aren’t so healthful.
So, separating the good advice from the not so helpful, why should you eat breakfast?
After you sleep, your body is drained of fuel. Think of it like driving a car. You must have fuel in your petrol tank for the car to drive. Your body is the same. For it to function at its optimum, it should be fueled properly. This is why it is one of the most important meals of the day. It is your opportunity to refuel your body to support its functioning across the day.
When you dissect the word breakfast, its importance is highlighted; ‘break the fast’. An analogy that I love to advocate is ‘you must fuel it to burn it’. Many people think that skipping breakfast will mean they eat less which will help them to lose weight. The vice versa has actually be proven. By having breakfast and fueling your body you kick start your metabolism. Your metabolism drives the chemical processes that occur within your body to maintain life. This is needed to help your body to burn fat. By skipping breakfast you are missing this vital opportunity and stunting this process.
Eating breakfast has many other benefits. From helping you to concentrate better throughout the day, to optimising your performance at the gym or on the sporting field, having breakfast is a key to many successes. Why not capitalise on this opportunity and make breakfast a regular habit in your life?
Whether you are a student, full time worker, full time mum, full time athlete, living a busy lifestyle often forefronts the problem of ‘there is no time for breakfast in the morning’. Breakfast doesn’t have to be a time consuming meal. Breakfast can be simple. Remember, having something is better than having nothing.
‘But I don’t like breakfast foods’ is another common presenting statement. It’s ok to eat foods that aren’t traditionally eaten in the morning. Here are some tips for quick or non-traditional breakfast items to keep in your cupboard or have in your freezer:
- Wholegrain Toast with Toppers: Peanut Butter, Ricotta and Strawberries, Avocado or Leftover Roast Pumpkin and Feta
- Overnight Oats: Throw together a mix of oats and your favorite nuts and seeds and combine with your milk of choice. Make on a Sunday and store in the fridge. Add some yoghurt and you have a ready to go breakfast. See our Apple & Cinnamon Bircher recipe for our go to brekky.
- Yogurt with berries and a handful nuts.
- Trail mix: Throw together some nuts, dark chocolate pieces, dried fruit, and anything else you like.
- A DC Eats Meal- our wholegrain blueberry waffles are to die for https://www.deliciouslycleaneats.com.au/meals/blueberry-waffles/.
Remember that being prepared is the key to creating convenience. Take time to make time.